March 27, 89

Vol. 04 , No. 08   

Managing Our Relations with Moscow

How should the United States respond to recent changes within the Soviet Union? Will an economically stronger Russia pose a significantly greater threat to our country? What can the Bush administration do to improve relations between the two superpowers without jeopardizing national security? These important questions can only be answered by someone with rare insight into the intricacies of superpower politics gained through high level experience. On Wednesday, March 29, the Athenaeum hosts such a man in former American ambassador to the Soviet Union during the Nixon and Carter administrations Malcolm Toon. Ambassador Toon's visit will be followed by other Athenaeum guests who will focus their remarks on the Soviet Union. They are listed throughout this Fortnightly.

Prior to his appointment as ambassador to the U.S.S.R., Mr. Toon served as ambassador to Israel, Yugoslavia,. and Czechoslovakia. Previous service included assignments to U.S. embassies in Warsaw, Budapest, Rome, London, Moscow (twice), and to the Department of State as the director of Soviet affairs and deputy assistant secretary of state for European affairs.

Mr. Toon is a graduate of Tufts University, with advanced study at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Middlebury, and Harvard. He has received the State Department's Superior Honor Award.

With his distinguished background and global experience, Mr. Toon promises to be both thought-provoking and informative. His presentation (in McKenna Auditorium) follows a 5:30 reception and 6: 00 dinner and is entitled "Managing Our Relations with Moscow." Please use the attached coupon to reserve a place at the meal.

The Impact of Race and Gender on the Law

The Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies and the Athenaeum present Elaine Jones on Thursday, March 30, to speak on "The Impact of Race and Gender on the Law." Ms. Jones recently became the first African-American and only the third woman to become a member of the American Bar Association's board of governors. Since 1977, she has won plaudits for her U.S. congressional committee work to achieve civil rights legislation. In this regard she monitors enforcement activities of executive branch agencies and legislative initiatives of the Congress.

She also champions civil rights in her role as assistant counsel and manager of the Legal Defense Fund in New York City. While working as an attorney in LDF's New York office from 1970 to 1975, Ms. Jones represented numerous African-American defendants in cases involving the death penalty at all levels of the state court system, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Jones received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. In doing so, she became the first African-American female graduate from that institution.

Her contributions to civil rights are outstanding and numerous. Please join Elaine Jones at the Athenaeum on Thursday, March 30, for a 5:30 reception, 6:00 dinner, and 7:00 presentation. To attend, please return the coupon to the Athenaeum.

Conversation with John Service
MONDAY, APRIL 3, 1989 12:00 p.m.

The Long March

In late 1934 the Chinese Red Army under Mao Zedong broke through Chiang Kai-shek's encircling armies and began the Long March from south China to north China. The Red Army took one year to march almost 6,000 miles through swamps and over the foothills of the Himalayas while harassed by pursuing armies. In 1984 John Service retraced the route of the Long March. On Monday, April 3, the Athenaeum hosts a noon-hour "Conversation with John Service." That evening Mr. Service will present slides of his Long March expedition.

Born and raised in China, John S. Service returned to China in 1933 as a foreign service officer. As political officer in the American embassy in China during World War II, Service was in close contact with major Chinese and American political figures, ranging from Chiang Kai-sheck to Mao Zedong and Joseph Stilwell to Patrick Hurley. After July 1944 he served on the American observer mission assigned to communist guerrilla forces in Yan'an. The following spring Service was recalled from China because of his opposition to America's one-sided support of Chiang Kai-sheck. Subsequently Service was implicated in the Amerasia affair and accused of pro-communist sympathies. Despite being cleared six times by the Loyalty Review Board, he was dismissed from the State Department in 1951 (a decision subsequently overruled by the Supreme Court). Mr. Service recently retired from the Center for Chinese Studies at Berkeley.

"Conversation with John Service" will take place at 12:00 noon, and lunch will be served. The evening presentation, "The Long March," begins at 7:00 p.m., .following a 5:30 reception and dinner. Please complete the attached coupons for these presentations.

WordsWorth Lunch

This is one of your last chances, to attend a WordsWorth lunch this year. There are not many lunches left, but we are always welcoming new students in sharing a word or two. Each lunch is unique. Every student brings a word and discusses it, and then the group picks the "word of the week." You can learn about words you may have never heard before, or find out interesting facts about words you use every day-while in the company of fellow students in the relaxing atmosphere of the Athenaeum. Join us Tuesday, April 4, from 12:00 to 1:00, and bring your favorite word, or any word you are intrigued with, to discuss meanings, literal interpretations, or just why it's your favorite word.

