Hip Hop and the Poetics of Protest

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.
March 7, 2021

True Equity Part 1: Systemic Change

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.
February 13, 2021

Protest Songs in the Struggle for Social Justice: A Conversation

Protest Songs in the Struggle for Social JusticeJoin 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...]
February 12, 2021

The 2020 Election: What Happened, What Comes Next?

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...]
November 23, 2020

Father Gregory Boyle in Conversation

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.
November 7, 2020

The Rainbow Wave and the 2020 Election

The Rainbow Wave and the 2020 ElectionPitzer’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.
October 15, 2020

Redford Conservancy Fall Lecture: Environmentalism and Climate Justice

Redford Conservancy logoMichael 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...]
September 30, 2020