Inaugural Year Events


Signature Presentations

delegation-shirin-ebadi Thursday, October 3, 2013, Guest Speaker:
Shirin Ebadi
Nobel Peace Prize laureate (2003); founder, Defenders of Human Rights Center, Iran; author, The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny (2011) and Refugee Rights in Iran (2008); “Human Rights and the Role of Faith in World Peace.” 6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
Claremont McKenna College Campus


delegation-koh-harold Tuesday, October 8, 2013, Guest Speaker:
Professor Harold Koh
Former Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State and the Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School. 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
Claremont McKenna College Campus

Related Events

Dates/times are subject to change. Please note reservations for these events are made through the Athenaeum. Please check the Athenaeum website for updated event information and reservations,


Wednesday, September 18 – Zach Wahls, student, University of Iowa; LGBT activist; author, My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family (2012); “What Makes a Family?”


Monday, September 23 – Gloria Allred, famed discrimination attorney and feminist lawyer, will speak on Title IX and sexual assaults on campuses, as well as the legal rights of victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.


Wednesday, September 25 – Eileen Truax, is an award-winning journalist with over 18 years of experience in Mexico and the United States. She has served as Mexican Congress correspondent and has covered Mexican politics, U.S.-Mexico relations and immigration issues. Title of talk: “Dreamers: A Discussion About Immigration.”


Thursday, September 26 – Chae-Jin Lee, Bank of America professor emeritus of Pacific Basin Studies, professor emeritus of government, and director, Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies (1988-2009), CMC; author, A Troubled Peace: U.S. Policy and the Two Koreas (2006) and China and Korea: Dynamic Relations (1996); “U.S. Policy toward Korea: Containment and Engagement.”


Monday, September 30 – Jackson Katz, co-founder, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)(1993); film creator, Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity (2000); author, Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood (2012) and The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help (2006); “More Than a Few Good Men: American Manhood and Violence Against Women”


Tuesday, October 1 – Jeff Wasserstrom, professor of history, UC Irvine; author, China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2010).


Wednesday, October 2 – Jonathan V. Last, senior writer, The Weekly Standard; author, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster (2013); “No More Babies: What to Expect When No One’s Expecting” (12 p.m.)


Wednesday, October 2 – Sigmund Rolat, chairman, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, North American Council; Piotr Stasiak, head, Jewish Renewal movement, Poland; Rabbi Hiam Dov Beliak, chaplain and adjunct professor of Modern Jewish History, The Claremont Colleges (1974-1991); “A Panel Discussion on Jewish Renewal in Poland”


Monday, October 7  – Sheila Malovany – Chevallier & Constance Borde, translators of Simone De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (Random House, 2009).


Wednesday, October 9 – Christopher Harmon, Maj. Gen. Matthew C. Horner Chair of Military Theory, Marine Corps University; author, Toward a Grand Strategy Against Terrorism (2010), and co-editor, Statecraft and Power: Essays in Honor of Harold W. Rood (1994); “Annual Lecture Honoring Harold W. Rood (1922-2011)” (12 p.m.)


Wednesday, October 9 – James Fadiman, psychologist; co-founder, Sofia University (1975); author, The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys (2011) and The Other Side of Haight: A Novel (2004)


Thursday, October 10 – Dorothy Fadiman, documentary filmmaker; director, Stealing America: Vote by Vote (2008); Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance (2010), and co-author, Producing with Passion: Making Films that Changed the World (2008)


Friday, October 11 – Jeff Records ’81, Midfirst Bank; “Lunch with a Leader” (12 p.m.)


Monday, October 14 – Swami Sarvadevananda, minister, spiritual leader, Vedanta Society of Southern California; monk. Ramakrishna Order, India; “Vedanta, Vivekananda, and Human Excellence: Living a Balanced Life of Doing and Being”


Tuesday, October 15 – Eric Karpeles, writer, translator, painter; author, Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search of Lost Time (2008) and co-translator, Proust’s Overcoat: The True Story of One Man’s Passion for All Things Proust (2010)


Wednesday, October 16 – Thanassi Cambanis, journalist specializing in the Middle East and American foreign policy; author, A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel (Free Press, 2011).


Tuesday, October 20 – Zadie Smith, professor of creative writing, New York University; award-winning author, White Teeth (Knopf Doubleday, 2000), The Autograph Man (Knopf Doubleday, 2003), NW (Knopf Doubleday, 2013).


Wednesday, October 23 – Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University; author, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (2011) and Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (2005)


Thursday, October 24 – Julie Zauzmer, managing editor, The Harvard Crimson (2012); author, Conning Harvard: Adam Wheeler, the Con Artist Who Faked His Way into the Ivy League (2012)


Friday, October 25 (2:00 p.m.) – Phra Ajahn Jayasaro, senior Thai Buddhist monk and teacher.


