Spring 2018 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. Public parking is limited during the day at SMC. Please allow extra time when attending events. See Transporation at SMC for parking options.

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The SMC Associates Presents Actors from the London Stage

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The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

Santa Monica College Main Campus Studio Stage (Next to Main Stage)

Friday, March 23 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 25 7 p.m.

Free Admission


Black History Month

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Kyle Bowser

Black Representation in Media

Kyle Bowser is the founder of Res Ipsa Media, Inc., a multimedia production company that has developed and produced an array of multimedia projects, and garnered development deals with Warner Bros., Home Box Office, and 3 Arts Entertainment. He has worked for more than two decades as an entertainment industry executive-spanning the areas of film, television, music, theater, radio, and new media-and has gained a unique insight into the intersecting parameters of the performing arts, business development, and emerging technologies. He also provides strategic planning and counsel for several entertainment industry artists and firms. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC's Black Collegians Program.

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

A Conversation with the Producers and Talent of the Films Break Dance Revolution and N.ot W.ithout A.lonzo: The Story of West Coast Hip-Hop

Marque "DJ Cli-N-Tel" Hawkins, an original member of the legendary Hip-Hop group World Class Wreckin' Cru, is the producer of Break Dance Revolution, a third installment in the Breakin' series, set for production in 2018. Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers, who played Turbo in Breakin' and its sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, is renowned for his skills in popping, boogaloo, and robot dancing, as well as the freestyle art of b-boying. Alonzo "Grandmaster Lonzo" Williams, also an original member of World Class Wreckin' Cru, is considered the Godfather of West Coast Hip-Hop. Part of the Communication & Media Series. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Communication and Media Department.

Tue, February 20 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165

Carolyne Edwards & Guests

Black History in Santa Monica: The Philomatheans

Carolyne Edwards and other representatives of The Philomatheans-one of the oldest African American service organizations in Southern California-will talk about the rich history and culture of African Americans in Santa Monica. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC's Black Collegians Program.

Thu, February 22 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165

Susan Burton

Champion for Justice - Leading the Fight for the Formerly Incarcerated

Civil rights activist Susan Burton will talk about getting back on track after her release from prison, and starting the nonprofit A New Way of Life to provide housing and other support to formerly incarcerated women. Burton-the author of Becoming Ms. Burton and the founder of the Justice On Trial Film Festival-will also discuss issues related to Black Lives Matter and current public policy implications. Sponsored by the SMC Associates, SMC Office of Community & Academic Relations, and Homegirl & Homeboy Scholars of SMC.

Tue, February 27 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165


Special Event

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Beyond Gun Control: What Can Be Done to Reduce Violence in Our Society?

Join SMC sociology professor Dr. Rebecca Romo, SMC psychology professor Dr. Karen Gunn, former FBI agent Chris Woiwode, community activist Josef Sanchez, and others for a panel discussion-moderated by student trustee Chase Matthews-on how gun-violence reduction measures will continue to fall short without widespread individual and organized engagement in the transformation of our social values and practices. Sponsored by the SMC Associates, SMC's Black Collegians Program, SMC's Adelante Program, SMC English Department, and SMC Sociology Department.

Thu, March 1 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165


Distinguished Scientists Lecture

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Dr. Michael Jung

Drug Discovery in Academia: Some Success Stories

An authority on synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry, UCLA Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Michael Jung has led an organic chemistry research group for the past 40+ years, and was one of the key scientists behind the development of the first FDA-approved drug-enzalutamide (Xtandi)-found to be effective against one of the most serious forms of prostate cancer. He will discuss his work and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the drug discovery process from bench to bedside: from the initial discovery to how the drug proceeded through clinical trials, and how the drug is now used. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Physical Sciences Department.

Tue, March 6 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165


Hispanic Heritage Lecture

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Jenny Lorenzo

Promoting Latinx Voices in Social Media

Award-winning YouTube star Jenny Lorenzo-a Cuban-American actor/producer known for her popular character Abuela and her work for We are Mitú, the Aggressive Comix channel, and BuzzFeed's "Pero Like"-will share the secrets to her social media success and the struggles she conquered. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Communication and Media Department.

Tue, March 20 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165


Masters of Dance

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Earl Barton

Developing the Choreographer: Dance during the Stage-to-Film Transition (Lecture)

Professional choreographer, dancer, and director Earl Barton-known for his unique style of tap and a lifetime of dance and entertainment expertise spanning two continents-will explore the history of dance in Hollywood during the Golden Era, and talk about what it is like to work as a dancer in live and recorded programs, the role of the choreographer, and how to work with stars both as a dancer and choreographer.

Wed, March 28 | 2 p.m. | Free | CPC 314

Rachel Berman

Modern Dance - Paul Taylor

Rachel Berman-with a decade performing principal roles with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, as well as performing with Ballet Hispanico, May O'Donnell, The American Repertory Dance Company, The Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and renowned hula companies-will give participants "a taste" of Taylor's highly athletic vocabulary in a modern dance master class that focuses on the use of the torso and back, spirals, grounded weight, and the fluid curves that are so prevalent in Taylor's style. If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Thu, April 26 | 10:15 a.m. | Free | CPC 304 & 308

Aparna Sindhoor

Indian Performing Arts

Award-winning Founder and Artistic Director of Navarasa Dance Theater Dr. Aparna Sindhoor-hailed by critics as a powerful voice for creating contemporary works of extraordinary artistry and works that challenge the boundaries of traditional Indian dance, yet contribute to strengthening that tradition-will give participants a taste of India's diverse dance forms in a master class on two Indian dance performance practices: Bharatahatyam (one of the classical dances from India), and Bollywood (the Indian popular dance form inspired by the Indian cinema). If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Thu, May 24 | 12:30 p.m. | Free | CPC 304 & 308


Communication & Media

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A Conversation with the Producers and Talent of the Films Break Dance Revolution and N.ot W.ithout A.lonzo: The Story of West Coast Hip-Hop

Marque "DJ Cli-N-Tel" Hawkins, an original member of the legendary Hip-Hop group World Class Wreckin' Cru, is the producer of Break Dance Revolution, a third installment in the Breakin' series, set for production in 2018. Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers, who played Turbo in Breakin' and its sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, is renowned for his skills in popping, boogaloo, and robot dancing, as well as the freestyle art of b-boying. Alonzo "Grandmaster Lonzo" Williams, also an original member of World Class Wreckin' Cru, is considered the Godfather of West Coast Hip-Hop. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Communication and Media Department.

Tue, February 20 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165

Inclusion in TV: A Q&A with Marvel and DC Comics Television Writers

Akela Cooper (Marvel's Luke Cage, American Horror Story: Cult, The 100), Jenny Lynn (DC Comics' Arrow, Serenity, Daybreak), and Charles Murray (Marvel's The Inhumans, Marvel's Luke Cage, Sons of Anarchy, HBO's Oscar Micheaux biopic) discuss how their respective backgrounds enhance storytelling in the world of Marvel, DC Comics and 21st-century Hollywood. Moderated by Professor MN Matthews. Sponsored by the Communication and Media Studies Department.

Wed, February 28 | 2:15 p.m. | Free | CMD 180

Jenny Lorenzo

Promoting Latinx Voices in Social Media

Award-winning YouTube star Jenny Lorenzo-a Cuban-American actor/producer known for her popular character Abuela and her work for We are Mitú, the Aggressive Comix channel, and BuzzFeed's "Pero Like"-will share the secrets to her social media success and the struggles she conquered. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Communication and Media Department.

Tue, March 20 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165

Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus

Film Screening

Followed by Q&A with director Holly Mosher. Bonsai People (2011) is an emotionally compelling look at the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yanus, showing how microcredit loans empower social businesses from healthcare to alternative energy. Presented as part of History of Documentary Films class with Adj. Prof. Sheila Laffey. Sponsored by Communication and Media Department.

Tue, March 20 | 7 p.m. | Free | CMD 180

León Krauze

Telling Our Stories

León Krauze, originally from Mexico City, is currently a news anchor at Univision KMEX in Los Angeles. A former sports journalist and international policy analyst, he is also the author of La Mesa: Historias de nuestra gente (The Table: Stories of our people), a book of interviews with people throughout the Los Angeles area. Krauze will talk about the foreign language advantage in communication and media studies. Sponsored by the SMC Modern Languages Department and SMC Communication and Media Department.

Thu, March 22 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165

Art Mortell

Enjoying Failure, Rejection, and Anxiety

Business communication expert Art Mortell, author of The Courage to Fail and An Adventure into Your Mind, will present nine reasons why we should embrace failure, rejection, and anxiety, and explain why understanding how to overcome these obstacles to resolve conflict and seek agreement is a valuable skill to build better relationships and be more confident. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Communication and Media Department.

Thu, April 5 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165

Seed: The Untold Story

Film Screening

Followed by discussion with local seedkeepers. The Untold Story follows passionate seedkeepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seedkeepers fight to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource. Features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, and many others. Winner of 18 festival awards. Sponsored by Communication and Media Department.

Tue, April 24 | 7 p.m. | Free | CMD 180


Literary Talks & Readings

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Modern Poetic Permutations

Come enjoy live poetry readings by a noteworthy spectrum of writers that includes Ernest Padilla, Mario Padilla, Wil Doucet, Grace Singh Smith, and Cecilia Martinez-Gil, as well as a selection of SMC students. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC English Department.

Thu, April 19 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165


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