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Calendar of Events


50Forward Storywall


What’s your story? Share your Pitzer memories, photos and videos on the interactive Pitzer StoryWall.

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From the Iliad to Animal Farm
Pitzer's Emeriti Faculty share the books that most influenced their intellectual journey


Emeriti professors share three books that most influenced their intellectual journeys. They will write short essays on the significance of their choices and how the books shaped their vision.

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Spring 2014

MCSI Film & Technology Series - Technology Changes
Perry Bard - Messing with the Masters
March 4, 4:15 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Perry BardPerry Bard is an artist who has exhibited video and installations internationally. Some of the site-specific public video installations she has created are for the Staten Island Ferry Terminal Building in New York and for Market Square in Middlesbrough UK. Her work is featured in Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age by Margot Lovejoy, and has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Lapiz, Springerin, and The New Art Examiner.

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Pitzer Archives Open House and Interactive Timeline
March 5, Marquis Library, Mead Hall
Join us for this open house and see the new space in the Marquis Library for the Pitzer College Archives.

timeline-thumnailPitzer College has never had a formal space for documents, photos, recordings and other ephemera. There is now a physical home for these items and the ongoing task of collecting, cataloging and organizing them has begun.

A digital, interactive timeline will be available on the new Pitzer College Archives webpage. The timeline will feature Pitzer’s milestones, along with interesting facts and events illustrated with digitized photographs, publications, commencement announcements and many never-before-seen materials.celebrate-50-bug

MCSI Film & Technology Series - Technology Changes
Siva Vaidhyanathan - Cracking the Cryptopticon: Big Data and the Culture of Surveillance
March 11 - 4:15 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Siva VaidhyanathanSiva Vaidhyanathan is a cultural historian and media scholar, and is currently the Robertson Professor in Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He is a frequent contributor on media and cultural issues in various periodicals including the Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and, and he maintains a blog, He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, to MSNBC.COM, and other media.

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HOUSE: a reading
Featuring Tom Healy,
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Featuring Tom Healy, J.William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Chair with Pitzer Professors Brent Armendinger and Andrea Scott, students Natalie Dunn ’14, Chris Leon ’14 and Katie Robinson ’14 and visiting artist Jaider Esbell

The President’s Residence
Thursday, March 13, 2014
6:00 p.m.

Come celebrate the opening of the President’s Residence to the Pitzer College community with an evening of poetry that explores themes of habitat, architecture and refuge.

Food and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to preferably by Monday, March 10.

Tom Healy is a writer, poet, and chairman of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He is the author of two books, Animal Spirits and What the Right Hand Knows, which was a finalist for the 2009 LA Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. His essays, poems and criticism have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. Healy is a professor at New York University and is a visiting professor at the New School.


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MCSI Film & Technology Series - Technology Changes
Exene Cervenka - Brave New World Order
March 25, 4:15 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Exene CervenkaExene Cervenka is a singer, artist and poet whose work traverses virtually every aspect of those disciplines. She is best known for her work as singer for the legendary punk band X, one of the leaders of the late-’70s/early-’80s California punk explosion. She has also issued solo albums, launched several side bands, and penned books.

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A Conversation with Professor Russ Ellis
March 26, 4:15 p.m., Benson Auditorium
Dr. Ellis, who taught at Pitzer from 1966-1969 and was the first black professor at The Claremont Colleges, will speak about Pitzer in the '60s and his experiences during the tumultuous period of the formation of the Black Student Union and the Center for Chicano Studies.

Russell EllisDr. Ellis was the first black professor at The Claremont Colleges. He taught at Pitzer from 1966–1969. After he left Pitzer, he went on to teach at Cal Berkley for more than 30 years where he taught, researched and innovated the intersection of architecture and sociology. Also while at Cal Berkley he started an oral history project called “Exploring Diversity and Access”s at the University of California where African American faculty and senior staff at UC Berkley were interviewed and asked to explore their experiences in higher education and the idea that higher education is one of the primary strategies for gaining social equality – access to employment and income – for historically disadvantaged communities.

