November 2, 92

Vol. 08 , No. 04   

Hollywood's Three Big Lies About Media and Society

The James Madison Society and the Young America's Foundation are pleased to sponsor film critic, best-selling author, and national television personality Michael Medved at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Since 1985 Mr. Medved has served, along with Jeffrey Lyons, as co-host of "Sneak Previews," the half-hour weekly movie review show aired on more than 170 stations through the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).

Born in Philadelphia, educated in public schools in San Diego and Los Angeles, Medved attended Yale University as a National Merit Scholar and graduated with honors. His latest book, Hollywood vs. America, generated intensive publicity and controversy months before its scheduled release in October, 1992. When excerpts of the book appeared in USA Weekend in March of 1992, that publication recorded an all-time record response on its telephone poll; more than 400,000 callers registered their overwhelming support for Mr. Medved's criticism of popular culture.

Mr. Medved's formal remarks will begin at 6:45 p.m., preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to return the enclosed form to sign up for the dinner.

Election Night Commentary

An extravaganza been planned as the culmination of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum's election series.

The big-screen TV will be placed in the Security Pacific room for the 5:30 p.m. reception. CMC professor Jack Pitney will provide commentary throughout the evening. The 6:00 dinner will consist of Maine lobster for the Republicans and barbeque ribs for the Democrats!

The evening should end at 8:00. Due to the popularity of this event, it will be open only to CMC students, faculty, and staff. Sign up early!

Ethics and Athletics: An Oxymoron?

John Brooks Slaughter, president of Occidental College, begins the Gould Center speaker series, "Moral Virtue and Representation in Philosophical Tradition, the University and Public Life," by addressing the crucial issue of major universities and their athletic programs. Dr. Slaughter, as past chair of the Presidents' Commission of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, is qualified to speak about the proper role of athletics in collegiate life, the ways we went wrong, and what can be done to improve the situation.

Educated at Kansas State University, UCLA, and UC San Diego, Dr. Slaughter has earned wide recognition both within and outside the academic world. He has held presidential appointments in the National Science Foundation, where he served as director from 1980-82. Following his tenure at that post, he became chancellor of the University of Maryland College Park, before acceding to the presidency of Occidental in August 1988.

Dr. Slaughter has chaired public school advisory councils, presided over the board of directors of the San Diego Urban League, and been active in national efforts to involve minorities in science and engineering He has authored many articles and speeches, and co-edited (with Richard E. Lapchick) The Rules of the Game: Ethics in College Sports (1989).

We look forward to your joining us for what is sure to be a thoughtful and lively presentation on issues having far-reaching social implications. Dr. Slaughter's talk begins at 6:45. following a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00. To attend the dinner, please fill out and submit the enclosed reservation form.

Musical Tea: Music of Zoltan Kodaly
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1992 3:15 p.m.

The Athenaeum will be hosting two musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic as they perform a work by Hungarian composer Zolan Kodaly. Tea will be in the Security Pacific Room, and the music starts promtly at 3:15 p.m., so please join us for this special program

What's Correct About Being Politically Correct: A Vision of Cultural Democracy

The Gould Center for Humanistic Studies is proud to welcome to CMC Dr. Catharine R. Stimpson. Dr. Stimpson's Athenaeum talk will explore the phenomenon of political correctness and offer a vision of the possibilities for American culture and education in the future.

Educated at Bryn Mawr College, Cambridge University, and Columbia University, Dr. Stimpson is University Professor at Rutgers, where from 1986 to 1992 she served as dean of the graduate school and vice provost for graduate education. She was the first director of the Women's Center of Barnard College and of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers. The founding editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Professor Stimpson is the author of a novel, Class Notes (1979), and the editor of seven books. She has published over 150 monographs, essays, stories, and reviews in such publications as Critical Inquiry, Nation, New York Times Book Review, and Transatlantic Review. She has served as president of the Modern Language Association and has chaired the New York State Council for the Humanities, the National Council for Research on Women, and the Ms. Magazine Board of Scholars. A member of the Editorial Group of Change Magazine she writes a regular column for this periodical.

We hope you'll join us for what promises to be stimulating and brilliantly polemical address. Dr. Stimpson's talk begins at 6:45 following a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00. If you wish to attend dinner, please return the enclosed reservation form.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1992 11: 00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Sunday Brunch has once again returned to the Athenaeum. This once-a-month event begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts until 12:30 p.m. Brunch is always exceptionally popular, so remember to sign up early. Sign-ups for this event are only open to CMC students, faculty, and staff.

Seeking Common Ground

During the Los Angeles riots, Angela Oh, a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer and emerging spokeswoman for Korean-Americans, pleaded on television and in the press for Asian-Americans and African-Americans to work together to overcome the economic, political, and social forces pushing them apart. She appeared on local public television, Donahue, and Nightline, where she criticized President Bush for lack of leadership and wrote numerous articles for the Los Angeles Sentinel and the Los Angeles Times.

"I feel very strongly that people are capable of coming together," said Oh.

A native Angeleno, Angela Oh made a commitment to help cure the problems of Los Angeles. California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown appointed her a co-counsel to the Assembly Special Committee on the Los Angeles Crisis, which is studying post-riot development. Recently, the committee has held hearings on issues such as banking and finance, mass transit, urban planning, and insurance.

In her after-work activities, Oh emerges as an eloquent Korean community spokeswoman. She is president of the Los Angeles Korean-American Bar Association and the Women's Organization Reaching Koreans, a group she co-founded to help Korean women balance the demands of a career and a family.

Please join us for what should be a very interesting evening. The reception starts at 5:30, the dinner is at 6:00, and the speech begins at 6:45.

Magellan Mission Summary: Mapping the Planet Venus

The Athenaeum is proud to present Dr. Stephen Saunders, a scientist who has earned world-wide recognition. Dr. Saunders currently is project scientist for the Magellan Project. Dr. Saunders came to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1969. Since that time he has worked on many space programs related to geology and remote sensing. A major focus of his career has been to map Venus, the most Earth-like planet in our solar system. In 1970 he was first study scientist for a Venus mapping mission. In 1978 he became project scientist for Venus Orbiting Imaging Radar, an ambitious program canceled in 1981 in a cost-saving measure by then President Reagan The mapping mission was again proposed as the Venus Radar Mapper and got a new start in 1983. Dr. Saunders' scholarship also includes the study of extraterrestrial life. Please join us for what should prove to be a very interesting address. The reception and dinner will begin at 5:30, followed by Dr. Saunders' presentation at 6:45.

Social Agendas and the Diversity of Literature

The Gould Center for Humanistic Studies is pleased to welcome John M. Ellis to CMC. Dr. Ellis, professor of German at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and literary editor of the controversial new publication Heterodoxy, will address some of the "political correctness" issues that have been the subject of much recent debate both within and outside of academe.

Professor Ellis brings to his discussion an expansive knowledge of literary and cultural history and an acute and encompassing critical vision that discerns the details without missing the architectonics- of argument or of art. Educated in London and Vienna, Dr. Ellis has published extensively in the U.S. and abroad. He has authored several books, including The Theory of Literary Criticism: A Logical Analysis (1974), One Fairy-Story Too Many: The Brothers Grimm and Their Tales (1983), and Against Deconstruction (1989). Ellis has won several academic awards, held office in a variety of professional associations, and performed editorial service for a number of presses and publications. His recently completed book, Language, Thought and Logic, will appear this coming spring.

We'd love for you to join us for what we're sure will be an eloquent, insightful, and stimulating presentation. Dr. Ellis's talk begins at 6:45 p.m., following a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00. To attend the dinner, make a reservation by completing the enclosed form.

Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father

Perhaps our most prominent Hispanic writer and intellectual, Richard Rodriguez stirred the national consciousness with the publication of his autobiography, Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez (1983), in which he forcefully argues against bilingual education and for the American ethos of assimilation. The son of Mexican immigrants to the U.S. and the product of the American education system, Mr. Rodriguez embodies the tension between the two vastly different cultures.

Richard Rodriguez spent his academic career at Stanford, Columbia, Warburg Institute in London, and U.C. Berkeley. He now works principally as a journalist-writer. Mr. Rodriguez is an associate editor with the Pacific News Service in San Francisco and an essayist with the MacNeil/ Lehrer Newshour. He is also a contributing editor for Harper's and for the "Opinion" section of the Los Angeles Times. His articles in the Los Angeles Times concerning the riots have been thoughtful and provocative, and his appearance at the Athenaeum will provide an interesting perspective to the "Los Angeles and Beyond" series.

If you plan to attend the dinner prior to the talk and discussion, you must reserve a place. Otherwise come at 6:45 for what should be a terrific evening.

29 Years Ago and the Questions Remain

"Who killed J.F.K.?" remains an undying question for many Americans. Carl Oglesby has spent the past fifteen years examining and writing about the Kennedy assassination and will address exactly what happened 29 years ago and what questions remain.

In 1972 Carl Oglesby co-founded the Assassination Information Bureau, a public-education organization. This bureau was instrumental in forcing Congress to re-open the Kennedy case in 1976. Oglesby asserts that "few people know that this investigation found that Kennedy was probably killed by a conspiracy." He published The Yankee and Cowboy War: Conspiracies from Dallas to Watergate (1976), which interprets the murder of Kennedy, and he has written numerous articles on the Kennedy case for Life, The Nation, The Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.

Carl Oglesby was an early leader in the movement against the Vietnam war. He was educated at Kent State and the University of Michigan and was president of Students for a Democratic Society in 1965-66. He has taught politics at Antioch, Dartmouth, and MIT.

We hope you'll join us for what the Boston Globe describes as a "spellbinding" presentation. Mr. Carl Oglesby will address "29 Years Ago and the Questions Remain" at 6:45 p.m. preceded by the reception and dinner at 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. To reserve your place at dinner, please fill out and return the enclosed coupon.

Ethics and Government
Tuesday, NOVEMBER 17, 1992

As election day nears, advocates of opposing candidates and causes wax ever louder in disagreement. One note of accord, however, rings deafly through the dissonance: political analysts, voters, and candidates-incumbents and challengers alike- agree that we are experiencing a crisis of confidence in those who do the governing. Political advisor, Alfred L. Stern will address the issues at the root of voters mistrust when he delivers the lecture in the Gould Center's series, "Moral Virtue and its Representation in Philosophical Tradition, the University and Public Life."

Dr. Stern has served as consultant to the Senate Committee on Government Operations, the Agency for International Development, and many other government councils and administrations. In 1976, Dr. Stem was appointed senior advisor for the Presidential Transition and served throughout the Carter administration as associate director of the domestic policy staff. He has written speeches for, and assumed leading roles in the campaigns of, several presidential candidates.

Since returning to academic life in 1981, Dr. Stem has been University Distinguished Service Professor and professor of philosophy at Wayne State University. He also developed a program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service which examines the interaction between domestic and foreign policies. Besides teaching, Dr. Stern remains an important political advisor to such elected officials as Senator Bill Bradley and Congressman Richard Gephardt.

Dr. Stern's talk begins at 6:45, following a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00. To attend the reception and dinner, fill out and return the enclosed reservation form.

Musical Tea: The Fabs
BILL PURDY '93, piano
SCOTT RUDMANN '93, saxophone
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1992 3:15 p.m.

The afternoon air on Wednesday, November 18, will be filled with the sounds of the "Fabs." This jazz band includes CMC pianist Bill Purdy and CMC saxophonist Scott Rudmann. Music will begin at 3:15 p.m. Be there or be square!

Challenge of Living in a Multi-Cultural Society

The events following the Rodney King verdict caused us all to examine the question, "Can we all get along?" Antonia Hernandez tackles the question head on.

Ms. Hernandez is the president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), an organization headquartered in Los Angeles with regional offices across the country. MALDEF uses the law, community education, and research to protect the civil rights of Latinos in the United States. Ms. Hernandez has worked on civil rights and immigration issues over the past nineteen years. After graduating from the UCLA School of Law, she began her career as a staff attorney for the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice. After three years she became directing attorney for the Lincoln Heights office of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Before coming to MALDEF in 1981, Ms. Hernandez worked as a staff counsel for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ms. Hernandez serves on numerous boards and committees including California Leadership, the Inter-American Dialogue, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the National Committee on Innovations in State & Local Government Quality Education for Minorities Network, and The 2000 Partnership.

At the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Antonia Hernandez will discuss the challenge of living in a multi-cultural society. Please join us for the reception at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, and the presentation at 6:45 p.m. Reserve a place at dinner by using the enclosed coupon.

Ethics and Law Enforcement

The Gould Center for Humanistic Studies takes great pleasure in welcoming Charleston, South Carolina Police Chief Reuben M. Greenberg to Claremont. Chief Greenberg will deliver the third in a series of talks on the theme of "Moral Virtue and its Representation in Philosophical Tradition, the University and Public Life." Chief Greenberg has taught sociology, political science, and criminal justice at several educational institutions, including California State University, Hayward; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Florida International University. He held a number of positions in law enforcement agencies around the country before being appointed chief of police in Charleston in 1982. He is a member of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He received the 1989 Achievement Award from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice and in 1991 was named Justice Professional of the Year by the Southern Criminal Justice Association.

Chief Greenberg has appeared on many national television shows, including "60 Minutes," "Cross Fire," "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," "Larry King Live," and "The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour." He has authored numerous police-related articles and appeared as guest columnist for several newspapers, most notably the Detroit News. His first book, Let's Take Back Our Streets, was published in 1989.

Please join us for what is certain to be an animated and insightful discussion. Chief Greenberg's talk begins at 6:45, following a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00. To join us for dinner, complete the enclosed reservation form.