​Fall 2019 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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Invertigo Dance Theatre

Dance Theatre

Invertigo Dance Theatre, founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Laura Karlin, connects people to story and community through a blend of dynamic contemporary movement and compelling theatre. Karlin will present a master class that includes contemporary technique, improvisation, group work, and partnering, with movement ranging from subtle, intimate moments to big, spiraling, rich physicality. Co-presented with The Broad Stage. If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Monday, September 9
10:15 a.m. | Free | CPC 304 & 308
1 p.m. | Studio Stage at Theatre Arts Complex

Bryn Cohn

Contemporary Modern

Award-winning choreographer, educator, and published scholar, Bryn Cohn has been the artistic director of bicoastal dance company Bryn Cohn + Artists since 2011. A sought-after teacher who received a full feature in Dance Teacher magazine, she was adjunct faculty at Loyola Marymount University, has taught at Los Angeles Ballet and directed the contemporary department at Greenwich Ballet Academy. Cohn will lead a contemporary modern class that begins with crafted and improvisational exercises and becomes a springboard to launch into dynamic, athletic, and gestural phrase work. If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Thursday, September 19 | 12:30 p.m. | Free | CPC 304 & 308

Linda Tomko

Baroque Dance

Historian, dancer, and embodier of dances past, Linda Tomko is Associate Professor of Dance at UC Riverside and Past President of the Society of Dance History Scholars. She has directed troupes in performances for the Berkeley Early Music Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival, and with USC’s Thornton Baroque Sinfonia. Tomko will lead a master class that introduces the noble style of dancing that emerged in Louis XIV’s reign and explores bodily stances, steps, and gestures; typical spatial patterns that dances carved; and the bows or “honors” used to acknowledge others. 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!

Wednesday, October 16 | 10:15 a.m. | Free | CPC 304 & 308

Lauren Hall

Musical Jazz

Los Angeles-based choreographer, teacher, and dance media artist Lauren Hall is currently director of the upper school dance program at Brentwood School. Her dance films have been shown at Dance Camera West, the Newport Beach Film Festival, and Dance Camera Istanbul, and she recently choreographed a music video for Warner Bros. recording artist Gerard Way. With influences ranging from Bob Fosse to Beyoncé, Hall will teach a master class that is a fusion of contemporary and classic jazz with a focus on musicality, dynamics, storytelling, and creative decision-making. If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Wednesday, November 13 | 10:15 a.m. | Free | CPC 304 & 308


Literary Talks & Readings

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Akhil Reed Amar

America’s Constitution: Past, Present, and Future

American legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and a recipient of the American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Scholar Award, is an expert on constitutional law and criminal procedure. He has written for publications that include The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and is the author of The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era (2016, named by Time magazine one of the year’s top 10 nonfiction books ), The Law of the Land (2015), and America’s Unwritten Constitution (2012, named by The Washington Post one of the year’s 100 best nonfiction books). He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Thursday, September 19 | 11:15 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Dana Gioia

Rebel Tongues & Poetic Blues

Poet and critic Dana Gioia will read from and talk about his work. The former California Poet Laureate and Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts has authored five collections of verse, most recently 99 Poems: New & Selected (2016), which won the Poets’ Prize. He has also published critical collections — including a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, Can Poetry Matter? — written four opera libretti, and collaborated with musicians in genres from classical to jazz and rock.

Thursday, October 3 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Stephen Yenser

Stephen Yenser Reads His Poems

UCLA Distinguished Emeritus Research Professor Stephen Yenser is renowned as a poet, critic, and the co-editor of six volumes of James Merrill’s work. Yenser’s first volume of poetry, The Fire in All Things (LSU), won the Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award. More recent poetry volumes include Blue Guide (University of Chicago) and Stone Fruit (Waywiser). A former Fulbright Fellow, he curates the Hammer Poetry Readings at the Hammer Museum and has also written three critical books, including A Boundless Field: American Poetry at Large (the University of Michigan Poets on Poetry).

Tuesday, October 15 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Lynell George

Lynell George Views Los Angeles Outside the Frame

Lynell George will talk about her recent book of essays and photography, After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame, which explores the city where she grew up. Her extensive career includes working as a staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly — covering social issues, human behavior, and identity politics, as well as visual arts, music, and literature — and teaching journalism at Loyola Marymount University. In 2017, she won a Grammy Award for her liner notes for Otis Redding Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings, and was also awarded the Huntington Library’s Alan Jutzi Fellowship for her studies of California writer Octavia E. Butler. George is also a contributing arts-and-culture columnist for KCET|Artbound.

Tuesday, November 19 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC English Department.


