Encounter speakers who challenge and inspire.
Each year the Cultural Studies Program hosts several 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 theme for the 2018-19 lecture series is "Global Cities / Local Realities."
CSP Lecture Speakers 2018-2019
Monday, October 1, 2018
Dr. Margo Okazawa-Rey is currently on the faculty of the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She is also Elihu Root Peach Fund Chair in Women’s Studies at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University. Dr. Okazawa-Rey’s primary areas of research and activism are gender, militarism, and feminist activist research. Her work focuses specifically on militarism, armed conflict, and violence against women. Dr. Okazawa-Rey sits on the international boards of the NGOs PeaceWomen across the Globe, based in Bern Switzerland, and Du Re Bang (My Sister’s Place) in Uijongbu, South Korea. She was a founding member of the Combahee River Collective, which articulated a theory of intersectionality in “A Black Feminist Statement."
Monday, October 15, 2018
Dr. Pardis Mahdavi is currently the Acting Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Previously she was an associate professor and chair of anthropology, director of the Pacific Basin Institute, and dean of women at Pomona College. Her research interests include gendered labor, migration, sexuality, human rights, youth culture, transnational feminism and public health in the context of changing global and political structures. She is the author of four books: Passionate Uprisings: Iran’s Sexual Revolution (2008); Gridlock: Labor, Migration and ‘Human Trafficking’ in Dubai (2011); From Trafficking to Terror: Constructing a Global Social Problem (2013); and Crossing the Gulf: Love and Family in Migrant Lives (2016). Dr. Mahdavi is a graduate of Occidental College, where she majored in Diplomacy and World Affairs.
Friday, November 9, 2018
Jasper Wong is an artist, illustrator, curator, and art director. He is a man who wears many hats and is best known for his art that is a unique clash of Asian-influenced pop culture on paper. Jasper has exhibited worldwide, in places such as Japan, California, France, London, Mexico, New York, Hong Kong, Chicago, and Australia. He has been selected on multiple occasions by Archive magazine as one of the 200 Best Illustrators worldwide. He is the founder and lead director of POW! WOW!, a non-profit organization of contemporary artists committed to community enrichment through the creation of art outreach programs, educational programs, and engaging the community in the creation and appreciation of art. As a home grown and independent art festival, POW! WOW! is now recognized as one of the most premier mural festivals in the world with bases in Hawaii, Japan, Taiwan, Texas, Washington D.C., California and Massachusetts.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC. Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities.