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Video: Daring Minds Lectures From Pomona College's 2011 Alumni Weekend

During the 2011 Alumni Weekend, the Office of Alumni Relations introduced a new series of lectures to celebrate the Daring Minds of Pomona College, whether alumni, faculty or staff. Below are excerpts from the lectures. Click on the image to watch the excerpt or click the link at the end of each lecture's description to view the full lecture on

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What Is To Be Done? Conservation in an Era of Climate Change

Professor Char Miller, Director of the Environmental Analysis program and the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis

What do we have to believe to believe in climate change? How we can reduce a changing climate’s impact on the places we call home? We are not the first generation to face such dramatic environmental challenges. Those who experienced the nineteenth century industrial revolution, for instance, were justly afraid that, notwithstanding the material wealth it produced, this powerful force was destroying the land and the people it sustained. Their response was to create national forests and parks, protect endangered species and threatened watersheds, and fight for public health. Matching their principled activism will be essential if we hope to live sustainably in an unpredictable climate of change. Or so argues Char Miller, Director of the Environmental Analysis program and the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona. Through the use of historic photographs, cartoons, and other illustrative material, he will offer insight into the contentious history and contemporary dilemmas that have shaped the environmental movement’s ambitions over time. Miller is author of the award-winning Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism and editor of Water in the 21st-Century. Full lecture link

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A Sustainable Pomona College: Current Projects and Future Plans

Bowen Close ’06, Sustainability Coordinator Pomona College

Join Bowen Patterson Close ’06, Coordinator of Pomona’s Sustainability Integration Office, as she describes how Pomona is focusing on sustainability projects to save money, reduce environmental impact and provide students with experiences to take into a job market that is greener every day. This presentation will provide a summary of sustainability efforts at Pomona – including issues of water, energy, waste, education, green building, and more – and efforts to collaborate with the surrounding community. This session will also provide an overview of how the campus’ newest residence halls and other construction projects are designed for sustainable living and a greener campus. Full lecture link

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Race in the US Census from 1790 to 2010: Changing Composition, Changing Definition

Howard Hogan ’71, Associate Director of the U.S. Census Bureau

Throughout its history, the racial and ethnic composition American population has been changing. Reflecting this change, the concepts used to classify the population by race, ancestry, ethnicity and nativity have also changed. This talk will address how concepts of race and ethnicity have changed over the decades and how they may change in the future. He will discuss:

  • The concepts of race and ethnicity through the censuses from 1790 to 2010
  • The complexity of classifying race and ethnicity
  • The effect population changes have on strategies for counting by race and ethnicity
  • Changing Racial & Ethnic Composition as measured in the 2010 Census
  • Current Research at the Census Bureau
  • Future research needs

Hogan earned his bachelor's degree from Pomona College and earned a master of public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School and a Ph.D. in demography from Princeton University. He has worked at the Census Bureau since 1979. He is an honorary fellow of the American Statistical Association. Full lecture link

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A Philanthropist’s Vision for the Future

Hashim Djojohadikusumo '76, Businessman and Philanthropist

Did you know that Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world? And that a Pomona alumnus is one of the country's leading philanthropists?  As a person of such prominence, Hashim has used his influence to focus on a number of philanthropic projects that continue to provide great assistance to the people of Indonesia.  From education to preservation to offering healthcare to those in need, Hashim and his family aim to improve the lives of the people of Indonesia.  Join Hashim for a fascinating glimpse into the history and potential for Indonesia. Full lecture link