November 25, 2013

Vol. 29 , No. 06   

Kimberly Reed and Prodigal Sons

In her latest documentary entitled PRODIGAL SONS (2008), filmmaker Kimberly Reed returns to her small hometown in Montana for her high school reunion to reconcile her relationship with her adopted brother Marc. The events that follow from this simple mission are breathtaking in their scope as Kimberly wrestles with issues of sibling rivalry, surprising ancestries, and gender identity.

Kimberly Reed directed and produced PRODIGAL SONS, which premiered at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival. Following the premiere, the film was shown at over a hundred film festivals, on television, and at theaters around the world. The film landed on multiple Best of the Year lists and garnered 14 Audience and Jury awards, including the esteemed International Film Critics' FIPRESCI Prize. Ms. Reed was recognized as Towleroad's "Best LGBT Character of the Film Year," The Advocate's "Five to Watch," and OUT Magazine's "Out 100."

Reed’s work has been featured on media outlets such as the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, Details magazine, and The Moth Radio Hour. Furthermore, her work has made her one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film," a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellow, and has led to multiple fellowships at the Yaddo Artists’ Community and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

Prior to PRODIGAL SONS, Reed was also the producer/editor/writer for PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE (2011), released theatrically by Zeitgeist Films. Kimberly Reed is a proud GLSEN board member, a summa cum laude graduate of U.C. Berkeley, a New York City resident, and a Montana native.

Kim Reed’s Athenaeum presentation is jointly sponsored by the Department of Athletics, Film Studies, the H.N. and Francis C. Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, and the Athenaeum.

Israeli Foreign Policy in a Changing Region
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; PROGRAM 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Uri Resnick assumed the position of Deputy Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles in August 2012, after completing two years of service as a policy advisor to Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

After making aliyah from Ottawa, Canada in 1988, Resnick joined Israel's Foreign Service in 2002. He then went on to serve posts at Israel's embassies in Dakar, Senegal and Sofia, Bulgaria. He has served at various posts within the Foreign Ministry and has worked closely with Israeli delegations to the United Nations General Assembly.

Dr. Resnick holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has authored articles on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and various topics in conflict studies. He has taught various courses at Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and at the Sapir Academic Campus in Sderot. Resnick's first book Dynamics of Asymmetric Territorial Conflict: The Evolution of Patience is forthcoming in 2013.

In his Athenaeum lecture Uri Resnick will provide an update on a changing Middle East, the prospect for peace, and the evolving role of Israel in a region so often fraught with chaos. Topics included in this discussion include Syrian strife and the effect on Israel, challenges of contemporary Israeli security policy, Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, and a comprehensive analysis of Israel foreign policy.

A Winter Holiday Concert
CHARLES KAMM, director

The Athenaeum will once again be hosting its annual holiday celebration. We hope that you will join us for this classic Ath tradition as we welcome the holiday season and celebrate the end of a semester full of wonderful speakers and performances. A special holiday dinner will be be served prior to the concert. Please note that faculty and staff are encouraged to attend, and welcome to bring family.

The Chamber Choir of the Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges is an auditioned ensemble of 22 voices. Their program at the Athenaeum will include J.S. Bach's motet "Lobet den Herrn" (Praise the Lord), Arvo Part's work "an den wassern zu babel sassen wir und weinten" (By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, Psalm 137), Morton Laurisen's motet "O nata lux" (Born of light), as well as holiday favorites. The Claremont Chamber Choir is conducted by Charles W. Kamm, associate professor of music.

This event is being held in conjunction with the CCE’s holiday toy drive, and we kindly request the participation of all guests. Unwrapped toys will be collected in the Athenaeum lobby before the dinner. If more convenient, donations of money will also be accepted. Bringing holiday cheer to the children in residence at the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital is an important part of CMC’s outreach to the community.

World AIDS Day 2013

Claremont recognizes World AIDS Day 2013 with a keynote address by Eric Sawyer. Sawyer has been involved in ground breaking HIV/AIDS activism for decades. As a founding member of ACT UP, Sawyer played a significant role in one of the most effective HIV/AIDS advocacy groups of the late 1980’s and 1990’s. The organization was instrumental in the effort to expedite the process of bringing affordable and potentially life saving drugs to market to save the lives of dying patients. Among many remarkable acts of civil disobedience, ACT UP most notably shut down the FDA, and once had members infiltrate and chain themselves to the VIP balcony of the New York Stock Exchange. Sawyer’s focus within the organization was to address the crisis of HIV/AIDs patients losing their homes due to medical expenses. In 1990, Sawyer founded Housing Works, a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to this issue.

Today, Eric Sawyer works for UNAIDS at the UN headquarters in New York City. Since effective HIV/AIDS treatment has come to market in the developed countries, Sawyer has focused on expanding access to life saving medication around the world.

Eric Sawyer’s visit to Claremont is jointly sponsored by Elizabeth Wilmott, director of Health Education Outreach; Bertil Lindblad, senior advisor for international initiatives at Pomona College; and the Athenaeum.


  • The Athenaeum serves as a gathering place where ideas, inquiry, and fellowship bring students, faculty, staff, other scholars, and nationally prominent speakers together.

  • Attendance at any event may be limited to persons associated with CMC, to the people who signed up for the dinner, or to the maximum number of people allowed by fire regulations.

  • On some occasions the speaker may address the group in another forum or the College may set up a video feed to handle an overflow crowd. All programs at the Athenaeum are filmed. Individuals attending should understand that their image might appear on the videotape.

  • House rules and common courtesy prohibit disruptive actions inside the building during an Athenaeum sponsored program.

  • Time allowing, there will be a period set aside for questions. Students will have priority during this portion of the program.

  • Guests are expected to dress appropriately in all dining rooms. Shorts, jeans, and t-shirts are not acceptable at dinner; more casual attire is acceptable for lunch and tea. No bare feet at any time.


  • It is the policy of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum that no lecture, appearance or performance by any speaker or performer at the Athenaeum is to be videotaped, audiotaped, or otherwise recorded and/or broadcast without the prior written permission of the relevant speaker, performer, or other authorized owner of the intellectual property rights to the event.

  • Anyone requesting permission to record an event is required to submit an “Event Recording Request Form” to Bonnie Snortum, the Director of the Athenaeum, at least 48 hours in advance of the relevant event.

  • It is understood that the speaker, the performer, the Athenaeum, and any other event sponsor, as appropriate, reserve all intellectual property rights for each Athenaeum event.

  • If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Bonnie Snortum at or at (909) 607-4180.