Professor Ellis will be speaking about Pitzer in the ’60s and his experiences at The Claremont Colleges during the tumultuous period of the formation of the Black Student Union and the Center for Chicano Studies, as well as his experiences growing up in Los Angeles and his journey in higher education.

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Stephen and Sandra Glass Annual Humanities Lecture
March 27, Benson Auditorium


The Stephen and Sandra Glass Annual Humanities Lecture showcases leading international figures in the humanities, enriching the cultural life of The Claremont Colleges community. Past lecturers include author T.C. Boyle, historian Angus Johnston and author David Goldblatt. The Glass Annual Humanities Lecture is made possible through the generosity of Nancy Rose Bushnell ’69, and her husband, David Bushnell. Stephen L. Glass is one of the College’s founding faculty members and the John A. McCarthy Professor Emeritus of Classics.

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MCSI Film & Technology Series - Technology Changes
Freddy Negrete - An Original Style
April 1, 4:15 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Freddy NegreteFreddy Negrete is a tattoo legend known as one of the fathers of the Chicano style black and gray fineline tattooing. A Southern California resident, Freddy got into tattooing at an early age. He designed the tattoos for the movies Blade (1998) and Bound by Honor (1993) and has been consulted on a number of projects about tattoo culture.

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MCSI Film & Technology Series - Technology Changes
Rheim Alkadhi - Picture Elements from Subjects Recently Alive
April 8, 4:15 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Rheim AlkadhiRheim Alkadhi is a visual artist who operates in narrative and aesthetic fields by way of site-specific social intervention and by alternately investigating the qualities of solid matter. She grew up as a dual citizen of Iraq and the United States, and lived much of her life in the United States. She is currently based in Amman.

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MCSI Film & Technology Series - Technology Changes
Beth Coleman - X-Reality: Social Machines, “Smart” Subjects, and Experimental Mappings
April 15, 4:15 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Beth ColemanBeth Coleman is Assistant Professor of Writing and New Media in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and Comparative Media Studies and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is faculty director of the C3 game culture and mobile media initiative. Her fields of research interest include new media, contemporary aesthetics, electronic music, critical theory and literature, and race theory. Under the name M. Singe, she co-founded the SoundLab Cultural Alchemy project, established in 1995. Her book, Hello Avatar: From Virtual Worlds to X-Reality (MIT Press, 2010), is on virtual world design and the impact of networked identity.

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MCSI Film & Technology Series - Technology Changes
Petra Kuppers, Compton Foundation Visiting Fellow - Disability Culture: Experimental Social Practice
April 22, 4:15 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Petra KuppersPetra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and Professor of English, Women’s Studies, Art and Design and Theatre at the University of Michigan, and she also teaches on the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. Her books include Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge (Routledge, 2003), The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performance and Contemporary Art (Minnesota, 2007) and Community Performance: An Introduction (Routledge, 2007). Her most recent book, Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (Palgrave, 2011), which explores arts-based research methods, won the Biennial Sally Banes Prize by the American Society for Theatre Research. She leads The Olimpias, a performance research collective (

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Senior Thesis Exhibition
April 24-May 17

Graduating art majors exhibit their works in galleries across campus. More information to come.

40th Kohoutek Music and Arts Festival
April 25 & 26
This student-organized event is a true Pitzer tradition.

KohoutekThe iconic music and arts festival will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. Come listen to great music on The Mounds–a true Pitzer tradition.

More information to come.

Orange and White Ball
May 3
Join us for Pitzer's Big Birthday Bash!

orange-and-white-bugIt’s not formal, and it’s not normal — just Pitzer. Alumni, staff, faculty, students and friends are invited to a uniquely Pitzer celebration.

Enjoy gourmet food truck fare, live music, including the unique music stylings of MarchFourth Marching Band, signature Pitzertinis, photo booth fun, and much more.

