In Defense of the Republic of Virtue
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1990
Two hundred years ago the history of Western
Europe and of the modern world was forever
changed by the outbreak of the French Revolution.
Whether that change was for good or ill remains the
subject of keen dispute-both intellectually and
politically. To plumb the causes and effects of that
momentous Revolution and to weigh its good and
bad qualities, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
joins with the Henry Salvatori Center in launching a
series of expert talks on the French Revolution.
"In Defense of the Republic of Virtue" is Katherine
Auspitz's theme on Tuesday, February 6. A spirited
lecturer, Auspitz has taught at Wellesley College and
Harvard University, where she was associate professor and head tutor in social studies. She has written
extensively on 18th- and 19th-century France, including a book on The Radical Bourgeoisie: The Ligne de L'Enseignement and the Origins of the Third Republic, 1866-1885 (1982) and her
forthcoming study, Exporting Revolution: French and
Foreign Jacobins, 1792-1815. Besides her academic
credentials-she is a magna cum laude graduate of
Radcliffe College, a Fulbright scholar, and a Harvard
Ph.D. in government-Auspitz has taken a practical
interest in civic virtue by serving as chairman of the
Board of Election Commissioners of Somerville,
Please join us for dinner by filling out the coupon.
Dr. Auspitz's address begins at 7:00 p.m.
A Woman's Right to Choose
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1990
Eleanor Smeal is well-known throughout the United States as an advocate for women's rights. She is founder and
president of The Fund for the Feminist Majority, which is sponsoring the Feminization of Power Campaign, a
national effort to inspire unprecedented numbers of women to seek leadership positions, to promote a national feminist
agenda, and to heighten awareness of the feminist majority. Smeal has served as president of the National Organization
for Women (NOW). She was one of the sponsors of last April's March for Women's Equality/Lives in Washington,
D.C.- the largest march in the history of the women's rights movement for keeping abortion safe and legal. In addition,
she worked to defeat four statewide anti-abortion referendums, and developed an aggressive legal strategy against the
leaders of the anti-abortion movement, with the goal of ending violence and harassment at women's health centers.
Smeal's leadership has been acknowledged by
many well-known publications. In 1983 she was
chosen by the World Almanac as the fourth-most
influential woman in the United States; she was
named by Time magazine as one of the "50 faces for
America's Future" in 1979; and she was featured as
one of the six most influential Washington lobbyists
in U.S. News & World Report.
Eleanor Smeal graduated from Duke University
and received her master's degree from the University
of Florida. She is married to Charles Smeal and has
Her 7:00 lecture follows a 6:00 dinner and 5:30
reception. To join us for the dinner preceding this
evening of interesting discussion, please return the
enclosed reservation form to the Athenaeum.
Gorbachev's Glasnost: Authoritarianism and Democracy
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1990
The Athenaeum is pleased to welcome David K.
Shipler, a distinguished speaker in the continuing
series, "The Soviet Union Today and Tomorrow: A
Time for New Thinking."
Mr. Shipler, who worked in The New York Times'
Moscow bureau and is now a senior associate at the
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, speaks
about continuing reform in the Soviet Union under
Mikhail Gorbachev. Titled "Gorbachev's Glasnost:
Authoritarianism and Democracy," Mr. Shipler's
speech addresses the impact of reform on the style of
leadership in Moscow.
The author of the best-selling Russia: Broken Idols,
Solemn Dreams (1983), Mr. Shipler received the 1983 Overseas
Press Club Award for the best book on foreign affairs.
An updated edition, including a new chapter on
Gorbachev's liberalizations, was published in May 1989.
In all, Mr. Shipler spent four years in Moscow,
including two as bureau chief. In preparation for his
Moscow assignment, Mr. Shipler spent a semester
studying the Russian language and Soviet politics and
history at Columbia University's Russian Institute.
