President's Annual Report
AT THE ATH
A distinguishing characteristic of CMC is the vibrant extracurricular programming that strengthens the classroom experience. The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum continues to engage CMCers just as it did when its doors first opened two decades ago, providing a facility to enhance the College's already successful guest speaker programming. Alumni around the world invariably recall with fondness the many events at the Ath. Later this year, we look forward with special pleasure to commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.
Last year's Athenaeum speakers included:
- Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours
- Il SaKong, former finance minister of the Republic of Korea
- Dr. Nafis Sadik, UN special envoy and former director, UN Population Fund
- David Brooks, Weekly Standard senior editor, on The Suburbs and American Politics
- Gary Comstock, renowned ethicist, on the case against agricultural biotechnology
- Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell — just days after winning the 2003 Pulitzer Prize.
Other special campus guests included award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee, whose CMC-sponsored lecture at Bridges Auditorium drew a crowd of more than 2,200; and two outstanding Res Publica Speaker Series guests, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, visiting on election day 2002, and Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, who discussed ethical globalization.