The U.S. and the New Europe: Rivals or Partners?
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1992
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is honored to
welcome Sir Eldon Griffiths to share his views on
the dynamic changes occurring in our relations with
Europe. Sir Eldon is uniquely qualified on the subject,
as he is at the top of several fields on two continents:
public service, academia, journalism, business, and
Eldon Griffiths is a member of Parliament, former
minister in the British government, and a senior
member of the House of Commons foreign affairs
committee. He owns homes in both England and
California, holds degrees from both Cambridge and
Yale, and serves as director of companies in the United
States as well as the United Kingdom.
Sir Eldon was elected to Parliament at an early age
and quickly became a delegate to the Council of Europe.
He was under secretary of state in the world's first
Department of the Environment and helped set up the
U.N.'s environmental agency.
Eldon Griffiths was the first non-American to become
a domestic U.S. correspondent for Time and Life. He
later served as chief European correspondent, foreign
editor, and managing editor of Newsweek International in
New York. As a foreign correspondent, he was taken
prisoner by the Red Army in Hungary and reported
from the Bay of Pigs when the anti-Castro forces landed
in Cuba. He finally quit U.S. journalism to become a
speechwriter for the British prime minister.
Sir Eldon's speech should be as fascinating as his
career. The 7:00 talk will cover the new arrangements
for NATO and WEU, the economic and financial
prospects for a common market of more than 300 million
people, and the impact of that market on America.
Please return the enclosed slip to make your reservation
for the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner.
Understanding the Causes of Aging and Cancer
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1992
It seems lately that you can't eat anything, touch
anything, or do anything without coming into contact
with something that causes cancer. The warning labels
are ubiquitous, and risk is inevitable. In light of this
carcinogen-consciousness. Dr. Bruce Ames contends
that the best way to prevent cancer is simply to "eat
your veggies." You can't escape carcinogens, he
argues, so protect yourself with good nutrition.
So far, scientists have tested only a fraction of all
man-made and natural chemicals, and over half are
found to be carcinogenic. Chemicals are not the primary
cause of cancer, longevity is. Dr. Ames believes that
cancer is primarily a natural result of increasing lifespan. He grants that his generalized outlook spurs
attacks from specialized groups. For example, environmental groups oppose his belief that pollution and
pesticides play only a minor role in cancer development.
In fact, the number of carcinogens in one cup of coffee is
greater than a person's yearly intake of pollution.
As a professor of biochemistry at the University of
California, Berkeley, Dr. Ames developed the Ames test
which determines if chemicals cause mutations in
bacteria and thereby may result in cancer. This test
resulted in many of the cancer warnings on products
today. Ironically, Dr. Ames is skeptical of the accuracy
of this testing, claiming that the high doses of chemicals
used in the tests are often unrealistic.
Please join us for Dr. Ames' presentation entitled
"Understanding the Causes of Aging and Cancer." The
reception will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6:00.
Dr. Ames' remarks will commence at 7:00.
Living Law: A Different Perspective
ELENOR TAYLOR '81
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1992
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is excited to
welcome Elenor Taylor. Ms. Taylor graduated from
CMC in 1981 with a B.A. in political science and
religion. She was a staff member of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee while attending the National
Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After receiving a J.D., with honors, from
the NLC in 1984, Elenor left her position at the Senate to
become a program instructor for the Close Up Foundation. When she moved back to California, she pursued
her interest in education, teaching social studies at a
local high school even after being sworn in as a member
of the State Bar of California in 1985.
As the director of business and legal issues programs
for the Constitutional Rights Foundation since 1987,
Elenor supervises program development and staff
activities for a variety of citizenship and law-related
Elenor believes that she practices the law as every
citizen should, and that it is the responsibility of every
individual-not just lawyers-to be aware of the
fundamental concepts of law and our legal system.
Furthermore, it is the duty of the educational and legal
communities to de-mystify the law for young people
and challenge them in positive ways to understand and
accept this responsibility of citizenship. She will address
this view in "Living Law: A Different Perspective."
The reception begins at 5:30, followed by dinner
at 6:00. If you can't make the dinner, come at 7:00 for
Evening in Vienna
MICHAEL DEANE LAMKIN, conductor, Claremont Chamber Orchestra
Friday, February 14, 1992 (CMC Valentine's Night)
Saturday, February 15, 1992 and Sunday, February 16, 1992 (Community Nights)
It is our pleasure to invite you to an evening of music, dance, and fine Viennese cuisine. Join us for dinner, a turn around
the dance floor, and the music of Johann Strauss with the Claremont Chamber Orchestra conducted by Professor
Michael Deane Lamkin.
The festivities will begin at six o'clock and will include a mini dance lesson on the waltz and the polka by Mr. Lamkin.
