Public Figures and the Humanities: The Grand Inquisitor
JACK STARK '57
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1990
With his discussion of a Dostoevsky masterwork,
CMC Pres. Jack L. Stark concludes the series of
"chats" by public figures on the impact that great works
of Western literature have had on their private and
professional lives. The series, sponsored by the Family
of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies,
has already featured Donald McKenna; Edward Gould;
and CMC research institutes vice president Donald
President Stark, who graduated from Claremont
McKenna College in 1957 with a B.A. in humanities,
was an officer in the Marine Corps from 1957 through
1960. Following his return to CMC in 1961 as director
of alumni affairs, Mr. Stark became, in 1963,
administrative assistant to the president, in which
capacity he served until 1970. In July 1970 he was
appointed acting president, and was elected president
of CMC in January 1971.
Throughout his tenure as president, we have seen Mr.
Stark complement his estimable administrative skills
with a personable demeanor and accessibility that most
eloquently bespeak his continuing commitment to making CMC a civil and humane exemplar among institutions of higher learning.
Mr. Stark's Athenaeum address begins at 7:00 p.m.,
following a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00.
Election Night Americana Festival
MICHAEL DEANE LAMKIN, conductor, Claremont Concert Choir
GWENDOLYN LYTLE, soprano
PAUL BISHOP, piano
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1990
To celebrate the 1990 elections,
the Athenaeum hosts an
evening of music from a variety of
American traditions. Folk songs
that reflect 19th-century life in the
Southriver songs and African-
American spirituals and music
from the settling of the West will be
performed by the 85-voice Concert
Choir, consisting of students from
CMC, HMC, Scripps, and Pitzer,
under the direction of Michael
Songs chosen for this evening's
performance are composed and
arranged by Aaron Copland,
William Grant Still, William
Dawson, Stephen Foster, Roger
Wagner, and Jean Berger.
Director of the music program of
the four colleges since 1977, Dr.
Lamkin is also associate conductor
of the Classical Music Seminar-Festival held annually in Eisenstadt,
Austria, during August. Special
guest soloist is Gwendolyn Lytle,
soprano, of the Pomona College
music faculty. Pianist Paul Bishop
of the joint music staff accompanies
Be sure to vote before joining
these young musicians at 5:30
reception, a 100 percent American
dinner at 6:00 and the 7:00
The Wilderness: Will It Last Forever?
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1990
The Wall Street Journal has called Galen Rowell a
"world class mountaineer, a top wilderness
photographer and a writer of real skill." As the fifth
speaker in our "Saving the Environment" series, Mr.
Rowell provides us with a spectacular slide and lecture
presentation illustrating both the scenic splendor of
Earth's remote corners and his own dramatic adventures in Tibet, Nepal, China, Alaska, and the mountains
Mr. Rowell has been on more than 1,000 climbs
during his career, including more than ten major
expeditions in the Himalayas. He has dozens of first
ascents to his credit, including alpine-style ascents of
the Great Trango Tower in Pakistan and Cholatse in
Nepal. In 1983 he was climbing leader of an attempt on
Mt. Everest's challenging West Ridge, without oxygen
support or porter assistance.
Galen Rowell's photographs have been featured in
National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and Outside. Major
exhibitions of his work have been held at New York's
International Center for Photography and the California
Academy of Science. He has published several highly
acclaimed books, including Mountain Light: In Search of the Dymanic Landscape (1985), Mountains of
the Middle Kingdom (1984), High and Wild (1979)., and In the Throne
Room of the Mountain Gods (1977).
To ensure your place for what is certain to be an
extraordinary event, please fill out the enclosed coupon
and return it to the Athenaeum.
Conflict in the U.S.S.R.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1990 at Noon
A native of the Leningrad region of the Russian
Federative Socialist Republic, Dr. Peter Shikhirev
heads a task force of 100 social scientists that is studying
the psychological and cultural variables of inter-ethnic
conflict in the Soviet Union. Fluent in six languages. Dr.
Shikhirev is a regular commentator on Soviet television
and radio; he was also recently featured on the ABC
network, discussing the alcohol problem in the Soviet
A graduate of Moscow State Institute of International
Relations, Dr. Shikhirev is a senior researcher in the
Social Psychology Laboratory at the Institute of
Dr. Shikhirev's visit to the United States is a part of
his research program on socio-psychological methods of
prevention and treatment of alcoholism. In addition to
his work on alcoholism, Dr. Shikhirev's research
includes comparative analyses of social psychology in
the United States and Western Europe.
Please join us for lunch, which begins at 12:00. Discussion begins at 12:20. This event ends at 12:55 p.m.
Musical Tea: Greek Dance
THEODORE ANGELIS '94
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1990 3:00 p.m.
Try something new-Musical Tea with an ethnic
flavor! Experience music, dance, and special
food from Greece, as Theodore Angelis '94
demonstrates and leads several traditional
Greek dances in the Arthur Adams Courtyard
at the Athenaeum.
Czechoslovakia in the 1990s
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1990
Recent reform in Czechoslovakia has brought numerous Czech leaders to the forefront of Western media
attention. Among these is Ladislav Venys, present
right-hand man to Vaclav Havel, the nation's first
democratically elected president in more than 40 years.
Since the reconstruction movement began in Czechoslovakia in late 1989, Dr. Venys has acted as a domestic and
foreign policy adviser to various parliament and government officials.
Dr. Venys began his academic training at Charles
University in Prague as a student in Oriental and
English studies. He continued his education at Syracuse
University in New York, earning a master's degree in
political science and international relations and a certificate in African studies. In 1979 Venys was granted his
PhD in Oriental studies from Charles University. Since
then. Dr. Venys has served as assistant professor at
Charles University, senior sociologist at the Research
Institute of Engineering and Industrial Development,
and director of the Department of International
Relations of TERPLAN, the Czech institute for regional
and physical planning. At present. Dr. Venys is establishing a new Center for the Study of Democracy and
Free Enterprise at Prague's Charles University.
Our speaker, Ladislav Venys, is amply qualified to
talk to us about the current restructuring of Eastern
Europe and Czechoslovakia, the issues affecting the
present regime, its chances for success and possibilities
of failure. Please join us in the discussion of this timely
topic by returning the enclosed reservation coupon.
The Korean Economy: Challenges in the Future
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1990
Dr. Il SaKong, former finance minister of the
Republic of Korea (South Korea), discusses "The
Korean Economy: Challenges in the Future" at the
Athenaeum on November 12. His speech is sponsored
by the Keck Center for International and Strategic
Dr. SaKong received his doctoral degree at UCLA, and
taught at New York University and the University of
Sheffield in England. After his return to Korea in 1973,
he assumed a number of important policy-making
positions: vice president of the Korea Development
Institute, president of the Korea Institute for Economics
and Technology, and senior secretary to the president
for economic affairs. In 1987-88 he served as finance
minister. At present Dr. SaKong serves as a visiting
fellow at the Institute for International Economics in
Washington, D.C., and as a special consultant to the
International Monetary Fund.
He has, in addition, written several books and
monographs, including Government, Business and Entrepreneurship in Economic Development: The Korean Case (1980), and Macroeconomic
Aspects of Public Enterprise in Asia (1979).
The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m., 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
Volcanoes and Our Environment
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1990
Richard S. Fiske, our Phi Beta Kappa visiting
scholar, has been a research geologist at the
Smithsonian since 1976. He served as director of the
institute's National Museum of Natural History from
1980 to 1985. Earlier he worked with the U.S. Geological
Survey, which he joined in 1963.
Co-author of Krakatau 1883: The Volcanic Eruption and
Its Effects (1983), Dr. Fiske is the chief curator of the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit, Inside Active Volcanoes: Kilauea
and Mount St. Helens, which is currently touring the
Dr. Fiske is a fellow of the Geological Society of
America and the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences. He specializes in the study of volcanoes, both
active and extinct. His studies of active volcanoes have
taken him to the eastern Caribbean and Hawaii, where
he has made geophysical measurements to understand
better the underground plumbing systems of these
volcanoes and the timing of future eruptions. His
research on extinct volcanoes has focused on the Sierra
Nevada. There he has investigated sites where huge
volumes of granitic magma erupted to the surface. He is
currently carrying out fieldwork in Japan to study
explosive eruptions that take place in the oceans of the
Dr. Fiske's presentation, titled "Volcanoes and Our
Environment," includes slides of breathtaking illustrations of volcanic activity. Dr. Fiske has been brought to
CMC by the College's Phi Beta Kappa chapter. To join
us for this event, please use The Fortnightly's reservation
Crisis in the Gulf
ABDLATIF AL-HAMAD '60 P'89
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1990 4:00 p.m., McKenna Auditorium
Former minister of finance for Kuwait Abdiatif
Al-Hamad '60 speaks in McKenna Auditorium at
4:00 p.m. Mr. Al-Hamad served as chairman of the
board of directors of the IMF and World Bank in 1982,
and currently serves as director general and chairman of
the board of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic
Development. He graduated with honors from CMC in
1960, and earned his MA at Harvard in 1961. His
daughter, Rasha, graduated from CMC in 1989.
