Each fall, Pomona College faculty share recent research with students, staff and their colleagues during noontime lectures in the Frank Dining Hall Blue Room. The Academic Dean’s Office organizes and supports the lecture series.

The Fall Faculty Lectures are open without charge to Pomona College faculty, students, staff, and the community at large.

YouTube links to lectures are provided below when available.

2017 Lectures

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Building the Republic: The Founding Fathers as Architects and Urban Planners
Susan McWilliams, Associate Professor of Politics

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Paradox, Reason and Inquiry
Peter Thielke, Professor of Philosophy

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
“Smart” Drugs, in Sickness and in Health
Karen Parfitt, Professor of Neuroscience

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
RNA + Bacteria + Evolution = Sensors!
Jane Liu, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Carceral Technologies, Biblical Affects, U.S. Theopolitics
Erin Runions, Professor of Religious Studies


2016 Lectures

Wednesday, September 14
On The Gelatinous
Kyla Tompkins, Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies

Wednesday, September 28
Asking The Auks About Climate Change
Nina Karnovsky, Associate Professor of Biology

Wednesday, October 12
Spirit and Culture in the Flesh: Pedagogies of Connection
Joyce Lu, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance

Wednesday, October 26
Few Other Ways Out: Anticipating the Outcomes of Revolutions 
Colin Beck, Associate Professor of Sociology

Wednesday, November 9
Forecasting Economic Activity Using Financial Variables 
​Pierangelo De Pace, Associate Professor of Economics

Wednesday, November 23
Sagehen Spirit: Updates, Insights and Lots of Blue and Orange!
Lesley Irvine, Director of Pomona-Pitzer Athletics

Wednesday, November 30
The Deeds to Deuterium 
Daniel O’Leary, Carnegie Professor of Chemistry


2015 Lectures

Wednesday, September 16
A Tiny River that Built an Empire: The Santa Ana in the Making of Market and State in Southern California
Heather Williams, Associate Professor of Politics

Wednesday, September 30
Functions, Formulas and Dendritic Cells: Using Mathematics and the Immune System to Fight Cancer
Ami Radunskaya, Professor of Mathematics

Wednesday, October 14
Emotional Currencies: What Happens When Poor Immigrants Return Home to Spend and Give Money
Hung Thai, Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies

Wednesday, October 28
Drone Media: Power Asymmetries Associated with the Automation of Surveillance, Sense-Making and Response
Mark Andrejevic, Professor of Media Studies

Wednesday, November 11
How a Tune Creates Meaning: Music and Prosody in “This Land Is Your Land”
Alfred Cramer, Associate Professor of Music

Wednesday, December 2
Improving Educational Outcomes in Developing Countries: A Pragmatic Approach
Tahir Andrabi, Stedman-Sumner Professor of Economics


2014 Lectures

Wednesday, September 17
Napoleon’s Closet: The Emperor, the Priest, and the Men Who Invented Fashion Magazines
Margaret Waller, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures

Wednesday, September 24
Fracking, Peaking, and America’s Energy Future
Rick Hazlett, Stephen M. Pauley M.D. ’62 Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Geology

Wednesday, October 15
Lessons From the Making of Latino San Francisco
Tomàs Summers Sandoval, Associate Professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies and History

Monday, October 27
What the Cocks Fight Over: Eggs and Human Rights in Contemporary Hispaniola
April Mayes, Associate Professor of History

Monday, November 17
Art and Labor in a Time of War: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Workers’ Education, and World War II
Frances Pohl, Dr. Mary Ann Vanderzyl Reynolds ’56 Professor of Humanities and Professor of Art History

Wednesday, December 3
The Origins of Life on Earth, and Why Your Earliest Relatives Ate Rocks
E.J. Crane, Associate Professor of Biology


2013 Lectures

Biotechnology and the Law: Pomona Science On Trial (video)
Len Seligman, Professor of Biology

Irony on Trial: Oscar Wilde v. The Picture of Dorian Gray (video)
Kevin J.H. Dettmar, W.M. Keck Professor of English

Zoned Crystals and the Pace of Earth Processes (video)
Jade Star Lackey, Associate Professor of Geology

Film with No Leader, Movement without Edge: Politics, Fantasy, and Japanese Left Cinema 
Jonathan M. Hall, Assistant Professor of Media Studies

Neon Slaves, Electric Savages or How Does a Wired Thing Understand? Mapping Black Women’s Agency via Afrofuturism (video)
Valorie Thomas, Associate Professor of English/Africana Studies

The Hunger Games, Utopias, and Concentration Camps (video)
Oona Eisenstadt, Fred Krinsky Professor of Jewish Studies & Associate Professor of Religious Studies


2012 Lectures

Spurring Pomona-Pitzer Soccer: Player Development in the English Premiership and at Pomona-Pitzer
William Swartz, Professor of Physical Education and Soccer Coach

Finding Life's Music Through Statistical Noise
Johanna Hardin, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Progress on Pythagoras and the Value of Interdisciplinary
Richard McKirahan, Edwin Clarence Norton Professor of Classics and Professor of Philosophy

A Graph-Based Perspective on the World
Tzu-Yi-Chen, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Machine Project Presents!
Mark Allen, Associate Professor of Art

Zap! Pow! Bam!  Superman Fights the Nazis
Lynn Rapaport, Henry Snyder Professor of Sociology