January 20, 94

Vol. 09 , No. 05   

Martin Luther King Commemorative Speaker

The Historical Significance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

-Martin Luther King Jr.,
August 28, 1963

The Reverend Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were close colleagues during the civil rights movement. As the first full-time executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and chief of staff to Dr. King during the height of the civil rights movement, Walker was in many ways the backbone of the SCLC, providing the hands-on management that Dr. King was unable to provide. From Birmingham to Selma, Walker made decisions which affected the course of events that helped reshape America.

Reverend Walker is currently senior pastor of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem with a congregation of over 2300 members. He received his B.S. in chemistry and physics and a master of divinity from Virginia Union University. He completed his doctorate at Colgate/Rochester Divinity School in 1975.

An energetic businessman as well as pastor, Walker has developed more than $42 million of affordable housing in central Harlem under the aegis of Canaan Baptist Church and has served as chairman of the board of Freedom National Bank, one of a small number of African-American-owned banks in America. He spent a decade as Urban Affairs Specialist for Nelson Rockefeller and has just completed a six-year tenure as a world commissioner of the Programme to Combat Racism of the World Council of Churches based in Geneva, Switzerland.

An ethnomusicologist, an exhibiting artist, a composer of sacred music, and the author of 14 published works, Wyatt Tee Walker is a Renaissance man in every sense of the word.

The Athenaeum is pleased to join the Office of Black Student Affairs in sponsoring this program in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Prosecuting Nazis In America

A 1985 Washington Post article stated that "...overall in the world there were still estimated to be up to 50,000 fugitive Nazi criminals with 10,000 of them living in the United States." In 1979 the Office of Special Investigation of the United States Justice Department (OSI) was created to investigate and take appropriate legal action against Nazi war criminals in the United States. As director of OSI, Neal Sher has played an active role in overseeing all litigation and investigations. Having served as a senior trial attorney and later as deputy director, Sher has participated in every phase of OSI's operations.

Sher has received numerous awards and honors for the work that he has done at OSI. He has been the recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg "Hero in Our Time" Award, the Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, the Absorption Award from Israel Bonds, and a special commendation from the World Jewish Congress. Furthermore, Sher is recognized internationally as an expert in the prosecution of Nazi criminals.

Sher received his undergraduate education at Cornell University and his law degree from New York University School of Law. He is also an adjunct professor at Cornell University where he teaches a course entitled "Jurisprudence and the Holocaust."

Turbulence in World Politics: A Theory of Change and Continuity

The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.


A university professor of international affairs at George Washington University, James Rosenau would agree with the above quotation. In fact, Rosenau has focused his research on world politics and how dynamic changes in the world affect domestic and foreign affairs.

Rosenau earned a doctorate from Princeton University, a master from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor of arts from Bard College. He has taught at the University of Southern California; the University of California, Los Angeles; Ohio State University; and Rutgers University. Rosenau is also actively involved in many international organizations. He has been co-principal investigator in the Foreign Policy Leadership Project, codirector in the Seminar on the World System in Yugoslavia, past-president of the International Studies Association, and organizer of the Workshop on Change and the International System sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Rosenau has written over 140 articles and more than 30 books. His most recent publications include Turbulence in World Politics: A Theory of Change and Continuity (1990) and The United Nations in a Turbulent World (1992). He is a coauthor of American Leadership in World Affairs: Vietnam and the Breakdown of Consensus (1984) and Journeys Through World Politics: Autobiographical Reflections of Thirty-four Academic Travelers (1989). Rosenau is also a playwright. His two-act play Kwangiu: An Escalatory Spree was produced at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles in 1991.

Undivided Government? Clinton's First Year With Congress

Has the Clinton administration brought real "change" to American national politics, or is the country merely spinning its wheels? Does having a president and Congress both controlled by the Democratic Party make a difference these days? To address these pressing questions and to survey leading developments in American politics over the past year, the Salvatori Center is pleased to present an evening with Michael J. Malbin, one of the country's foremost scholars of the modern Congress.

Michael J. Malbin is a professor of political science at the State University of New York at Albany and director of the Center for Legislative Studies at SUNY's Rockefeller Institute of Government. Since August 1991 he has also been a member of the National Council on the Humanities, the 26-member advisory board for the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Malbin is the author of numerous books on Congress, political parties, and the presidency, including Unelected Representatives: Congresional Staff and the Future of Representational Government (1980), a key study of the growing power of Congressional staffs. His latest edited volumes are the 8th edition of Vital Statistics on Congress, 1993-94 (1994) and Limiting Legislative Terms (1992), coedited with Gerald Benjamin.

Before moving to Albany in 1990, Malbin held appointments in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. He worked for the Iran-Contra committee, the House Republican Conference, and as speech writer for President Bush's Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney.

You are welcome to this lecture and discussion presented by the Salvatori Center and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

Mass Media Violence: What Do We Know, What Can We Do?

Each time we turn on the television, violence infiltrates our homes. Many argue that the graphic violence portrayed by the media has a negative impact on society. One such person is Edward Donnerstein. A professor and past chairperson of the department of communications at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Donnerstein has researched mass media violencein particular sexual violence-as well as mass media policy.

A social psychologist, Donnerstein has held positions at Southern Illinois University, Iowa State University, and the University of Wisconsin. He was a visiting professor at both the University of Lethbridge and Beijing University, China. Donnerstein has also served on the editorial boards of many academic journals, and is currently associate editor for the Journal of Research in Personality.

