October 19, 94

Vol. 10 , No. 03   

Jazz: An American Perspective
JAMES LINAHON, director, Fullerton College Jazz Band

The Fullerton College Jazz Band has been recognized across the United States as one of the nation's outstanding college jazz orchestras. Also known as Jazz Band #1, The Fullerton College Jazz Band is a consistent top performer at jazz festivals throughout the Western United States and is in constant demand for concerts in the Los Angeles area. They have appeared as featured artists at the Playboy and the Queen Mary, and have traveled to Berkeley, Denver, Santa Barbara, Reno, and Monterey. Their talents have taken them even as far as the Brisbane International Jazz Festivals.

Selected as the winner for the first ten-day Disney World/ International Association of Jazz Educators competition for College and University bands, Jazz Band #1 performed at Disney World in Orlando during the inaugural concerts. After a two-week tour for the U.S. State Department, they will be opening the 1995 Munich International Jazz Festival.

The Fullerton College Jazz Band's recording projects feature newly commissioned music by some of the top jazz writers in the world. Their CD releases include Soundtrack (1987) and Mainstream. Outstanding acclaim and international attention have come their way in the form of many "downbeat" and NARAS Awards. At the Athenaeum they will be joined by Sunny Wilkinson, an applauded vocalist who has worked with the Count Basie Band, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, Mark Murphy, and others. Wilkinson appears on the Fullerton Jazz Band's recording Soundtrack and has produced two solo CDs: Alegria (1990) and Sunny Wilkinson (1993).

Classical Indian Dance

For over 20 years, Pandya and Nair have been colleagues at the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in Ahmedabad, India. Internationally recognized as two of the best Indian dancers and performers of our time, Pandya and Nair will present a discussion of the Natyshastra, the poetics of Indian performance and dance.

Kailash Pandya is one of the pioneers of contemporary theatre in India. By producing many experimental and original plays, he has helped many young writers to fame. Pandya's theatre career began 45 years ago as an actor, scriptwriter, and producer. His fascination with folk forms has had a dramatic influence on contemporary Indian theatre. As an actor and director of over 100 plays, Pandya has earned many awards, including the Gujarat State Drama Award, the Best Actor Award for the State, and the distinguished Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

Nair is an internationally acclaimed dancer and master teacher who has performed his classical and folk dances across the globe. He has received special awards from Indira Gandhi, the Bombay Sangeeta Peedhom, and the Maharajah of Bhutan. With drum accompaniment by Milton Tatum, Nair will demonstrate the various styles of classical and folk dance from India, including kuchipudi, bharata natyam, and kathakali.

Criticism and the Common Reader

Robert Alter is one of those rare academics who is known both for erudite, impeccable scholarship and for the kind of wide-ranging cultural and literary commentary that reaches a broad reading audience. Professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at the University of California at Berkeley, Alter is the author of The Pleasures of Reading in an Ideological Age (1989); Partial Magic: The Novel as a Self-Conscious Gener (1978), The Art of Biblical Narrative (1983); and, together with Frank Kermode, The Literary Guide to the Bible (1990).

Alter has also published numerous articles in scholarly and lay journals alike, including Partisan Review, Commentary, The New Republic, and The New York Times Book Review. His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem. In addition to his distinction as a literary critic and scholar, Robert Alter is known as one of the liveliest and most independent-minded analysts of the current culture wars in American higher education.

America and the Holocaust Reconsidered: Looking Back from Bosnia and Rwanda

To what degree did Allied and especially American inaction aid and abet the Nazis' murder of six million European Jews and close to a million Gypsies? For 25 years after the end of World War II, it was a question hardly ever raised. The British and Americans were celebrated as liberators, pure and simple. Yet beginning in the late 1960s, Martin Gilbert, David Wyman, and numerous other scholars affected a revolution in our thinking. Antisemitism, global and domestic political considerations, and skepticism, they argued, prevented Allied governments from taking effective action against genocide. They made a strong and now generally accepted case that far more could have been done by the Allies to save Jewish lives from the Nazis. Robert Abzug will revisit this question in light of recent events in Rwanda and Bosnia.

Robert H. Abzug is professor of history and director of the American Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin. He has written about American visions of the Holocaust, antebellum American religion and reform, and he is currently writing a biography of the psychologist, Rollo May, that will focus on the interpenetration of religion and psychology in modern American culture. His books include Passionate Liberator: Theodore Dwight Weld and the Dilemma of Reform (1980), Inside the Vicious Heart: Americans and the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps (1987), and Cosmos Crumbling: American Reform and the Religious Imagination (1994).

