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Literary Series

Plan to arrive early for the continuation of this very popular FREE lecture series sponsored by the SMC Associates ( the English Department.   Call (310) 434-4303 for details and more information. 
Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.


Dr. Benjamin Bowser:

It Is Bigger Than Ferguson

Sociologist and CSU East Bay Professor Emeritus Dr. Benjamin Bowser will provide a historical context to the nationwide outrage about the racial profiling of African American men. Join us for this extremely important discussion, as each one of us plays a role in how this country defines race relations. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (​), SMC English Department, and SMC’s Black Collegians Program.Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.  Part of the SMC Global Connections Series and the SMC Literary Series.

Thu, February 26 | 11:15am | Free | Art 214​


Natalie Baszile

The Taste of Second Chances:
Natalie Baszile Reads from Queen Sugar

Natalie Baszile—a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, former Holden Minority Scholar in Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, and author of nonfiction pieces for numerous publications—will read excerpts from her debut novel published by Penguin/Random House.

Tue, March 3 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165

Tue, March 3 | 6:30pm | Free | HSS 104


Jeri Westerson

Knights, Templars, and the Grail Myth:
Jeri Westerson Reads from Cup of Blood

Los Angeles native Jeri Westerson—president of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America and former VP for Sisters in Crime Los Angeles—reads from her latest ‘medieval noir’ novel featuring Crispin Guest, a disgraced knight turned detective on the mean streets of 14th-century London.

Tue, March 24 | 6:30pm | Free | HSS 165


Kem Nunn

Kem Nunn Reads from His Work

Award-winning author of six novels Kem Nunn—a longtime surfer also known for film and TV screenplays that include Deadwood and Sons of Anarchy, as well as articles and reviews in Surfer magazine, Los Angeles Times, and GQ—reads selections from his writings.

Thu, April 23 | 11:15am | Free | HSS 165