Students, faculty, staff and the community at large were offered a wide range of lectures, concerts, film screenings and debates to attend.
Year in Review
The highly lauded West Coast jazz ensemble Bobby Bradford and the Mo’Tet, acclaimed for their finesse and precision, and improvisational styles, gave a performance of both their highly structured and free improvisational styles.
The Pomona College Museum of Art exhibition, “Kara Walker: Annotating History,” highlighted iconic, room-size, silhouette installation pieces through which Walker—named in 2007 as one of the top 100 most influential figures in the arts by Time magazine—offers a rereading and restatement of the American Civil War.
Four days after the presidential election, Jon Meacham, Newsweek editor and best-selling author of biographies on America’s founding fathers, was on campus to give an analysis on the U.S. presidential election results and their implications domestically and globally.
Firsthand analysis of the historic election was offered by David Plouffe, who managed the Obama presidential campaign, who inaugurated the Pomona College Speakers Series with a talk on “The Obama Phenomenon: What’s Next?”
Drawing upon the Chicano experience, politics were also explored by award-winning performance artist, writer and activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña, who presented his live show, exploring issues such as diversity, identity and sexuality--using poetry, journalism, video, radio, installation art and his biting sense of humor.
In response to the economic downturn, Sir Andrew Crockett, president of JPMorgan Chase International, gave a lecture on “The World Crisis in Banking: The Failure of Past Banking Regulation and Suggestions for Future Regulatory Reform.”
The issues in the Middle East involving Islam, Iran, the Israel/Palestine conflict and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were explored by Reza Aslan, author of the international bestseller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (2005), and CBS Middle East analyst and columnist at The Daily Beast.
Other speakers and campus events included:
- Calla Weimer, economist and consultant to the Asian Development Bank
- Jennifer Doudna ’85, vice president of discovery research at Genentech
- 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz
- International peace and security expert Michael Klare, author of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum
- The Pomona Student Union event "The Great Debate: Hate, Freedom, and the Regulation of Speech">
- The College’s first French-language film series with The Tournées Festival