Virtual Events Library

Virtual Program Library

We are thinking about you and how we might support you as we change our work and social habits.

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

How COVID-19 is Affecting Our Democracy with Professor Jack Pitney
Thursday, April 2

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


Anxiety Relieving Strategies to Use Yourself and With Your Teams with Laura (May) Grisolano '86
Friday, April 3

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


Opportunities to Invest in Yourself During the Pandemic - Self-Help Discussion with Laura (May) Grisolano '86
Thursday, April 9

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


Imagination During a Pandemic: How our Failure of Imagination Led to a Pandemic
Friday, April 10

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. 


Meditation Techniques for Insomnia & Stress with Jeff Gamer '84 & Melissa Matten, Co-Founders, Meditation for Regular People
Saturday, April 11

Meditation Techniques Slides


Maximizing LinkedIn with Erikan Obotetukudo '13
Tuesday, April 14

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


Financial Planning After COVID-19 with Gary Birkenbeuel '80, B.A., Visiting Lecturer of Economics
Wednesday, April 22

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.


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
Friday, April 24

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.


Crisis Leadership: Lessons From a Global Pandemic with Professor Ron Riggio P'10, Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology
Tuesday, April 28

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. 


Attend to Your Well-Being Through Compassion and Contemplative Meditation with Jeff Gamer '84 and Melissa Mattern (Co-Founders)
Monday, April 30


Democracy in a Time of Crisis with Zachary Courser '99, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Government
Thursday, May 7

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. 


Los Vinos de Rioja: A Tour of Spain's Celebrated Region
Monday, May 11

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


Pandemics with Jenny Taw, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Government
Friday, May 15

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. 


Constructing Freedom of Speech
George Thomas, Ph.D., Burnet C. Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions

Wednesday, May 20

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.


Using Meditation to Create the Best Day of Your Life, Any Day You Choose
Thursday, May 21

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


Pandemics in the Transformation of Colonial America with Professor Daniel Livesay
Tuesday, May 26

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. 


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
Thursday, May 28

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


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

Tuesday, June 2

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.


Keeping Your Family Safe in the New World of Covid-19 with Dr. Tanya (Remer) Altmann '94
Wednesday, June 10

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. 


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
Friday, June 12, 2020

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. 


College Admission - The Pandemic and Beyond with Jennifer Sandoval-Dancs, Associate Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid
Tuesday, June 16

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. 


Crisis Management in Local Government with Sean Elsbernd '97 and Jessica (O'Hare) Witt '00 Moderated by Ryder Todd Smith '96
Thursday, June 18

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.


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
Tuesday, June 23

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. 


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
Wednesday, June 24

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. 


Trump's Democrats with Professor Jon Shields, Associate Professor of Government
Thursday, June 25

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. 


Persuasion: It's a Conversation, Not a Pitch with Professor Jay Conger, D.B.A, Henry R. Kravis Research Chair in Leadership Studies
Tuesday, June 30

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.


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
Thursday, July 2

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. 


Traversing a Different Path With a CMC Degree: A Career In Golf Journalism with Geoff Russell '84
Tuesday, July 14

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." 


A Conversation with Governor Steve Bullock '88 P'24 In Times of a Global Pandemic
Wednesday, July 15

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. 


Recovering Silenced Voices: Finding and Telling the Histories of Enslaved People with Professor Daniel Livesay, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History
Tuesday, July 21

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 CMC Capstone: Senior Thesis Presentations
Wednesday, July 22

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. 


The Coronavirus Recession and Recovery: An Analysis of the Current Economic Situation as it Evolves with Professor Cameron Shelton and Professor Manfred Keil
Wednesday, July 29

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.


The Ethics of Scientific Modeling: A Discussion of IHME's COVID-19 Projections with Professor Drew Schroeder, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy
Friday, July 31

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.


"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
Wednesday, August 5

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


"Veepstakes! How Candidates Choose Their Running Mates" with Professor Zachary Courser '99
Thursday, August 13

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. Video,  password: Courser20!


Is Democratic Change Possible in Mexico? with Roderic Camp, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus Philip M. McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim
Tuesday, September 8

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. Video,  password: Profcamp20!

CMC Rises to the Challenge Through the Years with John Faranda '79, Ambassador at Large
Tuesday, September 15

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? Video,  password: Faranda20!

Six Surprising Signs You Might Be Burning Out (And what To Do About It)
Thursday, September 17

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. Video,  password: Flourish20!