The Matrix: Conversations and Transformations is a video podcast series from the Critical Theory & Social Justice department at Occidental College.
The show takes up pressing issues and seeks to connect our community with experts, scholars, artists, and activists who are changing our world for the better.
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Spring 2021 Season
Our themes this Spring are:
- The Ballroom Series - co-sponsored with the department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) + the department of Media, Arts and Culture (MAC)
- The Indigeneity & Settler Colonialism Series
- Fighting White Supremacy and Global Ethno-Nationalism Series
- Surveillance, Resistance, and Liberatory Practices in the MENA and Among Muslim People
Thursday March 18th @ 12pm Pacific
"Symbiotic Extremisms from Al Qaeda to Atomwaffen: Technology, Transnationalism, & the Crisis of the Nation-State"
Dr. Amanda E. Rogers/@MsEntropy
part of the Fighting White Supremacy & Global Ethno-Nationalism Series
Dr. Amanda E. Rogers is a Fellow at The Century Foundation, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Rogers is an activist, artist, academic, and internationally recognized expert on transnational Non-State Armed Groups, political violence and propaganda, from ISIS to Neo Nazis. Her photojournalism, political commentary and analysis has been featured in a number of forums, including Al-Jazeera, the New York Times, the Atlantic Council, The Intercept, London’s Frontline Club, VICE, HBO, CNN, and the BBC, among others. She is currently working on a book project that examines the role of military and law enforcement infiltration within the modern white supremacist movement, 1970 – 2020. You can find her on Twitter at @MsEntropy.
Thursday March 25th @ 12pm Pacific
The Legendary Sean/Milan™ Garcon
part of the The Ballroom Series with Departments of GWSS + MAC
The Legendary Sean/Milan™ Garcon is a performance artist, advocate, and one of the pioneering founders of the West Coast House and Ballroom Scene. Sean has constructed programs that bridge artistic creation, HIV education, and wellness development for queer and trans youth of color in Los Angeles. This includes founding and producing the annual Ovahness Ball, the longest-running Ball on the West Coast, for the past 14 years.
His latest achievement / role is as Founder of the non-profit The House Of AWT, whose mission is to facilitate young people working side-by-side with professional artists to gain free studio training in various art forms including dance and choreography, audio/video production, fashion design, music production, and street art. The organization is based around an individualized artist development model to help each young person create a finished work that they can share with the community and use for future professional opportunities. For more info regarding The House Of AWT, please visit HouseOfAWT.org.
Sean Milan has also served as an artist-in-resident at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, in conjunction with painter Laura Owen’s mid-career retrospective. Through his performance and advocacy work, Sean/Milan has partnered with a variety of institutions including Macy's, 356 S Mission Gallery, The Box Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, City of West Hollywood Arts Commission, USC, UCLA, Occidental College, Cal State Long Beach, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, World of Wonder, LA Pride, and DTLA Proud.
Thursday April 1st @ 12pm Pacific
"China's Persecution of Uyghur Muslims and Ethnic Minorities"
Prof. Timothy Grose, University of Indiana, Prof. of China Studies
part of the Surveillance, Resistance, and Liberatory Practices in the MENA and Among Muslim People
Dr. Timothy Grose, Associate Professor of China Studies Department/s: Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts. Dr. Grose is a professor of China Studies with expertise in ethnicity, ethnic policy in China and minority education. Much of his current research is focused on the Uyghur population, an ethnic minority in China. His expertise in this area has been sought by several international and national media. Dr. Grose also organized a four-day campus residency during the 2015-16 academic year for a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks in order to increase campus awareness of and interest in East Asian cultures.
Thursday March 4th @ 12pm Pacific - The Ballroom Series with Departments of GWSS + MAC
prof. madison moore
madison moore is a cultural critic, dj and assistant professor of queer studies at virginia commonwealth university in richmond, virginia. trained in performance studies, their research, teaching and critical creative practice converges at the intersections of black queer aesthetics, fashion, queer nightlife, popular music, contemporary art theory and visual culture. raised in ferguson, missouri, he holds a ph.d. in american studies from yale university and has been profiled by the face (UK), the new york times and the new york observer. in june 2019, madison was in conversation with billy porter, star of the FX series pose at the metropolitan museum of art as part of the costume institute’s blockbuster exhibition camp: notes on fashion.
madison is the author of fabulous: the rise of the beautiful eccentric, published by yale university press in april 2018. here, fabulousness is positioned as a vibrant aesthetic practice and the book takes the reader on a journey through vogue balls, instagram, nightclubs and street fashion, weaving together autobiography and cultural analysis. when it’s all said and done, fabulous is a work of pop queer theory about how marginalized people turn pain and struggle into opulence.
