The following essay by President Hiram E. Chodosh is reprinted from the January 2017 Maadhyam, Council for Mediation and Conflict Resolution newsletter.

Secretariat Building, New Delhi, India

President Hiram E. Chodosh delivered introductory remarks and moderated a panel of Indian dignitaries at the inaugural event for Maadhyam, Council for Mediation and Conflict Resolution. The panel discussion, held January 7 at the India International Centre in New Delhi, was attended by over 300 people and focused on “Conflict and the Law: Perspectives and Challenges.” Maadhyam also published a brief essay, Depolarizing Legal Conflict by President Chodosh in its inaugural newsletter.

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.

Freedom word cloud

Dear All:

In recent days, we have seen much debate about free expression on our campuses, in part provoked by a letter from the Dean of Students at the University of Chicago to incoming students. Some have asked about CMC’s position.

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.

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.

Dear CMC Community:

Congratulations to our students and faculty on the conclusion of an intensely challenging and remarkably successful academic year!

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Dear All:

During the past several days, I have listened and responded to many alumni, parents, and commentators on the periphery of our community, as well as students, faculty, and staff within the College. I have heard strong support or deep concerns (or some measure of both) in the wake of controversy, protests, administrative actions, expressions of dissent, and news coverage throughout. Disagreement is stressful for all of us, and it is also completely healthy when the campus is having a serious, difficult conversation about extremely sensitive and important concerns.

Government Professor George Thomas

As colleges and universities open their doors for a new academic year, a recent commentary in The Chronicle of Higher Education sounds a discouraging note.

Today, writes Stephen Herr in “It’s Harder Now to Change Students’ Lives, but No Less Important,” students are encountering curricula and programming that are “becoming ever more routinized.” 

He likens much of the world of higher education to the fast-food industry.