April 12, 04

Vol. 19 , No. 10   

West Point: The People's Academy
MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2004
LUNCH 11:45 a.m.
LECTURE 12:15 p.m.

Lieutenant General William James Lennox, Jr. assumed duties as the 56th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York on 8 June 2001. He entered the Army following graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1971, where he earned his commission as a lieutenant of Field Artillery.

General Lennox has served in a wide variety of field assignments, including Forward Observer, Executive Officer, and Fire Support Officer in the 1st Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, and Commander, Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division. He was the Operations Officer and Executive Officer for the 2nd Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division. He commanded the 5th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery in the 4th Infantry Division and the Division Artillery in the 24th Infantry Division. General Lennox has also served as White House Fellow, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, and Executive Officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. He served as Deputy Commanding General and Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center; Chief of Staff for 3rd Corps and Fort Hood; Assistant Chief of Staff, CJ-3, Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea and Deputy Commanding General, Eighth United States Army; and, most recently, Chief of Legislative Liaison.

In addition to his Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, General Lennox holds a Masters Degree and a Doctorate in Literature from Princeton University. His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Officer Advance Course, the distinguished graduate from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the Senior Service College Fellowship at Harvard University.

General Lennox's awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Distinguished Service Medal; the Legion of Merit with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters; the Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; the Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Achievement Medal; the Korean Order of Military Merit-Inheon Medal; the Ranger Tab; the Parachutist Badge; and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

General Lennox and his wife, Anne, have three sons: Matthew and Andrew, both Captains in the Field Artillery; and, Jonathan, a financial consultant.

His talk at the Athenaeum is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC as part of the series War and Literature.

A Poet Reads from His Work
MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2004

Described by The Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War," Paul Muldoon has distinguished himself as a literary giant. The 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winner for his collection of works Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), this acclaimed poet is known for his ever present innovation and wit. He deftly handles themes that are profoundly personal by giving them a universal relevance and creating; a strong sense of place within the poem. Bridging the Atlantic, Muldoon works "a rich vein that extends from the rivery, apple-heavy County Armagh of the 1950s, in which he was brought up, to suburban New Jersey, on the banks of a canal dug by Irish navies, where he now lives."

Born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, in 1951, Paul Muldoon studied at Queen's University, Belfast, and has worked for BBC Belfast as a radio and television producer. His major works include Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting the British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), and Poems 1968-1998 (2001).

In addition to the Pulitzer, Muldoon was awarded the T. S. Eliot Award for The Annals of Chile in 1994, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature in 1996, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, and the 2004 Shakespeare Prize. Paul Muldoon is currently Howard G.B. Clark '21 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University and Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.

Please join us for a very special evening as poet Paul Muldoon reads his work at the Athenaeum.

The Economics of Reparations for African Americans

The practice of slavery lingers as a giant scar on American history. While slavery is no longer legal today, African Americans continue to face repercussions from this "peculiar institution." Contemporary discrimination and the legal segregation of the past combined with slavery to steal a massive amount of black labor over time. Some have estimated that taking into account lost interest over time, the amount of black labor lost could equal up to $24 trillion in today's dollars. However, the fact remains that no living white American has owned slaves, voted for the Jim Crow laws, or assisted the initial creation of segregated schools for black Americans. Does this fact in any way eliminate culpability? If reparations are in order, how much should be offered in return for past transgressions? Finally, how would such a substantial payment affect the American economy?

Coming to CMC to discuss the economic viewpoint of reparations for African Americans is Dr. William Darity, the Cory C. Boshamer Professor of Economics and Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Darity has done extensive research on this subject and is the author of The Black Underclass: Critical Essays on Race and Unwantedness (1994) and Persistent Disparity: Race and Economic Inequality in the United States Since 1945 (1998).

A member of numerous economic associations, Darity received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1978 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also written scores of journal articles and has edited several books, including the two-volume work Economics and Discrimination (1995).

The Future of Race Relations in America

It is undeniable that progress has been made in the area of race relations in this country. However, we are often reminded of the distance left to travel. We still live in a nation full of inequality and discrimination, despite efforts to overcome these obstacles. How can we bring more egalitarianism and social justice to America?

Angela Oh first chose to apply her skills as an attorney to public service after she was named Special Counsel to the Committee on the Los Angeles Crisis following the 1992, riots. For her distinguished effort, President Clinton appointed Angela Oh to serve on the seven-member Advisory Board to the President's Initiative on Race.

In addition to operating her firm in Los Angeles, Oh & Barrera, LLP, Angela Oh currently serves as a member of the California Commission on Access to Justice, a trustee of the Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute and a board member of the Western Justice Center Foundation. In 2000, 0h was appointed Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Irvine where she teaches a course on Race and American Law. She also recently completed a collection of essays titled Open: One Woman's Journey (2002).

