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Pomona College March 2011 Events

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, is sponsoring the following on-campus events. Each of these events is open to the public and free of charge unless otherwise noted.

March 1

IRC & Latin American Studies: “Words in Flux: How a Poet Plays her Tunes” - Noon to 1 p.m., Oldenborg International Center Dining Hall, south side (350 N. College Way). Carlota Caulfield, Havana-born Carlota Caulfield is poet, literary critic and translator. She is the author of nine books of poetry, including At the Paper Gates with Burning Desire, The Book of Giulio Camillo (a model for a theater of memory), Movimientos metálicos para juguetes abandonados [Metallic Movements for Abandonend Toys] and A Mapmaker’s Diary. She is the editor of From the Forbidden Garden, Letters from Alejandra Pizarnik, The Other Poetry of Barcelona, Spanish and Spanish-American Women Poets, A Companion to U.S. Latino Literatures, and No soy tu musa: Antología de poetas irlandesas contemporáneas [I Am Not your Muse: Anthology Contemporary Irish Women Poets], a bilingual edition. Information: and click on “Speaker Series.”

March 1

Student Performance, Martha Graham’s “Panorama” – 8 p.m., Bridges Auditorium (450 N. College Way, Claremont). Following a three-day residency of the Martha Graham Dance Company at Pomona College, 27 Claremont Colleges student will perform Graham’s 1935 work “Panorama,” staged by David Zurak, former Graham Company member. The performance will also include Graham's classic work "Diversion of Angels." There is no charge to attend, but this event is ticketed. Members of the general public should pick up their tickets at the box office.. Alumni may pick up tickets at will call. Information” (909) 621-8176 or

March 2

Lecture: Inside Graphic Novels – 4:15 p.m., Hahn Building (420 S. College Ave., Claremont), Room 108.. Owen Wiseman '05, writer/creative executive, Benaroya Pictures, will provide insight on the process of conceiving, creating and publishing a graphic novel, in his talk “Inside Graphic Novels: The Creation and Publication of Samurai’s Blood,” a six-issue miniseries to be published by Image Comics and Benaroya Publishing beginning in May 2011. The talk will include discussion of historical themes, storytelling techniques, and philosophy in the specific art form of graphic novels, as well as a concrete description of the start-to-finish process of creating Samurai's Blood. This event is co-sponsored by the Pacific Basin Institute and the Asian Studies Program. Information: or (909) 621-8921.

March 2

Music: Student Recital – 8:15 p.m., Pomona College Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Information: (909) 607-2671 or

March 3

Art: The Rembrandt Club Presents First Thursday Lecture Series -1:30 p.m., Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Associate Chair of Studio Art Michael O'Malley will give an introduction to the College’s studio artists, followed by a reception in Seaver House. Information: (909) 625-5347

March 3

Pomona Student Union Debate: “Can Our Way of Life Survive Climate Change?” – 7 p.m., Edmunds Ballroom (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Two high-profile climate change activists will debate both the means and ends of the movement toward a truly sustainable society. Kenny Ausubel is co-CEO and Founder of Bioneers, a "non-profit dedicated to disseminating practical and visionary solutions for restoring Earth's imperiled ecosystems." Aric McBay is co-author of "Deep Green Resistance" and "What We Leave Behind," treatises on a more aggressive, deconstructive approach to achieving sustainability. While both begin with the premise that our current modes of resource consumption are unsustainable, they will debate the roles of consumerism, corporations, progressivism, and violence in achieving and maintaining a sustainable society. Information: or

March 3-6

The Threepenny Opera – 8 p.m., March 3-5; 2 p.m., March 5 & 6, Pomona College Seaver Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Written in 1928 by German playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, this cabaret style theatre piece is about beggars, cops, prostitutes, and gangsters. The Threepenny Opera is a mix of drinking songs, opera, music theatre, folk music, and cabaret. Hilarious, cynical, suspenseful, unsentimental and redemptive, “Die Dreigroschenoper” is a play for today's world. Prof. Betty Bernhard directs. Michael Lamkin provides musical direction. Information: (909) 607-4375.

