Events and Programs

Pizza and Politics Series

Lunch series held periodically each semester, aims to offer a casual forum for Pomona College professors as well as visiting speakers to discuss their current research and writing, and for students and other members of the community to gain greater exposure to these scholarly efforts. There is always plenty of time reserved for questions, comments, and debate. Free pizza and drinks served on a first come, first served basis...or bring your own brown bag lunch!

Pizza and Politics
Tuesday, October 4
Carnegie 107

Kevin O’Leary
Trump and the Roots of Rage

“If you want to understand the deeper menace of Trumpism, read this book. Trump is not just a showman and a media sham.  He represents the fusion of a long history of racism and – paradoxically – white working-class rage that reflects a legitimate set of its own grievances.  Kevin O’Leary tells this complex and alarming story brilliantly.  He gets at its deep, twisted roots and addresses the remedies that we need and haven’t had.”

– Robert Kuttner, co-editor of The American Prospect

“Kevin O’Leary has written a compelling account of the rise of the right in contemporary American politics and the threat that it poses to the country’s most basic values. This beautifully written book is deeply disturbing and a must read for all who care about the future of American democracy.”

– Erwin Chemerinsky, Professor of Law, UC-Irvine, author of The Case Against the Supreme Court

Kevin O’Leary is a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine and author of Saving Democracy: A Plan for Real Representation in America (Stanford UP, 2006), a finalist for the American Political Science Association’s Michael Harrington Award for “an outstanding book that demonstrates how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world.” 

Previously a professor at UCLA, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College, and Occidental College, Kevin currently teaches in the Political Science Department and University Honors Program at Chapman University.  As a journalist, Kevin was TIME’s lead reporter on the West Coast between 2009 and 2011.  He has been a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, editor of OC Metro magazine, editorial page editor of the Pasadena Star-News, and national correspondent for Campaigns and Elections.  He is a contributor to The American Prospect, which published his article “Trump and the Racial Politics of the South” in its Summer 2016 issue.

Presidential Debates

Trump vs. Clinton, or Clinton vs. Trump
The Politics Department is sponsoring and facilitating get-togethers to watch the upcoming Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates this fall! Put them on your calendar, come join us and participate in what promises to be a very lively set of events. Food to gnosh on will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Monday, September 26, 6 p.m., in Hahn 101
First Presidential Debate
Facilitators: Professor Susan McWilliams and Professor David Menefee-Libey
Food to gnosh on will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Tuesday, October 4, 6 p.m., Hahn 101
Vice Presidential Debate
Facilitators: Professor Allan Colbern and Professor John Seery

Sunday, October 9, 6 p.m., Hahn 101
2nd Presidential Debate
Facilitators: Professor Lorn Foster and Professor Amanda Hollis-Brusky 

Wednesday, October 19, 6 p.m., Hahn 101
3rd Presidential Debate
Facilitators: Professor Tom Le and Professor Jonathan Collins 

Tuesday, November 8, 6 p.m., Hahn 101
​Election Returns
Facilitators: all hands on deck from the politics department!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The Return
7 p.m. Rose Hills Theatre

A screening of the film "The Return," by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway, will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and characters from the film. In 2012, California amended it's "Three Strikes" law, shortening the sentences of thousands of "lifers." See this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines - prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium. Official Selection of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, the film is a part of Pomona's ongoing series about criminal justice in America. Free and Open to the Public.

October 3, 2016
4:15 p.m. – Carnegie 107
​Pomona College

Sylvester Monroe
Journalist and author Sylvester Monroe is the co-author with Peter Goldman of the award-winning book, “BROTHERS: Black and Poor, a true story of courage and survival” about 11 black men he grew up with in a Chicago housing project. As a journalist for Time Magazine, he also covered the Rodney King trial, the Los Angeles riots, and the O.J. Simpson trial. Today, he is Assistant Foreign Editor for the Washington Post overseeing the paper’s Europe coverage in the London, Berlin, Brussels and Paris bureaus as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan. He also has been a reporter and editor at Newsweek, The San Jose Mercury News, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ebony Magazine, NPR, American Public Media’s Marketplace and TV One.

Sponsored by the Politics Department at Pomona College

October 14, 2016
4:15 p.m. – Carnegie 107
Pomona College

Philip S. Gorski: "Why Do So Many Evangelicals Support Trump? The Religious Roots of American Exceptionalism.” 

Philip S. Gorski (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 1996) is a comparative-historical sociologist with strong interests in theory and methods and in modern and early modern Europe. His empirical work focuses on topics such as state-formation, nationalism, revolution, economic development and secularization with particular attention to the interaction of religion and politics. Other current interests include the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences and the nature and role of rationality in social life. Among his recent publications are The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Growth of State Power in Early Modern Europe (Chicago, 2003); Max Weber’s Economy and Society: A Critical Companion (Stanford, 2004); and “The Poverty of Deductivism: A Constructive Realist Model of Sociological Explanation,” Sociological Methodology, 2004.

Philip Gorski is Co-Director (with Julia Adams) of Yale’s Center for Comparative Research (CCR), and co-runs the Religion and Politics Colloquium at the Yale MacMillan Center.

Sponsored by the sociology department and the politics department