Angela Oh is the founding member of the Multicultural Bar Alliance and formerly served as President of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California. She is also an ordained Priest in the Zen Buddhist-Rinzai Sect.

Please join us for what is sure to be an insightful look into the problems we face today and possible solutions for tomorrow.

The Lark Quartet: Beethoven String Quartets, Opus 18, No. 4 and Opus 59, No. 1

Come escape the allegro tempo of modern life with the internationally acclaimed Lark Quartet. Four extraordinarily gifted musicians will fill the Athenaeum with the exquisite sounds of the music of Ludwig von Beethoven.

Currently celebrating their eighteenth concert season, the ensemble enjoys a reputation for artistic integrity and versatility. Since the ensemble's victories at prestigious international competitions, including the 1990 Naumburg Chamber Music Award and Russia's Shostakovich Competition Gold Medal in 1991, the musicians of the Lark have continued to perform around the world in such venues as the Beethoven Festival in Moscow. This season alone, the Lark will appear on tour in Germany, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Great performers series, the Smithsonian Institution, and throughout New York City as it launches a new family concert series entitled "Lark About Town."

Masters of both the traditional string quartet repertoire and the works of recent artists who delight in bending the "Classical" mode, the artistic energies of this unusual foursome are fueled by this contrast of stylistic extremes.

The quartet discography comprises nearly one dozen CD recordings and a 1998 video documentary of the ensemble which recently appeared on Public Television stations nationwide.

In addition to their contributions to the Lark Quartet, each member of the ensemble is professionally distinguished in her own right. Graduates of esteemed institutions such as Julliard and The Curtis Institute, these musicians are prize-winning soloists, recording artists, and university faculty whose talents mingle and multiply in the classic quartet.

Please join us for what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable evening.

Oppenheimer's Vision of Knowledge: The Legacy of an American Hero
MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2004

J. Robert Oppenheimer was an unlikely American hero. A theoretical physicist who was more interested in quantum mechanics and metaphysical poetry than in politics or war, Oppenheimer was tapped by the United States Army in 1942 to lead the top secret Manhattan Project. His task was to manage the world's best scientists and engineers in the fashioning of the first atomic bomb. As the world saw in 1945, Oppenheimer had been enormously successful. After the war, the demiurge of the bomb also became one of America's most important intellectuals, directing the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (with faculty members such as Albert Einstein, Kurt Godel, and T.S. Eliot) and chairing the General Advisory Committee of the Atomic Energy Commission. Oppenheimer's opposition to the development of the hydrogen bomb in 1949 led to a series of political battles, and his affiliations with leftist intellectuals during the 1930s in Berkeley and after came back to haunt him. In April, 1954, at the height of McCarthy's investigations, the Atomic Energy Commission conducted a special hearing on the matter of Oppenheimer's "loyalty" and voted to strip him of his security clearance.

Despite his fall from power, Oppenheimer continued to be a prominent public intellectual, and his essays and lectures are among the most subtle and powerful investigations of the relationship of science and freedom in a democratic society. On the occasion of both the centennial of his birth in (April 22, 1904) and the moment of a half century since his infamous security hearings, Robert Faggen, will discuss the significance of Oppenheimer's life and thought for post-cold war American culture.

Robert Faggen is a professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College and the author and editor of numerous works including Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin (1997). He received his A.B. from Princeton University, a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has been the recipient of an NEH Fellowship.

The United States and North Korea: Nuclear Issues
LUNCH 11:45 a.m.
LECTURE 12:15 p.m.

The campaign against the weapons of mass destruction is the central focus of President Bush's foreign and security policies. This was the rationale for the American invasion of Iraq. Unlike Iraq, North Korea has declared that it has active nuclear programs. Now that the United States, South Korea, China, Japan, and Russia are engaged in the Six-Party Talks with North Korea in Beijing for a possible dismantlement of its nuclear facilities, it remains to be seen whether North Korea can be persuaded to accept a peaceful solution of this important issue or may be tempted to take a more recalcitrant posture against the international community.

As the former South Korean Foreign Minister (1996-98) and the National Security Adviser to President Kim Young Sam (1994-96), Ambassador Chong-Ha Yoo is highly qualified to discuss the topic, "The United States and North Korea: Nuclear Issues." When he served as South Korea's Ambassador to the United Nations (1992-94), he dealt with the North Korean nuclear issue which was discussed at the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly. In addition, he was instrumental in initiating and promoting the Four-Party Peace Talks on Korea (the United States, China, South Korea, and North Korea), which Presidents Kim and Clinton proposed in 1996.

