Athenaeum Spring Highlights

Teach for America founder, author and civic leader Wendy Kopp will visit the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum on Thursday, Jan. 20, launching the Athenaeum’s spring 2005 lineup with a free public lecture, One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach for America and What I Learned Along the Way. The public portion of the lunchtime event begins at 12:15 p.m.

Kopp leads a distinguished selection of dynamic speakers and artists appearing on campus this semester that also includes:

Roger Ames, professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii; (Confucianism and A-theistic Righteousness, Jan. 25)

Richard Hanley, professor of philosophy at the University of Delaware (No Need for Miracles: Theism and the Simulation Argument, Jan. 26)

Romeo Dallaire, retired lieutenant general of the Canadian Armed Forces (Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, Jan. 31)

Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University (Explaining the Elegant Universe, Feb. 8)

Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner Linda Gregerson, the Frederick G. Huetwell Professor and professor of English at the University of Michigan (A Poetry Reading, Feb. 10)

Andrew Rolle, the Cleland Professor of History Emeritus at Occidental College (The California Indians: Brutalizing or Preserving?, Feb. 16)

Adding to the spring schedule and leading a King Day Commemoration at CMC, Athenaeum guest Christopher Edley Jr., dean of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, highlights CMC’s Martin Luther King Day observances on Monday, Jan. 24. Edley’s free public lecture, The Future of the Civil Rights Movement, begins at 6:45 p.m.

Themes developed under the semester’s featured speakers include Frontiers in Medicine (continued from fall, 2004); The Arts: Music, Poetry, Literature, Theatre; Native American Life in the 21st Century; One Hundred Years of Einstein; Philosophy Through Science Fiction; California Criminal Justice (continued from fall, 2004); Genocide, Torture, and the Geneva Convention (continued from fall, 2004); and Religion and the American Presidency.

Excluding special engagements, all public portions of the evening Athenaeum events begin at 6:45 p.m.

For a complete overview of Athenaeum speakers, through April 2005, visit: