January 25, 89

Vol. 04 , No. 05   

A Trip to the Moon and the Future of Earth

Whether walking the surface of the moon or the hallways of the United States Senate, Harrison "Jack" Schmitt has "led the way" in a variety of areas. Schmitt brings to any discussion a unique breadth of experience, ranging from the scientific to the practical, from the administrative to the political.

A Harvard Ph.D. in geology and a Fulbright scholar, Schmitt was selected to serve as the lunar module pilot for Apollo 17, the last Apollo mission to the moon. He is the only scientist to go to the moon, and he is also the last of 12 men to step its surface.

Not content with shooting for the moon, he set his sights on the stars. After organizing and directing the activities of the Scientist-Astronaut Office and the Energy Program Office for NASA in 1973-75, Schmitt fulfilled a longstanding commitment by entering national politics. He was elected to the Senate from his home state of New Mexico in 1976. In the past two years in the Senate, the senator has led the way as chairman of several subcommittees and as a member of the army science board.

Please complete the attached coupon to join Senator Schmitt at the Athenaeum on, Monday, January 30, for a 5:30 p.m. reception and 6:00 dinner and presentation. With the background of a geologist, scientist, astronaut, pilot, educator, writer, and politician, Senator Schmitt is sure to attract a large crowd, so return your coupon right away to ensure a space.

Leadership in Business
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1989 8:00 a.m.

A school of geology, a school of business, and a 15-week New York Times best seller all bear his distinctive name. Yet T. Boone Pickens, Jr. is even better known for his high-profile business deals of the early 1980s. Join Mr. Pickens at the Athenaeum on February 2 to gain insight into one of the most discussed business figures of this decade.

Soon after graduating with a degree in geology from Oklahoma State in 1951, Mr. Pickens ventured forth with characteristic independence and formed his first oil company, Petroleum Exploration, Inc., with $2,500 in equity capital.

Only eight years later, he founded Mesa Petroleum Co., which has grown into the largest independent producer of domestic oil and gas in the United States. Reorganized in 1985 into Mesa Limited Partnership, Mr. Pickens' business was once again at. the forefront of industry innovation.

Mr. Pickens has earned widespread recognition for his role as shareholder-advocate and corporate activist. Founder and chairman of United Shareholders Association, he works with a membership of 25,000 to champion the rights of America's 47 million shareholders.

Adviser to the national Campaign for a Drug Free America, Mr. Pickens has also been a generous contributor to charitable foundations, as well as a strong proponent for education.

Please return the attached coupon immediately to ensure your place at the continental breakfast gathering. Mr. Pickens is certain to be a dynamic and interesting speaker, so join him at the Athenaeum.

WordsWorth Lunch

Once again the Athenaeum hosts the WordsWorth lunches, beginning Tuesday, January 31. Bring your favorite word, or any word you are intrigued with, and discuss meanings, literal interpretations, or just why it's your favorite word. Enjoy a delicious lunch during an hour of exhilarating intellectual discussion. Please complete the coupon and return it to the Athenaeum.

Sunday Brunch
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1989 11:00 a.m.

The Athenaeum's most popular event takes place on February 5! Sign up right away to ensure a place and enjoy a fabulous brunch prepared by Chef Robert. (If you find you are unable to attend a brunch after signing up, please call the Athenaeum prior to noon on the Friday before each brunch, so that you can eat in Collins and someone else can come to the brunch.)

Sunday brunch is open to CMC persons and one guest each. Complete the coupon and return it to the Athenaeum as soon as possible.


Changes in Medical Ethics From a Physician's Point of View

Medical Ethics From a Philosophical Viewpoint
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1989 5:00 p.m.

Medical Ethics From a Legal Point of View
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1989 6:45 p.m.

Medical Ethics Symposium Panel
FEBRUARY 7, 1989 7:45 p.m.

If you are dying from an untreatable disease, should you be able to tell your doctor you do not want to receive sustenance, and should he respect your wishes? If a hospital receives a heart, should the patient who is completely insured receive it, or should the most needy patient get it, even if he cannot pay? If you test positive for AIDS, should your doctor tell your parents, if you are under 18 years old? If a physician suspects a patient is homicidal, what responsibility does the physician have to this person? If you are elderly and wish to die, is this your right? Who is primary in the surrogate-mother issue, the person bearing the child, the person donating the sperm, the person or persons receiving the baby, the baby itself? These questions probe very real concerns related to medical ethics.

At our two-day conference we examine medical ethics from medical, legal, and philosophical points of view.

Dr. Alan Gordon is the symposium coordinator. (He is the father of CMC student Peter Gordon '89 and CMC graduate Jill Gordon '84; Peter developed the plans for this symposium.) Dr. Gordon has an extensive background in many areas of medicine as practicing physician and teacher. He is a governor of the American Board of Internal Medicine. On February 6 he addresses the topic of "Changes in Medical Ethics from a Physician's Point of View."

On Tuesday, February 7, Dr. Gordon invites pre-med students, and anyone else interested in the physician's world, to attend an informal luncheon with him. He will deliver remarks on his profession and answer questions.

Judith Ross, who is associate director of programs in medical ethics at the UCLA Medical Center and a long-time associate at the Center for Bioethics, St. Joseph's Health System in Orange, California, the leading bioethics center in California, addresses medical ethics from a philosophical viewpoint before dinner on February 7.

Alex Capron, director of the President's Commission on Withholding Treatment and the Norman Topping Professor of Law, Medicine, and Public Policy, USC, discusses medical ethics from the legal point of view.

The format of this event allows you to ask questions after each address, as well as after the panel discussion that closes the symposium on February 7.

Please use the form in The Fortnightly to reserve your spot for Monday and/or Tuesday's events.

Open Forum Lunch

Open forum lunch is held at noon every Wednesday. No sign-up is required, and five spaces are reserved for faculty and staff members. Please Join us for this event open to the first 48 CMC people who arrive. Due to the popularity of this luncheon, it is only open to individuals from CMC.

An Evening of Jazz
PAUL CARMEN, saxophone

The Athenaeum features Sandy Owen on Thursday, February 9, for an evening of jazz. Authentic California culture comes to the Athenaeum for this special evening combining new-age jazz with fine California cuisine.

Sandy Owen visited the Athenaeum three years ago for an outstanding and memorable evening of fine entertainment. Recently he finished his seventh album, Heart Crossings (1988), which once again put Sandy's name on the national jazz charts. The L.A. Times, in an article about a sold-out performance earlier this year, stated, "He is a pianist of considerable talent." Sandy will be joined by saxophonist Paul Carmen and percussionist Donna Thomas. Their talents will treat the ear with the soothing sounds from solo piano to up-beat boogiewoogie jazz. If you like quality music and you are looking for something different, you should not miss this exciting evening of jazz.

Life and Death in Shanghai

Nien Cheng, a political prisoner during China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, has recounted her experiences in her bestseller, Life and Death in Shanghai (1986). The Athenaeum is honored to host her on Monday, February 13.

Cheng is the widow of a diplomat in China's government who became a general manager of Shell International Petroleum. Prior to her husband's death, she taught English at Shanghai University. After his death she became an adviser to management for Shell in Shanghai. It was then that Maoist Red Guards broke into her Shanghai home and sent her to the No. 1 Shanghai Detention House.

Falsely accused of spying, Nien Cheng suffered 61/2 years' imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Red Guards. She not only had to survive illness and physical abuse, but also had to withstand constant pressure to "confess" crimes of which she was not guilty. Throughout her imprisonment and despite her torture, she retained dignity, courage, and grace.

Cheng became a U.S. citizen in 1983, and advocates greater international awareness, so that people can see themselves in proper perspective.

We encourage you to join Nien Cheng at a 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner, followed by her 7:00 p.m. address. Please complete the coupon and return it to the Athenaeum.

CMC Student Musical Performances

Come to the Athenaeum as we Celebrate the Arts in our second annual tribute to the musical talent of CMC on Tuesday, February 14. A diverse group of instrumentalists and singers performs selections with the theme of Valentine's Day. Don't miss this unique opportunity to celebrate the arts, to discover your friends' hidden talents, or just to enjoy the fine dining that the Athenaeum has to offer as Valentine's Day 1989 comes to a close.

Last year's celebration was very well received, so be sure to return the attached coupon as soon as possible to save your space for this musical event. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m., following a 5:30 reception and dinner.


We began our speakers' series sooner than planned with the January 17 appearance of the Reverend Jesse Jackson. I hope that many of you were able to hear his speech at Big Bridges and also to hear his exchanges with us at lunch in the Security Pacific dining room.

This semester at the Athenaeum continues the excitement of Reverend Jackson's visit on a more intimate basis. A number of series have been planned: one on medical ethics organized by CMC senior Peter Gordon; another, a continuation of the Israeli-Palestinian question begun at the end of last semester. A CMC production of Arsenic and Old Lace (1952) has been organized by Chris Pierce, with Tate Brown as director. We will host an evening of fine jazz, a celebration of the arts, and a one-man art show, all arranged by your peers at the College.

Join the intellectual excitement at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, participate in a delicious meal in enjoyable surroundings with your coevals. Always remember that our best speakers depend on you. The contact for Jesse Jackson's visit was made by a Claremont colleges' student. If you have a contact, please come and see me.