Donnerstein has been actively involved in the many debates on the role of violence in the mass media. He has testified at numerous governmental hearings in the United States and abroad regarding the effects and policy implications surrounding mass media violence and pornography. Donnerstein has also served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences subpanel on child pornography and child abuse, as well as the United States Surgeon General's panel on pornography. He is a member of the American Psychological Association's commission on violence and youth and is on the advisory board of Mediascope, a Carnegie Foundation violence prevention program. He has published several books, including The Question of Pornography: Research Findings and Policy Implications (1987) and Big World, Small Screen: The Role of Television in American Society (1992), and over 120 scientific articles in this field of psychology.

Back to the Future? Europe Since the End of the Cold War
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1994 12:15 p.m.

The first speaker in the series of Faculty Focus lunches is also the newest member of the government department at CMC. An expert in European affairs, both east and west, Arista Cirtautas is completing her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Her thesis is titled "The Ethic of Solidarity and the Spirit of Democracy."

Cirtautas completed both B.A. and M.A. degrees in history at the University of Washington, Seattle, before completing a second M.A. in political science at UC Berkeley. A recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships, she has spent two years in Germany and one year in Poland. In the spring of 1992 she was a lecturer in a graduate seminar at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Cirtautas speaks German, French, Polish, and Russian.

A professor whose courses are among the most popular on campus, Arista Cirtautas will bring a scholar's insight to this very important topic.

Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. Cirtautas will speak at 12:15 p.m.

The Intersection of Race and Gender in Law, Politics, and Popular Culture

Kimberle Williams Crenshaw (J.D. Harvard; LL.M. University of Wisconsin) is Professor of Law at UCLA Law School and Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She has lectured and written extensively on Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race and the law. She is a founding member of the Critical Race Theory workshop, coauthor of Words That Wound: Assaultive Speech and the First Amendment (Colorado: Westview Press, 1992), and the coeditor of a forthcoming volume, Critical Race Theory: A Reader. Her work has appeared in Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, and Southern California Law Review. She serves on the governing board of the Law and Society Association and the Society of American Law Teachers. A specialist on legal issues confronting Black women, she assisted the legal team representing Anita Hill.

Crenshaw is at the cutting edge of critical race theory law as it intersects with race, class, and gender. Of special interest to her is how the multiplicity of race, class, and gender plays out in the courts for Black women. In her work she has argued a special class for Black women. As it now stands, in the court they must either petition as a woman or as a Black, but never as a Black woman.

The Athenaeum continues the series "Law and Social Change" and begins the celebration of Black history month with this distinguished jurist. Please join us!

Generations: What Comes After the Baby Boomers?

Are you concerned about the economic future of America? Do you want answers to questions about America's future? Neil Howe, historian and economist, has written several books addressing very serious questions about what the future holds for the America's 13th generation, those individuals born between 1961 and 1981.

Howe's first book, titled On Borrowed Time: How the Growth in Entitlement Spending Threatens America's Future (1988), written with former commerce secretary Peter G. Peterson, provides answers to the complicated problem of entitlement program spending. Three subsequent books, titled Bribing the People: The Tragedy of the American Welfare State; 13th-Gen: Abort, Delete, Retry, Fail? (1993); and Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584-2069 (1991), address issues of budget policy, aging, attitudes toward economic growth and social progress, collective personalities of generations, and how different generations succeed or fail in creating endowments for their heirs.

Howe received his B.A. from UC Berkeley and his graduate degrees in economics and history from Yale University in 1978 and 1979. Currently senior adviser to the Blackstone Group on Public Policy, he is also chief economist for the National Taxpayers Union Foundation and capital formation staff director for the Competitiveness Policy Institute.

You won't want to miss this opportunity to discuss your future with an expert.

Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights, 1945-1990, An Oral History

Eric Marcus says, "My life as a gay man is far more than what I do in the privacy of my bedroom." A gay and lesbian rights activist, Marcus works to strip away ancient myths and persistent misconceptions. As a journalist, he tries to educate America on what it means to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual in the '90s.

After graduating from Vassar College he attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Marcus went on to become associate producer for CBS's This Morning and later for Good Morning America.

Marcus has also written books on gay and lesbian issues such as: Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945 to 1990, An Oral History (1992); The Male Couple's Guide to Living Together: What Gay Men Should Know About Living with Each Other and Coping in a Straight World (1988); and Is It a Choice? Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay and Lesbians (1993). Eric Marcus is a regular contributor to Newsweek magazine and a frequent guest of national and local radio and television shows.

From subjects such as gays in the military to AIDS, Eric Marcus will address issues that confront gays and lesbians in American society today.


If it's Wednesday there must be Open Forum Lunch! Every Wednesday of the semester, beginning January 26 at 12:00 noon, the Athenaeum provides lunch for the first 48 persons lucky enough to drop by Parents Dining Room in time to get a seat. No reservations required and attire is casual. This is an opportunity to invite a professor to lunch. If you bring a faculty or staff person as a guest you may sign up early. Open Forum Lunch also provides the occasion to raise pressing issues for general discussion.

If you wish to sit at the speaker's head table during dinner, please contact Carol Bien-Willner at ext. 5907 or leave a note in the fellows' box in the Athenaeum office.