Ambassador Yoo studied at Seoul National University and at University of Bonn. As a distinguished career diplomat, he served as South Korea's Ambassador to the European Union and to the Sudan and as Vice Foreign Minister and Assistant Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs. He also was Director of the Bureau of American Affairs. His other foreign service assignments included positions in Washington, Chicago, London, Bonn, and Islamabad.

Upon his retirement from the 36-year diplomatic career in 1998, Ambassador Yoo has been a Professor of International Studies at Sogang University, Seoul. He taught a class at Claremont McKenna College as the Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor in the spring semester of 1999.

The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies is honored to host Ambassador Yoo's visit to CMC as a Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor.

Three Americas: How Migration is Transforming America

President Bush's recent proposals to reform immigration laws triggered long overdue policy debates about the economic and sociological impact of legal and illegal immigration into the United States. What has received less notice, however, is how international migration is shaping major population movements and ethnic change within the United States. For more than a decade one of the nation's foremost demographers, William Frey, has been studying major shifts in internal migration patterns that are transforming the nation into three distinct sociological entities: Melting Pot America, the New Sunbelt, and the Heartland. This demographic transformation will have profound economic, political, and cultural implications.

William Frey is Research Professor at the University of Michigan's Population Studies Center and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. A Census Bureau consultant, he has more than 100 publications on migration, population dynamics and urban demography. Dr. Frey has directed numerous foundation studies and coauthored America By the Numbers: A Fieldguide to the U.S. Population (2001). His research on the nation's changing demographics has been featured in most major news media sources including CNN, NBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Conflict Resolution in the Middle East
LUNCH 11:45 a.m.
LECTURE 12:15 p.m.

Professor Joseph Maila, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Economic Science at the Institut Catholique de Paris since 1997, is visiting the U.S. to serve on an International Exchange Student (IES) task force. His expertise is in the area of Islam and the Middle East and he will discuss his perspective on the possibilities for peace in the Middle East during this special lunch at the Athenaeum. All are welcome to attend.

Lies, Sissies, & Fiascoes: Notes on Making a New Kind of Radio

With such unlikely themes as the success of comic book superheroes and babysitting children who don't exist, This American Life is still riveting audiences on its tenth year anniversary. Since the show's launch in 1995, it has won the coveted Peabody and duPont awards, and expanded from WBEZ Chicago to boast over one million listeners on more than 400 public radio stations nationwide.

Playing cuts from FBI surveillance tapes, presenting documentaries, hosting famous contemporary writers reading from their work, and sprinkling in musical interludes as varied as Ricky Martin and Chuck Berry, Ira Glass surprises his audience with innovation and humor. The award-winning radio host, cofounder, and producer of National Public Radio's This American Life will bring this quirky energy and quick wit to the Athenaeum in a special live experience, complete with soundboards and music.

His program's self-described mission is "to document everyday life in America" and to be "a public radio show for people who don't necessarily care for public radio." Signs point to success in these endeavors as the press describes it as "the cure for common radio," and Glass, coauthor of Radio- An Illustrated Guide (1999), as "the light at the end of the dial."

Before creating This American Life, Ira Glass worked at NPR producing and reporting for programs including All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation. Be sure to join us for punch lines and poignant insights as Ira Glass transforms the Athenaeum into his personal studio.

For eager audiences, you can tune in to This American Life Saturdays at Radio KCRW 89.9 FM at 10 a.m. or Radio KCLU 88.3 FM at 11 a.m., or listen to previous shows at www.thislife.org.

Dinner reservations are for CMC persons only. Overflow seating will be accommodated in McKenna Auditorium.

Under the Lights Presents

Dinner Theater
BETTY'S SUMMER VACATION by Christopher Durang
AARON MEYER '04, director
MEGAN BROTHERTON '04, director
FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2004

Under the Lights, CMC's longest running student theater group, is proud to present Christopher Durang's satirical comedy, Betty's Summer Vacation (1999). This hilarious comedy is a commentary on society's obsession with reality-based entertainment. The play follows the adventures of five summer vacationers. Betty, a sensible young woman rents a room in a cottage on the New Jersey shoreline in search of a restful and relaxing summer vacation. Betty's luck quickly turns when she meets her crazy house mates: her friend Trudy, who chatters constantly; Buck, the lewd, sexy lout-hunk, who tries to have sex with everyone; Keith, a suspected serial killer who hides in his room with a mysterious hatbox; and the cottage owner Mrs. Siezmagraff a lively, eccentric, woman in her mid-40s. Betty's Summer Vacation is "a merry beachside romp featuring murder, mutilation, and charades."

The cast is Elizabeth Brunner '05, Ryan Casella '06, Daniel Curtis '07, Gregory Gallagher '07, Joanna Marks '07; Lauren Mikov '07, Alexis Piazza '07, and Kasey Schneider '07 .

