Virtual Events Library

Virtual Program Library

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If you missed the live viewing of a virtual event, please see the recorded versions below and watch at your leisure. For recorded sessions, video links will be posted as soon as they are available.

Upcoming Events

Adjusting Our Sails: Tillamook's Business Resilience and Community Engagement Strategy with Trevor Beltz '12 and Jack Mulder '96
In 1854, farmers from the Tillamook Valley had butter and milk to sell. However, mountain roads to Portland made for a long journey which their products would not survive. The community came together to overcome this roadblock and built the Morning Star, Oregon’s first official ship, which allowed them to sail up the coast and reach Portland efficiently. More than a century later, Tillamook Country Creamery Association continues to create ways to protect, support, and build trust within their community. This past spring, another roadblock presented itself, a global pandemic. Join the CMC community to hear from Trevor Beltz ’12, manager of government relations and public affairs, and Jack Mulder ’96, director of engineering, to learn about Tillamook’s nationally recognized community engagement strategy which puts their farmers and employees first. This program is brought to you by the Portland Chapter. Video; password: Tillamook20! (video with transcript will be posted shortly).
Göring's Man in Paris: The Story of a Nazi Art Plunderer with Professor Jonathan Petropoulos, John V. Croul Professor of European History
Bruno Lohse (1911–2007) was one of the most notorious art plunderers in history. He supervised the systematic theft and distribution of over 30,000 artworks, largely from French Jews, and assisted in amassing an enormous private art collection. By the 1950s, Lohse was officially denazified but back in the art dealing world, offering masterpieces of dubious origin to American museums. After his death, dozens of paintings by Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro, among others, were found in his Zurich bank vault and personal residence. Join Professor Petropoulos as he discusses how he spent nearly a decade interviewing Lohse and continues to serve as an expert witness for Holocaust restitution cases. To preorder the forthcoming book, follow this link to Amazon. 
November Dreams: Perspectives on the American Dream with Professor John K. Roth, Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
In the early 1970s, Professor John K. Roth began teaching and writing about the American Dream, resulting in a CMC course entitled “Perspectives on the American Dream.” As elusive and ambiguous as it is pronounced and persistent, the notion of the American Dream continues to draw attention, but how is it faring in 2020? Many versions of the Dream—contested and contesting—swirl through and around Election Day, Veterans Day, and the Thanksgiving holiday. Professor Roth revisits what the American Dream has been, and to consider what it can and ought to be in these fraught times. 
Veterans Day Panel: Leadership Lessons Learned in Today's Military
In honor of Veterans Day, please join Claremont McKenna College and CMC ROTC alumni currently serving in the U.S. Army as we discuss the lessons they've learned in leadership. Featuring: Lindsay Burton '19, First Lieutenant, Logistics, United States Army; Hunter (Ash) Ashburn '17, First Lieutenant, Armor, United States Army; John Marshall '16, Captain, Engineers, United States Army. 
A Timely Investment: Integrated Sciences & Computation at CMC
Engage in a focused discussion on how CMC is building a world-class, next-generation liberal arts and leadership program in integrated sciences and computation. Join President Hiram Chodosh, Co-Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Biology, Emily Wiley, Ph.D., and Vice President for Advancement and Student Opportunities, Dean of the Robert Day Scholars Program, Michelle Chamberlain to learn about this timely investment to raise the technical fluency of all CMC students, as well as its impact on our campus.
Project 20/20 and Beyond: The Collective Power of CMC’s Research Institutes
CMC’s research institutes are a unique feature, producing hundreds of faculty-student collaborations every year. Join Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics, William Ascher, Ph.D. and Co-Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Crown Professor of Psychology, George R. Roberts Fellow, Shana Levin, Ph.D. Burnet C. Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions, George Thomas, Ph.D , Associate Professor of Religious Studies Esther Chung-Kim Ph.D and Podlich Family Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow, Hilary Appel Ph.D to discover more about the great work conducted by CMC’s 11 institutes, their joint efforts in this academic year, and how CMC alumni, parents, and friends are integral to their success. Students will join this session to highlight cross-institute projects.
Confronting Challenges Together – How Volunteers are the ‘Secret Sauce’ of Successful Student Outcomes

In these uncertain times, internships, full-time roles, and graduate school admission are top of mind for our students. Join Director of the Robert Day Scholars Program & Scholar Communities, Beth (Saliba) Milev '05 and Director for Student Opportunity, Ursula Diamond, along with current students, to learn how the Center supports career exploration and the vital role that volunteers play in this important work.

CMC’s Response: The Presidential Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience in America

Join Associate Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion and Chief Civil Rights Officer, Nyree Gray, J.D. to discuss the newly announced Presidential Initiative and how we will work to develop a long-term, structural, integrated educational response to racism, inequality, and inequity. CMC is taking on the challenge to not just study racism, but to find effective ways to end it.

Coronavirus and College Admission

Learn how COVID-19 is impacting recruiting for the Class of 2025 with Associate Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid, Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs, from virtual recruiting and campus visits to how CMC reads files in a test-optional environment. The session will also focus on the importance of volunteers in this remote environment and how alumni and parents can help in the selection process and representing CMC in all corners of the globe.

The Future of Engagement: A Focus Group on Expanding Volunteer Contributions Across the Campus

In this final session of ImpactCMC, we will explore how coming together and giving back benefits both the institution and the individual. Join Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Parent Engagement, Evan Rutter '06 to explore these benefits and discuss the many opportunities that exist, and will exist, to engage with CMC. During this program, we will unveil the new Engage CMC platform and discuss how it will enhance our ability to connect.

Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction A Conversation with Author David Enrich '01

In Dark Towers, author and award-winning journalist David Enrich '01, sets outs to uncover the truth about Deutsche Bank, which he argues is the world's most destructive bank. With a history of supporting the Nazi regime to its more recent work laundering money and violating international sanctions, Deutsche Bank took risks to become one of the richest banks in the world. Join David Enrich '01 for a discussion of his best-selling book. David Enrich '01 is a non-fiction author and is currently the financial editor at The New York Times.


A Reading and Conversation with Poet Henri Cole, Josephine Olp Weeks Professor of Literature

Professor Cole has published ten collections of poetry, including Middle Earth, a finalist for the Pulitzer, and received many awards for his work, including the Jackson Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Berlin Prize, the Rome Prize, the Lenore Marshall Award, and the Medal in Poetry from American Academy of Arts and Letters. Cole was inducted in the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2017. He has also published a memoir, Orphic Paris. His most recent book, Blizzard, was published in 2020 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.


Herbs and Roots: A History of Chinese Doctors in the American Medical Marketplace" with Tamara Venit-Shelton, Associate Professor of History

Chinese medicine has a long history in the United States, dating back to its colonial period. Well before mass emigration from China to the United States began, Chinese materia medica crossed the oceans, in both directions: Chinese medicinal teas and herbs came west while Appalachian ginseng went east. Beginning in the 1850s, Chinese immigrants came to the United States and transplanted their health practices, sometimes quite literally by propagating medicinal plants in their adopted home. Prof. Venit-Shelton's talk is based on her book which chronicles roughly two hundred years of Chinese medicine as a dynamic system of knowledge, therapies, and materia medica brought to the United States and transformed by immigrants, doctors, and patients as well as missionaries, scientists, and merchants.


Six Signs You Might Be Burning Out

Join Richard Mancuso '16 and Naveed Ahmad, co-founders of Flourish, as they discuss what burnout is, how you know you have it, and what you can do to prevent it. Life doesn't have to be characterized by feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Have a pen and paper ready, you'll be jotting down some useful advice.


CMC Rises to the Challenge Through the Years with John Faranda '79, Ambassador at Large

Claremont McKenna College, like all of society, is facing unprecedented challenges this year. Join John Faranda '79 as he explores the history of CMC through the lens of how our four presidents overcame the major challenges of their day. How did Presidents Benson, Neville, Stark, and Gann respond?


Is Democratic Change Possible in Mexico? with Roderic Camp, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus Philip M. McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) radically changed the party system and electoral behavior in the 2018 Mexican presidential election. Despite these dramatic changes, why has Mexico been unable to transform its political system from an electoral democracy to a functional democracy? Those electoral changes, and Lopez Obrador’s presidency, will be analyzed to shed light on fundamental obstacles to a truly democratic system. 


"Veepstakes! How Candidates Choose Their Running Mates" with Professor Zachary Courser '99

From the time a presidential nominee has the ability to choose, deciding on a running mate is one of the key decisions they have to make. Political insiders agonize over making the right choice during an extended period often termed the “Veepstakes.” While there are rarely any perfect choices, the selection of a running mate is a key signal to voters and a test of a presidential candidate’s decision-making ability. Join Professor Zachary Courser '99, co-director of CMC’s Policy Lab, for a discussion of the politics and process of how presidential candidates choose their Vice Presidents. 


"Q Ball": How Basketball in San Quentin Can Lead to Rehabilitation Q&A with Writer, Director, and Executive Producer Michael Tolajian, Pat Lacey '11, and Tejas Gala '09 M'13

Featured on Netflix and Fox Sports, "Q Ball" is a documentary that brings light to the San Quentin basketball team. The film highlights the partnership with the Golden State Warriors, and follows the story of multiple San Quentin team members. Some of our very own CMS Stags participate in the league and witness, first-hand, the impact happening year after year. Join Tejas Gala '09 M'13, Pat Lacey '11, and multi-award-winning director and head of Fox Sports Films, Michael Tolajian, for a behind the scenes commentary on "Q Ball." "Q Ball" is now streaming on Netflix.


The Ethics of Scientific Modeling: A Discussion of IHME's COVID-19 Projections with Professor Drew Schroeder, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation's (IHME) COVID-19 model has, since March, been the most-discussed source of projections for the future impact of COVID-19 in the United States. Its early versions – which were used across the nation to guide policy decisions – infamously projected that the total death toll in the U.S. would end up around 60,000. As the U.S. now approaches 150,000 deaths, doesn’t that mean the model has been a massive failure? Not necessarily. Join Professor Schroeder to discuss the ethics of scientific modeling and scientific communication, which suggest that an assessment of the IHME model is considerably more complex than it might initially appear.


The Coronavirus Recession and Recovery: An Analysis of the Current Economic Situation as it Evolves with Professor Cameron Shelton and Professor Manfred Keil

Professors Manfred Keil and Cameron Shelton are back for another round of economic analysis. During this session they will discuss how the economy is still being affected by COVID-19. Has the economy bounced back? Will it suffer more blows? Professors Shelton and Keil will also look towards the future to consider how the last half of 2020 will fare. Professor Shelton is the Director of the Lowe Institute of Political Economy and Professor Keil leads the forecast group within the Lowe Institute.


A CMC Capstone: Senior Thesis Presentations

An incredible achievement and a rite of passage, CMC seniors work tirelessly each year to create a piece of scholarly work that represents their independent thought and research. Join us as three members of the Class of 2020 present their theses to the CMC community. Annette Wong '20 "Desperate for Democracy: A Comparison between Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement and 2019 AntiELAB Protests" Annette will discuss two major anti-government protests that brought the city to a standstill. Laleh Ahmed '20 "Killing Within Communities: What Causes Collective Violence, How We Remember It, and Why It Matters" Laleh will explore motivations for violence beyond traditional explanations of ethnic hatred or racism. Max Knowles '20 "Populism: An Exploration into the American Case Through Academic Literature, Data Analysis, and Fiction" Max will discuss the rise of populism within the United States.


Recovering Silenced Voices: Finding and Telling the Histories of Enslaved People with Professor Daniel Livesay, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History

Millions of Americans suffered in slavery. Only a handful of them - Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth - are recognized widely today. Historians struggle to tell the stories of enslaved individuals because they were rarely allowed to speak for themselves. This talk will focus on the lives of enslaved people who have not received much popular attention. It will explain what their day-to-day lives were like, what challenges they faced, and how they tried - and, at times, succeeded - to push back against their own oppression.


A Conversation with Governor Steve Bullock '88 P'24 In Times of a Global Pandemic

Born and raised in the "Treasure State," Governor Bullock graduated from CMC with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). Currently in his second term as the Governor of Montana and his administration have focused on net neutrality, conservation of public lands, and availability of public education for all Montanans. He is currently a candidate for the U.S. Senate in the 2020 election.


Traversing a Different Path With a CMC Degree: A Career In Golf Journalism with Geoff Russell '84

Join us for a conversation spanning Arnold Palmer’s last competitive round, Tiger Woods’ first competitive round (sort of), the demise of print and the rise of digital, and trying to make golf work in the age of COVID-19. After graduating from CMC and earning a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University, Russell spent twenty-six years at Golf Digest magazine, twelve years at Golf World, and in 2012 became the executive editor of Golf Channel. He shared, "It wasn’t a career in law, politics or finance like most of my CMC friends and colleagues, but it’s been a wonderful journey."


In the Midst of this Moment, What Happens Now? with Nyree Gray, J.D., Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Civil Rights Officer

As we experience this moment in history, people of all races, ages, and backgrounds have united around the fight against racism and systemic inequality. Many are left asking themselves one important question: What do we do now? Join Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Civil Rights Officer, Nyree Gray, as we engage in thoughtful dialogue and discussion on where we go from here as a CMC community and as a country.


