The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition presents the 33rd Annual Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Never Lose Hope: Unity Wins"
Join us for a weekend of free events celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring a talk with iconic 1968 Olympic Medalist Dr. Tommie Smith. Admission to all events are free and take place at a number of community venues. For details on events and locations, visit https://www.mlkjrwestside.org.
2017 Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum
Princesses, Ballerinas, and Warriors: The “Woman” Question in American Culture
Free Forum Events
The UnNatural History Museum
Enter this rare exhibition where you will encounter unusual curiosities, living attractions and extraordinary experiments in human evolution. A paradigm shift awaits you! Gather at the SMC Clock Tower where histories of gender don’t have to repeat, social roles are reversed before your eyes, and you can discover how to unlock the code and go back-to-the-future you. This performance art presentation is a collaboration between
One Mile and SMC Public Policy Institute Interns.
Thu, November 16, 11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. | SMC Clock Tower
Women, Gender, Power – Breaking Barriers in Entertainment and Politics
Kim Masters is Editor at Large of The Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW’s The Business. Author, award-winning journalist for multiple publications, and talk-show host, Masters is respected as an important source of the news in the entertainment industry.
Korin Huggins is the Chief Executive Officer for Kronicle Media, a company she co-founded to create content for and about women from diverse perspectives. Huggins has established an award-winning career as a television producer.
Wendy Greuel served as the City Controller of the City of Los Angeles from 2009 to 2013, only the second woman to win a city-wide office in L.A., and as a Member of the Los Angeles City Council. She also was a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles in 2013 and for Congress in 2014. Her political career followed five years at Dreamworks SKG, where she advised Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.
This discussion will cover the current climate in Hollywood and in politics, and the challenges women in both fields face to break barriers and to break stories.
Mon, November 20, Reception 6 p.m. & Panel 7 – 9 p.m. | SMC Mainstage
The Unfinished Business of Feminism: The Recent Assaults on Women in Politics, Culture and Campuses and the need for a Gender Center at SMC
A Roundtable Discussion featuring SMC Students, Faculty, and Staff Leaders.
Tue, November 21, 11:15 a.m – 12:35 p.m. | SMC HSS Room 165
Celebrate the Holidays with Westside Ballet, SMC Dancers, and the SMC Symphony Orchestra at The Broad Stage.
Sat, November 25, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sun, November 26, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sat, December 2, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sun, December 3, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center
For tickets, visit Westside Ballet.
To the Point: “Fake News? Alternative Facts?” The Past-Present-Future of Journalism
A Candid Evening with KCRW's Warren Olney
October 12, 2017, 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.
The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Presented by the SMC Associates
Award winning radio host Warren Olney has helped people become aware of regional and world issues throughout his 50-year career in journalism. With the demise of trusted sources of information, he represents the essence of integrity in journalism. Come hear Warren share the historical context of what we are experiencing today in the world of media and journalism–as well as his own personal insights into what the future holds.
2017 Annual Spring Symposium
Liberty and Justice for All !?#$*: Californians as Guardians of the Galaxy in a Post-Truth Era
Presented by the SMC Public Policy Institute and the SMC Associated Students
Agents of Change
A film produced and directed by Frank Dawson.
Film is screened at 7 p.m. and panel discussion is at 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (featuring Director and SMC Dean, Frank Dawson and SMC AS President, Terrence Ware)
Mon, May 8, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Aero Theatre – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Truth vs. Post-Truth: Implications for Californians Defending the Galaxy
SMC philosophers deliberate over the meaning and prospects for objective knowledge as a path to public policy in the 21st century. Does the truth matter anymore? Facilitated by SMC Professors Amber Katherine, Paul Klumpe, Ali Mohsen.
Tue, May 9, 11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Santa Monica College Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Hall, HSS 165
A film written and directed by Jon Kean
Film is screened at 7 p.m. and panel discussion is at 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (featuring Director Jon Kean, Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels, SMC Professor Ali Mohsen, and Ahilan Arulanantham from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California ).
Tue, May 9, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Aero Theatre – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
We the People: A Projection Installation
An education and advocacy video project unveiling personal narratives from SMC and beyond of what it’s like to live in the Post Truth-Era when your civil rights are on the line. The video will be followed by a panel discussion with the students who created the project about how the video can be used as a tool for change.
Wed, May 10, 6:30 p.m.
Santa Monica College Cayton Center, Second Floor Lobby
Sanctuary-State Superheroes to the Rescue!
Join us at the SMC Clock Tower for a speculative theme park to unleash, challenge, and develop your inner Californian political superpowers through games and dialogue on diversity, freedom of expression, immigration, healthcare-for-all and respect for the environment. Presented by One Mile and SMC Public Policy Institute Interns.
Thu, May 11, 11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Santa Monica College Clock Tower Quad
The Justice League: Keynote Discussion with State Senator Fran Pavley, Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer, and Santa Monica-Malibu USD Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati
advocate and former State Senator Fran Pavley, Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer, and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati for a conversation on the ways that California, through legislation and public policies, can continue to lead the nation and the world on important issues.
Thu, May 11, 7 p.m.
Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club – 1210 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Parking & Accommodations
Public parking is limited during the day at SMC. Please allow extra time when attending events.
SMC Transportation Options for parking options.
If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in any of these events, please contact Stephanie Schlatter at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-434-4313, at least 5 business days in advance.
About the Public Policy Institute
The Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute provides nonpartisan community programs exploring key economic, social, and political issues. The Institute—which presents informative discussions on the policy issues that affect our daily lives—proudly offers an Associate in Arts degree and a Certificate of Achievement in Public Policy.
Students can choose to specialize in one of five policy areas: arts and cultural affairs, education, environment and sustainability, public health, and urban/socioeconomic affairs. Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, Co-Director and Founding Associate Director; Shari Davis, MPP, Co-Director.
To view past events, visit
PPI Past Events.