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Alumni Weekend
May 2-4
Save the date for the biggest Alumni Reunion yet!

alumni-reunion-bugRelive memories, renew friendships and celebrate Pitzer’s 50th anniversary year! Some of the activities planned for the weekend include:

  • The dedication of West and East Halls and Campaign Announcement.alumni-group
  • Grooving at the Grove, hiking with President Trombley, having lunch with emeriti faculty and participating in an ideas exchange with the Pitzer Institute for Entrepreneurship (PIE).
  • The Pitzer Alumni Association Awards Presentation Ceremony

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50th Anniversary Commencement
May 17

commencement Pitzer will host a special 50th Annual Commencement to celebrate the Class of 2014 graduates.

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Past Events

Winter 2014

Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane
January 21-March 28, 2014, Nichols Gallery, Broad Center
This collaborative exhibit with the Pomona College Museum of Art includes drawings, video and documents by Los Angeles-based artist Andrea Bowers.


Collaboration between Pitzer College Art Galleries and Pomona College Museum of Art, Nichols Gallery and Pomona Museum of Art

The exhibition “#sweetjane” includes new work by Los Angeles-based artist Andrea Bowers that examines the notorious Steubenville, Ohio, high school rape case. In addition to a new series of drawings, “#sweetjane” comprises a video based on Bowers’s three trips to Steubenville that documents the protest surrounding the trial and activities of “hactivist” group Anonymous. Her return to Ohio to document the Steubenville case is a form of personal mapping of thirty years of violence against women.

The exhibition unfolds over two campuses and is the second collaborative project between the Pomona College Museum of Art and the Pitzer College Art Galleries.

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50th Anniversary Exhibition: Martin Durazo '90 - Sleep to Dream
January 21-May 17, Lenzner Family Art Gallery, Atherton Hall
Martin Durazo’s installation explores dorm-room aesthetics using a combination of his own personal objects merged with found and collected artifacts from Pitzer’s archive.


Alumnus Martin Durazo ’90 makes large-scale multimedia artworks, including painting, sculpture, found objects, video, sound components as well as performance and employs a variety of traditional and unconventional materials. His resulting installations combine elements of high-design “finish-fetish” minimalism with makeshift provisional structures. The work’s compelling narratives reflect our engagement with high and low culture and explores the influence of mass media on shaping the way we think and experience the world. Impactful and experiential, Durazo’s installations encourage us to question conventional values and expectations— driven by our media-saturated world—and by doing so, learn to think for ourselves. For Pitzer’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Durazo will select an object from Pitzer’s evolving archive to use as a starting point for a site-specific installation that will reflect on his experiences at Pitzer during the late ’80s and early ’90s.

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50th Anniversary Exhibition: Arthur Dubinsky: The Life and Times of Pitzer College
January 21-May 17, Founders Room, McConnell Center
Photographer Arthur Dubinsky documented the early days of Pitzer College. This exhibit focuses on specific themes that give a unique perspective of the College's early years.

dubinskyThis exhibition looks at the photographic work of Arthur Dubinsky, who documented the Pitzer College community and campus from 1964 until 1985. The photographs depict various aspects of college life and focus on specific themes including Governance, Campus Life, Construction, and Commencement, creating a rich visual history of Pitzer College. In addition, excerpts from interviews with students and faculty, conducted by founding faculty member Werner Warmbrunn, will be converted into digital files and available on iPods, providing a range of perspectives on life at Pitzer during a 20-year period.

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Student Voice Week
February 3-7

Student Voice Week
Monday, February 3, 4:15 p.m.
McConnell Living Room
“A Tradition of Student Voice” – Char Miller ’75

Join alumnus Char Miller for a presentation and discussion about Pitzer students and their community in the 1970s.

Tuesday, February 4, 4:15 p.m.
McConnell Living Room
“Share What Matters” – Student Organizer Workshop

Wednesday, February 5, 4:15 p.m.
Student Workers Posters – Posters Around Campus

Thursday, February 6, 4:15 p.m.
McConnell Living Room
Senate Town Hall

Friday, February 7, 2-5 p.m.
Mead Courtyard
Student Artwork Painting Party

Sponsored by Student Senate

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Munroe Center for Social Inquiry (MCSI) Spring Film & Technology Series - Technology Changes
February 4-April 22
MCSI's 2013-14 public event series examines Technology. The events are on Tuesdays at 4:15 in Benson Auditorium.


Each academic year, the Ruth and Lee Munroe Center for Social Inquiry continues the pursuit of interdisciplinary learning and public inquiry embodied by the lives and service of two of Pitzer’s most distinguished and beloved professors Robert “Lee” Munroe, research professor of anthropology, and the late Ruth Hagberg Munroe.

MCSI’s 2013-14 public event series examines Technology. One definition of “technology” might be “things people make and use to improve their experience and world.” From the wheel to the iPhone, some see the invention and use of technologies as forces towards human’s liberation or equality, while others understand technologies as reinforcing divisions in society. Does our understanding of who owns, builds, sells, and uses technology allow us to better understand how it shapes us as much as we shape it?

Alex Juhasz, professor of media studies, is the director of the MCSI series, now in its sixth year.

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MCSI Film & Technology Series - Technology Changes
Ricardo Dominguez - Activism: Borders, Codes and the Aesthetics of Disturbance
February 4, 4:15 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Ricardo DominguezRicardo Dominguez, Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at UC San Diego, Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group who developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. He is co-Director of Thing ( an ISP for artists and activists. One of his many projects was the co-creation of the “Transborder Immigrant Tool,” an app for crossing the Mexico/U.S border; it was the winner of the Transnational Communities Award this award funded by Cultural Contact, an Endowment for Culture Mexico – U.S. and handed out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

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MCSI Film & Technology Series - Technology Changes
Ramesh Srinivasan - Global Media and Power
February 11, 4:15 p.m., Benson Auditorium


Ramesh Srinivasan, Associate Professor at UCLA in Information Studies and Design-Media Arts, is a scholar of media and culture – studying the modes by which new media technologies shape and are shaped by social, cultural, economic, and political dynamics.

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Pitzer Society Valentine's Dinner (by invitation only)
February 14


A fun and festive evening on campus with President Laura Skandera Trombley and the Pitzer College Board of Trustees, including a live auction to raise funds to support student internships and undergraduate research.

The Pitzer Society recognizes individuals who give $1,963—a gift amount representing Pitzer College’s founding year—or more each year. Current members are listed online at

The Pitzer Society honors the family that founded the College. Their philanthropic commitment shaped Pitzer during its early years and continues to inspire trustees, alumni, parents and friends who are actively involved in the life of the College. Pitzer College faculty and students are grateful to every member of the Pitzer Society for their leadership, loyalty and support.

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Family Weekend
February 14-17
Four days and three nights add up to timeless memories for you and your family.

2014-family-weekend-bugJoin Pitzer parents, students, family and friends for faculty talks, campus walks, President Laura Skandera Trombley’s annual State of the College address, and much, much more. We will also be celebrating Pitzer’s 50th Anniversary year.

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MCSI Film & Technology Series - Technology Changes
Gabrielle Foreman - Slavery's Poetic Circuits: Artisan Technologies as Print Culture
February 18, 4:15 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Gabrielle ForemanGabrielle Foreman is an award-winning teacher, scholar and adviser in the fields of African American Studies and nineteenth-century literary history and culture. Foreman is the author of Activist Sentiments: Reading Black Women Writers. At University of Delaware, she is professor of Black American Studies, an associate with the Center for the Study of Diversity and the Ned B. Allen Professor of English.

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50th Anniversary Poetry and Story Cycle
February 21, 2 p.m., Grove House
Acclaimed alumni Amy Gerstler ’78 and Eli Hastings ’00 will read from their work.

Acclaimed alumni Amy Gerstler ’78 and Eli Hastings ’00 will read from their work during this literary celebration of Pitzer’s 50th Anniversary. Members of the Pitzer community will also be invited to share poetry and stories. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

The author of 13 books, Amy Gerstler is a poet and nonfiction writer. Her most recent book of poems, Dearest Creature, was a New York Times notable book and finalist for an LA Times Book Award and the Poets Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review and American Poetry Review. Gerstler is a professor of English at the University of California, Irvine.

Eli Hastings is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love. He holds an MFA in creative writing from UNC Wilmington and an MA in marriage and family therapy from Antioch University. A youth counselor and Pongo Teen Writing leader, he works for Writers in the Schools/Seattle Arts & Lectures as a resident artist at Franklin High School.celebrate-50-bug

Peter Harper '96 in Concert
February 21, 8 p.m., Benson Auditorium (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Get your complimentary tickets at the Office of Student Affairs

peter-harperPeter Harper ’96 will be giving a free concert in Benson Auditorium. Complimentary tickets are available in the Office of Student Affairs, Scott Hall 230 or at the Folk Music Center in downtown Claremont (maximum of four tickets per person). Funding for this event is from the Pitzer College Campus Life Committee and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.celebrate-50-bug

Summer 2013

Summer Welcome Reception for Students and Parents, Denver
August 4


New Pitzer families and their students in the are invited to join us this summer to celebrate the Pitzer College Class of 2017. Meet fellow new parents and students in the Denver area and learn more about your student’s first year at Pitzer. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

Hosted by Patty and David Powell P’15
Denver, CO
Sunday, August 4, 2-4 p.m.

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Summer Welcome Reception for Students & Parents, Washington, D.C.
August 7


New Pitzer families and their students in the are invited to join us this summer to celebrate the Pitzer College Class of 2017. Meet fellow new parents and students in the Washington, D.C. area and learn more about your student’s first year at Pitzer. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

Hosted by Allan and Darina McKelvie P’16
Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, August 7, 7-9 p.m.

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Summer Welcome Reception for Students & Parents, Chicago
August 11


New Pitzer families and their students in the are invited to join us this summer to celebrate the Pitzer College Class of 2017. Meet fellow new parents and students in the Chicago area and learn more about your student’s first year at Pitzer. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

Hosted by William and Alexandra Cole P’14
Wilmette, IL
Sunday, August 11, 1-3 p.m.

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Summer Welcome Reception for Students & Parents, Orange County, CA
August 11


New Pitzer families and their students in the are invited to join us this summer to celebrate the Pitzer College Class of 2017. Meet fellow new parents and students in Orange County and learn more about your student’s first year at Pitzer. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

Hosted by Roger and Ellen Kempler ’79, P’13
Laguna Beach, CA
Sunday, August 11, 2-4 p.m.

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Summer Welcome Reception for Students & Parents, Los Angeles
August 18, 3:30 p.m.

stamp-los_angelesNew Pitzer families and their students in the are invited to join us this summer to celebrate the Pitzer College Class of 2017. Meet fellow new parents and students in the Los Angeles area and learn more about your student’s first year at Pitzer. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

Hosted by Fred and Diane Van der Linde P’15
Altadena, CA
Sunday, August 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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Summer Road Trip
July & August


Join fellow alumni, parents, students, staff, faculty and friends this summer as we head out on a Pitzer Summer Road Trip starting in Boston at the Summer in the City Entertainment Series on July 11 and culminating in Los Angeles on August 16 at Jazz at LACMA. Bring a blanket and a picnic and be sure to wear your Pitzer orange!

For more information visit the Summer Road Trip website or check out the individual events below.

Thursday, July 11
The Summer in the City Entertainment Series
Boston Harbor Hotel
6 p.m. meet-up & event time
James Montgomery Band
RSVP here by July 4

Monday, July 15
Concerts in the Parks
Great Lawn, Central Park
7 p.m. meet-up time, 8 p.m. event time
New York Philharmonic
RSVP here by July 8

Sunday, July 21
Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
Cathedral Park, Main Stage
3 p.m. meet-up & event time
RSVP here by July 14

Sunday, July 21
San Francisco
Stern Grove Festival
Golden Gate Park
2 p.m. meet-up & event time
Red Baraat and Fanfare Ciocarlia
RSVP here by July 14

Monday, July 29
Concert in the Park
Memorial Park
7 p.m. meet-up & event time
The Ravelers – Classic Rock
RSVP here by July 22

Friday, August 2
Concert at the Mural
Mural Amphitheater at the Seattle Center
5:30 p.m. meet-up & event time
No Depression Night, JD McPherson
Rose Windows and River Giant
RSVP here by July 26

Sunday, August 4
City Park Jazz
The Pavilion at City Park
6 p.m. meet-up & event time
Henry Butler
RSVP here by July 28

Friday, August 9
Washington DC
Jazz in the Garden
National Gallery Sculpture Garden
5 p.m. event time & 6 p.m. meet-up time
Josh Bayer
RSVP here by August 2

Friday, August 16
Los Angeles
Jazz at LACMA
6 p.m. meet-up & event time
Luther Hughes & Cannonball/Coltrane Project
RSVP here by August 9

A Peak Experience: John Muir Trail Hike
July 20-August 16


In celebration of Pitzer’s 50th anniversary, two groups of Pitzer students, alumni and faculty will hike the John Muir Trail this summer. President Laura Skandera Trombley will be in the second group.

Group 1: from July 20-August 16, starting at Mono Meadow near Yosemite
Group 2: from July 25-August 16, starting at Red’s Meadow near Mammoth LakesThe first group will meet the second group at Red’s Meadow and will continue from there as a single group of 10 that will hike to the Mt. Whitney summit and portal.

From Mono Meadow the total trail mileage will be approximately 230 miles. From Red’s Meadow the total trail mileage will be approximately 160 miles.

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Fall 2013

New Parent Orientation
August 24

tile-2013_parent_orientationParents and family members are invited to be our special guests at the 2013 Parent Orientation. This event is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the College and engage with Pitzer faculty, staff and fellow parents. More information including registration and the schedule events is on the Parent Orientation website.

Fall 2013

New Class: The History of Pitzer College with Professor Stuart McConnell
September 6-December 6


Professor of History Stuart McConnell’s new course delves into the history of Pitzer on during the College’s anniversary year. Through guest presentations, interviews and research, students explore the history of a unique undergraduate institution from its founding in 1963 to its 50th anniversary in 2013-14. Students work with original documents housed in the on-campus Pitzer Archive and the Pitzer History Project at Honnold Library. Student research projects explore events such as the creation of the Kohoutek Music and Arts Festival, the establishment of the Grove House and the founding of 5C Black Studies. The class also examines the history of particular aspects of life at Pitzer, including the ideal of participatory governance, the evolution of the study abroad program and the changing nature of residential life.

September 19-December 5, Nichols and Kallick Galleries

Co-Curated by Renee Mussa and Ruti Talmor

September 19 – December 5, 2013
Nichols Gallery and The Kallick Family Gallery, Pitzer College Art Galleries
Opening Reception:
September 19, 6-8 p.m.


Curated by Renée Mussai and Ruti Talmor

Artists: John Akomfrah, Cheryl Dunye, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Lyle Ashton Harris, Zanele Muholi, Mwangi Hutter, Andrew Putter, Mickalene Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems

GLYPHS: ACTS OF INSCRIPTION builds on the premise that identities are constituted through acts of inscription—real or imagined—into the visual archives that constitute history, popular iconographies and artistic canons. GLYPHS probes the consequences of such acts on the poetic and political dimensions of representation, difference and visibility.

Working in photography, moving image and mixed media, the artists cannibalize and query such archives to create new image repertoires that point to the lacunae—the silences, absences, and erasures—contained within prevalent visual-historical renderings. These critical interventions challenge existing discourses, destabilizing the deeply ambiguous and often surreal taxonomies of “raced,” sexed and gendered representation.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the death of W.E.B. Du Bois, GLYPHS presents a slideshow projection of The Paris Albums 1900, a series of portraits originally commissioned by the renowned African American sociologist, activist and scholar’s groundbreaking American Negro Exhibit for the 1900 Paris World Exposition. Du Bois’ quintessential counter-archive is positioned in dialogue with those created by the contemporary artists in GLYPHS. The Paris Albums 1900 is presented in association with Autograph ABP, London.

The exhibition program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Pitzer College Art Galleries, the Pasadena Art Alliance, the Pitzer College Forum Fund, the Murray Pepper & Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series Endowed Fund and the Endowed Fund for Media Studies

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September 19-December 5, Lenzner Family Art Gallery

September 19 – December 5, 2013
Lenzner Family Art Gallery, Pitzer College Art Galleries
Opening Reception:
September 19, 6-8 p.m., Nichols Gallery, Broad Center

The documentary-performance-video installation On the Rocks, In the Land analyzes the role of the “tourist-observer” within contemporary “conflict zones,” and questions how a “tourist” perceives and experiences sites of historic and contemporary political significance. The project incorporates experiences of and around the peace lines of Belfast, the Berlin Wall, the stonewalls of New England, the US-Mexican border in Ciudad Juárez, the separation barrier in the West Bank and the Occupy Wall Street Movement. The exhibition explores the notion of “play” as a persistent and ethical form of resistance in relation to the physicality of a “wall” as defined by these specific locations. Meanwhile, in investigating the intersection of place, politics and play in these sites, the project resists the assumption and further enforcement of a dominant narrative.

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Murray & Vicki Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture: Carrie Mae Weems
September 19, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Renowned photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems delivered the Murray Pepper & Vicki Reynolds Pepper Visiting Artist Lecture at Pitzer College on September 19, days before she was awarded a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award for her work that explores the subjects of black women, class, feminism and African-American history.

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September 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Broad Performance Space, Broad Center

Meet with Renée Mussai and Ruti Talmor, curators of GLYPHS: ACTS OF INSCRIPTION, and several of the artists for presentations, roundtable conversations and open discussions.

This event is part of GLYPHS: ACTS OF INSCRIPTION.

Film Screening and In Conversation with John Akomfrah
September 20, 5-7 p.m., George C.S. Benson Auditorium

“The Stuart Hall Project: Excerpts” (2012-13), moderated by Ruti Talmor.

Blending archival footage, home movies, Hall’s television appearances, and the music of Miles Davis, The Stuart Hall Project explores how a bright young Rhodes scholar from colonial Jamaica moved to the United Kingdom and became one of the world’s leading intellectuals, a founder of the New Left and of British cultural studies. Contextualizing Hall’s six decades’ worth of ever-evolving work and thought in major historical events, including the Cold War, postwar British youth culture, Thatcherism and multiculturalism, Akomfrah’s film, like Hall’s work, shows the inextricable links between biography and history.

This event is part of GLYPHS: ACTS OF INSCRIPTION.

Atherton Lecture: Lisa Nakamura
September 24, 4 p.m., Benson Auditorium

“When internet shaming crosses the lines: racial spectacle and memetic culture”

Lisa Nakamura is professor in the departments of American Cultures and Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Nakamura has been writing about digital media since 1994. Her book, Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet, discusses the visual cultures of the Internet and the type of information we seek online. She is interested in the emergence and immense popularity of racially themed websites that are created by, for and about people of color.

Part of the Munroe Center for Social Inquiry’s 2013-14 Film & Technology Series – “Technology Changes.”


Distinguished Alumna Lecture: Sandra D. Mitchell '73
September 26, 4:15-6 p.m., Avery 201


“Representation, Partiality and Pragmatism or, Why after 50 years are X-ray Crystallographers Still in Business”

Pitzer College’s 2013 Distinguished Alumna Sandra D. Mitchell ’73 is an influential scholar whose work has fundamentally changed the field of philosophy of science. The Department Chair and Professor of History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, Mitchell explores how contemporary science explains complexities in nature. In her Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Mitchell discussed Sir John Henry Kendrew’s prediction that there would be no need for experimental models of protein folding once the ab initio algorithms for predicting structure were refined. Mitchell described how two features of representation in general, and representing protein folding in particular, demand both pluralism and integration of alternative representations guided by pragmatic goals.

Visit by Chief Kebinatshwene Mosielele of Manyana, Botswana
September 29-October 5

Chief Kebinatshwene Mosielele of Manyana, Botswana—the village that has hosted students on the Pitzer in Botswana Program for 10 years—visited the Pitzer campus for the first time. Chief Mosielele is the traditional and cultural leader of the Bahurutshe tribe of about 10,000. He holds a diploma in agriculture from the University of Botswana and a BA in landscape architecture from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Pitzer community participated in a series of events that were held during Chief Mosielele’s visit. For photos, visit our Flickr pages.

