Fall 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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Masters of Dance

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Stephanie Powell

Classical Ballet

Professor Stephanie Powell, Director of Dance at Long Beach City College, has danced professionally with companies that include the Oakland Ballet, San Francisco Opera, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater — as well as with performers Janet Jackson and Beyoncé Knowles — and appeared in TV and stage productions. Powell will introduce an advanced level of classical ballet technique and implement an expressive performance skill. If participating, wear appropriate ballet attire and shoes.

Wed, September 26 | 12:45 p.m. | Free | CPC 304 & 308

Nina Flagg

Hip Hop Lab

Cal Arts faculty member Nina Flagg has toured as principal dancer with Philadelphiabased Rennie Harris Puremovement; worked with such artists as Prince, Tina Turner, and J Balvin; and choreographed performances for the Grammy Awards, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and TV Land Awards. Flagg will present Hip Hop Lab, an experimental dance workshop that focuses on the philosophy and science of Hip Hop/Street Dance movement, including styles such as Hip Hop Social Dance, House, Dancehall, Footwork, and Funk. If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Wed, October 24 | 1:30 p.m. | Free | CPC 304 & 308

Colette Brandenburg

Building a Sustainable Career in Commercial Dance (Lecture)

Colette Brandenburg is the co-founder and artistic director of the LA Follies, and also the founder of UK-based The Federation. Trained in the Alvin Ailey School dance conservatory program in New York, she became a freelance choreographer, and has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings — ranging from traditional musical formats to site-specific avant-garde events on rooftops in London — and with clients such as NBCUniversal and the Hallmark Channel. Brandenburg will talk about the nitty gritty of the dance world, from first impressions before the audition to getting paid to perform.

Thu, November 29 | 12:30 p.m. | Free | CPC 304 & 308


Literary Talks & Readings

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The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.

A Reading by Gina Nahai

Gina Nahai is a best-selling author, columnist for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, and emeritus professor of Creative Writing at USC. She is the author of several short stories and novels (including Cry of the Peacock), and her writings have appeared in numerous national and international publications. Nahai has won the Los Angeles Arts Council Award, the Persian Heritage Foundation’s Award, The Simon Rockower Award, and the Phi Kappa Phi Award.

Tue, September 18 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Art 214

Multiculturalism and Feminist Struggles

MariNaomi Discusses Her Graphic Memoir Turning Japanese

Cartoonist MariNaomi is an award-winning author and illustrator whose works include Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22; Turning Japanese; I Thought YOU Hated ME; and the Life on Earth trilogy. Her work has appeared in more than 60 print publications, and been featured at the Smithsonian, De Young Museum, Cartoon Art Museum, Asian Art Museum, and Japanese American Museum. She is the founder of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the Queer Cartoonists Database, has toured with the literary roadshow Sister Spit, and cohosts the podcast “Ask Bi Grlz” with Myriam Gurba.

Thu, November 1 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

We the Corporations and Gun Fight

We the Corporations: Adam Winkler Explains How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights

We the Corporations: Adam Winkler Explains How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights Adam Winkler, Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, is a specialist in American constitutional law and the Supreme Court. He is the author of We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (2018) and Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America (2011). His scholarship has been cited in landmark Supreme Court cases on the First and Second Amendments, and according to a 2016 study he is one of the top twenty law professors for citations by the courts. His popular writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Atlantic, Slate, Scotusblog, and Daily Beast. He is a frequent commentator about legal issues and has appeared on Face the Nation, CNN, NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN, Newshour, ABC News, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Marketplace. He also served as co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (2d Edition).

Thu, November 15 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | ART 214


Communication & Media

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Nickolas Rosario and Sofía Espinosa

Creating a New Animated Classic

Award-winning bilingual actor Sofía Espinosa and directing animator Nickolas Rosario will talk about their experiences creating the Pixar Animation Studios film Coco, and share their strategies for success. Espinosa, who voiced the Mamá character, is also a writer, producer, and director. Rosario helped animate Incredibles 2, Inside Out, Brave, Toy Story 3, and Wall-E. Cosponsored by the SMC Career Education Committee and SMC Design Technology Department.

Thu, September 20 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Center for Media and Design, Room 180

Denice Frohman

The Power of the Spoken Word

Award-winning poet, writer, and performer Denice Frohman will perform a selection of poetic pieces and provide insight about the power each one conveys. Poems by the former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion have appeared in The Adroit Journal, Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, and garnered over 10 million views online. Cosponsored by the SMC Social Sciences/Philosophy Department, SMC English Department, and Associated Students of Santa Monica College.

Tue, October 16 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Main Stage at Theatre Arts Complex

While Time Stands Still

Documentary Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Elena Miliaresis

Join filmmaker Elena Miliaresis — a former producer for ABC News and E! Entertainment TV — for a screening of the documentary While Time Stands Still, which shows the challenges America’s military families face during war. In the film, Miliaresis recounts her own experiences as a military spouse, and follows two military wives to show the dramatic impact war has on families before, during, and after combat deployment. A Q&A with Miliaresis follows the screening. Cosponsored by the SMC Veterans’ Resource Center.

Tue, November 13 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

California’s Forgotten Children

Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Director Melody Miller

California’s Forgotten Children is a feature documentary about child sex trafficking. The film recounts true stories of girls and boys who were commercially sexually exploited in California and are now survivors and courageous leaders fighting for the rights of victims worldwide. Screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Melody Miller, a cinematographer and creative storyteller who has worked on numerous features and narratives, and whose awards include The Motion Picture Association of America Award, Women in Film Award, and Loreen Arbus Cinematography Award. Cosponsored by the SMC Film Studies program.

