Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky, the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law and a First Amendment scholar, spoke at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum on Oct. 8. He has been named the most influential person in legal education in the United States by National Jurist Magazine and is the author of more than 10 books including The Case Against the Supreme Court and Free Speech on Campus.

Hamsa Srikanth and Bruno Youn

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum has an established and cherished history as Claremont McKenna College’s beacon for the cultural, social, and academic exchange of ideas.

“The Ath” brings some of the brightest scholars and speakers to campus to discuss—perhaps even debate—the most important topics of our time. In the spirit of community and fellowship, it’s all done over a shared meal in the Eggert Dining Room.

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.