March 24, 92

Vol. 07 , No. 07   

Transforming the Debate on Sexual Inequality: From Biological Differences to Institutionalized Androcentrism

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to present Sandra Bem, award-winning psychologist. Ms. Bern's work on sex-biased job advertising contributed to landmark court decisions under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and her thinking has influenced the entire field of gender studies.

Sandra Bem's values have shaped her research and her family life, and these in turn have shaped the values of the public and the profession. She was born to two working parents, and it was always assumed that she, too, would work. In school, she excelled in sports and academics, but she never learned to flirt successfully, and so she came to believe she would never marry. This solidified her career ambitions.

In college Ms. Bem majored in clinical psychology, and after applying to graduate schools in her senior year, she met and later married Daryl Bem, a first-year assistant professor. Their marriage was to become a model of egalitarianism, decisions always being made with both their careers in mind. The marriage has captured the attention of numerous articles as a successful alternative to traditional marital roles.

Ms. Bem has taught at Cornell University, Stanford University, and Carnegie-Mellon University. Her research covers sex roles, androgyny, and the onogeny of psychosexual identity and maturity. She developed the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) and used this for years of research, based on the assumption that a truly effective and well functioning person must be androgynous, possessing both masculine and feminine traits.

Sandra Bem's conceptualization and definition of androgyny changed forever the way masculinity and femininity are viewed in psychology; perhaps she will do the same at CMC. Come see this fascinating speaker by returning the enclosed slip for the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner, to be followed by the 7:00 talk.

AIDS: The Political and Economic Implications

Since Magic Johnson's announcement, AIDS has been propelled into the consciousness of America. Many people are informed about its general medical aspects; few, however, are aware of the immense political and economic implications. Those who attended Theresa Crenshaw's discussion on AIDS will remember the fundamental role that politics plays. A conservative administration was reluctant to make the extent of the danger known, allegedly because of homophobic attitudes, and the AMA declared AIDS an unreportable disease.

Even now, though President Bush has made the popular move of placing Magic Johnson on the Presidential Commission on AIDS, Bush's proposal for spending on AIDS has disappointed AIDS researchers.

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to present Shepherd Smith, the president and founder of Americans for a Sound AIDS/HIV Policy (ASAP). Since ASAP'S founding in 1987, Mr. Smith has testified on HIV-related issues before Congress, the Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic, and the FDA.

In his testimony before Congress, Mr. Smith stated "that all areas of AIDS spending are inter-related and the rapidly escalating Medicaid, Medicare, and AIDS- related Social Security benefits will lead to serious discussion of where AIDS/HIV dollars can be best spent. The various proposals of national health-care plans are an added dimension."

Join us for this discussion of a fundamental yet largely ignored topic. Return the enclosed slip to join us for the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner before the 7:00 talk.

Election 1992

November is only nine months away, and it is hard to believe that there is an election on the horizon. E. Spencer Abraham is all too aware of this upcoming event. As co-chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, he has been working since 1990 to rebuild Republican domination in Congress.

Mr. Abraham, former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and head of the Michigan delegation to the 1984 GOP convention, says he has high hopes for Republicans in 1992. Owing to reconfigurations resulting from the 1990 census, the expected high number of Democratic retirements in the House before 1992, and the cresting wave of Bush's re-election bid, Mr. Abraham is working to gain seats in potentially competitive districts.

The first step in the battle is to get an early start on recruitment of candidates, to get a strong grassroots organization together, and to resuscitate the campaign committee's finances, which are in deficit after the 1990 elections. Mr. Abraham hopes "we can build a strong, coordinated sense of teamwork."

Come and get an insider's view of the upcoming campaign. Mr. Abraham's remarks will begin at 7:00, preceded by dinner at 6:00 and a reception at 5:30. Simply fill out the enclosed reservation form, and we'll see you there.

Returning Decency to the Political Process: Reflections on the Justice Thomas Hearings

Few episodes in recent history have aroused as much controversy as the confirmation hearings of Judge Clarence Thomas. Every aspect of the committee-room drama has been criticized, from the witnesses' testimony to the behavior of the overseeing senators. It reminded some viewers of the McCarthy hearings. Claremont McKenna alum John Doggett '69 played a prominent role in this drama and is returning to his alma mater to describe his experience.

Mr. Doggett graduated from CMC in 1969, majoring in government. As a student he was the founding president of the Black Students' Union. From here he continued to Yale Law School, where he concentrated in litigation. He has been a member of the staffs and acting directing attorney of civil legal services programs in Connecticut and California. In addition he has served as the director of the Legal Services Department of the State Bar of California. He later received his MBA from Harvard and has worked in New York, Washington, D.C., and Denmark.

Currently Mr. Doggett is the president and founder of International Management Development Center, which develops and delivers training programs for private and public sector clients around the world. He specializes in global competition, competitive analysis, strategic implementation, and international marketing. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of international management and marketing at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin.

Few people escaped the Thomas hearings without a strong opinion as to who was telling the truth. No doubt that controversy will spill over into this presentation. Don't miss the fireworks. Mr. Doggett's speech, entitled "Returning Decency to the Political Process: Reflections on the Justice Thomas Hearings," will commence at 7:00, preceded by dinner at 6:00. Mr. Doggett will be available for comments at the reception beginning at 5:30.

Paradise as a Parking Lot: The Automobile Transforms California

Traffic has shaped Los Angeles. Larry Dietz understands traffic and its effects on the city as few others do. It all began when he was driving a battered Peugeot reminiscent of Columbo's famous auto. Not being able to get his heap up to speed on the highway, Mr. Dietz ended up driving all over L.A. on surface streets. This gave him a sense of place which translated into his interest in traffic's effect on L.A.

Mr. Dietz moved to L.A. in 1964, three years after the last interurban light rail line was shut down and before the completion of the 10 freeway through to Santa Monica. He claims to have "bucolic memories of visiting L.A. as a very small child in 1945. Traffic was almost non-existent then, but that may have had much to do with the gas and tire rationing."

Since then Mr. Dietz has written for the then-L.A Times Sunday magazine, West, was founding editor of New West magazine in 1975, and was its automotive editor when it closed down (by then known as California magazine) in 1991. In addition he was the West Coast editor of Playboy, a writer-investigative producer for Entertainment Tonight, and a columnist for Smart magazine. Mr. Dietz's first book was entitled Soda Pop: The History, Advertising, Art, and Memorabilia of Soft Drinks in America (1973). His newest book deals with the Chandler family and the development of L.A.; it is tentatively titled The Creation of Paradise.

Please join us for a unique perspective on L.A.'s highways. Provided he doesn't get stuck in traffic, Mr. Dietz will be available at the 5:30 reception. Dinner will begin at 6:00 followed by the presentation at 7:00. Just fill out the enclosed reservation sheet.

The Ins and Outs of International Law Practice

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to welcome Perry Lerner, a lawyer with the law firm O'Melveny and Myers. Mr. Lerner specializes in international tax planning for foreign persons investing in the U.S. and for Americans and American companies investing abroad. His work involves foreign and domestic joint ventures, investments in U.S. and foreign real estate, mergers and acquisitions of U.S. and foreign companies, intercompany pricing matters, and international financings. He also represents U.S. and foreign high net worth individuals in business and tax planning matters.

From January 1988 to August 1991 Mr. Lerner was the managing partner of the firm's London office. While in London, he acted for the developers of the Canary Wharf project in London's Docklands, U.S. and Japanese investors in U.K. and European real estate, and U.S. and foreign parties in European mergers and acquisitions. He advised the Barcelona, Albertville, Lillehammer, and International Olympic Committees on the U.S. tax aspects of the Olympic Games. He also advised several U.S. and foreign clients in connection with the tax aspects of their overseas activities, including Bankers Trust, Security Pacific-Hoare Govett, and The Walt Disney Company.

Mr. Lerner graduated from CMC in 1965 and earned a JD from Harvard Law School in 1968. He is the father of Marci Lerner, CMC class of 1989, who is currently in law school in New York.

Please join us for an exciting look at aspects of international law. Dinner begins at 6:00 followed by Mr. Lerner's presentation at 7:00. You are also welcome to the reception at 5:30. Just fill out the enclosed reservation form.

Keeping Political Candidates Out of Jail

It is almost impossible for political candidates to stay out of trouble on the campaign trail. The rules and regulations one must follow make for a maze of reporting dates and disclosure requirements. Cary Davidson has devoted his practice to deciphering the barrage of restrictions facing prospective candidates.

Mr. Davidson graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 1974 with a triple degree in political science, Jewish studies, and public policy. While he was here he interned in Washington for Congressman Alphonso Bell. His thesis was "Jewish Political Fund Raising in Los Angeles." He then went on to the University of Chicago where he received his law degree in 1978.

While practicing law in Los Angeles, Mr. Davidson has attempted to integrate the law and public affairs. He encourages students and adults alike to involve themselves in the political process. He volunteers extensively, serving on the boards of Young Executives of America, the Anti Defamation League, Jewish Community Relations Committee, and he is a long-time member of Women in Public Affairs. He is also a vice president of CMC's alumni association.

Please join us for an evening that could keep all would-be politicians out of jail and all would-be lawyers rolling in dough. Meet Mr. Davidson one-on-one at the 5:30 reception. Dinner will begin at 6:00, followed by the presentation at 7:00.

Imaginary Gardens and Real Toads

Dudley Herschbach, 1986 Nobel prizewinner for chemistry, got hooked on science when he was nine and he has been going full steam ever since. Professor Herschbach loves the many surprises that chemistry has to offer. Consider the world of biochemistry: "We are basically made up of compounds of just four principal kinds of atoms (hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen). But you hook those atoms together in various ways and you can make this incredible variety of living things.... It's awesome." Professor Herschbach described doing science as "having conversations with nature."

Several times in his scientific life Herschbach has found that he has been looking at results that were so thrilling he could not sleep. One example is the time he invented a technique known as the "cross molecular beam," which allowed him to measure, for the first time, the amount of energy needed to bring molecules together in a chemical reaction.

Professor Herschbach has moved on now to new, very theoretical work, which he thinks could revolutionize our thinking about the electronic structure of molecules and atoms.

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is excited to welcome Professor Herschbach who will give us his insight into the scientific world. The reception begins at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, and lecture at 7:00.

A Word from the Fellows

Welcome to a new semester. It looks as if things are progressing very nicely; we're all excited about the upcoming speakers. Attendance has been fabulous, so we assume that you like what you see. It is also great to see attendance rising for the receptions. Students have dominated the question period after the speech, which is great.

This semester our only request is that we cut down on people saving seats. It has become a popular habit, resulting in a flock of napkin-covered chairs, which can be an intimidating sight. It is a bit uncomfortable to sit down at a table of napkins with no names or faces to attach to them. If you would please wait until after you go through the buffet to choose your seat, it would be much appreciated.

An aspect of the Athenaeum that currently isn't up to its full potential is the Open Forum lunch every Wednesday at noon. They are a great opportunity to get together with a faculty member outside of the usual formal settings. The conversations are rarely academic, and the gossip is often unbelievable. We haven't met too many professors who aren't flattered to be invited, so make their day and take them to lunch, on the Ath.

We hope this semester will be as exciting for you as it is for us. We look forward to seeing you in the future. If you wish to sit at the head table or introduce a speaker, just drop a note in our box. Also, if you want to meet the speaker during the reception, we are more than happy to pry him or her away for an introduction. If you have any other comments or suggestions, just call or drop a note in our box. Here's to another great semester.