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

Performance Enhancement: The Role of Sports Psychology in Everyday Life

Monsour Counseling Center joins the Athenaeum in presenting Dr. George Eisen on Tuesday, April 4, to speak on "Performance Enhancement: The Role of Sports Psychology in Everyday Life."

Dr. Eisen was born in Budapest in 1943. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, and is presently a professor at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, where he has taught sports psychology since 1979. Dr. Eisen has worked with college, Olympic, and professional athletes in order to enhance sport performance. His publications include topics on sports psychology and the socio-cultural aspects of physical education and sport. His recent book, Children and Play in the Holocaust: Games Among the Shadows (1988), was acclaimed both in the United States and Europe.

If you wish to attend this presentation, please fill out the coupon. A reception and dinner will begin at 5:30, to be followed by Dr. Eisen's presentation at 6:45.

Ayn Rand's: The Virtue of Selfishness

"The moral purpose of a man's life is the achievement of his happiness."

-Ayn Rand

The literary and purely philosophical works of Ayn Rand have been popular on college campuses for more than 40 years. Revered as often as rejected, her ideas continue to inspire heated debate. On Wednesday, April 5, Peter Schwartz, a distinguished advocate of Rand's philosophy of objectivism, speaks on the fundamental basis of her thinking, "The Virtue of Selfishness."

With a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University, Schwartz is the editor of The Intellectual Activist newsletter, a publication covering current social and political issues from the objectivist perspective. He is also a member of the board of directors of The Ayn Rand Institute and is a faculty lecturer at The Jefferson School Summer Conference at UCSD. The author of such articles as "A Capitalist Solution to Apartheid (1986)," "Nuclear Arms: A Defense," and "Israel Does Not Violate Palestinian Civil Rights," he is a frequent speaker at various colleges and universities.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Mr. Schwartz's defense of one of the more controversial philosophers of this century. His presentation at 7:00 p.m. will be preceded by a 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner. Return the coupon to ensure your reservation.

Soviet Folk Music and Culture

The Athenaeum is honored to continue its series on Russia with Vladimir Frumkin, who will perform and discuss Soviet folk music and culture on Thursday, April 6. Mr. Frumkin is on the Russian faculty at Oberlin College in Ohio and, during the summer months, at Norwich University in Vermont. He is a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory in musicology. In the Soviet Union he taught music theory, published extensively on musical and musical-literary topics, and was an organizer and host of various programs on Soviet television and radio. Mr. Frumkin was an active supporter of the "guitar poets" (Okudzhava, Galich, Vysotsky, Matveeva, etc.) and their art form, and helped to make their work the topic of serious discussion among Soviet scholars of music and literature.

Since coming to the United States in 1974, he has continued to investigate Russian song, both official and unofficial. He is the arranger and editor of a collection of songs by the founder of the guitar poetry movement, Bulat Okudzhava, and is presently at work on a book dealing with Soviet popular music and its relationship to the mass consciousness.

Vladimir Frumkin, who will be joined by his young daughter, will be insightful and entertaining. To join Mr. Frumkin at the Athenaeum for his presentation at 7:00 (preceded by a 5:30 reception and dinner), Thursday, April 6, please complete the coupon and return it to the Athenaeum.

Connective Leadership: A Female Perspective for an Interdependent World
MONDAY, APRIL 10, 1989

The Role of Women: A Soviet Perspective
MONDAY, APRIL 10, 1989 7:30 p.m.

The Athenaeum continues its Soviet series by hosting eight Soviet women at a dinner April 10. The group, sponsored by Claremont Women for Soviet-American Dialogue, is being sent from the Soviet Union by the Soviet-America Society. They will be in Claremont for one week, participating in a conference entitled "Women As Advocates of Social Change."

The delegation is made up of individuals interested in women's issues, in addition to relationships between the Soviet Union and the United States. Our Soviet guests represent a wide range of occupations, and are all members of the Academy of Sciences in Moscow; included in the group is the head of a university international relations department, a specialist in U.S.-Canadian studies, a lawyer, dancer, journalist, professor of teacher training, and professor of American studies.

In order to make our visitors feel at home, we hope to have each of the eight hosted by a student or faculty member. Please let us know if you would like to host one of the guests at dinner. And use the coupon to make reservations to attend this unique gathering.

