September 13, 99

Vol. 15 , No. 01   

Economic Competition and Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 4:00 p.m.

For more than a decade, the Asia-Pacific region has enjoyed a period of significant growth. Necessary for this growth, in the absence of an institution like NATO, is the security and stability in the region. This stability depends on a sort of "Pax Americana," which in turn depends on our alliances with Japan and Korea and a strong forward deployment of U.S. military forces. These alliances and troop deployments depend upon a deep cooperation with Japan and Korea, countries with which we also have intense competition in the commercial field. Can this economic competition coexist with our security cooperation?

In his talk William J. Perry will discuss factors underlying the economic and technological competition in the Asia-Pacific region. Perry, recognized as chief of this country's stealth technology and smart weapons, became U.S. Secretary of Defense in 1994 after serving one year as Deputy Secretary. During his tenure with the Department of Defense, Perry implemented innovative technological systems as well as cost-saving management practices. His expertise in technology and defense has earned him a number of honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal.

Before joining the Clinton admistration, Perry was a professor in the school for engineering at Stanford. A senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford, Perry holds a joint appointment in the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems/Operations Research and the Institute for International Studies.

Perry received a B.S. and M.S. in mathematics from Stanford and a Ph.D. from Penn State. In 1964 Perry founded ESL (Electromagnetics Systems Laboratories) Inc.

William J. Perry's opening lecture in the 1999-2000 Athenaeum series is made possible with support from the Res Publica Society and the Keck Center. Reservations are not required to attend this 4:00 p.m. lecture in the Pickford Auditorium.

An Evening with Richie Havens

Richie Havens is a musician, songwriter, storyteller, and author. He has been performing and recording for over thirty years; combining amazing talent with a strong social conscience.

As a teenager in the 60s, Havens moved from the Bedford-Stuyvesant area in Brooklyn to Manhattan's Greenwich Village. He worked days as a street artist and toured the folk music club circuit at night. Eventually he landed a recording contract with MGM and in 1969 was the opening act at Woodstock. During his career, he has worked with Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, John Sebastian and Peter, Paul and Mary.

As well as extolling activism in his music, Havens is involved with numerous causes. He cofounded the North Winds Undersea Institute, dedicated to increasing youth awareness of environmental issues and has worked extensively with autistic children.

Havens's book, a memoir entitled They Can't Hide Us Anymore, was published in July. It is coauthored by Steve Davidowitz and James Jones, and is the story of his career, friends, and philosophy. Please join us at the Athenaeum for the music and stories of this great artist and activist. The dinner is open to the CMC community. All are welcome to the program.

The Impact of EMU on Institutions and Decision-Making in the European Union:
A Finnish Perspective
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 11:45 a.m.

As Europe continues to unite under the flag of the European Union, observers question if the existing institutional structure can handle the increased powers and responsibilities. Critics charge that the European central government lacks democratic accountability. Last January, the European Monetary Union was launched and 11 nations abdicated their monetary sovereignty and irrevocably united their currencies. The move was both praised as an important step in European unification and criticized as a bad economic decision fueled by a desire to maintain momentum of the EU. The future of the Euro lies in the hands of the European Central Bank and the structure of the European Monetary Union.

Professor Esko Antola was an early advocate of Finnish membership in the European Union and has served in various advisory positions for the Finnish government. He is presently the Jean Monnet Professor on European Institutions at the University of Turku, Finland. His research focuses on the institutional structure and the emerging foreign and security policies of EU.

Professor Antola earned his doctorate from the University of Turku in 1980 and has written extensively on the effect of EU institutional reforms on a small member state. He will be speaking on the institutional structure of the European Monetary Union and its effects on European monetary policy.

As Finland now holds the presidency of the EU, we are delighted to have Professor Antola share his insight with us. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Professor Antola will speak at 12:15 p.m.

Environmental Activism and Direct Action

Paul Watson is one of the pioneers of direct action tactics for environmental causes. In 1971, Watson joined with members of the Sierra Club on a voyage to protest nuclear testing in the Aleutian Islands. The ship was the M/V Greenpeace. The members of this crew would become the nucleus of one of the most radical environment groups of its time: Greenpeace.

