October 14, 96

Vol. 12 , No. 03   

Crossing the Border: U.S. Latino Writers on the Move

The Gould Center for Humanistic Studies and the Athenaeum are pleased to welcome Miguel Algarin, author of eight poetry collections and founder of the landmark Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Algarin is the third of several prominent writers participating in the Gould Center-sponsored series on U.S. Latino Writers.

Through his own distinctive and compelling verse and his advocacy of the works of new and experimental poets and dramatists, Algarin has captured the attention and admiration of celebrated figures on the American literary scene. Allen Ginsberg wrote: "Miguel Algarin plays the unique role of hero organizer and poet of two cultures synthesized as Nuyorican: fusing old funky Puerto Rican sacred color with Manhattan Yankee sophisticated hustle."

A prolific and versatile writer, Algarin has authored, edited, compiled, and published scores of books. He has adapted and directed plays by Ishmael Reed, Amiri Baraka, Miguel Pinero, Sonia Sanchez, and many others. He has written librettos for operas that have been performed in New York, Amsterdam, Paris, and Rome. His works and commentary have been broadcast over radio and television in Japan, Germany, Italy, and the United States.

Algarin is associate professor of English at Rutgers University, where since 1965 he has taught Shakespeare, creative writing, and U.S. Latino literature. Heart Spread (1996), his new collection of short stories, has recently been released.

The Language of the New Majority

Just how powerful is the language used by our politicians today? Can the use, or nonuse, of certain words by our elected representatives affect the way we think about the American political scene? The Henry Salvatori Center and the Athenaeum invite you to hear Frank I. Luntz propose answers to these and other questions. Using the upcoming election as an example, Luntz will demonstrate the importance of politicians' use of key words and phrases in trying to assemble a new majority coalition in American politics.

Luntz was the first pollster to predict a 1994 Republican majority. The pollster of record for the Republican Contract with America, he won the Washington Post's Crystal Ball award in 1992.

Time magazine named Luntz one of "America's 50 most promising leaders, age 40 and under." Newsweek credits him as one of the three primary engineers of the 1994 Republican congressional campaign strategy. Luntz has made frequent guest appearances on Meet the Press, This Week with David Brinkley, Nightline, Crossfire, The Today Show, CNN's Inside Politics, and Good Morning America.

Luntz graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in history and political science and earned a doctorate in politics at Oxford.

Among his many publications are Candidates, Consultants, and Campaigns: The Style and Substance of American Electioneering (1988), as well as frequent op-ed pieces for the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

CCRI: The End of Affirmative Action?

Proposition 209, better known as the California Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), has set off a firestorm of debate within our own state and on the national level. For the first time, the public will have the chance to decide the fate of government-imposed affirmative action programs.

With the election only weeks away, the Henry Salvatori Center and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to present a debate on this pressing issue. Dinesh D'Souza, John M. Olin Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and visiting fellow at the Claremont Institute, and Molly Munger, Western Regional Counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., will consider various aspects of this contentious issue.

Well known for his fight against political correctness on the nation's college campuses, waged in his best-seller Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus (1991), Mr. D'Souza has now joined the heated debate over affirmative action. In his latest book The End of Racism: Principles of a Multiracial Society (1996), he skewers the notion that affirmative action programs have succeeded, or can succeed, in fighting racism; rather, they do little more than "camouflage" underachievement in academia and in the workforce. Mr. D'Souza contends that the proper solution is a race-neutral society in which all races confront the cultural causes of this pathology.

A graduate of Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School, Molly Munger has a highly distinguished record as an attorney in the Los Angeles community. Formerly a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office, she has done extensive work in private practice, including five years with her own firm, Munger and Myers. Ms. Munger's considerable list of pro bono projects includes working as a co-counsel with the NAACP in Rodney King's civil litigation, a California Environmental Quality Act challenge to a Palos Verdes school closure plan, and a Voting Rights Act challenge to the redistricting of the Los Angeles City Council. One of her many ongoing major projects is research, advocacy, and campaign work against the CCRI.

Please join us in the Athenaeum for an evening of lively and eye-opening discussion on this burning issue. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00, with the debate beginning promptly at 6:45. Dinner reservations are for CMC persons only. The debate at 6:45 p.m. is open to all.

The Future of U.S.-China Relations

The relationship between the United States and China remains in a state of tension and uncertainty. Michel Oksenberg, an authority on Chinese affairs, will examine this important issue under the auspices of the Keck Center.

Oksenberg is a senior fellow at the Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, where he is also a professor of political science. As a senior staff member of the National Security Council, he played a major role in normalizing diplomatic relations between the United States and China in 1978. From 1992 to 1995 he served as president of the East-West Center in Honolulu.

Oksenberg taught at Columbia and Michigan universities and wrote a number of books, including China and America: Past and Future (1977), Policy Making in China (1990), and An Emerging China in a World of Interdependence (1994). He is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations board of directors.

Perspectives on the '96 Election: View from the Right
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1996 12:15 p.m.

As the November elections loom, voters will soon decide between two different political roadmaps for America. Republican candidates across the nation have dedicated themselves to the philosophy of reducing the size of the federal government, lowering taxes to promote economic growth, and maintaining a strong national defense. This was the winning formula for Republicans in 1994, and the coming election will decide if this agenda will carry our nation into the next century.

In conjunction with the coming elections and in order to promote and discuss the Republican philosophy for the future, the Claremont McKenna College Republicans are pleased to host a panel discussion with CMC faculty on the 1996 election. Issues to be discussed include not only an analysis of the presidential campaign, but a look at key congressional races, ballot propositions, and important issues that are to be decided in the near future. The panel will include CMC government Professors John Pitney, Charles Kesler, and Mark Blitz. The panel will be sure to offer a provocative and insightful look at the current American political atmosphere.

The panel discussions are jointly sponsored with the Athenaeum as part of the Election 1996 series. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. in Parents Dining Room and seating for the lunch is limited to the first 48 people who sign up. Introductions of the panels begin at 12:15 p.m. Please join us for this opportunity to discuss our nation's political future.

Perspectives on the '96 Election: View from the Left
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1996 12:15 p.m.

As we approach the turn of the millennium, the choice we and our leaders make will shape lives of the next generations of America. Democrats from Pres. Bill Clinton on down are hailing the 1996 election as one of historic importance.

To share their views on the importance and implications of this year's election, three of The Claremont Colleges' most widely respected liberal professors will participate in a panel discussion. Edward Haley is currently a professor of government at CMC and a senior research associate of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies. He previously served as a staff member in the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Jim McKenna, an anthropologist, teaches courses in human ethology and bio-anthropology at Pomona College. Harry Pachon, professor of political studies at Pitzer College, currently serves as the director of the Thomas Rivera Center.

As part of the Athenaeum series Election 1996, we invite you to join us for Views from the Left, the second of two panel discussions.

The panel discussions are jointly sponsored with the Athenaeum as part of the Election 1996 series. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. in Parents Dining Room and seating for the lunch is limited to the first 48 people who sign up. Introductions of the panels begin at 12:15 p.m. Please join us for this opportunity to discuss our nation's political future.

Crossing the Border: U.S. Latino Writers on the Move

Since first arriving in the United States in 1978, Mexico City native Guillermo Gomez-Pena has essayed many forms of artistic expression-from the traditional to the experimental, from literary, social, and cultural criticism to multimedia performance and installation art. The Gould Center for Humanistic Studies takes great pride in welcoming this uniquely versatile artist to CMC as the fourth participant in its fall Athenaeum series on U.S. Latino writers.

A founding member of the Border Arts Workshop Taller de Arte Fronterizo (1985-1990), a regular contributor to the national radio news magazine, Latino USA, and to newspapers and journals throughout the U.S. and Mexico, Guillermo Gomez-Pena has still somehow managed to maintain an extraordinarily busy performance schedule. Demand for his multimedia presentations has taken him to Montreal (where his performance of Border Brujo (1990) won the Prix de la Parole at the International Theatre Festival of the Americas), New York (where the film version of Border Brujo garnered first prize in the 1991 National Latino Film and Video Festival), Australia, Columbia, England, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the former Soviet Union. His experimental radio works include Border-X-Frontera (produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles), Border Notebooks (which won the Silver Award in the Performance/Spoken Word Category from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting), and the series We Don't Speak English Only, Vato! (1995), which received first prize from the National Association of Community Radios. For his most recent radio project, Menage-a-Trade (1994), Gomez-Pena won the 1995 Golden Reel Award.

In the collection of his writings published under the title Warrior of Gringostroika: Essays, Performance Texts, and Poetry (1993), Gomez-Pena explores cross-cultural issues, diversity, identity, and U.S.-Mexico relations.

His most recent book, The New World Borders: Prophesies, Poems, and Loqueras for the End of the Century (1996), has recently been published.

Student Debate: Election 1996

Youth are notorious for poor turnout in elections, yet CMC manages a thriving political discourse. Representatives from the Claremont McKenna College Republicans and College Democrats put themselves to the task of defending and explaining the agenda and vision of their respective parties and candidates for president.

From the right, the College Republicans feature three of CMC's more prominent conservatives. Andrew Orr '99 is a two-year member of the College Republicans and a member of the Claremont debate team. Ashwin Navin '99 is a vocal conservative student senator and an editor of the new conservative paper on campus, The Claremont Independent. Rounding out the trio is Chris Skinnell '99, chairman of the ASCMC publications board and an editor with the Independent.

The Democrats will be represented by Mark Mehringer '98, Emily Schuckman'99, and Stephen Mansell '99. Mehringer is the president of the Democrats of The Claremont Colleges, and Mansell is one of the vice presidents. Mehringer spent last spring working for the Clinton-Gore'96 reelection campaign. Schuckman last year earned the respect of her fellow CMC debate team members through consistently impressive performances. This past summer, Mansell worked for the local Democratic candidate for Congress, David Levering.

This debate will be modeled after the two presidential debates. Representatives from the Forum and Collage will be given the chance to ask questions. Members of the audience will be invited to put questions to the representatives, as well. We invite you to join us for a fun, informative, and exciting evening of debate.

