Athenaeum

By Tom Johnson

Perhaps just one thing has been as constant at CMC as the uniform excellence of speakers at Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, and that is the woman who has shepherded those hundreds of celebrities and presenters up to the podium throughout the past 25 years – Bonnie I. Snortum.

Shannon Miller ’16 and Dante Toppo ’15, new Ath Fellows (2014-15) for the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, are going to have fun with their responsibilities this year. In fact, they’re a laugh a minute.

Late afternoon sunlight falls across a restaurant tabletop in downtown Claremont.

Another typical Southern California day in April.

Novelist Mary Gaitskill leans back in her chair.

You could say that the timing of Thomas Steyer’s presentation (Acting Politically to Avert Climate Disaster and Preserve American Prosperity) at the Athenaeum last Tuesday was momentous.

It was Earth Day; the 44th annual Earth Day to be exact and Mr. Steyer (the founder, and before he left the private sector, Senior Managing Member of Farallon Capital Management) likes exactitude in figures and facts.

Tustee George Roberts

 

There’s an old axiom about investing that says always remember to buy low and sell high.

It’s a long (and self-evident) view toward acquiring wealth that would be foolish to deny. Indeed, during an Athenaeum luncheon on April 21 entitled A Conversation on Investing, guest speakers (both investment heavy hitters), George Roberts ’66 P’93 and Britt Harris, agreed but with a slight twist. In Roberts and Harris’ view, it’s better for individual investors to buy low and then wait, wait, wait and then wait some more before selling, maybe.

March 13, 2014-- See photos from a daylong series of activities for the Henry R. Kravis Prize In Leadership at Claremont McKenna College. The day included discussions and panels with past prize winners, a lunch presentation by Kathy Spahn, CEO of Helen Keller International at the Athenaeum, classroom visits by prize winners, concluding with the evening award ceremony dinner with remarks by Henry Kravis, Marie-Josee Kravis  and Kathy Spahn.

In conjunction with the 207 countries taking part in “One Billion Rising For Justice,” Iris Liu ’16 and Hannah Bower ’16 organized a 5C  “One Billion Rising” event on Parents field on February 14th. A follow-up discussion on sexual violence prevention for the CMC community is scheduled for February 26.

Every movie begins on a blank page. And someone who knows that better than most is Douglas Day Stewart ’62, who broke into TV and film writing not long after leaving CMC.

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