Spring 2017 Lecture Series

Free Admission to All Events

You are invited to join us for intriguing and engaging discussions.

Lecture Series Details

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis. Also, public parking is limited during the day at SMC. Allow extra time when attending events. For parking information, visit Transporation at SMC for options.

Disability Accomodations LogoIf you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in any of these events, contact Kiersten Elliott at Elliott_Kiersten@smc.edu or (310) 434-4173, at least 5 business days in advance.


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific Heritage Month at SMC

Transfer Workshop

Patty Nakao, SMC Academic Counselor

Have transfer questions? Come and learn about the transfer process from Patty Nakao, one of SMC’s academic counselors. This workshop will not only go over the basics of the transfer process, but also will address concerns and issues specific to Asian Pacific Islander students.

Tue, May 2, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., HSS 263

Know Your Rights Workshop

Nara Kim, Korean Resource Center

Recent changes in immigration policy have resulted in Immigration and Customs Enforcement and police stopping people they “suspect” are undocumented. However, these changes have impacted not just undocumented immigrants. So whether you are undocumented, a recent immigrant, or a foreign student, learn how to protect yourself. Nara Kim from the Korean Resource Center will lead an interactive workshop about your constitutional rights, regardless of immigration status.

Tue, May 9, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., HSS 103

Duterte, Drugs and Democracy in the Philippines

G Töngi-Walters, Journalist

What does Filipino President Duterte’s War on Drugs tell us about global politics today? Journalist and host of Kababayan Today G Töngi-Walters will discuss Duterte’s significance for democracy, human rights, and global politics in our era of fake news.

Thu, May 18, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Art 214

Scavenger Hunt at Little Tokyo & Japanese American National Museum

Dr. Sang Chi, Department of History

Come join some of SMC’s history classes for a morning of fun in Little Tokyo! This historical scavenger hunt takes you through the Japanese American National Museum and the Little Tokyo neighborhood to learn about Japanese American history in Los Angeles. Compete against other teams to solve all the riddles. Winners get a treat!

In order to participate in this event, you must sign a field trip waiver form and return it to Dr. Sang Chi (HSS 308) by May 20th. This trip is limited to the first 40 people to sign the waiver. You can find the waiver on top of the drawers across from HSS 307 in the History Department offices.

Sat, May 20, 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Museum Admission $5
Front steps of Japanese American National Museum (100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012)

The Foreign Language Advantage in a Global Economy

Panel Discussion, Department of Modern Languages & Cultures

A panel of experts from diverse employment sectors discuss opportunities for bilingual employees.

Tue, May 23, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., SMC Main Stage

Sa-I-Gu Remembered: Korean America & The Many Faces of the 1992 L.A. Riots

Documentary Screening, Department of History

How do we understand the 1992 Los Angeles Riots? Join us for a special screening of Dr. Sang Chi’s Cal Humanities funded documentary about the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. This year is the 25th anniversary of the L.A. Riots, which Korean Americans call Saigu (4/29), the day the riots began. Told from the perspective of 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean American activists, reporters, and former gang members, Saigu Remembered examines the Korean American experience, from immigration to the explosive events of April 29, 1992, and ultimately reflects the multiple impacts, meanings and legacies of the L.A. Riots.

Thu, May 25, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., HSS 165

Black History Month

Making it in the Entertainment Business

Alephonsion Deng & Judy Bernstein

Sudan to San Diego: The Hard Way

Two co-authors of They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys From Sudan —the story of three young boys and their arduous journey after their South Sudan homes were torched by napalm—will discuss the challenges of dealing with traumatic losses in Africa and creating new lives in America. Sponsored by the SMC Associates, SMC Black Collegians Program, SMC English Department, and SMC Global Citizenship.

Thursday, February 16, 11:15 a.m., HSS 165

Res Ipsa Media Presents:

Trial By Jury: The Case of The N-Word 

Film and TV producer Kyle Bowser hosts an open-dialogue event on using the ‘N-word’ in school curriculum, framing the conversation with a fictional on-film trial. The film stops when jury deliberations start, and members of the audience are invited to join the deliberations and express their opinions on the topic. Sponsored by the SMC Associates, Associated Students of SMC, SMC Black Collegians Program, SMC Public Policy Institute, and Santa Monica College Foundation.

