50th Anniversary Schedule of Events (2013-2014)

Celebrating 50 Years the Pitzer Way!

John Muir TrailThe fun begins in the High Sierras where President Laura Skandera Trombley and eight Pitzer family, faculty, parents and students will hike the spectacular John Muir Trail and scale the tallest mountain in the continental US to celebrate the great California outdoors the Pitzer way – sustainably and together with friends!

The good times continue throughout the year – including new interactive features on the College website, art exhibits, lectures and panel discussions, a family-friendly bicycle ride from campus to the beach on Oct. 5, a November visit by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (its first-ever visit west of the Mississippi River), historical photography exhibits, the Kohoutek music festival, new art installations and much more.

Pitzer is more socially, intellectually, environmentally, sustainably, and artistically engaged than ever before in its 50-year history. Join the fun – attend a lecture, listen to a concert, view an exhibition, come to a picnic, ride your bicycle across Los Angeles with Pitzer friends, enjoy new campus improvements, experience Pitzer passion in scores of activities scheduled all year in the run-up to the grand Orange and White Ball next May.

Be a part of Pitzer history, join us for our year-long 50th Anniversary party.

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50Forward Storywall

Pitzer StorywallWhat's your story? Share your Pitzer memories, photos and videos on the interactive Pitzer StoryWall.

For more information visit www.pitzer.edu/50Forward

From The Iliad to Animal Farm | Pitzer’s Emeriti Faculty share the books that most influenced their intellectual journey

Animal FarmQuick, what three books mean the most to you? What books changed the way you see the world, your life, your self?

Emeriti professors share three books that most influenced their intellectual journeys. They also write short essays on the significance of their choices and how the books shaped their vision.

More information to come.

Summer 2013

Summer Welcome Receptions for Students and Their FamiliesJuly & August

Summer Welcome ReceptionsNew Pitzer families and their students are invited to join us this summer to celebrate the Pitzer College Class of 2017. Meet fellow new parents and students and learn more about your student's first year at Pitzer. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

More information and event registration will be available soon.

Boston, MA
Thomas Perls '82 and Leslie Smoot
July 10, 7 p.m.

New York, NY
Susan and Peter Kessler P'16
July 11, 7 p.m.

Seattle, WA
Stephen and Anne Knight P'16
July 27, 3 p.m.

San Francisco, CA
Howard and Leslie Wenger P’16
July 28, 2:30 p.m.

Portland, OR
Sean Jones and Kristen Beiers-Jones P'13, P'16
July 28, 3:30 p.m.

Denver, CO
Patty and David Powell P'15
August 4, 2 p.m.

Washington, D.C.
Allan and Darina McKelvie P'16
August 7, 7 p.m.

Chicago, IL
William and Alexandra Cole P'14
August 11, 1 p.m.

Laguna Beach, CA
Roger and Ellen Kempler '79, P'13
August 11, 2 p.m.

Altadena, CA
Fred and Diane Van der Linde P'15
August 18, 3:30 p.m.

TBD - Hong Kong

2013 Summer Road TripJuly & August

2013 Summer Road TripJoin fellow alumni, parents, students, staff, faculty and friends this summer as we head out on a Pitzer Summer Road Trip starting in Boston at the Summer in the City Entertainment Series on July 11 and culminating in Los Angeles on August 16 at Jazz at LACMA. Bring a blanket and a picnic and be sure to wear your Pitzer orange!

For more information visit the Summer Road Trip website or check out the individual events below.

Thursday, July 11
The Summer in the City Entertainment Series
Boston Harbor Hotel

6 p.m. meet-up & event time    
James Montgomery Band
RSVP here by July 4

Monday, July 15 
Concerts in the Park with the New York Philharmonic
Great Lawn, Central Park
7 p.m. meet-up time, 8 p.m. event time
New York Philharmonic
RSVP here by July 8

Sunday, July 21
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
Cathedral Park, Main Stage
3 p.m. meet-up & event time
RSVP here by July 14

Sunday, July 21
San Francisco
Stern Grove Festival
Golden Gate Park
2 p.m. meet-up & event time
Red Baraat and Fanfare Ciocarlia
RSVP here by July 14

Friday, August 2
Concert at the Mural
Mural Amphitheater at the Seattle Center
5:30 p.m. meet-up & event time
No Depression Night, JD McPherson,
Rose Windows and River Giant
RSVP here by July 26

Sunday, August 4
City Park Jazz
The Pavilion at City Park
6 p.m. meet-up & event time
Henry Butler
RSVP here by July 28

Friday, August 9
Washington DC
Jazz in the Garden
National Gallery Sculpture Garden
5 p.m. event time & 6 p.m. meet-up time 
Josh Bayer
RSVP here by August 2

Friday, August 16
Los Angeles
Jazz at LACMA 
6 p.m. meet-up & event time
Luther Hughes & Cannonball/Coltrane Project
RSVP here by August 9

A Peak Experience: John Muir Trail Hike July 20 - August 16

Hike the John Muir TrailIn celebration of Pitzer's 50th anniversary, two groups of Pitzer students, alumni and faculty will hike the John Muir Trail this summer. President Laura Skandera Trombley will be in the second group.

Group 1: from July 20-August 16, starting at Mono Meadow near Yosemite
Group 2: from July 25-August 16, starting at Red’s Meadow near Mammoth Lakes

The first group will meet the second group at Red’s Meadow and will continue from there as a single group of 10 that will hike to the Mt. Whitney summit and portal.

From Mono Meadow the total trail mileage will be approximately 230 miles. From Red’s Meadow the total trail mileage will be approximately 160 miles.

For more information visit www.pitzer.edu/jmt


Fall 2013

New Parent OrientationAugust 24

Parent OrientationParents and family members are invited to be our special guests at the 2013 Parent Orientation. This event is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the College and engage with Pitzer faculty, staff and fellow parents.

A full schedule of events can be found here.

"The History of Pitzer College" with Professor Stuart McConnell September 6 - December 6

Stuart McConnellProfessor of History Stuart McConnell offers a class on the history of PItzer on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m. this fall. Through guest presentations, interviews and work with original documents in the on-campus Pitzer Archive and the Pitzer History Project at Honnold Library, students will explore the history of a unique undergraduate institution from its founding in 1963 to its 50th anniversary in 2013-14.

Twice-weekly meetings will focus on particular moments in the College’s history, coupled with some general readings on the broader historical contexts of those moments. Student research projects will focus on particular events such as the creation of the Kohoutek Music and Arts Festival, the establishment of the Grove House and the founding of 5C Black Studies. The class will also explore the history of particular aspects of college life including the ideal of “participatory governance,” the evolution of Study Abroad and the changing nature of residential life.

More information to come.

Pitzer 50th Anniversary BannersSeptember 17

Pitzer 50th Anniversary banners will be displayed on the Pitzer College campus and in the Claremont Village.

More information to come.

Pitzer 50th Interactive TimelineSeptember 17

A digital, interactive timeline will be constructed on the Pitzer College Archives webpage. The timeline will feature Pitzer's milestones, along with interesting facts and events illustrated with digitized photographs, publications, commencement announcements and many never-before-seen materials.

More information to come.

Glyphs: Photography, Video, and the Politics of Inscription September 19 - December 6

Co-Curated by Renee Mussa and Ruti Talmor

Opening Reception: September 19, 6-8 p.m.

Artists: John Akomfrah, Lyle Ashton-Harris, Cheryl Dunye, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Zoe Leonard, Ingrid Robert Mwangi Hutter, Zanele Muholi, Andrew Putter, Mickalene Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Glyphs: Photography, Video, and the Politics of Inscription presents the work of 10 international artists from Africa, Europe and the United States. The exhibition builds on the premise that identities are constituted through acts of inscription, real or imagined—into history, popular iconographies and artistic canons—and probes the consequences of such acts on the poetic and political dimensions of representation, difference and visibility.

