Join us for an informative series of FREE presentations examining social justice. Sponsored by the SMC Associates. Call (310) 434-4003 for details and more information.

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.


Hotel Everest: One Step at a Time

Claudia Sobral Chazzen Danny Maseng

Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Claudia Sobral moderated by Chazzen Danny Maseng (MAKOM LA)

A documentary about individuals who have the courage to overcome ancient hatreds, fear, and mistrust to strive for self-determination and peace, Hotel Everest: One Step at a Time reflects Claudia Sobral’s interest in how people from differing cultures and backgrounds are willing to risk and connect with the humanity of the “other,” find ways to get along and create new worlds for themselves and their communities. A Q&A with the filmmaker moderated by Chazzen Danny Maseng follows the screening.

Tue, September 17 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)


Hailing César

Eduardo ChavezDocumentary Film Screening and Q&A with Director Eduardo Chavez

A feature documentary about César Chávez, Hailing César was directed by actor/activist Eduardo Chavez. He is the grandson of both the legendary civil rights activist and Cuban revolutionary Max Lesnik, as well as co-founder of Latindia Studios, and a member of the Speakers’ Board for the Chavez Institute for Law and Social Justice. A Q&A with the film director follows the screening. Additional sponsor: SMC Global Citizenship.

Thu, September 26 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
SMC Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)


Robert Hernandez

Raha LewisBuilding Empathy Through Virtual Reality Journalism

Robert Hernandez (aka WebJournalist) will give a short presentation on how technology can help journalism audiences better understand marginalized communities. Hernandez explores and develops the intersection of technology and journalism. An Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg, the ‘hackademic’ has worked with augmented reality (AR), wearables, and virtual reality (VR), and he and his students produce award-winning VR experiences under their brand, Jovrnalism™. Hands-on demos of VR stories and equipment follow the presentation.

Thursday, September 26 | 7 p.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180


Dotan Saguy

Dotan SaguyFrom Street Photography to Photojournalism

After a successful career as a high-tech entrepreneur, SMC alum Dotan Saguy decided to focus on his lifelong passion for photography, including studying photojournalism at SMC. His award-winning photographs have appeared in National Geographic, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He published his first monograph in 2018 — with German publisher Kehrer Verlag — about the endangered culture of Venice, California, and was awarded Bronze by the prestigious Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2018-19. He is currently working on several projects, including a photo essay on people living in vehicles in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, October 29 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)