March 23, 93
Vol. 08 , No. 07
A Call for Ethics
GEORGE C.S. BENSON P'61
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1993 12:15 p.m.
Dr. George C.S. Benson, CMC's founding president, believes that in today's world we forget some of life's most important aspects. For him, it is important to cultivate a habit of ethical consideration for other human beings.
Dr. Benson expresses dismay with educational institutions, particularly liberal arts colleges like CMC, that do not make a concerted effort to teach practical ethics. He assumes that a strong correlation exists between the violence in our society and the lack of ethical and moral training found in America's schools.
Dr. Benson earned his bachelor's degree from Pomona College, his master's from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. He taught at Harvard, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University. In 1940, he went to work for the Office of Price Administration and in 1941 he entered the army. In 1946, he founded Claremont Men's College, and in 1969, Dr. Benson resigned from the presidency at CMC to accept an appointment by President Richard Nixon to serve as deputy assistant secretary of defense. He returned to CMC in 1972 as director of the Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World.
Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. Dr. Benson speaks at 12:15.
Malcolm X Speaks
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1993
With the release of Spike Lee's movie, the interest in Malcolm X continues to increase. Tonight's speaker, Charles Pace, will provide us with an entertaining and educational look into the life of Malcolm X.
Charles Pace's "Malcolm X Speaks" covers the three major phases in the historical and psychological evolution of Malcolm X: the apolitical Malcolm Little; Malcolm X, the national minister of the Nation of Islam; and El-Hajj Malik EI-Shabazz. Pace has toured Africa with this presentation twice. The tours were sponsored by the United States Information Agency and the State Department as part of a cultural exchange program with Africa. Pace presents Malcolm's views on African-American history and culture, the role of Africa and slavery in the African psychosocial consciousness, and his vision for the future of Africans in American society. After the performance, questions may be asked of the character. Next, Pace will answer questions as himself.
Charles Pace received his B.A. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in American studies and history from Purdue, where he is working on his Ph.D. in American studies and anthropology.
KRAVIS/DeROULET LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Claremont McKenna College
The Kravis/deRoulet CMC Leadership Conference addresses the characteristics of sucessful entrepreneurs, the creators of new business ventures, and of successful intrapreneurs, the creators of new ideas, products, or services within existing companies. Henry Kravis will offer a practitioner's perspective on entrepreneurship, and Professor Vijay Sathe will discuss his research on intrapreneurship
This year's conference will adopt a new format. THE PRESENTERS WILL SPEAK AT 5:30 p.m., BEFORE DINNER. During dinner, facilitators at each table will lead discussions related to the speakers' remarks. Following dinner, the speakers will return to the podium to field questions arising from the discussions. Facilitators for Mr. Kravis' talk will be successful entrepreneurs, and CMC professors will lead discussions for Dr. Sathe's presentation.
The conference is open only to students and faculty at Claremont McKenna College.
The Entrepreneurial Style
HENRY KRAVIS '67
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1993
The vitality of the American economy depends to a considerable extent on the creation of new business ventures and the products and services that these ventures supply. Entrepreneurship entails considerable financial risk and the success rate of new ventures is intimidatingly low. What influences a person's willingness to take the risk, and what determines which of today's new businesses are likely to be the success stories of tomorrow? From personal experience and professional knowledge, Henry Kravis will provide his perspective on these questions.
Mr. Kravis is one of the founding partners of Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co., a leading investment banking firm. A 1967 graduate of CMC, Kravis earned his MBA from Columbia University. His firm has organized the leveraged buyouts of RJR Nabisco, Beatrice Companies, Safeway Stores, Owens-Illinois, and other major corporations. Kravis lives and works in New York City.
Entrepreneurship in Large Companies: Rhetoric and Reality
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1993
There is a great deal of talk about entrepreneurship in large companies, but does the rhetoric match the reality? What must established firms do to promote real rather than "fake" entrepreneurship? What can individuals in such firms do if they are to become successful entrepreneurs? Drawing on years of experience as a "corporate anthropologist" (researcher) and "corporate gypsy" (consultant), Vijay Sathe will answer these questions and show that to become entrepreneurially successful, companies and individuals must think and act in ways that fly in the face of conventional wisdom.
