November 2, 84

Vol. iii , No. 05   

Does America Have A Spiritual Mission?
Monday, November 12, 1984

Religion in Politics
Tuesday, November 13, 1984

Religion in Politics
Wednesday, November 14, 1984

One of the most controversial issues in the 1984 presidential campaign was the question of the proper relationship between the government and religion in America. In recent years legislators have debated this issue. Many Americans urge the establishment of prayers in public schools. Others lobby for a prohibition of abortion. The consideration of legislation to deal with these demands has produced continuing public controversy.

How do religious principles guide legislation? Is it a proper use of congressional authority to legislate in these matters? Should clergy become involved in partisan political campaigns? Is it the business of Congress to safeguard the morality of the nation?

These and related issues will be discussed in a three-day conference at Claremont McKenna College sponsored by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and the Office of the Chaplains. The first day of the conference, Monday, November 12, Rabbi David Saperstein and Special Assistant to the President Robert Reilly will debate the question: Does America Have a Spiritual Mission? On Tuesday, November 13, former Republican Congressman from Illinois, John Anderson, will deliver an address following dinner in the Athenaeum. The conference will end with a panel discussion with Anderson, Reilly, and Rabbi Saperstein following dinner Wednesday, November 14.

In Search of Enemies
Wednesday, November 7, 1984 12:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, November 7, the Athenaeum will be hosting a luncheon for John Stockwell, the highest-ranking CIA official to ever go public and criticize the organization. Mr. Stockwell served as a case officer in Vietnam and Angola, an advisor to the National Security Council, and Commander of the Angola Task Force. He is eminently qualified to talk about the CIA and its covert activities, and he has done so in his book, In Search of Enemies (1978). He has also appeared on numerous shows including "60 Minutes" and "NBC Magazine." Wednesday's lunch will be followed by a brief speech and question and answer session. In the evening, he will be giving a major address in Pitzer's Avery Auditorium at 8 p.m. All are invited to the evening lecture, but you must sign-up by Monday noon in order to attend the 12:30 luncheon.

Wednesday, November 7, 1984

Federico Fellini is one of the master filmmakers in the world today, and Amarcord (1974) is one of his most engaging, deeply felt films. It is also one of his most personal. After such successful films as La Strada (1954), Nights of Cabiria (1957), and 8 1/2 (1963), Fellini seemed to be overtaken by a kind of artistic malaise. To some extent 8 1/2 may have foreshadowed his dilemma, for it tells the story of a filmmaker struggling to find a story. In the case of 8 1/2, however, Fellini was able to create a work of art out of the very elements of his own struggle. His next few films were neither critical nor commercial successes. Seeking to break the impasse, Fellini turned to his own roots in a small town in Italy in the years of Mussolini's rise to power. In celebrating the sense of kinship in the community while also coming to terms with the traits that paved the way for fascism, Fellini found the way to his own artistic renewal. The result is Amarcord, the story of a small town youth longing for the freedom of adulthood.

On Wednesday, November 7th, the Athenaeum will present Amarcord; the screening will be followed by an informal discussion with Theo Brenner. Professor Brenner, who is president of Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, is very knowledgeable about contemporary European film, and has taught a course which deals with the films of Federico Fellini.

There will be a reception at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:00. The film will begin immediately after dinner, and the discussion with Theo Brenner will follow the screening.


Can you say Thanksgiving? Good. Mr. Bauer has his cardigan and slippers on, and he's preparing a Pilgrim's Paradise for you There'll be no bobbing or weaving at this ceremonial dinner-just a bountiful spread of traditional Thanksgiving substance. The dinner will be Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m. Sign-ups are due by November 9.


Celebrate or mourn in good company... sign up for the November 6 dinner and election returns in the Freeburg dining room. Dinner will begin at 6:00 and there are only 24 places available. Sign-up by noon Monday, November 5.



Along the same lines as the weekly pursuit of trivia, we've had the following suggestions for noon-time activities. Please take the time to let us know whether or not you'd be interested in participating in them next semester. Also, add you're own suggestions:

Photographer's wrap session
Friday screenings of the stock market weekly closings
Movie of the week discussions
Creative readings of original works by students and professors
Civil war buffs

May I suggest: