Arts & Culture

Toluwani Roberts '22 shared her story as part of the “When a Black Woman Speaks, You Listen" project. Photos courtesy of Robert Cain '21.

Even amid a pandemic—with physical distancing and virtual learning the norm—Robert Cain ’21 knew he could count on one creative and social outlet. Shooting photos with his camera.

And the truth is, he had to. As a media studies major, Cain still needed to get out and capture life as it was (or wasn’t) happening for classes and his senior thesis.

CMC Archivist Sean Stanley holding up photos from the school archive

CMC Archivist Sean Stanley thinks of himself as an archaeologist, uncovering Claremont McKenna’s history as captured in rare recordings, a trove of early student newspapers, and correspondence that date back to before the College’s founding in 1946.

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Over the past few years, historical monuments in public spaces have been flash points for anti-colonial and Black Lives Matter protestors. One side has argued for their removal while the other side for their preservation.

A discussion at the Ath contextualized these efforts, providing historical perspectives from three experts whose work focuses on understanding the meaning and intentions of monuments.

It premiered nearly 2,500 years ago, but even today the play Antigone can still pack a relevant punch.

Antigone is a classic,” said M. Shane Bjornlie, professor of Roman and Late Antique History at CMC. “It deals with family betrayal, transgressive behavior, and all sorts of really difficult topics.”

Artwork by Carol Bove

About the Artist

Carol Bove (b. 1971), who was born in Geneva and grew up in Berkeley, California, studied at New York University, where she was later an associate professor of studio art. She has worked in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood since 2000, occupying a former brick factory filled with heavy machinery needed to create her enormous works.

George Roberts

As a CMC student, George Roberts ’66 P’93 spent a summer interning in New York City. He was determined, he said, to have fun. That did not include hanging out at art museums.

But shortly before returning to Claremont, he accompanied an aunt to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim, and Frick Collection. To Roberts’ surprise, being pushed outside his comfort zone helped him gain an appreciation for how art “has affected humankind (emotionally) since the very beginning.”

The After School Specials performing

The Claremont Colleges’ After School Specials! have qualified to compete at the 2018 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Finals.

Nine colleges, including Berklee College of Music, King’s College, London, the University of Chicago, Temple University, and reigning champions USC will vie for the title at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on April 21.

The After School Specials! had advanced to the semifinals in 2014 and 2016.

Lawrence Beall

Lawrence Beall ’16 fell in love with origami as a wide-eyed 5-year-old folding his first paper crane. These days, his relationship with the centuries-old art form is a lot more complicated.

The 22-year-old has just published “Neo Origami: An Ancient Art Reborn,” a 129-page manifesto for transforming a creative practice nearly as old as paper itself.

The rules that define origami, Beall says, also hold it back. It is Beall’s dream to break those rules and unleash what he sees as origami’s true potential.

Henri Cole

Henri Cole, Professor of Literature at CMC and author of nine collections of poetry, including Middle Earth, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters during its annual ceremony in May.