Marian Miner Cook
Athenaeum

A distinctive
feature of social and
cultural life at CMC

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - Evening Program
Allah and Yahweh: Alike or Different?
Jack Miles

God is the central figure in two classic scriptures, the Qur’an and the Bible, each authoritative for hundreds of millions of people. Proceeding not as a theologian but only as a literary critic, and requiring only the willing and temporary suspension of disbelief, Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize winning author, MacArthur Fellow, and professor of English and religious studies at UCI, compares iconic episodes and characters—Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and others—in the two scriptures and explores objectively how the stories are told and the characters characterized, up to and including the divine character.

Jack Miles, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Religious Studies at the University of California, Irvine, has written on religion, politics, and culture for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The World Post and many other publications. His book “God: A Biography” won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996. “The Norton Anthology of World Religions,” of which he was general editor, was published in 2014 in hardcover and in 2015 in a six-volume paperback edition. A MacArthur Fellow during the years 2003-2007, he is most recently the author of “God in the Qur’an” (2018) and “Religion As We Know It: An Origin Story” (2019).

Professor Jack Miles's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored with funding from the Open Academy at CMC.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - Evening Program
Liberal Arts and the Law – Panel Discussion
Suzanne Segal ’82, Andrew Stroud ’83; Elizabeth Casey ’85; and Jennifer Roche ’96; James Burgess ’84, moderator

This panel discussion features four CMC alums, all humanities majors, who have gone on to a variety of successful careers in the law. After describing their backgrounds at CMC, the panelists will discuss a range of topics from how their time at CMC prepared them for their legal careers, to a specific way in which they use their humanities background in their professional life, to instances of both failure and successes they have faced. Panelists include the Honorable Suzanne Segal ’82 (history), US Magistrate Judge; Andrew Stroud ’83 (literature), partner at Hanson Bridgett; Elizabeth Casey ’85 (philosophy), executive vice president and associate general counsel, Fox Corporation; and Jennifer Roche ’96 (PPE), senior counsel, Proskauer. The panel will be moderated by James Burgess ’84 (philosophy and political science), partner, Sheppard Mullin, and member of the Gould Center Board of Advisors.

This panel discussion features four CMC alums, all humanities majors, who have gone on to a variety of successful careers in the law.. After describing their backgrounds at CMC, the panelists will discuss a range of topics from how their time at CMC prepared them for their legal careers, to a specific way in which they use their humanities background in their professional life, to instances of both failure and successes they have faced. Panelists include the Honorable Suzanne Segal ’82 (history), US Magistrate Judge; Andrew Stroud ’83 (literature), partner at Hanson Bridgett; Elizabeth Casey ’85 (philosophy), executive vice president and associate general counsel, Fox Corporation; and Jennifer Roche ’96 (PPE), senior counsel, Proskauer. The panel will be moderated by James Burgess ’84 (philosophy and political science), partner, Sheppard Mullin, and member of the Gould Center Board of Advisors.

This panel is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.

(Parents Dining Room)