The menu will feature a served dinner of
Green Bean and Red Pepper Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing
Red Cabbage and Bacon
Orzo with Mushrooms
Assorted Homemade Viennese Delicacies
Prices-please include your payment with your reservation.
Prices for Friday, February 14,- Valentine's Night- special rates for students and faculty
CMC student and one guest (both with meal cards)$7.50 per person
CMC student with one guest (without meal card)$10.00 per person
CMC faculty, staff, and one guest$15.00 per person
All other students, faculty, and staff $20.00 per person
Prices for Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16- Community Nights
CMC faculty, staff, and one guest $20.00 per person
All others $30.00 per person
Please use the appropriate form for your reservation-include payment.
The New Soviet Union
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1992
The Soviet Union is changing on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, most of the news that we Americans
have access to tells us very little of the "business side"
of the Soviet Union. Robert Lees is a businessperson
who can give us this insight. Mr. Lees is president of
Pacific InterTrade Corporation, an international
marketing and consulting company in Westlake Village,
California, that works with U.S. manufacturers to
develop projects and product distribution abroad. The
company is involved in the Soviet Union, Japan, China,
and Latin America.
Mr. Lees is a career internationalist and has conducted
business in more than 30 countries. He has held
management positions with the Corning Glass
Company in New York, Latin America, Singapore, and
Japan. Before founding Pacific InterTrade, he was vice
president of marketing at Security Pacific Trading
Corporation in Los Angeles. His international business
experiences include acquisitions, joint ventures, marketing, and countertrade transactions.
Mr. Lees has a master's degree in international
management from the American Graduate School of
International Management (Thunderbird) and the
Institute of International Studies and Training at Mount
Fuji in Japan, and he is a summa cum laude graduate in
international economics from the University of
Mr. Lees frequently speaks at universities and before
business groups on international business topics. His
articles have been published in several leading magazines and newspapers, and he is often interviewed on
radio and television regarding international trade.
Mr. Lees will join us at 5:30 for a reception, followed
by dinner at 6:00. The speech will start at 7:00.
The Spirit of John Muir
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1992
Imagine an America where the wilderness was still
intact and untamed, where the papers weren't
plagued with the perils of pollution, and anyone could
roam free of the fear of encountering a mini-mall or
cheesy gift shop. Imagine the America of John Muir,
father of the environmental movement. Lee Stetson
recreates this more pristine past in his monologue "The
Spirit of John Muir."
John Muir was born in Scotland and immigrated to
the wilderness of Wisconsin at the age of eleven. In
1867, he walked from Kentucky to Florida, keeping a
journal, the first of many. The next year he moved to
California and caught his first glimpse of Yosemite.
From then on, he struggled to get federal control of
forests, Yosemite in particular. He climbed Mount
Shasta and Mount Rainier, explored the glaciers in
Alaska, and even led President Theodore Roosevelt on a
personal tour of Yosemite. His adventurous spirit
developed into a camaraderie with the land around him.
Mr. Muir saw Yosemite declared a national park. Later
he founded the Sierra Club, an organization that
continues to speak out on behalf of the environment.
Mr. Muir published accounts of his adventures. From
these Mr. Stetson developed his monologue. Mr.
Stetson has been portraying the adventurer for over
eight years. His exploration into Muir's life has inspired
him to become active in the environmental movement.
He has performed as John Muir more than five hundred
times. Stetson also takes visitors on weekly walks
through Yosemite, giving them a glimpse of the park
through Muir's eyes.
Don't miss this opportunity to relive the roots of
environmentalism and hear the tales of America's
premier adventurer. Dinner will be served at 6:00
following a 5:30 reception. Mr. Stetson's performance
will begin at 7:00.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1992
Last semester, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
sponsored a comprehensive and successful series
entitled Southern California: The State of the State. This
semester we turn our eyes to the future with a new
series, Southern California: The Next Ten Years.
An issue that will play a prominent role in California
this decade is the environment. The Athenaeum is
proud to welcome Douglas Wheeler, the California Secretary for Resources, to discuss this vital topic.
Mr. Wheeler was serving as the vice president of the
World Wildlife Fund and the Conservation Foundation
in Washington, D.C., when Governor Wilson named
him for his present position. This choice, Wilson's first
appointment to head an environmental agency, cheered
many environmentalists. Mr. Wheeler is a career
conservationist who has proved his mettle, as he has
worked for environmental groups and public agencies
for some 20 years.
Mr. Wheeler served under the Nixon and Ford
administrations in the U.S. Interior Department as
deputy secretary for fish, wildlife, and parks, and as
executive director of the Sierra Club in San Francisco,
Please return the enclosed reservation slip to join us
for the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner before the
The James Pinkerton address announced for
February 20, 1992, will be rescheduled for April.