THE DIRECT0R'S CORNER
Classes end one month from today, Thus, the Athenaeum season also draws toward its close, and this issue of The Fortnightly is the last for the 1985-86 academic year. Many stimulating events remain on this semester's calendar, but before noting them several words of thanks and one of regret are in order.
Success at the Athenaeum depends upon student leadership. Keith Barth and Rhonda Hollinberger have worked with distinction to ensure good service by the Athenaeum's accomplished waitresses and waiters. Kathey Beres, Dana Keenum, Diane McRae, and Sheri Sheets made the afternoon teas go smoothly. Mike Bollenbacher and his audio-visual crews capably handled all that was asked of them. As Athenaeum student fellows, Laura May and Cindy Wayne cared for countless details with imagination and precision. They deserve CMC's gratitude, one and all.
As for the word of regret: one never anticipates entirely what a phone call to the Athenaeum will bring. Recently, an incident involved a caller who said that Sydney Schanberg and Dith Pran-their story is told in the Academy Award-winning film, The Killing Fields (1984) -must cancel their April 16-17 Athenaeum visit. Therefore, the year ends without their participation. Fortunately, chances are good that both of them can come to CMC in the autumn.
On the whole, regrets have been few at the Athenaeum this year, and certainly there should be none about the programs concluding this semester. On Wednesday, April 9, Jacqueline Pery, commander of the French Legion of Honor, speaks about her experiences in the French underground during World War II. That same evening the departments of philosophy and history meet for discussion in the popular series, "Philosophy and the Disciplines."
On Monday, April 14, Barry Spanjaard, the only American civilian imprisoned in Hitler's concentration camps in Holland and Germany, speaks about that experience. In cooperation with McAlister Center, the Athenaeum sponsors the appearance of noted author Lawrence Kushner on Tuesday, April 15. An expert on Jewish mysticism, he has written the widely read Honey from the Rock: Visions of Jewish Mystical Renewal (1983) and The River of Light: Spirituality, Judaism and the Evolution Of Consciousness (1981). Although Sydney Schanberg and Dith Pran will not be with us in April, a video-cassette, screening of The Killing Fields (1984) on Thursday, April 10, remains scheduled.
Looking toward the second half of the month, on Thursday, April 17, Leon Litwack, professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, presents "To Look for America," a multi-media glimpse of the 1950s and 1960s. Following Professor Litwack's presentation in McKenna Auditorium at 4:00 p.m., there is a reception and dinner at the Athenaeum, beginning at 5:30.
On Monday, April 21, Malcolm McKenna, the Frick Curator, department of vertebrate paleontology, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, delivers the annual David Edgar French Lecture in Bauer Forum. At 4:30 p.m. Dr. McKenna discusses "Molecular vs. Morphological Phylogeny," and at 8:00 p.m. his topic is "Biogeography: A Nineteenth-century Science Awakens." Between lectures there is an opportunity to have dinner with the speaker at 6:00 p.m. at the Athenaeum.
From Monday, April 28, through Wednesday, April 30, Yehoshafat Harkabi, Hexter Professor of International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and former chief of intelligence for the Israeli Defense Forces, will be in residence at the Athenaeum as the 1986 Keck Lecturer on International Understanding. Finally, those who will still be at CMC on Friday afternoon, May 16, are cordially invited to attend the Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremony, to be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Athenaeum's Arthur R. Adams Court.
Note, too, that "The Wednesday Lunch" continues through May 7. The WordsWorth Society and the Women's Forum also have regularly scheduled events until the end of the term; and the farewell Sunday Brunch occurs May 4. There also will be a pre-finals "Blues Brothers Party" on Wednesday, April 23. For further information about that event, regularly scheduled weekly meetings, and the special programs described above, see the Calendar and Feast and Festival sections. Then use, the Reservations coupons so that you will have, no regrets about missing the good times in the last weeks ahead.