American Strategic Policy Under Reagan and After

The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies is pleased to present J.D. Crouch II, who will discuss strategic policy under Reagan and Bush and the legitimacy of strategic policy in its existence or nonexistence under the Clinton administration.

Crouch received his A.B. and M.A. in international relations at the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. in the USC Defense and Strategic Studies Program. Since August 1992 he has been a professor in the department of defense and strategic studies at Southwest Missouri State University. Crouch was special advisor to the assistant director for strategic programs of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, as well as advisor to the U.S. delegation to the nuclear and space arms talks for ACDA. He has served in the Senate as a legislative assistant to Senator Malcolm Wallop and was principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security policy from February 1990 to August 1992.

Two of his recent works are "The President and Nuclear Testing" (1982) in Global Affairs and "A National Missile Defense" (1993) in Comparative Strategy.

Fascism in Asia

The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies is pleased to present a public lecture by Kenneth Pyle, professor of history and Asian studies and chairman of the Japanese studies program at the University of Washington. From 1978 to 1988 Pyle was director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. He is president of the National Bureau of Asian Research.

Pyle is the author or editor of numerous books on modern Japan and its international relations, including The New Generation of Meiji Japan (1969), The Making of Modern Japan (1978), The Trade Crisis: How Will Japan Respond? (1987), and The Japanese Question: Power and Purpose in a New Era (1992). He is the author of a lengthy report titled The Future of Japanese Nationalism for the U.S. Department of State. His recent works have included studies of the foreign policy of Prime Minister Nakasone and Japanese government planning for the 21st century
Pyle received a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from Harvard and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University where he was the Walter Hines Page fellow in international relations. He held a Ford Foundation fellowship at the Intern-University Center for Japanese Studies in Tokyo. He has been a visiting faculty member at Stanford and at Yale.

Pyle was the founding editor of the Journal of Japanese Studies. He is a member of the board of governors of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. In 1992 he was appointed by the director of the U.S. Information Agency to be the chairman of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, a Federal Agency that administers a trust fund, established by Congress at the time of the reversion of Okinawa, to support Japanese studies in the United States and American studies in Japan. He is a member of the council on Foreign Relations.

Readings From Her Work
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1994 4:00 p.m.

How to account for the fact that all my life I've been the child who says the Emperor is naked, while my brother never, not once, doubted or criticized authority?

Mind you, a talent for seeing the Emperor 's nakedness can mean his other qualities are not noticed

So Doris Lessing begins her new autobiography with the kind of trenchant and ironic inquiry into human character that has made her one of the most powerful and influential novelists of the twentieth century.

Lessing, born in Persia of British parents and raised in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), fled her adopted homeland in 1949, an exile opposed to white minority rule. She took with her the manuscript of The Grass is Singing, a disturbing story of racial strife in modern colonial South Africa. In 1950 this first novel was published in London where Lessing has lived ever since. She has published nearly thirty books: fiction, essays, journalism, poetry, and libretti. Her most acclaimed novels include A Proper Marriage (1954), Briefing for a Descent into Hell (1971), Shikasta (1979)- the first work in the "Canopus in Argus: Archives" series- and The Good Terrorist (1986). She is best known for her novel The Golden Notebook (1962), groundbreaking for its technical innovation, psychological depth, and sociological sweep. The work has had a profound influence on a generation of women. Lessing has written, "this novel was not a trumpet for Women's Liberation. It described many female emotions of aggression, hostility, resentment. It put them into print. Apparently what many women were thinking, feeling, experiencing, came as a great surprise."

The recipient of numerous honors, Lessing was named Distinguished Fellow in Literature in the School of English and American Studies by the University of East Anglia. Her latest books include the novel, The Fifth Child (1988), a collection of short stories, The Real Thing: Stories and Sketches (1992); and most recently, African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe (1992). The first volume of her autobiography, Under My Skin Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949, will be published this fall.

Ms. Lessing will read from her work and looks forward to a lively discussion with students. The reading and questions will be followed by a book signing. Many of her books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Huntley bookstore. The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is honored to host this rare appearance by one of the world's most distinguished authors, who will speak in McKenna Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.