Following dinner, an address will be held at McKenna Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Two speakers will be featured. Jean Lipman-Blumen is the Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy at Claremont Graduate School; her address is entitled "Connective Leadership: A Female Perspective for an Interdependent World." Dr. Mira M. Petrovskaya is an historian with the Institute of U.S. and Canada Studies, Moscow University; she speaks on "The Role of Women: A Soviet Perspective." Each address will last approximately half an hour.

Bright, Well-Educated, and Hooked: How Does It Happen?
TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 1989 12:00 p.m.

In the rarified atmosphere of our campus community, the national epidemic of drug abuse is widely perceived as something that happens to other people. We tend to see ourselves as too smart and too well-informed to be at risk. On Tuesday, April 11, the Athenaeum hosts a speaker who hopes to dispel this potentially fatal myth through preventive education. Dr. Judith Dischel speaks about her own personal experiences and about current research in the field of drug and alcohol addiction in her lecture, "Bright, Well-Educated, and Hooked: How Does It Happen?"

Dr. Dischel is a graduate of UCLA, received her medical degree from the University of Maryland, and is currently on the staff of the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. The former state chairperson for the American Medical Society on Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies, she also serves on the chemical dependency committee's of several hospitals in California and Arizona.

Dr. Dischel's luncheon presentation begins at 12:00 p.m. Please return the coupon to ensure your reservation for her discussion, which addresses one of the most significant problems of our generation.

The Rule of Law in the Administered Areas

As judge advocate general of the Israeli Army, Brig. Gen. Amnon Straschnov oversees military justice in Israel and in the West Bank and Gaza.

The Israeli military courts apply not only to Arabs in the occupied territories, but also to Jewish settlers there, as well as to Israeli soldiers throughout Israel and the territories.

General Straschnov is an additional contributor to our Israeli-Palestinian conflict series. He was born in Israel and graduated from the Hebrew University Law School; he has also studied at the Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a 20-year-old soldier he participated in the Six-Day War.

Please join us for a military view of the conflict in the Middle East by filling out the enclosed dinner coupon and listening to the address entitled "The Rule of Law in the Administered Areas."

Change and Challenge in United States-Soviet Relationship

Our Soviet series ends with a luncheon presentation by the Hon. Ronald Lehman, assistant secretary of defense for international security policy. Mr. Lehman, who graduated from CMC in 1968, has served as U.S. chief negotiator for strategic nuclear arms and as deputy assistant to the president for national security affairs. In his present position Mr. Lehman's responsibilities include NATO and European defense policy, U.S. nuclear policy, arms control, and space policy. He also chairs the NATO High Level Group on NATO nuclear forces policy.

We are honored that our look at the Soviet Union will close with Ron Lehman's luncheon address entitled "Change and Challenge in United States-Soviet Relationship." Please use the enclosed coupon to sign up for this event.

CMC Student Art Show

0n Thursday, April 13, the Athenaeum hosts an exhibition of the artwork of Chris Theodore, one of CMC's most gifted artists. This talented senior, who recently played a lead role in Arsenic and Old Lace (1952), will exhibit some of his latest work in the main dining room of the Athenaeum. Hors d'oeuvres prepared by our own Chef Robert will complement the visual feast. Theodore is the recent recipient of a Watson scholarship, allowing him to travel abroad after graduation in May to study art. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy the creative genius of a true artist in the congenial atmosphere of the Athenaeum.

The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and viewing will continue until 8:00. There are no sign-ups for this special event.


Applications for Athenaeum student fellow are now being accepted. We seek applicants who are enthusiastic, creative, and have strong writing and communication skills. Most importantly, the fellow must have a sincere interest in Athenaeum activities.

The fellow's greatest responsibilities include planning Athenaeum events and producing and distributing The Fortnightly. Other duties include attending Athenaeum Advisory Committee meetings and weekly staff meetings. Also, the student fellow should expect to attend as many events as possible, to help in hosting guests and arranging seating at the head table. Time devoted to this position varies between five and ten hours per week.

In addition to a stipend, this position has numerous rewards. The opportunity to meet fascinating people and to handle managerial decisions provides pleasure and challenge unmatched by other campus jobs.

Applications are available in the Athenaeum office and must be returned no later than April 3. We will contact applicants shortly thereafter to arrange interviews. For further information, please contact Laura Gilmore or John McIntire at the Athenaeum at x8244.