The annual Core Program focus for the 2022-2023 academic year is “Equity.”

All events will be in Thorne Hall.

Fall 2022

Anne Kaneko: "Intersectionality in Climate Organizing"

Monday, October 17, 11:45am-12:40pm

The 2022 Antoinette and Vincent M. Dungan Lectureship on Energy and the Environment

Filmmaker Ann Kaneko talks about her road to making Manzanar, Diverted and how she came to the fight for climate justice. How did the convergence of her family's legacy of WWII incarceration, three generations in Tongva lands/Los Angeles and a love for nature bring her to tell this story? What has she learned on this journey and where can the film take us?


Manzanar, Diverted is available to the Oxy community for viewing through the Panopto platform. You can access the film by using the link below and logging in using your Oxy username and password. 

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Steph Cha

Wednesday, November 9, 11:45am-12:40pm

Steph Cha is the author of Your House Will Pay, Occidental's 2022 Community Book Program selection. You House Will Pay is winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the California Book Award, and the Juniper Song crime trilogy. She’s a critic whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she served as noir editor, and is the current series editor of the Best American Mystery & Suspense anthology.

Spring 2023

Dr. Jessica Hernandez "Beyond Acknowledgements: Indigenous Ways of Knowing"

Monday, March 20, 11:45am-12:40pm

The 2023 Antoinette and Vincent M. Dungan Lectureship on Energy and the Environment

Despite the undeniable fact that Indigenous communities are among the most affected by climate devastation, Indigenous ways of knowing are nowhere to be found in mainstream environmental policy or discourse. And while holistic land, water, and forest management practices born from millennia of Indigenous knowledge systems have much to teach all of us, Indigenous ways of knowing has long been ignored, otherized, or perceived as “soft”–the product of a systematic, centuries-long campaign of racism, colonialism, extractive capitalism, and delegitimization. In this presentation, Dr. Hernandez will present ways in which we can honor Indigenous ways of knowing. 


Dr. Alexia Arani "Transformative Justice 101: Safety Beyond Police"

Wednesday, April 19, 11:45am-12:40pm

How do we re-imagine public safety to prioritize social groups that are disproportionately impacted by systemic and interpersonal harm? How do we create communities of care that prevent, interrupt, and intervene in violence? This talk will seek to answer these questions by providing attendees with frameworks, tools, and resources for enacting Transformative Justice. Borne of feminist and queer/trans of color organizing lineages, Transformative Justice is a social movement that seeks to disrupt violence and repair harm without relying on the police. This talk will focus in particular on the small, everyday acts that we can all begin practicing now—in our intimate relationships, college campuses, and wider social communities.  




Contact the Core Program
Johnson Hall

Room 115

Edmond Johnson
Director of Advising, Core Program Coordinator
Office: Johnson Hall 108