Performance and Conversation with Danielle Adair
October 3, 2:45-4 p.m., West Hall Q120

This event is part of the art exhibition Emerging Artists Series #8 Danielle Adair, On the Rocks, In the Land.


Campus-to-Coast Bike Ride
October 5

Campus-to-Coast 50th Anniversary Bike Ride

More than 50 members of the Pitzer community rode from the campus to Seal Beach, an approximately 50-mile bicycle ride. All participants completed the ride, relaxed a while at the beach, and then were transported back to campus, tired and happy. Read more about the day’s activities.

Artwalk, Scott Hall Rededication, State of the College & Festival of Flavors
October 10, 2:30-5:45 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – Artwalk
An artwalk to view four new permanent art installations, starting in the Outback Preserve and ending at Scott Hall, began an afternoon of celebration on October 10.

3:15 p.m. – Scott Hall Rededication, Reception and Tour
Scott Hall, Pitzer first building, has undergone a significant renovation, completed earlier this year. A special rededication program was held in Scott Courtyard.

4 p.m. – State of the College, Benson Auditorium
President Laura Skandera Trombley gave her annual State of the College address in Benson Auditorium.

4:30-5:45 p.m. – Festival of Flavors
The celebration concluded with the Festival of Flavors on the Brant Clock Tower field, featuring Pitzer’s most popular eateries—the Grove House, McConnell Dining Hall and Shakedown Café—and live music by Mariachi Reyna.

Visit our Flickr pages for photos of the afternoon’s events.

Jaider Esbell Exhibit: Cattle in the Amazon: Despised Invaders to Prized Possessions?
October 10-November 27, Barbara Hinshaw Gallery, Grove House; McConnell Living Room

The exhibition presents paintings that reflect on indigenous and global discourses of nature, sustainability, and development in the Amazon. There is a particular concern with the cosmologies and historical experiences of the Macuxi Indians and other groups of Northern Brazil. Macuxi artist Jaider Esbell is spending the semester at Pitzer as a visiting professor.

The exhibition is funded by Art+Environment program, the Pitzer College Art Galleries, and the External Studies Department. Curated by Daniel Segal.


GLYPHS: ACTS OF INSCRIPTION Exhibition Walkthrough
November 6, 4 p.m., Nichols Gallery & Kallick Family Gallery

Walk through the GLYPHS: ACTS OF INSCRIPTION exhibition with co-curator Professor Ruti Talmor.


MCSI Event: Women, Pedagogy, and Technology at The Claremont Colleges
November 15, 2-3 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Part of the Munroe Center for Social Inquiry’s 2013-14 series Technology Changes, professors and administrators who will share a variety of projects and initiatives at The Claremont Colleges that focus upon innovative efforts to improve the education of girls, women, and under-represented populations in STEM fields and others that rely upon technology.

Participants include:

  • Representatives from Alex Juhasz’s FemTechNet Feminist MOOC project; Sharon Irish, University of Illinois and Radhika Gajjala, Bowling Green State University
  • Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College and Colleen Lewis, Zachary Dodds and Melissa O’Neill, professors at Harvey Mudd College
  • Audrey Bilger, Faculty Director of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, Claremont McKenna College
  • Muriel Poston, Dean of Faculty at Pitzer College
  • Jacqui Wernimont, Assistant Professor of English, Scripps College
  • Kebokile Dengu-Zvogbo, Associate Dean of International Programs at Pitzer College


Fulbright Scholarship Board Visit
November 17-19


Pitzer College welcomed the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board as the College hosted its quarterly fall meeting.

On Monday, November 18 a panel discussion on “Expanding Engagement Through the Fulbright Program: Where in the World Can Fulbright Take You?” was held in Benson Auditorium.

On Tuesday, November 19, Tom Healy, Chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and a poet, joined faculty members Todd Honma and Brent Armendinger in a poetry reading.

For hightlights and more information.