Communication, Media & Design

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Robert Hernandez

Building Empathy Through Virtual Reality Journalism

Robert Hernandez (aka WebJournalist) will give a short presentation on how technology can help journalism audiences better understand marginalized communities. Hernandez explores and develops the intersection of technology and journalism. An Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg, the ‘hackademic’ has worked with augmented reality (AR), wearables, and virtual reality (VR), and he and his students produce award-winning VR experiences under their brand, Jovrnalism™. Hands-on demos of VR stories and equipment follow the presentation.

Thursday, September 26 | 7 p.m. | Free | Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

Entertainment Storytelling Careers Panel:

Q&A with Alonzo Williams, Cli-N-Tel (Marq Hawkins), and Arabian Prince

Listen to perspectives on careers in entertainment from experienced insiders. Godfather of West Coast Hip Hop Alonzo ‘Grandmaster Lonzo’ Williams, an original member of the legendary World Class Wreckin’ Cru, recently founded the nonprofit The Lyrical Revolution to assist new artists with their careers. Marq ‘Cli-N-Tel’ Hawkins, also a Wreckin’ Cru original, is currently producing a comedy film about Hip Hop, as well as Groove Street, a third installment in the Breakin’ series. Early West Coast electro pioneer and NWA founding member Arabian Prince, president of the Los Angeles First Tech Challenge (LAFTC} robotics competition, launched the popular music source onefader.com and recently started the CPESL eSports gaming league.

Monday, October 7 | 7 p.m. | Free | Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

Dotan Saguy

From Street Photography to Photojournalism

After a successful career as a high-tech entrepreneur, SMC alum Dotan Saguy decided to focus on his lifelong passion for photography, including studying photojournalism at SMC. His award-winning photographs have appeared in National Geographic, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He published his first monograph in 2018 — with German publisher Kehrer Verlag — about the endangered culture of Venice, California, and was awarded Bronze by the prestigious Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2018-19. He is currently working on several projects, including a photo essay on people living in vehicles in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, October 29 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Megan Lubaszka

Immersive Architecture: AR, VR, AI, and the Future of Spatial Computing

Megan Lubaszka is Southwest Regional Creative Media Leader at architecture firm Gensler, where she has helped incorporate virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) into daily architectural practice. She has guided more than 3,000 people through their first VR experience, co-hosts VR Jams where architects from any of Gensler’s 50 offices gather together as avatars for a “virtual site walk” with the building’s design team, and identifies VR/AR trends in her weekly newsletter Reality Check. She is also a LEED AP through the US Green Building Council, and a board advisor to Inception Orchestra, a nonprofit changing music education through original composition and VR.

Thursday, November 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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“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.”

Thursday, October 24 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | SMC Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)

Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Business Department.


Special Events

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Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

Join us for an exhilarating concert experience from the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Founded in 2014, the conductorless orchestra performs primarily works by living composers, female composers, and composers of color. Kaleidoscope emphasizes diversity, equity, and inclusion, and has performed at venues ranging from schools, hospitals, and homeless shelters, to Walt Disney Concert Hall, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and Zipper Hall at the Colburn School.

Tuesday, September 24 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | The Edye at SMC Performing Arts Center
1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC Music Department.


Social Justice Lecture Series

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Hotel Everest: One Step at a Time

Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Claudia Sobral moderated by Chazzen Danny Maseng (MAKOM LA)

A documentary about individuals who have the courage to overcome ancient hatreds, fear, and mistrust to strive for self-determination and peace, Hotel Everest: One Step at a Time reflects Claudia Sobral’s interest in how people from differing cultures and backgrounds are willing to risk and connect with the humanity of the “other,” find ways to get along and create new worlds for themselves and their communities. A Q&A with the filmmaker moderated by Chazzen Danny Maseng follows the screening.

Tuesday, September 17 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Hailing César

Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Director Eduardo Chavez

A feature documentary about César Chávez, Hailing César was directed by actor/activist Eduardo Chavez. He is the grandson of both the legendary civil rights activist and Cuban revolutionary Max Lesnik, as well as co-founder of Latindia Studios, and a member of the Speakers’ Board for the Chavez Institute for Law and Social Justice. A Q&A with the film director follows the screening. Additional sponsor: SMC Global Citizenship.

Thursday, September 26 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | SMC Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)

Robert Hernandez

Building Empathy Through Virtual Reality Journalism

Robert Hernandez (aka WebJournalist) will give a short presentation on how technology can help journalism audiences better understand marginalized communities. Hernandez explores and develops the intersection of technology and journalism. An Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg, the ‘hackademic’ has worked with augmented reality (AR), wearables, and virtual reality (VR), and he and his students produce award-winning VR experiences under their brand, Jovrnalism™. Hands-on demos of VR stories and equipment follow the presentation.

