Christian Parenti: “Afghanistan, Iraq & Journalism for Social Change”
Christian Parenti led a workshop designed for students to engage in small-group discussion and activities on how to make social change through investigative journalism. He also gave a presentation on what is happening on the ground with the U.S. in Afghanistan and Iraq. Parenti has authored many articles and three books: The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq, The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror and Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis.
Sheryl Oring: “I Wish to Say”
Members of the Pitzer community had the opportunity to express their political opinions in an election year as Sheryl Oring, a Brooklyn-based artist and author, typed verbatim their messages to American's next president as part of her I Wish to Say art project. The 2008 I Wish to Say tour includes stops on university campuses across the country and Oring will collect and forward all typed statements to the White House after the inauguration in January 2009.
Curandera (healer) Estela Roman demonstrated hands-on techniques based on indigenous knowledge and healing practices from Mexico.
Pitzer's Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology David Leland led a roundtable discussion on science and social responsibility at his faculty-in-residence home in Pitzer Hall.
Day at the Capital Event:
Pitzer Representatives Lobby for the Cal Grant Program
Associate Director of Financial Aid Yvonne Gutierrez- Sandoval '03 and Melissa Macias '08 traveled to Sacramento, California, to participate in the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Day at the Capital event. The purpose of the event was to lobby the state legislature to restore funding for the competitive Cal Grant program, which is slated to be eliminated in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed state budget and would cause a $57.4 million decrease in funding. As part of the event, Gutierrez- Sandoval and Macias also met with Assemblyman Kevin de León ’03 to discuss the proposed elimination.
Gender Teach In
Pitzer students and faculty members staged a teach-in to increase dialogue around issues of gender, feminism, diverse masculinities, intersecting identities, and connections between difference and power.
March 24 - April 4
Gilbert “Magu” Lujan: Inaugural Murray & Vicki Reynold Pepper Visiting Artist and Scholar
Members of the Pitzer community collaborated daily with celebrated Chicano artist Lujan to design his eco-mobile art project, Cultural Vehicle. Lujan, who helped define Chicano Art as the founder of “Los Four,” is best known for creating works that express appreciation and joy of the multicultural experience of the Los Angeles aesthetic.
March 27 - April 5
American Indian Film Festival
The festival featured screenings of Doughboy, Four Sheets to the Wind, Trudell, Trespass, The Walk, and Visiting Professor Victoria Mudd's Academy Award-winning Broken Rainbow. Traditional Ohlone dancing was featured between Saturday's films, as well as speakers Ohlone Tribal Chair Tony Cerda and Spiritual Adviser Robertjohn Knapp.
Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, spoke at Pitzer College as part of a week-long César Chávez Celebration at The Claremont Colleges. The event included student presentations, a buffet lunch and entertainment.
Latino Rockabilly Festival
Pitzer College's Latino Rockabilly Festival was designed to celebrate a unique Chicano/Latino cultural expression and was part of a weeklong César Chávez Celebration at The Claremont Colleges.
The word “rockabilly” describes a '50s musical genre that fuses rock ‘n’ roll with country (hillbilly) music. Southern singers such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis popularized the music. Rockabillies were known for their greased pompadour hairstyles, rolled-up jeans, biker boots, leather jackets, custom rods and tough attitudes. Most were working-class kids who were regarded by the mainstream as outsiders. In the American Southwest, Chicanos and Latinos have embraced rockabilly style and music and have infused it with their own cultural elements.
The event drew a crowd of more than 400 Latinos from the surrounding communities. People of all ages listened to Latino rockabilly bands and admired more than forty custom cars representing car clubs from Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. “The event was a huge success and there is talk among the Latino Student Union, faculty and administrators to make this an annual event. We hope next year's event will be even better,” Associate Professor of Political Studies and Chicano Studies Adrian Pantoja (a Chicano Rockabilly) said.
In conjunction with the exhibition Allan Kaprow-Art as Life at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Pitzer College Art Galleries recreated Kaprow's happening Work (1969).
In Kaprow's original Work, a hallway was repeatedly painted and repainted by professional contractors. The action was videotaped and transmitted live to three distinct viewing venues: art house theatres, pornographic theatres and mainstream theatres.
In keeping with Kaprow's collaborative and participatory philosophy involving art and the non-art public, the artist collective Industry of the Ordinary's re-make involved the hiring of two Hollywood-based sex workers for eight hours at their standard rates to repaint Atherton Hall's lobby in colors of their choice. The resulting documentation was distributed to hardware stores and art venues in the Hollywood area.
In honoring Kaprow's original intent to recontextualize an ordinary activity into an art-making gesture by extending the audience beyond traditional outlets, Industry of the Ordinary created a piece that maintains the spirit and humor of Kaprow's original proposal while overlaying its own personality on the performance.
The Shakedown turns one
Pitzer's student-founded and student-run organic eatery, the Shakedown Café, celebrated its one-year anniversary with a barbecue, pool party and a variety of entertainment.
The Honorable Kimba Wood
The final speaker for this year's Dining with Democracy lecture series was the Honorable Kimba Wood, a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York since 1988.
Transformation in Native American Art
This half-day symposium on issues in Native American contemporary art featured conversations with scholars and artists in the field.
April 21 - 25
Earth Week at Pitzer
Low Carbon Diet Day: On April 22 all Bon Appétit Management Company cafés, including Pitzer's McConnell Dining Hall, were transformed during lunch to illustrate the ways one can reduce climate change through food choices. Each station highlighted a principle of the low carbon diet in addition to a low carbon food choice. Bon Appétit’s Low Carbon Diet program is the first national program to highlight the significant connections between food and climate change.
Earth Day Celebration: Pitzer community members joined together on April 25 to clear trails in the Outback and garden. A discussion was led at the outdoor classroom that addressed what food means in society, how to eat healthy and why organic gardening is important. Reggae band Full Wattz played outside the Grove House as attendees learned about Pitzer’s gardens and how to get involved. Throughout the day community members decorated reusable tote bags and obtained fresh produce from the fruit and vegetable stand.
April 23 - 25
“Made in L.A.”
Following a screening of the documentary Made in L.A., a Q&A with the director Almudena Carracedo as well as workers in the film was held. Pitzer students also participated in a panel presentation titled “Women Behind the Label: Los Angeles Workers' Experiences.” Miriam Ching Yoon Louie, author of Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take on the Global Factory, and Associate Professor of Gender & Feminist Studies and Chicana Studies Maria Soldatenko led another panel discussion on Latinas and Asians in sweatshops.
Njabulo S. Ndebel: “The Transformation of the University in Post-Apartheid South Africa
and the Challenges of an African University”
The Annual Glass Humanities Lecture honors the contributions of Pitzer College's John A. McCarthy Professor of Classics Stephen Glass and Dr. Sandy Glass to The Claremont Colleges community, and annually showcases a leading international figure in the humanities.
This year's speaker was Professor Njabulo Ndebele who has been vicechancellor of the University of Cape Town since July 2000. Ndebele is the author of Fools and Other Stories, which won the Noma Award for best book published in Africa in 1983, The Cry of Winnie Mandela, Bonolo and the Peach Tree, and South African Literature and Culture: Rediscovery of the Ordinary.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
In 1990, the month of May was designated as APA Heritage Month to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S. on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad by Chinese laborers in May 1869. Based on the academic calendar of The Claremont Colleges, APA Heritage Month is celebrated in the month of April.
The month's highlights included a trip to L.A.'s Little Tokyo on April 5 to enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival; a performance on April 16 by Cold Tofu, an Asian American comedy improv and sketch group; and workshops focused on organizing communities as well as politics and strategies for effective coalition building.
March for Peace and Justice
Members of the Claremont community united to demand an end to war and oppression. May 2 marked the five-year anniversary of President Bush's declaration of an “End to Major Combat Operations” on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln. The march was also conducted in solidarity with May 1 actions around the world for International Worker's Day. Participants congregated at Pitzer College and marched a route through the town of Claremont and The Claremont Colleges, culminating at the Mounds with live music and speakers.
Student Exchange Program with Lingnan University
President Laura Skandera Trombley and President Yuk-Shee Chan signed a memorandum of understanding to create a student exchange program between Pitzer College and Lingnan University in Hong Kong that will begin in the 2008-09 academic year.
Pitzer's Residential Life Project Celebration & Dedication Event Wins National Award
The judges for the national Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Awards have selected Pitzer's Residential Life Project Celebration & Dedication Event and its accompanying materials to receive a silver medal in the Individual Special Events category. The “green” event, which was held on September 24, showcased the opening of Pitzer's three new sustainable residence halls.