Readings from Work in Progress
JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN
MONDAY, APRIL 5, 1993
John Wideman's fiction gives one of the most trenchant
portraits of the pain of the urban African-American
experience and expresses the need and desire to find some order
in that experience. His fiction is known for its dazzling energy
and narrative experimentation.
The Stories of John Edgar Wideman was published in 1992.
Wideman's most recent novel and his tenth book, Philadelphia
Fire, published in 1990, was awarded the 1991 PEN/Faulkner
Prize for Fiction. This was Wideman's second PEN award. Sent
for You Yesterday received the PEN/Faulkner Prize for Fiction in
1984 and was listed as one of the 15 best books of 1983 by the
New York Times Book Review. Brothers and Keepers, published in
1984, received the DuSable Museum prize for non-fiction.
Wideman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania
with a B.A. in English in 1963. As a Rhodes scholar, Wideman
spent three years in England, receiving a B.Phil. degree from
Oxford in 1966. He subsequently spent a year at the University
of Iowa Writers Workshop. Since 1974 Wideman had been a
professor of English at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and
in 1986 he joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst as a full professor of English. Wideman teaches
courses in creative writing and African-American literature.
Antarctic Ozone Depletion
TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 1993 12:15 p.m.
The effects of pollution on the Earth's atmosphere became
painfully clear when the ozone hole was discovered over the
Antarctic. However, the potential for unilateral protection of the
biosphere was exemplified by the Montreal Protocol which
resulted in the reduction of the use of ozone depleting chemicals.
Currently, professor Anthony Fucaloro is working with the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory to investigate and explain Antarctic ozone
Dr. Fucaloro, a native of Brooklyn, New York, received his
bachelor's degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn,
majoring in chemistry and minoring in mathematics. He then
received his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the
University of Arizona. After completing two postdoctoral
fellowships, as a teaching associate and as a research associate, he
came to the joint science department at the Claremont Colleges
in 1974. From 1980 until the present, Dr. Fucaloro has served as
the scientific adviser to Congressman David Dreier. In 1989 he
was selected to be the George C.S. Benson Professor of Public
Affairs, and in 1992 he became the dean of facuity at CMC.
Dr. Fucaloro's specialization in chemistry is molecular
spectroscopy luminescence and electron impact, subjects about
which he has published more than two dozen articles in scientific
journals since 1971. In addition to these, Dr. Fucaloro also
authored a math text entitled Selected Topics in Mathematics for
Introductory Science Students (1978).
Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. Professor Fucaloro speaks at
Are Women Paid What They're Worth? Pay Equity Meets the Market
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 1993
What kind of work environment will women and men face
in the 1990s and in the twenty-first century? Can they
expect to see equity in the job market? Inequity presents a
challenge because it is easy to hide. How will you know if you
are being treated fairly by the market of tomorrow? The answers
to these questions will affect us all in the years to come, or
perhaps in the weeks to come! Dr. Steven Rhoads will address
these questions in his talk, sponsored by the Salvatori Center.
Dr. Steven Rhoads is just completing a book critically
assessing the theory and practice of equal pay for comparable
worth, looking at the United States, the European Economic
Community, and Australia. Most of his work is in economics and
public policy and includes articles on "Kind Hearts and
Opportunity Costs," and "How to Sin Away the Deficit." In his
book, The Economist's View of the World: Government, Markets and Public Policy (1985), Dr. Rhoads focuses on
microeconomics and its influence on public policy, reviewing the
strengths and weaknesses of the mainstream economic
viewpoint. This book has become popular around the world,
especially in China and Taiwan.
Dr. Rhoads graduated from Princeton University with a
degree in history. He then went on to Cornell University where
he received a master's in economic analysis and public policy and
his doctorate in government. He is currently a professor at the
Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign
Affairs at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since
The Implications of NAFTA in Mexico
THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 1993
The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies is
pleased to announce that Professor Denise Dresser will
discuss "Upward Mobility or Downward Drift: The Implications
ofNAFTA in Mexico" as part of its lecture series on "The Pacific
Rim and the United States."
Professor Dresser teaches political science at Mexican
Autonomous Technical Institute. She has served as a political
analyst in the Mexican Ministry for Foreign Affairs and has held
several research positions, including the visiting research
fellowship at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the
University of California, San Diego. She has received a number of
other fellowships and scholarships, including a Fulbright
Professor Dresser graduated from El Colegio de Mexico in
1983 and received an M.A. degree from Princeton University in
1987. She is completing her doctoral dissertation at Princeton.
Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire
MONDAY, APRIL 12, 1993
Don't miss this opportunity to meet and listen to one of the
top journalists of the age reflect on the fall of the USSR and
the way Russia sees its role in the world today.
David Remnick is a graduate of Princeton University and is
now a staff writer for the New Yorker and a contributor to The
New York Review of Books. In 1982 he joined the Washington Post
as a staff writer and went as the paper's Moscow correspondent to
the Soviet Union in January 1988, returning to New York after
the fall of the Soviet Union and Gorbachev at the end of 1991.
His book, Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, will
be published by Random House in June.
Concert Preview: Haydn's The Creation
MICHAEL DEANE LAMKIN
TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 1993
On Saturday, April 17, the Claremont Chamber Orchestra,
the Claremont Colleges Concert Choir, the Pomona College
Choir, and community choirs will perform Haydn's The Creation
at Bridges Auditorium.
As a concert preview to this event, the Marian Miner Cook
Athenaeum is pleased to present Michael Deane Lamkin, the
conductor of this work, who will discuss the piece on Tuesday,
April 13. Mr. Lamkin will discuss The Creation (1798) in terms of the
music and its place in social history. He will illustrate his talk
with musical examples and slides of Vienna.
Mr. Lamkin, who is professor of music holding a joint
appointment with Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer,
and Scripps colleges, specializes in music of the 18th and 19th
centuries with particular emphasis on Haydn and the master
classicists. His work as a conductor has taken him to such
foreign places as Munich, Vienna, and Iowa City. With a
background in both instrumental and vocal music, Mr. Lamkin
is the conductor and music director of the Claremont Chamber
Orchestra and the Claremont Colleges Concert Choir.
Visions of the City in American Photography
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 1993
Dr. Alan Trachtenberg is the Neil Gray, Jr. Professor of
English and American Studies at Yale University. His
Reading American Photographs: Images as History, Mathew Brady to
Walker Evans (1990) was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for
outstanding scholarship in American art by the National
Museum of American Art. His other books include Brooklyn
Bridge: Fact and Symbol (1965) and The Incorporation of America: Culture
and Society in the Gilded Age (1982). He has published numerous essays
on American cultural history, specifically literary topics,
technology and urbanism, and photography.
He has held several visiting positions, including Fulbright
professorships at Leningrad State University and at the Kyoto
American Studies Seminar and visiting professor in the Science,
Technology, and Pronian Institution at MIT.
Professor Trachtenberg received his A.B. at Temple
University, an M.A. at the University of Connecticut, and a
Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is the Phi Beta
Kappa visiting scholar for 1992-93.
Losing Ground and In Pursuit
THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 1993
If you are concerned with the problems of the underclass and
what can be done to solve them, then you should not miss
Charles Murray's presentation, which is sponsored by the
Mr. Murray is the Bradley Fellow at the American Enterprise
Institute. He is best known as the author of Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980 (1984), an
influential and controversial analysis of the reforms of the 1960s.
In 1988, he published In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good
Government, broadening the focus of Losing Ground to explore
fundamental questions of "success" in social policy.
The highly-respected Murray was named one of the 150
"People Who Make a Difference" in national policy-making by
National Journal. U.S. News & World Report included him as one
of the thirty-two men and women who dominate the
contemporary intellectual debate on social policy. Mr. Murray
has also written articles for The Public Interest, The New Republic
and Commentary. He also has lectured around the world and has
testified before congressional committees dealing with poverty