Science, Metascience, and Pseudoscience: Radio Carbon Dating Confronts Pliocene Man in the New World, Noah's Ark, and the Shroud of Turin

Dr. R. Ervin Taylor is professor of anthropology and director of the Radiocarbon Laboratory at the University of Southern California, Riverside. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the laboratory of William F. Libby, the Nobel Prize laureate for the discovery of the radiocarbon method. His research has focused on the application of dating and analytical techniques in archaeology, known as archaeometry, with particular emphasis on radiocarbon dating. In addition to many journal articles and book chapters, he is the author of Radio Carbon Dating: An Archaeological Perspective (1987), and a coeditor of Radio Carbon After Four Decades: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (1992) and Chronologies in New World Archaelogy (1978). Taylor is past president and current general secretary of the Society of Archaelogical Sciences.

Have scientists found a man from the Pliocene era? Are fragments from Noah's Ark within an arechaeologist's grasp? Can one see the actual shroud that wrapped Jesus after the crucifixion? Come discover how carbon dating can decipher the mysteries of time in this program sponsored by Sigma Xi of the Keck Science Center.

Can Property Rights Be Justified?

Is the term "social justice" merely an empty phrase in the ongoing debate over how best to shape and implement public policy, or can it indeed bear meaningfully upon the design and execution of laws affecting the rights of individuals? This is one of the fundamental questions to which the Gould Center means to address itself in its Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy series, and to that end the center has engaged Dr. Alan Gewirth, one of the nation's preeminent moral philosophers, to discuss some of the issues indicated by such concerns. In counterpoint to the economist's position that John Roemer represented in the series's first lecture, Gewirth's talk will examine what persons' moral duties and corresponding rights are and, within the contexts of economic realities, explore the implication of these moral duties and rights for the formulation of economic policy.

Dr. Gewirth, a past president of the American Philosophical Association, is the E. C. Waller Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. Representing some of his many contributions to the study of social theory and practice are his books Reason and Morality (1980), Human Rights: Essays on Justification and Applications (1983), and the forthcoming The Community of Rights.

We hope you will be able to take advantage of this opportunity to hear a moral/philosophical slant on the foundation of institutions and policies that affect us all. All are welcome; students, especially so.

Suites No. 1 in G Major and No. 3 in C Major
by Johann Sebastian Bach

In just a few seasons 29-year-old Daniel Gaisford has emerged as one of the most talked-about young cellists in North America, having earned high regard based on a rare combination of dazzling technique, charismatic performing style, and fierce dedication to the highest artistic standards.

Highlights of Gaisford's impressive career include debuts with the Saint Louis, Utah, and Toronto symphony orchestras. Having studied with the Young Artists' Program at the University of Southern California and at the Juilliard School in New York City, Gaisford has given solo performances in Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' Alice Tully Hall. Looking ahead to 1995, Gaisford will make his debut with the Seattle Symphony, under the baton of the eminent British conductor, Mark Elder, followed by performances with orchestras throughout the country, including the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. His recital engagements include a prestigious debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Gaisford brings to the Athenaeum two unaccompanied suites by Johann Sebastian Bach: No. 1 in G Major (1720) and No. 3 in C Major (1720). He performs in partnership with his rare 1706 Goffriller cello, one of the Venetian masters' finest instruments- a cello equivalent to a Stradivari or Guarneri.

This evening's program is the second of four concerts in the Stotsenberg Chamber Music Series, funded by a gift from the Mary Pickford Foundation.

The Madrigal Feast

A Special Notice to the CMC Community

The Madrigal dinner is back! The Twelfth Annual Madrigal Feast will again return to the Athenaeum featuring the Concert Choir of The Claremont Colleges and the medieval cuisine of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

There are two dates still open: Thursday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 6. Due to the popularity of the Madrigal, you are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Seating is on a first-come basis. The CMC community-students, faculty, and staff-will get a preferential sign-up period through October 19. After that all other Claremont Colleges students may sign up.

Use the reservation coupon to sign up and be sure to include your payment and meal card number when turning in your reservation at the Athenaeum office. If you wish to sit with a group, please turn in a list of all names and meal card numbers with your payment. We have a limited number of tables that can seat 8 or 10 people.

CMC students with meal card $10.00 per person
CMC students without meal card $13.00 per person
CMC faculty and staff (limit two tickets per person) $15.00 per person
Claremont Colleges students with meal card $12.00 per person
Claremont Colleges students without meal card $17.00 per person
Claremont Colleges faculty and staff (limit two tickets per person) $23.00 per person
Community persons$30.00 per person

Seating for each Madrigal Feast will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concluding around 9:30 p.m. after the concert following each meal. All guests to the feast are expected to remain for the concert.

Where you sit at the Madrigal is entirely dependent upon when your paid reservation is received. Get a group of friends to sign up to sit together so that you may all have an unforgettable time at the Twelfth Annual Madrigal Feast at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.