From 1971 to 1977, Watson helped to make Greenpeace the most proactive, determined, and visible environmental organization in the world. To its opponents, Greenpeace represented a threat to their fiscal interests, and was labeled "fanaticism" and even "ecoterrorism." For its supporters, it was the only group willing to take a stand and never compromise its principles. Watson played an integral part in garnering media attention by enlisting celebrity support and intervening directly when alerted to illegal hunting and pollution activities. He helped to reinvigorate the environmental movement by literally putting lives on the line for environmental issues.

In 1977, Watson left Greenpeace in order to found the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He hoped that this group could recapture some of the fire he felt Greenpeace had lost as it became a less radical organization. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society works as an environmental watchdog, exposing fishing and whaling activities that are in violation of global treaties. Watson remains active on a broad range of environmental issues and is dedicated to educating and motivating a new generation of activists to take a strong stand on their beliefs.

Paul Watson joins us as part of a series on environmental activism, cosponsored by the Roberts Environmental Center.

Have Americans Lost Their Virtue?

One of America's true public intellectuals, Alan Wolfe brings fair-minded scrutiny and rare insight to a dizzying variety of topics. A lucid writer who reaches a broad audience, he is perhaps most widely known for his learned and thoughtful essays in the New Republic on subjects ranging from the political philosophy of modern liberalism to race and identity politics, feminist theory, immigration, and the history of social policy.

Professor Wolfe, who teaches political science and directs the Center for Religion and American Public life at Boston College, also writes about culture and higher education. For The New York Times Magazine he has explored the changing nature of status in American society; for the Chronicle of Higher Education he has examined the role of faith in Catholic universities, the administrative style of former 1960s radicals who become deans, and the glut of unread (and unreadable) scholarly publication.

Yet despite his diverse interests, Wolfe's core concern remains the moral basis of civil society. As a social scientist he addresses fundamental questions of social and political theory through interview-based research, closely observing social life in all its complexity and ambiguity.

Wolfe has written and edited ten books, including the classic work, Whose Keeper? Social Science and Moral Obligation (1989). His most recent book, the highly acclaimed One Nation After All: What Americans Really Think About God, Country, Family, Racism, Welfare, Immigration, Homosexuality, Work, The Right, the Left and Each Other (1998), explores the moral beliefs of middle-class Americans as revealed in in-depth interviews around the country. The New York Times called it "a sober and valuable contribution to the debate about American divisions and values."

Before moving to Boston College, Wolfe was University Professor at Boston University. He has lectured widely at American and European Universities and was Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the University of Copenhagen. He has advised many academic and philanthropic organizations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, the Lilly Endowment, and the Freedom Project of the Templeton Foundation. His current research focuses on the problem of moral authority and moral freedom in contemporary America.

It is a special pleasure to have Alan Wolfe inaugurate the 1999-2000 William F. Podlich Distinguished Visitors Program. This program was generously endowed by CMC alumnus and trustee William F. Podlich '66 whose aim is to enrich the college intellectually by bringing preeminent figures in scholarship, business, and public affairs to campus for extended visits. Under these auspices, the CMC government department will host four renowned guests, of whom Wolfe is the first.

Interpreting the Constitution

In recognition of Constitution Day, the Athenaeum is honored to sponsor a lecture by Associate Justice Janice Rogers Brown, the first African-American woman to serve on the California Supreme Court. A graduate of UCLA Law School, she previously served as associate justice of the Third District Court of Appeal and as legal affairs secretary to Governor Pete Wilson.

Having worked to put herself through Cal State Sacramento as a single mother, Brown advocates personal responsibility in her writings and speeches. She has complained that the United States is becoming a "nation of whiners."