Working in photography, moving image and mixed media, the artists represented cannibalize and query such archives to create new image repertoires that point to the lacunae—the silences, absences, and erasures—contained within prevalent visual-historical renderings. These critical interventions challenge existing discourses, destabilizing the deeply ambiguous and often surreal taxonomies of ‘raced,' gendered, and sexed representation. The results are collective imaginaries more able to accommodate the complexity of historically situated, lived experience.

In the works chosen for this exhibition, art becomes an alternate, subversive form of power that produces new, non-binary possibilities and paradigms—ones that disrupt, augment, and reclaim. Within these projects, we encounter desire, fantasy, seduction; oscillations between truth, memory, and fiction; documentation, invention, and performative deconstruction; strategies of assemblage, recyclage, and artistic exorcism.

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Pitzer College Art Galleries and the Pasadena Art Alliance.

Emerging Artist Series # 8: Danielle Adair: On the Rocks, in the Land September 19 – December 6

The documentary-performance-video installation, On the Rocks, In the Land analyzes the role of 'tourist-observer,' within contemporary 'conflict zones,' and questions how a 'tourist' perceives and experiences sites of historic and contemporary political significance. The project incorporates experiences around the peace lines of Belfast, the Berlin Wall, the Stone Walls of New England, the US-Mexican border in Ciudad Juárez and the Occupy Wall Street Movement. By highlighting these sites, the exhibition explores the notion of 'play' as a persistent and ethical form of resistance in relation to the physicality of a 'wall' as defined by these specific locations. Although exploring the intersection of place, politics, and play in these sites, the project resists the urge to enforce a dominant narrative, seeking instead to excavate unfamiliar forms of resistance and protest.

Atherton DinnerSeptember 24

Speaker: Lisa Nakamura

Contact the office of the Dean of Faculty for more information.

Distinguished Alumni LectureSeptember 26

Sandra MitchellAlumna Sandra D. Mitchell '73, winner of the 2013 Annual Distinguished Alumni Award, is a professor and chair of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She has published several books including Biological Complexity and Integrative Pluralism and Unsimple Truths: Science, Complexity and Policy. A philosophy major at Pitzer, she went on to earn her master's in philosophy, logic and the scientific method at the London School of Economics and a PhD in history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh.

More information to come.

Art Exhibition: Jaider Esbell | Barbara Hinshaw Gallery, Grove HouseOctober 1 - November 29

Jaider EsbellThis exhibition will be taking place in conjunction with the course: "Run to the Forest," co-taught by professor Leda Martins and Jaider Esbell, an indigenous artist from the Brazilian Amazon. The exhibition presents paintings that reflect on indigenous and global discourses of nature, sustainability, and development. There is a particular concern with the cosmologies and historical experiences of the Macuxi Indians. At the core of the exhibit, will be paintings from a series representing the history of cattle in the Macuxi territory; the cattle were introduced by white capitalist ranchers, and the paintings explore both the impact of the cattle on the environment and the ways that Macuxi Indians have understood and responded to the cattle and the ranchers. Macuxi artist Jaider Esbell was born and lives in the state of Roraima, in the northern Brazilian Amazon. He will spend the semester at Pitzer as a visiting artist/professor. A geographer as well as an artist, Esbell, uses different forms of visual means to synthesize elements of Macuxi cosmology, history and natural world, which are reflected in his paintings.

More information to come.

Green Bike Ride: Campus to CoastOctober 5

Southern California BeachBreak Away for Pitzer's 50th Anniversary Fun Ride!

You’re invited to join Pitzer friends with your bicycle and ride from campus to beautiful Seal Beach. The approximately 50-mile bicycle ride is mostly downhill and all family-friendly, so bring the kids! We’ll even transport your bicycle back to campus by truck and give you a ride back to Claremont on an air-conditioned bus.

Our guides will show you the best of the Southland’s bicycle by-ways. You’ll be among Pitzer friends, riding your own bicycle, and get lunch, too!

$25 Contribution per Person

To help defray some of the costs associated with providing roadside assistance for your bicycle, and bottled water for you, we ask for this modest contribution. You’ll also receive:
• Foothills to the Beach Bike Ride T-Shirt
• Light breakfast snack
• Picnic lunch at the beach
• Transportation back to campus (air-conditioned bus for you; truck for your bicycle).

Don't let this opportunity pass you by—sign up here!

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Rededication of Scott Hall, Reception and Open House, Pitzer Festival of Flavors & Professor Jessica McCoy Art UnveilingOctober 10

Pitzer’s first building has undergone a significant renovation that includes sustainable and energy-efficiency upgrades. In celebration of its completion, join us for a rededication reception and open house. Some of Pitzer’s most popular eateries—the Grove House, McConnell Dining Hall and Shakedown Café—will host the annual Festival of Flavors.

Jessica McCoy installationAssociate Professor of Art Jessica McCoy will also unveil her permanent installation in the Scott Hall lobby. Her 4-by-9-foot painting documents a Pitzer student in her dorm room. It gives viewers the opportunity to investigate the non-academic side of a residential college by dissecting the personal objects in the room. The fragments offer pieces of information about the figure while simultaneously acting as an obstacle in deciphering the complete narrative. It will be on permanent display in the newly renovated Scott Hall.

More information to come.

Alumni in Technology and Media PanelOctober 25

More information to come.

Women, Alumni and TechnologyNovember 15

• Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College
• Muriel Poston, Dean of Faculty, Pitzer College
• Audrey Bilger, Head Creative Writing Program, Claremont McKenna College
• Alexandra Juhasz, Professor of Media Studies, Pitzer College
• Jacque Wernimont, Assistant Professor of English, Scripps College
• Radhika Gajjala, Director, American Culture Studies Program, Bowling Green State University
• Sharon Irish, Project Coordinator, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

More information to come.

Fulbright Scholarship Board Visit & the Pitzer Fulbright Video Premiere November 18-20

Fulbright LogoPitzer College welcomes the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board as the College hosts its quarterly fall meeting.

The Pitzer Fulbright video, International Pitzer Perspectives and Global Impacts, is a collection of stories and experiences shared by Pitzer’s current and former Fulbright Fellows.

More information to come.

Winter 2014

Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane January 18 - May 18

Andrea BowersCollaboration between Pitzer College Art Galleries and Pomona College Museum of Art, Nichols Gallery and Pomona Museum of Art, January 18 – March 29, 2014

#sweetjane is a new project by Los Angeles-based artist, Andrea Bowers, about the "Steubenville Rape Case" concerning the rape of 16-year-old girl last August, and the subsequent trial that unfolded earlier this year. A small, close-knit community on the Ohio River bordering West Virginia—a rustbelt city reflecting the last remnants of industrialization — Steubenville is home to "Big Red," one of the most famous high school football teams in the country. On the night of August 11, 2012, the star football players raped a 16-year-old girl from the neighboring town of Weirton, WV. The incident was played out on various social media sites, which featured the football players' celebratory posts, pictures and tweets and as a result received national attention.

In addition to drawing and photography, #sweetjane comprises a video based on Bowers' three trips to Steubenville that document the protest surrounding the trial and activities of "hactivist" group Anonymous. This documentation is interspersed with video and photographs from the artist's teen years; Bowers grew up in a small, football town similar to Steubenville. In this work, Bowers returns to the core subject matter of women's rights and draws attention to the under-recognized "rape culture" that is a tradition in this country. Her return to Ohio to document the Steubenville case is a form of personal mapping of 30 years of violence against women.

The project explores the notion of anonymity—which became a form of protection for the victim (Jane Doe), Anonymous and the townspeople—as well as the visibility of the teen rapists, with whom the media eventually sympathized. Ultimately this project is about the naming of injustice. For so many, Jane Doe offered the opportunity for others to finally speak about their own experiences of violence against women and perhaps help change the imbalance of patriarchal power.

Pitzer College 50th Anniversary Exhibition: Martin Durazo '90 | Lenzner Family Art GalleryJanuary 18 - May 18

Martin DurazoAlumnus Martin Durazo '90 makes large-scale multi-media artworks, including painting, sculpture, found objects, video, sound components as well as performance and employs a variety of traditional and unconventional materials. His resulting installations combine elements of high-design "finish-fetish" minimalism with makeshift provisional structures. The work's compelling narratives reflect our engagement with high and low culture and explores the influence of mass media on shaping the way we think and experience the world. Impactful and experiential, Durazo's installations encourage us to question conventional values and expectations— driven by our media-saturated world—and by doing so, learn to think for ourselves. For Pitzer's 50th anniversary celebrations, Durazo will select an object from Pitzer's evolving archive to use as a starting point for a site-specific installation that will reflect on his experiences at Pitzer during the late '80s and early '90s.

More information to come.

Pitzer College 50th Anniversary Exhibition: Arthur Dubinsky: The Life and Times of Pitzer College | Founders RoomJanuary 18 - May 18

Arthur DubinskyThis exhibition will look at the photographic work of Arthur Dubinsky, who documented the Pitzer College community and campus from its inception in 1963 until 1985. The photographs depict various aspects of college life and will be focused on specific themes, including Governance, Campus Life, Construction, and Commencement , creating a rich visual history of Pitzer College. In addition, excerpts from interviews with students and faculty, conducted by founding faculty member Werner Warmbrunn, will be converted into digital files and available on iPods, providing a range of perspectives on life at Pitzer during a 20-year period. This exhibition celebrates Pitzer’s 50th anniversary.

More information to come.

Study Abroad Fireside Chat Series: The Director's PerspectiveFebruary

More information to come.

Munroe Center for Social Inquiry: Technology, Film & Lecture SeriesFebruary 4 - April 29*

Alex JuhaszEach academic year, the Ruth and Lee Munroe Center for Social Inquiry continues the pursuit of interdisciplinary learning and public inquiry embodied by the lives and service of two of Pitzer’s most distinguished and beloved professors Robert "Lee" Munroe, research professor of anthropology, and the late Ruth Hagberg Munroe. This series of public events and lectures, which is open to the Pitzer community and to the public, expands upon their legacy of making scientific research and scholarly inquiry integral components of a Pitzer education.

Alex Juhasz, professor of media studies, is the newly-appointed director of the MCSI series, now in its sixth year.

The first event is scheduled for February 4.* For previous programs visit www.pitzer.edu/mcsi.

MCSI: Technology, Film & Lecture SeriesFebruary 11*

More information to come.

Pitzer Society Dinner February 14

Pitzer Society DinnerA fun and festive evening on campus with President Laura Skandera Trombley and the Pitzer College Board of Trustees, including a live auction to raise funds to support student internships and undergraduate research.

The Pitzer Society recognizes individuals who give $1,963—a gift amount representing Pitzer College’s founding year—or more each year. Current members are listed online at www.pitzer.edu/50forward.

The Pitzer Society honors the family that founded the College. Their philanthropic commitment shaped Pitzer during its early years and continues to inspire trustees, alumni, parents and friends who are actively involved in the life of the College. Pitzer College faculty and students are grateful to every member of the Pitzer Society for their leadership, loyalty and support.

For more information visit www.pitzer.edu/50forward.

Family Weekend February 14-17

Family WeekendJoin Pitzer parents, students, family and friends for faculty talks, campus walks, President Laura Skandera Trombley’s annual State of the College address, and much, much more. We will also be celebrating Pitzer’s 50th Anniversary year.

For more information visit www.pitzer.edu/familyweekend


MCSI: Technology, Film & Lecture SeriesFebruary 18*

More information to come.

Founders Day Celebration February 21

Join us as we celebrate Pitzer’s founding on February 21, 1963. A full day of events is being planned.

More information to come.

Spring 2014

MCSI: Technology, Film & Lecture SeriesMarch 4*

More information to come.