He also served as The New York Times' bureau chief in
Jerusalem (from 1979 to 1984), and received the 1983
George Polk Award for his coverage of the Lebanon
war. He published his second book, Arab and Jew:
Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, in 1986 and received
the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. He served as
chief diplomatic correspondent in the Times' Washington bureau until 1988.
Please fill out the enclosed reservation form, if you are
interested in signing up for the dinner. The 7:00 speech
is open to all.
The Pro-life Feminist View
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1990
Rachel MacNair, pro-life activist, is currently
president of Feminists For Life of America (FFL),
founded in 1972. FFL is a group of 2,000 members
dedicated to securing the right to life, from conception
to natural death, of all human beings. It seeks legal and
social equality for all persons, regardless of sex, and
supports a Human Life Amendment and an Equal
Rights Amendment. Since 1987 MacNair has participated in more than 50 radio interviews and talk shows
around the country. She has been quoted in The New
York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco
Examiner, Mother Jones, and National Review.
Rachel MacNair graduated from Earlham College in
1978, and in 1986 received a Paralegal Certificate at
Rockhurst College. She is the mother of a one-year-old son.
If you wish to join us for the 5:30 reception and 6:00
dinner, please return the reservation slip to the
Athenaeum. The lecture is open to all and begins
The Tradition Continues
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1990
Once again it's time for the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum's annual Clambake.
Chef Robert is preparing a plethora of delectable seafood dishes, including
cioppino, steamed clams, fresh swordfish, and clam chowder. The evening also
features a dessert table. To join us for a night of feasting and fun, please return the
enclosed coupon. The tradition continues at 6:00.
Reform of Leninist States: Comparing Reform in China and the Soviet Union
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1990
The Keck Center for International Strategic Studies
will hold a conference on "State and Society in
China: The Consequences of Reform, 1978-1990." The
conference assembles leading authorities on various
aspects of contemporary China to analyze the underlying changes that have taken place in China since the
death of Mao. The conference takes place in the Bauer
Center Founders Room on February 16-17.
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and the Keck
Center will co-host a keynote dinner for the conference
in the Athenaeum at 6:00 p.m., preceded by a 5:30 p.m.
reception. Thomas P. Bernstein, professor of political
science, East Asian Institute, Columbia University, will
speak on "Reform of Leninist States: Comparing Reform in China and the Soviet Union." Bernstein is a
well-established scholar of contemporary communism
and rural reform.
Please fill out the enclosed reservation form, if you
wish to attend the reception and dinner preceding Dr.
For further information on the conference, contact the
Keck Center (621-8213).
Evening in Vienna
MICHAEL DEANE LAMKIN, conductor, Claremont Chamber Orchestra
Friday, February 16, 1990
Sunday, February 18, 1990
It is our pleasure to invite you to an evening of music, dance, and fine Viennese cuisine. Join us for dinner, a whirl
around the dance floor, and the music of Johann Strauss with the Claremont Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Prof.
Michael Deane Lamkin.
The festivities begin at six o'clock and will include a brief dance lesson on the waltz and the polka by Mr. Larnkin.
The menu features a served dinner of
Green Bean and Red Pepper Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing
Chicken Paprika - Red Cabbage with Bacon - Orzo with Mushrooms
and a dessert table with
White Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate Sauce
Double Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce
Prices-please include your payment with your reservation.
Prices for Friday, February 16 - Student Night
CMC student and one guest (both with meal cards) $5.00 per person
CMC student and one guest (without meal card) $7.50 per person
CMC faculty, staff, and one guest $7.50 per person
All other students, faculty, and staff $12.50 per person
Prices for Sunday, February 18 - Community Night
CMC faculty, staff, and one guest $15.00 per person
All others $20.00 per person
Please use the appropriate form for your reservation-include payment
A New Model of Nature
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1990
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to join
the Phi Beta Kappa chapter in presenting Richard
Westfall, whose talk is titled "A New Model of Nature."
