March 17, 88

Vol. 03 , No. 06   

The Political Economy of Reform in China: Prices, Taxes, and Local Interests

The Athenaeum's series on "Society and State in Contemporary China" continues with a program addressing China's political economy.

On Monday, February 22, Christine Wong, assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, lectures on "The Political Economy of Reform in China: Prices, Taxes, and Local Interests." Wong was born in Hong Kong, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her presentation follows a 6:00 p.m. dinner.


It was a halcyon day when 24 committed men and women gathered together in the Athenaeum to discuss paraphernalia over lunch, or, more specifically, "the property a bride brings with her to her wedding." All came away with an enriched vocabulary and an eagerness to attend more WordsWorth Society repasts. Are you? Sign up for our next gabfest on Tuesday, February 23.

Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace: The Revolution of Stones in the West Bank of Gaza

Middle East specialist and consultant on international affairs for ABC News and the RAND Corporation Judith Kipper speaks Tuesday, February 23, at 7:00 p.m., following a 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner. The address is titled "Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace: The Revolution of Stones in the West Bank of Gaza."

Kipper, presently a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, is considered by Washington policymakers to be a major force in Middle East affairs as a political analyst. She is well-known for her extensive range of contacts in the region, and is one of the few American specialists on the Middle East who is well-placed in Israel and in the Arab countries. She frequently analyzes regional events on radio and television.

Conversation with Elie Wiesel
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1988 11:00 a.m. McKenna Auditorium

An Evening with Elie Wiesel
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1988 8:00 p.m. Bridges Auditorium

0nce again the Athenaeum welcomes distinguished novelist, playwright, and essayist Elie Wiesel. Not only is Wiesel a world-renowned authority on Jewish tradition and culture, he is also a survivor of the Nazi death camps at Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Buchenwald. Since his emergence from this horror, Wiesel has been "an eloquent and untiring witness" to the time-a spokesman for the Jews of the Holocaust.

Wiesel is the author of eight novels, several volumes of essays and short stories, a play, and an autobiographical memoir. He has been awarded numerous honors for his contributions to literature and to human rights. In 1986 he was named the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, a testimony to his lifelong devotion to the human cause.

Because we anticipate a large and enthusiastic response to Elie Wiesel's visit, our programs will be held in McKenna and Bridges auditoriums according to the following schedule:

Wednesday, February 24, 1988

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Conversation with Elie Wiesel
McKenna Auditorium, CMC

8:00 p.m.
An Evening with Elie Wiesel
Bridges Auditorium
Fourth Street & College Way

Elie Wiesel's visit is being sponsored by the Athenaeum, the Scripps College Humanities Institute, the Office of the Chaplains and Hillel of The Claremont Colleges.


First it was the Athenaeum's famous Clam Bake that packed the house; now it's the long-awaited Mardi Gras celebration! Traditionally the last resounding bash before the long period of Lenten abstinence and fasting, this is an excellent opportunity to enjoy good food and good company in a festive atmosphere. Sign up early to ensure your participation in this sell-out event, scheduled for Friday, February 26, to begin at 6:00 p.m. Keep in mind, however, the elegant nature of the Athenaeum, and know that overly exuberant party-goers will be politely asked to leave.

What Is Next After the INF Treaty?
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1988 4:00 p.m. Little Bridges

The Athenaeum joins Students for Nuclear Responsibility and the Pomona College International Relations Department in sponsoring this West Coast appearance of the American wife of Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou of Greece. Margaret Papandreou graduated from U.C. Berkeley, and is president of the Women's Union of Greece. She is the international liaison for Women for a Meaningful Summit. Her address is titled "What Is Next after the INF Treaty?"

Ms. Papandreou speaks at 4:00 p.m. in Bridges Hall of Music ("Little Bridges") on the Pomona College campus.


0n Sunday, February 28, the semester's second Athenaeum Sunday brunch takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to sign up early for the event, which was "sold out" in January. Due to the popularity of the event, brunch is open only to CMC-associated individuals (and one guest).

Women in Traditional China: Agents or Objects?

The Athenaeum's series on "Society and State in Contemporary China" continues with a program addressing women in Chinese society.

On Monday, February 29, Arthur Wolf continues CMC's series on China as he presents a lecture entitled "Women in Traditional China: Agents or Objects?" Wolf is a professor of anthropology at Stanford University and has written several articles on aspects of Chinese families and society. He received his PhD in anthropology from Cornell University in 1964. His presentation also follows a 6:00 p.m. dinner.

The Closing of the American Mind: The Meaning and Merit
HENRY GIBBONS, moderator

Does rock music corrupt the young? Is sex replacing love in modern America? Are we ravaged by rampant relativism? Have colleges failed in their mission? Is real education possible in a democracy? For the past year countless Americans have debated the meaning and merits of Allan Bloom's book, The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the souls of Today's Students (1988). Against this backdrop CMC's Phi Beta Kappa chapter presents a panel on Bloom's surprise bestseller. The faculty discussants include CMCers Charles Kesler (government), Jim Nichols, Jr. (government), and John Roth (philosophy), Henry Gibbons, an historian teaching in CGS' management program, will moderate as well as participate. Kesler, Roth, and Gibbons have all written about the book, while Nichols studied with Bloom. The audience is, of course, welcome to bring its own questions.

A wine and cheese reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. The discussion follows dinner.

The panel event serves as a forerunner for Allan Bloom's own visit to the Athenaeum -on Monday, March 21. That evening Bloom himself will discuss his book, The Closing of the American Mind. Sign-ups for the 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner for Bloom can be made now by checking the coupon for the panel discussion in this Fortnightly.


Vision, Trust, and Commitment
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 1988 4:00 p.m.

Leadership Effectiveness: A Practitioner's Perspective
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 1988 6:45 p.m.

Leadership Effectiveness: A Scholar's Perspective
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 1988 7:30 p.m.

Gender and Leadership Style
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 1988 12:30 p.m.

Harnessing the Organization's Intellectual Energy
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 1988 7:00 p.m.

Nationally renowned entrepreneur and '67 CMC alum Henry Kravis is one of several speakers who will participate in CMC's Leadership Conference in March. The conference inaugurates the leadership studies program on campus, and is sponsored by the James Irvine Foundation, Lorinda de Roulet, and Kravis, who has endowed the Henry R. Kravis Chair in Leadership and Organizational Psychology at CMC. Dr. Martin Chemers, the holder of the Kravis chair, is the organizer of the conference.

The participants in the conference include: Warren Bennis, the author of Leaders: the Strategy for Taking Charge (1985) and the distinguished professor of business administration at the University of Southern California; Peter Drucker, one of the nation's foremost authorities on management and the Marie Rankin Clarke Professor of Social Science and Business Administration at the Claremont Graduate School; Alice Eagly, a professor of psychology at Purdue University in Indiana and the author of Sex Dfferences in Social Behavior: A Social Role Interpretation (1987); Fred Fiedler, a professor of psychology and organization and management at the University of Washington and an important contributor to current theories of leadership; Kravis, one of the founding partners of Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co., which has leveraged buyouts of Beatrice Companies, Safeway Stores, and Owens-Illinois; and Chemers, who is the author, with Fiedler, of Leadership and Effective Management (1974) and Improving Leadership Effectiveness: The Leader Match Concept (1976).

The schedule for the conference is:

Wednesday, March 2, 1988

3:30 p.m. CMC Pres. Jack Stark welcomes participants, and Chemers introduces program

4:00 p.m. Drucker speaks on "Vision, Trust, and Commitment"

6:45 p.m Kravis speaks on "Leadership Effectiveness: A Practitioner's Perspective"

7:30 p.m. Bennis speaks on "Leadership Effectiveness: A Scholar's Perspective"

Thursday, March 3, 1988

Noon Lunch
12:30 p.m. Eagly speaks on "Gender and Leadership Style"

5:30 p.m. Reception and dinner

7:00 p.m. Fiedler speaks on "Harnessing the Organization's Intellectual Energy"

Students are encouraged to sign up for the meals on Thursday, March 3, by using the coupons in this issue of The Fortnightly, and to participate in this exciting new program.

Women in Politics
MONDAY, MARCH 7, 1988 McKenna Auditorium

When Sen. Gary Hart dropped out of the presidential race in 1987, fellow Democrat Patricia Schroeder, who had been a co-chairperson of Hart's campaign, was encouraged to campaign for the presidential nomination herself. However, after spending several months "testing the waters," Schroeder decided to postpone her bid, since financial support seemed to be lacking.

On Monday, March 7, Schroeder speaks on women in politics in McKenna Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Before her presentation the congresswoman dines with students and faculty at a 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner in the Athenaeum.

Schroeder is the most senior woman in Congress, and she represents the First Congressional District of Colorado, comprising most of the city and county of Denver. Schroeder, who was first elected to Congress in 1972 and then re-elected seven times, has served as a Democratic whip in the House since 1978. In 1985 Schroeder introduced historic legislation calling for a mutual nuclear testing moratorium.

Schroeder graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1961. Three years later she graduated from Harvard Law School and passed the Colorado bar. She has been called a "fiscally conservative liberal," and she has called defense contractors the "welfare queen of the '80s." Students interested in meeting with Congresswoman Schroeder should make reservations for dinner by using the coupon in this Fortnightly.

God, Medicine, and the Problems of Evil

In conjunction with the Office of the Chaplains, the Athenaeum is proud to feature a program on current issues in ethics-issues that challenge us to define and understand the moral life in America. Dr. Stanley Martin Hauerwas, professor of theological ethics at the Divinity School, Duke University, visits the Athenaeum on Tuesday, March 8, to address such controversial concerns as abortion, euthanasia, and the care of the retarded. A graduate of Yale Divinity School and Yale University Graduate School, Hauerwas is an often-published, leading Christian ethicist whose ideas are sure to furnish a stimulating evening of discussion. Hauerwas' presentation, "God, Medicine, and the Problems of Evil," will follow a 5:30 reception and dinner.


Tea. Sweets and teas are served daily in the Athenaeum's library from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students and faculty are invited to stop by the library during this time for conversation and refreshments.

Wednesday Lunch. Lunch is served at noon each Wednesday in the Athenaeum for students and faculty who wish to dine together. Reservations are not required.


It's February already, and the Athenaeum is in full swing, with a wide selection of fascinating programs to choose from. Just take a look at our schedule for the semester, and you'll find everything from outstanding political figures and literary greats, to various cultural celebrations, art showcases, brunches, and teas. I'm sure you'll agree that this is a veritable feast of fine programs, indeed. But now it's time for a gentle, but firm reminder concerning how to take advantage of offerings.

The Athenaeum is not just your ordinary dining hall. In return for the dignified elegance and sophistication that the Athenaeum provides you, we ask for some dignified elegance and sophistication from you. Please conduct yourselves like ladies and gentlemen when you attend our events, and pIease observe the Athenaeum dress code. This means no jeans and no shorts. We ask that our guest speakers come in coat-and-tie attire; please return this courtesy to them. Let's not create a stiff-shirt atmosphere; just consider it an excellent opportunity to hone your social graces, dress to impress, and know that you look good, too.