MCSI: Technology, Film & Lecture SeriesMarch 11*

More information to come.

MCSI: Technology, Film & Lecture SeriesMarch 25*

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Stephen and Sandra Glass Annual Humanities LectureMarch 27

Glass Humanities LectureThe Stephen and Sandra Glass Annual Humanities Lecture showcases leading international figures in the humanities, enriching the cultural life of The Claremont Colleges community. Past lecturers include author T.C. Boyle, historian Angus Johnston and author David Goldblatt. The Glass Annual Humanities Lecture is made possible through the generosity of Nancy Rose Bushnell ’69, and her husband, David Bushnell. Stephen L. Glass is one of the College’s founding faculty members and the John A. McCarthy Professor Emeritus of Classics.

More information to come.

MCSI: Technology, Film & Lecture SeriesApril 1*

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MCSI: Technology, Film & Lecture SeriesApril 8*

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MCSI: Technology, Film & Lecture SeriesApril 15*

More information to come.

Murray & Vicki Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist and Scholar LectureApril 17

More information to come.

40th Kohoutek Music and Arts FestivalApril 18 & 19*

Family WeekendThe iconic music and arts festival will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. Come listen to great music on The Mounds–a true Pitzer tradition.

More information to come.


MCSI: Technology, Film & Lecture SeriesApril 22*

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Earth Day: Seminar on Sustainability at Pitzer & Professor Kathryn Miller’s Outback Art Installation Unveiling April 22

SustainabilityPitzer will host a seminar that will explore and celebrate Pitzer’s pioneering sustainability initiatives.

Professor of Art Kathryn Miller to unveil her permanent art installation: a 9 feet tall 3D signage at the entry to the Outback Preserve.  It features cut outs of paw prints and bird foot prints of animals that inhabit the outback on entry side while the backside features cut-out symbols that humans have used over time to denote aspects of the landscape (water, desert, sun, mountains, rain).  The center spine of the sign has the word “OUTBACK” cut out, designating a formal name for this unique space on the Pitzer campus.

More information to come.

Senior Thesis Exhibition April 24 - May 17

Graduating art majors exhibit their works in galleries across campus.

More information to come.

Paul Santoleri's McConnell Center South Wall Mural May

Paul SantoleriArtist Paul Santorleri has displayed his environmentally conscious art on
walls in many parts of his native Philadelphia throughout the years and has shown his work in a variety of venues including the Painted Bride Art Center, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Spector Gallery, Fleisher Art Memorial among others. He received grants from institutions in Canada, Dominican Republic and Spain and traveled the world creating inspired and colorful pieces of art.

Santorleri will be designing and painting a large-scale, site-specific mural on the south wall of McConnell Center.

More information to come.

Professor Timothy Berg's McConnell West Patio Mosaic InstallationMay

Tim BergAssistant Professor of Art Timothy Berg is designing and constructing a 8' x 5' tile project to be installed on the west wall of McConnell Center. This tile project is a sculptural relief, which will consist of three interlocking tiles that create a seamless tessellation. The primary tile in the tessellation is a curved, fan-shaped tile designed to represent an alluvial plain, symbolic of Claremont and its geographical landscape at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. The project as a whole is meant to be a representation of this local environment, whether natural or artificial, in an abstracted form. Professor Berg's project will be completed fall 2013.

More information to come.

Alumni Weekend May 2-4

Alumni WeekendRelive memories, renew friendships and celebrate Pitzer’s 50th anniversary year! Planned activities for the weekend include:
• Orange and White Ball
• Pitzer as a Women’s College Panel Discussion
The Pitzer Alumni Awards Ceremony

For more information visit www.pitzer.edu/alumniweekend.

50th Anniversary Commencement May 17

CommencementPitzer will host a special 50th Annual Commencement to celebrate the Class of 2014 graduates.

More information to come.


*Dates subject to change.

Last updated July 8, 2013

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Limited 50th Anniversary Edition Pitzer Gear

Official Pitzer Beanie

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Pitzer Necktie

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