March 4

Friday Noon Concert – 12:15 p.m., Balch Auditorium (Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Pomona faculty Mary Dropkin, harp, with Kay Nevin, presents music by Vaughan William, Skaila Kanga and Armando Ghidoni. Information: (909) 607-2671 or

March 6

Music: “East Meets West” – 3 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). Eclipse String Quartet: Sara Parkins and Sarah Thornblade, violin; Alma Lisa Fernandez, viola; Maggie Parkins, cello with Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano; Michael Friedmann and Hsuanwei Fan, narrators, join forces to perform Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon, Op. 41, Ge Gan-ru's Four Studies of Peking Opera for prepared piano and string quartet and Zhou Long's Wild Grass for solo cello and narrator. Information: (909) 607-2671 or

March 7

Hart Lecture: “The Banjo and the Boundaries of American History” – 4:15 p.m., Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center lower level, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Laurent Dubois, specialist in the history and culture of France and the Caribbean, is the Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University and co-director of the Haiti laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is now writing Haiti: The Aftershocks of History and a history of the banjo, for which he received a National Humanities Center Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Information: (909) 607-9435

March 7

Sustainability Dialog: Toward Zero Waste – 7 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building, Room 101 (420 N Harvard Ave, Claremont). Terry Grill, chair of Sustainable Claremont’s Waste Management Action Group, and Bowen Close, Coordinator of Pomona College’s Sustainability Integration Office, will discuss waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and other waste issues in the Claremont area. Terry Grill has broad knowledge of waste issues through her work to commercialize compostable food packaging products with Sealed Air Corporation, as well as her work with the Biodegradable Products Institute and the US Composting Council. She owns Industrial Insulations, a 59-year-old company focused on energy conservation. Bowen Close is the Assistant Director of Facilities and Campus Services at Pomona College, and is in charge of the College’s broad sustainability programs and efforts. Information: (909) 607-1765 or

March 8

Anthropology Distinguished Lecture Series: “Life After Trafficking in the U.S.” – 4:15 p.m., Hahn Building (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont), Room 107. For the Anthropology Distinguished Lecture Series: Intimate Labor an Transnational Migration Reconsidered, Denise Brennan, associate professor of anthropology, Georgetown University, will discuss “Life After Trafficking in the U.S.” Information: or (909) 607-3027.

March 8

Lecture: “Food, Freedom, and Authority: Who Will Control the Food We Eat?” – 7 p.m., Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center lower level, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Mark Winne, renowned leader in sustainable, just food systems work and author of the recent book Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture will deliver a lecture. Though farmers' market and urban farms are taking root from Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, the vast majority of Americans are purchasing their food from traditional and often unsustainable sources. Will consumers ultimately set the course for a new food system based on health, justice, and environmental concerns, or will they succumb to a system of food production and distribution that is dominated by ever fewer, larger, and less transparent corporations? Information: 909-607-1765 or

March 10

Pomona College & Harvey Mudd College Lecture: Bill Gates – 5 p.m., Bridges Auditorium (450 N. College Way, Claremont). Bill Gates, chair of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will visit the Claremont Colleges as part of the Harvey Mudd College Annenberg Leadership & Management Speakers Series and the Pomona College Distinguished Speakers Series. As part of his visit, there will be “A Conversation with Bill Gates” event, with Larry Mantle, host of the KPCC Radio program “AirTalk,” open to the larger community. This event will be ticketed. More details here.

March 21

Lecture: “The Civic Impact of Youth Activism: The Curious Contrast between Freedom Summer and Teach for America” – 4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont), room 101. Doug McAdam, professor of sociology, Stanford, will discuss the civic impact of youth activism, through an assessment of the long-term "civic effects" of the Teach for America experience; an examination of racial conflict by county, and how it relates to arson attacks on African-American churches between 1966 and 2001; and a study of neighborhood activism in Chicago between 1970 and 2005. Information: Prof. Colin Beck, (909) 621-8510.

