February 16, 90

Vol. 05 , No. 07   

The Problem of Goodness

The Claremont Philosophy Colloquium and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to present Dr. John Roth as the next speaker in the Philosophy Colloquium series. Dr. Roth will be sharing his ideas regarding "The Problem of Goodness."

Dr. Roth is well-known to the Claremont community. He was named the 1988 Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University, and has dedicated much time to studying the Holocaust.

Dr. Roth will present a 30-minute lecture, following a 5:30 reception and a 6:00 dinner. After the lecture the floor will be open for an hour of questions and comments from the audience. To join us for the dinner preceding this evening of discussion, please return the reservation form to the Athenaeum.

The Globalization of Censorship: The Case of Salman Rushdie

The first of the annual spring lectures by the Gould Center's 1990 scholar-in-residence will be given by Jack Miles, editor of the Los Angeles Times' book review section.

The title of Mr. Miles' s lecture is "The Globalizaiton of Censorship: The Case of Salman Rushdie." Salman Rushdie is more than an author whose novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), has succeeded in arousing the ire of Islamic fundamentalists. He is a novelist who seems to be leading the way to a new kind of postmodernism.

This lecture is the first of three to be given by Mr. Miles during his tenure at the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies. The overall title of the series is "The Perils of Pluralism." Following the inaugural lecture, Mr. Miles, who has been a long and careful observer of the American publishing scene, lectures on February 27 on "The Editor as Postmodern Culture Hero, or Book Publishing and the Literary Canon"; and on March 1 he addresses "Simulation and Assimilation." Both of these lectures will be given in the Bauer Center Founders Room, starting at 4:15 p.m.

Since assuming his position at the L.A. Times in 1985, Mr. Miles has succeeded in making the book review section one of the most respected in the nation. Before joining the Times, he was executive editor with the University of California Press at UCLA. He holds a PhD from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages. He has taught at Loyola University of Chicago, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, before deciding to begin his career in publishing.

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum invites you to attend the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner preceding the 7:00 lecture. Please fill out and return the enclosed reservation coupon to the Athenaeum.

International CMC Student Panel

Have you ever wondered what is really within a CMC student? Are we as homogenous a student body as is sometimes proposed? Of course not, but come to the Athenaeum and find out for sure. For the first time ever, the Athenaeum invites you to an international dinner followed by a panel of three CMC international students: Alexander Joseph, Alex Neves, and Ivan Svitek.

Alexander will tell us about life in Ethiopia as an airline pilot prior to coming to CMC. He will also focus on some misconceptions that the U.S. has about his country, as well as his observations about similarities and differences between Ethiopians and North Americans. Ivan will tell us about his amazing escape from Czechoslovakia and how he views the changes occurring in Eastern Europe. Alex, from Brazil, will describe daily life in his country and tell us what they do for a good time Brazilian-style.

The reception for this special event begins at 5:30, and will be followed by an international banquet, featuring foods from Ethiopia, Czechoslovakia, and Brazil. If you are interested in attending this first-time-ever event, please return the coupon to the Athenaeum.

Israel Today
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1990 12:00 p.m.

The Foundation for California, the Keck Center for International Strategic Studies, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to present Ptachia Shamir, one of the founding fathers of the state of Israel. Among his many accomplishments in a life filled with historic milestones, Mr. Shamir co-founded the Herut-Likud party with another of Israel's founding fathers and former prime minister, Menachem Begin.

Born in Poland in 1920, Mr. Shamir migrated to Israel before the outbreak of World War II. In 1938 he joined the underground organization, IRGUN, fighting for independence against British rule. In 1939 he was sentenced by a British military court to five years in prison for underground activity, during which time he gave himself a general education and learned several languages. During Israel's War for Independence in 1948, he gained the rank of commander of the IRGUN in Tel-Aviv, and led the liberation of the city of Jaffa.

