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Seattle Chapter 75th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, October 21 | 5:00 p.m.

As the fall gets into full swing and many of us return to the office, join the Seattle Chapter of the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association for an after-work happy hour. Hosted in a private space at a local brewery owned and founded by Jack Lamb ’11, we’ll take a moment to celebrate the 75th anniversary and discuss the year ahead. Whether you’re a recent grad or a seasoned alum, this is a great opportunity to come together, reconvene, and reconnect with CMC.

Seattle Happy Hour Registration


Sacramento Chapter 75th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 23 | 1:00 p.m.

Join the Sacramento Chapter as we gather to celebrate CMC's 75th Anniversary in the Beer Garden at The Barn, a landmark two-acre community gathering spot along the river in West Sacramento's Bridge District. Relax and reconnect with the CMC community and enjoy this unique venue.

Visit CMC's 75th Anniversary website to learn about the many ways to engage in this year's celebration and enjoy our collection of stories and digital archive exhibits.

Sacramento Celebration Registration


Denver Chapter Stranahan's Tour and Tasting
Tuesday, October 26 | 5:00 p.m.

Join Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Dianna (Turner) Graves '98 and CMC alumni and parents in the Denver Area at Stranahan's, Denver's premier whiskey distillery. Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, Stranahan's sources some of the finest ingredients the American West has to offer, including the award winning spring water they use to cut the whiskey to proof.

Stranahan's Tour Registration


Washington, D.C. Chapter: Diversity and Diplomacy
Thursday, October 28 | 6:00 p.m.

Please join us for a panel discussion on the challenges the Department of State faces in trying to diversify its workforce. The event is organized by the CMC Washington Program, CMC Washington, DC Chapter, and the Ralph Bunche Center, Howard University, that manages the Thomas Pickering, Charles B. Rangel and Donald Payne fellowship programs for the U.S. Department of State.

Diversity and Diplomacy Panel


Inland Empire Chapter CMS Community Tailgate
Saturday, November 13 | 11:00 a.m.

Come back to Claremont and see the CMS Stags hit the gridiron to retain the Sixth Street Trophy! The exciting Sixth Street rivalry dates back to 1958, when after years of competing as a united athletic program, Pomona and Claremont began to compete independently

CMS Tailgate Registration


Bay Area Chapter: Tennessee Valley to The Pelican Inn Hike
Sunday, November 14 | 11:30 a.m.

Come hike one of the most classic trails in Marin with Professor George Thomas, Burnet C. Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions. We'll start at the Tennessee Valley trail head and climb up the Coastal Trail for some beautiful views of the ocean and Marin Headlands. We'll continue along the ridgeline and then drop down into Muir Beach via Pirates Cove Trail, where we stop by The Pelican Inn for some hearty snacks and beverages.

Bay Area Hike Registration


Seattle Chapter: Stags Basketball vs. Pacific Lutheran University
Saturday, November 20 | 4:00 p.m.

Join the alumni and parent community in the Seattle/Tacoma area and cheer the Stags to victory as they take on Pacific Lutheran University at the University of Puget Sound in the McArthur Classic. Afterwards, we invite you to join us down the street at Farrelli's Pizza for a meal with the team.

Stags Basketball Game Registration


Los Angeles Chapter: Hamilton Performance with Professor Daniel Livesay
Wednesday, December 15
Discussion & Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. | Show begins at 8:00 p.m.

Join the Los Angeles CMC community for a night at the theater! Hamilton tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Through a blend of hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway, the audience sees the rise and fall of the nation’s first treasury secretary. You’ll want to be in the “Room Where It Happens,” as Professor Daniel Livesay, assistant professor of history, provides historical context for the show. The show is guaranteed to "Blow Us All Away," so don't miss your chance to nab the hottest tickets in town, or you'll be asking, "What'd I Miss?"

Hamilton Tickets

75th Anniversary Distinguished Speaker Series

All below Athenaeum presentations will be live streamed. Links will be posted as soon as they are available.

Martha Minow "When Should Law Forgive" with Martha Minow
Thursday, October 28 | 6:55 p.m. PT

In an age of resentment, mass incarceration, exploding student debt, and recriminations across social media and communities, forgiveness is an under-utilized resource, especially in law and politics. When and how can laws, courts, public officials, and neighbors forgive crimes and debts? Can pardons and amnesties be fairly granted or inevitably reflect the biases of the powerful? Should law encourage people to forgive? Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University and former dean of Harvard Law School, explores the promise and limitations of forgiveness within and beyond law amid a global pandemic, reckonings about racial and gender-based wrongs, and political anxiety.

Professor Minow’s talk will highlight the special 75th Anniversary theme of “Unity and Division.”

Martha Minow Registration


France Córdova Science and Policy with Dr. France A. Córdova
Thursday, November 4 | 6:55 p.m. PT

Dr. France A. Córdova, former director of the National Science Foundation, is an experienced leader in science, engineering, and education with more than three decades experience at universities and national labs. She has served in five presidential administrations, both Democratic and Republican, and is an internationally recognized astrophysicist for her contributions in space research and instrumentation. Dr. Córdova is the only woman to serve as president of Purdue University, where she led the university to record levels of research funding, reputational rankings, and student retention and graduation rates and is also chancellor emerita of the University of California, Riverside. She was the youngest person and first woman to serve as NASA's chief scientist and was awarded the agency's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal.

Dr. Córdova’s talk will highlight the special 75th Anniversary theme of “Science and Policy.”

France Córdova Registration

Alumni Athenaeum Speakers

All below Athenaeum presentations will be live streamed. Links will be posted as soon as they are available.

Ian Ona Johnson '09 Faustian Bargain: The Soviet-German Partnership and the Origins of the Second World War with Ian Ona Johnson '09
Thursday, October 21 | 6:55 p.m. PT

Immediately after World War I and continuing for more than a decade, the German military and the Soviet Union—despite having been mortal enemies—entered into a secret partnership designed to overturn the order in Europe. Centering on covert economic and military cooperation, their arrangement led to the establishment of a network of military bases and industrial facilities on Soviet soil. Through this alliance, Germany gained the space to rebuild its army. In return, the Soviet Union received vital military, technological, and economic assistance. Though Hitler ended their partnership in late 1933, he and Stalin would renew it in 1939. The result was the German - and then Soviet - invasion of Poland. Drawing from twenty archives in five countries, including new collections of declassified Russian documents, Ian Ona Johnson ’09, professor of history at Notre Dame University, offers the definitive exploration of a shadowy but fateful alliance that led to the outbreak of the Second World War.

Ian Ona Johnson '09 Registration

Athletic Events
Stags Basketball Alumni Game
Saturday, November 6 | 8:00 a.m.

Join the current 2021 Stags basketball team and Stags Basketball alumni at Roberts Pavilion! Get your first glimpse of the current team before you take on your fellow alumni for bragging rights. After the game, join the group for delicious tacos, refreshing beverages, conversation, and camaraderie.

Alumni Basketball Registration


Trapp Family Alumni Lacrosse Classic
Saturday, November 6 | 2:30 p.m.

Join men’s lacrosse alumni and parents for the annual Trapp Family Alumni Lacrosse Classic. On Saturday, November 6, lacrosse alumni will compete the traditional alumni-student game on Pomona's South Athletic Field.

Trapp Family Classic Registration