Since her elevation to the Supreme Court on May 2, 1996, Justice Brown has earned a reputation as its most conservative member and for her pointed dissents and her spirited criticism of judicial activism. Concerning judicial activism, she has attacked as "folly" efforts by the court to play "the role of philosopher kings." "The quixotic desire to do good, be universally fair, and make everybody happy is understandable," she wrote. "Indeed, the majority's zeal is little more than a little endearing. There is only one problem with this approach, we are a Court." She does not worry that her frequent dissents may marginalize her influence on the Court. When introduced recently at a legal event, she was compared to former California justice Jesse Carter, who filed 493 dissents from 1942 to 1959. Justice Brown merely smiled and quipped: "I wrote down the number, because I always like to have a goal."

This is the first In a series of lectures on the U. S. Constitution.

American Jazz Institute Band: A Tribute to John Coltrane
BILLY HARPER, saxophone
MARK MASTERS, conductor, American Jazz Institute Band
GREG RILEY, bassoon
JACK MONTROSE, bass clarinet
LES LOVITT, trumpet
DAVE WOODLEY, trombone

Billy Harper is a first class saxophonist who has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, sharing his unique soulful music. He began performing at age 5 in a choral group and started playing saxophone at 11, forming the Billy Harper Quintet while attending high school in his native Texas. Harper graduated with a major in saxophone from North Texas State University in 1965. For the next thirteen years, he performed with numerous groups, including the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band and Art Blakely and the Jazz Messengers, while maintaining his own quintet.

He has recorded with Louis Armstrong, Elvin Jones, Woody Shaw and many others. He has taught music at Rutgers University, Livingston College, and various high schools, and has released numerous albums with his quintet.

Harper's music is harmonious but unrestricted. He plays traditional jazz but utilizes the full range of the saxophone. He writes Coltranesque compositions and performs with a strong Texas sound. Please join us as this master teacher, composer, and saxophonist pays tribute to the great John Coltrane. Billy Harper will be performing with a 10-piece band under the direction of Mark Masters. This concert is cosponsored by the American Jazz Institute.

The Crisis In Kosovo

Since the end of the Cold War, ethnic conflict has emerged as one of the gravest human, political, and military problems facing the international community. To address these issues the Keck Center has cosponsored a series of lectures on the controversies surrounding ethnic conflict. Our first speaker, Mark Danner, will focus on recent developments in Kosovo.

For the past four years, Danner's lucid, graphic, and compelling writings about Bosnia and Kosovo have contributed to understanding the conflicts in these areas and to building the support needed to bring about effective action. As the tragedies unfolded, all those who sought to understand the complex rivalries and tangled history of the Serbs, Croats, Bosniacs, and Kosovars looked eagerly for his reviews and commentaries.

Danner joined The New Yorker in April 1990, after the magazine published his three-part series on Haiti, for which he was awarded the 1990 National Magazine Award for Reporting. In December 1993 The New Yorker devoted its entire issue to "The Truth of El Mozote," which earned him an Overseas Press Club Award, and a Latin American Studies Award. He was granted the Edward Cunningham Award by the Overseas Press Club as Best Reporting of 1998 for his series of articles on the war in former Yugoslavia.

Danner graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. In 1984 he became senior editor of Harper's Magazine and in 1986 he joined The New York Times Magazine. He recently received a joint appointment as teaching fellow at the Graduate School of journalism and the Institute of Human Rights at UC Berkeley. Danner won an Emmy and The Golden Baton for the ABC News series While America Watched: The Bosnian Tragedy (1994), a documentary he cowrote and helped produce.

The Politics of Humanitarian Relief in War Zones

Jeffrey W. Colyer, M.D. is one of the foremost experts on the delivery of humanitarian aid to populations in times of war. He recently returned from the Kosovo/Albanian border, where he worked as a volunteer physician with the International Medical Corps, an organization in which he has been an active member for 14 years. Colyer served the IMC in Rwanda and Afghanistan as well, helping to set up the first hospital in the Rwandan war zone during the genocide of 1994. In Afghanistan, he was instrumental in building the first medic training center. His education and experience in public policy make him uniquely qualified to speak on the complex issues of humanitarian and medical aid in war zones. Colyer earned his bachelors degree in economics and premedicine at Georgetown University in 1981 and completed his medical degree at Kansas University in 1986.

