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CALENDAR 9-DAY: Free speech, Beethoven, math day, music and teen etiquette

Friday, February 9

FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 9 a.m. panel discussion, Free Speech on Campus, with panelists from the Claremont Colleges, Yale Law School, UC Berkeley and the American Civil Liberties Union, among others. “Free speech is once again the center of debate on college campuses,” a press release read. “At several colleges, including at CMC, speakers have been shut down by protests for what was deemed offensive speech. There are increasing demands, as colleges strive to become more inclusive, to prohibit disrespectful, offensive or hateful speech. Critics worry that such efforts threaten freedom of thought on campus. What is the place of free speech in higher education?” Three panels throughout the day will take up such questions. Information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

BEETHOVEN AT NOON Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues today with Music by Eve Beglarian, Jodi Goble, and Emilie LeBel. The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, kicks off at 12:15 p.m. with performers Anne Harley (Scripps), soprano; Lucy Tucker Yates, soprano; Jodi Goble, piano; Steven Thachuk, guitars. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps and the Pomona College Music Department. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

VIOLIN, PIANO AT LITTLE BRIDGES Jonathan Wright will be on violin and Stephan Moss on piano in a free and open to the public 8 p.m. recital at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The duo will present music by Beethoven, Brahms and Lekeu. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

Saturday, February 10

MATH DAY Pomona College hosts the first Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day at 9:30 a.m. at Millikan Auditorium, 610 N. College Ave., Claremont. The free event is an opportunity to engage middle school and high school girls in a day of networking, mentoring and fun. The first annual Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day honors its namesake, a pioneer for women in mathematics who was regarded as one of the world’s finest mathematicians of her time. Co-sponsored by the Pomona College Mathematics Department, the Association for Women in Mathematics, and the Mathematics Departments at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Fullerton. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

GET SOMM Claremont Public Library, at 208 Harvard Ave., sponsors a free 10 a.m. showing of the documentary film Somm, which features Fred Dame, a master sommelier who is introduced at the end of Claremont’s recent city read, Tangled Vines. This film gives insight into the work involved in becoming a master sommelier, following four applicants through the process. After the movie, Sal Medina, owner of Wine Merchants, who is a certified sommelier and is preparing for the advanced sommelier exam this fall, will speak about the film and answer questions. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Claremont Library. Refreshments will be served. More info is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.

BIRDING AND DRAWING Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts Birding and Drawing as Pathways to Observation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stacey Vigallon, LA Audubon’s director of environmental education, will lead the class in an exploration of the connections between drawing and birding, and will teach how both activities can enhance your observation skills. Tickets are $45 for the general public and $40 for Garden members. To register or for more info, go to rsabg.org/classes.

ETIQUETTE FOR TEENS Claremont Public Library’s free and open to the public Adult 101 for Teens program continues at 2 p.m. with Social and Dining Etiquette. “Which fork to use first at a formal dinner party?” a press release read. “What is the proper way to shake hands and introduce yourself at a college or job interview? Learn all about etiquette and social niceties to help you make a favorable first impression on anyone you meet with etiquette and public speaking expert Jules Hirst. The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For more info, go to colapublib.org or call (909) 621-4902.

Sunday, February 11

KSPC CD, RECORD EXPO Local college radio treasure KSPC hosts its annual CD and Record Expo, a one-day music sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Smith Campus Center Ballroom, 170 E. Sixth St. More than 25 vendors will sell new and used CDs, DVDs, posters and vinyl from all styles of music. Admission is $2 for the general public, Claremont College students get in free and parking is free for everyone. More info is at kspc.org/cd-record-expo.

?JOURNALIST, DAUGHTER ON KINDRED NATURES The Claremont Museum of Art hosts a free and open to the public forum focusing on its current exhibition, Kindred Natures. The talk with former Los Angeles Times art writer Suzanne Muchnic and Mary Fuller Roberts, takes place at 3 p.m. at Scripps College’s Boone Recital Hall at Garrison Theater, 231 E. 10th St., Claremont. The program features personal stories and insights into the life and work of Kindred Natures artists Aldo Casanova and James Fuller. Ms. Muchnic will discuss her friendship with Mr. Casanova and the evolution of his sculpture from the early days to his later works. Ms. Roberts, the daughter of the late  James Fuller, will offer personal insights into the personality and artistic expression of her father, whose work as a skilled printmaker, wood sculptor and painter has gained legions of fans and collectors. The CMA is located in the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St. in Claremont. More info is at claremontmuseum.org.

ORGAN CLASSICS ON TAP Bridges Hall of Music at Pomona College, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, presents a free 3 p.m. concert with organist William Peterson, who will play selections by Bach, Flaherty, Kohn, Tournemire and others on the Hill Memorial Organ. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

TRIO CHAMBER CONCERT Harvey Mudd College’s HMC Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. with Varied Trio, playing adventurous new chamber music for piano, violin and percussion at the Shanahan Center, Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. More info is at hmc.edu/calendar or (909) 621-8022.

Monday, February 12

EXPLORING THE BARDS’ TENSIONS Cal Poly Pomona professor Edward Rocklin will give a free, open to the public lecture to the Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley, “Improbably Produced or Unperfectly Presented: Exploring Tensions at the end of Measure for Measure,” at 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. “Mr. Rocklin will discuss the ending of this problem play, whose final details we cannot predict, and whose genre we may need to rethink,” a press release read. Mr. Rocklin was educated at Harvard and Rutgers, has published more than 20 essays and teaching guidebooks on Shakespeare. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (909) 717-1109 or email lucylynch@aol.com.

HMC PROFESSOR LAUNCHES NEW BOOK Harvey Mudd College cultural geography professor David Seitz will launch his new book, A House of Prayer for All People: Contesting Citizenship in a Queer Church, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium, 800 Dartmouth Ave., Claremont. The event will feature reviews of the book by Harvey Mudd humanities professors Ambereen Dadabhoy and Erika Dyson, as well as Scripps professor Wendy Cheng. More info is at (909) 621-8022.

BILLBOARDS AND ICONS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., host a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “The Billboard and the Icon,” with guest speaker Yve-Alain Bois. Mr. Bois, professor of art history at the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, is a specialist in 20th century European and American art. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Tuesday, February 13

EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., host a free 11:45 a.m. lecture, “Where Do We Go From Here?: The Future of Early American History,” with guest speaker Daniel K. Richter. “In the wake of the smash hit Hamilton, and the trend of scholars to find new voices in the past, what stories are left to tell about the foundation of the United States?” a press release asked. “Daniel Richter, distinguished professor of American history at the University of Pennsylvania, will assess where historians should look in order to paint a more complete and inclusive portrait of early America.” Mr. Richter holds a PhD from Columbia University, and his research and teaching focus on colonial North America and Native American history before 1800. Mr. Richter is currently researching English colonization during the Restoration era, for a book tentatively titled, The Lords Proprietors: Feudal Dreams in English America, 1660-1689, under contract with Harvard University Press. Information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

CALIFORNIA COMEBACK The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., host another free 11:45 a.m. lecture, “The California Comeback,” with guest speaker John A. Pérez, the current vice-chair of the University of California Board of Regents and former elected member of the state assembly. Mr. Pérez will examine what California’s response to the Great Recession portends for higher education and the state’s economic expansion. He was elected to the California assembly in 2008, representing downtown Los Angeles and communities of East Los Angeles. He was reelected in 2010 and 2012, making him one of the longest serving speakers in the era of term limits. Prior to his service in the assembly, Mr. Pérez was a lifetime member of the labor movement. More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

SHOULD WE BROKER MIDDLE EAST PEACE? The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., host yet another free, fascinating lecture at 5:30 p.m., “Should the US Try to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace—or Get Out of the Way?” with guest speaker Robert Malley. “A central US foreign policy objective of the past several presidential administrations has been to broker a sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” a press release read. “Yet, decades later, that goal seems as elusive as ever. Mr. Malley, who advised both President Clinton and President Obama on this issue and now serves as the CEO and president of the International Crisis Group, reflects on what went wrong, whether the US can in fact be helpful, or whether at this point it would be best for to just get out of the way.” Mr. Malley was the special assistant to the president, senior advisor to the president for the Counter-ISIL campaign and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf Region in 2015-2016; prior to that he was senior director for the Gulf Region and Syria. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Wednesday, February 14

ABSENCE, OTHERING AND NAMING Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation presents a free and open discussion, “Absence, Othering and Naming,” at 2 p.m. at Hampton Room, Malott Commons, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Professor Ken Gonzales-Day will discuss the three concepts, which have informed his artistic practice for the past 20 years; “They reflect an interdisciplinary approach to his art making that has sought to understand the historical construction of race and the limits of representational systems through the study of material objects, ranging from the lynching postcard to the plaster cast,” a press release read. “In addition to historical research, many of the projects question the (indexical) authority once associated with both photography and plaster life-casts in the 19th and 20th centuries. The work is a reflection on the history of racial formation in the United States and uses absence to foreground what is missing, while making palpable the affective force of these histories on the construction of human difference.” More info is at alumnae.scrippscollege.edu/faf or (909) 621-3516.

‘TALKING BLACK IN AMERICA’ SCREENS The Pomona College Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science presents an evening with professor Walt Wolfram, who will be on hand for a free and open to the public screening the new documentary, Talking Black in America, at 5 p.m. at Rose Hills Theater, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Mr. Wolfram is the executive producer of the film. An audience Q and A and discussion, moderated by Professor Nicole Holliday, will follow the screening. More info is at pomona.edu or (909) 607-1043.

BEER, SUSTAINABILITY The Claremont Chapter of Green Drinks International gets together for its monthly free and open meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1401 N. Claremont Blvd. This month’s meeting features a presentation by Devon Hartman, president and CEO of Claremont Locally Grown Power. Learn how CLGP is working to take our city to net zero energy, create clean energy jobs, stimulate the local economy and address local environmental justice issues. New attendees receive a complimentary beverage. More info is at sustainableclaremont.org.

TIPS FROM MASTER GARDENER The Claremont Garden Club meets at 6:30 p.m. for a free and open talk with master gardener Yvonne Savio at Napier Center at Pilgrim Place, 660 Avery Rd., “February Gardening Tips and Tasks.” The talk will highlight ideas on making the most of this transitional time of year. A Pasadena native, Ms. Savio is no stranger to recycling, re-purposing, and the many ways to get the best flowers and food from our gardens. She managed the Los Angeles Master Gardener Program for many years and now provides info at the website, Gardeninginla.net. Refreshments and socializing at 6:30 p.m., with the talk at 7. More information is at claremontgardenclub.org, (909)621-6381 or via email at info@claremontgardenclub.org.

Thursday, February 15

LAUDED POET TO READ AT CGU Claremont Graduate University’s SAH Humanities Forum presents a free and open to the public reading with award-winning poet Angie Estes from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Board of Trustees Room, Harper Hall, 160 E. 10th St., Claremont. Ms. Estes is the author of five books, most recently Enchantée, which received the 2015 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award from CGU. Her previous book, Tryst, was selected as one of two finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. More info is at facebook.com/cgutufts or (909) 621-8974.

TRUMP’S TWEETS: A DAMAGE REPORT The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., host a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “21st Century: Markets, Politics, and Livelihoods at the Mercy of Tweets,” with student panelists from Claremont Radius, The Student Life, and The Claremont Independent. The panel will explore the ethics and potential of this new era of information and human communication. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

NEW CITY MANAGER Active Claremont holds its free and open to the public monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Alexander Hughes Center’s Santa Fe Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Claremont’s new City Manager, Tara Schultz, is the guest speaker. More info is available on Active Claremont’s new Facebook page, or on its new  Instagram at @activeclaremont, or by calling (909) 621-2079.

Friday, February 16

ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN TURKEY The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., host a free 11:45 a.m. lecture, “Authoritarian Consolidation and the Criminalization of Knowledge Production in the Middle East,” with guest speaker Asli Ü. Bâli. In this talk, Ms. Bâli, a professor at UCLA Law School, will examine the ways in which authoritarian consolidation in Turkey has produced new frameworks through which rule-of-law discourse is inverted and deployed to undermine rather than protect academic freedom. Ms. Bâli is faculty director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights, director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, and professor of law at the UCLA School of Law where she teaches in the International and Comparative Law Program. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

MORE BEETHOVEN AT NOON Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues today with Beethoven, Sonata in G Major, Op. 96. The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, kicks off at 12:15 p.m. with performers Sarah Thornblade (Pomona), on violin and Gayle Blankenburg (Pomona/Scripps) playing the piano. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps and the Pomona College Music Department. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL The Claremont Colleges’ free and open to the public 10-Minute Play Festival kicks off at 3 p.m. at Seaver Theatre, Pomona College, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. Each year, all members of The Claremont Colleges community are invited to submit new plays inspired by a common theme. This year’s theme is “Environmental Justice.” Winners are selected in December, and the department produces the plays with student directors and performers. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-4380.

CLIMATE SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM Pitzer College’s Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability hosts a free and open symposium, Climate Change, Climate Justice: Organizing in the Face of a Changing Planet, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. The event brings together climate scientists, climate justice activists and the public to envision a more hopeful and fossil fuel free future. It features three speakers: Dr. Geeta Persad, Stanford University climate scientist; Ryan Camero, climate justice artist-activist; and Nwamaka Agbo, Movement Strategy Center new economy innovation fellow. More information is at pitzer.edu/event.

Saturday, February 17

THE BIRDS Fans of our feathered friends are invited to a Free Family Bird Walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. this morning at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring binoculars or bird guides. Reservations are required at rsabg.org/bird-walks, by phone at (909) 625-8767 or via email at info@rsabg.org.

EAT A PEACH Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts a Grow Native Nursery Workshop from 10 to 11 a.m., “Growing and Eating California Native Plants.” Participants will learn how to grow and maintain native plants for use in the kitchen and tap into incredible flavors in a responsible and green way. More info is at rsabg.org/nursery-calendar or (909) 625-8767.

ARTSMOOCH AT SCRIPPS Claremont’s Scripps College presents ArtSmooch, a free and open 3 p.m. event at Garrison Theatre, 241 E. 10th St. ArtSmooch is a multidisciplinary showcase of student, faculty and visiting artist work-an interplay of original poetry, music, visual art and dance composed for the occasion. The performance will feature on-stage collaborations between students and faculty members from Scripps, Harvey Mudd and Pitzer as well as visual artist Sumi Foley and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award-winner Angie Estes. This program is presented as part of Scripps College’s Family Weekend and sponsored by the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy, the O’Brien Lecture Fund and the Bice Funds. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-1870.