CSP Lecture Series
Speakers who challenge and inspire
Each year the Cultural Studies Program hosts six distinguished speakers from outside the Occidental community, deliberately chosen to represent different fields and perspectives. All CSP Lecture Series events are held in Thorne Hall and begin at 11:45am and typically run about an hour. All of lectures are open to the public and admission is free. Attendance is mandatory for first-year students.
The CSP Lecture Series is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
CSP Lecture Speakers 2014-2015
Monday, September 8, 2014
Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster, and award-winning columnist for The Guardian. He also writes a monthly column, Beneath the Radar, for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for the Nation Institute. Born in Hertfordshire, England, to Barbadian parents, Younge grew up in Stevenage until he went to teach English at the age of 17 at a United Nations Eritrean refugee school in Sudan with Project Trust. On his return he went to Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh where he studied French and Russian. Younge is the author of four books, including Who Are We—And Should It Matter in the 21st Century?, Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States, and No Place Like Home: A Black Briton’s Journey Through the American South. His most recent work, The Speech: The Story of Behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream, was selected as Occidental College’s First Year Summer Reading for 2014. Since 2011 Younge has been based in Chicago.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Carl Hart is an associate professor in the departments of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. He is also a research scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute; a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse; and serves on the board of directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Drug Policy Alliance. He is the author of High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery that Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society. A native of Miami, Florida, he lives in New York City.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Nell Irvin Painter
Nell Irvin Painter is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University. In addition to her earned doctorate in history from Harvard University, she has received honorary doctorates from Wesleyan, Dartmouth, SUNY-New Paltz, and Yale. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Nell Painter has also held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Antiquarian Society. A prolific and award-winning scholar, her most recent books are The History of White People, Creating Black Americans, and Southern History Across the Color Line. As a public intellectual, Professor Painter is frequently called upon for lectures and interviews on television and film.
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