September 05, 85

Vol. 01 , No. 01   


At the end of the 1984-85 academic year, Michael M. Riley, associate professor of film and literature, stepped down as director of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum to go on a much-deserved sabbatical. Everyone associated with the Athenaeum will miss him and looks forward to his return to CMC next year.

Privileged to be Professor Riley's successor, I am increasingly impressed by this marvelous place. During the summer, I studied college catalogs with my son, Andy, who will be a freshman in 1986. Most came from small liberal arts colleges to which CMC likens itself. He and I visited four of these -Amherst, Haverford, Swarthmore, and Williams. To the best of my knowledge, none, nor any of the other colleges I have read about recently, possesses a facility quite like this one. We at CMC are truly fortunate to have the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Benefiting from your good help, I shall try my best to meet the challenge of filling it with lively personalities and thought-provoking discussions.


Harald Bauer continues as the Athenaeum's resident manager. His office remains in its customary location adjacent to the north entrance. Mr. Bauer is assisted by student manager Keith Barth, a junior economics/ international management major from Boulder City, Nevada, and by assistant student manager Rhonda Hollinberger, a sophomore economics major from Puyallup, Washington.

The director no longer shares Mr. Bauer's office. Nor will he be found in Seaman Hall, but rather in the southeast corner of the Athenaeum's upper level. Director John Roth is assisted by Athenaeum student fellows Laura May, a senior American studies major from Phoenix, and Cindy Wayne, a junior economics/ literature major from San Rafael.

Also deserving mention are Sue Mansfield, professor of history, who again chairs the Athenaeum Advisory Committee, and Carol Bovett, the new Athenaeum secretary. Long associated with CMC, Mrs. Bovett comes to the Athenaeum after serving the faculty in Pitzer Hall. Her full-time presence at the Athenaeum is welcome.


The first program promises a provocative beginning to the 1985-86 Athenaeum season. On Wednesday evening, September 11, Robert Hilburn, music critic for the Los Angeles Times, will join us for dinner and discussion. In addition to his weekly columns, Hilburn is the author of Springsteen, to be published by Charles Scribner's Sons this autumn. The music and performers Robert Hilburn studies play formidable roles in our society. His commentary on them is sometimes controversial and always worth attending.


Each year the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum brings to CMC guest speakers and special events offering both entertainment and edification. Among those planned for autumn 1985, the following are worth noting on your calendars now.

All who wish to attend a luncheon or dinner in conjunction with the autumn programs must make reservations with the Athenaeum secretary at least three days in advance. Meal card numbers from students are required. Students, faculty, staff, trustees, and other specially invited persons dine as the Athenaeum's guests. As seating permits, reservations from the public -$3.00 for lunch and $5.00 for dinner, payable in advance by check to The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum -are welcome, too.

Wednesday, September 11, 1985

Robert Hilburn, music critic from the Los Angeles Times and author of Springsteen (1985). Reception: 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Discussion after dinner. (Use the attached sign-up form to make your reservations.)

Monday, September 16, 1985

James B. Lucke, CMCs mountain-climbing professor of mathematics, discusses "Mountaineering in Peru." Dinner: 6:00 p.m., followed by slides and commentary about Professor Lucke's recent expedition.

Monday, September 30-Wednesday October 2, 1985

Symposium on "Entrepreneurship: The Japanese American Connection." A series of presentations focusing on the post-World War II economic relationship between Japan and the United States. Featured speakers include Chalmers Johnson, Taizo Watanabe, Glen Fukashima, and Peter Drucker.

Thursday, October 17, 1985

Douglass McKenna, "computer artist," conducts a tour of his show at the Claremont Graduate School. Tour: 4:30 p.m. Reception: 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Discussion after dinner.

Monday, October 28-Wednesday, October 30, 1985

Symposium on "Children of the '80s: Their Problems and Prospects." A series of presentations by specialists in the political, legal, and psychological fields who deal with child abuse.

Monday, November 4, 1985

Theodore T. Puck, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and a leading cancer specialist. Reception: 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Lecture and discussion after dinner.

Wednesday, November 6, 1985

Paul M. van Buren and Clark M. Williamson, two leading American theologians who specialize in Jewish-Christian relations. Reception: 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Discussion after dinner.

Wednesday and Thursday, November 20-21, 1985

Elie Wiesel, author, Mellon Professor of Humanities at Boston University, and Chair, United States Holocaust Memorial Council. A detailed schedule of Mr. Wiesel's visit will be forthcoming.

Tuesday, December 3, 1985

William Least Heat Moon, author of the best-seller, Blue Highways: A Journey into America (1983). Reception: 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Lecture and discussion after dinner.


Afternoon Tea. Beginning Monday, September 9, and every Monday through Friday thereafter, tea and sweets are offered in the Athenaeum library, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

The Wednesday Lunch. Beginning on September 11, one of the small Athenaeum dining rooms will be reserved each Wednesday for students and faculty who wish to "drop in" for lunch and conversation. No prior sign-up is required.

War. This fall a new Public Broadcasting System series will be aired on KCET. Watch for the dates of a series of dinner-discussions, featuring CMC faculty, to be built around these programs.

Debate. With the help of Professor Stephen Combs, CMC's new forensics specialist, we hope to have a series of Athenaeum debates during the year.

Sunday Brunch. Beginning Sunday, October 6, and on the first Sunday of each month thereafter, Harald Bauer will provide his famous Sunday brunch. Make reservations early.

Theme Dinners and Special Occasions. Five feasts are planned for the autumn season. Sign-up is required.

1) Thursday, September 26, 1985. "A Night in Japan." Japanese food and entertainment leading up to the symposium on "Entrepreneurship: The Japanese Connection." Note: The kickoff for this event occurs at lunch the same day, when Professor John Zinda discusses his activities introducing American football to Japanese college students.

2) Friday, September 27, 1985. "Oktoberfest." Beginning at 7:00 p.m., the Athenaeum will feature German food, music, and dancing.

3) Thursday, October 31, 1985. The annual Athenaeum Halloween costume party begins at 7:00 p.m. Dinner and dancing are preceded by "tea time pumpkin carving" in the library at 3:00 p.m.

4) Friday, November 9, 1985. "Stag Feast Day." A pre-Homecoming banquet, including the tasting of wines from Stag's Leap Vineyards.

5) The Madrigal dinners will be held on December 5-7, 10, and 12, 1985. Tickets are available to students at $7.00; to faculty and staff at $18.00; and to the public at $25.00.


Each year the Athenaeum employs many CMC students. If you are looking for interesting work in comfortable surroundings, contact Keith Barth, Athenaeum student manager, who maintains an office in the west end of the building.