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

Self-Portrait in Black and White

New America Fellow and author Thomas Chatterton Williams discusses how he believed a drop of “black blood” makes a person black. The shock of his experience...

3/25 5:30pm
Early Sikh Art: The Symbiosis of Painting and Poetry

Nikky Singh, professor of religious studies at Colby College, will explore how early Sikh art illuminates the Sikh sacred text, amplifies Sikh theological...

3/26 5:30pm
Hailing César Film Screening and Talk with Eduardo Chávez

Eduardo Chávez, grandson of civil rights activist César Chávez, screens his film "Hailing César," in which he takes a journey to understand the legacy of...

3/27 5:30pm
Are Initial Coin Offerings Here to Stay?

David Yermack, Professor of Finance and Business Transformation and chairman of the finance department at NYU’s Stern School of Business, will describe the...

3/28 5:30pm
Poetry Reading and Reflections with Kay Ryan

United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Kay Ryan will read some of her award-winning poetry and share personal reflections.

4/1 5:30pm

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