February 7, 94

Vol. 09 , No. 06   

How To Be an Effective Peacemaker

Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Caesar, and Napoleon are listed on a quiz given to the students by the teacher, Colman McCarthy. "Students easily identify them as generals," says McCarthy. "Then I list some peacemakers: Dorothy Day, Jeannette Rankin, A.J. Muste, Sojourner Truth, Thomas Merton. These draw blanks. In too many schools the peace message is ignored." It is precisely this "peace message" that McCarthy is trying to integrate into school curricula.

McCarthy is a journalist who has been called "the liberal conscience of the Washington Post." He has been writing for The Post since 1968. His work has been published in magazines such as The New Yorker and Reader's Digest. McCarthy's work does not end with journalism, however. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Teaching Peace, a nonprofit organization that helps schools begin or broaden peace studies programs. The center also conducts workshops and seminars on conflict resolution and mediation. McCarthy teaches at grade schools and lectures at countless colleges and universities throughout the United States. He has been made an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Maryland. In addition to journalism and teaching, McCarthy has also made appearances on shows such as Donahue, C-SPAN's Crossfire, Larry King Live, The Today Show, NBC News, and National Public Radio's Weekend Edition.

Colman McCarthy is a man who truly believes that action speaks louder than words. In his presentation McCarthy will explain the advantages of adopting the methods of nonviolent conflict resolution.

Everyday Zen: Conversations with a Contemporary American Zen Teacher

Charlotte Joko Beck is an American Zen original. Born in New Jersey and educated at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, she began the practice of Zen when she was well into her forties-first with Maezumi Roshi, and later with Yasutani Roshi and Soen Roshi. Progressing rapidly, she found herself increasingly drawn into teaching, as others recognized her maturity, clarity, and compassion. Now in her 70s, she lives and teaches at the Zen Center of San Diego.

Joko will give instruction in zazen (Zen meditation) at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, in the Athenaeum, and will talk informally that evening following an Athenaeum dinner. At 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning, February 9, she will be present at the Zen Meditation Group held in the McAlister Center Chapel.

Devoid of pretension or self-importance, Joko teaches an indigenous American Zen that, while still rigorous and disciplined, is adapted to Western temperaments and ways of life. Her talks are models of incisive simplicity and tart common sense, displaying both uncommon psychological insight and a gift for apt phrases and telling images. Her teaching is pragmatic, focusing not upon the pursuit of exotic experiences but upon the development of insight into the whole of life. Operating from a perspective of equality, Joko sees herself as a guide rather than a guru, empowering her students to find their own way.

Joko's first book-Everyday Zen: Love and Work, edited by CMC Prof. Steve Smith and published in 1989-has been hailed as an "underground classic" and translated into German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, and Spanish. Nothing Special: Living Zen, also edited by Smith, appeared in October 1993.

Year of the Dog

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and a host of special guests from throughout Southern California. The evening's program includes an authentic Chinese New Year dinner, live cultural performances from community artists, and a selection of Chinese films after the feast. Christine Mar '95 and her sister, Catherine Mar, will be performing traditional Chinese folk dances. Other festivities will include a special performance by a troupe of young boys from the San Gabriel Chinese Cultural Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes different aspects of Chinese culture.

The festivities surrounding Chinese New Year continue for about a month. Dumplings are exchanged on visits to other families and close friends. Children wish adults "Happy New Year" in exchange for red envelopes filled with money. To ward off the evil spirits, Lion Dancers prance as firecrackers are set off on the front porch. After the house is swept, a whole week goes into the preparation of the special dishes. Detailed attention is paid to the choice of foods, as the names of the dishes are symbolic of what the family wishes for the coming year. For instance, fish (yu) means prosperity, and hence, is necessary on the dinner table.

For a complete immersion in Chinese culture, join us on February 9 for food, fireworks, and films, and begin the Lunar Year 4691 with a bang!

Musical Tea
COLLEEN TRIBBY '96, piano and vocals
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1994 3:00 p.m.

Colleen Marie Tribby, a sophomore literature major at Claremont McKenna College, grew up in the small town of Auburn, California. She began playing piano and singing at age eight and has since developed her own style influenced by such greats as Elton John and Billy Joel. The musical tea will be comprised of selections from popular music as well as several of her own compositions.

Musical Teas are held in the Security Pacific Room, so please stop by for treats and then linger awhile to enjoy the music of this very talented young musician.

Solutions to the Economic Problems of African Americans: Implications for the Future of America

America has been described as a melting pot of individuals and cultures. All Americans are involved in its achievements and progress as well as its problems. The economic problems America faces today are felt particularly hard in "minority" communities. Oscar J. Coffey, president and CEO of the U.S. African American Chamber of Commerce, has been involved for more than 20 years with economic problem solving in the African American community and its impact on America.

The U.S. African American Chamber of Commerce is an organization comprised of 81 chapters, representing over 15,000 members nationwide. Coffey became president and CEO of the Oakland/Alameda County Black Chamber of Commerce in 1974. He is also senior partner of Housing Rehabilitation of California, Inc.; chief financial officer of the Oakland Investment Group; and president of Chamber Center Developers, Inc., a $10 million development project.

Coffey has received numerous awards which include a Presidential Certificate of Appreciation in 1976; Certificate of Special Recognition, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development; and a Black History Award, U.S. Treasury Internal Revenue Service. He has been a member of the National Black Republican Party, the U.S. Travel and Tourism Administration, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the California Tourism Commission, and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Advisory Task Force on Housing and Small Disadvantaged Business. From 1986 through 1989 he was mayor of Oakland's Foreign Investment Advisory Committee.

