Tuesday, February 21, 1984
What Could the Ancient Masters Teach Our Generation?
Wednesday, February 22, 1984 8:00 p.m. Bridges Auditorium
Thursday, February 23, 1984 12:00 p.m.
His is a voice, deep and rambling, which seems to come at us from another time, stretching across a vast panorama of suffering, both physical and mental, reaching out to sooth, to explain, to understand. Elie Wiesel, survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, author of many commentaries on the Holocaust and the war, will be staying at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum from February 21 through the 23, with a dinner held in his honor on the first night.
There has been a great deal written in the various campus newspapers about this man and his life, a life which was suddenly torn up at its roots in 1944. Born in 1928 in the town of Sighet in Transylvania, Wiesel was but a child when he was taken from his home, and it is the memory of this cataclysmic experience that he writes of in his best known work, Night (1961). Since the war, Elie Wiesel has been struggling to derive an understanding, to give meaning to words such as God and existence, terms which seemed at a poverty of importance after the first of the Holocaust ripped through Europe and into the conscience of humanity.
I have never met Elie Wiesel, but I have seen his picture and heard him speak. There is something about all men who have suffered, and then grapple with that same agonizing experience - something in their gaze which arrests the audience. It is our good fortune that we will be able to break bread with this man, our brows furrowing as well as we come to grips with questions whose answers lie only in the raising of all voices.
Author, philosopher Wiesel will be the honored quest at dinner on Tuesday, February 21, beginning with a reception at 5:30. This is sure to fill up quickly, so please be sure to turn in the tear-off as soon as possible. A tea, at which Elie Wiesel can be heard on a more informal basis, will commence 3:00 on Wednesday, February 22.
In his book, Messengers of God (1976), a work which looks at Biblical portraits and legends, Wiesel writes, "When I was a child, I read these Biblical tales with a wonder mixed with anguish. I imagined Isaac on the altar and I cried. I saw Joseph, prince of Egypt, and I laughed. Why dwell on them again? And why now? It falls to the storyteller to explain."
For so many, Elie Wiesel is that storyteller.
A Taste of Italy
Thursday, February 23, 1984
Si, Bambini, That's Italian
Rumors that the Athenaeum is headed by an abdicated German, who works with a French chef, will fade into oblivion Thursday, February 23, when you will have the chance to participate in an Italian feast that will be the envy of any red-blooded milanese. You will taste intricacies like Fettucini Alfredo, Linguini Ala Vongole, Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Cacciatore and other favorites from the land of Chianti. If you don't want the mouthwatering fumes permeating campus on that day to leave you passionately frustrated make sure to return the tear off no later than Friday, February 17. Ciao, amigo mio.
Dateline Cordon Bleu, Paris, France
Sunday, March 4, 1984
Mme. Marcelle, world renown for her famous stirring ways with eggs, will again take a leave, this time on March 4. Her destination is the Athenaeum, where she will enchant the populace of CMC with an intriguing array of delicacies presented at a now widely acclaimed traditional Sunday Brunch. When questioned about the menu the grand Dame of sizzling bacon turned the color of a juicy watermelon, mumbling something sounding like "SURPRISE" and boarded her jet- destination Claremont.
Friday, March 7, 1984
Mardi Gras, a tradition brought to New Orleans by some party-happy French migrants, will be brought to the Athenaeum by its ever-so-enterprising management. The date is Friday, March 7th. The evening will feature an authentic creole buffet. Highlights of the evening will be all the costumed students who will try to re-create an atmosphere resembling the roaring 20's. Of course there will be dancing to the sound of a Dixie style band, and the best-dressed couples will be awarded prizes.