Welcome to a new year at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum! This semester the agenda is filled with a variety of exciting events. As Athenaeum fellows, we would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to open your minds to new insights, fresh ideas, and a host of stimulating speakers. This semester we welcome such luminaries as internationally acclaimed author Carlos Fuentes, former U. S. ambassador to the Soviet Union Malcolm Toon, and Neil Sheehan, author of the best-selling book about Vietnam, A Bright and Shining Lie
(1988). These, however, are only a small sampling of the fantastic personalities in store for you.
The Athenaeum serves both as an elegant classroom and a gathering place where students, faculty, and speakers partake of fine food and intellectual discourse that is unique in American higher education. It is also a great place to meet people and learn outside of regular classes. Feel free to sign up for as many events as you wish, and if you would like to sit at the speaker's table, please notify one of us in advance. If you have any ideas for the Athenaeum or about possible speakers, don't hesitate to contact us. See you at the Ath!