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.
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.
He’s traded Elizabethan quips with comedian Stephen Colbert and reimagined Shakespeare’s daily life—now Harvard Professor Stephen Greenblatt comes to CMC Wednesday, October 23, to explain why the recovery of an old, lost book, described in the following passage, is so important for the modern world:
Yale Law School professor and former legal advisor to the State Department, Harold Koh, spoke at the Athenaeum October 8, on “Is there an Clinton-Obama Doctrine?” The talk was part of President Chodosh’s inaugural “Liberal Arts in Action” speaker series.
Koh, who was Legal Advisor of the Department of State, 2009-2013, discussed what it was like being a government lawyer and outlined some misconceptions. He discussed working as one of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s legal advisors in the State Department.
The undergraduate years are the time when many students explore their interests and nourish their intellectual curiosity. For Swami Sarvadevananda, they’re also a time to ask some crucial questions.
“What is your purpose in life? To receive a degree, and then to find a good job? Is that all?” the Swami asked students Monday night during a dinner lecture at the Athenaeum. “You were born to do great things, to bring out what is dormant inside of you.”
Gloria Allred, prominent lawyer and activist known for her work on behalf of women's rights and rights of those discriminated against, spoke at the Athenaeum on Monday, Sept. 23. Allred's talk, titled "Women’s Rights and Women’s Wrongs – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and Sexual Assault on College Campuses," can be viewed in its entirety above.
Statistician-extraordinaire Nate Silver spoke to a packed audience at the Athenaeum on Thursday, Sept. 19, about how we look at data and information, sharing insights from his famously accurate predictions of the state-by-state outcomes of the 2012 Presidential election, and conveying some best practices for accurately analyzing and using data and information, separating the “signals” from the “noise.”
September 12th marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Athenaeum. Read these excerpted remarks presented at the Athenaeum on that date by Athenaeum fellow Andrew Willis ’14 on the venerable institution’s history and what “The Ath” has meant to CMC since its founding:
"As you may or may not have been aware today marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Athenaeum. Thus, I thought it might be appropriate to tell you all a little bit about the history of this place.
Former White House speechwriter and Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor, Eric Liu spoke at the Athenaeum on Thursday, September 12. The title of his talk was “Democracy is for Amateurs.”
Speaking to an audience of mostly CMC freshmen as this year’s freshman class speaker, Liu began with the question “What does it mean to be a citizen?”
Liu outlined two “moments of truth”—that facing the Millennial generation in defining itself instead of allowing others to define it, and a moment of truth for the country.