Athenaeum Policies for Speaker Events
Attendance at any event may be limited to persons associated with CMC, to the people who signed up for the dinner, or to the maximum number of people allowed by fire regulations.
House rules and common courtesy prohibit disruptive actions inside the building during an Athenaeum sponsored program.
Time allowing, there will be a period set aside for questions. Students will have priority during this portion of the program.
Guests are expected to dress appropriately in all dining rooms. Shorts, jeans, and t-shirts are not acceptable at dinner; more casual attire is acceptable for lunch and tea. No bare feet at any time.
COVID Health and Safety Protocols
- The Athenaeum will adhere to all the College’s health and safety protocols. While the weather permits, the reception will be held outside on the North Ath Patio (across from the Hub). Please keep your masks on unless you are actively eating or drinking indoors. The talk/presentation will be held indoors in the Eggert Dining Room. All guests must be masked for the duration of the presentation indoors.
- Please note that all Athenaeum speakers are asked to be fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their visit to the Ath.
- Guests of staff and faculty, alumni, parents or any special guest (defined as not a current student, faculty or staff of CMC) must get special permission to attend an Ath speaker event.
- Other 5C students (Pomona, Scripps, Pitzer, and Harvey Mudd) are not permitted to sign up for the dinner program due to cross-campus dining restrictions. Such students may come for the talk only portion of the program.
- These specific COVID related protocols are subject to change.
It is the policy of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum that no lecture, appearance or performance by any speaker or performer at the Athenaeum is to be videotaped, audio-taped, or otherwise recorded and/or broadcast without the prior permission of the relevant speaker, performer, or other authorized owner of the intellectual property rights to the event.
Anyone requesting permission to record an event is required to submit an “Event Recording Request Form” to the director of the Athenaeum, at least 48 hours in advance of the relevant event.
It is understood that the speaker, the performer, the Athenaeum, and any other event sponsor, as appropriate, reserve all intellectual property rights for each Athenaeum event.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the director at email@example.com.
Reservations for Athenaeum meals are required in advance.
Due to limited dining capacity, meal reservations are initially open to CMC community members only. Space permitting, students, faculty, and staff from the 5Cs are subsequently able to sign up for events.
CMC faculty and staff may bring one family member to each Athenaeum meal free of charge. Subject to availability, additional guests may attend lunch for $17.50 and dinner for $20. Please contact the Athenaeum directly for additional guest reservations.
CMC students may not bring guests without prior Athenaeum approval.
Meals are free of charge to all undergraduate students, faculty, and staff of the five Claremont Colleges. CGU students, faculty, and staff may attend lunch for $17.50 and dinner for $20.
Due to limited seating capacity, the Athenaeum reserves the right to restrict dinner spots for selected presentations to CMC community members only.
Reservations generally are not required to attend the speaker presentation portion of the programs, which typically begin at 12:30 p.m. for lunch programs and 6:45 p.m. for evening programs. The Athenaeum reserves the right to limit attendance to the presentation portion.
If the speaker consents and technical assistance is available, the College may set up a live video feed for overflow crowds situated in other campus venues.
On some occasions, the speaker may address the group in another forum other than the Athenaeum.
Advanced online reservations for Athenaeum meals are required. Due to seating limitations, meal reservations are initially open to CMC community and are free of charge (this includes Board of Trustee members and Emeriti faculty).
Please note that COVID health and safety protocols outlined above supersede some of the info below.
CMC faculty and staff (and Emereti faculty and staff) may bring one family member to each Athenaeum meal free of charge. Subject to availability, additional guests may attend lunch for $17.50 or dinner for $20.00, with payment by check or cash at the door (exact change, please). Board of Trustees may bring guests at no additional charge. These additional reservations must be arranged in advance with the director or manager of the Athenaeum. CMC students may bring guests only with prior approval from the director or manager of the Athenaeum; guests of students will be charged $17.50 for lunch and $20.00 for dinner, with payment by check or cash at the door (exact change, please).
Parents and alumni may attend Athenaeum events and will be charged $17.50 for lunch or $20.00 for dinner. These reservations and payments must be made through the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.
Space permitting, students, faculty and staff from the other Claremont Colleges are subsequently able to sign up for events. Meals are free of charge to all students, faculty and staff from Pomona, Pitzer, Harvey Mudd and Scripps. KGI and CGU faculty and staff, as well as TCCS staff, may attend lunch or dinner free of charge. KGI and CGU students may attend 3 meals per semester free of charge. Subsequent meals will be charged $17.50 for lunch or $20.00 for dinner, with payment by check or cash at the door (exact change, please).