Tuesday, February 21, 11:15am and 6:30pm, Main Stage At Theatre Arts Complex


Harryette Mullen

A Reading and Conversation with Poet Harryette Mullen 

Award-winning poet and short story writer Harryette Mullen—renowned for her poetry collection Sleeping with the Dictionary—is a UCLA English professor whose awards include a Jackson Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a United States Artist Fellowship. She will read selections from her works, which have been published widely and reprinted in more than 100 anthologies, including the Best American Poetry anthology series. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC English Department.

Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 p.m., HSS 104

James Mckeever

Criminalization of Black Males and Placing The Black Lives Matter Movement into a Sociological Context

Sociologist and LA Pierce College professor James McKeever will talk about the sociological aspects and effects of the criminalization of the black male and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Black Collegians Program.

Tuesday, February 28 11:15 a.m., HSS 165


Women, Society, & Power Series

Women, Society, & Power Series

Embrace The Documentary: Your Body. Create Global Change.

Film Screening

Come to an informative screening of Embrace the story of Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt, who posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 viewed by more than 100 million people worldwide, and sparked an international media frenzy. The film explores the global issue of body loathing, and inspires us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies. A Q&A and community discussion led by Embodhied founder and Certified Eating Psychology Coach Jenn Schaefer will be held March 9 (see listing below for details). Sponsored by the SMC Associates and Associated Students of SMC.

Tuesday, March 7, 11:15 a.m., HSS 165

Jenn Schaefer

Embrace Post-Screening Discussion: Your Body. Create Global Change.

Jenn Schaefer leads a special Q&A session and community conversation about how to cherish your body and be a catalyst for positive change in our culture. Schaefer—a Certified Eating Psychology Coach and founder of Embodhied—has spent decades helping people through periods of transformation as the Organizational Change leader for companies that include CBS, Nestlé, and Accenture. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and Associated Students of SMC.

Thursday, March 9, 11:15 a.m., HSS 165

Jes Baker

The Social Impact on Body Love 

“Attractive and Fat” campaign founder Jes Baker—internationally recognized as a thought leader in the realm of self-love, mental health advocacy, and body image—will talk about the importance of body autonomy, self-love, mental health, and the “Health at Every Size” movement. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and Associated Students of SMC.

Tuesday , March 21, 11:15 a.m., HSS 165

Padhia Avocado

The Eco-Feminist Practice of a Street Artist 

Los Angeles-based writer and street artist Padhia Avocado will talk about the eco-feminist aspects of her art, which explores the often undiscovered and obscure elements of our interior human landscape, and has been described as ‘psychological commentary.’ Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Art Department.

Saturday, April 22, 1:30 p.m., Art 126

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Communication & Media Series

Communication & Media Series

Erin Hill

Women Working in Hollywood Production

Media historian, author, and SMC film studies professor Erin Hill—who worked in film development and also teaches at UCLA and the New York Film Academy—will trace the long history of generations of women who worked behind the scenes in the film industry, challenging their characterization as menial workers, and showing how their labor was essential to the industry. Sponsored by the SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

Tuesday, March 7, 11:15 a.m., Art 214

Leezel Tanglao

How to Succeed in Journalism in the Digital Age 

CNNMoney digital war room’s Assistant Managing Editor for Programming Leezel Tanglao also oversees the content presentation for numerous premium businesses and the MoneyStream app across desktop, mobile, and emerging platforms. She will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing journalists in today’s digital world. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

Thursday, March 3, 11:15 a.m., HSS 165

Love Thy Nature

Film Screening & Discussion with Filmmakers 

Join EMMY-nominated, award-winning filmmaker Sylvie Rokab and Associate Producer Sheila Laffey for a screening of Love Thy Nature, narrated by Liam Neeson. This cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our vital relationship with the natural world shows that a renewed connection with nature is key to our well-being and to solving our climate and environmental crises. SMC Adjunct Film Professor Dr. Laffey hosts a Q&A after the screening. Sponsored by the SMC Communication & Media Department, SMC Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS), and Associated Students of SMC. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Tuesday, April 25, 4 p.m., HSS 165

Bart Bartholomew

Documenting the Los Angeles Riots 25 Years Ago

Award-winning photojournalist Bart Bartholomew—who currently shoots photos for The J. Paul Getty Trust, The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance, and numerous other organizations—has covered fast-breaking news in 50 countries for such publications as Time, Newsweek, US News, and The New York Times. He will talk about the day he shot the memorable photos at Florence & Normandie of the riots that erupted April 29, 1992, after the Rodney King verdict. Sponsored by the SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

Thursday, April 27, 11:15 a.m., HSS 165

Barry Kibrick

Between The Lines

Producer, and writer Barry Kibrick—who was awarded three of his five LA EMMYs as the host and creator of the nationally distributed show “Between the Lines with Barry Kibrick”—will offer inspiration based on solid realities as he talks about his background in TV and radio, and how, even under even the most precarious of circumstances, a mixture of perseverance, patience, and learning how to react and adapt to unforeseen circumstances can help anyone build a career. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Communication & Media Studies Department. 

