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Benson Auditorium

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1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

The George C.S. Benson Auditorium is in Avery Hall facing the Mounds in the center of campus.

Benson Auditorium

October 2016

MCSI Video Conference – Ouided Bouchamaoui: “How to Save the Country from Collapse: Reflections on the Tunisian Journey”

October 7, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Munroe Center for Social Inquiry - ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives 2016-17 Speaker Series

Ouided Bouchamaoui, 2015 Nobel Prize Laureate; President of UTICA, the Tunisian Federation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts  Video Conference via Skype Ouided Bouchamaoui is a Tunisian businesswoman who has been leader of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) since 2011. As the leader of UTICA, she took part in the 2013 Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. The Nobel Peace Prize 2015 was awarded to National Dialogue Quartet. Coffee and pastries will be served in the atrium prior to…

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Film Screening I: “Recollection”

October 20, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Munroe Center for Social Inquiry - ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives 2016-17 Speaker Series

There will be a screening of Recollection (2015) in Benson Auditorium on October 20 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Recollection is a film by Palestinian filmmaker Jamal Aljafari who will be speaking on Friday, October 21 at 4:15 p.m. This event is part of the Pitzer College’s Munroe Center for Social Inquiry Fall 2016 series “ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives.”

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Film Screening II: “Recollection”

October 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Munroe Center for Social Inquiry - ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives 2016-17 Speaker Series

There will be a screening of Recollection (2015) in Benson Auditorium on October 20 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Recollection is a film by Palestinian filmmaker Jamal Aljafari who will be speaking on Friday, October 21 at 4:15 p.m. This event is part of the Pitzer College’s Munroe Center for Social Inquiry Fall 2016 series “ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives.”

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MCSI Lecture – Kamal Aljafari, Palestinian Filmmaker and Director: “Recollection”

October 21, 2016 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Munroe Center for Social Inquiry - ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives 2016-17 Speaker Series

 “Recollection” Filmmaker Kamal Aljafari’s filmography includes Recollection (2015), Port of Memory (2009) and The Roof (2006). He was a featured artist at the 2009 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in New York, and in 2009/2010 was the Benjamin White Whitney Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute and Film Study Center. In 2010, he taught film at The New School in New York City, and from 2011 to 2013 he was a senior lecturer and head of the directing program for the…

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MCSI Lecture – Marc Lynch: “The New Arab Wars”

October 25, 2016 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Munroe Center for Social Inquiry - ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives 2016-17 Speaker Series

Marc Lynch, George Washington University Marc Lynch is Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. He is the director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, a nonresident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a contributing editor for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage political science page. His most recent book, The New Arab Wars: Uprising and Anarchy in the Middle East, was published this year by PublicAffairs. This event is part of the Pitzer…

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November 2016

MCSI Lecture – Abbas Kadhim: “Zero-Sum Reconciliation: The Futile Efforts of Forging a Common Future in Iraq”

November 1, 2016 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Munroe Center for Social Inquiry - ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives 2016-17 Speaker Series

Abbas Kadhim, Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute; President of the Institute of Shia Studies  Dr. Abbas Kadhim is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and the President of the Institute of Shia Studies in Washington, D.C. His research interests focus on Iraq, Iran, Persian Gulf, and Islam. This event is part of the Pitzer College’s Munroe Center for Social Inquiry Fall 2016 series "ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives."

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Guest Lecture: The Art of Language Invention

November 3, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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In this talk, David J. Peterson will discuss the art of conlanging, or language creation. The intentional invention of language is a practice which goes back to the 12th century, though due to the popularity of shows and films that make use of created languages (HBO's Game of Thrones, James Cameron's Avatar, the CW's The 100, etc.), the craft has become more visible than ever. Highlighting some of his work in TV and film, David will explicate what precisely is…

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Guest Lecture: The Art of Language Invention

November 3, 2016 @ 11:00 am
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Lecture by David J. Peterson Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11 am Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College In this talk, David Peterson will discuss the art of conlanging, or language creation. The intentional invention of language is a practice which goes back to the 12th century, though due to the popularity of shows and films that make use of created languages (HBO's Game of Thrones, James Cameron's Avatar, the CW's The 100, etc.), the craft has become more visible than ever.…

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The Presidential Election: What Happened and Why

November 14, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Thomas B. Edsall is an American journalist and academic, best known for his weekly opinion column in the New York Times. He covers American politics, inequality, campaign strategy and demographics. From 2006 to 2014, Edsall served as the Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Public Affairs Journalism at Columbia University, where he continues to teach in an adjunct capacity. Previously, he covered national politics for the Washington Post from 1981 to 2006; and before that for The Baltimore…