Mr. Al-Hamad will discuss the consequences of the
Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
Diversity in America
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1990
Shelby Steele comes to CMC as the third in a series
of speakers to address issues of diversity in
America. The series is sponsored by the Family of
Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.
Professor Steele, who teaches English at San Jose
State University, has written numerous articles on race
and diversity for such publications as American Scholar,
Dissent, Harper's, and The New York Times Magazine. His
book, The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race
in America (1990), was published this fall by St. Martin's Press.
It has received enthusiastic reviews from, among others, Charles Johnson in the Los Angeles Times Book
Review, and George Will, who, in a recent issue of
Newsweek, hailed Professor Steele's writings on race as
"the most powerful since Martin Luther King's Letters
from Birmingham Jail" His award-winning PBS documentary, "Seven Days in Bensonhurst," aired last May.
Professor Steele's lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. in
McKenna Auditorium, following a reception at 5:30 and
dinner at 6:00.
The Psychology of Achievement
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1990
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is proud to
welcome Prof. Claude Steele, the twin brother of
Dr. Shelby Steele. For the past three years Mr. Steele
has been a professor of psychology at the University of
Michigan in Ann Arbor, and has also served as an
assistant professor and professor of psychology at the
University of Washington and the University of Utah.
Mr. Steele has researched the role of alcohol and drug
use in self-regulation processes and social behavior.
Most recently Mr. Steele studied the area of achievement and the psychology of self-affirmation. He focuses
his research particularly on the psychology of achievement as it pertains to race and culture.
Mr. Steele has had many articles published in such
journals as The Journal of Applied Social Psychology and
The British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
Join us for Mr. Steele's address, "The Psychology of
Achievement." Please use the reservation form to sign
up for the reception and dinner prior to the 7:00 talk.
Diversity in America
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1990
Cornell West visits the Athenaeum as the fourth in a
series of speakers to address issues of diversity in
America. The series, sponsored by the Gould Center for
Humanistic Studies, has been organized by Dr. Robert
Faggen, who is this year's director of the Gould Center
Professor West has taught courses at several U.S. and
foreign universities on subjects ranging from black
theology and Marxist thought to philosophical hermeneutics and postmodern philosophical discourse. His
publication of numerous articles in scholarly journals-
on politics, race, intellectual and social history,
philosophy, ethics, and a wide variety of other subjects-
marks him as a polymath of unusual magnitude and
distinction. Among the books he has written are
Prophesy Deliverance!: An Afro-American Revolutionary
Christianity (1990), Prophetic Fragments: Illuminations of the Crisis in American Religion and Culture (1988), and The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism (1989). He has co-authored upcoming books, with Michael
Lerner, Blacks and Jews: Conflict and Coalescence; and,
with James Snead, Seeing Black: An Analysis of Afro-
Professor West is currently professor of religion and
director of the Afro-American studies program at
Professor West's talk begins at 7:00 p.m., following
the dinner at 6:00. (Please note there will be no public
reception for Mr. West due to the Madrigal set up.)
RAY DRUMMOND '68, bass
BILL MAYS, piano
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1990 7:00 p.m.
The Claremont McKenna College Alumni Office and the Dean of Students Office join the Marian
Miner Cook Athenaeum in presenting a special holiday program for students, alumni, faculty, and
staff of Claremont McKenna College.
Ray Drummond '68, is one of the most acclaimed string bass players in the world. A
contributor to more than 100 albums, Ray has recorded three albums of his own compositions. His
musical background includes trumpet, baritone horn, and French horn. He began teaching
himself to play the bass fiddle at 15, and has continued to develop this talent throughout his life.
Ray will be joined at the piano by Bill Mays. Mr. Mays' versatile keyboard work has been heard
on hundreds of T.V. and movie scores including Superman (1978), Rocky (1976), Jaws (1975), Dallas (1978), and Kojak (1973). Bill is
also a sought after accompanist for such singers as Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Al Jarreau.
If you would like to join us for a sampling of the former ASCMC president's extraordinary musical
talent along with the keyboard artistry of Bill Mays, please make your reservation on the attached
form. Remember that this holiday special begins at 7:00 after you have eaten dinner at your
favorite dining hall-no dinner will be served at the Athenaeum. We will have an array of jazzy
delicacies. CMC persons and guests only.