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Welcome to the registration page for the fall 2018 season of the Athenaeum.

​Please note that this registration page is the only recognized mechanism for signing up for meals associated with Athenaeum events. Alternative registrations provided by third parties (such as Eventbrite) are not managed or controlled by the College, and unfortunately such registrations cannot be honored to allow dining with us in advance of the talk. 

Events generally open for registration on a rolling basis every two weeks over the course of the semester. The CMC community has priority for dinner reservations. Space permitting, when meal spots are available for members of the other Claremont Colleges, a note is added to the event listing and registration is open for all others. 

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Monday, September 24, 2018 - 5:30pm
An Evening of Poetry with Richard Blanco
Richard Blanco
Whether speaking as the Cuban Blanco or the American Richard, the homebody or the world traveler, the shy boy or the openly gay man, the civil engineer or the civic-minded poet, presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco’s writings possess a story-rich quality that illuminates the human spirit. His work asks those universal questions we all ask ourselves on our own journeys: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world?

Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco is the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. His inaugural poem “One Today” was later published as a children’s book.

Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity characterizes his four collections of poetry: How to Love a Country; City of a Hundred Fires, which received the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press; Directions to The Beach of the Dead, recipient of the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center; and Looking for The Gulf Motel, recipient of the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Thom Gunn Award. He has also authored the memoirs For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey and The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, winner of the Lambda Literary Prize.

His latest book, Boundaries, a collaboration with photographer Jacob Hessler, challenges the physical and psychological dividing lines that shadow the United States. Blanco has written occasional poems for the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, Freedom to Marry, the Tech Awards of Silicon Valley, and the Boston Strong benefit concert following the Boston Marathon bombings. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and has received numerous honorary doctorates. He has taught at Georgetown University, American University, and Wesleyan University. He serves as the first Education Ambassador for The Academy of American Poets.

Mr. Blanco’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, the Chicano-Latino Student Affairs, and the CARE Center.

This event is full. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact the Athenaeum.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 11:45am
Legalizing Marijuana: Lessons from Colorado
Tony Mecia
Five years after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana—with many other states taking its lead—data shows mixed effects in the state. While legalization has created jobs, spurred tourism, and raised millions in new tax revenue, as Tony Mecia of The Weekly Standard will discuss, data also shows that legal weed has also attracted vagrants and cartels from out-of-state, contributed to spikes in crime, and caused doctors to worry about the effect on public health.

Tony Mecia is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard. Previously, he spent more than a decade as a business reporter and editor at the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina. He is a graduate of Duke University and has a master’s in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mr. Mecia will be the first speaker in a series on the public policy implications of marijuana legalization sponsored by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government.

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 5:30pm
The Future and Past of Conservatism
Jonah Goldberg
As contradictory as it may sound, Jonah Goldberg of the American Enterprise Institute believes that the conservative movement is constantly changing. Maintaining that the Bush years changed conservatism in profound ways, mostly for the worse, he will examine how Trump's presidency will further these changes. What does the future of conservatism look like? And does conservatism’s failure necessarily mean liberalism’s success?

Jonah Goldberg is a fellow and Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute, where he writes about political and cultural issues. He is concurrently a senior editor at National Review. A bestselling author, he writes a nationally syndicated column that appears regularly in more than 100 newspapers across the United States. He is also a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a member of the board of contributors to USA Today, a Fox News contributor, and a regular member of the Fox News All-Stars panel on “Special Report with Bret Baier.” He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, "The Tyranny of Clichés” (Sentinel HC, 2012) and “Liberal Fascism” (Doubleday, 2008).

The founding editor of National Review Online, Goldberg is the recipient of many awards. He was named by The Atlantic magazine as one of the top 50 political commentators in America. In 2011, he was chosen as the Robert J. Novak Journalist of the Year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 5:30pm
"Frankenstein" and the Anxieties of Modernity
Jerrold E. Hogle
Jerrold E. Hogle, professor emeritus and University Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Arizona, is an expert in English Romantic literature, literary and cultural theory, and the many different forms of the Gothic. His talk will show how many deep-seated cultural quandaries about the coming of the modern world—anxieties very much still with us—are symbolized in Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, particularly in the Creature who has be come its most lasting image.

Jerrold E. Hogle, won the Howard Mumford Jones Thesis Prize at Harvard University from where he received his Ph.D. After teaching in the English department at the University of Arizona for 44 years, he is now professor emeritus and University Distinguished Professor at Arizona. The winner of Guggenheim, Mellon, and other fellowships for research including the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Keats—Shelley Association of America, he has published extensively on English Romantic literature, literary and cultural theory, and the many different forms of the Gothic.

