January 16, 95

Vol. 10 , No. 05   

An Inside Look at C-SPAN
MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 1995 4:00 p.m.

Washington D.C. may be on the other side of the country, but for the last six years C-SPAN and now C-SPAN 2 have brought 24-hour Congressional happenings into more than 60 million households across the nation. Predominantly recognized for its gavel-to-gavel coverage of Congress, C-SPAN and its two audio networks provide unique public affairs programming on a wide range of news and public policy issues. The Claremont McKenna College government department welcomes Brian P. Lamb, a founder and chief executive officer of C-SPAN, to the Athenaeum to discuss issues concerning this flagship television network that keeps an eagle eye on Capitol Hill. There will be a reception at 3:30 p.m. Lamb speaks at 4:00 p.m.

Leaving No Child Behind

Children must have at least one person who believes in them. It could be a counselor, a teacher, a preacher, a friend. It could he you. You never know when a little love, a little support, will plant a small seed of hope.

-Marian Wright Edelman, The Measure of Our Success

Marian Wright Edelman is one who believes and inspires others to believe in the greatest resource America will ever know: its children. Today's youth are tomorrow's leaders of families, communities, institutions, corporations, and our nation, yet every two hours gun violence takes the life of an American child. Over 13 million children live in poverty. Before the age of 20 many face pregnancy, arrest, or the consequences of dropping out of school. The Children's Defense Fund is a nonprofit organization founded by Edelman in 1973 that has represented America's children as a powerful advocate for Head Start in Congress and the White House, working to inspire grassroots campaigns to rebuild the foundations that support children in their homes and communities.

Moved by her father's wishes to continue her education and by the civil rights movement, Edelman pursued a degree in law at Yale Law School. She became the first black woman admitted to the bar in Mississippi. Upon opening a branch of the NAACP legal fund in Jackson, Mississippi, after graduation from Yale in 1964, she defended clients who had been beaten in jail, and she urged senators to visit Mississippi to witness for themselves the effects of poverty.

Throughout her childhood Edelman experienced segregation at the water fountains, at the movie theaters, watching inequalities and discrimination pervade her community. She has responded with action, determination, and, most important, hope for what she can do to make things better.

Lecturing from her bestselling book, The Measure of Our Success (1993), which explores problems that permeate our communities, and drawing on her experience, Marian Wright Edelman will help us to find ways to make sure we leave no child behind.

Edelman's address is sponsored by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and the Office of the Chaplains, and it is the first event of the Community Service Awareness Week. Dinner reservations are available only for students, faculty, and staff from CMC; the lecture at 6:45 p.m. in McKenna Auditorium is open to all without prior reservation.

The Resurgence of the Confucian Ethic in Modern East Asia

According to T. R. Reid, many leaders in East Asia are returning to a Confucian ethic-a family-centered society that, in their opinion, is inherently better socially, economically, and politically than Western counterparts. Reid, The Washington Post's Far East bureau chief, will address how ideological changes will affect Clinton's Asian policy. Through his coverage of Japan and East Asia for The Washington Post, his syndicated column, and his lighthearted commentaries on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, Reid is one of our best known correspondents.

Reid took a circuitous path to his career in journalism. He majored in classics at Princeton University, then worked as a teacher of Latin and Greek. He spent five years in the U.S. Navy as an officer on the staff of H. G. Rickover at the headquarters of the Navy's nuclear fleet. Returning to education, Reid worked as a university professor in southern Japan, then once again became a student-this time to study law-followed by a year's work as an attorney.

It wasn't until 1977 that Reid joined The Washington Post to cover Congress and national politics, including three presidential campaigns. For five years Reid was the Post's Rocky Mountain bureau chief in Denver. He decided to take advantage of his Japanese experiences by moving to Tokyo in 1990 to head the Far East bureau.

Along with ABC-TV correspondent Brit Hume, Reid writes a weekly personal computer column, syndicated to more than 60 newspapers around the country. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Reid has written three books in English and two in Japanese. In conjunction with his wife, Margaret M. McMahon, Reid wrote a book exploring yet another subject beyond journalism and the classics: Ski Japan! The Guide to Japan World Class Ski Resorts (1994), which was released last fall.

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day the Athenaeum proudly hosts Dr. Mary Frances Berry, chairperson of the United States Civil Rights Commission.

Recently named one of "America's Women of the Century" by the Women's Hall of Fame, Berry has created a distinguished personal history of public service in the areas of civil rights, apartheid, women's rights, racism, and black history. Berry has served on the Civil Rights Commission since 1980, and she earned significant public attention for her outspoken criticism of President Reagan's civil rights policies, for which she was fired in 1983. She promptly sued, won, and was reinstated by a Federal District Court and reappointed by Congress.

Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she has held positions at the University of Michigan, the University of Colorado, and Howard University. Her published works on constitutional history and civil rights law include Black Resistance, White Law: A History of Constitutional Racism in America (1971) and Policy: Black Citizenship and the Constitution 1861-1868 (1977).

Berry's outstanding scholarly work and public service have earned her 20 honorary degrees and numerous awards. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet one of America's most honored civil rights leaders and join in the celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This address by Mary Frances Berry is sponsored by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and the Office of Black Student Affairs.

Celebrating Mozart's Birthday

The birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on January 27, 1756, provides the occasion for a concert of chamber music performed by three of Southern California's most distinguished musicians.

Alice Schoenfeld and Eleonore Schoenfeld, each a virtuoso in her own right, have combined their artistry in a violin/cello duo that is unique in its musical rapport, technical mastery, and diversity of its repertoire. Their concerts have taken them throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, the Far East, and Australia, where they have given recitals and performed as soloists with leading philharmonic and radio orchestras. During their 48 European concert tours the Schoenfelds have made over 250 recordings of solo and chamber music literature for the major radio stations in Europe. In the United States the duo has recorded for Everest records and Orion Master Recordings.

The University of Southern California awarded the prestigious "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" RAMO Faculty Award to Eleonore Schoenfeld in 1990 and to Alice Schoenfeld in 1991. Their students can be found as concert artists worldwide, in major orchestras, and on the faculties of the finest music schools.

Pianist June Lusk Nelson is professor of music at El Camino College, where she received the "Outstanding Service Award" in 1991. She coordinates the applied music program and teaches piano at El Camino College. She appears regularly as a soloist, with orchestra, and as a chamber musician locally, in Canada, and in Europe.

The Schoenfeld Duo and June Lusk Nelson will perform Mozart's Concerto in D major, KV 218, for violin and piano (1775); Beethoven's Seven Variations for Piano and Cello based on a theme by Mozart (1791); and Trio in C Major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, KV 548, by Mozart (1788).

This program is the third of four concerts in the Stotsenberg Chamber Music Series, funded by a gift from Dorothy and Ed Stotsenberg, friends of CMC. The concert grand piano is provided courtesy of Yamaha Corporation of America.

The Athenaeum is an ideal setting for chamber music, and you are welcome to join us for an evening of good food and beautiful music.

Should the Federal Government Continue to Fund Public Broadcasting?

Is there a liberal bias to the media? What is the future of the media in American society in light of the historic role of the "fourth estate"? Should there be federal funding for public (noncommercial) broadcasting? "Friendly adversaries" Brent Bozell and Sanford Ungar approach this discussion from opposing ideologies. Bozell makes the claim that the liberal bias in the media needs to be exposed and corrected, whereas Ungar maintains that the media saves democracy from totalitarianism. L. Brent Bozell is the founder and chairman of the Media Research Center in Alexandria, Virginia, and executive director of the Conservative Victory Committee. The MRC boasts a sophisticated research operation, compiled to document and expose liberal bias in the media. All network news programs, and most prime-time entertainment shows, are taped, analyzed, and stored in the MRC archives. Bozell has been chairman of the board and president of the National Conservative Political Action Committee and served as the national finance chairman for Pat Buchanan's 1992 presidential campaign. He is a nationally syndicated author, published in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and National Review.

Bozell has also appeared on nationally syndicated television and radio shows such as CNN's Crossfire, Larry King Live, Nightline, and Headline News.

Sanford J. Ungar is dean of the School of Communication at American' University in Washington D.C. His career in print and broadcast journalism spans more than two decades. Ungar has been the host of All Things Considered on National Public Radio and has hosted "The CBS News Night Watch." He has been Washington editor of The Atlantic, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, a staff writer for The Washington Post, and a regular contributor to The Economist. He was a correspondent for United Press International in Paris and for Newsweek in Nairobi. Ungar's book, The Papers & the Papers: An Account of the Legal and Political Battle Over the Pentagon Papers (1972), won the George Polk Award in 1973. Other books include the bestseller Africa: The People and Politics of an Emerging Continent (1985), Estrangement: America and the World (1985), and FBI: An Uncensored Look Behind the Walls (1976), Ungar's recently completed book We Call Ourselves American: The New Immigrants is scheduled to be released by Simon & Schuster in 1995.

This is an opportunity to hear widely divergent points of view articulated by experienced professionals. Come prepared with questions and arguments of your own in order to participate in what is likely to be a lively debate.

Black History Is Your History

January 1995, marks the beginning of the United Nations International Year of Tolerance. As we also move into Black History Month it is quite appropriate that Kathleen D. Saadat should introduce the month by speaking on the importance of acknowledging and accepting our common history as ways to help mend the many torn places in the fabric of our communities and our country. She will explore the very real limits placed upon all of us by intolerance and the greater implications of those limits as we try to survive as a country participating in the global economy. Saadat will discuss ways to remove some of the barriers that divide us and invite us to challenge ourselves on the personal level as part of the process of tolerance and acceptance.

Kathleen Saadat graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, with a degree in psychology. She held the position of executive director of the Oregon State Commission on Black Affairs immediately prior to her appointment as Oregon State Director of Affirmative Action by former Governor Nell Goldschmidt in 1987. An activist and frequent public speaker, Saadat has been recognized by various organizations in Oregon and the Northwest. She received the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award (1992), the Civil Liberties Award from the Oregon chapter of the ACLU (1994), and was named one of "100 Who Lead in Oregon" by the Oregon Business Magazine (1993). The latter award was made primarily because of her work in opposition to Measure 9, Oregon's 1992 antigay initiative.

Kathleen Saadat's talk is sponsored by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and the Office of Black Student Affairs. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

Year of the Boar

February first marks the first day of the lunar year, a tradition celebrated by various Asian peoples including the Chinese. The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum will be hosting its third annual dinner and program to commemorate this important Asian holiday.

The Chinese Zodiac consists of a twelve-year cycle, each year of which is named after a different animal that imparts distinct characteristics to its year. Persons born during the year of the Boar are noble and chivalrous; possess tremendous fortitude and inner strength; are short tempered yet avoid arguments; are well informed and studious yet not deep thinkers; tend to be impulsive and honest. If you are a Boar Year person, avoid marrying another Boar!

Chefs David and Sid are preparing special Chinese New Year foods. The Athenaeum will be decorated with red signs depicting prosperity and good luck and there will be firecrackers to expel the evil spirits.

A group from the San Gabriel Valley Chinese Cultural Association (SGVCCA) will perform traditional music and dance, including the Lion and Dragon Dances. SGVCCA, organized in 1968 to encourage and promote the enrichment of the Chinese language and culture, operates a school with an extensive program in the instruction of Mandarin and Cantonese dialects, history, geography, and the traditional arts.

Because of the popularity of this event, dinner reservations are available only to students, faculty, and staff from CMC. The program which begins at 6:45 p.m. is open to all without prior reservation.

The Silence of the Liberals: The Need for an Alternative Interpretation of American Spiritual Culture

William Dean is a unique American philosopher and public intellectual. Since the years when he was Paul Tillich's assistant, he has examined the interaction between religion and culture in American public life. His most recent book, The Religious Critic in American Culture (1994), outlines a specifically American strand of religious and philosophical thinking that has arisen out of the death of the myth of America. In his investigations, Dean has tracked moral and cultural degeneration through modern America; along this path he notes skepticism about a common American culture, the fragmentation of defining traditions and living communities, and the demise of American public intellectuals.

Dean is professor of religion at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Currently, he is chair of the philosophy of religions section of the American Academy of Religion and vice president of the Highlands Institute for American Religious Thought. In addition to The Religious Critic in American Culture, Dean has authored American Religious Empiricism (1988) and History Making History: The New Historicism in American Religious Thought (1989).

Dean's insistence that cultural and social criticisms of American society need to be accompanied by examinations of religious predicaments finds its roots in his studies at the University of Chicago's Divinity School, where he received his Ph.D. William Dean is one of America's leading intellectuals, and his ideas are on the cutting edge of American social criticism. The Athenaeum invites all to take part in this timely and provocative examination of the American dream.


The first Open Forum Lunch of the semester will be held on Wednesday, January 25. You will have the opportunity to learn about the community service internship program at CMC. No need to sign up ahead, just drop by the Athenaeum at noon.