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Events and Activities


Events & Activities



Tuesday, March 18, 2013
Institutional Flex Day
Dr. Ken Bain delivers keynote and offers workshop on "What the Best College Teachers Do" and "What the Best College Students Do" for more information on Ken Bain and his books, click here


Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Paul Tough at SMC
2nd Annual Public Policy Institute Spring Symposium: "Urban Youth: Fostering Success through GRIT"
  Event: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 11:15 am - 12:35 pm
Campus Lecture | free | SMC HSS 165

This campus lecture features the symposium’s keynote speaker, author Paul Tough. Mr. Tough is the author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, which has spent 12 weeks on the New York Times best seller list. Mr. Tough is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, where he has written extensively about educating, parenting, poverty, and politics. Mr. Tough’s work on Grit has informed and inspired the Santa Monica College’s GRIT Initiative. The intended audience for this campus lecture is students, faculty, and staff.

  Event: Tuesday, May 14, 2013| 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Keynote Luncheon | by invitation | SMC HSS 301

After the campus lecture, Mr. Tough will join invited campus administrators and faculty leaders, Associated Students, and PPI donors for a luncheon conversation on urban youth and the college’s GRIT Initiative.

  Event: Tuesday, May 14, 2013| 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Keynote Seminar | by invitation | SMC HSS 301

This small group seminar will feature Mr. Tough and is designed for the benefit of campus leaders engaged in the development and implementation of the college’s GRIT Initiative. Dr. Eric Oifer, SMC GRIT initiative faculty leader, will facilitate the seminar.

  Event: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Keynote Address | free | John Adams Middle School Auditorium 2425 16th St., Santa Monica CA 90405 at Pearl Street

This community lecture will be delivered by Mr. Tough and is the symposium’s premier town-gown event. Mr. Tough’s talk will focus on his work and our community’s commitment to public policies that address the needs of urban youth. Our primary partners in the community lecture are the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District, the SMMUSD Parent Teacher Association, the City of Santa Monica, and the Chamber of Commerce.

  Event: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Launch of Climate Action Pledge

See open letter here


  Event: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Opening Day Launch of GRIT

Workshop with Jonathan Mooney