His books include, among others, Shelley’s Process from the Oxford University Press, The Undergrounds of The Phantom of the Opera from Palgrave Macmillan, and The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction from the Cambridge University Press, which has recently been succeeded by a follow-up volume, The Cambridge Companion to the Modern Gothic. A dedicated public servant to the University of Arizona, he has served in many diverse administrative roles at the university while also earning multiple teaching awards for his classroom work, advising, and mentoring of students, both undergraduate and graduate.

Currently, Hogle is a Reader at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, and just completed co-chairing a conference on the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."

Professor Hogle’s Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:30pm
Lawyers and Law in India: A View from Bollywood—Screening and Discussion of JOLLY L.L.B.
Nita Kumar and Aseema Sinha, moderators
While Indian (Bollywood) movies typically show courts as unreal and dramatic, Jolly L.L.B. (2013), directed by Subhash Kapoor, is a satirical rendition of the reality of courtroom procedure in India, as well as on big money, corruption, and gritty ambition. Acclaimed by reviewers and audiences alike as well-acted and entertaining, the movie delivers a sharp sentence on Indian law. Professors Aseema Sinha and Nita Kumar, both at CMC, will lead a discussion on justice, corruption, and Bollywood.

Jolly L.L.B. tells the story of a small-town lawyer, Jolly, who files a public interest litigation against a rich young man who seems to have gotten away with murder. Defending the young man is Tejinder Rajpal, the most prominent advocate of the city, able to reduce Jolly to dust in the court. Yet, Jolly works hard, gathers evidence, and—learns to argue. In charge of the proceedings is Justice Tripathi, a curious, familiar mix of self-aggrandizement, idiosyncrasy, and—commitment to justice.

For those new to Bollywood, Jolly L.L.B. offers an introduction to the genre without the stereotypical slapstick, violence, and melodrama. 

For those familiar with the genre, Jolly L.L.B. offers solid direction, casting, script, comedy, and a serious plot line.

Movie screening will begin promptly at 5:30 pm.

(Parents Dining Room)

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:30pm
Live From the Dumpster Fire: The Challenges of Journalism in the Trump Era
Tina Nguyen '11
In an era of dwindling resources and increasing hostility towards the press, how does one cover a president and administration obsessed with alternative facts and dramatic twists, a populist base that will follow no matter what, and an internet easily manipulated by foreign influences and fake news memes? Tina Nguyen ’11, who follows Trump for Vanity Fair's Hive, will reflect on how the 2016 election fundamentally shook up journalism, the challenges the media faces in covering politics in an era of extreme polarization and uncertain truth, and her own personal, quasi-bizarre experiences in the trenches of reporting on fake news.

Tina Nguyen ‘11 is a staff reporter at The Hive, Vanity Fair's news vertical covering the power players of Silicon Valley, Washington, and Wall Street. She covers American politics, the conservative movement, and the media.

Prior to Vanity Fair, Nguyen worked at Mediaite, The Daily Caller, and The Braiser, where she was nominated for a James Beard Award. Nguyen graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2011, with an honors degree in government. While at CMC, she was the news editor for the Claremont Independent, a fellow at the Salvatori Center, and occasional cartoonist/columnist for The Forum.

Ms. Nguyen's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse at CMC.

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 5:30pm
Mistreated: Why We think We’re Getting Good Healthcare—And Why We’re Usually Wrong
Robert Pearl
The U.S. healthcare system ranks 37 in the world in outcomes, uses technology from the last century and causes hundreds of thousands of deaths each year from medical error. Yet we believe it is the best in the world. Robert Pearl, professor at both Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Medical School, will explain this contradiction and offer a road map for the future, based on four powerful pillars.

Robert Pearl, M.D., is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (1999-2017), the nation’s largest medical group, and former president of The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (2009-2017). In these roles he led 10,000 physicians, 38,000 staff and was responsible for the nationally recognized medical care of 5 million Kaiser Permanente members on the west and east coasts. Recently named one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician leaders, Pearl is an advocate for the power of integrated, prepaid, technologically advanced and physician-led healthcare delivery.

Pearl serves as a clinical professor of plastic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and is on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on strategy and leadership, and lectures on information technology and health care policy.

