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Join us for an informative series of FREE talks and panel discussions exploring developments in communication and media today. Call (310) 434-4003 for details and more information.

                                                  Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

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Charlie Chacon

West Los Documentary Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

Filmmaker Charlie Chacon screens his film West Los, which documents the Chicano roots of Santa Monica and Westside Los Angeles, including the lowrider culture that unites them. Chacon hopes to preserve the history of rapidly gentrifying barrios, including the Pico neighborhood of Santa Monica, the Oakwood section of Venice, the Mar Vista housing projects of Culver City, and the Stoner Park neighborhood in West LA. After the screening, a panel of experts will discuss the Chicano history of neighborhoods around Santa Monica College. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (smc.edu/associates) and SMC Communication & Media Studies Department. Co-sponsored by the Homegirls and Homeboys Scholars of SMC.

Tue, September 26 | 11:15 a.m. & 7 p.m. | FreeHSS 165

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Marty Callner

A Conversation with Director, Producer, & Creator Marty Callner

Award-winning director, producer, and creator Marty Callner will talk about his extensive career going back to the early days of HBO and MTV. Callner helped shape HBO through discovering and introducing countless comedians to the world and directing award-winning music and other specials, and created the network's highly popular sports reality franchise "Hard Knocks." He also directed more than 200 videos for MTV. Sponsored by the SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

Mon, October 23 | 7 p.m. | Free | HSS 165


Allan Kartun

Directing Event Television

Director Allan Kartun—an EMMY Award nominee renowned for his work on productions such as "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," and "Conan on TBS," as well as highly acclaimed specials such as "AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor" and "Bob Hope: The First 90 Years"—will talk about his live directing experiences. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (smc.edu/associates).

Thu, October 26 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165


Michael Grant

Future News​

John S. Knight Journalism Fellow and San Francisco Business Times creative director Michael Grant is an Inglewood native who took classes at SMC. Grant will share perspectives on the future of journalism, the challenges it faces, the skills students need to succeed, how his mom inspired him to care about news, and the obstacles he overcame in his own life. Grant will also share his Stanford Fellow research project that looks at ways technology could make training in digital storytelling accessible to minority publishers. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (smc.edu/associates) and SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

Thu, November 9 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165

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Jeff Wood

So You Think You Can Act? A Talk and On-Camera Workshop with Jeff Wood

Director, actor, screenwriter Jeff Wood—founder of the film production company Puzzle Man focused on original and creative content—presents a talk and on-camera workshop with a focus on acting. He will draw on his extensive career performing on the stage and in commercials and television roles, ranging from the Vivian Beaumont Theater revival of Carousel—which won five Tony Awards—to playing Austin alongside LL Cool J and Debbie Allen in the NBC sitcom "In The House" and making appearances on several other popular TV series. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (smc.edu/associates) and SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

Wed, November 15 | 3:30 p.m. | Free | Business 111


Denice Frohman

Finding Your Voice with Denice Frohman

Award-winning poet, writer, performer, educator, and speaker Denice Frohman—whose work centers around the nuances of identity, disrupts ideas of power, and seeks to celebrate the parts of ourselves deemed unworthy—will perform a variety of poetic pieces, provide insight about the inspiration behind each one, and spotlight the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and the "in-betweeness" that exists in us all. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (smc.edu/associates), SMC Social Sciences/Philosophy Department, SMC English Department, and SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

Thu, November 16 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165

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Crimson Apple & Christopher Chen

Behind the Music: Performance & Conversation with Crimson Apple & Christopher Chen

Find out what Universal Music Group (UMG) Director of Consumer Insights & Market Trends Christopher Chen and the members of the pop-alternative band Crimson Apple have to say about their distinct sides of the music industry. The four sisters who make up Crimson Apple—Colby Benson (Lead Vocals/Keys), Shelby Benson (Guitar/Vocals), Carthi Benson (Bass/Vocals), and Faith Benson (Drums)—will also perform a short acoustic set following a Q&A session. Sponsored by the SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

Fri, November 17 | 10:30 a.m. | Free | HSS 104​