Britain's Cambridge University conferred his masters degree in international relations. Colyer has worked on federal student aid programs as a defense analyst for the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and as a craniofacial surgeon in Overland Park. He was also the first surgeon selected as a White House Fellow, and worked in foreign assistance programs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Dr. Colyer serves a number of organizations, including Strategic Resources Inc. (as president), the Uniformed Sciences University for the Health Sciences, and the International Medical Corps. He is frequently consulted as an expert in foreign policy by CNN, NPR, and The Washington Post. Please join us in welcoming this accomplished and dedicated humanitarian whose lecture is part of the series Ethnic Conflict in the Modern World.

The Millennium in the Media

Stephen O'Leary is one of this country's foremost interpreters of millennial groups and their use of apocalyptic language. Professor O'Leary took his undergraduate degree in the comparative study of religion at Harvard University, where he first began his millennial research, and completed his doctorate in communication studies at Northwestern University. In 1989 he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California, where he now holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences.

With academic training in both religious studies and communication theory, O'Leary has closely examined the argumentative dimension of apocalyptic prophecies and rhetoric. In his recent book Arguing the Apocalypse: A Theory of Millennial Rhetoric (1994), O'Leary investigates how people who claim the end of the world try to prove their case. He presents a theory of apocalyptic argument as a dramatic rhetoric of prediction and enactment. His illuminating study explores the various traditions of interpretation that have surrounded the book of Revelation, including the Millerite movement of the I830s and 1840s, which eventually formed the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the writings of Hal Lindsey, modern author of numerous apocalyptic mega-bestsellers including The Late Great Planet Earth (1970).

Cofounder of the Center for Millennial Studies in Boston, O'Leary will speak on millennial thought as we approach the year 2000. Professor Stephen 0' Leary inaugurates the Gould speaker series on the theme of Messiahs and the Millennium.


As the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum begins its 16th year, the new student fellows for 1999-2000, Brendan Ford and Billy Grayson, would like to welcome all the new and returning students, faculty, and college presidents. The upcoming year promises to include plenty of discussion, debate, entertainment, and herb-crusted seabass with lemon beurre blanc.

Brendan Ford double majors in government and economics. He participated in the Washington semester program and studied abroad at University College Dublin. He is a native of Yonkers, New York.

Billy Grayson double majors in environment, economics, and politics (EEP) and literature. He is also the founding president of the Eco-club and spent the summer studying ecological economics in Queensland, Australia. He is from Bethesda, Maryland.

The Athenaeum Fellows encourage all members of the CMC community to take full advantage of the Athenaeum program and enthusiastically welcome suggestions and feedback.


Monday, September 27, 1999

Barbara Ehrenreich, historian and social critic, "The State of Feminism at the New Millennium: Can Women Lead?"

Tuesday, September 28, 1999

Martin Marty, professor emeritus, University of Chicago, "The Ends That Didn't Happen and the Happenings That Didn't End"

Wednesday, September 29, 1999

The Jefferson Chamber Players: Elaine Thornburgh, harpsichord; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Judith Nelson, soprano, "An Evening at Monticello"

Thursday, September 30, 1999

Jonathan Petropoulos, associate professor of history, CMC, "The History of Nazi Art Looting: The Implications for Tracking Works Still Missing"

Monday, October 4, 1999

Gary Biszantz '56, founder, Cobra Golf, "Entrepreneurship: Art or Science? The Cobra Golf Story"

Tuesday, October 5, 1999

Martin Linsky, professor of public policy, J.F.K. School of Government, Harvard University, co-author of "Impact: How the Press Affects Federal Policy Making" (1986)

Wednesday, October 6, 1999

William Naboré, piano recital

Thursday, October 7, 1999

Lawrence Uzzell, director, Keston Institute, Oxford University, "Implications of Russia's 'Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations' Law"

Thursday, October 7, 1999

Richard Sheldon, director, Opera A La Carte, "Pirates of Penzance Concert Preview"