Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

The term Athenaeum is derived from the name of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, and the classical temple in Athens named to honor her, frequented by orators, poets and scholars.


A gift from trustee Marian Miner Cook, whose husband established the John Brown Cook Association for Freedom at CMC in 1978, helped make possible the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Construction of the building was completed in September of 1983. At the time, Marian Miner Cook remarked that she and Mr. Cook "had a challenging and exciting life" and "hoped the Athenaeum would help students to experience similar intellectual challenges and excitement."

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum soon fulfilled its promise as a collegial environment for social and intellectual interaction. Its chief purpose is to provide a cultural, social, and academic center for the interchange of ideas between CMC students, faculty, and community guests. Here the students preparing to become the leaders of tomorrow have the opportunity to meet the leaders of today.

The Athenaeum is also home to the Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies and the Roberts Environmental Center, two of the College's distinctive research institutes and centers.

You can view a 360-degree panorama of the Ath's main dining room here.

385 East 8th Street, Claremont, CA


(909) 621-8244

Upcoming Events

Black Professionals in a 'Post-Racial' Era

Washington University sociology professor Adia Harvey Wingfield will examine how blacks in professional jobs navigate work in this new economy, giving...

9/19 5:30pm
Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion

A capricious and irrational emotion that appeals to narrow human prejudices, Yale Prof. Paul Bloom will argue that we are at our best when we are smart...

9/20 5:30pm
An Evening of Poetry with Richard Blanco

Whether speaking as a homebody or world traveler, the shy boy or the openly gay man, the civil engineer or the civic-minded poet, presidential inaugural poet...

9/24 5:30pm
Accenture Coffee Chat at Claremont Colleges

Accenture is hosting an Ath Tea! Bring your thirst for knowledge (and caffeine!) to learn more about our company, culture and how we can help you take the...

9/25 3pm

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