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MCSI Lecture – Rosie Bsheer: “Crude Imaginations: Capitalism, Space, and the Politics of History in Saudi Arabia”

November 15, 2016 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Munroe Center for Social Inquiry - ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives 2016-17 Speaker Series

Rosie Bsheer, Yale University; Associate Producer of the 2007 Oscar-nominated film on Iraq, "My Country, My Country" Rosie Bsheer is an assistant professor of modern Middle East history at Yale University. Her teaching and research interests center on Arab intellectual and social movements, petro-capitalism and state formation, and the production of historical knowledge and commemorative spaces. This event is part of the Pitzer College’s Munroe Center for Social Inquiry Fall 2016 series "ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives."

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Film Screening: “12 Years a Slave”

November 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Free

The  Academy Award winning film  12 Years a Slave  will be shown on Monday,  November 21  in Benson  Auditorium  at 7 PM.  All are welcome

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MCSI Lecture – Asad Ahmed: “Politics, Theology, and the Fate of Islamic Rationalist Disciplines”

November 29, 2016 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Munroe Center for Social Inquiry - ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives 2016-17 Speaker Series

November 29 Asad Ahmed, University of California, Berkeley “Politics, Theology, and the Fate of Islamic Rationalist Disciplines” Asad Q. Ahmed is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  He specializes in early Islamic social history and Islamic intellectual history. This event is part of the Pitzer College’s Munroe Center for Social Inquiry Fall 2016 series "ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives."

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Film Screening & Discussion: “Tough Guise 2”

November 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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The documentary "Tough Guise 2; Violence, Manhood and American Culture" examines male violence and toxic masculinity in our culture. The screening will be followed by a discussion. Sponsored by the Healthy Masculinity Initiative, the EmPower Center, Pitzer Advocates for Survivors Sexual Assault, Peer Health Educators, and Pitzer College Student Senate.

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Screening: Years Of Living Dangerously

November 30, 2016 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Free
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WATCH the newest episode of the Emmy award-winning climate documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously. Tom Erb (Pomona junior) helps actress and activist Nikki Reed highlight efforts in the U.S. to solve climate change by putting a price a carbon pollution, and former “Daily Show” correspondent Aasif Mandvi sets off to Kenya to demonstrate the need for immediate action, with compounding threats to species across the world. LEARN about the recently-launched Put A Price On It campaign, which mobilizes those most affected…

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February 2017

Screening and Discussion: Intersection of Art + Architecture + Culture in Claremont

February 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Claremont Modern: The Convergence of Art + Architecture at Midcentury

The Media Studies Department is presenting an exciting new Speaker/Film Series that looks at the Intersection of Art + Architecture + Culture in Claremont and Beyond with a talk by local scribe David Allen discussing his cultural musings and new book. The screening will be in Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College. The event is FREE and open to the public. Co-hosted by Claremont Heritage.

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Pepper Lecture: Gregory Sholette

February 8, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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The Annual Murray Pepper and Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Join artist, writer and activist Greg Sholette as he discusses his new book Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism (scheduled for release in May 2017) on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 4:15 p.m in Benson Auditorium.  In the aftermath of the 2016 US election, Brexit, and a global upsurge of nationalist populism, it is evident that the delirium and the crisis of neoliberal capitalism is…

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Sullivan Memorial Lecture: Climate Change, “La Madre” of Weather Systems

February 17, 2017 @ 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Please join us for a talk on climate change and water availability in California, featuring Dr. Juliet Christian Smith from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Sponsored by the Redford Conservancy

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Distinguished Scientist Lecture: Nalini Nadkarni

February 20, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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“Tapestry Thinking: Weaving the Threads of Humans and Nature” Nalini Nadkarni, Professor of Biology, University of Utah will present the Distinguished Scientist Lecture in Benson Auditorium on Monday, February 20, 2017. Nalini Nadkarni will discuss how her experiences as a scientist precipitated her explorations into diverse ways of engaging humans with the natural world. Her 35 years of ecological research in tropical and temperate rainforest canopies led to discoveries about the importance of treetop-dwelling plants in ecosystem processes, as well as…

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Glass Humanities Lecture: Ariella Azoulay

February 21, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Annual Stephen and Sandra Glass Humanities Lecture Plunder: The Transcendental Condition of Modern Art and Community of fabri Ariella Azoulay, professor of comparative literature and modern culture and media at Brown University, will deliver the 2017 Glass Humanities Lecture. Azoulay is a documentary film director and independent curator who specializes in political theory, visual cultural and photography. The author of Civil Imagination: The Political Ontology of Photography, Azoulay explores how history is conveyed through visual mediums and the relationship between…

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Claremont City Council Candidates Forum at Pitzer College

February 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Join the Pitzer College Student Senate and the League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area at the Claremont City Council Candidates Forum at Pitzer College! The candidates will make their opening statements, respond to written questions from the League of Women Voters and the audience, and then make their closing remarks. Each candidate will be limited to a two-minute opening statement and a one-minute closing statement. In fairness to everyone, no candidate will be allowed to continue speaking after…

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March 2017

Talk: Anarchism and the Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

March 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Andrew Cornell How have anarchists operating in the United States related to the freedom struggles of African Americans? How have movements opposed to white supremacy and structural racism shaped anarchists strategies and theories of power? This talk tracks connection between these radical traditions from the Progressive Era to the civil rights movement and from the 1960s counter-culture to contemporary organizing against police violence and the Trump administration. Andrew Cornell is the author of Unruly Equity (University of California Press, 2016)…

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The Seventh Fire – Documentary Screening

March 21, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

This event brings director Jack Pettibone Riccobono to Pitzer for a screening of his documentary, The Seventh Fire.   Tuesday, March 21, 4:15 p.m. Benson Auditorium  This 2015 film was shot in Pine Point, an Ojibwe village in northern Minnesota on the White Earth Indian Reservation. The film's protagonist, Rob Brown, is a former gang leader who is about to return to prison for the fifth time. Over the course of the film he reckons with the violent drug culture that he helped…

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Faculty Panel: Knowledge and Power: Pitzer’s New Educational Objectives in a Changing World

March 23, 2017 @ 4:15 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Faculty Panel: Knowledge and Power: Pitzer’s New Educational Objectives in a Changing World Faculty panel moderated by Melinda Herrold-Menzies,  associate dean of faculty & professor of environmental analysis Speakers: Michelle L. Berenfeld,  associate professor of classics Kebokile Dengu-Zvobgo, associate dean of study abroad and international programs Colin Robins, assistant professor of environmental analysis Ruti Talmor, assistant professor of media studies A staff-hosted reception will follow the Faculty Panel. *This is not a ticketed event and is open to the community on a first‐come, first‐served…

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Presidential Panel: Liberal Arts Education Amid Political Climate Change

March 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

A panel of prominent national scholars discusses the future of a liberal arts education in the new political climate. Moderated by President Melvin L. Oliver.

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April 2017

Desert X with Phillip K. Smith III

April 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Phillip K. Smith III Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm Benson Auditorium | Pitzer College, Claremont, CA | FREE Talk and Q&A followed by a reception for the Artist Claremont Heritage is delighted to welcome one of Southern California’s most innovative artists to Claremont. Fresh on the heels of a critically acclaimed major installation at Desert X, Phillip K. Smith III explores the faltering dichotomy between design and nature through the contextual lens of his art. In…

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Peter Harper in Concert

April 7, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Peter Harper in Concert

Pitzer College is hosting Peter Harper and his band Racing Alone on April 7th, for the release of their new album "Break the Cycle." Doors open at 7:30 p.m., concert begins at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Sample a new tune, "Mr. President:" https://soundcloud.com/peter-harper-2/mr-president FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/264975183914331/

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Lecture: Pedro Nougera – Learning in the Trump Era and Beyond

April 18, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera is the distinguished professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. He is the author of 12 books and over 200 articles and monographs. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues…

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May 2017

Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne

May 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Christopher Hawthorne, the architecture critic of the Los Angeles Times, will present a screening of a KCET program about the future of L.A. and talk about its urban planning, transportation and more. The film will be followed by a Q&A. Sponsored by Claremont Heritage. Admission is free.

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June 2017

Talk – Luis Fuerte: Remembrances of Huell Howser

June 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Free Event produced by Claremont Heritage. Luis Fuerte, award-winning cameraman for the late Huell Howser, of the California Gold television show, recounts his travels and fond memories of his employer and friend. Fuerte was the editor, lighting director, sound engineer, on air operations person, and cameraman for the late Huell Howser, who hosted KCET's California Gold. Fuerte will speak of his travels and times filming with the ever-curious, effervescent, and spontaneous Huell Howser. Contact: Claremont Heritage Email: info@claremontheritage.org Phone: 909.621.0848…

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LASI Faculty Recital

June 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and Chamber Music Workshop Faculty Recital; open to the Pitzer Community.

