Books

Art stolen from the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris by the Nazis during World War II. (Photo courtesy of Archives des Musees Nationaux a Paris.)

The recent revelation that the 80-year-old son of  Hildebrand Gurlitt, an art dealer enlisted by the Nazis, was keeping a trove of Nazi-looted art in his Munich apartment, has sent the world into an uproar. It also made CMC professor Jonathan Petropoulos’s  phone ring off the hook, as one of the world’s leading experts on Nazi-looted art.

CMC's Frederick Lynch CMC's Frederick Lynch

Associate professor of government Frederick Lynch has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Carthage Foundation, which he will use to write a new book on the subject of “political correctness.”

(Sony Pictures) Tom Hanks in director Paul Greengrass's "Captain Phillips," which recalls the 2009 real-life hijacking of a U.S. container ship by Somali pirates. Anti-piracy is a topic anchoring a forthcoming book by John Clark Levin '12 and profess

In a couple of weeks, a new book coauthored by John-Clark Levin ’12 and Jack Pitney, CMC’s Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics, will drift into retail outlets, broadening discussions about piracy and the maritime security industry. It’s a topic sexy enough for Hollywood, which certainly has made a boatload off pirate films. In this case, Sony Pictures turned to the true story of the 2009 hijacking of U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates.

Lucretius book

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:

Hitler's Furies cover

Wendy Lower's new book is a finalist for the National Book Award. The book draws on her archival research and fieldwork on the Holocaust, access to post-Soviet documents, and interviews with German witnesses. Wendy Lower's new book is a finalist for the National Book Award. The book draws on her archival research and fieldwork on the Holocaust, access to post-Soviet documents, and interviews with German witnesses.

Gloria Allred

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.

Nate Silver

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.”

Eric Liu

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.

Poetry Feature

Poetry, for August Kleinzahler, belongs to “the realm of fire,” and this fall the critically-acclaimed poet and essayist brings his elemental vision of modern poetics to Claremont McKenna College with two courses on the cultural and historical forces that have shaped the arts, poetry and prose in particular, over the last 150 years. The courses are open to all students of The Claremont Colleges.

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