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Sojourner Truth Lecture

Former Congresswoman Cynthia Ann McKinney mp3
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THE INTERCOLLEGIATE Department of Black Studies of The Claremont Colleges welcomed Cynthia Ann McKinney as the twenty-third keynote speaker of the annual Sojourner Truth Lecture on October 11 at Pitzer College. McKinney, an internationally renowned advocate for human rights, voting rights and government accountability, was elected as the first African American congresswoman from Georgia.

In her first term as congresswoman, McKinney was appointed to the Armed Services Committee and the International Relations Committee. She sponsored the Arms Transfer Code of Conduct to prevent the sale of U.S. weapons to dictators. During her second term in 2004, she worked on challenging and controversial issues, including a critique of the 9/11 Commission Report and advocated on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Sojourner Truth Lecture was established in 1983 and honors the achievements and contributions of outstanding women from the African Diaspora. The lectureship is sponsored by Pitzer, Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Scripps and Claremont Graduate University.

Dining with Democracy

The Speaker Series That Serves Up Open Discussion Between Students and Leaders for Social Change

THE PURPOSE of Dining with Democracy is to facilitate discussion, debate and dialogue about important contemporary political and social issues in a participatory atmosphere, and to bring the leaders of today to inspire the leaders of tomorrow. After the lecture, the guest speaker continues the discussion with students, faculty and staff over an intimate dinner.

The Yes Men

October 25
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Criticizing the Powerful with a Middle Finger and a Smile Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are two guys who couldn't hold down a job until they became reps for the WTO, George W. Bush, Halliburton, Dow Chemical and the U.S. federal government. Now they are the Yes Men, and they use humor, truth and lunacy to bring media attention to the local and global misdeeds of their unwilling employers.

Anthony Pico

November 8
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I Donít Give a %*#! What You Say, Iím Gonna Raise Hell: Surviving California Foster Care.
Anthony Pico has been advocating on behalf of foster youth since the age of fifteen. He speaks on various topics including mental health, youth involvement, policy implementation and permanency.

Will Parrish

December 6
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Oppose the Bomb. Will Parrish has been the Nuclear Age Peace Foundationís Youth Empowerment Director since 2005. He is a community organizer, activist, researcher, writer, public speaker and facilitator.

Lions for Lambs Screening

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LAST SPRING a short scene of the movie Lions for Lambs, directed by Robert Redford, was filmed on Pitzer's campus. This fall Redford selected several colleges nationwide to hold advanced screenings of his movie including Pitzer College, Harvard, the University of Chicago, USC and UCLA. Pitzer's screening occurred on October 25 at Laemmle's Claremont 5 Cinema and at Redfordís request was followed by a 30-minute discussion of the movie moderated by Professor of Political Studies Dana Ward. Lions for Lambs, starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise, is a powerful and gripping story that digs behind the news, the politics and a nation divided to explore the human consequences of a complicated war.