​​​​The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition presents the 33rd Annual Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Never Lose Hope: Unity Wins"

Join us for a weekend of free events celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring a talk with iconic 1968 Olympic Medalist Dr. Tommie Smith. Admission to all events are free and take place at a number of community venues. For details on events and locations, visit https://www.mlkjrwestside.org.

MLK Celebration 2018 SMC Associates

2017 Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum​

Flier for The Woman Question in American Culture

​​Princesses, Ballerinas, and Warriors: The “Woman” Question in American Culture

Free Forum Events

The UnNatural History Museum

Enter this rare exhibition where you will encounter unusual curiosities, living attractions and extraordinary experiments in human evolution. A paradigm shift awaits you! Gather at the SMC Clock Tower where histories of gender don’t have to repeat, social roles are reversed before your eyes, and you can discover how to unlock the code and go back-to-the-future you. This performance art presentation is a collaboration between One Mile and SMC Public Policy Institute Interns.
Thu, November 16, 11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. | SMC Clock Tower

Women, Gender, Power – Breaking Barriers in Entertainment and Politics

Kim Masters is Editor at Large of The Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW’s The Business. Author, award-winning journalist for multiple publications, and talk-show host, Masters is respected as an important source of the news in the entertainment industry.

Korin Huggins is the Chief Executive Officer for Kronicle Media, a company she co-founded to create content for and about women from diverse perspectives. Huggins has established an award-winning career as a television producer.

Wendy Greuel served as the City Controller of the City of Los Angeles from 2009 to 2013, only the second woman to win a city-wide office in L.A., and as a Member of the Los Angeles City Council. She also was a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles in 2013 and for Congress in 2014. Her political career followed five years at Dreamworks SKG, where she advised Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

This discussion will cover the current climate in Hollywood and in politics, and the challenges women in both fields face to break barriers and to break stories.
Mon, November 20, Reception 6 p.m. & Panel 7 – 9 p.m. | SMC Mainstage

The Unfinished Business of Feminism: The Recent Assaults on Women in Politics, Culture and Campuses and the need for a Gender Center at SMC

A Roundtable Discussion featuring SMC Students, Faculty, and Staff Leaders.
Tue, November 21, 11:15 a.m – 12:35 p.m. | SMC HSS Room 165

The Nutcracker

Celebrate the Holidays with Westside Ballet, SMC Dancers, and the SMC Symphony Orchestra at The Broad Stage.

Sat, November 25, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sun, November 26, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sat, December 2, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sun, December 3, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

For tickets, visit Westside Ballet.


Flier for SMC Associates Annual Kick-OffTo the Point: “Fake News? Alternative Facts?” The Past-Present-Future of Journalism

A Candid Evening with KCRW's Warren Olney
October 12, 2017, 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.
The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St,
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Presented by the SMC Associates

Award winning radio host Warren Olney has helped people become aware of regional and world issues throughout his 50-year career in journalism. With the demise of trusted sources of information, he represents the essence of integrity in journalism. Come hear Warren share the historical context of what we are experiencing today in the world of media and journalism–as well as his own personal insights into what the future holds.

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May 8-11

Liberty and Justice for All !?#$*: Californians as Guardians of the Galaxy in a Post-Truth Era

Presented by the SMC Public Policy Institute and the SMC Associated Students

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Screening of Agents of Change

A film produced and directed by Frank Dawson.

Film is screened at 7 p.m. and panel discussion is at 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (featuring Director and SMC Dean, Frank Dawson and SMC AS President, Terrence Ware)

Mon, May 8, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Aero Theatre – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Truth vs. Post-Truth: Implications for Californians Defending the Galaxy

SMC philosophers deliberate over the meaning and prospects for objective knowledge as a path to public policy in the 21st century. Does the truth matter anymore? Facilitated by SMC Professors Amber Katherine, Paul Klumpe, Ali Mohsen.

Tue, May 9, 11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Santa Monica College Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Hall, HSS 165

Screening of After Auschwitz

A film written and directed by Jon Kean

Film is screened at 7 p.m. and panel discussion is at 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (featuring Director Jon Kean, Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels, SMC Professor Ali Mohsen, and Ahilan Arulanantham from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California ).

Tue, May 9, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Aero Theatre – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

We the People: A Projection Installation

An education and advocacy video project unveiling personal narratives from SMC and beyond of what it’s like to live in the Post Truth-Era when your civil rights are on the line. The video will be followed by a panel discussion with the students who created the project about how the video can be used as a tool for change.

Wed, May 10, 6:30 p.m.
Santa Monica College Cayton Center, Second Floor Lobby

Sanctuary-State Superheroes to the Rescue!

Join us at the SMC Clock Tower for a speculative theme park to unleash, challenge, and develop your inner Californian political superpowers through games and dialogue on diversity, freedom of expression, immigration, healthcare-for-all and respect for the environment. Presented by One Mile and SMC Public Policy Institute Interns.

Thu, May 11, 11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Santa Monica College Clock Tower Quad

The Justice League: Keynote Discussion with State Senator Fran Pavley, Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer, and Santa Monica-Malibu USD Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati

Join environmental advocate​ and former State Senator Fran Pavley, Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer, and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati for a conversation on the ways that California, through legislation and public policies, can continue to lead the nation and the world on important issues.

Thu, May 11, 7 p.m.
Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club – 1210 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401


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Join PPI for the 2016 Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum

Art Form - This is Hunger

The Fall Forum features speakers, panel discussions, and dance performances for audiences ranging from fifth graders to adults. All forum events are open to the public, and most events are free. Seating is on a first-arrival basis if reservations are not required.