Persuasion: It's a Conversation, Not a Pitch with Professor Jay Conger, D.B.A, Henry R. Kravis Research Chair in Leadership Studies

Whether you are convincing your colleagues to support an innovation or a change or a new direction, persuasion is the foundational skill you need to possess. Getting in our way are many popular stereotypes about this activity. As Professor Conger will explain, most of these set us up for failure. At the heart of truly effective persuasion is the notion that it's a skillful conversation. In this discussion, Professor Conger will provide a practical framework and tools to help you lead these conversations with your colleagues. You'll find that more of your ideas and initiatives will see the light of day.


Trump's Democrats with Professor Jon Shields, Associate Professor of Government

While writing his book, Trump's Democrats, Shields and coauthor Stephanie Muravchik spent months living in three blue strongholds that broke for Trump. Join Professor Shields as he explains why some Democrats admire him, why they’re likely to vote for him again, and what it might mean for the future of the Democratic Party. Trump's Democrats will be released by Brookings Institution Press in September.


Critical Race Theory in International Relations and Security Studies with an Eye to Erasure and Neo-Racism with Professor Jenny Taw, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Government

While issues of race permeate global politics and always have, the main paradigms in international relations and security studies ignore race entirely, meaning that a student of those disciplines could graduate without ever thinking critically about the role of race in international interactions or in the conceptualization of security. Join Professor Taw as she will explores how this came to be the case and introduces some contemporary work challenging such erasure.


Pandemic Liberty, Big Data Privacy, and Manipulative Democracy: Outlines of a Reclamation Project with Professor Paul Hurley, Ph.D., Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy

Partisanship, pandemic, and protests have stress-tested our understanding of liberty, privacy, and democracy, and we, including the courts, are failing the test. Drawing on current events, Hurley will point to some of the shortcomings in recent legal and everyday understandings of these three precious and interrelated things as a springboard both for recapturing our commitment to each of them and for appreciating why it matters so very much that we do.


Crisis Management in Local Government with Sean Elsbernd '97 and Jessica (O'Hare) Witt '00 Moderated by Ryder Todd Smith '96

Join us for a question and answer session moderated by Ryder Todd Smith '96. Featuring Sean Elsbernd ’97 and Jessica (O’Hare) Witt ’00, the group will discuss how CMC shaped their ability to succeed in local government and how to effectively manage crisis situations.


College Admission - The Pandemic and Beyond with Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs, Associate Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid

Join Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs, associate vice president for admission and financial aid, for an overview and update of the admission landscape with a focus on the Fall 2021 application cycle.


The Other Pandemic: The Opioid Litigation and the Role of Law in Public Health with Professor Eric Helland, Ph.D., William F. Podlich Professor of Economics and George R. Roberts Fellow

The opioid epidemic is a significant concern for public health officials, with more than half a million people dying from opioid overdoses since 1999. In 2018, opioid overdoses killed almost 47,000 people, and 32% of those involved prescription opioids. What caused this dramatic increase in mortality? How has the multidistrict litigation kept manufacturers, distributors, and retailers accountable? Join Professor Helland as he discusses the government’s response to this crisis and their fight against this epidemic within our court system. He will also address the partnership between CMC’s Policy Lab and the RAND Institute of Civil Justice as they examine the role of opioid litigation in public health.


Keeping Your Family Safe in the New World of Covid-19 with Dr. Tanya (Remer) Altmann '94

Dr. Tanya—as she’s known to her followers—is a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, and shows including Live with Kelly and Ryan, The Doctors, and the KTLA 5 Morning News in Los Angeles. Join us for a conversation on ways to keep your family safe and how to best prepare while we adjust to the new normal. Come ready with questions for this interactive session. 


COVID, Impeachment, and Immigration: How Trump's Suspicion of The "Deep State" Shaped Some of the Biggest Moments in The Last Three Years with Michael Shear '90,

Author and Correspondent for The New York Times

Michael Shear '90, a White House correspondent at The New York Times, leads a discussion about covering the Trump White House and how the President's disdain for the government's civil service is at the heart of his approach to the coronavirus pandemic, the actions he took that led to impeachment, and his immigration agenda.

Tony Poer '90, national sales manager for Meyer Family Cellars, Christopher Strieter M'11, founder and winegrower for Senses Wines, and Evan Rutter '06, sommelier and assistant vice president for Alumni and Parent Engagement

Sonoma or Napa? Cabernet or Pinot Noir? Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc? Watch the conversation on wine and the wine industry. 


Pandemics in the Transformation of Colonial America with Professor Daniel Livesay

The current pandemic is unlike anything we've seen in our lifetimes. However, widespread outbreaks of disease were common in the early history of the Americas. This lecture explored the ways that diseases transformed societies in the colonial period. 


Using Meditation to Create the Best Day of Your Life, Any Day You Choose

How to redirect and refocus your day with simple meditation techniques hosted by Jeff Gamer '84 and Melissa Mattern of Meditation for Regular People.


Constructing Freedom of Speech George Thomas, Ph.D., Burnet C. Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions
Is a law that makes it illegal to engage in speech that “defames” the government unconstitutional? The Sedition Act of 1798 forced the new republic to confront the meaning of freedom of speech. Understanding one of our first great constitutional conflicts illuminates contemporary debates about constitutional interpretation and the importance of constitutional engagement by citizens.

Pandemics with Jenny Taw, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Government

A quick primer on what pandemics are and how they've played out in the recent past, with an eye to global politics and human security. 


Los Vinos de Rioja: A Tour of Spain's Celebrated Region

Watch a guided tasting and conversation by certified sommelier Sal Medina, Proprietor of Packing House Wines in Claremont, CA. 


Democracy in a Time of Crisis with Zachary Courser '99, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Government

How will Americans be able to express their votes and how will the current pandemic reshape elections this November? Join Professor Zachary Courser, Co-Director of CMC's Policy Lab, for a discussion of how states are adapting voting during this crisis, and what these changes might mean for November. 


Attend to Your Well-Being Through Compassion and Contemplative Meditation with Jeff Gamer '84 and Melissa Mattern (Co-Founders)

Crisis Leadership: Lessons From a Global Pandemic with Professor Ron Riggio P'10, Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology

Professor Riggio gives an in-depth review of what experts have learned in the past decades about the key characteristics in leadership, including an exploration of leadership through a global lens in light of the pandemic. He focused on the six duties of a leader and extracted lessons from leading nations, businesses, and even families. 


The Great Depression Part II: An Analysis of the Current Economic Situation as it Evolves with Manfred Keil, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics and Cameron Shelton, Ph.D., McMahon Family Associate Professor of Political Economy and George R. Roberts Fellow

Professors Keil and Shelton are two macroeconomists whose research interests include the study of economic conditions of the nation and the region. Professor Shelton is the Director of the Lowe Institute of Political Economy and Professor Keil leads the forecast group within the Lowe Institute. Together they guide almost 30 students as research assistants. Part of their economic analysis relies on a consumer sentiment survey conducted by the Lowe Institute for counties in Southern California where roughly 50% of Californians reside. Join the conversation to learn about the current economic situation and projected outlooks for the near future.


Financial Planning After COVID-19 with Gary Birkenbeuel '80, B.A., Visiting Lecturer of Economics

The last few weeks have been surreal and frightening while watching a pandemic unfold rapidly across the globe. Life feels upside down. As we keep our children home from school, telecommute, and hug our grandchildren through computer screens, we hope our communal social distancing efforts are flattening the curve. The global economy and financial markets have shuddered in response. Spend an hour taking some of the worry out of your finances and learn how you can emerge healthier financially once our economy opens back up.


Maximizing LinkedIn with Erikan Obotetukudo '13

Learn how to maximize your presence on LinkedIn to deepen relationships and grow your business during crisis. 


Meditation Techniques for Insomnia & Stress with Jeff Gamer '84 & Melissa Matten, Co-Founders, Meditation for Regular People

Meditation Techniques Slides


Imagination During a Pandemic: How our Failure of Imagination Led to a Pandemic

How bad could it get? Failure to listen to experts, failure of testing, and also, failure of imagination led to this pandemic. Join Amy Kind, the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, as she discusses how the current pandemic revealed a collective failure of imagination. We failed to prepare because of our inability to imagine how bad things could become.

In this discussion, Professor Kind draws on her longstanding research project into imagination to discuss the current failures of imagination, what led to it, and ways to prevent it in the future. 


Opportunities to Invest in Yourself During the Pandemic - Self-Help Discussion with Laura (May) Grisolano '86

These new routines and responsibilities provide an opportunity to redefine productivity and success. Download these slides and learn new strategies to invest in yourself.
Opportunities to Invest in Yourself Slides | Opportunities to Invest in Yourself Workbook


Anxiety Relieving Strategies to Use Yourself and With Your Teams with Laura (May) Grisolano '86

Acquire new ways to combat stress and relieve anxiety while working in this new environment. Great for personal use and those who manage teams.
Anxiety Relieving Strategies Slides


How COVID-19 is Affecting Our Democracy with Professor Jack Pitney

Professor Jack Pitney discussed the effects COVID-19 is having on our democracy including the primaries, the general election, and the 2020 Census.