February 21, 2020

Social Justice Series Spring 2020

"Marisol Moreno: Human Rights, Dolores, and Us" Poster
“Marisol Moreno: Human Rights, Dolores, and Us,” a screening of the documentary Dolores and Q&A with SMC history professor Marisol Moreno will be held March 31 at 11:15 a.m. in SMC Student Services Center Orientation Hall (S183) on the main SMC campus at 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Santa Monica College Presents Spring 2020 Social Justice Series

Series Starts March 5

SANTA MONICA, CA — Santa Monica College (SMC) continues its Social Justice Lecture Series in spring 2020 with presentations, talks, and discussions that explore the concept of social justice and a variety of aspects, issues, and developments affecting and shaping it in today’s world.

All presentations in the series are free and will be held on the main Santa Monica College campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica). Unless otherwise noted, all presentations are sponsored by the SMC Associates (smc.edu/associates), a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on the Santa Monica College campus. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

The spring 2020 series lineup is:

  • March 5 at 11:15 a.m. in SMC Core Performance Center 104 — Kas Metzler: “Cultivating Women in Leadership.” Kas Metzler, a longtime educator in the field of exercise science, health, and wellness, presents a look at the data and the themes emerging from a new study on women college presidents in California (Metzler, 2019). The interactive presentation will examine how these findings apply across the leadership spectrum, and focus on activities of emotional intelligence, which are relevant in both prescribed and emergency leadership roles. Sponsored by the SMC Associates.

  • March 31 at 11:15 a.m. in SMC Student Services Center Orientation Hall (S183) — Screening and Q&A with Marisol Moreno: “Human Rights, Dolores, and Us.” A documentary about Chicana activist, co-founder (with César Chavez) of the United Farm Workers, and Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta, Dolores looks at her life and work for racial and labor justice. The event includes a Q&A featuring SMC history professor Marisol Moreno, an expert on the history and efforts of the Chicano movement to gain equality and human rights. Sponsored by the SMC Associates. Additional sponsors: SMC’s Adelante Program, SMC Latino Center, SMC English Department, SMC Sociology Department, SMC History Department, and SMC Film Studies Program.

  • April 2 at 11:15 a.m. in Stromberg Hall (HSS 165).  Amy Peloff: “Should I Still Watch This Show? Pop Culture in the #MeToo Era.” Media and feminism scholar Amy Peloff of the University of Washington will lead a conversation about the value of art and entertainment, and the value of being held to account. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, many are asking, “Should I still be watching this?” The discussion explores the cultural and economic aspects of consuming entertainment made by people whose behaviors are questionable, distasteful, or even criminal. Sponsored by the SMC Associates.

  • April 23 at 11:15 a.m. in SMC Student Services Center Orientation Hall (S183)  Screening and Q&A with Pamela J. Peters: “Rumble – The Indians Who Rocked the World.” Award-winning documentary about the impact of Native Americans on the development of rock music looks at musicians such as Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jimi Hendrix, Mildred Bailey, and Robbie Robertson, and the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular culture in America. A Q&A after the screening will be led by Indigenous multimedia artist Pamela J. Peters, who uses photography and video to explore what she calls “Indigenous Realism,” which examines the lives and complexities of contemporary Native Americans. Sponsored by the SMC Associates. Additional sponsors: SMC’s Adelante Program, SMC’s Black Collegians Program, SMC English Department, SMC Sociology Department, SMC History Department, and SMC Film Studies Program.

All programs are subject to change without notice, and new speakers may be added to the series. Up-to-date details are posted at smc.edu/eventsinfo and available by calling 310-434-4100.