• 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

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. A complete, current list of open events is available.

Coming Up at the Ath

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - Lunch Program
President Trump or President Clinton: Opportunities for Bipartisan Health Legislation in the 115th Congress
Katherine Hayes
Katherine Hayes will inaugurate the Policy Lab program with an overview of Republican and Democratic health priorities in the upcoming 2017-2018 congressional session. 

Katherine Hayes is the director of heath care policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) in Washington, DC. She will discuss how pressing issues and campaign promises could put health care on a back burner, despite Congress's need to find common ground on “must pass” health legislation such as including extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, expiring Medicare provisions, the looming “Cadillac” tax on high-cost health plans, and reauthorization of drug and device user fees that fund the FDA approval process. 

Prior to her work at BPC, Hayes was an associate research professor in the department of health policy at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and also served as vice president of health policy for Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc. Her government experience includes serving as legislative counsel to former Senator Evan Bayh, legislative assistant to former Senator John H. Chafee and former Representative Mickey Leland, and as a program consultant for the State of Missouri Medicaid agency. She also worked as a health and education policy advisor for the State of Texas, Office of State-Federal Relations.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - Special Program
Live All You Can: Freshman Class Dinner (Take 1)
Jay Martin
Professor Jay Martin, Edward S. Gould Professor of Humanities in the government department will pass along some sage advice for the newest members of our community. Specifically, the talk will challenge students to think originally and to realize that absolute certainty is, in most cases, unattainable. It will also suggest six areas of learning and one personality trait that are essential to growth and success at CMC.      

All Class of 2020 students are automatically signed up.

The reception will begin at 5:30 pm in Flamson Plaza, dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, and the talk will begin at 6:45 pm.

If you cannot attend and need to cancel, please contact the Athenaeum by email or phone (909-621-8244) by 9:00 am the day of the event. 

Note: This program will be repeated twice. The September 6 evening program is for students residing in the following buildings: Appleby, Beckett, Benson, Berger, Boswell, Claremont, Green, Phillips, and Wohlford.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - Special Program
Live All You Can: Freshman Class Dinner (Take 2)
Jay Martin
Professor Jay Martin, Edward S. Gould Professor of Humanities in the government department will pass along some sage advice for the newest members of our community. Specifically, the talk will challenge students to think originally and to realize that absolute certainty is, in most cases, unattainable. It will also suggest six areas of learning and one personality trait that are essential to growth and success at CMC.

All Class of 2020 students are automatically signed up. 

The reception will begin at 5:30 pm on Flamson Plaza, dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, and the talk will begin at 6:45 pm.

If you cannot attend and need to cancel, please contact the Athenaeum by email or phone (909-621-8244) by 9:00 am the day of the event. 

Note: This program will be repeated twice. The September 7 evening program is for students residing in the following buildings: Auen, Crown, Fawcett, Marks, Stark, and Off-Campus.

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - Special Program
Sophomore Class Dinner
What will you do your second year at CMC? How will you leverage the opportunities? Come discuss your many options with faculty, staff, and your peers ​at the Class of 2019 Dinner.

As you return to campus, no longer a new student, but perhaps not completely decided about your next three years at CMC, what new things will you try this year? What will you focus your energies on? Will you study abroad next year, or even this spring? What about internships? From determining your major to exploring opportunities away from CMC, how do those decisions shape who you are and where you want to go after CMC? Faculty and staff will be seated with you at dinner to help guide a discussion as you and your classmates consider some of these topics.

All attendees will receive a special class gift from the Dean of Students office. This event is for current sophomores only. Sophomores must sign up to attend this dinner. Space is limited, so don’t miss out!

Other Events and Announcements

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 5:30pm
The Oval Office and The Fourth Estate: A Conversation on Politics and Journalism in the Nation's Capital
Brandi Hoffine '06 and Michael Shear '90

Brandi Hoffine '06 has worked in both the public and private sectors in Washington, D.C. for ten years and has expertise on political communications and strategic messaging. Since August 2014, Hoffine has served as assistant press secretary and spokesperson for the White House where she handles a range of domestic and international policy issues.

Prior to the White House, she was a domestic finance spokesperson for the United States Treasury. She also served as Senator Tim Kaine's communication's director on his successful 2012 campaign for the United States Senate in Virginia. She has also worked in communications and research at the Democratic National Committee, including serving as the deputy national press secretary for the Democratic Party, and in the private sector for Deloitte Consulting.

Originally from Sacramento, Hoffine is a 2006 graduate of Claremont McKenna College.

Michael Shear '90 is the White House correspondent for the New York Times’ Washington bureau where he has worked for the last six years. In this role, he also covered the 2012 presidential campaign. Prior to that, he was a reporter for the Washington Post, where he spent 18 years covering local communities, school districts, state politics, the 2008 presidential campaign, and the first two years of the Obama White House.

A member of the Pulitzer Prize winning team that documented the shootings at the Virginia Tech campus in 2007, Shear is a 1990 graduate of Claremont McKenna College and has a masters in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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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.

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

About the Ath

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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.