Time Session
9 - 9:50 a.m.

New Paradigms in Theatre Practice: Performance Making and
Collective Creation
(Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center)
Simone Nibbs '12; Kirsten Tingle '18; Karen Christopher '85;
Thomas Leabhart, Professor of Theatre and Resident Artist

An alumna (Anthropology Major), a senior (Studio Art Major), a mid-career professional (class of '85) and a faculty member (Theatre and Dance) describe and demonstrate new directions for theatre practice.


Changing Climates (Room 208, Smith Campus Center)
Aimee Bahng, Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies; Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes, Assistant Professor of Environmental Analysis

This session asks the Pomona College community to reflect on the exigencies of the repeal of DACA as well as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as double signs of changing climates. How might we begin to reimagine the debates around immigration and climate change as connected? How might intersectional approaches require us to understand the connections among global markets, resource extraction, ecological impact, sustainability and population regulation, legacies of empire, and labor migrations? Highlighting the interdisciplinary and transnational trajectories of liberal arts scholarship at Pomona, “Changing Climates” foregrounds work on the movements of people, capital, and waste in order to bring environmental justice into closer conversation with other social justice movements.


Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Star (Argue Auditorium, Millikan Laboratory)
Kevin Dettmar, W.M. Keck Professor of English; Chair of English

This original piece of creative scholarship articulates a set of seemingly free associations growing out of the word and concept “star.” The “Betsy Ross” flag with its 13 stars; the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and Jimi Hendrix blowing it up at Woodstock; Ringo Starr, the one Beatle who was resolutely not a star, but whose playing, we now realize, stands with the best of the era. This multi-media presentation will close with a nod toward Pomona’s 10th president, while putting the isolated star back into dynamic interplay with the constellation. “We are stardust,” Joni Mitchell; “Everybody’s a Star,” Sly & the Family Stone.

10 - 10:50 a.m.

Take It to the Bridge(s): Musical Journeys to and from Pomona
(Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center)
Anita Mathias '19, Mariana Cisneros '18, Jeremy Taylor '19, Adrien Redford '14

Pomona’s cultural, economic, and intellectual diversity enables our artistic collaborations to be celebrations of the same. However, just as the most memorable resolutions in music must be preceded by dissonance, so are our musical backgrounds peppered with moments of culture shock and lack of experience that have ultimately enriched the art we produce now. Through dialogue and vocal performance, Pomona College students and alumni share some of the narratives that have bridged their art and heritage and propelled them here. This presentation will have contributions from the faculty, students, and alumni whose legacies of artistic collaboration have brought these four students, and many others, together in various ensembles.


Teach, Mentor and Transform (TMAT): An Interuniversity, International Effort to Imagine an Empowered Educational Future for Rural Ghana (Room 208, Smith Campus Center)
John Ernst '18, Dominic Mensah '20

Last year two Pomona College students, inspired by their classes, imagined and created a program that engaged 70 village Ghanaian children in an education empowerment program taught by Ghanaian college volunteer student-leaders. This was a team effort comprised of Ghanaian student coordinators currently enrolled in multiple US institutions (Caldwell, Cornell, Lafayette), Ghanaian student field workers currently enrolled in Ghanaian universities, and several Pomona College student coordinators all working together to make this program a success. This presentation will describe briefly what led up to TMAT, what has been achieved up to date, and where TMAT is heading.


The Politics of Monuments and Public Space (Argue Auditorium, Millikan Laboratory)
George L. Gorse, Viola Horton Professor of Art History; Vivienne Shi '19, art history major;
Ronald Nemo, Manager, Landscaping Grounds

Once again, after Charlottesville, monuments are a much heated topic in our public discourse. In this Session, George Gorse explores the history of monuments on the Washington Mall, the Statue of Liberty and Confederate memorials after the Civil War. Vivienne Shi talks about the tradition of metaphor as a strategy of public discourse in China, a cross-cultural perspective. Ronald Nemo addresses the issue of maintenance of monuments on campus and his own personal reactions to the present controversy as an African American and Army veteran. This session addresses all the inaugural themes of “Imagine. Create. Engage. Together.” in how we commemorate the politics of memory and definition of public space in our democracy.

11 - 11:50 a.m.

Dynamic Networks and the Spread of Ideas: An Interactive Dance
(Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center)
Amy Oden ’18; Omayra Ortega ’01, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics;
Ami Radunskaya, Professor of Mathematics; Erin Angelini ’18; Athena Beck ’18;
Yu Xuan Hong ’18; Valeria Sanchez-Jimenez ’19; Adrienne Kafka CMC ’21;
Kailee Lin HMC '21

Why are some communities flexible, but stable, while others split into siloed subsets? This summer, Ami Radunskaya started a new collaboration with a biologist/mathematician who studies the evolution of communities, and of diseases and parasites through these communities. It struck her that the same methods could be applied to the spread of information, to the teaching of empathy, or to the polarization of ideas. That’s pretty cool math! This session will present a mathematical model of social networks and how they change over time. These networks evolve according to individuals’ choices, which are generally based on local and global information. This group of students and faculty will illustrate these mathematical ideas with dance. The audience will interact with the presentation by suggesting “interventions,” or changes in decision rules, which the dancers will incorporate into the evolving network.


Education Through Engagement (Room 208, Smith Campus Center)
Sefa Aina, Associate Dean and Director of the Draper Center; Cesar Meza '16, Post Baccalaureate Fellow, Educational Outreach Programs for the Draper Center; Gilda Ochoa, Professor of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies; Faculty Coordinator for the Draper Center; José Ramirez, Assistant Director of the Draper Center; Stephanie Rios, Assistant Director, Educational Outreach for the Draper Center; Scott Scoggins, Assistant Director of the Draper Center, Native Initiatives

The Draper Center for Community Partnership’s (DCCP) showcases its work via a gallery walk, highlighting its tenets of and commitment to educational outreach, community engagement, and community-based research and learning. DCCP staff members will talk about how their work is grounded in and strives for social justice; the roots of why they do this work; and how it  has been transformational for them and for the students who engage in this work, the community impacted by this work and for the Pomona College community. 


Gender Flipped, Talking Chestnut, Buck-Teethed Subjects/Objects
of Pleasure and Desire: Japanese Manga Comics Versions of 
The Tale of Genji
(Argue Auditorium, Millikan Laboratory)
Lynne Miyake, Professor of Japanese

“Imagine. Create. Engage. Together.” - the 11th century Tale of Genji inspired just that in generations of readers, painters, warriors, ladies-in-waiting, and even the Japanese government, as it transposed into woodblock prints, films, and even an opera in English. In the new millennium, the tale continues to reconfigure itself as manga comics where the male lead becomes a roly-poly chestnut, a buck-toothed Nasty, or gender flipped into a young woman. Join Lynne Miyake in exploring these manga Genjis and try your hand at imagining, creating and engaging your own Genji. Scenes from differing manga with dialogue bubbles whited out await your inspiration!

Schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates. For more information, email InaugurationPlanning@pomona.edu.