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Join us for an informative series of FREE talks and panel discussions exploring developments in communication and media today. Call 310-434-4003 for details and more information.

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

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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

Marque "DJ Cli-N-Tel" Hawkins, an original member of the legendary Hip-Hop group World Class Wreckin' Cru, is 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 Breakin' and its sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, 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. Part of the Communication & Media Series. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (smc.edu/associates) and SMC Communication and Media Department.

Tue, February 20 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165

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Inclusion in TV: Q&A with Marvel and DC Comics Television Writers

Akela Cooper (Marvel's Luke Cage, American Horror Story: Cult, The 100), Jenny Lynn (DC Comic's 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 M.N. Matthews. Sponsored by the SMC Communication and Media Studies Department.

Wed, February 28 | 2:15 p.m. | Free | Center for Media and Design 180

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Jenny Lorenzo

"Promoting Latinx Voices in Social Media"

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. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (smc.edu/associates) and SMC Communication and Media Department.

Tue, March 20 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165

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León Krauze: "Telling Our Stories"

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. Sponsored by the SMC Modern Languages Department and SMC Communication and Media Department.

Thu, March 22 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165

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Art Mortell

"Enjoying Failure, Rejection and Anxiety"

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. Sponsored by the SMC Associates (smc.edu/associates) and SMC Communication and Media Department.

Thu, April 5 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | HSS 165