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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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