​Spring 2020 Lecture Series

Free Admission to All Events

You are invited to join us for intriguing and engaging discussions.

Lecture Series Details

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis. Public parking is limited during the day at SMC. Please allow extra time when attending events. See Transportation at SMC for parking options.

Disability Accomodations LogoIf you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in any of these events, please contact Nathalie Laille at Laille_Nathalie@smc.edu or (310) 434-4299, at least 5 business days in advance.


Masters of Dance

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Charlie Neshyba Hodges

Ballet for Utility and Effective Storytelling

Award-winning international dancer Charlie Neshyba Hodges will apply his design knowledge to introduce an alternate point of view of ballet that replaces “beautiful” and “correct” with effective and useful. He teaches dance at the California Institute of the Arts and has collaborated with Twyla Tharp and Benjamin Millepied. Hodges, whose recent TEDx talk was on how failure is a required tool for success, is also a renowned product designer who contracts with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and has been awarded the 2018 IDSA Gold, the 2019 IDesign Awards Gold, the Denhart Prize for Sustainability, and the Spark Finalist for Social Impact. If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Wed, March 11 | 10:15 a.m. | Free
SMC Core Performance Center 304 & 308

Virginia Horne

Gyrokinesis®

Virginia Horne will teach a class in Gyrokinesis®, an expansion system that emphasizes decompression of the spine, space for the joints, and a fluidity of movement. The method helps prevent injuries, allows the body to recover from injuries, and improves the quality of movement. Horne, a founding member of Thomas/Ortiz Dance, was certified as a Gyrotonic® instructor by Jennifer Daly and Chantal Deeble at Kinespirit (NYC), and continued her studies at Body Evolutions (NYC) with SMT Billy Macagnone. She has danced with a number of ballet companies, and performed in the national tours of 42nd St. The Musical and West Side Story, and with Jean Ann Ryan Productions. International projects include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and MTV Italia (Rome). If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Wed, April 22 | 10:15 a.m. | Free CANCELED
SMC Core Performance Center 304 & 308

Genna Moroni

Guided Movement Inspired by Gaga

Commitment, effort, and sense of humor are the key elements for Gaga. Dancer/choreographer Genna Moroni, a founding member of Ate9 Dance Company and recently commissioned by Ballet Florida to premiere a new work at the Kravis Center, will lead a class rooted in dynamic physicality to inspire students to recognize their individual voices and value as movers, encourage them to open up and learn from others in the room, and understand their ability to balance strength and vulnerability as they explore a healthy balance of ambition and passion. If participating, wear clothing that fully reveals your knees, lower legs and feet, and arms; and soft, full-soled (no pleats) shoes or sock feet. No heels!

Thu, May 14 | 12:30 p.m. | Free
SMC Core Performance Center 304 & 308

Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Dance Department.


Literary Talks & Readings

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Mona Simpson

A Reading by Mona Simpson

Award-winning author and UCLA English professor Mona Simpson will read and discuss selections from her writings. She has written numerous short stories and six novels — including Anywhere but Here, for which she received the Whiting Award — and her work has been widely translated and anthologized. Simpson’s recent story “Wrong Object,” published this year in Harper’s, will be included in The Best American Short Stories 2019.

Tue, March 31 | 11:15 a.m. | Free CANCELED
Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC English Department.


Communication, Media & Design

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AND iDANCED

Film Screening and Q&A with Christopher “Play” Martin, Moderated by Timothy Conley

SMC film and media studies instructor Timothy Conley joins award-winning film director, actor, and Kid N Play member Christopher “Play” Martin to present a screening and discussion of AND iDANCED, a documentary on the women and men who danced, helped create exciting and unforgettable performance presentations for many 80s-90s rappers and singers, and contributed to making Hip Hop a global phenomenon.

Wed, February 26 | 2:30 p.m. | Free
Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality

Film Screening and Discussion

SMC faculty and justice reform advocates will screen and discuss the HBO documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality. Stevenson is the Alabama attorney whose life is now the basis for the film Just Mercy. As founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, he continues his decades-long effort to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. Additional sponsors: SMC Public Policy Institute, and SMC’s Law Pathway Program.

Thu, February 27 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Grease

Film Screening and Q&A with Director Randal Kleiser

Director Randal Kleiser will screen and discuss his popular musical rom-com Grease, and talk about his new book, Grease: The Director’s Notebook and his current work in virtual reality narrative series. He is known for his 12-part 360-degree virtual reality series Defrost and other experimental approaches.

Thu, March 19 | 7 p.m. | Free CANCELED
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Film Screening and Q&A with Midge Costin

First-time filmmaker Midge Costin — Kay Rose Professor in the Art of Sound Editing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts — will screen and discuss Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound. The award-winning documentary explores the history and aesthetics of sound design and aural appreciation, and includes interviews with cinematic notables such as Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Ryan Coogler offering fascinating insights into this mysterious (and often overlooked) cinematic dimension.

Tue, March 24 | 7 p.m. | Free CANCELED
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

Amplify Your Voice With Audio Podcasts

Kristina Lopez and John Asante

Podcast producers Kristina Lopez and John Asante will share their expertise and advice on how to launch a podcast, build an audience, and take a production to the next level. Lopez — a 2017 AIR New Voices scholar and a digital producer for The Hilarious World of Depression, Brains On, and more — and Asante, managing producer at podcast production company Neon Hum Media, have worked for years to increase diversity in the industry and to ensure the voices of more communities are heard. Additional sponsor: SMC Adelante Program.

Thu, May 14 | 7 p.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

Sponsored by the SMC Associates, SMC Communication and Media Studies Department, and SMC Design Technology Department.


Business & Entrepreneurship

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Discover the 3 Keys to Your Longterm Success

Elan Divon

Harvard-trained author and speaker Elan Divon — founder of Divon Academy, which teaches skills essential for personal growth, career preparedness, peak performance, and wellbeing — will discuss the three biggest predictors of longterm success, and how to develop strength in these areas. Technology has not only disrupted how we live and work, but it has also disrupted the skills young people need to succeed. Gain the tools you need to manage stress and anxiety, build a resilient mindset, and understand what skills employers find most valuable in today’s fast changing world.

Thu, March 26 | 11:15 a.m. | Free CANCELED
Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

“Shark Tank” Entrepreneurs Share How They Started and Run their Businesses

Rey Ybarra

“Shark Tank” entrepreneurs take part in an informative Q&A session moderated by Rey Ybarra, a multifaceted mediapreneur and author/producer of the multimedia book Conversations with Shark Tank Winners, which features powerful written, audio, and video stories with 14 entrepreneurs from the hit TV show “Shark Tank.” Additional sponsor: SMC Rotaract Club.

Thu, April 30 | 11:15 a.m. | Free CANCELED
Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)

Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Business Department.


Special Event

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Experiential Design, Driven by Music and Sound

Dr. Jason Heath

Come be inspired by a truly interdisciplinary approach to crafting unique immersive and interactive experiences. Dr. Jason Heath, founder and CEO of Heath Interactive, will talk about recent work with collaborators from architects to game developers, sculptors, and fabric artists, to create projects that include an interactive musical playground for children on the autism spectrum, and a large fabric interface controlling over 3,000 LEDs, musical sounds, and tactile vibrations at the new Cayton Children’s Museum in Santa Monica. Presentation includes interactive demonstrations and working prototypes integrating sensors, light, sound, and musical experiences.

Thu, March 19 | 11:15 a.m. | Free CANCELED
Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Sponsored by the SMC Associates, SMC Art Department, SMC Design Technology Department, SMC Health Sciences Department, and SMC Music Department.


Black History Month

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Film Screening and Q&A with Wil Doucet and Bridgette Robinson

Poets Wil Doucet and Bridgette Robinson present a screening and discussion of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. The critically praised Timothy Green-Sanders documentary on the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature traces her arc from childhood in a small town in Ohio to the heights of literary success and international acclaim in New York and Stockholm. Additional sponsors: SMC English Department, SMC Sociology Department, and SMC Film Studies Program.

Thu, February 20 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)

AND iDANCED

Film Screening and Q&A with Christopher “Play” Martin, Moderated by Timothy Conley

SMC film and media studies instructor Timothy Conley joins award-winning film director, actor, and Kid N Play member Christopher “Play” Martin to present a screening and discussion of AND iDANCED, a documentary on the women and men who danced, helped create exciting and unforgettable performance presentations for many 80s-90s rappers and singers, and contributed to making Hip Hop a global phenomenon.

