April 12, 99

Vol. 14 , No. 11   

Poet Reads From Her Work
MONDAY, APRIL 12, 1999

A radiant and passionate poet, Jane Hirshfield explores the territory of our inner and outer worlds. Known as one of our foremost poets of the natural world, Hirshfield reveals how elements of nature hold fundamental human truths: about fortitude and loss, separation and wholeness, and the perseverance of passion. Using a range of formal approaches, she never loses sight of the primary function of the lyric poem; to provide a deepening and widening sense of what it is to be awake to the deep currents of daily life. Hirshfield is the author of four collections of poetry including, most recently, The Lives of the Heart: Poems (1997).

A noted essayist, translator, and anthologist, Hirshfield has received much praise for her work. U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky said of her collection of essays Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (1997). "Hirshfield dares to write about the mysteries of art, and she approaches each poem in a way that feels exactly right to me: plainly, reverently, intelligently." Pulitzer-prize winner Gary Snyder observed, "Hirshfield's territory reaches from ancient Greece to traditional Japan ... for those who want it, here's guidance toward the power of being in the margin, the calm ease of being in the center."

Jane Hirshfield has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship, and Columbia University's Translation Center Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Nation. Please join us for a reading by a luminous poet.

Fourteen Stations/Hey Yud Dalet

Arie Galles was born in October 1944, before the end of World War II, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where his parents sought refuge. At the end of the war, the family returned to Poland and found their home destroyed, the Jewish community annihilated. They moved to a small Polish town, Lubawka and lived in Poland until 1956 when they moved to Israel. In 1958 Galles emigrated to United States.

Memories of the Holocaust remained with Galles and later became the subject of his "Fourteen Stations," (begun 1993) a suite of drawings based on aerial photographs of concentration camps which Galles called his "Kadish for all those who perished in the Nazi concentration camps." Galles studied in the United States and in Rome, Italy. He received his bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Tyler School of Fine Arts of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Since 1972, Galles has been a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. He has also exhibited his work in galleries, museums, and universities across the country.

His Athenaeum presentation will commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day we remind ourselves that we must never forget in order to preserve the memory of those who suffered and prevent the repetition of such atrocities. Prior to this event, Rabbi Leslie Bergson will lead a short service in the Athenaeum courtyard beginning at 5:00 p.m.

EU Foreign Policy: Myth or Reality?
LUNCH 11:45 a.m., LECTURE 12:15 p.m.

It is often said that the European Union has the economic power of a giant and the political power of a pygmy. Sidney Freedman has direct experience with European Union policy as a senior staff member of the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union located in Brussels.

Freedman studied law at Oxford University and practiced for six years at the Bar in London. His legal career included work in the private sector for major corporations including Shell and Rolls-Royce, prior to joining the European Commission.

Freedman has a wide range of experience within the Commission, where he has served for over twenty-five years. He has worked in the fields of antitrust, consumer protection and foreign relations. He has also represented the Commission within international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Currently, Freedman is the European Visiting Fellow at the Center for Western Studies. He is also teaching at the Jackson School on International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Freedman's talk is sponsored by the European Union Center of California and will focus on the challenges facing the European Community as it determines its future in terms of enlargement and possible extension of its powers.

Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Mr. Freedman will speak at 12:15 p.m.

The Truthful Lens: A Survey of the Photographically Illustrated Books, 1844-1914

Weston Naef, an alumnus of Claremont McKenna College, is the curator for the Getty Museum's photography collection. Upon graduation from CMC, Naef went on to Ohio State University and then Brown University, where he developed his interest in photography.

Naef has worked at the Boston Public Library in the Wiggin Print Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Illustrated Books.

Since 1975, Naef has curated several major exhibitions and published catalogues as well as books. His exhibitions include Era of Exploration: the Rise of Landscape Photography in the American West, 1860-1885 (1975 and Georgia O'Keeffe: A Portrait by Alfred Stieglitz (1978). In addition to the publications accompanying these exhibitions, Naef wrote about Stieglitz as collector in his book, The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz: Fifty Pioneers of Modern Photographs (1978). In collaboration with Lucien Goldschmidt, Naef authored The Truthful Lens: A Survey of the Photographically Illustrated Books, 1844-1914 (1984), the standard reference on books illustrated with photographs.

Naef has worked for the Getty Museum since 1989. His recent activities include preparing a survey of the photographs collection for publication by the Museum and contributing to publications on Julia Margaret Cameron, Carleton Watkins, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Doris Ulmann, Andre Kertesz, Alfred Stieglitz, Edmund Teske and Frederick Sommer.

This lecture by Weston Naef is the last of the Athenaeum series Artists and Inspirations.

Should the 9th Circuit Be Saved?
LECTURE, 4:00 p.m.

