• Marian Miner Cook
    Athenaeum

    A distinctive
    feature of social and
    cultural life at CMC

  • Marian Miner Cook
    Athenaeum

    A distinctive
    feature of social and
    cultural life at CMC

  • Marian Miner Cook
    Athenaeum

    A distinctive
    feature of social and
    cultural life at CMC

The spring semester schedule has concluded.

Unique in U.S. higher education, the Athenaeum brings today’s leading scholars and activists, innovators and entrepreneurs, politicians and poets, scientists and musicians to engage our community in an intimate and relaxed setting.

The Athenaeum serves as a center for intellectual and cultural life on campus. Derived from Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, the Athenaeum is a vital and vibrant meeting place dedicated to the free inquiry and exchange of ideas across the intellectual, political, and cultural spectrum. Civic engagement and social exchange flourish over a shared gourmet meal with students, faculty, and other members of the community.

Founding college trustee Donald McKenna, whose vision inspired the creation of the Athenaeum, believed that dynamic social and intellectual interactions underscore the essence of a college education. The Athenaeum has welcomed hundreds of speakers since 1983.

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Follow the Athenaeum

 

Unless otherwise noted, lunch begins at 11:45 a.m.; speaker presentations begin at 12:15 p.m.
Evening receptions begin at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is served at 6 p.m.; speaker presentations begin at 6:45 p.m.

The Athenaeum facilitates dynamic interactions and dialogue that underscore
the essence of a liberal arts education.

About the Ath

View a brochure that describes how the Ath has been an integral part of the CMC experience for decades.

Weekly Menus

Events at the Ath feed not only the minds of CMC community members, but also their stomachs as well.

Testimonials

Past speakers describe their experiences interacting with the Claremont McKenna College community.

Video Library

Watch videos of many of the past speakers who have visited the Ath and shared their insights.