Reservations are generally not required to attend the lecture or performance after the conclusion of lunch/dinner. Generally, the lecture or performance will start around 12:15 pm for lunch events and 6:45 pm for dinner events. Attendance will be limited to the maximum number of people allowed by the California Fire Code.
Once a CMC student has signed up for a meal, the student will not be able to eat at a campus dining hall for that same meal period if they are on a meal plan.
The Athenaeum reserves the right to restrict attendance at the Athenaeum to CMC community members only.
The Athenaeum requests that registered guests refrain from wearing shorts, jeans, sweatpants, and tee-shirts at evening speaker events. However, such clothing is perfectly acceptable for lunch speaker events and for tea. We require footwear (any kind) at all times.
The Athenaeum reserves the right to request identification or utilize a ticketing system before allowing entry into an event.
Based on anticipated audience size, type of event, or when Eggert Dining Room is not available, speaker events or performances may be held in Freeberg or Parents.
The lecture or performance will begin at the conclusion of lunch/dinner. Time permitting, questions will be permitted at the end of the lecture/performance. Students have priority in asking questions.
Attendees must conform their conduct to CMC’s Policy on Freedom of Expression/Assembly and Demonstrations on Campus Grounds during all events held at the Athenaeum. Attendees who violate the Policy will be referred for discipline under the appropriate process.
No lecture, appearance, or performance by any speaker or performer may be videotaped, audiotaped, or otherwise recorded or broadcast in any fashion without the prior permission of the speaker or performer (or other authorized owner of any intellectual property rights to the event).
When a speaker or event is recorded, those in attendance understand and agree that their likeness may appear in the recording. These recordings are posted online.
Those who violate this Policy will be referred for discipline under the appropriate process.
To accommodate the wait list and manage food waste, meal reservations must be canceled no later than 9:00 a.m. on the day of the event. If an individual accrues three no-shows or three tardy cancelations, the Athenaeum reserves the right to restrict attendance for that individual for all meals for the balance of the semester.
No outside alcohol is permitted at the Athenaeum. Proper identification establishing a person is age 21 or over is required before the person will be served alcohol.
If the speaker consents and technical assistance is available, the College may set up a live video feed for overflow crowds who are located in other campus venues.
When appropriate, events may be relocated to other campus venues.
The complete policies of the Athenaeum can be viewed online.
(during the academic semester)
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Afternoon Tea: Monday through Friday, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Lunch Program: Meal starts at 12:00 p.m.; speaker presentation at 12:30 p.m.
Dinner Program: Reception starts at 5:30 p.m.; meal at 6:00 p.m.; speaker presentation at 6:45 p.m.
I-10 EASTBOUND from Los Angeles:
Stay on I-10 until you reach the Indian Hill/Claremont exit. Turn left (north) off the exit. You will be on Indian Hill; continue north on Indian Hill for about 1.5 miles until you reach 6th Street. Turn right (east) on 6th Street and follow it until you reach College Way. Turn left (north) on College Way and continue until you come to a stop sign. Turn right (east) on Columbia, continuing until the road turns north. The next right (east) is 8th St (now a parking lot). The Athenaeum (385 E. 8th St.) is the last building on the left (north side) at the far end.
I-10 WESTBOUND from San Bernardino:
Stay on I-10 until you reach the Monte Vista Avenue exit. Turn right (north) off the exit. You will be on Monte Vista Avenue; continue north on Monte Vista for one mile until you reach Arrow Route. Turn left (west) on Arrow Route and continue past Claremont Blvd. and Mills Avenue. Turn right (north) on Amherst; Amherst dead ends on 8th Street. The Athenaeum is there at 385 E. 8th Street.
I-210 EASTBOUND OR WESTBOUND from Pasadena or Rancho Cucamonga:
Stay on the I-210 until you reach the Baseline Road exit, #52. Turn west back to Monte Vista Avenue and turn left and go south down Monte Vista past Foothill Blvd. to Arrow Route/Sixth Street. Turn right (west) and continue past Claremont Blvd. and Mills Avenue and turn right (north) on Amherst. Amherst dead ends on 8th and the Athenaeum is there at 385 East 8th Street.