Athenaeum

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.

Tustee George Roberts

 

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.

Pual Schimmel

The New York Times calls Paul Schimmel “one of the most respected authorities on postwar Los Angeles art.” On Thursday, April 17, Schimmel will be on campus for a lunch discussion at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, as a guest of the Gould Center.

Kravis Prize activities

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.

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Hiram Chodosh speaking with Jared Cohen and Eric Schmidt

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.

1 Billion Rising logo

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.”

Richard Gere as Zack Mayo, and Louis Gossett Jr. as Sgt. Emil Foley in "An Officer and  a Gentleman." The movie was based on screenwriter Douglas Day Stewart's experiences as a naval officer.

Every movie begins on a blank page. And someone who knows that better than most is Douglas Day Stewart ’62, who broke into TV and film writing not long after leaving CMC.

Linnea Roberts

Women’s Diversity Ambassador and Advisory Director in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, Linnea Roberts, spoke to a packed room of mostly women students participating in the student investment funds across the 5Cs, over lunch at the Athenaeum, February 11.

In her talk sponsored by the Robert Day School, Roberts discussed her career in financial services and investment banking, sharing advice for students about to embark on their career, and reflecting on the advantages and challenges women face in the financial services industry and elsewhere.

HKI has been has been saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable populations through the  distribution of vitamin A capsules since 1972. The effort started in Asia and Central American; by 1980 distribution had expanded worldwide.

Founded in 1915 by Helen Keller and George Kessler, Helen Keller International (HKI) is among the oldest international nonprofits devoted to preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition. Headquartered in New York City, HKI works in 22 countries around the world.

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