Annual Sullivan Lecture: Climate Change and Southern California’s Water Justice Future
March 17, 2021
California has long struggled to provide safe and affordable drinking water to its low-income communities of color, but water insecurity is particularly acute in the arid south. As the state prepares for drought and other climate-driven disasters, how can concepts of climate change resilience and adaptation be folded into drinking water policy? What is the [Read More...]
Hip Hop and the Poetics of Protest
March 7, 2021
A conversation with Derik Smith, professor in the Department of Literature at Claremont McKenna College and chair of the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies at The Claremont Colleges, and Pitzer College senior Kaylyn “Kay” Wright.
Combating the Prison Industrial Complex: Lessons from the Frontlines
March 2, 2021
Renford Reese, professor of political science at Cal Poly Pomona and Tyee Griffith, founding manager of the Justice Education Initiative at The Claremont Colleges, discuss their experiences working in the criminal justice system.
True Equity Part 1: Systemic Change
February 13, 2021
Pitzer parent and Family Leadership Council member Julia Weber P’23 led this reflective conversation with President Melvin L. Oliver and Trustee and PolicyLink Founder Angela Glover Blackwell GP’21. They discussed systemic racial injustice in America and the College’s response to social unrest in 2020.
Protest Songs in the Struggle for Social Justice: A Conversation
February 12, 2021
Join us for a conversation with Associate Dean and Professor of Political Studies and Chicano Studies Adrian Pantoja and filmmaker Paul Espinosa on the music and activism of Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. Espinosa’s feature-length documentary, Singing Our Way to Freedom, profiles Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez, a musician, composer, and community activist from San Diego. From the early [Read More...]
The 2020 Election: What Happened, What Comes Next?
November 23, 2020
Adrian Pantoja, Professor of Political Studies/Chicano Studies at Pitzer, Rachel VanSickle-Ward, Professor of Political Studies at Pitzer, and outstanding activists and scholars A’shanti Gholar, president of Emerge, the only organization dedicated to recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, and Natalie Masuoka, Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies at UCLA, [Read More...]
Father Gregory Boyle in Conversation
November 7, 2020
Father Gregory Boyle, the founder of Homeboys Industries, the LA-based gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program, spoke about “The Power of Boundless Compassion and Radical Kinship” with Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Adrian Pantoja P’18, P’24. Boyle is also the author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.
The Rainbow Wave and the 2020 Election
October 15, 2020
Pitzer’s Racial Justice Initiative hosted a panel discussion “The Rainbow Wave and the 2020 Election.” Professor of Political Studies Adrian Pantoja, along with other academic experts, discussed whether a “rainbow wave” of voters will emerge in the 2020 presidential election to propel the Biden-Harris ticket to victory.
Redford Conservancy Fall Lecture: Environmentalism and Climate Justice
September 30, 2020
Michael Méndez is an assistant professor of environmental planning and policy at the University of California, Irvine. He previously served in California as a senior consultant, lobbyist, and gubernatorial appointee during the passage of the state’s internationally acclaimed climate change legislation. Julie Sze is a Professor of American Studies at UC Davis. She is also [Read More...]