The Pomona College campus springs into action after the long winter break with an event for every kind of interest, ranging from comics to climate impact — with some history, award-winning music and family time thrown in there, too.
Here are 10 spring semester events and series you don’t want to miss (in chronological order):
1. Sculpture and stories. On view now through May 19 are the Pomona College Museum of Art spring exhibitions featuring Courtney M. Leonard: Intermodal, an installation of ceramic sculptures grounded in the forms and histories of indigenous fishing technologies, and Stories: Selections from the Permanent Collection, works that consider the landscape of storytelling. The Museum is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 5-11 p.m. on Thursdays.
2. Commemoration and comics. In honor of Black History Month, every Friday in February will be dedicated to the series “Comics, Afrofuturism and the Black Superhero.” Entertainers, scholars and comic illustrators will explore “Why Black Representation Matters,” “The Artist as Revolutionary,” “Imagining New Worlds” and “Black Panther and Black Empowerment.” Comic books will be raffled at every event.
3. Welcome to the family. If home is where the heart is, then some hearts will be in motion come February 15-17 during Family Weekend, when families join their students for a weekend of sharing the Sagehen experience — together viewing exhibitions, attending concerts, sitting in on class lectures and even taking in some comedy.
4. We have chemistry. Allison Campbell, associate laboratory director for earth and biological sciences at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and 2017 president of the American Chemical Society will be delivering talks on issues including environmental sustainability and U.S. security, and chemistry of atmosphere and climate. These talks are presented by the Pomona College Chemistry Department’s 57th Annual Robbins Lecture Series. The lectures will be held February 25-28.
5. Dystopia and disaster. Kate Brown, professor of history at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will deliver two talks: “Dispatches from Dystopia: Histories of Places Not Yet Forgotten” and "The Great Chernobyl Acceleration: The Disaster Behind the Catastrophe." as part of the annual Ena H. Thompson Lectureship history series, started in 1980. Brown is the author of the award-winning “A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland.” The lectures will be held February 26-27.
6. See and hear. Anna Deavere Smith will be in conversation and screen her film “Notes from the Field,” for this year’s Payton Distinguished Lectureship, to be held February 28. The Obie Award, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actress is critically acclaimed for her examination of issues of community, character, diversity, injustice and inequality in America through her use of theatre. President G. Gabrielle Starr will lead an in-depth conversation with Smith following the screening.
7. Divine appearance. Opening in Seaver Theatre on March 7 is “Metamorphoses,” a modern retelling of classical Roman poet Ovid’s interwoven myths where gods, humans and nature intermingle and collide, exploring humankind’s capacity for change and transformation.
8. A date with destiny. On March 11, Todrick Hall will present a live experience blending activism and art in “Behind the Curtain” to inspire audiences to embrace individuality and diversity and to take control of their destinies.
9. Going solo. Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Rostam Batmanglij, formerly of Vampire Weekend, will perform from his debut solo album "Half-Light" on March 13. This concert is presented by The Humanities Studio and the Pomona College History Department.
10. Memories of Manzanar. The series “Turning and Returning Carceral Landscapes: Buried Histories, Incarceration Allies, Manzanar Pilgrimages” will present five events to interrogate the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The series includes an exhibition, “Reclaiming Manzanar: Illegal Detention, Incarceration and Contested Returns” in The Claremont Colleges Library (April 1-May 30), workshops on community storytelling (4:15 p.m. on April 4, The Claremont Colleges Library Founders Room) and fostering incarceration allies (4 p.m. on April 12 in Smith Campus Center Room 208); a lecture on the Manzanar Concentration Camp, Manzanar Committee co- founder Sue Kunitomi Embrey and the demand for social justice (4:15 p.m. on April 18 in The Claremont Colleges Library Founders Room); and the capstone event will be a pilgrimage to Manzanar.