SMC Continues Communication & Media Lecture Series February 20

Santa Monica College continues its Communication & Media Series with “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” at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, February 20, in Humanities & Social Sciences Lecture Hall 165 on the main SMC campus.

Akela Cooper, Jenny Lynn, and Charles Murray will talk about “Inclusion in TV: Q&A with Marvel and DC Comics Television Writers” at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, in Lecture Hall 180 at the SMC Center for Media and Design.

Jenny Lorenzo will talk about “Promoting Latinx Voices in Social Media” at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Humanities & Social Sciences Lecture Hall 165 on the main SMC campus.

León Krauze will discuss “Telling Our Stories” at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, March 22, in Humanities & Social Sciences Lecture Hall 165 on the main SMC campus.

Art Mortell will talk about “Enjoying Failure, Rejection, and Anxiety” at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, April 5, in Humanities & Social Sciences Lecture Hall 165 on the main SMC campus.

February 9, 2018

​Santa Monica, CA—Santa Monica College (SMC) continues its Communication & Media Series, beginning Feb. 20, with a line-up of industry professionals who will talk about their work and share their viewpoints.

All talks, panel discussions, and film screenings are free. Most of the events will be held on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. However, two film screenings – Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus and Seed: The Untold Story – will be held at the new SMC Center for Media and Design (CMD), 1660 Stewart St., Santa Monica.

Street parking is restricted around the SMC main campus and extremely limited around the Center for Media and Design. Attendees are encouraged to arrive via the Expo line, the bus, or a ride-sharing service.

Unless otherwise noted, the series is sponsored by the SMC Communication & Media Studies Department. Seating is on a first-arrival basis.

The Spring 2018 Communication & Media Series line-up is:

  • Tuesday, February 20: “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” at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities & Social Sciences Lecture Hall 165. Marque “DJ Cli-N-Tel” Hawkins is an original member of the legendary Hip-Hop group World Class Wreckin' Cru and 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 the Breakin' films, 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. Co-sponsored by the SMC Associates (www.smc.edu/associates) – a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on the Santa Monica College campus.

  • Wednesday, February 28: “Inclusion in TV: Q&A with Marvel and DC Comics Television Writers” at 2:15 p.m. in Lecture Hall 180 at the SMC Center for Media and Design. 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 SMC Professor MN Matthews.

  • Tuesday, March 20: Jenny Lorenzo: “Promoting Latinx Voices in Social Media” at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities & Social Sciences Lecture Hall 165. 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. Co-sponsored by the SMC Associates.

  • Tuesday, March 20: “Film Screening: Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus” at 7 p.m. in Lecture Hall 180 at the SMC Center for Media and Design. 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 SMC Adjunct Professor Sheila Laffey. Co-sponsored by the SMC Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS), SMC Business Department, SMC Social Sciences Department, and SMC Education/Early Childhood Department.

  • Thursday, March 22: León Krauze: “Telling Our Stories” at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities & Social Sciences Lecture Hall 165. 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. Co-sponsored by the SMC Modern Languages Department.

  • Thursday, April 5: Art Mortell: “Enjoying Failure, Rejection, and Anxiety” at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities & Social Sciences Lecture Hall 165. 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. Co-sponsored by the SMC Associates.

  • Tuesday, April 24: “Film Screening: Seed: The Untold Story” at 7 p.m. in Lecture Hall 180 at the SMC Center for Media and Design. Followed by discussion with local seedkeepers. Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seedkeepers protecting the world’s 12,000-year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of 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. Presented as part of History of Documentary Films class with SMC Adjunct Professor Sheila Laffey. Co-sponsored by the SMC Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS).

For additional information, please call the SMC Office of Public Programs at (310) 434-4100.

Santa Monica College is a California Community College accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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