Join us for an informative series of FREE talks and panel discussions exploring developments in communication and media today. Unless otherwise noted, series sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Communication & Media Studies Department. Call (310) 434-4003 for details and more information.

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.


Conversation with: Former LA Radio Personality Ben Kelly and Entertainment Project Manager Joi Hardy

Ben Kelly Joi Hardy

Ben Kelly and Joi Hardy will talk about career strategies in radio and entertainment media. Kelly covered benchmark events like the O.J. Simpson trial and the 1992 L.A. Riots while at legendary 92.3 The Beat (now The Real 92.3), and currently serves as the Young Life College Director at the University of Southern California. Hardy works as an entertainment project manager. For NBCUniversal, she managed custom sponsorships and creative content across Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes, Movietickets.com, and Flixster for studio, streaming, and brand clients, including Disney, Sony, Fox, STX, and Netflix. Part of Black History Month and the Communication & Media Series. Additional sponsors: SMC's Black Collegians Program and the SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

Thursday, February 28 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)


Women's History: Ellen Freyer

Introduction to American Women Photographers of the 20th Century

Ellen FreyerJoin Ellen Freyer for a look at the images and lives of some of the influential American women photographers of the 20th century. A former PBS development and production executive involved in more than 50 award-winning family movies, Freyer is a self-taught fine art photographer with a background in painting and film and a member of Southern California Women's Caucus for the Arts. Part of the Communication & Media Series. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

Tuesday, March 19 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)


Raha Lewis

A Career in Journalism with Entertainment Reporter Raha Lewis

Raha LewisEntertainment reporter Raha Lewis, an influencer for all things pop culture, fashion, and entertainment will share her thoughts on the media business in the digital age. A former lawyer, she has written for publications such as the Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, and InStyle, and is a familiar figure presenting exclusive stories on "E! News," "Good Morning America," and "Showbiz Tonight."

Tuesday, March 26 | 7 p.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180


Crazy Rich Asians

Behind-the-Scenes with Co-writer Adele Lim

Adele LimScreenwriter Adele Lim presents behind-the-scenes stories and clips from Crazy Rich Asians, which she co-wrote with Peter Chiarelli, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan. Released in 2018, the film won the Critics' Choice Best Comedy Award. It became the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade while staying true to the film's Asian and Asian-American roots. Lim, who is Chinese and grew up in Malaysia, is also a producer and has extensive TV writing credits.

Thursday, March 28 | 7 p.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180


Undocumented and Muñecas

Short Film Screenings and Q&A with SMC Student and Alumni Filmmakers

Bishal Dutta Muñecas

Undocumented, directed by SMC alum Bishal Dutta and produced by SMC alums Lindsay Eberts and Oscar Huezo and current SMC student Dennis Sandoval, is "an elegant and devastating statement of how Dreamers and our country are both being robbed of our future," according to Frank Stiefel, 2018 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary, Short Subject. Undocumented is an official selection at the 38th International Festival of Film Schools in Munich. Muñecas, winner of the 2017 Prague Independent Film Festival Best Student Film Award, was partially inspired by writer/director and SMC student Osvaldo (Ozzy) Ozuna's experiences growing up in Baja California, where drug-related violence remains a problem.

A Q&A with the filmmakers follows the screening.

Tuesday, May 7 | 7 p.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180