Athenaeum

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.

 

Daniel Mendelsohn is CMC's Podlich Fellow-in-Residence Daniel Mendelsohn is CMC's Podlich Fellow-in-Residence

Illumina's HiSeq X is a game-changer for lowering the cost of genome-sequencing.

It’s not hard to imagine this as a sci-fi movie, maybe Tom Cruise is the hero, trying to out-maneuver a team of scientists who are trying to steal his genome. It's embedded in a microchip he’s locked into his briefcase, and maybe the science folk want to replicate a rare genetic variant of his for––uh––not-so-noble biomedical reasons. That you could carry your genome––your entire genetic makeup–– in the palm of your hand may sound more light years away than palpably present. Or that variables in a person’s DNA are just a touch-screen-swipe away… (Really?) Really.

 

This Fall was another great season of informative and provocative lectures from a bevy of movers, shakers, thinkers, leaders and luminaries.

In case you missed them, see video of entire talks from select Fall speakers at the Athenaeum.

Video:

Ricardo Quinones

When he arrived at CMC in 1963, Ricardo Quinones was a rising literary critic whose presence and credentials, writes Kevin Starr in his history of the college's first 50 years, boosted the College’s efforts to develop a robust literature major.

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