Arts & Culture
What excited Norman Valencia about joining CMC? A golden opportunity.
As a new tenure-track assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese in the Modern Languages Department, Valencia will be working on ways to develop a Portuguese program. An estimated 230 million people speak Portuguese around the world, he told the Claremont Independent this year, “making it a truly global language.”
CMCers clearly like a challenge. Throughout Teach For America’s 23-year history, 126 CMC alumni have taught as corps members. Eleven of them joined this year, and about 13 percent of CMC’s graduating seniors applied to Teach For America's 2013 corps. On a just-released list by TFA, the College ranked 15th among small colleges and universities (2,999 or fewer students) contributing the greatest number of graduating seniors to its 2013 teaching corps.
Poetry, for August Kleinzahler, belongs to “the realm of fire,” and this fall the critically-acclaimed poet and essayist brings his elemental vision of modern poetics to Claremont McKenna College with two courses on the cultural and historical forces that have shaped the arts, poetry and prose in particular, over the last 150 years. The courses are open to all students of The Claremont Colleges.
The end of summer may be in sight, but there’s still plenty of time for vacation reading, starting with the following selection of new and recent releases by members of CMC’s alumni community:
Some people can’t quite figure Brentt Baltimore ’10. Others, when they find out the work he does and what he’s sacrificed to do it, know all they need to know about what kind of a guy he is.
You see, Baltimore, 24, is making news for having turned down a six-figure job at a Los Angeles hedge fund in favor of a $33,000-a-year position at a venture capital firm in Detroit––despite having $38,000 in student loan debt.