The Class of 2021’s in-person graduation ceremony at CMC was covered by ABC News. Reporter Amy Powell interviewed several 2021 graduates, who told her they “felt grateful to have this ceremony here together."
College Magazine ranked Claremont McKenna College sixth on its “Top 10 Best Colleges for Networking” list, praising how CMC’s alumni are “heavily involved in the lives of current students.” The magazine also highlighted CMC’s student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1, “which allows students to receive a lot more attention and help with their education. This also increases the likelihood of building relationships with professors which can build students’ networks.”
Professors Andrew Busch and Jack Pitney joined RealClearPolitics' “The Takeaway” podcast to discuss their new book, “Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics.” The duo offered a comprehensive overview of how the historic 2020 presidential election was won and lost.
Prospective students are getting a taste of life at Claremont McKenna College, with CMC resuming limited, in-person campus tours. In a Los Angeles Times story, a student, who had yet to make her college decision, “fell in love with the smaller Claremont campus. She was impressed by the Athenaeum, a lecture and dining space that fosters free-wheeling discussions with high-profile speakers — and attracts students with chocolate-covered strawberries and Rice Krispies treats.” Also helping to complete the ideal campus portrait: A peek at the expansive athletic facility, Roberts Pavilion; a stroll by the popular picnic spot, “Green Beach,”; and a personal greeting from CMC President Hiram Chodosh!
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In an interview with 3:16, Prof. Amy Kind explained why she became a philosopher, and how she's an "optimist about imagination." "I think imagination can do much more than philosophers often give it credit for, and a lot of my work endeavors to bring this out in various ways," she said.
Prof. Minxin Pei wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, “How China’s bullying threatens its own economic future,” arguing that China is “undermining its economic prospects” by “attacking private corporations for having expressed concerns over forced-labor allegations.”
In an interview with NPR affiliate KPCR, Prof. Manfred Keil, chief economist for Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP), shared information about local employment numbers and opening up the economy, now that there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel with COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
CMC Prof. Zach Courser, director of the Claremont McKenna College Policy Lab, wrote an op-ed, “First aid money for real America,” published in The Hill, about the Congressional repeal of the moratorium on earmarks.
In an op-ed for the Asean Post, Prof. Minxin Pei explained why a goodwill gesture from either Chinese President Xi Jinping or U.S. President Joe Biden, could kickstart U.S.-China cooperation.
The Economist shared the insights of CMC Prof. Ken Miller, associate director of the Rose Institute, on how California and Texas have combated the coronavirus pandemic.
Smithsonian Magazine selected CMC History Prof. Wendy Lower's book, "The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed," as one of their "new books to read" in February.
In a Project Syndicate op-ed, “China’s Fateful Year,” Prof. Minxin Pei reflected on China’s policies from 2020.
The Art Newspaper reviewed Prof. Jonathan Petropoulos’ book, “Göring’s Man in Paris: The
Story of a Nazi Art Plunderer and His World,” calling it a “definitive biography,” and describing Petropoulos as “an enterprising, investigative historian.”
At the end of two terms as Montana's governor, Steve Bullock '88 said in an interview with the Billings Gazette that most of his accomplishments were grounded in "bipartisan efforts" and "stakeholder buy-in."
As part of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Scholars Talk Writing” series, Professor Emeritus John Roth discussed what he values about
his career as a writer and an academic.
KPCC’s “Air Talk”November 23, 2020
Prof. Zach Courser, co-director of the Policy Lab, joined KPCC’s “Air Talk” to discuss President-elect Joe Biden's cabinet picks and the latest on the national political scene.
Bloomberg Law quoted Prof. Ken Miller, associate director of the Rose Institute, on a potential outcome of Prop. 22's
In his New York Times column, Frank Bruni cited “Trump’s Democrats,” the book by Professors Stephanie Muravchik and Jon
Shields, as offering one of the most “intriguing takes on Trump’s appeal.”
"The Constitution was meant to foster a complex form of majority rule, not enable minority rule," wrote
Prof. George Thomas in an essay for The Atlantic.
In an opinion piece for USA Today, “America’s political future is a California-Texas duel,” Prof. Ken Miller wrote:
“If you want to know the potential stakes in Tuesday's national elections, you need not look much further than California and Texas.”
The Daily Bulletin featured Randall Lewis '73 P'10 P'11 P'13 and his $3.75 million gift to CMC to
support innovation and entrepreneurship.
Bee featured one of the Rose Institute’s white papers about California’s voting rights, which noted that "it is likely, but not guaranteed" that by-district election systems can increase Latino representation in local government.
Seventeen magazine featured Aishat Jimoh ’23 as their first-ever Voice of Change for her volunteer work this past
summer rebuilding homes and feeding the community of New Orleans.
Prof. Lily Geismer, who studies suburban voters, was cited in the New York Times.
In their New York Times
op-ed, Prof. Jon Shields and Stephanie Muravchik contended that Democrats in working-class communities who flipped red to vote for Donald Trump in 2016 might just find Joe Biden appealing in 2020.
Claremont McKenna College was featured in a story about how campuses are preparing for a number of scenarios
due to the lack of clear and timely state guidance for campus re-openings. The uncertainty has resulted in a “wild array of different configurations of approaches and solutions” among campuses, said Hiram Chodosh, president of CMC. According to
the story, CMC had begun planning a fall return months ago, envisioning classes in larger spaces
or outdoors, students in single rooms or small-group dorms, takeout food eaten outside with safe distances among friends. His campus plans far exceed Los Angeles County’s draft reopening protocols for colleges and universities, which Chodosh helped create as a member of the higher education task force. He
said failing to take “measured risks” to reopen and simply waiting for a vaccine was not a “sensible way to confront the challenge.”
President Hiram Chodosh was interviewed about challenges colleges and universities are facing in the
uncertain times of COVID-19.
Sharon Basso, vice president of student affairs, was interviewed in Fox 11’s series “New California,” which
highlights a different industry and how it's changing in the midst of COVID-19. Basso spoke about how college campuses are planning alterations.
CMC was featured in a story about how colleges may look when they reopen to students — from teaching classes
outdoors to offering food to go. “These strategies may not work. They may not be feasible,” President Hiram Chodosh cautioned. “But we need to exhaust the path before we get to that particular dead end.”
President Hiram Chodosh was featured in an in-depth article that illustrated how four college presidents
made decisions to close their campuses — and helped pave the way for the rest of the country to follow suit.
Claremont McKenna College was mentioned in a story about financial aid needs in the midst of the COVID-19
crisis. CMC is hearing from more families apprehensive about college costs and remains committed to fully covering a student’s demonstrated financial need.
Claremont McKenna College was highlighted in a story about college students who petitioned to stay in campus
housing during the pandemic. About 85 CMC students received approval to stay, including all international student applicants, who face potential health risks and visa problems if they leave the country, said Dianna Graves, assistant vice
president and dean of students. “Our goal throughout this response has been to acknowledge the significant personal losses while offering support to get through this,” she said.
Claremont McKenna College was featured in a story on campus closures across the country. The story mentioned
that all students would be required to return home or find another off-campus location by March 23 — with some exceptions. “We recognize that not everyone has a good or safe place to go,” President Hiram Chodosh said.