The Matrix: Conversations & Transformations

The Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice presents a Summer/Fall 2020 webinar series called The Matrix: Conversations and Transformations.

All are welcome! View recordings of past events.

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

Register in advance

Thursday, September 10 @ 12pm

Lili Bernard / Visual Artist, Actor and Activist (part of the Black Women in Hollywood series)

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Thursday, September 24 @ 12pm

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)

Past Events

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

Mozambique’s Ecological and Economic Restoration: Gorongosa National Park & Radical Approaches to Environmentalism & Alleviating Poverty 
With Larissa Sousa and Greg Carr of Gorongosa National Park
To support the work of Gorongosa National Park, please see the links below: