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    Marian Miner Cook
    Athenaeum

    A distinctive
    feature of social and
    cultural life at CMC

Welcome to The Athenaeum

Welcome to Athenaeum and the spring 2019 speaker program.

Unique in American higher education, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum (the “Ath”) is a signature program of Claremont McKenna College. Four nights a week during the school year, the Ath brings scholars, public figures, thought leaders, artists, and innovators to engage with the CMC and Claremont College community in the Eggert Dining Room. In addition, the Ath also hosts lunch speakers, roundtables, and smaller presentations in its two auxiliary dining rooms.

For decades, the Ath has hosted a spectrum of luminaries with expertise and insight on a wide range of topics, both historical and contemporary. In the Ath’s intimate yet stimulating setting, students, faculty, staff, and other community members gather to hear the speaker, pose questions, and also to build community and exchange ideas over a shared meal.

At the core of the Ath is a longstanding commitment to student growth and learning. Central to the Ath are its two student Fellows, selected annually to host, introduce, and moderate discussion with the featured speaker. Priority is given to students in attendance during the question-and-answer session following every presentation. Moreover, speakers often take extra time to visit a class, meet with student interest groups, or give an interview to the student press and podcast team.

We look forward to seeing you at the Ath.

Priya Junnar
Director

Monday, April 22, 2019 - Special Program
Better Angels: Documentary Film Screening and Discussion
David Dreier ’75 and William Mundell, panelists
At a time when the world’s two acknowledged superpowers seem to be moving towards economic and political conflict, a new feature documentary explores how the destiny of both countries became so deeply and inextricably intertwined. By examining the day-to-day lives of ordinary Chinese and American citizens, this feature-length documentary asks: Can the United States survive the rise of China? Is confrontation inevitable? Produced over five years, shot on four continents, and created with the participation of three U.S. secretaries of state, the documentary captures compelling stories that highlight the global stakes, challenges and opportunities of the world’s most important bilateral relationship. A Q & A and discussion with former Congressman David Dreier ’75 and the film’s producer William Mundell will follow the screening.  SPECIAL NOTICE: Dinner will be served at 5:45 pm and the movie screening will begin at 6:10 pm.

At a time when the world’s two acknowledged superpowers seem to be moving towards economic and political conflict, a new feature documentary explores how the destiny of both countries became so deeply and inextricably intertwined. By examining the day-to-day lives of ordinary Chinese and American citizens, this feature-length documentary asks: Can the United States survive the rise of China? Is confrontation inevitable? Produced over five years, shot on four continents, and created with the participation of three U.S. Secretaries of State, the documentary captures compelling stories that highlight the global stakes, challenges and opportunities of the world’s most important bilateral relationship. A Q & A and discussion with former Congressman David Dreier ’75 and the film’s producer William Mundell will follow the screening. 

SPECIAL NOTICE: Dinner will be served at 5:45 pm and the movie screening will begin at 6:10 pm.

Source and art: Adapted wholly from https://betterangels.film/

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - Special Program
An Evening of North Indian Classical Music
Nandini Majumdar '10, Nawal Kishore Singh, and Paul Livingstone
Featuring an evening of traditional Hindustani music, this three-artist classical performance will feature vocalist Nandini Majumdar '10, Nawal Kishore Singh on tabla, and Paul Livingstone on sitar. 

Saraswati Nandini Majumdar, an 2010 graduate of Claremont McKenna College, has trained in North Indian classical singing since her childhood in Banaras, India. She also teaches music and works for cross-cultural exchange. 

Nawal Kishore Singh is a performer of the tabla, the North Indian classical drum. Based in India, he teaches and collaborates with world artists. 

Paul Livingstone is a sitarist and senior disciple of the world-famous Ravi Shankar. He is a founder of Ragajazz and the Soul Force Project.

Together, the three artists will present a traditional evening of North Indian classical ragas, featuring voice, sitar, and tabla.

 

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Special Program
Institute Research Showcase
Students from CMC Research Institutes
In this inaugural event, students representing CMC research institutes and centers will present their projects, experiences and insights. Spanning the disciplines of finance, economics, government, international studies, humanistic studies, human rights, environment, individual freedom, and leadership, the evening promises to be thought-provoking and inspiring. Come out and support your peers on their night @ the Ath! 

