Faculty

Myra Moss

Myra E. Moss Rolle, a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Government at CMC, died on July 26 in San Marino. She was 79.

Moss was a CMC professor of philosophy for 32 years, starting in 1975. She was chair of the department from 1992 to 1995.

She received her B.A. from Pomona College in 1958 and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University in 1965. From 1958-1959, Moss was enrolled in the graduate program in Philosophy at the University of Rome.

Prof. Mark Blitz

CMC professor of political philosophy Mark Blitz sat down with Bill Kristol to discuss the meaning of individual natural rights and why they form the basis of American government.

Blitz and Kristol also considered critiques of American liberal democracy—among them that the American regime promotes inequality or leads to a lowering of standards. Blitz addressed these criticisms and explained why the American regime remains solid and defensible. The conversation is part of Kristol's Conversations with Bill Kristol series.

Prof. Diana Selig speaks at CMC's 2016 Convocation

CMC welcomed students, faculty, and staff with calls for action, activism, and an inclusive spirit of community at its 70th annual convocation on Tuesday. It was the first convocation to be held at the new Roberts Pavilion.

Professor Lee Skinner

Prof. Lee Skinner's new text, Gender and the Rhetoric of Modernity in Spanish America, 1850–1910, looks at how 19th-century Spanish American writers re-imagined gender roles, modernization, and national identity during Spanish America’s uneven transition toward modernity.

U.S. flag illustration

"According to pundits and political scientists, this summer's Republican convention was basically a reactionary reverie in racism and nativism by Donald Trump's white, working and lower middle-class political base," Prof. Fred Lynch writes in the Washington Examiner.

Read the full article.

Prof. Branwen Williams

CMC President Hiram E. Chodosh speaks at 2016 Convocation

Good morning, and welcome to our Claremont McKenna Convocation for the 2016-17 academic year.

We are so excited and so grateful to celebrate the first convocation in the Roberts Pavilion.  

Let’s all please recognize George Roberts, our board, and the many generous leaders of our college and community, on whose shoulders we stand today, for helping to realize the vision for this spectacular facility.

CMC Prof. Gary Hamburg

It’s not often that an author writes what may come to be considered a seminal work. But that’s what Gary Hamburg, Otho M. Behr Professor of the History of Ideas at CMC, has done with his new book: Russia’s Path toward Enlightenment: Faith, Politics, and Reason, 1500-1801.

Published by Yale University Press in June, the book offers an in-depth examination of every important Russian thinker and their ideas regarding faith, politics and reason over a period of three centuries.

Sharon Basso

Dear Members of the CMC Community:

I am pleased to announce that Sharon Basso, who currently serves as Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Students at Lehigh University, has been selected as our new Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

Thank you for the moving honor to speak today at the memorial of one of my heroes, Bill Arce. This is a sad, inspiring moment. Sad in our loss, and inspiring in the many lessons of Coach Arce’s life and work.

Like many of you here today, I played many sports as a kid. Of all, baseball seared the most lasting memories and associations. We all know that Yogi Berra said that he didn’t really say most of the things he said, but he did point out that baseball was 90% mental and the other half physical.

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