Athenaeum

guests at dinner talk

Mussorgsky, Mt. Baldy, childhood memories — a new mural by acclaimed artist Mary Weatherford captures a range of her emotions and reactions, especially her responses to Claremont's landscape and environment.

Tuesday night the mural's installation in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum was celebrated with a dinner and talk held in the Security Pacific Dining room, where the 117" high x 234 " wide canvas covers an entire section of the room's southern wall.

Janet Mock Janet Mock

Janet Mock author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, and transgender woman of color, spoke to an overflow crowd last week at the Athenaeum.

220px-Lech_Walesa_-_2009 Lech Walesa in 2009

FIRST LADY(head shot)Priya Junnar will lead the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum for the 2014-15 season. She replaces long-time Athenaeum director Bonnie Snortum, who retired this year.

 

Charlotte Bailey '16/Photo credit: Tricia Wang '15 Charlotte Bailey '16/Photo credit: Tricia Wang '15

Bonnie Snortum (middle) with Gloria Allred (right) at the Athenaeum in 2013.

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.

Athenaeum Fellows Shannon Miller and Dante Toppo

Shannon Miller ’16 and Dante Toppo ’15, new Ath Fellows (2014-15) for the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, are going to have fun with their responsibilities this year. In fact, they’re a laugh a minute.

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.

Mary Gaitskill and Ben Tillotson '15

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.

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