Tuesday, May 16, 11:15 a.m., HSS 165


Distinguished Scientists

Distinguished Scientists

Dr. Pamela Peeke

Epigenetics: How Healthy Choices Can Influence Your Genes

Dr. Pamela Peeke is a nationally renowned physician, scientist, and thought leader in the fields of integrative and preventive medicine, a Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism, and a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine. She is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland, where her focus is on epigenetics, the study of the environmental and lifestyle factors that influence whether a gene is fully or partially expressing itself, or whether it is completely silenced. Sponsored by the SMC Nutrition Program and SMC Life Sciences Department.

Tuesday, April 18 , 11:15 a.m., Science 140

Dr. Keisha Bahr

Reefs At Risk: How Humans Shape Coral Reefs 

Dr. Keisha Bahr—who recently completed her PhD in zoology at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa—now works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Coral Reef Ecology Lab of the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, where her focus is on the impact of climate change on coral reefs. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Life Sciences Department.

Tuesday, May 2, 11:15 a.m., Science 140

Dr. Poppe De Boer

The Present is Not Always the Key to the Past

Widely published emeritus professor in sedimentology at Utrecht University, a former IAS Treasurer (1986-1994), and a former IAS President (2010-2014), Poppe de Boer is currently focused on research concerning catastrophic events, today’s developing greenhouse, tidal facies, and sedimentary systems in arid environments. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Earth Science Department.

Thursday, May 18, 11:15 a.m., Science 140


Literary Talks & Readings

Literary Talks & Readings

Harryette Mullen

A Reading and Conversation with Poet Harryette Mullen 

Award-winning poet and short story writer Harryette Mullen—renowned for her poetry collection Sleeping with the Dictionary—is a UCLA English professor whose awards include a Jackson Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a United States Artist Fellowship. She will read selections from her works, which have been published widely and reprinted in more than 100 anthologies, including the Best American Poetry anthology series. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC English Department.

Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 p.m., HSS 104

Siel Ju

Cake Time: A Reading By Siel Ju

Award-winning author Siel Ju—SMC English professor, author of two poetry chapbooks and numerous published short stories and poems, and the recipient of a residency from The Anderson Center at Tower View and Vermont Studio Center—will read selections from her novel-in-stories Cake Time.

Tuesday, April 25, 11:15 a.m., HSS 165


Hispanic/ Latino/A Heritage 

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Being Ñ 

Film Screening & Panel Discussion 

Join us for a screening of the documentary being ñ from first-time Latina filmmaker Denise Soler Cox, co-creator of Project ñ, a multiplatform documentary project about first-generation American-born Latinos/as with at least one parent from a Spanish-speaking country. Includes a panel discussion moderated by SMC Communication & Media Studies Department Chair Dr. Maria Muñoz and featuring Maria Martinez, Jose Hernandez, Sara Nieves-Lucas, Lucho Franco, and Ricardo Monterrubio. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Communication & Media Department, and SMC Counseling Department. Seat ing is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Thursday, March 23, 11:15am, HSS 165
Thursday, March 23, 7 p.m., HSS 165 

Felicia Montes

Chicana Art: Resistance And Affirmation – Then and Now

Xicana Indigenous artist Felicia Montes—poet, performer, community activist, educator, and founding director of the holistic artivist organization Mujeres de Maiz—will lead a revealing discussion of the major political and social themes, campaigns, issues, and developments in Chicanx art from the 1960s to the present. Sponsored by the SMC Associates, IDEAS at SMC, SMC Latino Center’s Adelante Program, SMC Black Collegians Program, SMC History Department, and SMC Art Department. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis. 

