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A five-year, $1 million grant from the Mellon Foundation will make it possible for Occidental College to widen its network of community partners in Northeast LA and expand its arts education programs to enhance local residents’ engagement with the issues that matter to them.
“Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: Lessons Learned and Where We Are Today,” the third in Occidental College’s Barack Obama Scholars Program Speaker Series, will be presented on Thursday, February 27 at 3:30 p.m. in Choi Auditorium.
More than 250 students, faculty, alumni and staff participated in Occidental’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event on Jan. 25, with volunteers at twelve sites across Los Angeles.
University of Chicago cultural theorist C. Riley Snorton has been named Occidental College’s 2020 Stafford Ellison Wright Black Alumni Scholar-in-Residence.
In 1965, as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, Occidental College signed up for a new program called Upward Bound created to see if low-income high school students “can profit from a real chance at a higher education,” as one federal official put it.
Former U.S. Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona will discuss the current state of conservatism and partisan politics with former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods ’76 on February 5 as Occidental College’s 2020 Jack Kemp ’57 Distinguished Lecturer.
Occidental College professors Peter Dreier and Mijin Cha will discuss and sign copies of their new anthology, We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism – American Style (New Press) at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena on Thursday, January 23 at 7 p.m.
Five years ago during the West African Ebola epidemic, Occidental Professor Mary Beth Heffernan read first-person accounts from patients who were terrified by the anonymous head-to-toe personal protection (PPE) suits worn by their caregivers.