President John Brooks Slaughter in 1988
The Journey of John Brooks Slaughter
Occidental's 11th president arrived on campus in 1988 amid national fanfare and great expectations—and in the 11 years to follow, John Brooks Slaughter brought out the best in Oxy

Occidental magazine brings you campus news, in-depth features, and profiles of exceptional alumni. For the 2023-24 academic year, the magazine will publish two print and digital issues (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024) and two digital-only issues (Summer 2023 and Winter 2024). 

President Elam addresses a Thorne Hall audience for the inaugural talk in the Oxy Live! series on October 3.
After four years at the College, President Harry J. Elam, Jr. will depart next June—but he has a full agenda as The Occidental Promise comes into focus
Anna Dalton '12 competing for Oxy in 2011.
Anna Dalton ’12 traded the tracks for the trails and is climbing the ranks of competitive technical runners
Oxy Fifty Year Club attendees in June 2023.
A recent alumni attitude survey reveals what matters to Tigers most
Writer, artist and non-binary activist ALOK at Occidental College on Oct. 3, 2023
A new arts initiative brings an eclectic lineup of cultural luminaries to campus. Also: Oxy climbs to a 14-year high in the latest US News Best Colleges rankings
Ruby Siehl ’24, Professor Shana Goffredi, and Bianca Dal Bó '24 aboard the R/V Atlantis
Biology Professor Shana Goffredi and two Oxy seniors explore the ecosystem off the Southern California coast
Adam Kinzinger, 2023 Jack Kemp ’57 Distinguished Lecturer at Occidental College
Jack Kemp ’57 Distinguished Lecturer and former Congressman Adam Kinzinger has a message for students: “You will be the generation that changes everything”
Inductees and presenters from the 2023 Occidental Athletics Hall of Fame.
Record-setting champions in swimming and track, a pair of dominant hoops teams, and a triple threat in basketball, softball, and volleyball earn their stripes
Onward to Chicago, by Larry A. McClellan ’66
New books by Larry McClellan ’66, Professor Andrew Shtulman, Kevin Adler ’07, and Ralph Kuncl ’70
Alumni Reunion Weekend 2022
When it comes to Reunion Weekend entertainment, anything goes
Brice Harris, professor of history emeritus
For generations of students, Harris and Lauter taught history and philosophy, respectively, with innovation and enthusiasm
Dr. Roland Griffiths '68 in 2009.
From Spring 2009: After a lifetime of rigorous research on the effects of drugs on animals and humans, neuroscientist Roland Griffiths ’68 meditates on the spiritual powers of hallucinogens
"Mother of Lions," by Robert Martinez
An immersive exhibit at Descanso Gardens underscores the diversity and proximity of Southern California wildlife—and the efforts under way to improve their mobility
Gay and Lesbian Association members in 1984.
Nearly 40 years after its formation, Out@Oxy has a new name and a renewed mission—to support Occidental’s LGBTQIA+ student community and curate a queer history of the College
Isabel Wilkerson speaks at Occidental College's 2023 Commencement.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Isabel Wilkerson addresses the Class of 2023 at Occidental's 141st Commencement ceremony
Meko Winbush '03, winning director of Project Greenlight
Winning Project Greenlight and making her first feature film has opened doors for Meko Winbush ’03. In return, she endured eight months in front of the camera


Lori Howard ’81 of Pinch Me Provence
A Pinch of Provence
Lori Howard ’81 kept a place in her heart for France following her study abroad experience at Oxy. Now she’s curating custom holiday experiences for a growing clientele in the French...
Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Keala Ede
Longboard of the Law
As the first Native Hawaiian judge in Minnesota history, Keala Ede ’00 brings a commitment to justice to his courtroom—and a taste of surf culture to the shores of Lake Superior
Members of the Occidental Class of 2027
New Faces of 2027
Occidental’s 140th-anniversary class is among its most diverse—and they have a lot to say about everything from activism and athletics to culture and chocolates
Roland Griffiths '68
The Other Side of Roland Griffiths
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor, who died in October, was lauded for his ‘mind-blowing’ studies of psychedelics. But Barry Sears ’68 remembers his ‘wicked sense of humor’

First Word

From the Quad

Coach Rod Lafaurie and members of the 2023 men's soccer team
Kicking and Dreaming
From its first SCIAC championship to a berth in the Sweet 16, Oxy men’s soccer soared to new heights this season. But Coach Rod Lafaurie and his players are hungry for more
Adam Kinzinger, 2023 Jack Kemp ’57 Distinguished Lecturer at Occidental College
Making the Case for Democracy
Jack Kemp ’57 Distinguished Lecturer and former Congressman Adam Kinzinger has a message for students: “You will be the generation that changes everything”

Mixed Media

A performance of Fetch Clay, Make Man featuring four Black actors onstage
Power Dynamics
Exploring the unlikely friendship between two Black cultural icons—Muhammad Ali and Stepin Fetchit—professor and playwright Will Power’s Fetch Clay, Make Man packs a punch with L.A...

Oxy Talk

Professor of History Emeritus Wellington Chan
One for the History Books
An estate commitment from Gary Kaplan ’71 honors Professor Emeritus Wellington Chan—whom he helped bring to Occidental more than 50 years ago
Assistant professors Sohaib Khan (religious studies), Season Blake (philosophy), Jamie Amemiya (psychology), and Zachary Silver (psychology).
Thinking Globally
Occidental’s largest-ever cohort of new tenure-track faculty brings a world of ideas to the classroom

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Dean of Students Emerita Brig Knauer
Flowers for Brig Knauer
Over 25 years of leadership in Occidental’s Office of Student Affairs, Brigida Knauer (1935-2023) shepherded residential life into the modern era
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