In 2017 he authored “Mistreated: Why We think We’re Getting Good Healthcare—And Why We’re Usually Wrong” a Washington Post bestseller that offers a roadmap for transforming American healthcare. All proceeds from the book go to Doctors Without Borders. 

As a regular contributor to Forbes, Pearl covers the business of healthcare and the culture of medicine. He’s the host of a new podcast called “Fixing Healthcare,” which debuted in the iTunes top 100 list of science and medicine programs. He has been featured on CBS This Morning, CNBC, NPR, and in TIME, USA Today and Bloomberg News. He has published more than 100 articles in various medical journals and contributed to numerous books. He is a frequent keynote speaker at healthcare and medical technology conferences. Pearl has addressed the Commonwealth Club, the World Healthcare Congress, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Quality Forum.

Board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Pearl received his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University. From 2012 to 2017, Pearl served as chairman of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), which includes the nation’s largest and best multispecialty medical groups, and participated in the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT in Washington, D.C.


Monday, October 1, 2018 - 5:30pm
Hidden Lives of Brahman: Brāhmin Insight Practices from the Upanisads
Joel Dubois
The Upanishads, ancient Sanskrit texts that contain some of the central philosophical concepts and ideas of Hinduism, are often treated as expressions of Vedānta philosophy focused on brahman, the ultimate reality transcending all particular manifestations, words, and ideas. However, the Upanishads reflect familiarity with concrete practices that engage brahman as an active force. With a focus on these ancient texts, Joël Dubois, professor of Asian religions and cultures at California State University in Sacramento, will bring to light the hidden lives of brahman.

Joël Dubois received masters and doctorate degrees in Comparative Religion from the Harvard Divinity School. The book documenting his research in South India, Hidden Lives of Brahman, was published in 2013 by State University of New York Press. He is currently a professor of Asian religions and cultures at California State University in Sacramento, California.

Professor Dubois' Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Kutten Lectureship in Religious Studies at CMC.  

(Parents Dining Room)

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 5:30pm
Intimate Violence: Anti-Jewish Pogroms on the Eve of the Holocaust
Jeffrey S. Kopstein
Why do pogroms occur in some localities and not in others? Jeffrey S. Kopstein, professor and chair of political science at University of California, Irvine examines a particularly brutal wave of violence that occurred across hundreds of predominantly Polish and Ukrainian communities in the aftermath of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union and notes that while some communities erupted in anti-Jewish violence, most others remained quiescent. 

Jeffrey S. Kopstein is professor and chair of political science at University of California, Irvine. His books include The Politics of Economic Decline in East Germany, 1945–1989 and Growing Apart?: America and Europe in the 21st Century. His newest book, co-authored with Jason Wittenberg​,Intimate Violence is a novel social-scientific explanation of ethnic violence and the Holocaust. It locates the roots of violence in efforts to maintain Polish and Ukrainian dominance rather than in anti-Semitic hatred or revenge for communism. In doing so, it cuts through painful debates about relative victim-hood that are driven more by metaphysical beliefs in Jewish culpability than empirical evidence of perpetrators and victims. Along with his co-author, Kopstein concludes that pogroms were difficult to start, and local conditions in most places prevented their outbreak despite general anti-Semitism and the collapse of the central state. In fact, fewer than 10 percent of communities saw pogroms in 1941, and most ordinary gentiles never attacked Jews.Kopstein and Wittenberg shed new light on the sources of mass ethnic violence and the ways in which such gruesome acts might be avoided.

Professor Kopstein's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at CMC.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 5:30pm
Environmental Policy Solutions Must Be Powered By People and Equity
Eduardo Garcia
While California has led the charge to act on climate change with its groundbreaking environmental advocacy, people at the frontlines of environmental impact can still be left behind. Assembly Eduardo Garcia, representing California's 56th Assembly District, will discuss his mission to help shift the perspective from melting ice caps to the human health impacts of climate change on communities across the state. He will argue that bringing people to the forefront, particularly those from underserved areas that have been uniquely burdened by pollution, is critical to ensuring that equity can prevail in the environmental policy solutions California enacts. 

Eduardo Garcia represents California's 56th Assembly District, which includes cities and unincorporated communities in eastern Riverside County and Imperial County. Elected in 2014, Garcia is the current chair of Water, Parks and Wildlife. In this capacity he oversees some of the state’s most pressing issues, such as drought conditions, and the implementation of the multi-billion dollar Proposition 1, Water Bond passed by voters in 2014. He also serves on the Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, Governmental Organization and Utilities and Energy.