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LASI Viola & Piano Recital

June 21, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and Chamber Music Workshop recital with Matthew Lipman, viola and Inyoung Huh, piano. Open to the Pitzer community.

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LASI Orchestra Concert

June 22, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and Chamber Music Workshop orchestra concert. Open to the Pitzer community.

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LASI Chamber Music Workshop Ensemble Concert

June 23, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and Chamber Music Workshop Ensemble concert. Open to the Pitzer community.

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LASI Strings Finale Concert

June 23, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and Chamber Music Workshop Strings Finale Concert. Open to the Pitzer community.

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July 2017

LA Young Musician International Competition

July 10, 2017 - July 31, 2017
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

The 6th annual Los Angeles Young Musician International Competition is open to young pianists of all nationalities and will be held on August 2-7, 2016. Los Angeles Young Musician International Competition is a California Non-Profit organization with a mission to explore the talents of young musicians, provide performance opportunities for our musicians, encourage music appreciation, and bring different cultures together with the power of music. We are honored to hold our sixth competition here at Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College, in…

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August 2017

Convocation

August 28, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Pitzer College Convocation 2017

Pitzer College will host Convocation for the incoming class of 2021 and other new students on August 28, 2017. Live-stream the event at www.pitzer.edu/webcast.

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September 2017

MCSI Lecture: “Contemporary and classic conspiracy theories: a journalistic perspective”

September 5, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Conspiracy Theory - Conspiracy Facts

Learn about recent conspiracy theories with journalists Nick Schou and Ben Collins. Ben Collins is the co-host of Truther, a weekly podcast from The Daily Beast’s Erin Gloria Ryan, Ben Collins and Gideon Resnick that explores how conspiracies get started as they happen. In addition, Collins regularly covers conspiracy theories as part of his work at the Daily Beast, having covered Alex Jones, Pizza Gate, NASA’s slave colony on Mars, and the widespread belief in “crisis actors.” His work has appeared in The Daily Beast, Esquire, and The Boston…

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Talk with Author Arlie Russell Hochschild

September 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Arlie Russell Hochschild

ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. Her latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the author of several books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Her work appears in sixteen languages. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley.

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MCSI Lecture: Governing by Crisis: How Toxic Truths Subvert Mainstream Investigation

September 26, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
MCSI Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Lee Basham Professor of Philosophy, South Texas College We live in an information hierarchy where a few control what most believe about important events and the causes of these. The basic institutions of this hierarchy are mainstream media and national law enforcement. Conspiracy theorists often accuse both of covering up extreme government crimes and deceptions; a shadow government controls what they tell us and more importantly, what they don’t. The typical response to this allegation is that these institutions are…

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October 2017

MCSI Lecture: Conspiracy Theories are for Losers

October 10, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
MCSI Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Joseph Uscinski Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Miami Professor Uscinski will highlight his analysis of more than a hundred years of data taken from newspapers, surveys, and the internet. The surprising findings address the following questions: Who believes in conspiracy theories and why? Why are some conspiracy theories more popular than others? What are the dangers of conspiracy theories? Are conspiracy theorists prone to violence? How did conspiracy theories affect the 2016 presidential election and how will they…

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Latinx Healthcare in the 21st Century

October 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Bamby Salcedo, Director,
Coalición Trans Latina
The Transvisible Report and Immigrant Health

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MCSI Lecture: Fascists, Communists, and the Masons: Conspiracy Theorizing in the New World Order

October 24, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
MCSI Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Lilith Mahmud Associate Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies, School of Humanities & Associate Professor of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine Lilith Mahmud is a feminist anthropologist whose research has focused on elites, secrecy, power, gender, and the Right. She is author of The Brotherhood of Freemason Sisters: Gender, Secrecy, and Fraternity in Italian Masonic Lodges (U of Chicago Press, 2014), which won the William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology from the Society for the Anthropology of Europe.

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November 2017

Film/Panel – Mexican Players at Padua Hills Theatre

November 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Claremont Heritage Speaker/Film Series will host a short film, "Stories of the Padua Hills Theatre Mexican Players" followed by a panel discussion on the original Mexican players and historians. FMI: Contact: Claremont Heritage Email: info@claremontheritage.org Phone: 909.621.0848

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MCSI Lecture: What’s Love Got to Do with It? Race, Conspiracy Theories, and Contemporary Hip-Hop Culture

November 7, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
MCSI Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Atherton Lecture John L. Jackson, Jr. Richard Perry University Professor, Dean, School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), University of Pennsylvania This talk will try to invoke the very logic of conspiratorial thinking to map out some of hip-hop culture’s fascination with conspiracy theories linked to world global domination and racial hatred. It draws from current hip-hop artists and classic anthropological theory to lay out some of this pop-cultural terrain. The lecture will also make a related argument about the…

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MCSI Lecture: “If Everyone is a Conspiracy Theorist, is Anyone?”

November 14, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
MCSI Fall 2017 Lecture Series

"If Everyone is a Conspiracy Theorist, is Anyone?: Trumpism, Mutually Assured Disqualification, and Communications Warfare" Jack Bratich Associate Professor of Journalism & Media Studies, School of Communication & Media, Rutgers University Jack Bratich is author of Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture, as well as co-editor of Foucault, Cultural Studies, and Governmentality, (with Cameron McCarthy and Jeremy Packer, 2003). He takes a critical approach to the intersection of popular culture and political culture and studies media culture as an intersection of power,…

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Latinx Healthcare in the 21st Century: Film Screening and Talk with Virginia Espinosa

November 15, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Latinx Health Care in the 21st Century

Virginia Espino, PhD, UCLA
Screening: Emmy-Nominated Film No Más Bebés
Talk: No Más Bebés: Sterilization of Mexican Women in the Los Angeles County Hospital

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Symposium: Inside the Robot: Reconsidering Cybernetics After Juan Downey

November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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Saturday, November 18, 2017 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, CA 91711 In conjunction with the exhibition Juan Downey: Radiant Nature, part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Inside the Robot: Reconsidering Cybernetics After Juan Downey traces the various strands of Juan Downey’s practice through the lens of second-order cybernetics as evidenced in the artist’s Electric Sculptures, Happenings and Performances and Life Cycle Installations. This event will present a series of challenging and diverse…

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MCSI Lecture: Investigating Conspiracy Theories: The case for treating conspiracy theories seriously, even the (apparently) ridiculous ones

November 28, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
MCSI Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Matthew R.X. Dentith Post-doctoral fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities University of Bucharest Matthew Dentith is  author of Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories, Co-host and producer of the Podcaster’s Guide to the Conspiracy Podcast. Dentith has published numerous papers in such venues as Social Epistemology, Episteme, Skeptic,and The Fortean Times.

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Millennial Open Dialogue with State Senator Anthony Portantino

November 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Sen. Anthony J. Portantino & Pitzer College Student Senate invite you for a Millennial Open Dialogue Join us for an intimate conversation about today’s political climate and civic engagement. November 29, 2017 Light Refreshments: 6-6:30 pm Dialogue: 6:30–8:30 pm Pitzer College Benson Auditorium 1050 Mills Ave. Claremont, CA RSVP: rsvpsenatorportantino@gmail.com or 818.409.0400 Participate on FacebookLive at Anthony Portantino’s Facebook page. Follow Anthony on Twitter at @portantino #MODwithAnthonyPortantino

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December 2017

Talk with Scott Budnik about California Prisons

December 5, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
A Talk with Scott Budnik about California Prisons

Scott Budnick is the founder and president of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), which provides a support network for formerly incarcerated men and women and advocates for fairer criminal justice policies. He grew up in Atlanta, GA and graduated from Emory University. Formerly the executive vice president of Todd Phillips’ Green Hat Films, Budnick executive produced many successful comedies, including the highest grossing rated-R comedies in history, The Hangover series. Budnick is a fierce champion for young adults in need. He…

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January 2018

Pepper Lecture: Edgar Heap of Birds

January 23, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Artist Edgar Heap of Birds will give the Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture “Influences, Mentors, Colleagues and Our Homage to this Earth.” His works address issues of Native American history, identity, colonialism, time and modernity.

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February 2018

Lecture: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies

February 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
H. Samy Alim

Join us for a talk and discussion with author H. Samy Alim. H. SAMY ALIM is the David O. Sears presidential endowed chair in the social sciences and professor of anthropology and African American studies at UCLA, and the Founding Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language (CREAL). His most recent books include Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World (Teachers College Press, 2017, with Django Paris) and Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our…

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Symposium: Climate Change, Climate Justice: Organizing in the Face of a Changing Planet

February 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Three dynamic speakers who are deeply involved in climate science research and activism around climate justice will engage the audience around the challenges posed by the climate crisis while also envisioning creative ways forward.

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Ulysses J. Sofia: Distinguished Scientist Lecture

February 19, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Ulysses J. Sofia, Weinberg Family Dean of W.M. Keck Science Department

Dr. Ulysses J. Sofia, Weinberg Family Dean of the W.M. Keck Science Department will be giving the Distinguished Scientist Lecture on “The Sun, the Scientific Method, and the Corruption of Science.”

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Film Screening: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

February 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Black History Month

The screening of this powerful movie will open up a lot of eyes. The Movie surrounds the wrongful testing and stealing of a black woman's cells. Discussion led by Assistant Dean of Faculty Shelva Paulse will follow.

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Separated by Bars and Miles: Difficulties of Jail and Prison Visitation

February 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Join the Pitzer community in welcoming the Prison Policy Initiative's Bernadette Rabuy and Vonya Quarles of Starting Over Inc. and Riverside All of Us or None. Learn about the obstructive prison visitation industry, the ways it plagues the nation and surrounding areas, and ways you can get involved in critical resistance from experts on the subject. Bernadette Rabuy is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Prison Policy Initiative. Bernadette’s research has focused on prison and jail visitation and making key…

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Film Screening: Dolores

February 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Dolores Movie

You are invited to a showing of the movie "Dolores" at Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College at 3 PM on Wednesday, February 28. Free of charge and open to the public. Organized by Rural and Urban Social Movements class. Read more about the movie.

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March 2018

Film Screening: “Happening – A Clean Energy Revolution”

March 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Happening A Clean Energy Revolution

The Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability presents Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, a documentary film directed by James Redford. A reception at 5:30 p.m. with heavy appetizers will be followed by the screening at 6:30 p.m. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with James Redford.

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Manifesto Symposium

March 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Manifesto Exhibit

March 23, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. - The Manifesto Symposium will include panels on immigration and gentrification, workshops and lectures.

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April 2018

Perspectives on Colleges and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

April 12, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Panel discussion followed by Q&A with Yousef Munayyer (Exec. Director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights), Peter Beinart (Associate Professor of Journalism, CUNY), and Alexandra Raleigh (formerly the Middle East Program's education coordinator for the Olive Tree Initiative). Light refreshments served at 4 p.m. Open to members of The Claremont Colleges, including alumni. Sponsored by the Pitzer Working Group on Israel-Palestine, with funding from the Office of the President.  FMI, claudia_strauss@pitzer.edu.

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Media Studies Artist Talk: Benjamin Hoste

April 16, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Please join us on Monday April 16th 4:15-5:30PM for an Artist Talk by non-fiction photographer Benjamin Hoste. Based in New York, Hoste holds a BA in Mathematics from Claremont McKenna College and an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri. Hoste will be discussing Nothing Can Steal What We Build (2015), a project that brings together photographs, historical texts, and oral histories from the West Baltimore neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester about the death of Freddy Gray.  Rather than seeking out…

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Glass Humanities Lecture: Jeffrey Stewart

April 23, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Author and academic Jeffrey C. Stewart, professor of Black Studies, UCSB, will speak on "Cosmopolitanism and Culture: Alain Locke's Vision for 21st Century America."

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September 2018

Convocation for New Students

September 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Pitzer College Convocation

Pitzer College will host Convocation for the incoming class of 2022 and new incoming students.

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MCSI Lecture: “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy”

September 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Perception in a Social World

Media Theorist Siva Vaidhyanathan explains how Facebook devolved from an innocent social site hacked together by Harvard students into a force that, while it may make personal life a little more pleasurable, makes democracy a lot more challenging.

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Being and Becoming Afro-Latinx

September 25, 2018 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Academic and author Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman and sociologist Edlin Veras, both from the University of South Florida, will discuss "Being and Becoming Afro-Latinx: Colorism, Socialization and Identity Formation among Afro-Latinxs."

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October 2018

Ninth Annual 909 Film Festival

October 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

All films in the 909 Film Festival have a 909 theme or are created or shot in the 909. Films are 9 minutes and 9 seconds or less. Free and open to the public.

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The Voice That Is With You: Radio Progreso and the Honduran Resistance

October 9, 2018 @ 1:15 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Radio Progreso and the Honduran Resistance

In 2009, Radio Progreso was the only news outlet reporting what was happening during the news blackout right after the politico-military coup in Honduras. A panel of four leaders of the resistance will discuss the current situation and struggle.

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MCSI Lecture: “Unconscious Bias: The Social Construction of Black Criminals”

October 9, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Perception in a Social World

In this talk, USC Professor of Law Jody David Armour will explore how social perceptions of wrongdoers—especially their race, gender, and class—determine how decision makers view their moral culpability and just desserts.

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People on the Move: Organizing for Climate Change

October 11, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Hahrie Han, Professor of Political Science at UCSB, will examine what a social movement is and why we need it to solve the power problems that underlie climate injustice. Then we will examine ways to organize constituencies that build their power.

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MCSI Lecture: “Normative Cognition in Great Apes”

October 16, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Perception in a Social World

Drawing on primate and infant research, animal researcher Kristen Andrews offers another approach to examining the question of moral cognition in the great apes by examining the cognitive capacities required for normative thinking.

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Talk: “After Death: The Gendered Dynamics of Work in Bangladesh”

October 30, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
After Death: The Gendered Dynamics of Work in Bangladesh

Anthropologist Lamia Karim (Univ of Oregon) talks about the corpse of a garment worker in the early 2000s to reveal the human dimensions of work in the lives of garment workers and the aspirations and trauma of young women working in this industry.

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November 2018

MCSI Lecture: “Race and the brain: Insights from the neural systems of emotion and decisions”

November 6, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Perception in a Social World

In this talk, Harvard Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Elizabeth Phelps will provide an overview of research on the neuroscience of race and emotion, focusing on implicit race attitudes that are expressed without conscious effort and control.

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Book Discussion: David Allen, “On Track”

November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Claremont Heritage Speaker/Film Series presents a talk, On Track: 2001-2005 by author, columnist and Claremont resident David Allen. The talk will include a screening of short clips of movies shot in Pomona and Claremont followed by a Q&A.

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Film Screening: Containment

November 15, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Film Screening - Containment

A film by Peter Galison and Robb Moss CAN WE CONTAIN SOME OF THE DEADLIEST, MOST LONG-LASTING SUBSTANCES EVER PRODUCED? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground — and part…

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December 2018

MCSI Lecture: “How We Understand Others”

December 4, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Perception in a Social World

Professor of Philosophy Shannon Spaulding will talk about mindreading, the ability to make sense of what people are thinking, why they act as they do, what they are likely to do next, and how we often make unreliable judgments of others.

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February 2019

Lecture: Recent Rupture Radio Hour

February 5 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
2019 Pepper Lecture

Writer Sesshu Foster and artist Arturo Ernesto Romo discuss a decade of the practice of collaborative projects and community interventions, a life in the arts outside of institutionalization and the role of arts in community building.

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BDS & the Path to Just Peace in the Middle East

February 6 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
BDS the Path to a Just Peace in the Middle East

Claremont Students for Justice for Palestine is very pleased to announce a panel of distinguished speakers for February 6th (Wednesday) at 4:15 in Benson Auditorium on “BDS & the Path to a Just Peace in the Middle East.”

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Lecture: The Dreamt Land: Chasing Dust and Water Across California

February 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Award-winning author and journalist Mark Arax will discuss his forthcoming book, "The Dreamt Land: Dust and Water Across California." The annual Sullivan Memorial Lecture focuses on water issues in California.

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MCSI Event: “Technology and the Narrative of the Self” with Ted Chiang

February 19 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
MCSI Perception in a social world

Ted Chiang is an award-winning science fiction author. Chiang is the author of "Story of Your LIfe," which was adapted into the 2016 film "Arrival."

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March 2019

In Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen and Mai Elliott

March 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sympathizer. This conversation with historian Mai Elliott will focus on themes found in Nguyen’s book The Refugees.

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Beyond the Runway Screening & Vogue Workshop

March 4 @ 4:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

4:15-6:00pm - Media Arts for Social Justice will screen two documentaries, "Enyce Smith: This Is Me" and "Gia Banks: Legacy" produced by Pitzer students with Legendary House and Ball artists. The two featured artists, Enyce Smith and West Coast Mother - House of Mizrahi, Gia Banks, will be present for Q&A after screening. The stories in both 30 minute documentaries delve into struggles of growing up in the foster system, coming out as both gay and transgender to families, finding…

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Safety and Security in the Digital Age

March 7 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Safety and Security in the Digital Age

Join us for a discussion on social media privacy. doxing, trolling, and your rights and Tools for Navigating Social Media & Online Presence

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Screening of RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

March 28 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

This award-winning feature documentary tells the story of Native Americans in popular music history. Food and music on the Mounds starts at 5:30 with a 7 p.m. screening, followed by a Q&A with the co-director Alfonso Maiorana and others.

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April 2019

Lecture: Late Imperial Legacies: Land, Water and Long-Run Development in China

April 2 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

This research and talk by University of Chicago history professor Ken Pomeranz offers cutting edge scholarship, crucial for understanding the earth’s environment and global economy, now and tomorrow.

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Talk: Black Power, Jewish Politics

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Black Power, Jewish Politics

Professor and Historian Marc Dollinger will discuss his recent book Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s. A dessert reception and book signing will follow the presentation. Marc Dollinger P’18 holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He was inspired to tackle the issue of the myths surround the Black-Jewish civil rights alliance after an eye-opening experience his freshman year at the University of California, Berkeley.…

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Film Screening: Yoole (The Sacrifice)

April 8 @ 7:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Glass Humanities Lecture

Yoole (The Sacrifice), a 2010 documentary film by Moussa Sene Absa, will be shown in conjunction with the Glass Humanities Lecture which will be the next day. The screening will be followed by an open discussion.

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Glass Humanities Lecture: Mousa Sene Absa

April 9 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Glass Humanities Lecture

Moussa Sene Absa is an award-winning Senegalese film director, screenwriter, producer, composer and painter whose stories address a wide breadth of life experience and hardships for characters in Dakar, Senegal.

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Concert: Human Symphony

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Human Symphony is an a Cappella showcase that happens ever Spring semester featuring all seven of the Claremont College a Capella groups. We will be providing beautiful tunes for all students, staff, faculty, and Claremont community members to attend and listen to!

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A Performance by Spoken Word Poets sam sax and Franny Choi

April 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Poets sam sax and Franny Choi will be reading their works at a live performance of spoken word.

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Yes Means Test: A Presentation by HEO and SHS

April 26 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

HEO and Student Health Services are putting on an educational event to provide information and resources to students to improve STI testing outcomes. There will be food, prizes and booths by SHS and the Yes Means Test organization and a presentation about STI testing to address questions about the process, FAQs, and available resources. Following the presentation, there will be a raffle with an assortment of prizes!

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May 2019

Stuart McConnell Memorial Celebration

May 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Memorial Service

Pitzer College will celebrate the life of our distinguished and beloved professor emeritus Stuart McConnell Saturday, May 4, 2019 3-4 p.m. George C.S. Benson Auditorium Pitzer College Reception to follow at the home of Rebecca Franko This celebration is an open event for friends, family, colleagues and alumni during Pitzer Alumni Weekend.

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Media Studies Spring 2019 Screenings

May 9 @ 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Join Intercollegiate Media Studies students, faculty, and staff in celebrating its graduating seniors and the end of another awesome year! The evening's events will include students from the senior thesis course presenting their work and a screening of work by students enrolled in Media Studies production courses. This event is open to the 7C community. Spring Screenings Schedule:  3:30-5:30 p.m.: Gallery Exhibitions, Kallick Gallery, West Hall 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Tacos, Media Studies Courtyard (gallery will remain open) 5:30-7 p.m.: Senior Presentations,…

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September 2019

Convocation for New Students

September 3 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Convocation 2019

Welcome to the Pitzer Community! Pitzer College hosts Convocation for the Class of 2023 and all new students on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, in Benson Auditorium.

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October 2019

Tenth Annual 909 Film Festival

October 4 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
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The Tenth annual 909 Film Festival will be held on Friday, October 4th. Awards and Q&A with the filmmakers will be held right after the screenings.

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Lecture: Critical Environmental Justice

October 11 @ 4:15 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Critical Environmental Justice

Professor David N. Pellow is the Dehlsen and Department Chair of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he teaches courses on environmental and social justice, race/class/gender and environmental conflict, human-animal conflicts, sustainability and social change movements that confront our socio-environmental crises and social inequality.

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November 2019

Workshop & Performance: Rebel Diaz Live

November 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

This multimedia workshop focuses on the intersections of theory and practice involved in organizing grassroots cultural resistance through the lens of Rebel Diaz, co-founders of the RDACBX, a Hip-Hop community center in the South Bronx, NY.

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Documentary Screening and Directors’ Panel: Bogdan’s Journey

November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Free

Claremont Hillel presents the documentary film Bogdan's Journey followed by a Q&A with the directors and Dr. Bialek. The film tells a story of one man and how he redeems 70 years of bitter, contested memories by telling the truth with love.

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MCSI Lecture: Progressive Social Values and the Divine Hiddenness Debate

November 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
MCSI Lecture Series, Spring 2020

In this talk, Professor of Philosophy John Schellenberg will seek to elucidate the hiddenness argument and explore how the interest the argument has provoked can be linked to changes in our social and moral life.

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December 2019

Annual Pepper Lecture: Father Gregory Boyle

December 3 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Father Boyle, Homeboy Industries

Father Gregory Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world, will be delivering the annual Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artists & Scholars Lecture.

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Film Screening & Discussion: Danny Beaton, Mohawk filmmaker and environmental activist

December 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Free

Mohawk filmmaker and environmental activist Danny Beaton will be screening his film "Iroquois Speak Out for Mother Earth" followed by a discussion.

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