March 19, 90

Vol. 05 , No. 08   

Perspectives on Feminist Thought Concerning the New Reproductive Technologies
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 1990 4:30 p.m.

The Claremont Philosophy Colloquium, the CMC Women's Forum, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to present Dr. Rosemarie Tong. She will speak on "Perspectives on Feminist Thought Concerning the New Reproductive Technologies." Her lecture, beginning at 4:30, will focus primarily on questions and issues concerning surrogate motherhood and in vitro fertilization.

Dr. Tong is presently a professor of philosophy at Davidson College in North Carolina. She is the author of a number of works, including Women, Sex, and the Law (1984), Ethics in Policy Analysis (1986), and Feminist Thought: A Comprehensive Introduction (1989). She was the 1986 recipient of the Professor of the Year Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching.

Dr. Tong's lecture will begin at 4:30 in the Security Pacific Lounge, and will be followed by a 5:30 reception and a 6:00 dinner. Please fill out the enclosed reservation coupon and return it to the Athenaeum.

An Evening with Czeslaw Milosz
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 1990 7:00 p.m.

Czeslaw Milosz, Polish poet, essayist, and novelist, was a leading avant-garde poet in Poland in the 1930s, and participated in the Resistance movement against the Nazis during World War II. After several years in the diplomatic service, he severed his ties with the post-war Polish government and came to America. He now teaches in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley.

His books of poetry in English translation include Bells in Winter (1978), Selected Poems (1973), The Separate Notebooks (1986), and Unattainable Earth (1986).

Professor Milosz was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for literature in 1978, the Nobel Prize for literature in 1980, and is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

The visit of this distinguished poet is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies. There will be a small dinner by invitation only. Everyone is invited to Mr. Milosz' address and reading, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Pickford Auditorium.

The Challenge of Diversity: Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender

The Women's Studies Convocation, the California Council for the Humanities, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to open a conference titled "The Challenge of Diversity: Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender." This evening's convocation at 7:00 p.m. in McKenna Auditorium features Barbara Christian, Clara Sue Kidwell, Peggy Mcintosh, and Patricia Zavella. These eminent scholars will address different ethnic and cultural perspectives in communities, will focus their presentations on concerns of minority groups, and will provide an open and informed discussion of race, ethnicity, class, and gender.

Barbara Christian is a professor in the Afro-American Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her B.A. from Marquette University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she was the first woman in the contemporary British and American literature program. Currently she is engaged in activities for The Women's Studies and Afro-American departments at Berkeley, and special projects directed toward education in the black and women's communities of the East Bay/Berkeley areas.

Clara Sue Kidwell is an associate professor of Native American studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has taught since 1974. She received her Ph.D. in the history of science at the University of Oklahoma in 1970. Her involvement in Indian education began with a teaching appointment at Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas. Subsequently she taught in the American Indian Studies Department at the University of Minnesota, before joining the Berkeley faculty. Her tribal background is Choctaw and Chippewa.

Peggy Mcintosh is associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. She has consulted widely throughout the country with college, university, and secondary school faculty interested in integrating materials and perspectives from women's studies into their curricula. Mcintosh has taught at Harvard University, Trinity College (Washington, D.C.), the University of Denver, the University of Durham (England), and Wellesley College.

Patricia Zavella, a social anthropologist, graduated from Pitzer College in 1973 and received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has written on the relationship between Chicano women's wage work and family organization, showing the interconnections between class, race, and gender in structuring women's lives.

Please use the enclosed coupon, if you wish to attend the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner prior to the 7:00 address in McKenna Auditorium.

Musical Tea
FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 1990 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Pianist Leon Bates has established himself as one of the leading pianists in America. In addition to his Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall appearances, he has performed at the Jordan Hall in Boston, the Kennedy Center, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and has appeared many times on the Today's Artists series in San Francisco. He has performed with major symphonies, such as the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has also given concerts throughout Europe and Canada.

A native of Philadelphia, Leon Bates began his formal study of music at the age of six on both piano and violin. While still young, his teachers recognized his musical genius, and he was groomed for a concert career.

Performances of "Gershwin by Request" are scheduled in Florida, Detroit, New York, and San Francisco. The program will be presented in Claremont at Bridges Auditorium on Saturday, March 24.

Join us on Friday, March 23, in Childs Lounge for this unique opportunity to meet an outstanding musician in an informal setting and hear him play Gershwin and other American favorites.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 1990

The Sunday brunch extravaganza is here! The next Sunday brunch will take place on March 25 at 11:00. Sunday brunch only comes once a month and is extremely popular-so it fills up quickly! Return the enclosed coupon as early as possible, so you don't miss this delectable event. Sunday brunch is limited to CMC students and one guest per student. CMC faculty and staff are also invited and encouraged to come.