The Henry Kravis Leadership Institute is pleased to sponsor Mr. Coffey's appearance at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum in conjunction with its annual Leadership Conference.

The Other American Music

George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and Scott Joplin are just some of the composers whose music will be performed by Gwendolyn Lytle and Althea Waites at the Athenaeum. Lytle began singing when she was nine years old. Since then, she has sung throughout the world. Her performances include recitals at the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Goethe Institute in San Francisco, and solo performances in the Long Beach Symphony and the Classical Music Seminar Orchestra in Eisenstadt, Austria. Lytle has also been in a number of operas. Her main interest is American music, specifically the music of Black American composers. Lytle is on the faculty at Pomona College as a resident artist and associate professor of music.

Althea Waite will accompany Lytle on the piano. Waite studied piano at The Claremont Graduate School and has taught theory, music history, and piano at California State University at San Bernardino and California State Polytechnic Institute at Pomona. Some of her many accomplishments include touring Europe performing music created by African American women composers and a recently released compact disc featuring her work. She is presently an independent artist in the Los Angeles area.

Together, Lytle and Waite are sure to delight the audience with their musical talent.

Little Rock Revisited: An Assessment of the Modern Civil Rights Movement

The history of America is diverse and complicated. To reflect on times when America was in the midst of monumental change is important for the future. Dr. Terrence Roberts is a living example of the monumental historical change that has taken place in America in the past 50 years. Roberts is one of the famous "Little Rock Nine" schoolchildren who were the first to attempt to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The pictures of U.S. marshals and National Guard troops escorting him to school is a part of history that Roberts has never forgotten.

Roberts is currently the chair of the M.A. program in psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles. He has held many other administrative and faculty positions at institutions such as UCLA School of Social Welfare, St. Helena Hospital, Pacific Union College, Southern Illinois University, and the Los Angeles County Children's Service. Roberts has taught workshops and seminars on a variety of subjects including Managing Human Relationships, Confronting Racism, and Managing Racial and Ethnic Diversity. Roberts received his MSW from UCLA in 1970 and his Ph.D. in psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1976.

Roberts was also awarded the NAACP's Springarn Medal and the Legal Defense and Education Fund's Award commemorating the 25th anniversary of the integration of Central High School in Little Rock. A video and photo display will begin at 3:00 p.m. This display will describe in detail the events from Brown vs. the Board of Education to the integration of Central High in 1957.

The Office of Black Student Affairs and the Athenaeum join in sponsoring this opportunity for you to meet a significant figure in American history.

The Foundations of Japan's Wealth and Power and Why They Baffle the United States

The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies is pleased to sponsor Professor Chalmers Johnson's speech on "The Foundations of Japan's Wealth and Power and Why They Baffle the United States" on Wednesday, February 16.

Johnson is a teacher and writer on the politics and economics of modern East Asia and the Pacific Rim. He taught for 30 years, 1962-1992, at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California and held endowed chairs in Asian politics at both of them. At Berkeley he served as chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies and as chairman of the department of political science. His A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics and political science are all from Berkeley.

He first visited Japan in 1953 as a U.S. Navy officer and has lived and worked there virtually every year since 1961. He has written numerous articles and reviews and some 12 books on Asian subjects, including Peasant Nationalism and Communist Power: The Emergence of Revolutionary China, 1937-1945 (1962) on the Chinese Revolution, An Instance of Treason: Ozaki Hotsumi and the Sorge Spy Ring (1990) on Japan's most famous spy, Revolutionary Change (1982) on the theory of violent protest movements, and MITI and the Japanese Miracle: The Growth of Industrial Policy, 1925-1975 (1982) on Japanese economic development. This last book laid the foundation for the "revisionist" school of writers on Japan, causing the Japanese press to dub him the "Godfather of Revisionism."

Johnson was chairman of the academic advisory committee for the 1992 PBS television series The Pacific Century and the PBS Frontline documentary "Losing the War with Japan," in which he played a prominent role, recently won an Emmy. He is an associate editor of The Journal of Japanese Studies. He lives in Southern California and is an ardent opera fan.

Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs: The Politics of Virtue

"In the civil-rights era, we were not asking for preferences. We were asking for equality. I see myself as just simply very much in line with that."

-Shelby Steele,
The Chronicle of Higher Education,
September 5, 1990

Shelby Steele, a professor of English at San Jose State University, is the author of The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America (1990). He has written numerous articles and essays on race, diversity, affirmative action, and racism in America for such publications as Harper's, American Scholar, Dissent, and The New York Times Magazine.

Steele's book has stirred response from both the right and the left. Randall Kennedy, a law professor at Harvard University who reviewed Mr. Steele's book, stated "He's soft on racism. That's the biggest flaw in the book." George Will, in an issue of Newsweek, hailed Steele's writings on race as "the most powerful since Martin Luther King's Letters From Birmingham Jail" (1963). Steele also produced an award-winning PBS documentary, "Seven Days in Bensonhurst," which aired in May 1990.

Please come and be challenged by Professor Shelby Steele's perspective on race.


Application forms for the position of student fellow for the academic year 1994-95 may be picked up at the Athenaeum office on Monday, February 28. The application must be completed and all letters of reference returned by Friday, March 25.