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Founders Day Celebration to Feature Maya Soetoro-Ng and Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative Launch

Maya Soetoro-Ng

Pomona College will celebrate our 124th Founders Day on Wednesday, October 12, at the Smith Campus Center with a host of activities for students, staff, faculty and their families.

The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. with a special guest lecture by educator and author Maya Soetoro-Ng in Edmunds Ballroom. This lecture is open only to members of the Claremont Colleges. Soetoro-Ng is a faculty member at the University of Hawaii, sits on several educational nonprofits, and is an advocate for community service, engagement and education. Soetoro-Ng is the daughter of Stanley Ann Dunham and the sister of President Barack Obama. During her talk, “Building a Life of Global Engagement: Connection, Community, Civic Engagement and Communications," she will speak discuss her mother’s impact and the importance of global engagement, and read from Ladder to the Moon, the children’s book she recently wrote. (For more about Soetoro-Ng, please click here.)

Starting at 5 p.m., Founder’s Day festivities include dinner for the Pomona College community and the launch of the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative, a four-year arts initiative designed to enliven artistic and creativity throughout the campus and inspire interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement. There will be various student performances, including a site-specific dance, music and acapella singing; face painters from the theatre department; t-shirt painting, deconstruction and reconstruction; chalk drawing; and a “draw-in” with Professor Mercedes Teixido. This year’s theme for the Mellon Initiative is “water,” and water facts will be posted around Smith Campus Center.

For more information on the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative and its classes and programs, please read our news release on the Initiative.

Pomona College was founded on October 14, 1887. The College is celebrating Founder’s Day two days early to accommodate students who will be taking a brief fall break the following weekend.