The Green Alternative: Creating an Ecological Future
MONDAY, MARCH 9, 1992
The Green movement is an international grassroots
organization which has been gathering momentum
in the '90s with its focus on environmental issues
and social responsibility. The Marian Miner Cook
Athenaeum is proud to welcome Brian Tokar to better
inform us on the Green alternative to traditional
Mr. Tokar has been an activist for 18 years in the
peace, anti-nuclear, and environmental movements. A
graduate from MIT with degrees in biology and physics
and a master's degree in biophysics from Harvard
University, Mr. Tokar consults on technical and political
aspects of environmental issues for several community
based organizations throughout the country.
Mr. Tokar is perhaps best known as the author of The
Green Alternative: Creating an Ecological Future (1987). (Copies
will be available at the talk.) He is also a regular
columnist for Z Magazine and has published in
numerous other publications. He lectures extensively
on Green politics and emerging ecological movements.
Please join us for this interesting talk and dinner with
Mr. Tokar, who has left his organic vegetable farm in
Vermont to be our guest. The reception will begin
at 5:30, to be followed by dinner at 6:00 and the talk
Poland: Then and Now
TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 1992
With the fall of the Iron Curtain, the politics and
economics of Eastern Europe have been at the
forefront of American news coverage. Occasionally it is
refreshing to look into the culture and history of the
people who survived this turmoil. The voice of the
Polish people and their culture can be heard in the
writings of Czeslaw Milosz, the CMC history department's choice in our Academic Leaders series.
Professor Milosz was a leading avant-garde poet in
Poland in the 1930s. During World War II he participated in the Resistance movement against the Nazis.
After several years in the diplomatic service, he severed
his ties with the post-war Polish government and came
to America. He is professor emeritus of Slavic languages
and literatures at the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Milosz received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1980, the Neustadt International Prize for
literature in 1978, and is a member of the American
Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His books
include Bells in Winter (1978), Selected Poems (1973), The Separate
Notebooks (1986), Unattainable Earth (1986), The Collected Poems, 1931-1987 (1988), and The
Seizure of Power (1987).
Join us for a chance to meet this distinguished poet of
the history of his times. The reception begins at 5:30 and
dinner follows at 6:00. Mr. Milosz's presentation will
commence at 7:00.
Should We Believe Child Witnesses?
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 1992
During the last decade, hundreds of criminal cases
involving child witnesses have come to the public's attention. Perhaps the best known of these is the
McMartin Preschool trial in which the State of California
unsuccessfully prosecuted seven teachers charged with
the sexual molestation of numerous children. The
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum welcomes Lawrence
White, chair of the psychology department of Beloit
College, to address the issue of the reliability of
children's eyewitness testimony.
Dr. White has conducted extensive research on child
witnesses and has testified in many criminal cases about
the vagaries of eyewitness identification. He addresses
such questions as: Should we believe child witnesses?
Do children have the ability to store and recall information as accurately as adults? Are children unduly
suggestible and eager to please authority figures? Are
children likely to change their stories over time?
Dr. White received his Ph.D. from the University of
California at Santa Cruz in 1984 and joined Beloit's
faculty that same year. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Portland and the California
School of Professional Psychology. In addition to his
reputation as an excellent teacher. Dr. White has
published scholarly articles on a variety of subjects
including child witnesses, death penalty trials, the
insanity defense, and the polygraph.
Please join us for Dr. White's analysis of our criminal
procedures. You can reserve a seat for dinner at 6:00 as
well as the reception at 5:30 by returning the enclosed
reservation form. The speech will begin at 7:00 and is
open to everyone.
Taking Control of Your Time . . .Before It's Too Late
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 1992
Have you heard of the Stanford Prison Experiment?
Our guest speaker, Philip Zimbardo, created and
ran what turned out to be one of the most famous
experiments in the field of psychology. Students at
Stanford volunteered for this experiment, which was to
simulate a prison. Students either played guards or
prisoners, selecting their roles by drawing lots. The
experiment was to run for two weeks. However, the
students portraying guards became so brutal to their
prisoners that Dr. Zimbardo stopped the experiment
after six days.
Dr. Zimbardo is presently a professor at Stanford
University, but he grew up in New York. He graduated
from Brooklyn College with honors and continued to
Yale University where he completed a doctorate in
psychology. After completing his formal education. Dr.
Zimbardo wasted no time delving into research, training, and teaching. His career has taken him from Yale to
New York University and finally to Stanford University,
where he is director of the Stanford University Social
Psychology Research Training Program.