Monday, October 28 – Louise Steinman, writer, literary curator, [ALOUD] series, Los Angeles Public Library; author, The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation (2013) and The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father’s War (2002)


Monday, October 28 – Kevin Tan ’85, Former senior vice president, Northern Trust Global Investments; “Lunch with a Leader: Yes I Can!” (12 p.m.)


Wednesday, October 30 – Gregory Currie, professor of philosophy, Director of Research in Humanities, University of Nottingham; author, Narratives and Narrators: A Philosophy of Stories (2010) and Image and Mind: Film, Philosophy and Cognitive Science (2008); “What We Learn From Literature”


Thursday, October 31 (12:00 p.m.) – Tom Ridge, former US Secretary of Homeland Security, former Governor of Pennsylvania and US Representative for Pennsylvania’s 21st District.


Friday, November 1 – Guy Sorman, contributing editor, City Journal; author, Economics Does Not Lie: A Defense of the Free Market in a Time of Crisis (2009) and The Empire of Lies: The Truth about China in the Twenty-First Century (2008); Opening of the photography exhibit of Liu Xia, wife of Nobel Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo (12 p.m.)


Monday, November 4 – Madeline Y. Hsu, director of the Center for Asian American Studies and associate professor of history, University of Texas at Austin; author, Strategic Migrations: Immigration Selection and How the Yellow Peril Became a Model Minority, 1872-1966 (in progress).


Week of November 4 – Opening of the photography exhibit of Liu Xia, a prominent painter, poet, and photographer in China. She is the wife of the Nobel Prize Winner, Liu Xiaobo.


Thursday, November 5 – Vera Schwarcz, Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies; director, Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University; author, Chisel of Remembrance (2009) and Bring Rest in the Garden of Flourishing Grace (2009)


Wednesday, November 6 – William Deresiewicz, William F. Podlich Distinguished Fellow, CMC; essayist and book critic; author, forthcoming Excellent Sheep: Thinking for Yourself, Inventing Your Life, and Other Things the Ivy League Won’t Teach You and A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter (2011); “What is College For? A Defense of the Liberal Arts”


Thursday, November 7 – Roger Berkowitz, associate professor of politics, human rights, and philosophy; academic director, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, Bard College; co-author, Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics (2009) and author, The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition (2005); “Hannah Arendt, Eichmann, and the Holocaust”


Friday, November 8 – David Hirshleifer, Merage Chair in Business Growth, Professor of Finance, Professor of Economics, U.C. Irvine; co-author, “Overvalued Equity and Financing Decisions” (2012) and “Innovative Efficiency and Stock Returns” (2013) (12 p.m.)


Wednesday, November 13 – Kim In-suk and Kim Kyŏng-uk, authors, and Bruce Fulton, translator; This event will provide the opportunity for the Claremont community to meet two of contemporary Korea’s most prominent fiction writers, hear samples of their works read in Korean and in English translation, and purchase copies of the authors’ works in translation.


Wednesday, November 13 – Gustavo Arellano, editor of OC Weekly, author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America (Scribner, 2013), Orange County: A Personal History (Scribner, 2010) and lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton.


Friday, November 15 – Charles Armstrong, The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, Department of History, Columbia University; title TBA. (12 p.m.)


Monday, November 18 – Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Emory University; author, The Eichmann Trial (2012) and History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving (2006)


Tuesday, November 19 – Charles Kamm, tenor; Gayle Blankenberg, piano; Rachel Vetter Huang, violin; Department of Music, Scripps College; “Music by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) on His Centenary”


  Wednesday, November 20 – Gershon Baskin, founding co-chairman, the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), columnist for The Jerusalem Post and the initiator/negotiator of the secret back channel for the release of Gilad Schalit.


Tuesday, November 26 – Uri Resnick, Deputy Consul General of Israel, Los Angeles; author, forthcoming Dynamics of Asymmetric Territorial Conflict: The Evolution of Patience (2013) (12 p.m.)


Tuesday, December 3 – Claremont Chamber Choir; Charles Kamm, associate professor of music, Scripps College; conductor, Claremont chamber choir; “A Winter Holiday Concert”


Wednesday, December 4 – Eric Sawyer, advisor, Civil Society Partnership, UNAIDS New York U.N. headquarters liaison office; co-founder, ACT UP, Housing Works, Inc., Health GAP, Inc.; “5-C Keynote Speaker: World AIDS Day” (5-C Event)