March 30, 92

Vol. 07 , No. 09   

Can Mathematics Be Fun?
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1992

The word mathematics usually conjures up frightful images-integrals, derivatives, geometrical proofs, and, worse yet, story problems. More often than not, math constitutes trial rather than triumph. All that is about to change. The Athenaeum welcomes Dr. Paul Halmos to tell us how math can be fun. He is the math department's contribution to the Academic Leaders series.

Dr. Halmos is especially interested in the mathematical fields of algebraic logic, probability, statistics, measure, and ergodic theory. He has published twelve books (if you don't count second editions or collections of articles) and over 120 articles. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Steele Prize from the American Mathematical Association, the Chauvenet Prize, and the Lester Ford Prize, twice, from the Mathematical Association of America. In addition he has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Halmos received his bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He has taught in Illinois, Syracuse, Chicago, Michigan, Indiana, and Santa Barbara. Currently he is a professor at Santa Clara University. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Tulane, Berkeley, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Please join us for Dr. Halmos' presentation, "Can Mathematics Be Fun?" Return the enclosed reservation form if you want to join us for dinner at 6:00 and the preceding reception at 5:30. The talk will begin at 7:00.

New Ways to Reproduce

Annually the Tau Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa joins the Athenaeum in hosting a noted academic speaker. This year we are pleased to present Clifford Grobstein, professor emeritus of biological science and public policy at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Grobstein was appointed professor and chairman of the UCSD biology department in 1966. Two years later he became dean of the developing UCSD Medical School, serving in that capacity until 1973 when he was appointed vice-chancellor for university relations. He returned to teaching and research in 1976 as professor of biological science and public policy, focusing on analysis of public policy issues arising in connection with rapidly advancing biomedical science.

Prior to teaching. Dr. Grobstein was an experimental embryologist at the National Cancer Institute and at Stanford University. He has served as president of the American Association of Zoologists and the Society for Developmental Biology. In addition, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine. He is the author of The Strategy of Life (1965), The Double Image of the Double Helix: The Recombinant-DNA Debate (1979), From Chance to Purpose: An Appraisal of External Human Fertilization (1981), and, most recently, Science and the Unborn: Choosing Human Futres (1990). He is currently completing a book to be entitled The Cosmic Cradle.

Please join us for Dr. Grobstein's speech, "New Ways to Reproduce," discussing how technological advances in reproductive biology and medicine will affect our future. Return the enclosed reservation form to join us for dinner at 6:00. His presentation will follow at 7:00.

Dinner Theater
As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare is dead but his plays do not need to moulder with him! Under the Lights has spiced up Shakespeare's savory play, As You Like It (1598), so that it addresses the issues which interest us: gender, community and diversity and, of course, love. Shakespeare's flavorful text remains, but we have banished the phony Elizabethan accents, silly looking tights, and off-key lutes back to the museum where they belong. Our all-CMC production will whisk As You Like It into the post-modern era where consumerism, political correctness, and apathy all vie for our minds and souls. This easily digested play will be accompanied by the fine Athenaeum dining and a student composed and performed musical score. The evening promises to satisfy even the most discerning palates, despite the fact that a few CMC professors-cum-hams will make acting cameos! Reserve your place now for the most appetizing and innovative theater fare in Under the Lights history. As You Like It opens Thursday, April 2nd and continues on Friday, April 3rd at the Athenaeum with a special brunch performance on Sunday, April 5th. The Sunday event will take place in Badgley Garden at 11:45 a.m.-a full barbeque lunch will be served by Marriott beginning at 11:00 a.m.; donations for the play will be accepted; please bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit upon.

Prices for Dinner Theater

CMC student with meal card $5.00
CMC student, faculty, and staff without meal card $7.50
All other students, faculty, and staff $10.00

(The Athenaeum subsidizes everyone at the above prices)

Community persons and all others $15.00
Play only (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights-Sunday donations accepted at the play) $3.00

Prices for Sunday Lunch Theater

Students from The Claremont Colleges with reservation and meal card number- No charge
All others $6.50

Politics and the Future of the Supreme Court

The Henry Salvatori Center is proud to welcome the Honorable Edwin Meese III to the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

Mr. Meese served as attorney general of the United States from 1985 to 1988, during which time he championed what he termed the "jurisprudence of original intent." Calling for fidelity to the intentions of the Constitution's framers and ratifiers, he opposed the judicial activism of the modern Supreme Court and helped bring about the nomination and confirmation of Supreme Court justices and hundreds of federal court judges pledged to the philosophy of judicial restraint.

As an outspoken conservative, Meese was a lightening rod for criticism throughout his long career of public service. Before becoming attorney general, Meese served as counsellor to President Ronald Reagan, functioning as the president's chief domestic policy advisor and helping to oversee the Cabinet, policy development, and planning and evaluation for the Reagan administration.

During Reagan's tenure as governor of California, Mr. Meese served as his chief of staff. Before joining Governor Reagan's staff in 1967, Mr. Meese served as deputy district attorney of Alameda County, California. From 1971 to 1981, Mr. Meese was a professor of law at the University of San Diego, where he also directed the Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Management. Currently, Mr. Meese holds the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation, in Washington D.C., and is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Please join us for Mr. Meese's lively discussion of the Supreme Court and the past and future of American politics. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6:00 and Mr. Meese's remarks at 7:00. This event is co-sponsored by the Claremont chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honorary fraternity for political scientists, and by Young America's Foundation, as part of its Henry Salvatori Distinguished Lecture Series.

The War of Words: Issues of Concern in the U.S.-Japan Relationship

Claremont McKenna College is proud to welcome Ambassador Michael Hayden Armacost, who will be speaking at McKenna Auditorium at 4:00. This address is sponsored by the College's Res Publica Society.

Mr. Armacost arrived in Tokyo to assume duties as the twenty-third U.S. ambassador to Japan on May 8, 1989. Prior to being named ambassador, Armacost was under secretary for political affairs with the State Department, a position he assumed in 1984. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister.

Mr. Armacost served as ambassador to the Philippines from February 1982 to May 1984. From 1980-82 he was deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs. In 1978-80 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and in 1977-78 he was senior staff member for East Asia at the National Security Council. From 1972 to 1974 he was special assistant to the ambassador to Japan. He was a member of the policy planning staff at the State Department, first in 1969-72 and again in 1974-77.

Ambassador Armacost has lectured at Georgetown University and The Johns Hopkins University and has been a visiting professor of international relations at the International Christian University in Tokyo. From 1962-68 he was an assistant professor and instructor of government at Pomona College.

He received his bachelor's degree from Carleton College followed by a master's degree and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Please note that the speech will be held in McKenna Auditorium at 4:00 and promises to be exciting.

Ethics and Economics

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is excited to welcome Paul Heyne, who is the second economic speaker in the Academic Leaders series. Mr. Heyne has graciously composed his own biography; we felt that it was so well written, it should be copied verbatim:

"I wandered into economics many years ago from theology and philosphy while looking for the meaning of 'a just economy,' and stayed there because it seemed a more promising territory in which to search."

"One of the remarkable things about market-coordinated economic systems is that they have been created by people who did not know what they were doing and who generally would not have approved had they known. As Adam Ferguson observed in the 18th century, such social systems 'are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.' Much of my work, both as a teacher of introductory economics and as a writer on ethics, responds to the paradox of people who verbally condemn social institutions that they enthusiastically and effectively support with their actions. This is not a result of hypocrisy but of misunderstanding. Misunderstanding is to an incurable teacher what a matador's cape is to a bull, and I have been charging at my own favorite misunderstandings for many enjoyable years, apparently without inflicting mortal damage anywhere."

"I received my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, but that should not be allowed to count for or against me because it was awarded by the divinity school, not the economics department. I subsequently wandered widely in search of an institution of higher learning that would let me combine my interests in teaching and making trouble, and finally settled in 15 years ago at the University of Washington under the protection of a tolerant economics department. Any notoriety achieved over the years comes from having produced five children and a book, now in its sixth edition, titled The Economic Way of Thinking (1976). Others provided indispensable help in both cases." (Letter from Paul Heyne. November 19,1991.)

The student fellows are especially excited to welcome Paul Heyne. We hope you will join us. The reception begins at 5:30, followed by the dinner at 6:00, and the lecture at 7:00.

Sea Lion and the Bear

One of the writer-prophets who created and criticized the culture of the 1960s, Ken Kesey is a legend in the American literary landscape. His two early novels, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion, continue to inspire and haunt our ideals of freedom and possibility. The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to present Ken Kesey as he enters a new phase of his remarkable career.

Kesey was born in Oregon, where he still lives. He was graduated from the University of Oregon and later studied at Stanford with Wallace Stegner, Malcolm Cowley, and Frank O'Connor. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, his first novel, was published in 1962, followed by Sometimes A Great Notion in 1964.

Kesey chronicled many of the extraordinary experiences he and friends shared in the 1960s in Kesey's Garage Box (1973), adventures made legendary in Tom Wolfe's Electric Cool Aid Acid Test (1987). Kesey's third novel, Demon Box, was published in 1987.

Kesey and thirteen members of his writing seminar at the University of Oregon collaborated on a novel entitled Caverns ("by 0.U. Levon"), published in 1989. Recently Kesey has turned to fiction for children. His most recent works are The Sea Lion: A Story of the Sea Cliff People (1991) and Little Tricker the Squire Meets Big Double the Bear (1990).

Please join us for a night of stories and visions with the extraordinary Ken Kesey. Return the enclosed slip for the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner before the 7:00 talk. The dinner is open to CMC persons only, but everyone may join us for the address.

Today's Germany

The world was watching when the Berlin Wall came down, and when East and West Germany were finally united after being severed for a half-century. The reunited state is now the center of a new Europe. What is the situation in today's Germany?

This question will be addressed for us by Andrew Nagorski, a Washington-based correspondent specializing in European affairs. We can be assured of a realistic picture; in fact, Mr. Nagorski has a track record of confrontations with countries ranging from Poland to the Philippines due to his commitment to telling an accurate story. In 1982, for example, the Soviet Union cancelled his credentials as Newsweek's Moscow bureau chief and expelled him from the country for making a number of reports that ran against the party line. He went on to become bureau chief in Rome, and then in Bonn, Germany.

Mr. Nagorski chronicled his Soviet experiences in the book, Reluctant Farewell: An American Reporter's Candid Look Inside the Soviet Union (1985). He received the Overseas Press Club award in 1979 for best business reporting from abroad for his cover story, "Japan vs. the World." Mr. Nagorski's visit is co-sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.

Please join us for this talk by an accomplished international journalist. Turn in the enclosed slip to make reservations for the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner before the 7:00 program.

A Call to Would-Be Fellows

As we look to the future we see our reign coming to an end. Despite the tears and impending sense of loss, we must think of the Athenaeum. The show must go on, and we need three bright, entertaining, sociable, exciting ... you get the idea. We need new fellows. All those interested can pick up an application in the Athenaeum office prior to April 6. If you have any questions about the position, please ask any of the fellows.