Athenaeum

Abizaid[3]Former four-star general, John P. Abizaid, spoke to a group at the Athenaeum on April 22 about his experiences as a leader, also sharing his concerns on current hot spots in the world. Here is a summary of some key points from his talk.

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Koss with CMC students, including Stags soccer captain Harrison Doyle (navy jacket). Koss with CMC students, including Stags soccer captain Harrison Doyle (navy jacket).

Home isn’t simply the place where you were born. It’s more than that, Pico Iyer told students Tuesday night at the Athenaeum.

Home, Iyer said with his trademark pithy style, is “about soul, not soil.”

Is Europe facing an economic crisis? For economist and author Guy Sorman, this is a familiar question.

“Europe has always been in crisis,” Sorman told a lunchtime audience at the Athenaeum earlier this week. “In fact, I cannot remember when there hasn’t been a crisis.”

Johann Olav Koss, the Olympic speed skater from Norway and founder of the nonprofit Right To Play, will visit Claremont McKenna College on Thursday and Friday, April 18-19, for activities surrounding the Kravis Prize.

Events throughout the day, including Thursday’s Global Leaders Forum––hosted by KLI and featuring previous Kravis Prize recipients–– as well as the Kravis Prize Award dinner, will be live-streamed at this address: http://www.cmc.edu/livestream.

The crowd was full to overflowing at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum last night (April 3). They all came to hear author Rebecca Skloot talk about her debut book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which has been a runaway bestseller on the New York Times bestseller list for more than three years since its publication.

Though many of his books are about visits to far-off places, acclaimed writer Pico Iyer is interested in far more than miles trekked or places of interest.

It’s the existential aspect, and the special revelations produced in the course of traveling, that often lie at the heart of his many books.

“The Army I knew as a child, the one I experienced as a young officer, and the one I left in 2010 were as different as the times they resided in,” writes retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal in his recently published memoir My Share of the Task.

And yet, regardless of how the military has changed, McChrystal has learned invaluable lessons over the course of more than three decades in the U.S. Army.

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