Thursday, September 26 | 7 p.m. | Free | Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

Dotan Saguy

From Street Photography to Photojournalism

After a successful career as a high-tech entrepreneur, SMC alum Dotan Saguy decided to focus on his lifelong passion for photography, including studying photojournalism at SMC. His award-winning photographs have appeared in National Geographic, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He published his first monograph in 2018 — with German publisher Kehrer Verlag — about the endangered culture of Venice, California, and was awarded Bronze by the prestigious Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2018-19. He is currently working on several projects, including a photo essay on people living in vehicles in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, October 29 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Sponsored by the SMC Associates.


Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series

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Dr. Maria da Graça Henriques Vicente

Cancer Cell-Targeted Photosensitizers for Imaging and Therapy

Dr. Maria da Graça Henriques Vicente will talk about her research team’s work on the synthesis of new organic materials and their development as biological sensitizers to optimize their effectiveness in cancer treatment. She is the Charles H. Barré Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Program Director for the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program at Louisiana State University, where she was honored with a 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).

Tuesday, September 24 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Science 140

Code Black

Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with Eve Adler

Code Black: Documentary Film Screening and Q&A Led by Eve Adler at 11:15 a.m. in Stromberg Hall (HSS 165). Presented in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Code Black is a thought-provoking documentary that provides unprecedented access to America’s busiest emergency department. The film, directed by physician Ryan McGarry and winner of the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Best Documentary award, follows a team of doctors in “C-Booth,” the legendary Los Angeles County Hospital trauma bay that is the birthplace of emergency medicine. After the screening, a Q&A led by Eve Adler, associate dean of the SMC Health Sciences Department and director of the Santa Monica College Nursing Program, features a panel of healthcare providers and SMC alumni who currently work in acute care settings. Additional sponsors for this event: SMC Adelante Program, SMC Nursing Program, and SMC English Department.

Thursday, October 10 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Astronaut John “Danny” Olivas

Finding and Pursuing Your Passions – A Talk with Former NASA Astronaut Dr. Danny Olivas

Former NASA Astronaut John “Danny” Olivas (STS 117 and STS 128), who helped devise a way to fix the space shuttle for the first time in orbit, will talk about the wonders of space travel, and the importance of exploring one’s passions. Dr. Olivas is special assistant to the dean of engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso, a forensic engineer, and author of Endeavour’s Long Journey, which encourages young students to become scientists, engineers, and explorers.

Thursday, October 17 | 11:15 a.m. | Free | Stromberg Hall (HSS 165)

Sponsored by the SMC Associates and the SMC Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences departments.


Green Screen Series

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The Earthing Movie

Documentary Film Screening and Talk with Filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell

The Earthing Movie (2019, 75 minutes) explores the effects on human physiology and health of connecting our skin to the ground for extended periods of time, which can significantly reduce inflammation, leading to often dramatic health benefits. A talk with the documentary’s award-winning filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell follows the screening.

Monday, September 23 | 4 p.m. | Free | Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

Bringing It Home

Film Screening and Talk with Sheila Laffey

Hemp — it’s not just for hippies anymore. Today, it’s found in everything from salad dressings to construction materials. Industrial hemp is a nonpsychoactive plant grown in 31 other countries but prohibited until very recently in the United States. Directed by Linda Booker, Bringing It Home (2006, 60 minutes) uses animation, archival images, and interviews with hemp business leaders and growers, to explore a crop with so many widespread benefits. A talk with Sheila Laffey follows the screening.

Monday, October 7 | 4 p.m. | Free | Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

Poisoning Paradise

Film Screening

Executive produced by Pierce Brosnan and produced and directed by Keely Shaye Brosnan and Teresa Tiko, Poisoning Paradise (2018, 75 minutes) looks at the seemingly idyllic world of native Hawaiians, whose communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered seed corn and pesticides, and presents the insights of activists, scientific experts, and healthcare professionals on the effects of environmental injustice and what it means for the future of food, sustainable farming practices, and the health of our planet.

Monday, November 4 | 4 p.m. | Free | Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180

Free Willy

Film Screening and Talk with Producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Jennie Lew Tugend

Free Willy (1993, 102 minutes) is a feature film about a boy who befriends a captive Orca whale. The film drew attention to the real-life captive whale Keiko, who was released thanks to the efforts of the film’s producers, and was enormously successful, grossing $153 million from a $20 million budget, and spawning three sequels, a video game, and a TV series. A talk with the film’s producers — Lauren Shuler Donner (co-owner with director Richard Donner of The Donners’ Company, producer of all 12 films in the X-Men series) and Jennie Lew Tugend (producer/co-producer of the Lethal Weapon and HBO’s Tales from the Crypt franchises) — follows the screening.

Monday, November 18 | 3 p.m. | Free | Center for Media and Design, Auditorium 180​



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