Vijay Sathe came to the Claremont Graduate School in 1986 as professor of management in The Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management Center. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the Harvard Business School. Professor Sathe's current work is in the implementation of global strategies, fast-cycle new product creation, marketing innovation, building winning executive teams, leadership, and managing cultural change.
The Meaning of the Turnover from Republicans to Democrats
SEYMOUR MARTIN LIPSET
MONDAY, MARCH 1, 1993
What is the heuristic value of the 1992 election? Find out in an evening spent with a distinguished political scientist, Seymour Martin Lipset.
Dr. Lipset is the Hazel Professor of Public Policy at the Public Policy Institute at George Mason University and is also senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has authored or co-authored twenty-one books or monographs and is said to be the most cited living political scientist. Most recently, Dr. Upset wrote the introduction for the Progressive Policy Institute's Mandate for Change (1992), the book now deemed as the blueprint for the Clinton administration.
His work centers around the fields of political sociology, social stratification, public opinion, and the sociology of intellectual life. He has also written extensively about the conditions for democracy, North American societies, and the Jewish community. His recent work includes "hot" topics such as affirmative action and political correctness.
Currently, Dr. Lipset is president of the American Sociological Association. In the past, he served as president of the American Political Science Association.
Professor Lipset holds degrees from City College of New York and Columbia University. His visit to the Athenaeum is sponsored by the Salvatori Center.
From Montreal to Rio: The New Global Diplomacy
TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 1993
Confronting environmental threats challenges policy makers the 1990s like never before. Richard Elliot Benedick warns of the risks involved in our present experiment on the atmosphere. "The very existence of scientific uncertainty about global warming should lead us to action rather than delay," he says. He raises the concern that current economic analysis too frequently ignores the externalities of environmental damage. Dr. Benedick points to examples of harnessing free market forces to work for sustainable growth, taking environmental factors into account.
Dr. Benedick, formerly deputy assistant secretary of state for environmental matters, is a senior fellow at the World Wildlife Fund, where he lectures and publishes widely on the environment, population issues, and development. He is also senior counselor to the East-West Academy for Economic Cooperation in Berlin and was special advisor to the United Nations secretary general for the Conference on Environment and Development. He has held diplomatic positions in Athens, Bonn, Paris, Karachi, and Tehran. Benedick was also the chief U.S. negotiator for the Montreal Protocol in 1987.
Dr. Benedick received his bachelor's from Columbia, a master's from Yale, and his doctorate from Harvard. He was the Evans Fellow in metaphysical poetry at Oxford. His awards include the two highest presidential career public service honors, the 1988 Distinguished Service Award and the 1983 and 1990 Meritorious Service Awards. In 1991 Dr. Benedick was elected to the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A Question of Choice
WEDNESDAY. MARCH 3, 1993
In 1973, at age twenty-seven, Sarah Weddington found herself arguing the landmark decision over a woman's right to privacy, Roe v. Wade.
"They never planned to make history," she says of the small group of women in Texas who organized a referral project to provide information on birth control and abortion. The group felt it was simply responding to a need, providing a place for desperate young women to find the "good places" to terminate an unwanted pregnancy without risking their lives. Ms. Weddington, who graduated at the top quarter of her class at the University of Texas School of Law, says she "couldn't find a job with a law firm because no one seemed willing to hire a woman." She was asked to do legal research for the referral project. When her colleagues decided to file a lawsuit, she was the only attorney who would do the case for free. A Question of Choice (1992) is Ms. Weddington's first-hand account of this landmark Supreme Court decision.
After the case, Sarah Weddington went on to serve as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. She later served as general counsel to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and as an assistant to President Jimmy Carter. She is a past president of the National Abortion Rights Action League, and she has served on the boards of several non-profit foundations. She is currently writing, lecturing around the country, and teaching at the University of Texas.
Dinner reservations are limited to members of the CMC campus only; however, the lecture will be held at 6:45 p.m. in McKenna Auditorium and is open to all.
The Mismeasure of Woman
THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1993
Are women and men finally being judged equally, or does sexism still prevail? In her landmark book The Mismeasure of Woman (1992), Carol Tavris examines the false assumptions that govern how we think about women and men.
Dr. Tavris's work has received praise across the board., the Los Angeles Times described her work as "thoughtful and entertaining" writing that Tavris "hasn't gotten mad, she has gotten even." The New York Times said it was written, "with wit, erudition, and moderation .... The great virtue of this book is that its author never confuses the very real differences in women's and men's experiences with the cultural artifacts."
The Mismeasure of Woman (1992) won the 1992 Distinguished Media Contribution Award from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology and the Heritage Publications Award. Dr. Tavris's other works include Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion (1989) and The Longest War: Sex Differences in Perspective (1984), an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender. Her syndicated columns have appeared in newspapers across the country.
Tavris earned her doctorate in social psychology at the University of Michigan. She has taught at the Human Relations Center of the New School for Social Research in New York and in the psychology department at UCLA. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.
Splendid Misery: Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam
MONDAY, MARCH 8, 1993
Lyndon Baines Johnson, a complex and elusive figure to historians, played a colossal role during the period surrounding the Vietnam War. He is often characterized as a figure in folklore. Robert Dallek's book, Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960 (1991) is the first book to get to the heart of the man.
Dr. Dallek, a professor at UCLA, specializes in 20th century American history, the American presidency, and American foreign policy. His book on Johnson is the first of a two-volume biography based on seven years of research. Dr. Dallek has also written books on Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, as well as the cultural politics of foreign affairs.
Dr. Dallek has received numerous international awards and honors for his research, including the presentation of University College London's Commonwealth Fund Lecture in American History. He has been appointed the visiting Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford for 1994-95. Join us for a peek behind the elusive facade of Lyndon Johnson in this second lecture of the series on the Vietnam War.
Different Voices: Women and the Holocaust
TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 1993 12:15 p.m.
Athenaeum is proud to continue its faculty lunch series with a discussion by Professor John K. Roth. Neither before, during, not after the Holocaust have women been silent about the experiences that left them forever marked by the "Final Solution." Drawing on survivors such as Charlotte Delbo and Isabella Leitner, scholars such as Claudia Koonz and Joan Ringelheim, and reflective writers such as Ida Fink and Gitta Sereny, Different Voices: Women and the Holocaust (1993) intensifies an awareness of the depths of the Holocaust's tragedy and encourages a determination to prevent such destruction in the future.
Professor Roth graduated from Pomona College, where he first decided to become a teacher. He earned his doctorate in philosophy at Yale University and has been teaching at Claremont McKenna College ever since. He was selected as the 1988 Professor of the Year for the United States and Canada by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He has written more than 15 books and dozens of articles.
Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. Professor Roth will speak at 12:15.
The '92 Election and Beyond
TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 1993
Sign up for an evening with William Kristol, former chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle. Mr. Kristol is credited for positioning former Vice President Quayle as the leading spokesperson for the conservative branch of the Republican Party.
Before his promotion to chief of staff in June 1989, Mr. Kristol served as Quayle's assistant for domestic policy, starting in January 1989. From December 1985 to July 1988, he was chief of staff to education secretary William Bennet, leaving that position to run Alan Keyes' U.S. Senate campaign in Maryland. From 1983 to 1985, Mr. Kristol was assistant professor of public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Prior to joining the Kennedy School, Mr. Kristol taught in the political science department of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his A.B. and Ph.D. degrees in government from Harvard.
The Salvatori Center is sponsoring Mr. Kristol's visit as part of its series, "Social Science and Public Policy."
The American Wilderness: Past, Present and Future
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 1993
What is the state of America's wilderness? For an answer to this question and many others, please join us for what will prove to be a very informative speech on America's wilderness.
Dr. Roderick Nash completed his B.A. at Harvard University in history and literature and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1964, specializing in American intellectual history. He taught briefly at Dartmouth College before coming to the University of California, Santa Barbara. Among his ten books, Professor Nash is best known for Wilderness and the American Mind, first published in 1967 and now in its third edition. His most recent monograph is The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics (1989), Dr. Nash founded the multidisciplinary major in environmental studies at UCSB. Through his career Dr. Nash has received many awards; he was named a Lindbergh Fellow, delivered the keynote address at the fourth World Wilderness Conference, and was voted UCSB's professor of the year in 1990.
We hope you will join us for Professor Nash's important address.