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Pitzer’s First-Year Seminars Explore AI, Musical Theater, and Political Geometry 

Four students converse as they sit around a circular wood table with their notebooks, pens, and highlighters. A professor stands behind them while holding a tablet.What if you could take a class that experiments with science writing using ChatGPT? Or a class that explores how Wicked and Hamilton shape politics? Or a class that asks what makes us human? Pitzer College’s first-year seminars (FYS) introduce students to a multitude of topics that encourage critical thinking and push academic writing beyond the five-paragraph outline.
November 17, 2023
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Incarceration to Reintegration: Kenneth Butler ’22 Helps Pilot Program in Uganda 

Kenneth Butler stands in front of a class while reading from a paper in his hand. Butler wears a black polo shirt with the yellow logo for PEP-Uganda on the upper left corner. To his right is a black banner for the Reintegration Academy with the statement “Education is liberation, a commitment to commitment, change agents making change, forgiveness & healing, restorative justice, inspire empower.”When Kenneth Butler ’22 was released in 2021 after 15 years of incarceration, he was on his way to a bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College. However, he didn’t yet know how to rebuild his place in the community and start his career.  Butler turned to the Reintegration Academy, an eight-week program that teaches formerly incarcerated individuals about life skills, career development, and vocational education. Now, Butler is helping expand the academy in Uganda as part of his Fulbright.
November 8, 2023
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Pitzer College Welcomes New Faculty in the Humanities and Sciences  

Andrea Acosta has dark wavy hair with blond tips pulled up in a bun. Acosta wears gold dangling earrings and a black dress with colorful intricate patterns in gold, red, white, and blue.Five new tenure-track faculty have joined the Pitzer community of scholars with the start of the academic year. Their fields include anthropology, media studies, economics, English and world literature, and environmental analysis, and each brings expertise in research and scholarship that reflects their engagement with contemporary issues. In addition, several current professors also received promotions this fall.
November 3, 2023
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Pitzer Professor Expands Mental Healthcare Globally With Friendship Bench Zimbabwe

Marcus Rodriguez on the far right sits on a wood bench with a sign for Friendship Bench on the back rest. A Friendship Bench worker sits on the opposite side of the bench and other workers gather behind the bench.“Why I train grandmothers to treat depression”: This 2018 TED talk by Dixon Chibanda about Friendship Bench Zimbabwe planted a seed that Associate Professor of Psychology Marcus Rodriguez has brought to fruition in a new cross-cultural partnership. Chibanda founded Friendship Bench Zimbabwe to bridge the country’s mental health treatment gap through community-based psychological intervention. Rodriguez [Read More...]
October 24, 2023
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Strom C. Thacker Inaugurated as Pitzer College’s Seventh President

CLAREMONT Calif. — October 20, 2023 — Strom C. Thacker was inaugurated as Pitzer College’s seventh president Friday in a ceremony that highlighted his Claremont roots and his vision of Pitzer as a steadfast model for other institutions of higher education. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, college and university delegates, and other guests gathered on [Read More...]
October 20, 2023
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Pitzer College Among Top Schools in Rankings

Claremont, Calif. (September 18, 2023)—Pitzer College again appears in the rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. In the category of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, U.S. News ranks Pitzer at No. 39 among 204 colleges in a tie with Denison University, Kenyon College, Spelman College, and others. U.S. News also ranks Pitzer [Read More...]
September 18, 2023