Prof. Sergio de la Mora, UCD at OLC

Each semester, Oldenborg invites noted scholars, writers, activists, and professionals to speak on topics of cultural and international interest during the lunch hour. To suggest a speaker, call or email Assistant Director,  Julie Dale at (909) 607-1159.

5C students swipe for lunch and 7C faculty and staff may sign-in for Oldenborg Dining Hall access. Community members may attend at Oldenborg's discretion and incur a charge.

Fall 2019 Schedule

Monday, September 16 
Becoming a Drummer: The “Master and Disciple” System in Punjab
Gibb Schreffler, Music Department, Pomona College
Co-sponsored by the Music Department, Pomona College

Thursday, September 26 
Envirolab Asia Japan Clinic Trip Report Back
Co-sponsored by the Envirolab Asia

Monday, September 30
The Hong Kong Story: Protests in 2019
Christine Loh, Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Co-sponsored by the Asian Languages & Literatures department, the Asian Studies program, and International Relations program, Pomona College

Thursday, October 24
Shakuhachi: the Japanese Bamboo Flute
Kaoru Kakizakai, Master of the Shakuhachi
Co-sponsored by the Music Department, Pomona College

Tuesday, October 29
A Musician in a World without Walls
Gao Ping, Professor of Composition
Co-sponsored by the Scripps College O'Brien visiting professorship

Thursday, October 31 
Art, The Isle of West Berlin, and the Death Zone
Stefan Roloff, Painter and video artist
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center, The Department of German and Russian

Tuesday, November 5
Zen in America: Doris Dörrie’s Documentary Film How to Cook Your Life (2007) 
Stefan Keppler-Tasaki, Thomas Mann House Fellow
Co-sponsored by the department of German and Russian

Thursday, November 7
Thirty years after the Wall fell: What Bruce Springsteen, Donald Trump, and my host family can teach us about German reunification
Wade Jacoby, Professor, Brigham Young University
Co-sponsored by the European Union Center

Monday, November 11
Theater & Climate: Creating Stories for a Better Future
Chantal Bilodeau, Artistic Director, The Arctic Cycle
Co-sponsored by the department of Theatre & Dance

Tuesday, November 12
America’s Nuclear Crossroads: U.S. Nuclear Policy at the Dawn of New Great Power Competition
Eric Gomez, Policy Analyst, The Cato Institute
Co-sponsored by the department of Politics and International Relations

Friday, November 15
Cosmopolitan Dreams: The Making of Modern Urdu Literary Culture in Colonial South Asia
Jennifer Dubrow, Associate Professor of Urdu, University of Washington
Co-sponsored by the Humanities Studio

Tuesday, November 19
Small Island Development in the Age of Global Climate Change: A Caribbean Case Study
Marilyn Grell-Brisk, Visiting Assistant Professor, Pomona College
Co-sponsored by the Sociology Department

Thursday, December 5
Bringing the World to California: How the L.A. Times covers international news in 2019
Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, December 10
Oldenborg Cinema: Short Films and Comic Sketches
Oldenborg Conversation Class Students & Language Residents
Co-sponsored by the Foreign Language Resource Center

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