In March of 2015 Garcia was appointed to chair the Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea to examine the opportunities and challenges surrounding development of renewable energy projects and the implementation of environmental restoration plans of the Salton Sea area.

A graduate of local public schools, Garcia attended Coachella Valley High School and the University of California, Riverside. He also completed the "Senior Executives in State and Local Government" Public Administration program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and earned a master’s Degree from the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development.

A life-long resident of the Coachella Valley, Garcia was first elected to the Coachella City Council in November 2004. In 2006, at the age of 29, he became Coachella's first elected Mayor. 

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 11:45am
Midterm Madness: Political Pros Share Their Insights on the Upcoming Election
David Dreier ’75, Mike Murphy, and Robert Shrum
With control of Congress hanging in the balance, and the possibility of a “blue wave” overtaking Republican control of the House and Senate, the next two years of American politics will be defined by the result of the midterm elections. Join the Dreier Roundtable’s fourth annual luncheon, and a panel of nationally renown political professionals, including Representative David Dreier '75, Mike Murphy, one of the Republican Party’s most successful political consultants, and Robert Shrum, a go-to consultant for many Democrats, in an entertaining and insightful discussion of the upcoming midterm elections.

David Dreier was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1980, where he served until January 2013. In Congress, he served as the youngest—and the first from California—chairman of the Rules Committee, playing a pivotal role in fashioning all legislation for debate in the House. Dreier has had many leadership roles in California and national politics, such as chairing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's transition team in 2003, and serving as parliamentarian at the 2004 Republican National Convention. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of the International Republican Institute. Dreier is the founding chairman of the bipartisan House Democracy Partnership, which works directly with legislatures in seventeen countries around the globe, helping to build institutions in new and re-emerging democracies. Dreier is a trustee and alum of Claremont McKenna College. He received his B.A. from CMC in 1975 and his M.A. in American government from Claremont Graduate University the following year.

Mike Murphy is one of the Republican Party’s most successful political consultants. Murphy led more than 20 statewide campaigns to victory, including gubernatorial races for Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christine Todd Whitman, John Engler, and Tommy Thompson, as well as dozens of congressional races. He has worked on six Republican presidential campaigns and is widely known for his work in the 2000 GOP primaries as a senior strategist for John McCain. He has advised leaders in Canada, Central America and the former Soviet Union. He is a widely known political pundit, appearing frequently on NBC, CNN and NPR. He co-directs the Center for the Political Future at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Robert Shrum holds the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at USC Dornsife and serves as director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. Shrum has a storied career as an author and television commentator and as a campaign adviser to Democratic candidates in nearly 40 winning U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaigns and for the mayoralty of many of America’s major cities. His numerous clients included Edward Kennedy, Joe Biden, John Glenn, and Barbara Mikulski in their Senate campaigns, and John Kerry and Al Gore in their presidential races. Overseas, his clients included Ehud Barak in his successful 1999 campaign for prime minister of Israel, the British Labour Party in the 1990s and the early 2000s, the prime minister of Ireland and the president of Colombia.

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:45am
Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe
Rebecca Erbelding
Rebecca Erbelding, historian, curator, and archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss her research on the War Refugee Board (WRB), the official American response to the Holocaust. Her new book, Rescue Board, debunks the popular idea that Americans did not do anything to aid Jews and other victims of Nazi persecution. It shows to the contrary that young WRB staff undertook extraordinary efforts to work through (and sometimes sidestep) bureaucracy to rescue Jews.    

Rebecca Erbelding is the author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe (Doubleday, April 2018). She has worked as a historian, curator, and archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for fifteen years, and served as a historian for the Museum's newest exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust. She holds a Ph.D. in American history from George Mason University.

Her book describes the creativity of the War Refugee Board which laundered money into Sweden, participated in ransom negotiations with Nazis, opened a refugee camp in upstate New York, sent rescuer Raoul Wallenberg to Budapest, helped 8,000 Jews escape to Palestine by boat, and approved $11 million in relief for Nazi-occupied Europe in the final year of the World War II.

Dr. Erbelding’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at CMC.

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 5:30pm
Free Speech on Campus
Erwin Chemerinsky
Issues of freedom of speech on campus constantly arise. Dean of Berkeley Law and First Amendment scholar, Erwin Chemerinsky, will discuss the principles that campuses should follow in regards to freedom of speech. What can and can’t campuses do in balancing freedom of speech against the need to ensure the safety of students and faculty? What are emerging issues likely to face campus administrators?.

Erwin Chemerinsky is dean and the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at Berkeley Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  

Prior to assuming this position, from 2008-2017, he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.  Before that he was the Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University from 2004-2008, and from 1983-2004 was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School, including as the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, and Political Science. He also has taught at DePaul College of Law and UCLA Law School.  He teaches Constitutional Law, First Amendment Law, Federal Courts, Criminal Procedure, and Appellate Litigation.

He is the author of ten books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court, published by Viking in 2014, and two books published by Yale University Press in 2017, Closing the Courthouse Doors: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable and Free Speech on Campus (with Howard Gillman). He also is the author of more than 200 law review articles. He writes a weekly column for the Sacramento Bee, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court. 

In 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  In January 2017, National Jurist magazine again named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States. He received his B.S. from Northwestern University in 1975 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School  in 1978.

Dean Chemerinsky will deliver the 2018 Salvatori Center’s Lofgren Lecture on American Constitutionalism.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:45am
What the Changing World of Politics Means for Our Collective Future
Amanda Andrea Renteria
The rise in younger, more diverse voices is transforming all aspects of politics. Amanda Renteria, a 20-year veteran in public service with extensive experience as a Congressional political candidate, U.S. Senator’s chief of staff, national political director to a presidential candidate, and attorney general’s COO, will discuss how today’s electorate is at a pivotal moment that will shape the world for generations.  

Amanda Renteria has had a unique and diverse career starting out in the financial industry, moving to education as a teacher in her small hometown community, and finally spending the majority of her career in public service. She has served as the chief of operations at the California Department of Justice, national political director for Secretary Clinton’s presidential run, and as a chief of staff in the United States Senate. She was named one of the most influential staffers by Roll Call and received a number of awards as the first Latina chief of staff in the history of the U.S. Senate. In addition to her policy work, she has also run for Congressional office in 2014 and governor of California in 2018 believing that empowering others is at the heart of public service.

Ms. Renteria's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the CARE Center and the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, both at CMC.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 5:30pm
Developing a Passion for Mathematics
Mark Huber
Ask a mathematician about what mathematics is and they will use words like beauty and creativity. Ask a student about what mathematics is and they will have a very different view. Mathematics, asserts CMC mathematics professor Mark Huber, can be a living subject that brings out passion, but it is important to use the right tools and perspectives to make that happen.

Mark Huber is the Fletcher Jones Foundation Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and George R. Roberts Fellow. He joined the faculty community at Claremont McKenna College in 2009. 

Huber’s specialty is computational probability. He enjoys developing new algorithms for drawing random variates from complex distributions quickly, which has applications in statistics, machine learning, numerical integration, and physics. Huber’s unique background in mathematics, computing, and statistics allows him to work in a variety of areas. Outside of the classroom, he has served as chair of the CMC Mathematical Sciences since 2016. Huber also serves as associate editor for the Journal of American Statistical Association Reviews and editor of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. He regularly participates as a guest lecture at conferences and institutions around the world, and his research has appeared in such journals as Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability, the Journal of Applied Probability, and the Chicago Journal of Theoretical Computer Science among others.

Huber earned a B.S. degree from Harvey Mudd College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.

Professor Huber’s Athenaeum presentation celebrates his installation ceremony as the Fletcher Jones Foundation Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and George R. Roberts Fellow at CMC.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 11:45am
Autonomous Learning Investment Strategies (ALIS) - The Third Wave
Michael Weinberg
"Autonomous Learning Investment Strategies (ALIS)” describes the emerging “third wave” of investment managers that is following on the first and second waves of fundamental discretionary and quantitative investing, respectively. Just as counter-cultural movements have upended established ways of doing things, Michael Weinberg, chief investment officer and a senior managing director of MOV37 and Protégé Partners, believes ALIS managers will as well.

Michael Weinberg has 25 years of experience investing directly at the security level and indirectly as an asset allocator in traditional and alternative assets. He is the chief investment officer and a senior managing director of MOV37 and Protégé Partners. His portfolio management experience includes Soros Fund Management LLC, Credit Suisse First Boston, and Financial Risk Management (FRM). Previously he was a research analyst at Dean Witter, currently Morgan Stanley. 

Weinberg is a board member of AIMA, on the management advisory council for the Michael Price Student Investment Fund, former-chair of value investing at CFANY, where he has received multiple awards, and a member of the Economic Club of New York.  He is published author, has been interviewed by top financial newspapers and is often a keynote speaker at conferences and universities. 