“THIS IS HUNGER: A Photo Exhibit”

Daily through December 1

Explore selected images from the thought -provoking MAZON photo exhibit. FREE. Santa Monica College Cafeteria on SMC’s main campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica).

“Why Art? The Power of Photography to Impact Public Policy”

Tuesday, November 22, 11:15 a.m | Guest Speaker, Barbara Grover

Renowned award-winning photographer and political activist Barbara Grover will lead a discussion on how photography can be used to educate and inspire activism on important public policy issues. FREE. Limited seating; reservations required (email ppi@smc.edu with number of guests attending). Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall 165 on SMC’s main campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica).

Documentary Screening: “The Armor of Light”

Tuesday, November 22, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m | Guest Speaker, Abigail Disney

Director Abigail Disney follows the journey of evangelical minister Rob Schenck as he struggles with reconciling his positions on gun ownership and an opposition to abortion. Director Disney will participate in a community discussion from 6:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m. (between screenings). FREE. Laemmle Monica Film Center (1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica). Free parking available at City Parking Structure #4.

“THIS IS HUNGER: MAZON’s Mobile Museum”

November 23, December 1, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.; November 28-30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Experience and explore this interactive exhibit on wheels that presents a powerful community engagement campaign to educate communities across the country about the stark reality of hunger in America. FREE. Reservations required at www.thisishunger.org (allow 1 hour to experience exhibit). Lot 6 (SE corner of 14th at Pico Blvd.) on SMC’s main campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica).

“Illuminate Then Advocate: Engaging the Public”

Monday, November 28, 6:30 p.m. | Guest Speakers, Sen. Ben Allen (SD-26), Abby Liebman, Barbara Grover

Join us for a special roundtable discussion – with California State Senator Ben Allen (SD-26), MAZON Executive Director Abby Liebman, and Artist and Activist Barbara Grover – about the rising problem of hunger and food insecurity in our communities. This conversation will focus not only on the role that art can play in drawing attention to important issues, but also on how art and voice can be used to engage elected officals and influence public policy. FREE. Santa Monica College Bundy Campus Room 123 (3171 S. Bundy Dr., Los Angeles). Free onsite parking.

“One Mile: An Interactive Art Walk

Tuesday, November 29, 11:15 a.m.

Through rigorous, yet playful strategies of art as public practice, One Mile guides the community toward collective re-imaginings to generate enduring and harmonic solutions for local and global co-existence. FREE. Meet alongside MAZON Mobile Museum in Lot 6 (SE corner of 14th at Pico Blvd.) on SMC’s main campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica).

Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” Ballet

November 25, December 1, December 2, 7 p.m.; November 26, November 27, December 3, December 4, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m

The Westside Ballet, joined by the SMC Symphony and SMC dancers, presents its annual holiday extravaganza featuring Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, Balanchine’s exuberant choreography, falling snow, and a Christmas tree that grows! See Westside Ballet for ticket details. The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, (1310 11th St., Santa Monica). Free onsite parking.


Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 5th Annual PPI Spring Symposium - May 9 - 14

Pictures on SMC Facebook.

Adam Briggle Dean Kubani Spring 2016

“Saving The Planet One Town At A Time”

Monday, May 9 | Guest Speaker, Dr. Adam Briggle

Adam Briggle, who teaches philosophy at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he also serves on a citizens’ advisory group, helped lead an initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing in Denton. Briggle’s story is of an intellectual who became an activist and helped a Texas town successfully take on the oil and gas industry. Denton is now recognized as a beacon for grassroots democracy and a model for using regulatory processes to halt the spread of fracking.

Should we re-imagine environmental justice as “global citizenship”?

Tuesday, May 10 | Student Debate

SMC students will debate the question of whether “global citizenship” is the best way forward in the 21st century if we hope to achieve environmental justice. Some say “global citizenship” is merely ideology for global capitalism, while others claim it offers the best platform for environmental justice. Philosophy Professor Amber Katherine will facilitate this lively debate.

Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything” with Dean Kubani and Christopher Toussaint

Wednesday, May 11 | Film and Roundtable Discussion

Filmed in nine countries and give continents over four years, Naomi Klein’s film, This Changes Everything, is an epic attempt to re-imagine the challenge of climate change. A post-screening discussion will follow. Dean Koubani oversees Santa Monica’s citywide efforts related to water and energy efficiency, urban runoff, green buildings, hazardous materials and sustainability. Christopher Toussaint is an award-winning producer, director, editor, and cameraman.

Climate Justice and Loving Other Species: Why Race, Class and Gender Matter

Thursday, May 12 | Guest Speaker: Dr. Chris J. Cuomo

The politics of race, class and gender are fundamental to understanding the causes of global environmental harms. Luckily, they also help create alternatives. How can we blend social and ecological justice into multi-cultures of mutual respect, health and flourishing? What does it mean to really love other species? Come hear strategies, real life examples, and philosophy. Chris Cuomo is a Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Georgia. She serves on the Georgia Climate Change Coalition.

Panel: How Should We Re-Imagine Environmental Justice?

Thursday, May 12

Introduction by:
Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Superintendent and President,
Santa Monica College
Santa Monica was represented at the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris, France, by an extraordinary number of local elected leaders. State Assemblymember Richard Bloom, District 50, and Santa Monica Councilmembers Pam O’Connor and Terry O’Day will share their impressions and address key questions. PPI Co-Director, Professor Tahvildaran-Jesswein, will moderate.


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