Core Program Events

Learn about our 2020-21 Core Program Events (formerly the CSP Lecture Series).

The annual Core Program focus for the 2020-21 academic year is “The Struggle For/The Struggle Against.”

The Fall Series of Core Program Events is as follows:

  • Monday August 31 (12:15-1pm) : synchronous presentation and Q&A with Cassils and rafa esparza (In Plain Sight artists)
  • Monday October 12: (12:15-1pm)  asynchronous poetry reading  and Q&A with poet Natalie Diaz in recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Friday November 13: (12:15-1pm): synchronous presentation and Q&A with author Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Monday, August 31st at 12:15pm PST

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Zoom info: https://occidental.zoom.us/s/94565426334 Passcode: 317389

Join us on Monday, August 31st at 12:15pm PST for IN PLAIN SIGHT with guests Rafa Esparza and Cassils. Rafa Esparza (@elrafaesparza) is an artist who lives in Los Angeles. His work often takes the form of physically exhaustive performances and installations constructed out of adobe bricks. esparza also frequently works with collaborators, including members of his family. Esparza has exhibited in several public parks, nightclubs, sidewalks, galleries, and museums in Los Angeles and internationally. Cassils (@cassilsartist) is a transgender artist who makes their own body the material and protagonist of their performances. Cassils's art contemplates the history(s) of LGBTQI+ violence, representation, struggle and survival. For Cassils, performance is a form of social sculpture: Drawing from the idea that bodies are formed in relation to forces of power and social expectations, Cassils work investigates historical contexts to examine the present moment.

 

Monday, October 12 at 12:15pm PST

Join us on Monday, October 12 at 12:15pm PST for an asynchronous poetry reading and Q&A with poet Natalie Diaz in recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

 

Friday, November 13 at 12:15pm PST

Join us on Friday, November 13 at 12:15pm PST for a synchronous presentation and Q&A with author Nafissa Thompson-Spires author of  “Heads of the Colored People”.