Long-Term Economic and Strategic Trends 1994-2015: The United States and Asia

Today, world leaders in business and politics separate foreign relations and economic policy only at great risk. The new global marketplace imposes new protocol for decision-makers in dealing with their neighbors.

Charles Wolf, Jr., is considered an authority on international economic policy by both the private and public sectors. Wolf has served with the Department of State, is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a director of several leading investment capital firms.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard with his B.S. and Ph.D. in economics, Wolf headed RAND's Economics Department, where he is Dean of the Graduate School. Wolf has also taught at Cornell, University of California at Berkeley, and University of California at Los Angeles.

Wolf's research at RAND has centered on international economic policy, economic development, defense policy, and various aspects of the relationships between international economic and national security issues. He has written numerous articles and books on these subjects, including Economic Instruments, Military Instruments, and National Power (1994) and The Economic Dimensions of National Security (1994). His latest work, which he coauthored, is Long Term Economic and Military Trends, 1994-2015: The United States and Asia (1995).

Charles Wolf s visit is cosponsored by the Keck Center and the Lowe Institute. Please join us for a fascinating look at the future of U.S-Asia relations.

Crossing the Border. U.S. Latino Writers on the Move

Ruben Martinez, poet, performer, journalist, and teacher, will give the fifth in a series of readings in the Gould Center-sponsored program spotlighting U.S. Latino writers. Martinez also serves as organizer and director of the series, which complements and amplifies the Gould Center undergraduate seminar he is teaching this fall.

Martinez, well known to public-television viewers as the Emmy Award-winning cohost of KCET's Life and Times, has also won widespread critical and popular acclaim for his written journalism and poetry. Among the many citations that bear witness to the excellence of his achievement are a Greater Los Angeles Press Club Award, poetry prizes from the Santa Monica Arts Council and the University of California at Irvine, and a Freedom of Information Award from the American Civil Liberties Union. His first book, The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City, and Beyond (1993), is a collection of verse and essays that grapples with the United States and Mexico's tense embrace of each others' peoples, politics, cultures, and senses of history and of what the future will bring.

"U.S. Latino literature is my passion," writes Martinez. "Whether tackling the issues of race and class within the context of the country's 'culture wars' or venturing into binational dialogues over U.S.-Latin American relations, these are writers of conscience as well as craft.... Whether one uses the term 'melting pot' or 'mixed salad " Latino writers announce a cultural transformation on the level of what occurred in early 20th-century America."

A man of unassailable conscience and craft, Martinez has spent over a decade working with students at public and private schools-from Hollenbeck Junior High in East L.A. to Claremont McKenna. He is working on his second book, a journalistic novel about the changing cultural and political landscape of Mexico.

The Bible in the Church

Jaroslav Pelikan, Sterling Professor of History and William Clyde DeVane Professor at Yale University, is one of the most distinguished scholars of our time, renowned for his work in religious studies. The author of more than 30 books, including the widely acclaimed Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture (1985) and the five-volume series, The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Christian Doctrine (1971-1991), Pelikan has most recently completed a study of the Bible entitled The Reformation of the Bible: The Bible of The Reformation (1996). In this intriguing and trenchant study Pelikan has examined how the Bible inspired and defined the Reformation, and how the Reformation in turn affected the text of the Bible, Biblical studies, preaching and exegesis, and European art, literature, and music in general.

In a scholarly career spanning half a century, Pelikan has received some of his profession's highest honors, including the Jefferson Award of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the highest honor conferred by the U.S. government on a scholar in the humanities. Pelikan is also president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Please join us for what promises to be a dynamic vision of the influence of the Bible on history.

The Madrigal Feast

The Madrigal dinner is back! The Fourteenth Annual Madrigal Feast will again return to the Athenaeum featuring the Concert Choir of The Claremont Colleges and the medieval cuisine of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

There are two dates still open: Thursday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 10. Due to the popularity of the Madrigal, you are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Seating is on a first-come basis. The CMC community-students, faculty, and staff-will get a preferential sign-up period through October 23. After that all other Claremont Colleges students may sign up.

Use the reservation coupon to sign up and be sure to include your payment and meal card number when turning in your reservation at the Athenaeum office. If you wish to sit with a group, please turn in a list of all names and meal card numbers with your payment. We have a limited number of tables that can seat 8 or 10 people.

CMC students with meal card $10.00 per person
CMC students without meal card $13.00 per person
CMC faculty and staff (limit two tickets per person) $15.00 per person
Claremont Colleges students with meal card $12.00 per person
Claremont Colleges students without meal card $17.00 per person
Claremont Colleges faculty and staff (limit two tickets per person) $23.00 per person
Community persons $32.50 per person

Seating for each Madrigal Feast will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concluding around 9:00 p.m. after the concert following each meal. All guests to the feast are expected to remain for the concert.

Where you sit at the Madrigal is entirely dependent upon when your paid reservation is received. Get a group of friends to sign up to sit together so that you may all have an unforgettable time at the Fourteenth Annual Madrigal Feast at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.