Oldenborg Luncheon Colloquium (OLC)

Each semester, Oldenborg collaborates with faculty and invites noted scholars, writers, activists, and professionals to speak on topics of cultural and international interest. To suggest a speaker, call or email Oldenborg Assistant Director,  Tamara Olivos at (909) 607-1159.

Spring 2023

February 3

The Logics of Internalised Racism

Mónica Moreno Figueroa, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge; Fellow in Social Sciences, Downing College

Co-sponsored with the Latin American Studies Program and the Downing Faculty Exchange

February 7

Europe’s Fires and the World's

Stephen Pyne, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

Co-sponsored with the Environmental Analysis Program at Pomona College

February 16

Rosa Wien: Gay Rights, Schlager & Self-Exile, 1918-1938

Casey Hayes, Professor and A.J. Thurston Endowed Chair of Music, Music Department Chair & Director of Choral Activities, Franklin College

Co-sponsored with the Media Studies Department at Pomona College

March 6

Celebration of Nowruz (Vernal Equinox/Persian New Year)

Niloufar Shiri, Visiting Artist, Pomona College

Co-sponsored with the Music Department at Pomona College

March 21

The Long-Term Consequences of the War in Ukraine

David Andrews, Professor of International Relations, Scripps College

Co-sponsored with the European Union Center of California at Scripps College

March 27

Autism as Neurodiversity: Affect, Care, and Crip Aesthetics in Chinese Cinema

Hangping Xu, Assistant Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara

Co-sponsored with the Asian Studies Program at Pomona College

April 4

Earth, Ice, Bone, Blood: Discontinuity, Extinction and Permafrost in the Russian Arctic

Dr. Charlotte Wrigley, The Greenhouse Center for Environmental Humanities, University of Stavanger (Norway)

Co-sponsored with the Ena H. Thompson Fund and the History Department

April 17

Feminist Activism and Writing in Switzerland

Vera Thomann, MA, Deutsches Seminar, University of Zurich and Visiting Fellow, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Co-sponsored with the German & Russian Department and The Intercollegiate Feminist Center for Teaching, Research and Engagement

May 2

Conversation Courses: A Roundtable with the Language Residents

Language Residents, Oldenborg Center

Fall 2022

October 4

The Politics of Foodwork in Modern Spain

Rebecca Ingram, PhD, Professor of Spanish and Affiliated Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of San Diego

Co-sponsored with the Romance Languages and Literature Department and the Gender and Women's Studies Program at Pomona College

October 5

Daughter of Shanghai: Diasporic Feminism, Cinema and World Migration

Michelle Miao Chen, Writer/Director of "Daughter of Shanghai"(produced by Shanghai Media Group & Seedling Film Inc.)

Co-sponsored with the Asian Languages and Literature Departments at Pomona College

October 27

Rights to the City: Volunteering, Infrastructures and Citizen-making

Ka Ming Wu, PhD, Associate Professor, Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Co-sponsored with the History Department at Pomona College

November 3

Tiananmen 1989: A Photographic Retrospective on a Movement that Inspired the World

Ed Nachtrieb, former Reuters Chief Photographer, China, based in Beijing from 1987 to 1989

Co-sponsored with the East Asian Political Society and the History Department at Pomona College

November 7

Revising International Peacemaking: Learning from Negotiating with the Lord’s Resistance Army

Mareike Schomerus, Vice President, Bursara Center

Co-sponsored with the International Relations Program at Pomona College

November 16

2022 Oldenborg Grant Recipients

Maddy Wessels '23, Linguistics Major, Intensive language study of Arabic
Bianca McNeely '25, Intensive language study of Russian

November 17

Will Putin Push the Red Button? Losing the War in Ukraine and the Future of Russia

Sergei Erofeev, Research Professor, Rutgers University

Co-sponsored with the German and Russian Department and the History Department at Pomona College

November 21

2022 Yidan Endowed Fund Recipients

SeoJin Ahn PO '23, Illustrating and Translating Korean Folk Tales
Htet Yan PO'24, Intensive language study of Mandarin

November 28

Balinese Gamelan Music, Old and New

I Putu Danika Pryatna, visiting artist, California Institute of the Arts

Co-sponsored with the Music Department at Pomona College

November 29

Pacific Forum- PBI Internship: Summer Internship at a Hawaii Think Tank

Co-sponsored with the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College

December 6

Oldenborg Cinema: Short Films and Comic Sketches

Oldenborg Language Residents


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