Marian Miner Cook
Athenaeum

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feature of social and
cultural life at CMC

Open Events

Welcome to the registration page for all open events at the Athenaeum for the Spring 2018.

​Please note that this registration page is the only recognized mechanism for signing up for meals associated with Athenaeum events. Alternative registrations provided by third parties (such as Eventbrite) are not managed or controlled by the College, and unfortunately such registrations cannot be honored to allow dining with us in advance of the talk. 

Events generally open for registration on a rolling basis every two weeks over the course of the semester. The CMC community has priority for dinner reservations. Space permitting, when meal spots are available for members of the other Claremont Colleges, a note is added to the event listing and registration is open for all others. 

Unless otherwise noted, the talk itself is free and open to all, and no reservations are required to attend the talk only. Seating for only the talk itself is on a first-come basis.

Please click "Sign Up" under individual events to sign up for open events. If there is no button showing, the registration is currently closed either because the event is full or the reservation window has passed. Please check back later or contact the Ath at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Unless otherwise noted, lunch begins at 11:45 a.m; speaker presentations begin at 12:15 p.m. Evening programs typically begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is served at 6 p.m; and the talk begins at 6:45 p.m. Reservations are required for all meals.

An explanation of the reservation process and a list of frequently asked questions is available. Additional questions may also be directed to the Ath at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:45am
Higher Ed: We Lost the Debate and How We Can Win it Back
Gregory D. Hess
The American public and government leaders have lost faith in the noble goals of higher education. Gregory D. Hess, president of Wabash College, will share his thoughts on what has caused the decline in confidence, and propose some paths that good liberal arts colleges, in particular, can take to win back the debate.

Gregory D. Hess is in his fifth year as the 16th president of Wabash College.

Prior to his tenure at Wabash, Hess was dean of the faculty and vice-president of academic affairs at Claremont McKenna College and the James G. Boswell Professor of Economics.

A native of San Francisco, he earned his bachelor’s degree with high honors from the University of California-Davis, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from The Johns Hopkins University.

 

Meal reservations now open to everyone in The Claremont Colleges.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 5:30pm
Senior Thesis Showcase
Brian Chmelik, Michael Choi, Tarah Gilbreth, Mohammed Kaamil Hussain, Siqi “Audrey” Liu, Madison Lodge, Shivani Pandya, Larissa Peltola, and Campbell Streator
The senior thesis requirement at CMC is challenging and rewarding and seniors endeavor to produce innovative, thoughtful, comprehensive, and well written work. In this second annual Senior Thesis Showcase, seniors across the disciplines will present 5 to 7-minute synopses of their capstone project. Come hear about their research, motivation, and findings, as well as their overall thesis journey. Most importantly come support and celebrate your CMC peers!  Brian Chmelik, Michael Choi, Tarah Gilbreth, Mohammed Kaamil Hussain, Siqi “Audrey” Liu, Madison Lodge, Shivani Pandya, Larissa Peltola, and Campbell Streator, all members of CMC's Class of 2018, will present their findings. 

The senior thesis requirement at CMC is challenging and rewarding and seniors endeavor to produce innovative, thoughtful, comprehensive, and well written work. In this second annual Senior Thesis Showcase, seniors across the disciplines will present 5 to 7-minute synopses of their capstone project. Come hear about their research, motivation, and findings, as well as their overall thesis journey. Most importantly come support and celebrate your CMC peers! 

​Brian Chmelik, Michael Choi, Tarah Gilbreth, Mohammed Kaamil Hussain, Siqi “Audrey” Liu, Madison Lodge, Shivani Pandya, Larissa Peltola, and Campbell Streator, all members of CMC's Class of 2018, will present their findings. 
 

Meal reservations now open to everyone in The Claremont Colleges.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 5:30pm
An Evening of Poetry
Adam Zagajewski
“Not so long ago we had two incredible voices—Neruda and Milosz. Now we have Adam Zagajewski, who also speaks passionately from both the historical and the personal perspective, in poems reduced to a clean, lyrical clarity. In one poet’s opinion (mine), he is now our greatest and truest representative, the most pertinent, impressive, meaningful poet of our time.” —Mary Oliver, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

A major figure of the Polish New Wave literary movement of the early 1970s and of the anti-Communist Solidarity movement of the 1980s, Adam Zagajewski is the author of Unseen Hand; Eternal Enemies; and Without End: New and Selected Poems, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Zagajewski’s other collections of poetry include Mysticism for BeginnersCanvas, and Tremor: Selected Poems. His most recent publication Slight Exaggerations, a collection of essays, was published in early 2017. He is also the author of a book of essays and literary sketches, Two Cities: On Exile, History and the Imagination, and of Solidarity, Solitude: Essays

The New York Review of Books states “Zagajewski is now one of the most familiar and highly regarded names in poetry both in Europe and in this country.”

Mr. Zagajewski's Athenaeum reading is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.

Meal reservations are at capacity for this event. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact the Athenaeum.
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 11:45am
Media Trends: The Profitless and the Non-Profits
David Lesher
"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." So said Thomas Jefferson. So if journalism is essential to democracy and quality journalism is no longer profitable—newspaper ad revenue today is a quarter its value in 2000—how do we preserve a healthy democracy? David Lesher, co-founder, editor, and CEO of CALmatters, will discuss the rapidly changing media and the emerging case for non-profits like CALmatters which are filling gaps in essential coverage.  

David Lesher is co-founder, editor, and CEO of CALmatters, a non-profit media organization launched in 2015 to cover state policy and politics. Today, CALmatters has the largest news staff in Sacramento and its work is shared with more than 100 media, including all of the state’s major newspapers and radio stations.

Lesher has worked with top state leaders and major California issues for more than 35 years as a journalist and policy analyst. He was in the newspaper business for more than 25 years, largely at the Los Angeles Times where he was a political writer, state Capitol reporter and assistant national editor for the White House campaign. He also served as editor of California Journal magazine, California director for the DC-based New America Foundation, and government affairs director for the Public Policy Institute of California.

Mr. Lesher's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Rose Institute for State and Government at CMC.

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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.