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Open Events

Welcome to the registration page for all open events at the Athenaeum for the Fall 2017.

​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

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 5:30pm
Intuition: What is it really and what role should it play in your leadership toolkit?
Holly Mitchell
Intuition is often credited as the secret sauce to effectiveness and success both in personal and professional settings. Is this true? If so, can it be learned or cultivated? State Senator Holly Mitchell, who represents California's 30th senate district, believes that intuition is critical and should be an integral part of any leader's toolkit. 

First elected to the Legislature in 2010, Senator Holly Mitchell represents nearly one million residents of the 30th Senate District, which ranges from Century City to South Los Angeles and takes in Culver City, Cheviot Hills, Crenshaw District, USC, downtown L.A. and a portion of Inglewood.

A third-generation native Angeleno, Mitchell sits on the Senate Health Committee; the Joint Committee on Rules; the Public Safety Committee; the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee; and the Insurance, Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. She also chairs the Senate Select Committee on Women and Inequality, which she founded. Additionally, she is chair of the Senate Budget Committee. Mitchell previously headed California’s largest child and family development organization, Crystal Stairs, and worked for the Western Center for Law and Poverty.

Frequently cited for her leadership and advocacy on behalf of children, families, the elderly, and the disabled, Mitchell was named the 2017 Lois DeBerry Scholar by Women in Government Leadership and this year received the first Willie L. Brown Jr. Advocacy Award from the California Black Lawyers Association. The National Conference of State Legislatures last summer elected her to its national executive committee. Her advocacy on behalf of the expansion of mental health services earned her the Legislator-of-the-Year Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness California. 

Senator Mitchell’s Athenaeum presentation is part of the "Behind the Veil: Women, Race, Leadership, and Social Change in the Nonprofit Sector” (“BTV”) speaker series. BTV explores leadership models and perspectives by harnessing the power of first person narrative and storytelling by nonprofit CEOs on the front lines of social change.  

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 5:30pm
They Call Me Q
Qurrat Ann Kadwani 
They Call Me Q, a one-woman show performed by award winning actress and writer Qurrat Kadwani, is the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between cultural pressure and wanting acceptance into the American culture. Along the journey, Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, Indian and African-American friends. In her performance, she speaks to the universal search for identity experienced by immigrants of all nationalities.

Qurrat Ann Kadwani is an actress, producer, MC, TV host, and philanthropist. A graduate of Bronx High School of Science and a theater graduate of SUNY Geneseo, she is the founding artistic director of eyeBLINK (  

A frequent guest on television programs including Law and Order: SVU, The Blacklist, Mr. Robot, Falling Water, and more, Kadwani teaches monologue writing and performance workshops, monologue prep, and audition prep classes. Her film credits include Antigone 5000, The Tailor, One Night Stand, Last Saturday with Morli, among others. 

Kadwani’s one-woman show They Call Me Q played off-Broadway in 2014 for seven months at St. Luke's Theatre in New York City. In addition to performing on multiple campus and at cultural venues, in December 2013, United Nations Unicef also invited Kadwani to perform.

In reviewing her show, the Village Voice says Kadwani “delivers a winning tale.” NY Theatre Guide wrote, “Filled with charm, humor and heart… They Call Me Q is comedic without seeming over the top, and thought provoking without being preachy.” Broadway World wrote, "In some rare cases, the decision to share tales of one's past can give the audience a theatrical experience that it will remember far after the last show."

The recipient of many service awards, Kadwani has been the host for Chase the Race 2016, MC of events for non-profit organizations such as World Women’s Global Council at the United Nations, Sapna NYC, Your Dil, Lend A Hand India, and SOS Children's Villages India, among others.

Kadwani also coordinates an annual philanthropic project A Slice of Hope as well as the annual Echoes of Love, a suicide prevention fundraiser with music. 

Ms. Kadwani’s Athenaeum performance is co-sponsored by ASCMC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. 

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 5:30pm
Holiday Concert 2017
Claremont Chamber Choir
Join us for the much anticipated annual holiday tradition, the Claremont Chamber Choir in concert. A complete playbill will be available at the concert.

The Claremont Chamber Choir will perform its celebrated, annual holiday celebration. The Choir, part of the Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, is an auditioned, mixed ensemble of about two dozen students and will be led by conductor Charles W. Kamm, associate professor of music at Scripps College and director of choirs in the Joint Music Program. The Choir will sing the music of Palestrina, Molly Ijames, and Eric Whitacre, plus holiday music by Jonathan Dove, Caroline Malonee, and traditional favorites.



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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.