Nadine Strossen

“Too often,” Nadine Strossen told her audience at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum April 5, First Amendment advocates assert that “hate speech is absolutely protected,” adding that “I’ve been a little bit guilty of that myself.”

In fact, she said, “the brilliance of U.S. law” is that “it is much more nuanced. It does draw a very sensible line between when hate speech is protected and when hate speech is not protected.”

Dave Rubin speaks at the Ath


The 2017-18 Athenaeum speaker series makes its return to the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum tonight, hosting political commentator and comedian Dave Rubin. Per Ath tradition, the evening programming will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m., with the speaker presentation, The Rubin Report: An Evening of Free Speech with Dave Rubin, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Wesley Whitaker ’18 and Isabel Lilles ’18

The Athenaeum is pleased to present the Woolley Fellows for the 2017-18 school year: Wesley Whitaker ’18 and Isabel Lilles ’18.

Whitaker, who was born in the Bay Area but now lives in Sacramento, says that after “flirting with majoring in government,” he decided on a Philosophy and Public Affairs dual major.


Dear CMC Community:

As you know, in a coordinated attempt to shut down Heather Mac Donald’s lecture last night, a large group of students from the Claremont Colleges, including a small number of CMC students and some individuals from external communities, gathered to protest and blocked guests from entering the Athenaeum.

Mary Weatherford painting featured in CMC's Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

Robert Faggen, the Barton Evans and H. Andrea Neves Professor of Literature and Director of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies authored Mary Weatherford: The Neon Paintings, a recently published illustrated book of Weatherford’s abstract paintings and neon work.

Athenaeum Fellows

In a rite of Spring at CMC, the Marian Minor Cook Athenaeum has named two new Athenaeum Woolley Fellows for 2016-17: Sarah Sanbar ’17 and Michael Grouskay ’17.

Dave Zirin speaks at the Ath

In his presentation (“Game Over: The Collision of Sports and Politics in the U.S.”) at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Dave Zirin, who writes about the politics of sports for The Nation magazine, referenced another historian, Howard Zinn, who said: “I study history not because I want to learn more about the past, but because I want to change the future.”

John Prendergast in interview

See Larissa Peltola's '18 recent interview with John Prendergast.


Human rights activist, best-selling author and expert on Africa, John Prendergast, had some good news to share – and a few ingrained illusions to shatter – during his presentation at the Marion Miner Cook Athenaeum last week, co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights.