March 22, 93

Vol. 08 , No. 08   

A Voice in Exile
MONDAY, MARCH 22, 1993 12:15 p.m.

One of the most intense and controversial poets of the 20th century, Joseph Brodsky, Nobel Laureate (1987) and former Poet Laureate of the United States (1991-1992), came to this country as an exile from the Soviet Union. Lyrical and passionate, his poems rise out of suffering and loss: "I was raised by the cold that, to warm my palm, I gathered my fingers around a pen." Exile as metaphor for the condition of post-modern man pervades his work.

Arrested at 24 for "social parasitism," Brodsky served 20 months of hard labor in Arkhangelsk, a northern region of Russia. He was forced into exile eight years later, and went to Vienna, then to the U.S. The scars from his arrest and exile are visible in his poems, rich with concrete images of his painful past. He continues to write in his native Russian, although he often translates his own work into English.

Poet, essayist, and teacher, Brodsky's work includes Selected Poems (1973), A Part of Speech (1981), and To Urania (1992), as well as the widely acclaimed collection of essays Less Than One: Selected Essays (1986). He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Amherst College, and Mount Holyoke, where he is currently Andrew Mellon Professor of the Humanities.

Please join us for this literary luncheon. Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. Mr. Brodsky speaks at 12:15.

The Challenges Facing Accounting Education
MONDAY, MARCH 22, 1993

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to welcome Talal Abu-Ghazaleh back to campus. In his Monday night address, he will speak on the challenges facing accounting education.

Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh is the founder and the present chairman of the board of directors of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International (TAGI), U.K., the largest holding company for professional firms in the Arab world, operating in 30 offices throughout the Middle East. Additionally, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Canisius College in New York, decoration from the Republic of Tunisia, and knighthood from the French Legion of Honor.

He received his BBA from the American University of Beirut and has gone on to become an international leader in the accounting and consulting professions. Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh is the father of Luay '87, Qusay '87, and Jumana '92 Abu-Ghazaleh.

Who Was Shakespeare?
TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 1993 12:15 p.m.

For more than a century, writers like Freud, Whitman, and Twain have doubted that William Shakspeare of Stratford could have written the poems and plays of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare's works are the work of a learned person, someone who knew law, history, Latin, Greek, and French, and had a vocabulary twice the size of Milton's. Shakspeare (who never spelled his name Shakespeare) seems provincial, obscure, and barely literate. Apparently, neither his parents nor children could write. He left no manuscripts, no literary records, no letters, only a will leaving his second-best bed to his wife.

CMC professor of government Ward Elliott, along with CMC math professor Robert Valenza, formed the Shakespeare Clinic to study who might have been the "true authors" of Shakespeare's work. With the use of computers, they compared Shakespeare's poems to the works of 58 other literary figures from the period, such as Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, and Queen Elizabeth I. After comparing such things as often-used words, punctuation, and spelling in scores of texts, most of the 58 possible authors have been eliminated.

Professor Elliott received his A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University and an LL.B. from the University of Virginia, At CMC, he teaches the constitutional law and politics section of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major.

Lunch is served at 11:45; Professor Elliott speaks at 12:15.

U.S. Cultural Diplomacy Across the Pacific

The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies is pleased to bring Dr. Michel Oksenberg to the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. If current projections are correct, the region of the Pacific will become increasingly important to the United States in terms of international trade and foreign policy. Dr. Oksenberg's specialty falls directly in this area, and his lecture will address "The United States and the Pacific Rim."

Dr. Oksenberg currently serves as president of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Before joining the East-West Center, Dr. Oksenberg, a political scientist, taught at the University of Michigan where he was the director of the Center for Chinese Studies. From 1985 through 1991 he was senior adviser to a Washington law firm; and from 1977 through 1980 he served as senior staff member of the National Security Council with special responsibility for China and Indochina. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and chairman of the Committee on International Peace and Security.

Dr. Oksenberg has written or edited numerous books and articles on Sino-American relations including Policy Making in China: Leaders, Structure and Process (1990) and Beijing Spring, 1989: Confrontation and Conflict: The Basic Documents (1992).

Please join us for an insightful look across the Pacific.

Post Modern Jazz
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 1993 3:15 p.m.

"Sophisticated, gentle, jazz" is the way this trio of professional musicians describe their music making. Claremont residents and long-time friends, each of these gentlemen has distinguished himself in separate careers as well as pare of this performing group.

Lewis Ellenhorn, emeritus professor of psychology at Pitzer College, having been described in Downbeat as "one of the 23 great clarinet players in the world," has recorded with Harry Belafonte, Sammy Davis Jr., Marilyn Monroe, and various big bands. He is equally comfortable with the classical repertoire and has frequently performed with chamber ensembles.

Harrison Stephens, former director of public information at Claremont University Center, has been playing the guitar since the age of twelve and has played professionally and semiprofessionally all through his career in the publishing business.

Dion Sorrell teaches in the Upland School District and also plays bass with jazz musicians Bobby Bradford and James Newton. Dion has recently performed at Cal Arts and in Barcelona during the 1992 summer Olympic games.

The Athenaeum will be the site of splendid music making this afternoon, so come and enjoy!

Community and the Politics of Place

Have American cities lost their sense of community? In Community and the Politics of Place (1990), Daniel Kemmis argues that our loss of community impedes our ability to resolve crucial issues and causes a loss of a sense of place. He maintains that a renewed sense of community could shape politics into a more cooperative and satisfying enterprise, producing better people, better communities, and better places. He offers new insights into the relationship between politics and economics and addresses the question of whether the nation-state is an appropriate entity for the practice of either discipline.

Daniel Kemmis, presently the mayor of Missoula, is a senior fellow at the Northern Lights Research and Education Institute in Montana. He is a former minority leader and speaker of the Montana House of Representatives where he served from 1975-1976 and from 1979-1984. He is chairman of the National League of Cities Leadership Training Council and a member of the National Civic League Advisory Committee. He has published several articles on community and cooperation including "The Art of the Possible in the Home of Hope,"and "Community and the Quest for Excellence." He received his B.A. in political science from Harvard and his law degree from the University of Montana Law School.

Ethical Influence: Bunglers, Smugglers, and Sleuths

Extensive scholarly training in the psychology of influence, together with twenty years of research into the subject, has earned Dr. Robert B. Cialdini an international reputation as an expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance, and negotiation.

Dr. Cialdini received undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate education in psychology at the University of Wisconsin, University of North Carolina, and Columbia University, respectively. He has held visiting scholar appointments at Ohio State University, the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and several others. He is currently Regents' Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, where he has also been named Distinguished Graduate Research Professor.

His book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion and Influence (1993), which was the result of a study into the reasons why people comply with requests in natural settings, has appeared in numerous editions and six languages. Dr. Cialdini frequently speaks on the practice of ethical influence, in which an individual can increase compliance with his or her requests while ensuring benefit to the influence target.

The Army and Vietnam
MONDAY, MARCH 29, 1993

If you are interested in seeing a presentation on Vietnam that is not produced by Hollywood, we encourage you to attend the lecture by Lt. Col. Andrew F. Krepinevich.

Mr. Krepinevich currently serves as assistant to the director, net assessment, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. A lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, he has served with troop units in the United States and the Republic of Korea. He also has served as assistant professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Military Academy and in the army's strategic plans and policy division in the Pentagon. Most recently, he served as assistant for special projects on the personal staff of defense secretaries Weinberger, Carlucci, and Cheney, where he edited and directed the publishing of the secretary's Annual Report to the Congress and Soviet Military Power.

Mr. Krepinevich earned a bachelor's degree from West Point and a masters degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He currently lectures as a member of the adjunct faculty at George Mason University and at the Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author of The Army and Vietnam (1986), an award-winning book on the Vietnam War.

Animated Mythology

Gerald McDermott is a Caldecott Medalist whose illustrated books and animated films have brought him international recognition. He is highly regarded for his culturally diverse works inspired by traditional African and Japanese folktales, hero tales of the Pueblos, and the archetypal mythology of Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

In his presentation on Tuesday evening, he will show the film Arrow to the Sun (1973) and discuss the incorporation of myth in his art.

Mr. McDermott was born in Detroit, Michigan, and says his career began when his parents enrolled him in art school at the age of four. He has produced and directed a series of animated films on mythology in consultation with renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell. These films became the basis for McDermott's first picture books. Mr. McDermott has recently been appointed primary education program director with the Joseph Campbell Foundation. Presently, he lives in Los Angeles and is at work on a new series of books and films based on mythology and folklore.

Dinner Theater
The Mystery of Sir Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

Based on The Mystery of Sir Edwin Drood (1870), a novel Charles Dickens left unfinished at the time of his death, Drood is a murder mystery with a comic flair and more than forty possible endings. The plot introduces a number of interesting suspects before leaving off rather abruptly. Whodunit? The unpredictable opium queen, Princess Puffer? The pious Reverend Crisparkle? One of the foreign Landless twins? The drunken graveyard Durdles? The desperate author, Bazzard? The beautiful fiancee, Rosa Bud? Or the unquestionably evil John Jasper? The Under the Lights cast won't know until the audience at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum votes upon this and other questions during the performance. Join us for an evening of murder, mayhem, and McKenna comedy at its finest."

Dinner is served at 6:00; the play begins at 6:45.


Anyone interested in becoming an Athenaeum Student Fellow for the academic year 1993-94, please stop by the Athenaeum office to pick up an application form. The deadline for returning the completed application form is Thursday, March 25.

Dinner Theater
Charles Dickens' The Mystery of Sir Edwin Drood

Prepare yourself to participate in a CMC first: a musical murder mystery in which the audience helps to determine the outcome of what will undoubtedly be a whimsical foray into the world of 19th century vaudevillian theatre. CMC's own "Under the Lights" will transform the Athenaeum into a bawdy, Victorian, free-for-all; this is a production that won't be complete until the audience has had the opportunity to get in its two cents, including jeers, heckles, and cat-calls. In the spirit of interactive theatre, there will be little prescripted action, as the players seek to consult the audience before wrapping up the drama, making this a real murder mystery for all involved.

A Broadway smash, The Mystery of Sir Edwin Drood (1870) enchanted audiences both in America and England because of its avant-garde incorporation of two well-established theatrical genres, the musical and the murder mystery. Drood's provocative disrespect for all that is well-rehearsed and well-executed is certain to entertain.

Prices for Dinner Theatre

CMC student with meal card $7.50
CMC student, faculty, and staff without meal card $10.00
All other students, faculty, and staff $12.50
Community persons and all others $17.50
Play only (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights) $4.00

English Dinner

Relish Trays
Baked French Onion Soup
English Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus
Yorkshire Pudding
Creamed Spinach
Boiled Potatoes
English Triffle