March 10, 86

Vol. 01 , No. 09   


CMC's Athenaeum, we sometimes say, reflects the amenities of a 19th-century British dining club. Andrew Zanella, professor of chemistry and loyal supporter of our programs, recently sent me a journal footnote to put that assertion in perspective. London's famous Athenaeum was founded in 1824 "for the association of individuals known for their scientific and literary attainments, artists of eminence in any class of the fine arts, and noblemen and gentlemen distinguished as liberal patrons of science, literature, or the arts." Professor Zanella's source also included some amusing, if not-so-eminent, 19th-century verse to praise the place:

"There's first the Athenaeum Club; so wise there's not a man of it

That has not sense enough for six-in fact that is the plan of it;

The very waiters answer you with eloquence Socratical,

And always place the knives and forks in order mathematical."

Strengthening the London-Claremont Athenaeum link, after spring vacation we welcome to CMC a man who has "sense enough for six." Dr. Anthony Stevens trained in medicine and psychology at Oxford University and now practices psychiatry in London. He also writes often about psychotherapy and his mentor, C.K. Jung.

Appearing at the Athenaeum on March 26-27-see "Reservations" for more detail-Dr. Stevens will address "The Archetypal Foundations of War and Peace," a subject that grips him because, "Wars do not start in senates, parliaments, stock exchanges, or military headquarters. Wars start in the minds of men."

In addition to Dr. Stevens' visit, please note that a Japanese debate team will meet CMC opponents at the Athenaeum on Tuesday evening, March 25. Owing to spring vacation, sign-ups for this stimulating international encounter should be returned to the Athenaeum by Friday noon, March 14. Reservations for the events with Anthony Stevens are welcome at that time, too.


Applications for Athenaeum student fellow are now being accepted. We seek applicants who are enthusiastic, creative, and have excellent research, writing, and communication skills. The responsibilities of Athenaeum student fellow include attending Advisory Committee meetings (usually twice a semester) and weekly staff and organizational meetings. The fellows' greatest responsibility is the production of The Fortnightly, which, with the exception of "The Director's Corner," is composed entirely by the fellows. This requires research and creativity.

Other tasks include distributing flyers, decorating the showcase in the Athenaeum lobby, attending Athenaeum-sponsored events as often as possible, and picking up speakers from the airport. Time devoted to the Athenaeum varies between five and 15 hours per week.

In addition to a stipend, the rewards of the position are numerous. There are always fascinating people to meet and entertaining puzzles to solve. Applications may be obtained at the Athenaeum office and must be returned by Friday, March 28. We will contact applicants shortly thereafter to inform them of possible interviews. For further questions contact Laura May or me at x8244.

A Digest of Forthcoming Athenaeum-sponsored Events

March 12, 1986 "The Wednesday Lunch," 12:00 noon
March 13, 1986 "WordsWorth" Luncheon, 12:00 noon
March 17-21, 1986 Spring Vacation
March 25, 1986 "Japanese Debate Team," reception, 5:30 p.m., with dinner and program following
March 26, 1986 "The Wednesday Lunch," 12:00 noon
March 26, 1986 Dr. Anthony Stevens, "Archetypal Foundations of War and Peace," Part I, reception, 5:30 p.m., with dinner and program following
March 27, 1986 Dr. Anthony Stevens, Part II, 12:00 noon, discussion following lunch
March 27, 1986 Dr. Anthony Stevens, Part III of "Archetypal Foundations of War and Peace" reception, 5:30 p.m., with dinner and program following
March 28, 1986 Applications for Athenaeum student fellow position due in the Athenaeum Office by 5:00 p.m.