March 22

IRC: “Surfing the Hallyu (Korean Wave): The Global Transformation of Korea’s Social Capital” – Noon, Pomona College Oldenborg Center (350 N. College Way, Claremont). Mary Yu Danico, associate professor of sociology at Cal Poly Pomona. Information: (909) 607-8035 or 621-8018 or and click on “Speaker Series.”

March 24

Chemistry Lecture: Steve Lippard – 11 a.m., Seaver North Auditorium (645 N. College Ave., Claremont). Lippard is the Arthur Amos Noyes Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research activities span the fields of inorganic chemistry, biological chemistry, and neurochemistry. Information: (909) 621-8444.

March 24

2nd Annual Sustainability Film Festival:Grassroots Rising – 11 a.m., Pomona College Frank Dining Hall (260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont), Blue Room. The Pomona College 2nd Annual Sustainability Film Festival presents Grassroots Rising (2005), followed by a Q&A with Karin Mak, program coordinator for the Pomona College Asian American Resource Center. This film explores the lives of Asian immigrant workers in Los Angeles, detailing the infamous 1995 case where Thai garment workers were forced into slave labor and sweatshop conditions in a residential neighborhood of El Monte and illuminating the experiences of restaurant and supermarket workers in Koreatown and Filipino home healthcare workers. Information: (909) 607-1765 or or

March 24

IRC & Latin American Studies: “Tropical Zion” - noon to 1:00pm, Oldenborg International Center (350 N. College Way) Dining Hall, south side. Alan Wells, Professor of History at Bowdoin College, will speak about Jewish immigration to the Dominican Republic. Information: and click on “Speaker Series.”

March 24

Latin American Studies: "Blacks, Revolution, and Guillermo Cabrera Infante's Tres Tristes Tigres" - 4:15 pm; Mason Hall (550 N. Harvard Ave, Claremont) Room 5. William Luis, Vanderbilt University, will speak about race and politics in 1960’s Cuba. Chancellor is Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University and author of numerous books on Caribbean Literature, politics and race, among them Lunes de Revolución: Literatura y cultura (2003) and Bibliografía y antología crítica de las vanguardias en el Caribe: Cuba, Puerto Rico,República Dominicana (2010). He is also the editor of Afro-Hispanic Review. Open to the public, refreshments following lecture.

March 24

Pacific Basin Institute Archival Film Night – 7 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont), room 108. Information: (909) 607-7856.

March 25

Queer Faculty Symposium Series: Our Bodies in Reverse (Poetry) - 4:30 p.m., Queer Resource Center (Pomona College, Walton Commons, 395 E. 6th St., Claremont). As part of the Spring 2011 Queer Faculty Symposium Series, Pitzer College English and World Literature Professor Brent Armindinger will read from his collection, Our Bodies in Reverse—“poetry which traces the act of looking through surfaces not intended to be windows." Information: (909) 607-1817 or

March 26

Music: Senior Student Recital – 8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). Eddie Sayles ’11, one of the winners of the 2010 Concerto Competition, presents music by Barber, Donizetti, Ravel, Falla and others. Information: (909) 607-2671 or

March 27

Organ Music – 3 p.m. Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). Pomona Prof. William Peterson performs music by Saint-Saëns, Guilmant, Vierne, Krenek, Kohn and others. This esteemed Pomona College organist has offered recitals across the United States, presenting many similar programs. In recent years he has worked extensively, both as performer and scholar, on French and Belgian organ music of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Information: (909) 607-2671 or

March 28

2nd Annual Sustainability Film Festival: Bus Riders Union – 7 p.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (lower level, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). The Pomona College 2nd Annual Sustainability Film Festival presents “Bus Riders Union” (2000), which traces three years of the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union as it builds a movement fighting for sustainable and just transit in the Los Angeles area. Information: (909) 607-1765 or or