Thursday Feb 25th @ 12pm Pacific - The Ballroom Series with Departments of GWSS + MAC
Michael Roberson is a public health practitioner, advocate, activist and leader within the LGBTQ community, as well as an Adjunct Professor at The New School University/Lang College, NYC. With a focused commitment on the health disparities of Black gay men and Black gay men within the House/ball community Michael created The Federation of Ballroom Houses, co-created the nation's only Black Gay research Group, The National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Group, and the Nationally Diffused CDC Behavioral Change HIV Prevention Intervention “ Many Men, Many Voices.”
Michael is a father to many men and women within the House/ball community, as well as, Co-instructs a course on the history of the house/ball community at the New School University in New York City. Michael is also a guest lecturer at New York University through “The Black Lives Matters” curriculum created by Adjunct Professor Frank Leon Roberts, PHD.
He is himself an Adjunct Professor at both The New School University NYC and Union Theological Seminary NYC. He is a consultant with VICE Media global, having co-created a “diversity/respect in the workplace” curriculum to train all of their 800 employees in their NYC, Los Angeles, and Toronto, Canada offices.
Additionally, Michael is also a consultant with Ryan Murphy Productions and Fox Studios, currently working with the writers and casting of a new upcoming television project about 1980’s NYC Ballroom and Club cultures.
February 18th @ 12pm Pacific - The Fighting White Supremacy and Global Etho-Nationalism Series
Talia Lavin - "Into the Abyss: Studying the White Nationalist Movement Online"
Talia Lavin is the author of Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy, an in-depth exploration of far-right extremism on and offline. She is a freelance journalist who writes about the far-right and other topics for the Washington Post, the New Republic, GQ, MSNBC Daily and other publications.
Thursday February 18th @ 11am Pacific - The Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism Series
Prof. Justin de Leon - “Indigenous Sovereignty: Survival and Resurgence”
Justin de Leon is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. De Leon’s praxis-based research explores Indigenous engagements of tradition, culture, and storytelling and continued navigations of settler orders. He is currently writing a book Resurgent Visual Sovereignty (under contract with University of Nebraska Press) on Indigenous engagements of storytelling expressed through contemporary modes of film and media. He recently edited the forthcoming special issue of Borderlands on Creative Sovereignty with Matthew Wildcat and has published on Lakota cosmology and ontological security, powwows and warriorhood, Indigenous pedagogy, Indigenous film processes, and Native peacebuilding. As a filmmaker, his 2018 documentary More Than a Word played at over 250 universities in North America and was recently screened multiple times at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian, his upcoming film (in which he is a contributing screenwriter and director of the accompanying Creative Sovereignty Lab for Native community apprentices) recently was awarded development funds from the Canadian Indigenous Screen Office and was the winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Big Pitch screenplay competition. De Leon also hosts a podcast on decolonial and intersectional pedagogies and is involved in multiple Native-based, creative collaborations.
Wednesday February 17th - (25 min) on the AAPI Community and Hip Hop: "Seeking Liberation, Facing Marginalization: AAPI Conditional Acceptance in Hip Hop Culture" with Dr. Ninochka McTaggart
Dr. McTaggart is a Senior Researcher at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and she holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside. She served as guest curator of the exhibit, “Don’t Believe the Hype”: L.A. Asian Americans in Hip Hop at the Chinese American Museum in 2018. Her latest book is “White Privilege: The Persistence of Racial Hierarchy in a Culture of Denial.”
Tuesday Feburary 16th @ 12pm Pacific - The Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism Series
Prof. Marlén Rosas - "Unity is like an ear of corn:" The Intergenerational Legacies of Indigenous Political Narratives in Ecuador
Marlén Rosas is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation, titled "Recording Resistance: Indigenous Literacy, Archives, and Narrative Power in Twentieth-Century Ecuador," foregrounds the oral histories of Indigenous women and men to investigate the role of education and memory in building Indigenous political consciousness. She has received several grants to fund her research, including the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. Marlén is co-founder of the Thinking Andean Studies Interdisciplinary Conference, an international, multilingual conference that brings together emerging and established scholars, activists, and artists to share their work across disciplines and collaboratively build the field of Andean Studies.
