Moynihan to Lead Trilling Seminar


Photograph: Senator Moynihan.


Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan will address a Lionel Trilling Seminar at Columbia on Mon., Feb 19.

In a wide-ranging talk on the Cold War and its legacy that uses Trilling's only novel, The Middle of the Journey, as a reference point, he will return to a theme he has long studied: "The assumption, implicit and explicit from the outset of the Republic to the onset of the 20th century, that there is truly a law of nations which commands the assent and compliance of all states, in the first instance our own."

The seminar, one of three each year in memory of the distinguished Columbia professor of English, author and critic, will begin at 8:00 P.M. in Low Rotunda. Admission is free and the public is invited.

President Rupp will welcome the participants. Jack F. Matlock Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union and professor of international affairs at Columbia, will introduce New York's senior Senator and chair the proceedings. Following the scholarly tradition of the Seminars, two discussants will respond to the Senator's address: Brian Urquhart, former Under-Secretary General of the U.N., and Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago Law School.

Moynihan, who was first elected in 1976 and was reelected for a fourth consecutive term in 1994, is the ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Finance. His long career in public life includes appointments in the cabinets or sub-cabinets of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford, and U.S. Ambassador to India and U.S. Representative to the United Nations. A former professor at Harvard, he is the author or editor of 16 books.

Urquhart is currently scholar in residence in the International Affairs Program of the Ford Foundation. Active in the United Nations since its inception, he served it in many capacities and was Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs from 1974 until his retirement in 1986, directing peace-keeping forces in the Middle East and Cyprus and negotiations relating to a Namibia settlement among other matters.

Epstein, whose most recent book is Simple Rules for a Complex World (Harvard University Press, 1995), holds degrees from Columbia, Oxford and Yale Law School. He is James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago.

The seminars, founded in 1976, are devoted to encouraging intellectual speculation in the areas in which Trilling was most active: literature and society, art and politics, psychoanalysis and culture, and education.


Columbia University Record -- February 9, 1996 -- Vol. 21, No. 16