CEC | World Day of Social Justice Exhibition


February 5th to March 22nd, 2024
Located in Scott Hall Lobby

Foreign-born soldiers have served the United States since the revolutionary War. The French Marquis de Lafayette, the German Fredrich von Steuben, and the West Indian Alexander Hamilton are just three examples of foreign-born soldiers who fought in George Washington’s Continental Army.

This exhibition seeks to create a visual space in which some of these deported veterans not only recover their denied citizenship but also expose the damage inflicted on them by unjust government policies. From Mexico to the Dominican Republic to England to Costa Rica, veterans proudly display the objects that confirm their American citizenship. They want to remind us that their struggle to gain citizen status is a struggle for social justice.

These soldiers’ dedication to their country matches or surpasses the commitment of the native-born. Their honorable service, however, has been rewarded with dishonorable actions – denial of citizenship, unceremonious deportation, and hardships faced by the veterans and their families.

Today the country has approximately 700,000 foreign-born veterans, 45,000 active members, and each year 5,000 new immigrants join the military. As of 2018, 17 percent of those foreign-born veterans have not been naturalized.

Since the passing of the illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility act in 1996, the United States has deported thousands of non-citizen military veterans. These veterans are generally childhood arrivals to the United States with legal permanent resident status, who have a criminal record.

Information about Joseph’s Artist Talk will be available on our website: https://www.pitzer.edu/cec/pillars-of-engagement/direct_action_pz/direct-action-events/


“You don’t leave your shipmate on the beach, leave no man behind.” – the Soldier’s Creed

Joseph Silva is a United States Navy Veteran and Documentary Fine Art Photographer. As of 2021, he has shot a couple hundred rolls of film and filled multiple hard drives. He has invested 6 years of his life to raising awareness of the deportation of veterans from the United States Military. He has traveled to the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, and North America documenting deported veterans. He spent extended time with these Veterans and their families, so that he might share their stories.

In partnership with the Community Engagement Center’s Direct Action pillar and Pitzer College Art Galleries

A Community Engagement Center “25 Days of Community Engagement” event in celebration the CEC’S 25th Anniversary

Night at the Gallery

A night filled with lively jazz music, good wine, snacks, cheeses, still life drawing and gallery tours of the current Gala Porras-Kim exhibition in the Broad Center Nichols Gallery. Come drink, eat, draw, and dance! This is an event put on by the Pitzer College Art Galleries Fellows.

Media Drops – Fall 2023 End of Semester Screenings

The End of Semester Screenings will be on Wednesday, December 6th from 5:30 – 7:30pm (All Participating Production Classes), and Friday, December 8th from 11:15AM – 7:00PM (Senior Projects) in Benson Auditorium (PZ Campus).

The December 6th program will feature works by:

MS045 Documentary Media (Prof. Lerner) 

MS082:  Intro to Video Art (Prof. Checcet)

 MS148 SC:  Intro to Video Art (Prof. Lin)

 MS149 SC:  Intermediate Video Art (Prof. Lin)

 MS170 SC:  Digital Cinema (Prof. Mayeri)

MS194 MASJ (Prof. Lamb)

IMS Spring Senior Day Schedule of events – December 8, 2023 (1:15am-7pm) 

11:15am-12:15pm: Panel 1: Affecting Audiences: Music, Film, and Art (Benson Auditorium)

12:15-1pm: Lunch (Benson Lobby)

1pm-2pm: Panel 2: Mediating Labor: WGA Strike, Slow Living, and the American Sit-Com (Benson Auditorium)

3-4:30pm: Film/Video Screenings (Benson Auditorium)

5pm-7pm: Gallery Opening/Drinks (Kallick Family Gallery/West Hall Q117)

6pm: Dinner/Dessert (West Hall Media Center Courtyard)

THIS IS IT: Spring 2023 End of Semester Screenings

The Spring 2023 End of Semester Screenings will be on Wednesday, May 3rd  (All Participating Production Classes) and Thursday, May 4th (Senior Exhibitions) in Benson Auditorium (PZ Campus).

The May 3rd Screenings program begins at 12:30pm, and includes works from: Media Arts for Social Justice, Intro to Video Classes, Intermediate Video Art, Digital Media Studies, Advanced Editing, Media Sketchbook.

May 4th Senior Day Schedule

  • Digital/Electronic and Critical Studies Panels (Benson Auditorium) 
    • 11-12:15: Panel 1
    • 12:15-1: Lunch (Benson Lobby/Mounds) 
    • 1-2: Panel 2
    • 2:15-3:30: Panel 3
  • 3:45-4:45: Film/Video Screening (Benson Auditorium)
  • 5-7: Gallery opening/Drinks (Kallick Gallery/Q116/Q114/Q117) 
  • 6pm on: Dinner/Dessert (West Hall Courtyard)