Thursday February 11th @12pm Pacific - The Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism Series
Prof. Baligh Ben Taleb - "Treaty Rights and Land Fights: A Saga of Two Western Shoshoni Sisters"
Baligh is a Ph.D. candidate in History and Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He works on histories of Indigenous American societies, race beyond the black/white paradigm, ethnicity, indigeneity, settler colonialism, and transitional justice. He received his B.A. in English and American Studies from the University of Tunis, and his M.A. in History and Ethnic Studies from UNL. He joined UNL initially as a Fulbright scholar to teach world history, race and ethnicity, among other courses. As a researcher, he has consulted extensive archival materials in various institutions in the United States; conducted several oral history interviews with members of Native American communities; and collaborated on three digital and public history projects. He’s currently working on his book manuscript proposal tentatively entitled, “Reckoning with the Legacy of U.S. Settler Colonialism: Treaty Claims and Western Shoshoni Quest for Justice.” Today, he will share some of his work on the Western Shoshoni sisters, Carrie and Mary Dann, and their long-standing battles for Shoshoni land rights.
Tuesday February 9th @ 12pm Pacific - The Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism Series
Prof. Balraj Kaur Gill - "Indigeneity and Carcerality"
Balraj Gill is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Harvard University. She works at the intersection of Indigenous studies, settler colonial and imperial histories of the Americas, and carceral studies. Her dissertation project, The Politics of Confinement: Indigenous Homelands, Imperial Duress, and Incarceration in the Deep North, examines how histories of Indigenous confinement and incarceration broaden our understanding of what scholars have called the Age of Mass Incarceration. Her research has been supported by the Newberry Consortium for American Indian Studies, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, and the Canada Program at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She also participated in the Harvard and Slavery Research Project and co-authored an essay on Harvard’s historical relationship with slavery in the edited volume Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies (University of Georgia Press, 2019).
Thursday, Feb 4th @ 12pm Pacific - The Ballroom Series with Departments of GWSS + MAC
Prof. Julian Kevon Glover of Virginia Commenwealth University - An Introduction to Ballroom - The Ballroom Series
Prof. Julian Kevon Glover is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Department of Dance & Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University.They hold degrees from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Indiana University (MPA) and Northwestern University where they earned a PhD in African-American Studies. They were awarded a Franke Fellowship at Northwestern’s Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and their work appears in publications including South Atlantic Quarterly, Harvard Kennedy School's LGBTQ Policy Journal, American Quarterly, Souls and Text & Performance Quarterly. In 2019, she was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at Yale University.
Monday, June 8 @ 12pm
How-To: Protest and Election Legal Rights and Observer Training
Pilar Escontrias, the National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles
Wednesday, June 10 @ 12pm
Political Violence and Pandemics in the Context of American History
Prof. Joanne Freeman, Yale University, Professor of History and American Studies
Wednesday, June 17 @ 12pm
Whiteness Is Not a Privilege It Is a Lie
Prof. Elmer Griffin, Occidental College, Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice
Readings will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the seminar
Registration restricted to Oxy students, faculty and staff
Monday, June 22 @ 12pm
Immigrant Communities and the COVID-19 Crisis: Economic and Legal Dangers
Maritza R. Agundez, Managing Attorney Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
Wednesday, June 24 @ 12pm
Dark Data and COVID-19: Understanding COVID Statistics and Modeling
Anastasios Angelopoulos, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Wednesday, July 1 @ 12pm
Police Violence, Pandemic and the 2020 Election
Josh Marshall, Ph.D. American History, Political Journalist, Founder and Editor of Talking Points Memo
Wednesday, July 8 @ 12pm
Hacking the Virus - Health, Vitality and Nutrition
Dr. William Li, Physician, Medical Researcher, Leader of the Angiogenesis Foundation
Wednesday, July 15 @ 12pm
Gender Injustice and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Soraya Chemaly, Cofounder & Director of Women’s Media Center Speech Project
Monday, July 20 @ 12pm
Biopolitics, Prudentialism and the Economization of COVID
Prof. Moazzam Doulat, Critical Theory & Social Justice, Occidental College
Wednesday, July 22 @ 12pm
A Pandemic Politics of Sight: What Animals Tell Us
A Discussion with Prof. Timothy Pachirat (Dept. of Political Science, U Mass. Amherst)
Wednesday, July 29 @ 12pm
Evictions and the Homelessness Crisis: Housing Equity in L.A.
Prof. Ananya Roy, UCLA, Urban Planning, Social Welfare & Geography - Luskin Chair Inequality and Democracy
Friday, July 31 @ 12pm
Portland as Portent: The Black Lives Matter Protests & Police Violence
Wednesday, August 5 @ 12pm
Neo-Colonialism and Global Medicine: Lessons and New Approaches
Dr. Phil Seidenberg, U. of New Mexico, Dept. of Emergency Medicine. Former faculty of The Center for Global Health at Boston University’s School for Public Health
Wednesday, August 12 @ 12pm
Wednesday, August 19 @ 12pm
The Significance of Vice President Kamala Harris - with Professors Caroline Heldman (Oxy), Aiden Smith (Tulane), and Natasha Behl (ASU)
Prof. Heldman is author of Rethinking Madame President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House? Prof. Aiden Smith is author of Gender, Heteronormativity, and the American Presidency. Prof. Natasha Behl is author of Gendered Citizenship: Understanding Gendered Violence in Democratic India.
Thursday, August 27 @ 12pm
Barrett Martin / Advocate Musician - Speaking about the Power of Music to Change the World
Thursday September 3 @ 12pm PDT
Thursday, September 10 @ 12pm - Dr. Nosh McTaggart - Black Women in Hollywood Series
Dr. Nosh McTaggart/ Ninochka McTaggart, Ph.D. is a Senior Researcher at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and she holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside. She served as guest curator of the exhibit, “Don’t Believe the Hype”: L.A. Asian Americans in Hip Hop at the Chinese American Museum in 2018. Her latest book is “White Privilege: The Persistence of Racial Hierarchy in a Culture of Denial.”
Thursday, September 17 @ 12pm - Lili Bernard - Black Women in Hollywood Series
Lili Bernard / Visual Artist, Actor and Activist. Lili Bernard has been at the heart of issues of race and gender in Hollywood. Bernard creates narrative artwork that chronicles sexual, racial and domestic violence, in a collision of cruelty against compassion, autobiographical anecdotes of childhood abuse, adult rape and suicide attempts intertwine with sociocultural struggles of her Caribbean immigrant family and ancestors. Her work draws from Afro-Cuban religious iconography and history that tether together survivorship stories of the past and present, and stresses the unconquerable nature of the human spirit reigns over the impact of trauma.
Thursday, September 24 @ 12pm - Britney & Ashley of Black Girl Film Club - Black Women in Hollywood Series
Britney & Ashley, Black Girl Film Club/Black Girl Film Club was created as a place for two black girls, Britney and Ashley, to analyze and discuss movies and the film industry from our unique, and often underrepresented, point of view.
Wednesday, September 30th @ 4pm Pacific - Overcoming Anti-Muslim Representations in Hollywood: Muslims & Arabs in the Media
Guests: Sue Obeidi, Director of Muslim Public Affairs Council's Hollywood Bureau & Prof. Aleem Hossain of Oxy's MAC Department and Award-Winning Film Maker.
They will be in conversation with ORSL's Susan Young and CTSJ's Prof. Moazzam-Doulat.
* Co-Sponsored with Oxy's MAC Department and The Office of Religious and Spirtual Life (ORSL)
Sue Obeidi — Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s (MPAC) important Hollywood Bureau. Obeidi blends her love of her faith with her love of film, television, and digital series & seeks to change and expand the narrative of Islam and Muslims in the entertainment industry.
Aleem Hossain — MAC professor, award-winning filmmaker & VR creator interested in expanding how we tell stories and who gets to tell them. He recently wrote and directed the sci-fi film After We Leave and completed an anti-bullying VR project for Google.
Thursday, October 1 @ 12pm - Whitney Davis (former CBS Executive and Whistleblower) interviewed by Nicole Haggard (CIME) -- Black Women in Hollywood Series
Whitney Davis is an experienced human resources professional and former executive at CBS. She was Director of CBS Entertainment diversity and inclusion where she expanded on the work she did in her previous role. On April 23rd of 2019 Whitney wrote a piece that was published in Variety titled: "CBS Has a White Problem". She outlines a toxic and problematic culture that eventually influenced her decision to leave the company.