The research institutes and centers at Claremont McKenna College share a common goal: To provide CMC students with graduate-level research opportunities in collaboration with the College's distinguished faculty. The Institute Night @ the Ath offers a look inside the college eleven institutes and their unique mission, academics and co-curricular objectives. It’s a night of inspired sharing and learning too, where students present research and talk about the ways engaging and working with institute faculty enriches the CMC learning experience.

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - Lunch Program
Latin American Intellectuals in Pre-War Paris: The Modernistas and their Literary Magazines
Sarah Moody
The 19th century saw the literary movement and social network we know as Spanish-American Modernismo emerge largely from the pages of international periodicals. Sarah Moody, associate professor of Spanish at the University of Alabama, examines the editorial choices of two magazines, Mundial Magazine and its ladies’ counterpart, Elegancias—both exported from Europe for consumption in Latin America—and compares their gendered portrayals of Paris to demonstrate how a certain type of modernity was purposefully “marketed” to Latin Americans at a key moment of engagement with globalization and especially with gendered, Parisian styles of modernity that suggested a possible future for Latin Americans' modern desires.  

Sarah Moody is associate professor of Spanish in the department of modern languages and classics at the University of Alabama, where she is also the director of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies program. Moody’s research examines Modernismo and women’s writing in Latin American literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries, especially focusing on the relationship between aesthetic systems and identity formulations like gender or nationalism. Her current book project, "Las Raras: Gendered Aesthetics, Women’s Writing and Intellectual Networks in Spanish-American Modernismo", examines ideas of femininity that were both fundamental to Modernismo’s formation and exclusionary towards women’s active participation in the movement as writers and authors.

(Parents Dining Room)

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges
Monday, April 29, 2019 - Lunch Program
China’s Regulatory State and Global Competition
Roselyn Hsueh
What is China’s regulatory state and what does it have to do with China’s aspiration to become a global power?  Roselyn Hsueh, associate professor of political science at Temple University and Global Order Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania,will explore the role of China’s regulatory state in its globalization strategy and implications for the current trade war, tech war, climate change, and global development.

Roselyn Hsueh is an associate professor of political science at Temple University and a Global Order Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of "China’s Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization" (Cornell University Press, 2011). Hsueh’s current research include her next book, under contract with Cambridge University Press, which investigates the mediating role of market governance in the relationship between global economic integration and development outcomes. The political economy of identity in the age of globalization is another major theme in her research agenda.

Hsueh regularly provides expert analysis and commentary. The Economist, Foreign Affairs, National Public Radio (NPR), Inside Higher Ed, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and other outlets have featured her research. She has testified in Congress in front of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and consulted for The Center for Strategic and International Studies. She serves on the Fulbright’s National Selection Committee. 

Hsueh is a member of the Georgetown Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues and has served as a residential research faculty fellow and visiting scholar at U.C. Berkeley. She has also lectured as a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Finance and Asia Pacific Center, Tecnológico de Monterrey. Prior to arriving at Temple, Hsueh held the Hayward R. Alker Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Southern California and conducted in-depth fieldwork as a Fulbright Scholar and a David L. Boren Fellow of the National Security Education Program. She earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from U.C. Berkeley.

Professor Hsueh’s Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.

Photo Credit: Margo Reed Photography

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - Evening Program
Senior Piano Recital: Works of Hadyn, Schumann, Liszt, Bach, Prokofiev, Franck, and Lin
Sheena Hui '19
An evening of classical piano masterpieces performed by a graduating CMCer and music and physics student, Sheena Hui.

Sheena Hui '19 is a CMC senior studying music (piano performance) and physics. At the Claremont Colleges, she has studied piano under Professors Gayle Blankenburg, Hao Huang, and Tatiana Thibodeaux. During her time at CMC, she has been actively involved in music through her solo piano performances, engagement in chamber music activities, composition studies, and more. Sheena hopes to pursue piano performance and music academia in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, ping pong and studying philosophy.

 

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 - Special Program
Third Annual Senior Thesis Showcase
Connor Bloom, Lauren Broidy, Lindsay Burton, Will Cullen, Danielle Dominguez, Jake Hudson-Humphrey, Maddie Lee, Becky Shane, Brendan Suh, and Melia Wong
Blood. Spotify. Narcoterrorism. Mysticism. Civil War Anthems. Mongolia. Identity and Citizenship. Energy. Nationalism. Women, Law, and Literature. Our seniors have studied it all and more. Applying everything they have learned in class and in the field, seniors put their hearts and minds into their senior capstone project. Come hear about their research, motivation, and findings, as well as their overall thesis journey. Most importantly come support and celebrate CMC peers and students!   