Fri, November 30 | 6:30 p.m.* | Free | Center for Media and Design, Room 180
*This is a TIME CHANGE from what is in the printed materials.


Chorosynthesis Singers

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Chorosynthesis Singers with SMC Concert Chorale & SMC Chamber Choir

“Contemporary Mass for Volatile Times”

A collage of collaborative performances by the SMC Concert Chorale, SMC Chamber Choir, Chorosynthesis Singers, and guest baritone Stephen Lancaster. Directed by Jeremiah Selvey and Wendy Moy. 

The program explores the sometimes volatile context of contemporary social issues through the lens of modern music that will be juxtaposed between the movements of William Byrd's Mass for Four Voices. 

Sat, December 8 | 7:30 p.m. | $25/$10 (first 100 student tickets free)
Sun, December 9 | 7:30 p.m. | $25/$10 (first 100 student tickets free)
The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center
1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401


Special Events

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And Then They Came for Us

Documentary Film Screening and Discussion

Join trauma psychotherapist Satsuki Ina and director Abby Ginzberg for a screening and discussion of the Silver Gavel Award-winning documentary that connects the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans with today’s activists speaking out against the Muslim travel ban. Film includes CSU Sacramento professor emeritus Satsuki Ina, and actor and activist George Takei. Both were children in an internment camp. Ginzberg is a Peabody Award-winning director and president of the Berkeley Film Foundation. Dr. Ina has produced two award-winning documentaries about the Japanese American incarceration. Sponsored by SMC Associates, SMC Black Collegians, SMC Adelante Program, SMC English Department, and SMC Film Studies program.

Thu, September 13 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

The Final Year

Documentary Screening and Q&A with Director Greg Barker

The Final Year presents the inner workings of the Obama Administration as it prepares to leave power after eight years, and reveals the human dynamics and emotions at play inside the normally opaque world of US diplomacy. Features former Secretary of State John Kerry and Deputy National Security Advisor and presidential confidant Ben Rhodes. A Q&A with award-winning documentary filmmaker and director Greg Barker follows the screening. Sponsored by the SMC Associates, SMC Black Collegians, SMC Adelante Program, SMC English Department, and SMC Film Studies program.

Thu, November 15 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Henri Vantiegham

Henri Vantieghem

Consul General of Belgium

Located on the crossroads of Western Europa, between France and Germany, Belgium was created as a sovereign modern state and a constitutional monarchy in 1830. Brussels, the capital city, has been the official seat of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament since late 1990s. This presentation will explain the position of Belgium in international affairs and how it became home to the headquarters of the European Union’s institutions.

Tue, October 23 | 11:15 – 12:30 p.m. | HSS 165


Social Justice Lecture Series

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Tyrone C. Howard

The Counter Narrative: Reframing Success of High Achieving Black and Latino Males in Los Angeles County

UCLA Professor of Education Dr. Tyrone C. Howard will discuss his research on academic achievement in urban schools and the achievement gap facing African American and other culturally diverse students. Cosponsored by the SMC Associates, Equity Steering Committee, and SMC UndocuAlly Program.

Tue, September 18 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Main Stage at Theatre Arts Complex

Dr. Lindsay Peréz-Huber

Using Racial Microaggressions to Understand Everyday Racism

CSULB College of Education Professor Lindsay Pérez-Huber will examine the conceptual framework of racial microaggressions, and talk about how students of color are often viewed from deficit perspectives within educational institutions, resulting in subtle, everyday forms of racism that can hinder academic success. She will also address what individuals and institutions can do to challenge and disrupt these microaggressions.

Thu, September 20 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Dr. Antonia Darder

A Pedagogy of the Oppressed for Our Times: Paulo Freire 50 Years Later

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of publication of world-renowned Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire’s seminal work Pedagogy of the Oppressed, LMU Professor of Education Leadership Dr. Antonia Darder will examine the revolutionary roots of Freire’s ideas and how they are even more relevant and salient for the world now.

Tue, October 9 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Dr. Kyndall Brown

Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice

Dr. Kyndall Brown, Executive Director of the California Mathematics Project and co-director for the UCLA Mathematics Project, will speak on the importance of quality mathematics and social justice teaching for equity to exist in the classroom. Cosponsored by the SMC Associates.

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

Denice Frohman

The Power of the Spoken Word

Award-winning poet, writer, and performer Denice Frohman — the former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion — will perform a selection of poetic pieces and provide insight about the power each one conveys. Cosponsored by the SMC Social Sciences/Philosophy Department, SMC English Department, and Associated Students of Santa Monica College.

Tue, October 16 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Main Stage at Theatre Arts Complex

California’s Forgotten Children

Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Director Melody Miller

Child sex trafficking documentary California’s Forgotten Children recounts true stories of girls and boys who were commercially sexually exploited in California and are now courageous leaders fighting for the rights of victims worldwide. Screening followed by Q&A with the film’s director, Melody Miller, an award-winning cinematographer and creative storyteller. Sponsored by the SMC Associates, SMC Film Studies program, and SMC Communication & Media Studies Department.

Fri, November 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Free | Center for Media and Design, Room 180
*This is a time change from what is in the printed materials.


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