The Future of the U.S.S.R.
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 1990 4:00 p.m.

The Athenaeum is pleased to welcome James H. Billington, the current librarian of Congress, as the final speaker in this semester's series on the Soviet Union. In his speech, "The Future of the U.S.S.R.," Mr. Billington discusses the rapid changes now occurring in the Soviet Union and their effects on the country's future.

In addition to his current position in Washington, D.C., Mr. Billington is an accomplished writer and historian. He began his teaching career at Harvard University in 1957, and later became a professor of history at Princeton University. For most of the past 15 years, Mr. Billington has served as director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he was in charge of establishing the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. He is the author of several books, including The Icon and the Axe (1966), a major work on Russian intellectual history. He has appeared on numerous television shows and has been to the Soviet Union several times. In 1988 he accompanied President Reagan to the Soviet summit.

Mr. Billington received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar at Balliol College. He also holds several honorary degrees and is a member of numerous academic societies.

Mr. Billington's address will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Athenaeum and will be followed by a reception. There will be no dinner.

Musical Tea
JILL HAWKINS '91, violin
ERIN EAVES '92, cello
KRISTY TOPHEN '90, flute
TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 1990 3:15-4:00 p.m.

A trio of CMC musicians will play selected trios for cello, violin and flute by Mozart and Handel at the Athenaeum musical tea on Tuesday, March 27. Performing will be: Jill Hawkins, violin, a junior history/women's studies major; Erin Eaves, cello, a sophomore international relations/economics major; and Kristy Tophen, flute, a senior government major. So come and enjoy!

Managing the Dukakis Campaign

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to sponsor Susan Estrich as the next speaker in the "Women of the 1990s" series. Ms. Estrich was the first woman to chair a national presidential campaign, and will share with us her experiences in the Dukakis campaign.

After graduating from Wellesley College, Ms. Estrich attended Harvard Law School, where she became the first woman president of The Harvard Law Review. Ms. Estrich's legal career has since followed a varied and prestigious path. She worked as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and has taught as a tenured professor at Harvard Law School. Ms. Estrich was responsible for long-term policy development as Sen. Edward Kennedy's special assistant, and also worked on his 1980 presidential campaign. As senior policy adviser to the Mondale-Ferraro Campaign, Ms. Estrich acted as adviser on domestic policy issues. Ms. Estrich's numerous publications include the books Real Rape (1987) and Dangerous Offenders: The Elusive Target of Justice (1985), and the articles, "Sexual Justice" (1984) and "Abortion Politics: Writing for an Audience of One" (1989). Currently Estrich is a professor of law at the University of Southern California Law Center, and is a pro-choice activist who has co-written legal briefs for three abortion rights cases, two of which are now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Please join us for Ms. Estrich's 7:00 lecture, which will follow a 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner. To reserve your place at the CMC dinner, return the enclosed reservation form to the Athenaeum. Please note that this dinner is open only to the CMC community; everyone is welcome to attend the 7:00 address in McKenna Auditorium.

Eminent Victorians

Today the term Victorian morality is often used as a synonym for sexual morality as such-sometimes, indeed, as a code word for questioning or rejecting all (previous) morality, sexual and otherwise. But what did Victorian morality mean to the Victorians themselves? What does it imply for our understanding of morality today?

To pursue these and other vital questions, America's foremost historian of Victorian England-one of the country's foremost intellectual historians of any period- visits CMC March 28 and 29 as the year's distinguished scholar-in-residence of the Henry Salvatori Center and the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

Gertrude Himmelfarb is professor emeritus of history at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Her scholarship, prolific and profound, ranges from her early studies of Lord Acton: A Study in Conscience and Politics (1952) and Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution (1959) to her acclaimed survey of The Idea of Poverty: England in the Early Industrial Age (1984) to her recent powerful critique of modern social and economic history, The New History and the Old (1987). She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago, and is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Society of American Historians.

Professor Himmelfarb speaks on "Eminent Victorians" at 7:00 on Wednesday, March 28, following a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00 in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Please fill out and return the enclosed reservation coupon, if you wish to attend.

On the following day Professor Himmelfarb will lead a faculty seminar on the "new history," and will meet with senior honors students to continue the discussion of Victorian manners and mores.

The Future of Eastern Europe

The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to present the final speaker in the lecture series "The Future of Communism in Europe and Asia." Dr. Charles Gati discusses "The Future of Eastern Europe" at the Athenaeum on March 29.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1934, he left his home in 1956. He subsequently received his doctoral degree from the University of Indiana. Dr. Gati is professor of political science at Union College. From 1971 to 1988 he was a senior research fellow at Columbia University's Research Institute on International Change, teaching courses on Soviet-East European relations at Columbia's Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union as well.

His latest book, Soviet-East European Relations in Transition, will be published this spring. His published works include Hungary and the Soviet Bloc (1986), The Debate over Détente (1977), and The International Politics of Eastern Europe (1976).

He is a frequent guest on such TV programs as "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour," "Nightline with Ted Koppel," and "This Week with David Brinkley."

The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. and is preceded by a 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner. If you wish to attend the reception and dinner, please fill out and return the reservation form.

You're in the Navy Now: Life After CMC

Ensign David McAlexander '87, USN, returns to the Athenaeum on April 2 to share some of his experiences in flight training. He will also address the challenges faced by the U.S. Navy in the changing world of the '90s.

David majored in political science/economics at CMC, and wrote his thesis on naval strategy in the Pacific. He received his commission after attending Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, where he was designated a Distinguished Naval Graduate. He currently flies the E-2C Hawkeye with VAW-116, based aboard the U.S.S. Ranger and NAS Miramar.

For those interested in gathering background information, David recommends reading maritime strategy in Proceedings magazine, and consulting the works of strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan.

Please use the enclosed coupon, if you wish to join David McAlexander for the reception and dinner prior to his 7:00 address.

International CMC Student Panel

You are cordially invited by the Athenaeum partake of a second evening of cultural insights and international dining. This panel will be composed of CMC international students Craig Berman '92, Andrew Moloko '95, Oliver Juergens '92, and Victor Rabinovich '93.

Andrew and Craig will remark on how their lives have been influenced by apartheid, how they assess the changes occurring in South Africa, as well as what they predict for the future there. Victor, from Medellin, Colombia, will share his views concerning the war on drugs and will tell how the illicit cocaine trade has affected his family, city, and homeland. Oliver will comment about the possible reunification of Germany and will discuss cultural differences he has experienced in West Germany and the United States.

The reception for this special event begins at 5:30, and will be followed by an international banquet, featuring foods from South Africa, Colombia, and West Germany. If you are interested in attending this event, please return the coupon to the Athenaeum.


Applications for Athenaeum student fellow are now being accepted. We seek applicants who are enthusiastic, creative, and have strong writing and communication skills. Most importantly, the fellow must have a sincere interest in Athenaeum activities.

The fellow's greatest responsibilities include planning Athenaeum events and producing and distributing The Fortnightly. Other duties include attending Athenaeum Advisory Committee meetings and weekly staff meetings. Also, the student fellow should expect to attend as many events as possible, to help in hosting guests and arranging seating at the head table. A commitment of at least ten hours per week is required for this position.

In addition to a stipend, this position has numerous rewards. The opportunity to meet fascinating people and to handle managerial decisions provides pleasure and challenge unmatched by other campus jobs.

Applications are available in the Athenaeum office, and must be returned no later than April 3. We will contact applicants shortly thereafter to arrange interviews. For further information, please contact Ann Ela, Kimberly Lute, or Mike Shear at the Athenaeum at x8244.

Dinner Theater
You Can't Take It with You by Moss Hart and George Kaufman
Thursday, April 5-Sunday April 8, 1990

Hold on to your sanity! Under the Lights is about to take you into the realm of love, craziness, and tax evasion with the timeless classic You Can't Take It with You (1936). Join the eccentric Sycamore family, whose hobbies include writing bad literature, making "love dream" candies, performing dances that would embarrass Baryshnikov, and printing confection messages that proclaim "God is the state: the state is God." If this is not enough to arouse your amusement, do not forget Grandpa, who likes attending commencements for fun; Paul and Mr. Delpinna, who produce fireworks in the cellar; and poor Alice, normal in the midst of chaos. The stage is set for an uproarious time when Alice introduces her fiance, Tony, and his straight-laced family to her fantastic clan. Please join the cast and crew of You Can't Take It with You at the Athenaeum on April 5, 6, and 7 for dinner, or April 8 for brunch.

Prices for Dinner Theater

CMC student with meal card $7.50
CMC student, faculty, and staff without meal card $10.00

Each CMC person may bring one guest at the discounted rate:
Guest with meal card $7.50
Guest without meal card $10.00

All other students, faculty, and staff $12.50
(a limit of two tickets at this price)

Community persons and all others $15.00
Play only $4.00