Tuesday, April 4, 11:15 a.m., HSS 165


Masters of Dance Series

Masters of Dance Series Sponsored by the SMC Dance Department and the SMC Associates

Saul Choza 

Pilates, Body Integration For Dancers 

With a passion for transforming bodies through the art and science of Pilates, Saul Choza—whose personal development as an instructor includes certification by the renowned Romana Kryzanowska, as well as certification in Kettle-bell training and Crosscore180—will teach a sequence of Pilates movements that can help the body move efficiently and effortlessly through space. If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Thursday, March 2, 12:30 p.m., CPC 304

Jennifer Fisher

Sex, Love, and Ballet – Lecture

UC Irvine professor Jennifer Fisher—a former dancer, actor, and journalist who has appeared with the Kirov Ballet and alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov—will talk about how ballet couples have changed over the years and discuss the question: Since dance reflects the culture it develops in, what do ballet’s dancing couples tell us about relationships and the contexts in which they occur?

Wednesday, March 29, 12:30 p.m., CPC 308

Marlita Hill

Modern Dance

Artistic Director/Choreographer for Speak Hill Dance Project and a co-founder of the Cortines School for the Visual and Performing Arts Marlita Hill—whose choreography has been presented in venues ranging from ARC Pasadena to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage (in collaboration with VT Dance)—will introduce her unique modern dance technique/approach, showing how to use the body fluently and expressively while exploring diverse rhythmic and directional changes. If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Thursday, May 11, 10:15 a.m., CPC 304


Special Events

Film-Screening #1 A Day in the Life of SMC

The Academy of Learning Innovation & Success wants to showcase students’ daily life one snapshot at a time. Students are invited to take a picture illustrating a significant moment of their experience at SMC and bring it to the Library between March 1 and April 21, 2017. In collaboration with photography experts, pictures will be selected and organized into a visual narrative representing… a day in the life of SMC. The collaborative pictorial story will be exhibited in the Library from May 1 to 31, 2017 and turned into a video for communications and social media. Size and submission process will be specified at the beginning of the Spring term.

Contribute: March 1 to April 21
Exhibit: May 1 to May 31, Library

"Adopt A Square" Art Contest 

Cover the grey: the Library puts on Spring tones. We invite our clubs, groups, or individual students to adopt one of the squares in front of the library and transform it into a work of art. Artists or creative minds will be provided with chalk to illustrate the landing in preparation of our Super Saturday events. Come draw and color on our concrete slabs on April 20 and 21, 2017 and compete for first, second and third prize. A committee of artists and amateurs will designate the winners of our surprise prizes and visitors will be treated to an art exhibit on Saturday April 22!

Contribute: April 20 & April 21
Exhibit: April 22, Front of Library

Generation Startup

Film Screening & Discussion 

Generation Startup—an in-the-trenches look at the front lines of entrepreneurship in America—captures the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates selected as Venture for America Fellows, who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser. After the screening, the SMC Rotaract Club will host an audience Q&A. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Business Department. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Thursday, April 27, 4 p.m., Business 144


Global Connections Lecture Series

Film-Screening #1

Dr. Kimberly James

Cleveland to Asia to Antarctica: Connecting the World Through Travel

Professor, author, and world traveler Kimberly James—the CEO of Green Goddess Travel and founder of the nonprofit Books&Wanderlust—will talk about her travels to more than 60 countries on seven continents (often over the protests of her friends and family), and bust many of the myths about travel, including that it is expensive to travel, and that it is dangerous for women to travel solo.

Thursday, February 23, 11:15 a.m., HSS 165

Tom Schnabel

Rhythm Planet: Connecting The World Through Music

Host of KCRW's Rhythm Planet, Tom Schnabel introduced World Music to public radio when he was the station's first programming director, and was honored by the French government as a Chevalier de l'Arts et des Lettres. Schnabel will talk about music from around the globe and the ways in which it connects us all. 

Thursday, April 20, 11:15 a.m. , HSS 165

Arthur Dong

Film Screening and Q&A: Hollywood Chinese

Academy Award® nominee and triple Sundance award-winning filmmaker Arthur Dong—whose films include Forbidden City, USA and Coming Out Under Fire, and who has served as Distinguished Professor in Film at Loyola Marymount University—will screen Hollywood Chinese, a chronicle of the history of Chinese and Chinese Americans in American feature films. An audience Q&A with the filmmaker follows the screening. Co-sponsored by the Urban Mediamakers West Club and SMC Design Technology Department, and SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

Thursday, May 11, 11:15 a.m., HSS 165


Santa Monica College Associates 

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