Besides his teaching responsibilities at Stanford
University, Dr. Zimbardo consults for cities, police
departments, companies, states, and medical institutions. He has also appeared on all the major television
networks as well as local stations across the nation. As a
result of Dr. Zimbardo's diverse activities he has
received many honors. The Distinguished Teaching
Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education in
Psychology, awarded by the American Psychological
Foundation, and Best Psychology Teacher in California,
awarded by California Magazine, are just two of eighteen
honors listed on his resume.
Dr. Zimbardo is a dynamic, interesting, and informative speaker; he has been selected by the psychology
department as part of the Athenaeum's Academic
Leaders series. We are excited to invite you to his
presentation titled "Taking Control of Your Time . . .
Before It's Too Late." The dinner, which is limited to
CMC persons and students enrolled in psychology
courses at CMC, begins at 6:00. The speech, which is
open to all, begins at 7:00 in McKenna Auditorium.
New Approaches to Environmental Policy
MONDAY, MARCH 23, 1992
One of the most promising applications of
economics today is how it can help solve the
environmental question. As part of our Academic
Leaders series, the economics department has brought
us Tom Tietenberg, one of the top professionals in this
Mr. Tietenberg is a professor of economics at Colby
College. He was selected by the students as Best
Professor at Colby and named 1990 Maine Professor of
the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support
of Education (CASE). He also served as president of the
Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. He is the author of Environmental and Natural
Resource Economics (1984), a best-selling text on this subject.
In addition to being an accomplished teacher and
scholar, Professor Tietenberg applies economics to
real-world problems. He has worked on the development of a new environmental policy for the oceans with a team from the former Soviet Union. He also presented
a plan to the United Nations for reducing the threat of
In his programs he uses economic incentives to
effectively and efficiently solve environmental problems. As he says, "Man and industries have created
these problems, and man and industries can clean them
Please join us for this informative talk. To make
reservations for the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner
before the 7:00 talk, return the enclosed slip.
How I Came to Terms with Facts, Values, and David Hume
JAMES Q. WILSON
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1992
For our Academic Leaders series, we asked each
department to select a prominent and pertinent
speaker in its field. The government department's
choice is perhaps the most renowned political scientist
in America, James Q. Wilson, who is currently president of the American Political Science Association.
Since 1985, Wilson has been the James Collins Professor
of Management at UCLA. Before that he was the
Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University for twenty-six years. He is the author or co-author
of twelve books, including Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It (1989), Thinking About
Crime (1983), and Political Organizations (1973), as well as both
hardcover and brief editions of American Government: Institutions and Policies (1981),
the most widely used textbook in CMC's introductory
American politics course.
Professor Wilson was chairman of the White House
Task Force on Crime in 1966 and chairman of the
National Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse Prevention in 1972-1973. He is currently chairman of the
board of academic advisers of the American Enterprise
In 1990 he received the James Madison award for
distinguished scholarship from the American Political
Science Association. He is a member of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the
American Philosophical Society, and he has received
honorary degrees from four universities.
Please join us for Mr. Wilson's talk, which is subtitled
"How I Came to Terms With Facts, Values, and David
Hume." Values are a prevalent topic in politics today,
giving a contemporary application to this classic question. As always, return the enclosed slip to join us for
the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner before the 7:00
Travels Along the DNA Helix
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1992
Have you heard of transitional metal complexes?
(Neither had I.) In layman's terms, they are
common metals, such as iron and cobalt, which in their
ionic state often attach to other atoms and groups,
forming transitional metal complexes. It turns out that
these complexes are enormous in variety and can be
used as probes to explore DNA and RNA structure. This
offers us new information about genes and possibly
cancer and is of central focus to Dr. Jacqueline Barton.
Dr. Barton is a professor of chemistry at the California
Institute of Technology. She was awarded the Bachelor
of Arts degree summa cum laude at Barnard College in
1974 and went on to receive a Ph.D. in inorganic
chemistry at Columbia University in 1979. Thereafter, as
a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow, she
studied biophysics at Bell Laboratories and Yale University in the laboratory of R.G. Shulman. Dr. Barton then
became an assistant professor of chemistry at Hunter
College, City University of New York. In 1983, she
returned to Columbia University, becoming an associate
professor of chemistry and biological sciences in 1985
and a full professor in 1986. In the fall of 1989, she
assumed her present position at Caltech.
Because of Dr. Barton's outstanding scholarly endeavors, she has received many awards. This year she was
elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences, named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and
received the Baekeland Medal of the ACS North Jersey
Section. She has also been named the 1992 recipient of
the American Chemical Society's Garvan Medal. The
Joint Science Department has selected Dr. Barton as a
participant in the Athenaeum's Academic Leaders
Dr. Barton's speech is titled "Travels Along the DNA
Helix." Please sign up for the dinner at 6:00 or, if you're
too busy, come to the speech at 7:00.
Keeping Charles Manson Behind Bars
STEPHEN KAY '64
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1992
Imagine being fresh out of law school and finding
yourself in a courtroom opposite Charles Manson.
That was the experience of CMC alum Stephen Kay.
Twenty years after helping Vincent Bugliosi convict
Manson and his family of psycho-killers, Kay is still
working to keep the murderers behind bars.
Originally, Mr. Kay was only an assistant on the case,
but now the Tate-LaBianca murders are his full responsibility. In an article appearing in the Los Angeles Times
magazine, Mr. Kay's commitment to keeping the
Manson family behind bars was described: "His role,
largely self-appointed and not without criticism, has
been to demand continuing punishment for those
gunshots in the canyon, for the pagan smearing of PIGS
and the illiterate HELTER SKELTER on the walls of the
wealthy in their own blood." This crime haunted the
country for years, essentially bringing an end to the '60s
for Los Angeles; it was everyone's worst nightmare.
Mr. Kay graduated eighth in his class from CMC and
continued on to Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley's law school. In
addition to the Manson case, he has worked to
prosecute many mass murderers. He dedicates his life
to putting criminals behind bars and keeping them
there; it is work that makes many Americans proud
Please join us for a look back at the past through the
eyes of the man that keeps the nightmare out of the
present. Dinner will begin at 6:00 followed by Mr. Kay's
presentation at 7:00. And don't miss the reception
FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1992 3:00 p.m.
Ellis Marsalis and Marcus Roberts, two extraordinary master jazz pianists, will offer an hour's
lecture demonstration on jazz improvisation at the
Athenaeum as a prelude to their concert that same
evening in Bridges Auditorium.
Marcus Roberts, cited in the feature story of Time
magazine as one of the major players of "the new age of
jazz," first earned the attention of the jazz world when
he joined forces with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis in
1985 and has since emerged as a leader in his own right.
His three solo recordings for RCA/Novus have been at
the top of Billboard's Jazz Chart.
Pianist Ellis Marsalis, father of Wynton and patriarch
of New Orleans jazz, is an improvisational genius. He is
the director of jazz studies at the New Orleans Center
for Creative Arts and the University of New Orleans
and has nurtured an entire generation of brilliant,
young jazz plavers.
The duo of Marsalis and Roberts has performed to
sold-out audiences at Kennedy Center and Lincoln
Center, and all you jazz lovers have a rare chance to get
"close up" to these two wonderful musicians as they
share insights into their sparkling and rhapsodic music
Come to the Security Pacific room in the Athenaeum
at 3:00 p.m. for the "usual" tea and sweet treats plus
the unique presence of these two world-class musicians.
As You Like It
The all-CMC directed and acted dinner theater will be
featured in our next Fortnightly. The dates of the
dinner theater are Thursday, April 2, Friday, April 3,
and Saturday, April 4.
The play will be a contemporary-dress version of
William Shakespeare's As You Like It (1598), and the dinner
will be delicious. The price is right, beginning at $5.00
for CMC students with meal cards.
Save the date for another artistic achievement at the Athenaeum.
The Athenaeum would like to
host a series of speakers next
semester who have family ties to
CMC students. For example: Is
your father on the current team
climbing Mt. Everest? Was your
mother on the presidential AIDS
commission? Is your uncle the
economic minister of the Philippines? Was your sister enticed to
join a cult? These are a few examples of ties about which we
already know. Do you have a
suggestion of your own? We want
your input to make this series an
Roaring 20's Party
The Roaring Twenties are coming to the Athenaeum! On Thursday, April 16, all are welcome to enjoy fine food, great jazz, and a chance to dance the Charleston and Foxtrot 'til the wee hours. In our attempt to create an authentic Twenties' club atmosphere, we are looking for singers and musicians to provide entertainment. If you are interested, please leave your name at the Athenaeum as soon as possible. Voice, piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone-all are welcome! We'd be happy to help in choosing pieces that reflect the era. This is a great opportunity to perform in a relaxed and refined setting! Report to the Athenaeum today!