Weinberg received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where he is now an adjunct professor of finance and economics, and a B.S. in economics from New York University. 

Mr. Weinberg’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Soll Center for Student Opportunity.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 5:30pm
Fiction and Fandoms: The Enduring Relevance of Jane Austen in the Era of Snapchat
Ted K. Scheinman
Ted K. Scheinman, author of Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, will discuss the prevalence of literary cliques, how literary cults are formed, and how they can be surprising forces for good. He will also address best practices for reporting rigorously and fairly on subcultures and the merging of archival research and in-person reporting.

Ted Scheinman is senior editor at Pacific Standard magazine, where he directs special projects and climate coverage. Among other duties, he reported from the United Nations climate summits in Paris and Marrakech in 2015 and 2016. A graduate of Yale University, with an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he is the author of Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan (2018), and his essays and reporting have appeared in the Atlantic, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, the Oxford American, the Paris Review, Playboy, Slate, and elsewhere. He is also a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Mr. Scheinman’s Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse at CMC.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:45am
Chaun Webster
Poet and graphic designer Chaun Webster draws from an interest in the work of sign in graffiti, the layering of collage, and the visuality of text. These methods are used in Webster’s work to investigate race—specifically the instability of blackness and black subjectivities, geography, memory, and the body. Webster will discuss how these investigations engage the question of absence and how to archive what is missing from the landscape as neighborhoods once populated with familiar presences, dissolve in real time.    

Chaun Webster is a poet, publisher and graphic designer whose poetry finds its influences in the intersections of the Black Arts Movement and Jazz, the Concrete Poetry Tradition and Grafitti. Webster’s first book, Gentry!fication: or the scene of the crime, was published in April 2018 by Noemi Press. 

Mr. Webster's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, the CARE Center, and the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, all at CMC.

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 5:30pm
How to walk 2000 miles
Liz Thomas '07
With a mix of storytelling, how-to tips, and gear show-and-tell, record-holding hiker and award-winning author Liz Thomas ’07 shares lessons from 17,000 miles in the mountains. Honoring the 50th anniversary of the National Trails Act, she explores the legacy and the future of trails, conservation, and outdoor recreation in America.

Liz Thomas ’07 is a professional hiker, adventure conservationist, and outdoor writer who held the women’s unsupported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail. A guest editor and regular contributor to Backpacker Magazine, Thomas has been featured on Good Morning America and has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Yahoo!News, Men's Journal, Women's Health, Outside, among other publications. Her book Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-Hikereceived the 2017 National Outdoor Book Award for Best Instructional book. Thomas serves as the vice president of the American Long Distance Hiking Association and ambassador to American Hiking Society. A former staff writer at Wirecutter/New York Times, Thomas is a currently editor in chief at Treeline Review, an outdoor web magazine and is writing a guidebook to Southern California waterfall hikes.

A 2007 graduate of Claremont McKenna College where she majored in EEP (Environment, Economics, and Politics) and was the Athenaeum student manager, Thomas holds a masters in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she held a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship for her research on trails, conservation, and trail-side communities. She currently is on the board of the Robert Environmental Center at CMC.

Since graduating from CMC, Thomas has hiked over 17,000 miles on more than 20 long distance hiking paths around the world!

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 5:30pm
Women in India: A ‘Progressive’ View from Bollywood—Screening and Discussion of QUEEN
Nita Kumar, moderator
QUEEN, directed by Vikas Bahl, is a commentary on the mores of Indian middle-class families who assume that girls will be shy, get married, be happy ever after. That is until the marriage part falls apart. While awarded and loved by critics and audience alike, some scholars read this movie as a comment on the continuous restrictive—and for feminists, frustrating— appropriation of the public sphere in South Asia as unavoidably masculine. Moreover, they find it lamentable that the protagonist Rani has to go to Europe to find herself after her almost marriage.

A much-awarded Hindi movie of 2014 including best story, actress, script, editing, in National and Filmfare awards, QUEEN is the story about an ordinary girl from New Delhi who, left by her fiancé on the eve of her wedding, decides to console herself by going alone on their planned honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam. Then we, the audience, gets instruction on how to imagine her future. She holds her own with interesting people and learns a lesson at every step. A familiar-seeming story of the girl-next-door, Rani, played by Kangna Ranaut, charms and entertains in unexpected ways while understating the most important message possible, “Be yourself.” 

Movie screening will begin promptly at 5:30 pm.

(Freeberg Dining Room)


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