May 5, 93
Vol. 08 , No. 09
Readings from Work in Progress
JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN
MONDAY, APRIL 5, 1993
John Wideman's fiction gives one of the most trenchant portraits of the pain of the urban African-American experience and expresses the need and desire to find some order in that experience. His fiction is known for its dazzling energy and narrative experimentation.
The Stories of John Edgar Wideman was published in 1992. Wideman's most recent novel and his tenth book, Philadelphia Fire, published in 1990, was awarded the 1991 PEN/Faulkner Prize for Fiction. This was Wideman's second PEN award. Sent for You Yesterday received the PEN/Faulkner Prize for Fiction in 1984 and was listed as one of the 15 best books of 1983 by the New York Times Book Review. Brothers and Keepers, published in 1984, received the DuSable Museum prize for non-fiction.
Wideman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English in 1963. As a Rhodes scholar, Wideman spent three years in England, receiving a B.Phil. degree from Oxford in 1966. He subsequently spent a year at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. Since 1974 Wideman had been a professor of English at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and in 1986 he joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as a full professor of English. Wideman teaches courses in creative writing and African-American literature.
Antarctic Ozone Depletion
TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 1993 12:15 p.m.
The effects of pollution on the Earth's atmosphere became painfully clear when the ozone hole was discovered over the Antarctic. However, the potential for unilateral protection of the biosphere was exemplified by the Montreal Protocol which resulted in the reduction of the use of ozone depleting chemicals. Currently, professor Anthony Fucaloro is working with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to investigate and explain Antarctic ozone depletion.
Dr. Fucaloro, a native of Brooklyn, New York, received his bachelor's degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, majoring in chemistry and minoring in mathematics. He then received his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Arizona. After completing two postdoctoral fellowships, as a teaching associate and as a research associate, he came to the joint science department at the Claremont Colleges in 1974. From 1980 until the present, Dr. Fucaloro has served as the scientific adviser to Congressman David Dreier. In 1989 he was selected to be the George C.S. Benson Professor of Public Affairs, and in 1992 he became the dean of facuity at CMC.
Dr. Fucaloro's specialization in chemistry is molecular spectroscopy luminescence and electron impact, subjects about which he has published more than two dozen articles in scientific journals since 1971. In addition to these, Dr. Fucaloro also authored a math text entitled Selected Topics in Mathematics for Introductory Science Students (1978).
Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. Professor Fucaloro speaks at 12:15.
Are Women Paid What They're Worth? Pay Equity Meets the Market
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 1993
What kind of work environment will women and men face in the 1990s and in the twenty-first century? Can they expect to see equity in the job market? Inequity presents a challenge because it is easy to hide. How will you know if you are being treated fairly by the market of tomorrow? The answers to these questions will affect us all in the years to come, or perhaps in the weeks to come! Dr. Steven Rhoads will address these questions in his talk, sponsored by the Salvatori Center.
Dr. Steven Rhoads is just completing a book critically assessing the theory and practice of equal pay for comparable worth, looking at the United States, the European Economic Community, and Australia. Most of his work is in economics and public policy and includes articles on "Kind Hearts and Opportunity Costs," and "How to Sin Away the Deficit." In his book, The Economist's View of the World: Government, Markets and Public Policy (1985), Dr. Rhoads focuses on microeconomics and its influence on public policy, reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of the mainstream economic viewpoint. This book has become popular around the world, especially in China and Taiwan.
Dr. Rhoads graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history. He then went on to Cornell University where he received a master's in economic analysis and public policy and his doctorate in government. He is currently a professor at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1970.
The Implications of NAFTA in Mexico
THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 1993
The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies is pleased to announce that Professor Denise Dresser will discuss "Upward Mobility or Downward Drift: The Implications ofNAFTA in Mexico" as part of its lecture series on "The Pacific Rim and the United States."
Professor Dresser teaches political science at Mexican Autonomous Technical Institute. She has served as a political analyst in the Mexican Ministry for Foreign Affairs and has held several research positions, including the visiting research fellowship at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She has received a number of other fellowships and scholarships, including a Fulbright Scholarship.
Professor Dresser graduated from El Colegio de Mexico in 1983 and received an M.A. degree from Princeton University in 1987. She is completing her doctoral dissertation at Princeton.
Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire
MONDAY, APRIL 12, 1993
Don't miss this opportunity to meet and listen to one of the top journalists of the age reflect on the fall of the USSR and the way Russia sees its role in the world today.
David Remnick is a graduate of Princeton University and is now a staff writer for the New Yorker and a contributor to The New York Review of Books. In 1982 he joined the Washington Post as a staff writer and went as the paper's Moscow correspondent to the Soviet Union in January 1988, returning to New York after the fall of the Soviet Union and Gorbachev at the end of 1991.
His book, Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, will be published by Random House in June.
Concert Preview: Haydn's The Creation
MICHAEL DEANE LAMKIN
TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 1993
On Saturday, April 17, the Claremont Chamber Orchestra, the Claremont Colleges Concert Choir, the Pomona College Choir, and community choirs will perform Haydn's The Creation at Bridges Auditorium.
As a concert preview to this event, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to present Michael Deane Lamkin, the conductor of this work, who will discuss the piece on Tuesday, April 13. Mr. Lamkin will discuss The Creation (1798) in terms of the music and its place in social history. He will illustrate his talk with musical examples and slides of Vienna.
Mr. Lamkin, who is professor of music holding a joint appointment with Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps colleges, specializes in music of the 18th and 19th centuries with particular emphasis on Haydn and the master classicists. His work as a conductor has taken him to such foreign places as Munich, Vienna, and Iowa City. With a background in both instrumental and vocal music, Mr. Lamkin is the conductor and music director of the Claremont Chamber Orchestra and the Claremont Colleges Concert Choir.
Visions of the City in American Photography
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 1993
Dr. Alan Trachtenberg is the Neil Gray, Jr. Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. His Reading American Photographs: Images as History, Mathew Brady to Walker Evans (1990) was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for outstanding scholarship in American art by the National Museum of American Art. His other books include Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol (1965) and The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age (1982). He has published numerous essays on American cultural history, specifically literary topics, technology and urbanism, and photography.
He has held several visiting positions, including Fulbright professorships at Leningrad State University and at the Kyoto American Studies Seminar and visiting professor in the Science, Technology, and Pronian Institution at MIT.
Professor Trachtenberg received his A.B. at Temple University, an M.A. at the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is the Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar for 1992-93.
Losing Ground and In Pursuit
THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 1993
If you are concerned with the problems of the underclass and what can be done to solve them, then you should not miss Charles Murray's presentation, which is sponsored by the Salvatori Center.
Mr. Murray is the Bradley Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is best known as the author of Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980 (1984), an influential and controversial analysis of the reforms of the 1960s. In 1988, he published In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government, broadening the focus of Losing Ground to explore fundamental questions of "success" in social policy.
The highly-respected Murray was named one of the 150 "People Who Make a Difference" in national policy-making by National Journal. U.S. News & World Report included him as one of the thirty-two men and women who dominate the contemporary intellectual debate on social policy. Mr. Murray has also written articles for The Public Interest, The New Republic and Commentary. He also has lectured around the world and has testified before congressional committees dealing with poverty and welfare.