Join us for an informative series of FREE presentations examining social justice. Sponsored by the SMC Associates. Call (310) 434-4003 for details and more information.

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.


Cultivating Women in Leadership

Kas Metzler

Kas Metzler, a longtime educator in the field of exercise science, health, and wellness, takes 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.

Thu, March 5 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
SMC Core Performance Center 104


Human Rights, Dolores, and Us

Screening and Q&A with Marisol Moreno

Find out about Chicana activist, co-founder (with César Chavez) of the United Farm Workers, and Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta at a special screening of Dolores. The documentary looks at her life and work for racial and labor justice. The screening will be followed by 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. Additional sponsors: SMC’s Adelante Program, SMC Latino Center, SMC English Department, SMC Sociology Department, SMC Philosophy and Social Sciences Department, and SMC Film Studies Program.

Tue, March 31 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
SMC Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)


Should I Still Watch This Show? Pop Culture in the #MeToo Era

Amy Peloff

Join media and feminism scholar Amy Peloff of the University of Washington for 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?” Explore the cultural and economic aspects of consuming entertainment made by people whose behaviors are questionable, distasteful, or even criminal.

Thu, April 2 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)


Rumble – The Indians Who Rocked the World

Screening and Q&A with Pamela J. Peters

Find out about the impact of Native Americans on the development of rock music. The documentary, which won a Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling at the Sundance Film Festival, 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 discussion 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. 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.

Thu, April 23 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
SMC Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)