The Honorable Diarmuid O'Scannlain has had a long and distinguished career in law. In 1986 he was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Reagan. During his time on the bench, O'Scannlain has distinguished himself by having written a series of important opinions.

A graduate of St. Johns University and Harvard Law School, O'Scannlain held several positions prior to his appointment. He first practiced law in Portland before becoming Deputy Attorney General of Oregon in 1971. Later he held other posts in state government, including stints as Public Utility Commissioner and Director of Environmental Quality. O'Scannlain then served on President Reagan's Energy Department transition team and later on the president's private sector survey on cost control. He then returned to private practice before his appointment to the Court.

O'Scannlain's talk will focus on the administrative problems associated with maintaining the appellate court. The 9th is the largest circuit in the federal system, and many advocate dividing it in order to improve efficiency. Please join us as we hear from this distinguished jurist.

American Dream and Holocaust Questions: Reflections on Integrity, Commitment, Achievement

As the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, John Roth has distinguished himself both as a teacher and a scholar.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Pomona College and his graduate degrees at Yale University, Roth returned to teach at CMC and has remained a member of the faculty for over thirty years. Recognized by both students and faculty alike, Roth received the G. David Huntoon Senior Teaching Award in 1995 and the Crocker Award for Excellence on three occasions. In 1988, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named Roth U.S. National Professor of the Year.

As a scholar Roth has authored, coauthored, or edited more than twenty-five books and hundreds of articles and reviews. His books include A Consuming Fire: Encounters with Elie Wiesel and the Holocaust (1979), Approaches to Auschwitz: The Holocaust and its Legacy (1987) (with Richard L. Rubenstein) and, most recently, Private Needs, Public Selves: Talk About Religion in America (1997). Roth has also served as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and is the former chair of the California Council for the Humanities.

Roth has lectured and taught throughout the world. As a visiting professor, he taught at the University of Haifa in Israel. In 1995-96 Roth traveled throughout Norway as Fulbright Lecturer in American Studies.

His lecture will combine themes from two of his academic interests and will conclude the Athenaeum series Integrity, Commitment, Achievement.

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 1999

The 1999 Student Art Show will feature diverse work from a number of CMC students. Among the participants are junior Brandi Page, whose display will feature interpretive sculptures of horses. Senior San Young will display a portion of his senior thesis which explores the interplay among landscape, camera, and photographer in the process of taking a photograph. Kristi Carter, also a senior, will present a series of digitally created images. Senior art major Patty Castro will have several drawings on display which seek to capture the human body in a moment of physical activity which would otherwise be overlooked. Please join the Athenaeum for this special reception and celebration in honor of these talented student artists.

Going to Court Over Sexual Harrassment: What is Important
MONDAY, APRIL 19, 1999

Barbara A. Gutek is an expert on sexual harassment law. Specializing in organizational psychology she received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1975. She is the McClelland Professor of Management and Policy at the University of Arizona, and is currently the department chair. Gutek's credits include positions at UCLA and Claremont Graduate University, as well as several European universities.

Gutek has authored and edited ten books and over 80 articles on topics such as women and work, sexual harassment, job satisfaction, service organizations, and research methods. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society and has been on the editorial boards of several publications, including the Academy of Management Journal and the journal of Vocational Behavior. Gutek has received awards from the American Psychological Association and other groups for her research. A consultant for the Xerox Corporation, the RAND Corporation, and the EEOC, Gutek has still had time to serve as an expert witness in dozens of sexual harassment cases in the United States.

Barbara Gutek's lecture is the last in the Athenaeum series Psychology and the Law.

Music of Jewish American Composers

Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rogers, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and George Rochberg lived in the era of the minstrel show, burlesque, vaudeville, the jukebox, the phonograph, musical comedy, musical drama, the growth of music publishing, radio, and television. They survived World War I, the Depression, and World War II. Their total musical expression encompasses tonality, simple and advanced harmony, atonality, serialism, impressionism, and a vast array of distinctive musical styles which are a significant part of our American musical heritage.

Nina Deutsch's piano performance with narration illustrates the development of American music from 1900-1977, and the contribution of these six major figures to the field of American music. Deutsch also relates sparkling details of their life stories.

Maestra Deutsch has performed as soloist in more than 1,500 concerts and recitals throughout the world, in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the United Nations, and Wigmore Hall in London. She has appeared on NBC, CBC, and BBC television, and has been heard on Voice of America and Shanghai and Peking Radio. Though she is perhaps best known as an interpreter of the music of Charles Ives (whose complete works for solo piano she has recorded on the Vox label), her repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez to jazz and popular music. She has also earned acclaim as an educator, writer, and performance artist. Of her performance in "Portrait of Clara Wieck Schumann," a one-woman play she wrote, The New York Times remarked "Miss Deutsch held the audience spellbound ......

