Claremont McKenna College

January 21, 85

Vol. iii , No. 07   

Between an Unfree World and None


Few issues confronting us today compel our attention so forcefully and have such farreaching implications as those pertaining to nuclear arms. And so you will want to join us at the Athenaeum on Thursday, January 31st, to hear an eminent authority on nuclear strategy and arms control, Dr. Albert Wohlstetter, Director of Research at Pan Heuristics and President of the Euro-American Institute for Security Research. Dr. Wohlstetter, who has had extensive government service over the past three decades, will give a talk entitled "Between an Unfree World and None." This program which is sponsored by the Keck Center for International Strategic Studies, Sigma Xi, and the Athenaeum, will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:00, followed immediately by the talk.

This promises to be a fascinating and important program, so be sure to make your reservation no later than noon on Monday, January 28th.

Fulfillment and Denial of the American Dream
Wednesday, February 6, 1985

Author of two nationally acclaimed books Maxine Hong Kingston reveals the personal pain involved in the transition from Chinese to American culture. When her first book, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, came out in 1976, Harpers magazine praised Kingston for "tough, intelligent, eloquent writing about a fascinating collision of cultures." Woman Warrior tells the story of a young Chinese-American woman torn between a repressive ancestry and her need to assimilate into a less repressive but still prejudiced society. Rather than create a bitter expose of each culture's injustice, Kingston uses dreams and memory, myth and desire to explain the necessity of her choice.

Five years later, Kingston uses her Faulkneresc artistry to illuminate the pain of her forefathers who labored to help build America and a new life for themselves. China Men (1980) and Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1976) speak to us about the fulfillment and denial of the American Dream. Maxine Hong Kingston, who rarely makes public appearances, will share with us the details of the creative process as well as the motivation behind her works on Wednesday, February 6. There will be a reception at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, and the program immediately following. Please do not miss this opportunity to speak with one of contemporary America's up and coming authors.


One of the most popular and acclaimed television series in recent years was Brideshead Revisited (1981), the BBC's eleven-part production based upon Evelyn Waugh's celebrated novel. On six successive Mondays, beginning February 4th, the Athenaeum will revisit, Brideshead., The programs will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00, and a second episode will be screened immediately after dinner.

Featuring a distinguished cast including Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Claire Bloom, John Grelgud, and Laurence Olivier, Brideshead Revisited chronicles English life between the two world wars as Charles Ryder (Jeremy Irons) recounts the story of his involvement with the Marchmain family, whose lavish country home is Brideshead itself and whose charming but doomed second son, Sebastian (Anthony Andrews), becomes Ryder's intimate friend at Oxford, Charles Ryder's involvement with Sebastian and the Marchmains takes him to Venice, Paris, London, and Morocco in a story which is romantic, witty, and event tragic.

Make your reservation no later than Thursday, January 31st for this brilliant and vastly entertaining series.

"A Night In Vienna"

There is still time to commit yourself to an evening of elegance at the Athenaeum. A mere $5.00 per person is your ticket to delectable dining, top-quality entertainment and a break from the usual Friday-nighter. Harald is going all out yet again for his first annual "Night In Vienna," Friday, February 15. Tickets are available at the Athenaeum office.


Learn more and more about less and less! So you think you're The Champ and even Ricky Schroeder can't make you cry, eh? Students and faculty trivia buffs are invited to match wits playing Trivial Pursuit at the Athenaeum each Tuesday beginning January 29th. The games will begin at 11:30 a.m. (there are no regular classes scheduled then!), and lunch will follow at noon and resume thereafter.

You can play individually or as teams. (Students, invite a faculty member to join you!) This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better in an informal setting, so plan to join us. Be sure to make your reservations no later than Friday, January 25th. It's not just a game, it's an adventure.

Interested in the Weekly Stock Closing?

Micro, Macro, Regression, Law and Economics ... was there ever a topic you really wanted to pursue, but there just wasn't enough time in class? Or are you simply a money-hungry materialist eager to see how your investments are faring? Either is reason enough to invite your professor or friend from another campus to the Athenaeum's latest addition to the luncheon schedule. Sign-up for lunch and discussion at 12:00 followed by a screening of the week's closing figures. Signups for Friday, February 8 and Friday, February 15 are attached.

Sunday Brunch


One tradition has certainly been well established at this time in the Athenaeum, that of a monthly Sunday Brunch. We will be starting it up again with one of Harald's famous brunches.

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