April 13, 92

Vol. 07 , No. 10   

California's Economy: Do We Have One Left?
MONDAY, APRIL 13, 1992

Our series on California closes on the troubling but pertinent issue of how the recession and other recent developments have effected the economy of our state. It will be addressed by Alfred Gobar, an economics consultant of local as well as national prominence; his biography appears in Who's Who in Orange County, Who's Who in California, and Who's Who in America.

Mr. Gobar was born on a large cattle and alfalfa ranch in Lucerne Valley and educated in Whittier through college. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, then taught economics at a variety of schools including USC and Cal State Fullerton.

Aside from his achievements in academics, Mr. Gobar is a prominent economic consultant in the business world. After ten years as a sales engineer, he entered consulting in 1964 and formed his own firm, Darley- Gobar Associates, which in 1969 became the second largest real estate economics consulting firm in the United States.

In 1973 the firm became known as Alfred Gobar Associates, Inc. and downsized to fifteen people to provide a higher quality product. This pursuit of high quality employees has been successful; several members of the staff have also been featured in various Who's Who publications. Their clients include major entitlement companies, banks, and cities such as San Diego and Chicago.

Please join us for this informative talk; Mr. Gobar will be giving us his very best due to his "sincere interest in avoiding embarassing Joe '93 in front of his peers." Please return the enclosed slip to join us for the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner, to be followed by the 7:00 talk.

Is God Good?

Why a loving God allows evil and suffering is one of the most pressing questions of our time. The classic statement of the problem follows: Either God is all-powerful but not all-good, and therefore doesn't stop evil; or God is all-good but unable to stop evil, in which case He is not all-powerful.

Many Christians believe that God is completely good, just, and loving. Such a God, however, stands in stark contrast to a world in which war, crime, corruption, oppression, starvation, and abuse are rampant.

The Claremont McKenna College Christian Fellowship cordially invites you to come and hear two of CMC's own distinguished professors, Stephen T. Davis and John K. Roth, discuss a question that has been hotly debated throughout history.

The evening's program will be highly unstructured. There will an open forum/question-and-answer session in which audience participation is highly encouraged.

Professor Davis received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School before joining the CMC faculty in 1970. Professor Davis, although more commonly recognized as the Stags soccer coach, is also currently a pastor at United Presbyterian Church.

Professor Roth received both his M.A. and his Ph.D. from Yale University and has been a member of the CMC faculty since 1966. Best known for his studies on the Holocaust, Professor Roth has travelled as a visiting professor to institutes and universities around the world, as well as having been honored with the 1988 Professor of the Year Award for the United States and Canada by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Please return the enclosed slip to make your reservation to join-and participate-with us in the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner before the panel discussion at 7:00.

Come and see!

How to Communicate with Power, Polish, and Pizzazz!

Mary-Ellen Drummond knows how to deliver a polished presentation. She is the recipient of more than 75 awards for her speaking, training, leadership, and sales accomplishments. She enjoyed a 13-year career with Bristol Myers U.S. Pharmaceutical Division where she distinguished herself as a consistent high-achiever and earned the honor of being named "Representative of the Year."

Since 1979, Mary-Ellen has been actively involved in public speaking and training. She is a board member of the San Diego Chapter of the National Speakers Association and is a member of the American Society for Training and Development. As a member of Toastmasters International, she founded several successful clubs and has effectively run hundreds of meetings. She has been named "Toastmaster of the Year" 11 times, earned the highest possible title of "Distinguished Toastmaster" and, in 1989, she ranked in the top 27 speakers in Toastmasters International's worldwide competition.

Mary-Ellen Drummond graduated from California State University, Fullerton, and went on to training programs with John Robert Powers and Xerox.

Her speech will cover the basics of public speaking along with some of the more refined skills of communication. It will also review a broad spectrum of topics, ideas, information, and techniques that will enhance every presentation you, the reader, plan to make.

Please join us at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum for an energetic workshop on learning to communicate. The reception is at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, and speech at 7:00.