Nina Deutsch's lecture/recital is sponsored by the Gould Center as part of its ongoing series on American music.

Brahms: Musician, Composer, Individual

Michael Deane Lamkin is one of Claremont's most respected musicians, as well as a popular teacher and prolific conductor. Professor of Music at Scripps College and director of the joint music program at Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges since 1977, he is also music director and conductor of the Claremont Concert Orchestra. During the summer term Lamkin serves as Associate Conductor and Managing Director of the Classical Music Festival of Eisenstadt, Austria.

Lamkin has held guest conducting appointments with the Opera School of the Conservatory of Music in Munich, the Iowa Center for the Arts, the AIMS Midsummer Nights Festival in Graz, Austria, and has been guest conductor of the Slovak National Chamber Orchestra. Lamkin is a graduate of Baylor University and the University of Iowa. Currently, he is Dean of the Faculty at Scripps, is also on the faculty at CGU, and is principal conductor at the Claremont United Church of Christ.

Professor Lamkin will use slides and tapes to highlight the discussion about Johannes Brahms and preview the upcoming performance of the German Requiem.

The Claremont Concert Orchestra and Concert Choir will perform this monumental work by Brahms on Saturday, April 24th, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 25th, at 3:00 p.m. in Bridges Hall of Music.

The Folding Cliffs: A Narrative of 19th Century Hawaii

Winner of both the Pulitzer and Bollingen Prizes for poetry, W. S. Merwin has achieved a milestone in his distinguished career with the publication of The Folding Cliffs: A Narrative of 19th Century Hawaii (1998). This thrilling verse epic tells the story of an attempt by the government to seize and constrain possible victims of leprosy and the determination of one small family not to be taken. It is a tale of their flight into the wilds of the island of Kauai, pursued by a gunboat full of soldiers. Merwin captures the life and history of a people, the gods and goddesses of their mythic past with grandeur and vision.

Merwin has lived in and written about many parts of the world, most recently, Hawaii, and has received the Governor's Award for Literature of the State of Hawaii. He is the author of sixteen volumes of poetry and four of prose. Merwin's most recent collection, The River Sound: Poems (1999), contains the stunning elegy "Lament for Makers," and the fascinating meditations on memory "Testimony" and "Suite in the Key of Forgetting." Merwin is also among our greatest translators, and he is currently at work on translations from Dante's Purgatorio (forthcoming 2000).

Born in New York City in 1927, Merwin grew up in Union City, New Jersey and in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca.

Please join us for a reading from a masterpiece by one of the great poets of our time. This is the final part of the series The American Epic.

Leadership and Practical Intelligence
LUNCH 11:45 a.m., LECTURE 12:15 p.m.

Robert J. Sternberg is the IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale University and a leading authority on human intelligence. His research is in practical intelligence, including his triarchic theory of human intelligence. The theory refers to three broad analytic, creative and practical categories of learning.

His current research is concerned with problems of human intelligence, broadly defined. With a group of researchers, Sternberg works to bridge the areas of cognitive, developmental, and social psychology. Examples of particular current projects are matching of instruction and assessment with patterns of abilities; effectiveness of various kinds of thinking-based instruction; tacit knowledge for leadership effectiveness; the nature of wisdom, information-processing bases of second language aptitude; and teachers' mental models of student abilities.

As the luncheon speaker for the Ninth Annual Kravis-de-Roulet Leadership Conference, Sternberg will discuss the role of practical intelligence, in particular, the importance of tacit knowledge. Tacit knowledge is what one uses in order to build practical intelligence, and it has special relevance to career success, especially for professionals and leaders.

Dr. Sternberg's appearance is part of the day-long Kravis-de-Roulet conference hosted by the Kravis Leadership Institute.

The Motivational Dimensions of Leadership: Power, Achievement and Affiliation

David G. Winter is professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. He has been on the faculties of Wesleyan University, Harvard, and MIT. His most recent book is Personality: Analysis and Interpretation of Lives (1995), and he is a major contributor to publications concerned with personality and leadership such as the Handbook of Personality: Theory and Research (1990) and the Encyclopedia of Psychology (forthcoming 2000).

Author of The Power Motive (1973), Winter has written several articles and book chapters that look at the leadership of Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush as well as other areas of political leadership-personality, power, and authority; motivation and performance in presidential candidates; leader appeal, leader performance, and the motive profiles of leaders and followers. His research interests also include authoritarianism and gender roles.

Winter appears as part of the Ninth Annual Kravis-de-Roulet Leadership Conference, and concludes the day-long event hosted by the Kravis Leadership Institute. He will discuss the ways in which the motives of leaders affect how they construe their role as leaders, their sources of satisfaction and dissatisfaction, and their vulnerabilities.