Wed, February 26 | 2:30 p.m. | Free
Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality

Film Screening and Discussion

SMC faculty and justice reform advocates will screen and discuss the HBO documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality. Stevenson is the Alabama attorney whose life is now the basis for the film Just Mercy. As founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, he continues his decadeslong effort to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. Part of the Communication, Media & Design Series. Additional sponsors: SMC Public Policy Institute, SMC Communication & Media Studies Department, SMC’s Law Pathway Program, and SMC Design Technology Department.

Thu, February 27 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC’s Black Collegians Program


Social Justice Lecture Series

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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 History Department, and SMC Film Studies Program.

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

Sponsored by the SMC Associates.


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Dan Matthews: aka Dan: A Korean Adoption Documentary Story

Film Screening and Q&A

Dan Matthews, better known as alternative Hip Hop artist DANakaDAN, presents a screening and Q&A about aka DAN: A Korean Adoption Documentary Story, which chronicles his experience as a Korean adoptee who travels to Korea to find his biological family. He is the lead content creator and producer with ISAtv (International Secret Agents), a YouTube network founded by Far East Movement + Wong Fu Productions. Additional sponsors: SMC English Department, SMC History Department, SMC Communication and Media Studies Department, and SMC Modern Languages & Cultures Department.

Thu, May 7 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Global Motion World Dance Company

Sri Susilowati

Sri Susilowati, originally from Indonesia, is Artistic Director (with Raquel Ramirez) of SMC’s Global Motion World Dance Company, which will perform a short selection of Filipino, Indonesian, Tahitian, and Chinese dances. Additional sponsors: SMC Dance Department, SMC English Department, SMC History Department, and SMC Art Department.

Tue, May 12 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)

UX Lead at Google (YouTube Ads)

Aastha Gaur

Aastha Gaur, who has designed solutions at boutique design studios and big corporations, is a User Experience (UX) Lead at Google (YouTube Ads). She will talk about her work designing for consumers and enterprise, and the importance of leading with mindfulness, intuition, creativity, and compassion. Additional sponsor: SMC Design Technology Department.

Tue, May 19 | 11:15 a.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Room 106

Sponsored by the SMC Associates.


Green Screen Series

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Into the Wild

Screening and Talk with Actor Emile Hirsch

Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn, is an Oscar-nominated film based on the true-life adventure of a young man who hiked across North America into the Alaskan wilderness to find meaning in his life.

Mon, March 2 | 3 p.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

Two Short Films: We All Need the Forest and in The Middle of the Sea

Screenings and Talk with Producer Sheila Laffey and Students from SMC’s Childhood Educators Club

We All Need the Forest is the story of a boy who meets the Spirit of the Forest and discovers ancient principles that help heal his ailing grandfather. In the Middle of the Sea tells the tale of two youngsters taken on a magical journey on a Hawaiian mountain.

Mon, March 30 | 3 p.m. | Free CANCELED
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

Love Thy Nature

Film Screening, Talk, and Nature Therapy Outdoors with Director Sylvie Rokab

Narrated by Liam Neeson and winner of 26 awards, Love Thy Nature explores ways to reconnect with the natural world.

Mon, April 6 | 3 p.m. | Free CANCELED
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

WILD

Screening and Talk with Host Sheila Laffey

Wild is a biographical adventure film — starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern — about one woman’s solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Mon, April 20 | 3 p.m. | Free CANCELED
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

The Condor & The Eagle

Screening and Talk with Host Sheila Laffey and Students from SMC’s Brazil Club

The Condor & the Eagle follows four Indigenous leaders on a transcontinental journey to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of “climate justice.”

Mon, May 4 | 3 p.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

The Revolution Generation

Screening and Talk with Director Josh Tickell

The Revolution Generation, with Michele Rodriguez, is a manifesto for today’s youth exploring ways to deploy their unique strengths to revolutionize systems that have failed their generation. Film includes SMC students.

Mon, May 11 | 3 p.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

The River and the Wall

Screening and Talk with Host Sheila Laffey and Students from SMC’s Natural History Club

The River and the Wall, directed by Ben Masters, follows five friends on a journey of the U.S.-Mexico border along the Rio Grande to explore how a border wall can affect wildlife, immigration, landowners, and public lands.

Mon, May 18 | 3 p.m. | Free
Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

Sponsored by SMC Global Citizenship.


Santa Monica College Associates