March 29

IRC: “Muslim First: The Politics of Muslim Identity and Bangladeshi-Origin Youth in Britain and the U.S.” – noon, Pomona College Oldenborg Center (350 N. College Way, Claremont). Across Muslim migrant communities in North America and Europe, there has been a growth in movements of revivalist Islam. Nazli Kibria, associate professor of sociology, Boston University, will explore why second and third-generation Muslim migrants are turning to religion as a primary anchor of identity and community, the importance of considering specific community histories, and the dominant discourse in the West around Islam and Muslims, which pays insufficient attention to the diverse national and transnational histories. Information: (909) 607-8035 or 621-8018.

March 30

Student Recital - Pomona College Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Information: (909) 607-2671 or

March 31

Reading: Literary Series: Elizabeth Willis – 4:15 p.m., Ena Thompson Reading Room, Pomona College Crookshank Hall (Room 108, 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). Pomona College Department of English Literary Series hosts a poetry reading by Elizabeth Willis, author of the collections Address (2011) and Meteoric Flowers (2007). Willis is a professor of poetry and poetics at Wesleyan University. Information: (909) 607-2212.

March 31

Performance by D’Lo – 7 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). D'Lo, a queer Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, and comedian, will give an hour-long performance, which will be followed by a reception. The event is sponsored by the Pomona College Asian American Resource Center, the Queer Resource Center, Pomona College Museum Art After Hours. Information: (909) 607-7543 or

Ongoing Exhibitions

Jan. 22 – April 22 – Art: China: Insights

China: Insights presents a cross-section of contemporary documentary photography from mainland China, exploring the transition from the rural/agrarian environment to the urban/industrial setting in the People’s Republic of China. Seven documentary photographers—Chen Yuan Zhong, Hua Er, Jia Yu Chuan, Li Nan, Yang Yan Kang, Yu Haibo and Zhang Xinmin—record the tensions engendered by rapid change and persistent tradition in a dynamic China. Themes include rural Catholicism, matrilineal culture in an agrarian setting, the population shift from country to city, prostitution, gender and identity, typologies of urban citizenry, and the emergence of a thriving pop music/club scene as an index of internationalization. This touring exhibition is the first presentation of their work in the United States.

The Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont) is open: Tues.-Fri., 12-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 5-11 p.m. for “Art After Hours” with live music entertainment; and Sat.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: (909) 621-8283 or

Jan. 22 – April 22 – Art: STEALING FIRE: José Clemente Orozco's Prometheus at 80

Prometheus, Jose Clemente Orozco's mural in Frary Dining Hall, is an integral part of every student's life on campus, yet today, eighty years after it was completed, few students know its history. This exhibition seeks to reintroduce Prometheus to a new generation of students. It presents a history that has been forgotten, the intentions behind its design, its integration into student life, and efforts to preserve this brilliant work of art. Prometheus stands for the continuing sacrifice required to gain knowledge and to share it, as it inspires every individual that gazes at its splendor.

For his first mural in the United States, Orozco chose the Greek myth of Prometheus as particularly suited for Pomona College. The god's action of bringing fire and light to humanity is presented as a symbol of educational enlightenment. The colossal figure of Prometheus stretches across the space, surrounded by human figures reacting with fear and awe as they acknowledge his gift and sacrifice.

This year is the 80th birthday of Prometheus and the centenary of the start of the Mexican Revolution. The exhibition is designed to introduce Prometheus through the artist's preparatory drawings and to answer questions about how and why it came to be painted in Frary Hall. Over the course of the exhibition, student responses past and present will be inserted in the exhibition.

The Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont) is open: Tues.-Fri., 12-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 5-11 p.m. for “Art After Hours” with live music entertainment; and Sat.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: (909) 621-8283 or