Jelly Roll Jazz Society: Roaring 20s
JAKE PORTER, conductor and saxophone

Some would say the Prohibition Era hit the Athenaeum last year, but on this night, the Jazz Age will be here in full swing. Break out the flapper dresses and Charleston hats-this event will remind you of scenes from The Great Gatsby (1925). The Athenaeum will be decked out in style, including a crystal ball over the dance floor.

During dinner, student performers will be playing jazz, creating an authentic dinner club atmosphere. After dinner, members of Jake Porter's band will take the stage. The Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Team will demonstrate the Charleston. After that, it's your turn to take the floor. Dance the Fox-Trot, Charleston, or just sway your hips to the finest jazz ever to hit The Claremont Colleges.

This is sure to be one of the most popular events, so don't delay in turning in your reservation slip for dining and dancing. To maximize our dancing time, dinner will begin at 5:30.

Literature and Criticism in Contemporary Americana
MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1992

Literary criticism of the last several decades has become a wilderness of perplexing theories. Structuralism, deconstruction, and new historicism have eroded the power accorded to the author's imagination and a reality beyond the arbitrary use of language. Throughout these controversies Denis Donoghue has remained one of the most trenchant and sensible voices, an advocate of literature as a passionate pursuit of the real and a strong critic of the excesses of poets and theorists alike.

Widely recognized as one of the leading writers on American literature, Mr. Donoghue gained his perspective from his Irish roots. Born in Tullow, County Carlow in Ireland, Donoghue took all his degrees from University College, Dublin, and began teaching at Cambridge University. He was professor of modern English and American literature at University College. He currently holds the Henry James Chair of English and American Letters at New York University.

Donoghue is the author of numerous books, many of them classics of modern literary criticism. Few students of modern poetry or American literature are unfamiliar with Connoisseurs of Chaos: The Ideals of Order in Modern American Poetry (1984), The Ordinary Universe: Soundings of Modern Literature (1968), Ferocious Alphabets (1981), or Reading America: Essays on American Literature (1987). His frequent contributions to The New York Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement are often among the most discussed essays of our time. His recent autobiography, Warrenpoint (1990), has been widely acclaimed as a brilliantly innovative contribution to the genre.

Please join us for what promises to be a provocative and informative perspective on modern American letters. Return the coupon for a reservation at the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner which will be followed by the lecture at 7:00.

Creativity in the Sciences and the Arts: How Can We Explain It?

Psychologists have gained a considerable understanding in recent years of how people solve problems. Can this understanding be extended from routine, everyday problem solving to the kind of activities, in science and art, that we call creativity? In the past decade, research has tackled this question, even to the point of constructing computer programs that simulate human creativity. Herbert Simon has been one of the harbingers in this exciting and new research.

Dr. Simon is Richard King Mellon University Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has taught since 1949. During the past thirty years he has been studying decision-making and problem-solving processes, using computers to simulate human thinking. He has published over 700 papers and 20 books and monographs, including his autobiography, Models of My Life (1991). Dr. Simon was educated at the University of Chicago, and his work has been recognized by honorary degrees from a number of universities.

Mr. Simon was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1967. He has received awards for his research from the American Psychological Association, the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Political Science Association, the American Economic Association, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He received the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1978, and the National Medal of Science in 1986.

Mr. Simon has been chairman of the board of directors of the Social Science Research Council and of the Behavioral Science Division of the National Research Council and was a member of the President's Science Advisory Committee.

Please join us for an enlightening speech by Mr. Simon. The reception begins at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6:00 and lecture at 7:00.

Shakespeare: Who Is He?

Charles Francis Topham de Vere Beauclerk, Earl of Burford, is the founder of the De Vere Society at Oxford. The society's aim was to seek and, if possible, establish the truth concerning the authorship of the Shakespeare canon. The society took its name from Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, whom a growing number of people believe to have written under the pseudonym "William Shakespeare." Lord Burford, who is descended from Edward de Vere's grandfather, spoke last year to a standing-room-only audience in the Great Hall of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the first anti-Stratfordian to be so honored. This fall, sponsored by the Shakespeare Oxford Society, he returned to America for an eight-month speaking tour championing the Oxford thesis for student audiences across the nation.

Lord Burford's visit to Claremont is particularly timely. The Oxford thesis has enjoyed a wave of media coverage in recent years, with prominent articles in the New Yorker, British Heritage, Smithsonian, National Review, and the Atlantic Monthly, and TV specials on "Frontline" and "Firing Line." April 22 happens to be Edward de Vere's 442nd "birthday; April 23 is William Shakespeare's 428th birthday. Please join us to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, whichever one he was. As always, return the enclosed slip for the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner before the 7:00 presentation. We will, of course, be serving an Elizabethan dinner.

CMC Senior Art Show

Reflections of Nature

Over the past four years we have had seniors who are art majors show their works to the college community. This year we invite you to visit the art project of Maluaka Harrison '92. Maluaka says her show will be "an exploration through various means of expressing/interpreting the importance and significance of the physical natural world and how it relates to my existence as a human being." The showing and reception will be from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., no reservations necessary.

Women and the Holocaust
MONDAY, APRIL 27, 1992

The term Holocaust brings to mind horrible images of death and destruction. Even after 50 years, the "truth" about what really transpired is still being debated by scholars and politicians. Joan Ringelheim wants us to remember the suffering of all the people, in particular the experiences of the women in the Holocaust.

Dr. Ringelheim began her studies at Oberlin College, then transferred to Boston University where she received her bachelor's degree, as well as her master's and Ph.D. She has taught philosophy at De Pauw University, Connecticut College, and Wesleyan University. Course topics she has developed over the years include prejudice and oppression, guilt and shame, freedom and responsibility, and feminist theory. Eventually two subjects became the major foci of her teaching and research: the Holocaust and feminist theory.

In addition to her teaching. Dr. Ringelheim has received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, the Center for Humanities at Wesleyan University, and the New York Council for the Humanities to continue her research on women and the Holocaust. In 1983 she was one of the editors of the proceedings of the conference "Women Surviving: The Holocaust." She has recently published articles in The Simon Wiesenthal Annual, Vol. I (1984) and the feminist journal SIGNS. The latter article will be reprinted with an additional postscript in Different Voices: Women and the Holocaust, edited by John Roth and Carol Rittner. Currently she is working on her own book, entitled Double Jeopardy: Women and the Holocaust.

Please join us for an interesting perspective, sponsored by Hillel, the intercollegiate women's studies department, and the Athenaeum. Return the enclosed reservation slip in order to come to the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner. Dr. Ringelheim's presentation will follow at 7:00.

Director's Report

Another Athenaeum year is ending and a new one will begin in September. We already know that Susan Faludi and Seamus Heaney will be visiting us in 1992-93, and we are hard at work organizing another election special which will be topped off with a Maine lobster and Arkansas rib dinner (if the pollsters are correct) on Tuesday, November 3.

During this past year we hosted a number of series- Reflections on Today's U.S.S.R.; Southern California: The State of the State; Desert Storm-Desert Peace; 499 Years Ago; Legal Eagles (featuring CMC alumni with legal backgrounds); AIDS: Its Implications Today; and the very successful Academic Leaders (made up of eleven major academic figures). The Gould, Salvatori, and Keck centers and the John Brown Cook Association brought many guests which they shared with the Athenaeum. Our writer-in-residence was Ken Kesey, and we opened our season with John Densmore from The Doors. We hosted numerous musical events ending with Ellis Marsalis and Marcus Roberts at a musical tea.

All our programs are videotaped for public access television. The twice-a-week program has been very well received by the viewing audience. Our tapes are also made available to anyone who wishes to view a program.

The Athenaeum depends on each of you to bring in your suggestions for our list of over eighty speakers and programs hosted in this facility. Keep those ideas coming so that 1992-93 will be the Athenaeum's best year ever!

I thank you for your support, guidance, and enthusiasm during this past college year. Special kudos go to our three "Ath fellows," Scott Palmer, Elizabeth Pontefract, and Tyson Roberts; our student managers, Tobin Lopes and David Chenoweth; our manager, David Edwards; coordinator, Bonnie Snortum; secretary, Carol Bovett; and chef of chefs, David Skinner. We have all appreciated the guidance of the Athenaeum Advisory Committee, chaired by Sue Mansfield. Due to the efforts of many people at CMC, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum continues to be a focal point of the College and the Claremont community.