Blood. Spotify. Narcoterrorism. Mysticism. Civil War Anthems. Mongolia. Identity and Citizenship. Energy. Nationalism. Women, Law, and Literature. Our seniors have studied it all and more. Applying everything they have learned in class and in the field, seniors put their hearts and minds into their senior capstone project. Come hear about their research, motivation, and findings, as well as their overall thesis journey. Most importantly come support and celebrate CMC peers and students! 

The senior thesis requirement at CMC is challenging and rewarding and seniors endeavor to produce innovative, thoughtful, comprehensive, and well written work. In this third annual Senior Thesis Showcase, seniors across the disciplines will present 5 to 7-minute synopses of their capstone project. Come hear about their research, motivation, and findings, as well as their overall thesis journey. Most importantly come support and celebrate your CMC peers! 

Pictured from far left, clockwise: Lindsay Burton, Becky Shane, Jake Hudson-Humphrey, Brendan Suh, Connor Bloom, Maddie Lee, Lauren Broidy, Danielle Dominguez, and Melia Wong. Not pictured: Will Cullen.

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges
Thursday, May 02, 2019 -
An Evening with Symone Sanders
Symone D. Sanders
The national press secretary for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, Symone Sanders offers practical advice for engaging in meaningful policy reforms. Drawing on her experience on the national stage to provide analysis on political and social issues, she challenges the conventional wisdom that strong communities are only defined by what we have in common. Instead, she outlines the way our differences contribute to effective social movements.

Symone D. Sanders is a strategist, communications consultant, CNN political commentator, and served as a spring 2018 Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School. Sanders rose to prominence during her tenure as the national press secretary for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. Only 25 at the time, Sanders demonstrated a command of the issues earning her a place in history as the youngest presidential press secretary on record and a spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election.

However, Sanders was not new to presidential politics. When she was 16, she introduced former President Bill Clinton at a luncheon in Omaha, Nebraska. Following her remarks, President Clinton said, “Symone spoke so well I really hate to follow her.” President Clinton went on to write about Sanders in his book, “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World.”

Sanders has been featured on NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, BET, TV One and CNN. She has been profiled in the Washington Post, the New Yorker, ESSENCE Magazine, and ELLE.

Sanders is currently principal of the 360 Group, LLC. where she provides strategic communications guidance to organizations, businesses, individuals, campaigns and candidates and helps clients find sound solutions to difficult political and social problems. Sanders has also been selected to serve as one of USC Dornsife's 2019 Fellows.

Friday, May 03, 2019 - Lunch Program
What is Social Impact?
Jennifer Tankersley P'20
Today’s young leaders are facing a false choice between a career for profit versus one for social benefit argues executive coach Jennifer Tankersley P'20. Asserting that we all need to be accountable for creating positive change, she challenges the assumption that doing good in the world is an either/or career choice and instead makes the argument that social impact is a leadership choice and why the work we do within organizations is one of the greatest levers available today.

Jennifer Tankersley P'20 supports leaders through personal and organizational change. A sought-after executive coach and expert in developing organizational strategy and managing large scale change, Tankersley has worked with leaders from organizations across a range of sectors and sizes.

Before transitioning to executive coaching, Tankersley was a global expert in change management for The Boston Consulting Group where she advised clients and internal case teams on both the programmatic and human sides of change. Earlier in her BCG career, she worked with Fortune 500 clients to develop and implement business and market strategies. Tankersley co-founded NP Strategies, a recognized leader of nonprofit strategy consulting in Southern California. As the principal advisor and chair, she worked with leaders to achieve greater organizational impact through strategy design, execution, and team leadership. She is a founding member of the Brightline Initiative, a coalition dedicated to helping bridge the gap between strategy design and delivery. Leveraging her expertise in business, leadership and social impact, she is dedicated to changing the world through work.

​​Tankersley is a certified leadership and transition coach through the Hudson Institute. She has an MBA with an emphasis in strategy and marketing, from the Anderson School at UCLA and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Scripps College with a BA in Economics and International Relations.

Ms. Tankersley’s Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute and SOURCE.

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Unless otherwise noted, lunch begins at 11:45 a.m.; speaker presentations begin at 12:15 p.m.
Evening receptions begin at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is served at 6 p.m.; speaker presentations begin at 6:45 p.m.

The Athenaeum facilitates dynamic interactions and dialogue that underscore
the essence of a liberal arts education.