Jan Term 2017 Speaker Series

The January Term 2017 Speaker Series is detailed below. All are invited, including non-SMC community members. All events are free. For more information contact Paul Ebenkamp at pe1@stmarys-ca.edu / x4771.

Wednesday, January 11th
1-2:30pm, Hagerty Lounge
Holly Joshi, Chad Mahalich & Patrice Young:
"SLAVERY IN 2017: IT'S IN YOUR LIFE!"

      Curious?  Doubtful?  Alarmed?  Come hear experts on modern slavery/human trafficking and learn the facts of what is happening right where you live and how you can make a positive difference.  SMC Social Justice Leadership graduates Patrice Young and Holly Joshi, now the Executive Director of victim services organization MISSSEY, are joined by Contra Costa County Assistant District Attorney Chad Mahalich to put you in the picture about labor and sex trafficking and answer your questions.  Learn how you can limit your own vulnerability and ways to help by making informed purchasing decisions in your daily life.

 

Tuesday, January 17th
7-9pm, Soda Center Moraga Room
Diane Ferlatte & Erik Pearson:
"PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS: EXPLORING PERSONAL STORIES OF CROSSING CULTURAL AND RACIAL BARRIERS"

      Diane Ferlatte is an award winning, Grammy nominated and celebrated performance artist/storyteller who brings to life through story and song the struggles for peace and justice of the African American experience. Accompanied by her musician Erik Pearson, their program, "Penny for Your Thoughts," explores personal and historical stories of crossing cultural and racial barriers. Diane uses stories to illuminate racism in the past and hopefully to bridge racial divides in the future. In these stories we are not asked to take sides but to explore how to be in a society that is growing more complex racially. Diane has traveled the globe for 30 plus years performing in dozens of countries on 6 continents and she is guaranteed to entertain, inform, and inspire all.

Wednesday, January 18th
1-2:30pm, Hagerty Lounge
Profs. Emily Hause & Grete Stenersen:
"BEFORE I DIE... AN INTERACTIVE EVENT"

      A special interactive event based on the popular Jan Term offering Death and Dying, taught for the past eight years by Hause and Stenersen. For this presentation the professors use insights from the “Before I Die” public artwork installation by artist Candy Chang that asks passers-by to share their life’s wishes on a public wall.
 

Monday, January 23rd
1-3pm, on the Chapel Lawn (Moraga Room if it's rainy)
Anna Halprin (and SMC Participants including YOU!):
"PLANETARY DANCE"
      The Planetary Dance is an annual all-day ritual of healing and community renewal. It is an invitation to people all over the world to join in a dance for peace in their own communities and for peace with the Earth. It brings people of all ages and abilities together in a beautiful setting to “dance for a purpose,” much as people in traditional cultures have danced for a bountiful harvest, a successful hunt, or a happy marriage.
      The Planetary Dance is a participatory dance rather than a theatrical performance. At its heart is the Earth Run, a simple dance that everybody can do. Participants are invited to run, walk, or simply stand in a series of concentric circles, creating a moving mandala. As we all move to the steady heartbeat of the drums, we become one collective body. Each step upon the Earth becomes a prayer for healing.
 

Wednesday, January 25th
1-2:30pm, Hagerty Lounge
Safiya Umoja Noble:
"ALGORITHMS OF OPPRESSION: FIELD NOTES FROM CRITICAL INFORMATION STUDIES (AND WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM DIGITAL #FAILS)
      Critical information and geography scholars have written extensively about how hierarchies of power are reproduced and enacted through digital technologies. Technological projects are never neutral. In this talk, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble from the UCLA Department of Information Studies will discuss the importance of the digitally-enabled academic-activist community to offer models of intervention and resistance through research, practice and teaching. By illuminating linkages to power struggles over values, particularly in the context of the digital, we can re-examine information contexts that can engender greater responsibility and imperative to act.

 

Tuesday, January 31st
7:30-9pm, Soda Moraga Room
Richard Lemieux:
"AN EVENING WITH RICHARD LEMIEUX" (First Year Author Event)

 

Thursday, February 2nd
7-9pm, Soda Moraga Room
Rhodessa Jones & Idris Ackamoor:
"PERFORMANCE MUSIC: GROWING UP IN AMERICA!"

Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor, precursors and purveyors of the 20th Century African American performance art movement, are the creative muscle behind one of the nation’s most innovative and prolific performing arts companies, Cultural Odyssey. “PERFORMANCE MUSIC: GROWING  UP IN AMERICA!” is the Jones & Ackamoor signature show that encapsulates close to 50 years of performance practice into a single evening!