Welcome to The Athenaeum
The Athenaeum’s Fall 2017 semester has concluded.
We look forward to seeing you back at the Ath on Monday, January 22, when we will kick off the Spring 2018 lineup. Among many exciting speakers will be CNN legal analyst and Supreme Court expert Jeffrey Toobin, award-winning writer of The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold, executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa Division Sarah Leah Whitson, documentarian and creator of PBS’s Vietnam series Lynn Novick, Harvard economist Gregory Mankiw, spoken word poet Amal Kassir, and NYU social psychologist and author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Religion and Politics Jonathan Haidt.
Thank you for your support.
Happy Holidays from the Ath staff.
Unique in American higher education, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum (the “Ath”) is a signature program of Claremont McKenna College. Four nights a week during the school year, the Ath brings scholars, public figures, thought leaders, artists, and innovators to engage with the CMC and Claremont College community. In addition, the Ath also hosts lunch speakers, roundtables, and smaller presentations in its two auxiliary dining rooms.
For decades, the Ath has hosted a spectrum of luminaries with expertise and insight on a wide range of topics, both historical and contemporary. In the Ath’s intimate yet stimulating setting, students, faculty, staff, and other community members gather to hear the speaker, pose questions, and also to build community and exchange ideas over a shared meal.
At the core of the Ath is a longstanding commitment to student growth and learning. Central to the Ath are its two student Fellows, selected annually to host, introduce, and moderate discussion with the featured speaker. Priority is given to students in attendance during the question-and-answer session following every presentation. Moreover, speakers often take extra time to visit a class, meet with student interest groups, or give an interview to the student press and podcast team.
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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.