November 08, 88

Vol. 04 , No. 04   

China Today

China is rapidly emerging as a significant international economic and political force. To understand the causes of this transformation better and what this may mean for the West, join us at the Athenaeum on Monday, November 14, to hear Ambassador Ma Yuzhen, consul general for the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles.

Ambassador Yuzhen joined the diplomatic service immediately upon graduation from the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute in 1954. He has served in the Chinese Embassy in Burma, as well as in Ghana, appointed successively as division chief, first secretary, and counsellor. In 1984 Mr. Yuzhen was named director of the information department and spokesman of the foreign ministry, until being recently appointed to his current position.

Ambassador Yuzhen's presentation begins at 7:00 p.m., and is preceded by a 5:30 reception and dinner. Please fill out and return the coupon, if you wish to attend.

WordsWorth Lunch

0nce again the Athenaeum hosts a WordsWorth lunch. Bring your favorite word, or any word you are intrigued with, and discuss meanings, literal interpretations, or just why it's your favorite word. Bring a friend and join your fellow students in fine dining and casual conversation about the word of your choice at the Athenaeum.

If you wish to attend this event, please complete the coupon and return it to the Athenaeum.

Lonely in America

As part of the Phi Beta Kappa series, Robert Streeter speaks at the Athenaeum on November 15, addressing the topic "Lonely in America." In this lecture Dr. Streeter compares the differing approaches British and American novelists of the 19th century take toward certain common themes, such as marriage choice, inherited wealth, and figures of authority. The lecture draws on the fictional works of James, Eliot, and Hawthorne to suggest how Americans saw their new society.

Dr. Streeter is Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he taught from 1947 until his retirement in 1986. During his 39 years at Chicago, he was dean of the college and dean of the Humanities Division.

Since 1976 Professor Streeter has been one of the principal editors of Critical Inquiry. He also served for 20 years on the editorial board of Modern Philology.

Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m., following a 5:30 reception. Dr. Streeter's lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.

Be sure to sign up for this event using the coupon.

The Discovery of the AIDS Virus

Discoveries in science are critical to the well-being of our society. On Wednesday, November 16, the Athenaeum is honored to host Dr. Robert C. Gallo, chief of the Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Gallo is a leader in studies of the molecular biology of retroviruses, a special class of viruses that causes cancer in animals and humans. He has been universally recognized for his achievements in pioneering the entire field of human retrovirology.

Following the initial clinical description of AIDS patients in 1981, he and his colleagues began an intensive search for the cause of this disease. This culminated in the isolation of the causative agent, and made definitive diagnosis possible. It also led to screening of the blood supply for the virus, to prevent accidental transmission by transfusions, and testing to identify people who have been exposed to the virus, but who do not yet have symptoms of the disease.

Dr. Gallo has received many awards for his work, including the Albert Lasker Award in Medicine on two occasions. He has been head of the Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology since 1969, and has published more than 700 scientific papers, most of them on the subject of retroviruses. He has been awarded ten honorary doctorates from universities in the United States, Italy, Israel, and Belgium, and received numerous international awards.

Lunch will begin at 12:00 noon and be followed by Dr. Gallo's presentation at 12:30. Please complete the coupon, if you wish to attend.

The Middle East: Who Wins?

As part of our Pulitzer Prize series and an upcoming series on the Middle East conflict, the Athenaeum hosts Karen Elliott House, foreign editor of The Wall Street Journal speaking on "The Middle East: Who Wins?"

Ms. House received the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for a series of articles forecasting the failure of the American peace plan in the Middle East. The stories resulted from more than 20 exclusive interviews with King Hussein of Jordan, in which the king revealed secret promises made to him by President Reagan and which afforded rare insight into his own political motivations.

Ms. House won the Overseas Press Club's Bob Considine Award for best daily newspaper interpretation of foreign affairs for her two-part series, "Hussein's Decision," based on interviews with the king of Jordan concerning U.S. efforts to draw him into peace talks in the Middle East.

Ms. House's lecture is sure to be informative and topical. She will speak at 7:00 p.m., following a 5:30 reception and 6:00 p.m. dinner. Please complete the coupon to attend this event.

The U.S. and Israeli Elections: What They Mean for the Middle East

Continuing its special program on the Middle East, the Athenaeum hosts Steven L. Spiegel, highly acclaimed author and spokesperson on international politics, foreign policy, and the Middle East.

Steven L. Spiegel, professor of political science at UCLA, is the author of The Other Arab-Israeli Conflict: Making America's Middle East Policy, from Truman to Reagan (1985), which won the 1986 National Jewish Book Award. This book is acclaimed by Nadav Safran of The New York Times as addressing America's policy on the Arab-Israeli conflict "with admirable thoroughness, verve, and facility of expression."

Dr. Spiegel received his M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University in the Department of Government. He has published in many well-known magazines and journals. Spiegel's foreign policy reader, At Issue: Politics in the World Arena (1977), is the most popular of its kind used in the United States. In addition to his publications, Dr. Spiegel is frequently interviewed on radio and television to discuss current world events, especially as they relate to American foreign policy in the Middle East.

The Athenaeum is joining the Keck Center in sponsoring Dr. Spiegel's address, which begins at 7:00, preceded by a 5:30 reception, and 6:00 dinner. If you wish to attend this event on Tuesday, November 22, please complete the coupon and return it to the Athenaeum.

Women in Government

0n Monday, November 28, the Athenaeum hosts Datin Paduka Rafidah Aziz, minister of trade and industry of Malaysia, to speak in the Green Room at Collins.

Datin Paduka Rafidah has had a distinguished career in government and politics, and is presently leader of the Women's Wing of the United Malay National Organization (UMNO). She has held various positions in government, including minister of public enterprises and deputy minister of finance.

Datin Paduka Rafidah holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Malaya. Prior to her entry into politics, she was a lecturer at the University of Malaya.

Please join us in the Green Room to hear this charismatic speaker brought to CMC by the John Brown Cook Association. Dinner begins at 6:00, followed by her presentation at 7:00. Both dinner (special menu) and the presentation will be held in Collins' Green Room. Complete the coupon, if you wish to attend.

Laura Gilmore

As the semester comes to a close, we are all looking back wondering where the time went. We are also beginning to look forward, not only toward winter break, but toward next semester. As Athenaeum fellows, John and I hope that the Athenaeum brings as many exciting and successful events next semester as we have done this semester.

The Athenaeum provides the ideal atmosphere for students and faculty alike to exchange ideas, broaden intellectual and social horizons,, and, of course, enjoy sumptuous meals.

Dorm dinners, Athenaeum teas, special events, books and periodicals in Parents Library, and-beginning next semester-social events in the evenings- all contribute to the Athenaeum experience. We encourage everyone to make the most of these opportunities while at CMC. The Athenaeum is yours to enjoy.

If you have any ideas, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact John McIntire or me at x8244, or our dorm extensions, or any student member of the Athenaeum Advisory Committee.