After the establishment of Israel, Mr. Shamir joined Menachem Begin in founding the Herut movement, and in 1987-88 served as director general of the Herut-Likud party. Shamir is popularly known as the spiritual founder of Likud and the top-most adviser to Likud prime ministers. He is also one of the few remaining members of the founding generation of Israeli leaders and, thus, a living embodiment of the modern history of an ancient people.

Founder, president, and chairman of Youth Towns of Israel, he presides today over an organization that educates thousands of young boys and girls to be useful citizens of Israeli society. He is the father of two sons, both of whom are high-ranking officers in the Israeli Army.

Lunch begins promptly at noon, and Mr. Shamir begins speaking at 12:20 p.m. Please join us for lunch by filling out and returning the reservation form.

Cocaine Wars at Home and Abroad

Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World

The Athenaeum is pleased to welcome noted anthropologist Jack Weatherford, who will give two addresses: the first on the use and abuse of cocaine in America, and the second on the world-wide impact of the American Indians.

Mr. Weatherford's first speech, titled "Cocaine Wars at Home and Abroad," examines the causes of the drug problem in America. Despite the government's current war on drugs, Mr. Weatherford believes that "the battle against drugs can never be won in the coca fields of Bolivia, the villages of Peru, or the cities of Columbia. That battle must be fought in the streets, offices, homes, factories, malls, schools, churches and playgrounds of the United States." Mr. Weatherford spent several years studying the cocaine problem in Bolivia, and has written a book and numerous articles about his experiences there.

In his second speech, "Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World," Mr. Weatherford describes the amazing contributions of Native Americans to the cultural, social, and technological development of the Western world. His most recent book, Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World (1988), asserts that we have underestimated the importance of contributions by Native Americans. The book, published in 1988, has been called "lively and interesting" by the Los Angeles Times.

Mr. Weatherford is currently an associate professor of anthropology at Macalaster College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has spent time pursuing graduate study at the University of South Carolina, UC San Diego, and Duke University. He also spent two years as a legislative assistant to Ohio Sen, John Glenn. His travels have taken him around the globe, from the Amazon to Zanzibar, from Timbuktu to Tibet, from the peaks of the Andes to the tropical islands of the Carribbean.

Please sign up in advance, if you are interested in attending the dinners at 6:00. Everyone is welcome to attend the speeches at 7:00.

Release Your Creativity

Last year the Athenaeum started a new tradition with Chris Theodore's one-man art show. This year, to continue the Athenaeum's sponsorship of creative student endeavors, the fellows ask all students to submit their artistic works for a show on a larger scale. A CMC student band, Spilled Wine, featuring Nick Owchar, Mike Lindeman, and Dean McQuiston, will play their jazzy/bluesy music throughout the event in the Athenaeum courtyard. If you wish to contribute a painting, sketch, sculpture, photo, or mixed- media conglomeration to this first-ever event, please contact either Ann Ela, Kimberly Lutz, or Mike Shear. Light refreshments will be served during the show, which will last from 7:00 to 9:30. No sign-ups are necessary.

North Korea in the Post-Kim Il Sung Era

The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to sponsor Dr. Dae-Sook Suh's lecture on "North Korea in the Post-Kim Il Sung Era." This is part of the continuing lecture series on "The Future of Communism in Europe and Asia."

Dae-Sook Suh is an internationally recognized specialist on North Korean affairs. He has visited North Korea on several occasions; his most recent visit took place last September. He received his doctoral degree from Columbia University in 1964. He is professor of political science and director of the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Suh has written notable books and articles on North Korea, including Kim Il Sung: The North Korean Leader (1988), The Korean Communist Movement, 1918-1948 (1967), and Korean Communism: A Reference Guide to the Politidcal System (1981). Kim Il Sung is widely acclaimed as the best study ever written on the North Korean leader.

The lecture begins at 7:00 and is preceded by a 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner. If you wish to attend the reception and dinner, please fill out and return the reservation form. For further information about the lecture or lecture series, contact the Keck Center at 621-8213.