Dr. Westfall is a professor of history and philosophy of
science at Indiana University. He is the author of Science
and Religion in Seventeenth Century England (1958), Force in
Newton's Physics: The Science of Dymanics in the Early Seventeenth Century (1971), The Construction of Modern Science (1971),
Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton (1980), and he is
co-editor of Steps in the Scientific Tradition: Readings in the
History of Science and Foundations of Scientific Method: The
Nineteenth Century (1968). Currently Dr. Westfall is working on
a social history of the scientific community of the 16th
and 17th centuries. A Yale University graduate. Dr.
Westfall has received grants or fellowships from the
National Science Foundation, ACLS, NEH, and the
Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations.
There will be a 5:30 reception, 6:00 dinner, and Dr.
Westfall's lecture will begin at 7:00. Return the enclosed
coupon to the Athenaeum, if you wish to join us for
U.S. Policy in Latin America
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1990 4:00 p.m. PICKFORD AUDITORIUM
Elliott Abrams is an attorney who has practiced law
in both New York and Washington, D.C. He spent
four years in the 1970s working for the United States
Senate: as assistant counsel to the Senate Permanent
Subcommittee on Investigations in 1975; as special
counsel to Sen. Henry M. Jackson in 1975-76; and as
special counsel and then chief of staff to Sen. Daniel P.
Moynihan from January 1977 to June 1979.
In January 1981 Mr. Abrams became assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs. In
December of that year, he was sworn in as assistant
secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian
affairs. In July 1985 Mr. Abrams was appointed assistant
secretary of state for inter-American affairs, where he
supervised U.S. policy in Latin America and the
Caribbean until January 1989. Mr. Abrams was a leading
supporter of the contra movement. In August 1988 Mr.
Abrams received the secretary of state's Distinguished
Service Award for his work in the department.
Elliott Abrams received his B.A. degree from Harvard
College in 1969, his master's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics in 1970,
and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1973. Mr.
Abrams presently practices law in Washington, D.C.,
where he lives with his wife, Rachel, and their three
Mr. Abrams' address begins at 4:00 at Pickford
Auditorium (formerly Bauer Auditorium). No sign-ups
are necessary, because there will not be an Athenaeum
dinner. Plan to attend this up-to-date presentation on
U.S. policy in Latin America.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1990
The Keck Center for International Strategic Studies
and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased
to continue the lecture series on "The Future of
Communism in Europe and Asia." The second speaker
this semester is a distinguished China scholar, Dr.
Jonathan D. Pollack, who will present a lecture titled
"China." He serves as chairman of the Department of
Political Science at the RAND Corporation, the internationally renowned "think tank" in Santa Monica.
Dr. Pollack was born in New London, Connecticut,
and was educated at Rutgers College and the University
of Michigan, from which he received his doctoral degree
in 1976. For the following two years, he was a research
fellow of the John King Fairbank Center at Harvard
University. In 1978 he joined the RAND Corporation.
Dr. Pollack has written extensively on China's foreign
affairs and defense policy. His publications include
Sino-Soviet Rivalry and Chinese Security Debates (1983), Military
Power and Policy in Asian States (1980), and Security, Strategy,
and Logic in Chinese Foreign Policy (1981). He has visited China
on numerous occasions, including the summer of 1989.
A 5:30 p.m. reception and 6:00 p.m. dinner precede
Dr. Pollack's lecture. Please fill out the enclosed
reservation form, if you wish to attend the reception
For further information, contact the Keck Center
ATHENAEUM CALENDAR UPDATE
Tuesday, February 13, Cameron Munter will not
be able to be with us.
Thursday, April 12, Seniors Only Dinner with
William F. Buckley, Jr., followed by 7:00
speech, open to all, in McKenna
Auditorium, "Reflections on Current
Thursday, April 19, Dianne Feinstein, dinner
followed by 7:00 speech in McKenna Auditorium "California in the 1990s."