Charlotte Bailey '16/Photo credit: Tricia Wang '15
By Tom Johnson
Perhaps just one thing has been as constant at CMC as the uniform excellence of speakers at Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, and that is the woman who has shepherded those hundreds of celebrities and presenters up to the podium throughout the past 25 years – Bonnie I. Snortum.
Sophomore Miller is from Berkeley, Calif. “Think rich people, liberals, protests, and Peet’s Coffee & Tea on every corner,” she says. Her major is Philosophy, Politics and Economics and she has big plans after graduation.
Late afternoon sunlight falls across a restaurant tabletop in downtown Claremont.
Another typical Southern California day in April.
Novelist Mary Gaitskill leans back in her chair.
"I thought it would be grim," says Gaitskill, who's finishing up a semester as a visiting professor in the Department of Literature and visiting lecturer under the auspices of CMC’s Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.
She's referring to her initial reaction to the invitation to take a spring teaching post.
You could say that the timing of Thomas Steyer’s presentation (Acting Politically to Avert Climate Disaster and Preserve American Prosperity) at the Athenaeum last Tuesday was momentous.
It was Earth Day; the 44th annual Earth Day to be exact and Mr. Steyer (the founder, and before he left the private sector, Senior Managing Member of Farallon Capital Management) likes exactitude in figures and facts.
There’s an old axiom about investing that says always remember to buy low and sell high.
It’s a long (and self-evident) view toward acquiring wealth that would be foolish to deny. Indeed, during an Athenaeum luncheon on April 21 entitled A Conversation on Investing, guest speakers (both investment heavy hitters), George Roberts ’66 P’93 and Britt Harris, agreed but with a slight twist. In Roberts and Harris’ view, it’s better for individual investors to buy low and then wait, wait, wait and then wait some more before selling, maybe.
March 13, 2014-- See photos from a daylong series of activities for the Henry R. Kravis Prize In Leadership at Claremont McKenna College. The day included discussions and panels with past prize winners, a lunch presentation by Kathy Spahn, CEO of Helen Keller International at the Athenaeum, classroom visits by prize winners, concluding with the evening award ceremony dinner with remarks by Henry Kravis, Marie-Josee Kravis and Kathy Spahn.
On March 5, 2014, Claremont McKenna College President Hiram Chodosh sat down with Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, and Jared Cohen, head of Google Ideas. The two Google executives co-wrote The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business and Our Lives (2014), which addresses questions about how technology will change privacy, security, war, intervention, diplomacy, revolution, and terrorism. In this book, Cohen and Schmidt argue that technology gives hope for a future of promise and innovation.
In conjunction with the 207 countries taking part in “One Billion Rising For Justice,” Iris Liu ’16 and Hannah Bower ’16 organized a 5C “One Billion Rising” event on Parents field on February 14th. A follow-up discussion on sexual violence prevention for the CMC community is scheduled for February 26.
Inspired by an Athenaeum visit from feminist, activist, and author of The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler, Liu and Bower responded to Ensler’s call to “rise, release, and dance to demand justice for all survivors of gender violence.”