Dr. Nicole Haggard is an award-winning instructor, speaker and published researcher with sixteen years of study contextualizing the intersection of race and gender in American culture. She is a faculty member in the Film, Media, and Social Justice program at Mount Saint Mary’s University and the Director of Communications for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. In 2018, Dr. Nicole co-founded the Center for Intersectional Media and Entertainment (CIME/see-me/), an organization dedicated to advancing representation. She is currently completing her forthcoming book “Race, Sex, and Hollywood” due out in 2020.
Thursday, October 8 @ 12pm - Stephanie L. Canizales - California & Immigration Series
Stephanie L. Canizales/Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Merced. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Stephanie is the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants whose migration and integration experiences inspire much of her work. Stephanie earned her PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California. Stephanie specializes in migration and immigrant integration, children and youth, inequality, poverty, and mobility, and race and ethnicity. Her first book project, entitled Sin Padres, Ni Papeles, systematically examines why undocumented, unaccompanied Central American and Mexican youth migrate to Los Angeles, California, and how they integrate into school, work, family, and community life as they come of age without parents. In a second project, Stephanie is investigating the social, economic, and health effects of unaccompanied migration, asylum law and application procedures, and social integration in the U.S. on asylum-seeking minors, their caregivers, and their communities in Los Angeles County, California, and Harris County, Texas.
Tuesday, October 13 @4pm Pacific - Thinking of Law School? CTSJ's Info Session on Getting Into and Thriving in Law School
CTSJ Prof. and Attorney Marisol Leon and guests Oxy Alumns Myell Mergaert, JD, Oxy '14 & Katie Democker, JD, Oxy '10
Wednesday October 14 @ 9:45am - - Martha Gonzalez & Quetzal Flores- California & Immigration Series
Martha Gonzalez & Quetzal Flores/ Martha Gonzalez (lead singer, percussionist, and songwriter) and Chicano rock guitarist, Quetzal Flores are memebers of the group Quetzal - an ensemble of highly talented musicians, joined for the goal of creating good music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of people in struggle. Martha Gonzalez calls it an East LA Chican@ rock group, summing up its rootedness in the complex cultural currents of life in the barrio, its social activism, its strong feminist stance, and its rock and roll musical beginnings. Besides being a rock band, the group and its members participate in a much larger web of musical, cultural, and political engagement.
Thursday, October 15 @ 12pm - The Legendary Alice Bag - California & Immigration Series
The Legendary Alice Bag / “As an author, educator, lifelong badass and the leader of The Bags, among many other bands, she’s been a prolific and guiding light for Chicana punks, and ... she continues that force-of-nature output with fierce songs of protest and massive shredding.” (Jezebel)
Wednesday, October 21 @12pm - Director-Screenwriter Christine Swanson - Black Women in Hollywood Series
A Detroit native, visionary storyteller and multiple award-winning filmmaker, Christine Swanson earned her MFA in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, one of the nation’s top-ranked graduate film programs. CNN identified Christine as one of the most promising filmmakers to emerge from NYU’s graduate film program since Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, Oliver Stone, and Spike Lee (Christine’s NYU directing teacher). Christine also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, double majoring in Communications and Japanese.
Christine has developed, written and/or directed movie projects for various companies including HBO Films, Magnolia Pictures, State Street Pictures, TV One, and Faith Filmworks, her own independent film company. Christine has written and/or directed numerous award- winning feature films, television episodes, commercials and short films in her career. Some of her award- winning titles include, Two Seasons (winner HBO Short Film Competition, Sundance selection), All About You (winner Audience Choice Award Chicago International Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize Hollywood Black Film Festival, Festival Award at the Pan African Film Festival, and the Film of the Year Award at the Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Series) starring Renee Elise Goldsberry, Terron Brooks, and Debbie Allen; All About Us (invited to the prestigious Heartland Film Festival, The Chicago International Film Festival, and the Cannes Festival du Film Panafricain) starring Boris Kodjoe, Ryan Bathe, and Ruby Dee; and Woman Thou Art Loosed (Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Blockbuster Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the American Black Film Festival) starring Kimberly Elise and Loretta Devine.
In 2015, Christine received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Television Motion Picture for For the Love of Ruth. Christine also directed three original cable movie premieres for TV One entitled, To Hell and Back (starring Ernie Hudson and Vanessa Bell Calloway), For the Love of Ruth (starring Denise Boutte, Loretta Devine, Gary Dourdan, and James Pickens, Jr.) and Love Under New Management, The Miki Howard Story (starring Teyonah Parris, Darius McCrary, and Gary Dourdan) which broke network ratings as the most watched original movie in network history.
Recently, Christine directed episodes of Chicago PD and FBI for Dick Wolf Films. Her episode of Chicago PD was rated the Best Episode of Season 6. Christine also recently directed the award winning, ratings and records breaking Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel for A&E Networks.
Thursday, October 22 @ 12pm - D’Angela Procter - Black Women in Hollywood Series
D’Angela Procter/CEO of Wayfarer Entertainment, D’Angela Proctor describes her title as Chief Elevation Officer, reflecting her passion for scaling companies to have a global impact and for storytelling that moves audiences to positive social change. Proctor is a multi-faceted C-Suite executive who has successfully straddled the creative and business sides of entertainment. While she began her career as an attorney, Proctor most recently served as consultant at Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Filmworks, to service its exclusive television pact with Warner Bros. TV, after a strategic leadership role at Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films.
Thursday, October 29 @ 12pm - Ricardo Dominguez - California & Immigration Series
Prof. Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group who developed virtual sit-in technologies in solidarity with the Zapatistas communities in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1998. His recent Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab project with Brett Stalbaum, Micha Cardenas, Amy Sara Carroll, and Elle Mehrmand, the Transborder Immigrant Tool (a GPS cell phone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/US border) was the winner of “Transnational Communities Award” (2008), an award funded by Cultural Contact, Endowment for Culture Mexico–US and handed out by the US Embassy in Mexico. It also was funded by CALIT2 and the UCSD Center for the Humanities. The Transborder Immigrant Tool has been exhibited at the 2010 California Biennial (OCMA), Toronto Free Gallery, Canada (2011), The Van Abbemuseum, Netherlands (2013), ZKM, Germany (2013), as well as a number of other national and international venues. The project was also under investigation by the US Congress in 2009-2010 and was reviewed by Glenn Beck in 2010 as a gesture that potentially “dissolved” the U.S. border with its poetry. Dominguez is an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, in the Visual Arts Department, a Hellman Fellow, and Principal/Principle Investigator at CALIT2 and the Performative Nano-Robotics Lab at SME, UCSD. He also is co-founder of *particle group*, with artists Diane Ludin, Nina Waisman, Amy Sara Carroll, whose art project about nano-toxicology entitled *Particles of Interest: Tales of the Matter Market* has been presented at the House of World Cultures, Berlin (2007), the San Diego Museum of Art (2008), Oi Futuro, Brazil (2008), CAL NanoSystems Institute, UCLA (2009), Medialab-Prado, Madrid (2009), E-Poetry Festival, Barcelona, Spain (2009), Nanosférica, NYU (2010), and SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico (2012).
Monday, November 2 @ 9:45-10:40 - Emir Estrada (ASU) - California & Immigration Series
Prof. Emir Estrada earned her doctorate and master's in sociology from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2012. She received her bachelor's in sociology with a minor in Chicano/a Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and she is also a proud Long Beach City College (LBCC) alumni. Estrada is a qualitative immigration scholar interested in the migration an incorporation aspect of immigrants from Latin America. Her research interests in immigration and gender are influenced in great part by her own immigration experience. She is currently investigating three lines of research that share a common theme centered on Latina/o families and decision making processes. Estrada is also an affiliated faculty member with the School of Transborder Studies (STS) and the School of Social Transformation (SST) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU.
Wednesday November 4th - The Election and What Comes After - Prof. Caroline Heldman (CTSJ @ Oxy) & Friends
Professor Claire Crawford (DWA) is a native of Lithonia, GA. She is a third-year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California in Political Science and International Relations. She received her BA in International Affairs and Africana Studies from George Washington University and her MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. While in DC, Claire interned with the State Department, in the Office of U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan and the Office of Consular Affairs, and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
Dr. Sherice J. Nelson (CTSJ Spring '21) is an expert in Black political leadership, Black women as political agents, and the Black experience throughout the Diaspora. She is a proud alumnus of the distinguished Howard University, where she received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Science.
Dr. John Fitch
John Fitch III has worked in the communication field as a scholar and a professional since 1990, specializing in film and video production, television, sound design, screenwriting, and film history. He received a PhD in Educational Policy Studies in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky and an MFA in Film from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Dr. Lori Han is Professor of Political Science at Chapman University in Orange, California. With research and teaching interests in the presidency, media and politics, women and politics, and political leadership.
Dr. Pilar Hernández Escontrías (CTSJ Fall '20) is an anthropologist and social scientist by training, having completed her A.B. at Princeton University (2008), her M.Phil at Cambridge University (2010), and her M.A. (2013) and Ph.D. (2016) degrees at Northwestern University.
Dr. David Adler is President of The Alturas Institute, a non-profit organization created to promote the Constitution, gender equality, and civic education.
Thursday November 5th @12pm Pacific - The Armenia-Azerbaijan War & the Crisis in Artsakh - An Expert Panel Discusison
Dr. Shushan Karapetian
Deputy Director, USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies:
Shushan Karapetian leads the Institute’s research and scholarship initiatives, deepening the integration with entities both on and off campus and expanding the scope of academic programming. She received a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA in 2014, where she taught Armenian Studies courses for ten years. Her dissertation, “‘How Do I Teach My Kids My Broken Armenian?: A Study of Eastern Armenian Heritage Language Speakers in Los Angeles,” received the Society for Armenian Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award in 2015. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Russ Campbell Young Scholar Award in recognition of outstanding scholarship in heritage language research. She also serves as associate director of the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA. Shushan researches, teaches, and writes about the Armenian experience, particularly focusing on competing ideologies at the intersection of language and the construction of transnational identity.
Associate Director, USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies:
Syuzanna Petrosyan manages programs related to the Republic of Armenia and administers the Institute’s communication efforts. Her previous work includes Executive Producer at Annenberg Digital News site Neon Tommy, Senior Editor for the Public Diplomacy Magazine, Contributing Editor for the Journal of Public and International Affairs, and Communications Manager at the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife in Armenia. Syuzanna is co-founder of the Turkey-Armenia branch of the Olive Tree Initiative at University of California, Irvine (UCI), an experiential education program that takes students on trips to conflict regions. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and International Studies from UCI, and a Master’s Degree in Public Diplomacy from USC. Syuzanna is a California certified mediator.
Friday, November 6 @ 9:45-10:40 - Prof. Oliver Wang (CSULB) - “We Like Chow Mein Sandwich”: A Tale of Culinary and Cultural Hybridity (On a Bun)- California & Immigration Series
Prof. Oliver Wang (CSULB) - Oliver Wang a professor of sociology at CSU Long Beach. He is a culture writer, scholar, and DJ based in Los Angeles. He's the author of Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews of the San Francisco Bay Area. He's the creator of the audioblog soul-sides.com and co-host of the album appreciation podcast, Heat Rocks.
Thursday, November 12 @ 12pm - Poderosa: Conversations with Extraordinary Ordinary Women with Dr. Lisette Garcia
Thursday, November 19th 8 @ 12pm - Maria G. Rendon - "Stagnant Dreamers: How the Inner City Shapes the Integration of Second Generation Latinos" - Part of the California and Immigration Series
Professor María G. Rendón is a sociologist who examines the integration process of Latino immigrants and their children in the United States. She pays close attention to role of spatial inequality and examines how urban neighborhoods shape life trajectories, particularly educational attainment and social mobility. She is the author of Stagnant Dreamers: How the Inner City Shapes the Integration of Second Generation Latinos, a longitudinal study that follows a group of Latino young men as they transition to adulthood. Based on in-depth interviews and ethnographic observations with them and their immigrant parents, Stagnant Dreamers describes the challenges they face coming of age in the inner city and accessing higher education and good jobs and demonstrates how family-based social ties and community institutions can serve as buffers against neighborhood violence, chronic poverty, incarceration, and other negative outcomes. Stagnant Dreamers has received several awards by the American Sociological Association, including the Robert E. Park Award,(Community and Urban Sociology section); Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award (Latina/o Sociology); Honorable Mention for the Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book Award (International Migration); and was a finalist for the Pierre Bourdieu Book Award(Sociology of Education) . Stagnant Dreamers is also a finalist for an International Latino Book Award under the category Victor Villaseñor Latino Focused Nonfiction Book Award.