The play lasts approximately two hours, and contains mature subject matter and adult language. Dinner theater is made possible by Under the Lights, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, and ASCMC.

Claremont Colleges students, faculty, and staff..... NO CHARGE
Community guests ............................................... $17.00 per person

Seating will be festival style and is limited. Sign up as soon as possible, circling your first, second, and third choice of date. You will be contacted if your first choice reservation date is unavailable.

Conversation with Peggy Noonan
LUNCH 11:45 a.m.
LECTURE 12:15 p.m.

Peggy Noonan is the bestselling author of five books on American politics, history, and culture. Currently, she is a contributing editor for the Wall Street Journal and a weekly columnist for its editorial page website.

From 1984 to 1986, Ms. Noonan served as special assistant to President Reagan. In 1988, she was the chief speechwriter for George Bush during his presidential campaign. Before entering the political arena, Ms. Noonan wrote and produced television news for CBS, as well as Dan Rather's daily radio commentary. As the editorial and public affairs director for a CBS-owned radio station in Boston, she won the Tom Philips Award for broadcast commentary.

Noonan's latest book, When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan, was published in 2001 and became a New York Times best seller. Her other books include What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era (1990); Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness (1994); and Simply Speaking (1998). In addition, Ms. Noonan's articles and essays have appeared in such publications as Forbes, Time, and The New York Times, among others. She also is a member of the board of The Manhattan Institute for Political Research, a political think tank "whose mission is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility."

The Pacesetters Fellowship Program is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of alumni from the classes of 1948, 1949, and 1950-the Pacesetters. The program attracts leaders in business, academia, and public affairs to Claremont McKenna College for one-on-one interactions with students. Ms. Noonan is the fourth Pacesetters Fellow.

Math Wars: A Research Mathematician's View of Mathematics Education

A major controversy taking place in K-12 education of mathematics, known as the Math Wars, has been raging for quite some time now. In 2000 the American Mathematical Society published a book titled Mathematics Education Research: A Guide for the Research Mathmatician. In a review of this work, George Andrews, Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University, transcribed his opinion that the current approaches used to teach mathematics are severely flawed.

Dr. Andrews believes that scientific accuracy and standards have been sacrificed in the search for new methods of mathematics education. Andrews' critique of his colleagues met resistance, most notably in a recent article in Notices of the Mathematical Society by Anthony Ralston. In his Athenaeum talk, Dr. George Andrews will analyze the philosophical differences that make the Math Mars inevitable and some of the opinions currently held about math education.

George Andrews is extremely well-recognized in his field, having recently been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2003. Primarily considered a number theorist, his work has spread to a variety of fields, including computer science, mathematical analysis, and theoretical physics. Andrews is renowned for his expertise on Srinivasa Ramanujan, the brilliant self-trained Indian mathematician. In addition to writing over two hundred scientific articles, he is the coauthor of Number Theory (1971) and author of The Theory of Partitions (1976). A former Fulbright Scholar, George Andrews received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964.

Come and join us at the Athenaeum for our final lecture of the 2003-2004 program and a riveting presentation on a topic crucial to the future of education in America.

The Investment Banking Industry in 2010
TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2004

Investment banking in the year 2010 is the topic of the talk sponsored by the Claremont McKenna Economics Society to be presented by Harry McMahon, a 1975 graduate of Claremont McKenna College. Harry McMahon serves as Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch & Co. and is a member of the executive committee of the Firm's Global Markets and Investment Banking Group. Harry joined Merrill Lynch in 1983 and prior to his move to Los Angeles in 1989, he held senior positions in both Capital Markets and Corporate Finance. From 1996 to 2002, he was co-head of Global Corporate Finance, overseeing all Corporate Client activities in Consumer Products, Healthcare, Media, Technology, and Telecommunications.

His broad base of client experience has included being the team leader on over 250 projects involving either Corporate Finance or Mergers and Acquisitions advisory work. From 1975 to 1983, McMahon worked for the Northern Trust Bank of Chicago in the areas of International Cash Management, Commercial Lending and Corporate Finance.

McMahon currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Claremont McKenna College, where he is also Chairman of the Henry Kravis Leadership Institute. He serves on the Board of Trustees of St. John's Hospital, and on the Board of Directors of Bet Tzedek, the largest legal services charity in Los Angeles; and on the Vestry of St. Matthew's Church in Pacific Palisades.

He received an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1980, and a BA with concentrations in Economics and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College in 1975. He and his wife, Jacquie, have four children.

Please join us at the Athenaeum for this address by a distinguished alumnus as part of the award dinner for the Claremont McKenna Economics Society. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:30 p.m. reception.