Family Weekend Schedule

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Registration & Information Center
Living Room, McConnell Center
Pick up your nametag, complimentary tote bag and schedule of events. Shop the Pitzer Store and enjoy your new Pitzer gear!
11–11:45 a.m. Sustainability Tour
Gold Student Health and Wellness Center
Experience our beautiful native landscape with Warren Biggins, Pitzer’s sustainability manager. Join him on an exploration to discover all of the sustainable resources and features we have on campus. Comfortable walking shoes suggested.
Noon Lunch with the Campus Community
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
See why Pitzer’s dining hall ranks among the best in the country.
Service is available until 1:30 p.m.
Noon–5 p.m. Pitzer College Art Galleries – Open House
Nichols Art Gallery, Broad Center
Visit the gallery to explore our latest exhibition.
1:30–4 p.m.


Afternoon Learning Series
Participate in the informative and interactive sessions of your choice. Hear staff and faculty speak on fascinating and groundbreaking topics. Locations TBD.

1:30–3 p.m.
Session 1A

Pitzer College Faculty Art Show and Discussion with Bill Anthes and Paul Faulstich ’79, P’15
Nichols Art Gallery, Broad Center
This exhibition focuses on the legacy of the Pitzer College Art Field Group and its dedication to progressive ideas around environmentalism and art.

2:15–3:30 p.m.
Session 2A

The Sullivan Lecture Series Presents Climate Change: The “La Madre” of Weather Systems
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
Dr. Juliet Christian-Smith’s lecture on climate change will challenge us to consider California’s current water management strategies and whether they make sense economically, environmentally and socially.

3–4 p.m.
Session 2B

Round Table Event: Career Exploration and Networking
Performance Space, Broad Center
Pitzer parents from a wide variety of industries and professions host a networking event for students who are interested in learning more about a specific field, practice or trade.

5 p.m. Dinner with the Campus Community
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Service is available until 7:30 p.m.
5–6 p.m. Pitzer Society Reception (by invitation only)
Multipurpose Room, Gold Student Health and Wellness Center
Pitzer Society* members and their students are invited to attend this special pre-dinner gathering with President Melvin L. Oliver, Suzanne Oliver, the Pitzer College Board of Trustees and faculty.
6–9 p.m. Pitzer Society Dinner and Auction (by invitation only)
Founders Room, McConnell Center
Hosted by President Melvin L. Oliver, Suzanne Oliver and the Pitzer College Board of Trustees, this annual event during Family Weekend recognizes members of the Pitzer Society.*The Pitzer Society is open to all donors who annually give $1,963—the founding year of Pitzer College—or more. Due to limited space, we cannot accommodate students at this dinner.
8–9 a.m. Rise and Shine: Meditation and Yoga

The Mounds
Start your day with some mindful stretching. Mats provided; limited space available; registration required. Closed—maximum capacity has been reached.
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Service is available until 10 a.m.
8:30 a.m.–6p.m. Registration & Information Center
Living Room, McConnell Center
Pick up your nametag, complimentary tote bag and updated schedule. Relax, rally your Pitzer spirit and shop the Pitzer Store.
10–10:50 a.m. Family Weekend Kickoff
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
This official kickoff event will include updates from the Parent Leadership Council and the announcement of the Parent Volunteer Service Award recipient, and one lucky winner will receive Pitzer swag. You won’t want to miss it!
11–11:50 a.m. Morning Learning Series: Core Values in Action
Participate in the informative and interactive session of your choice. Hear staff and faculty speak on fascinating and groundbreaking topics.  Locations TBD.

11–11:50 a.m.
Session 3A

The Marriage between Health and Wealth
Alicia Bonaparte, associate professor of sociology
How much money do I need to be healthy? This question never has an easy answer because being wealthy or poor doesn’t always mean that one’s health will be better or worse. This engaging and participatory session will discuss the ways in which health and wealth coalesce as social determinants of health and in what ways race, gender and education levels further complicate health outcomes.

11–11:50 a.m.
Session 3B

Perspectives on Mind & Brain Brian Keeley, professor of philosophy
Interest in—and the results of—neuroscience have been exploding in the years since President George H. W. Bush proclaimed the “Decade of the Brain” in 1990. One result of this growth is that neuroscience has begun to encroach on questions that once were the purview of the humanities: What is the nature of the self? Do we have free will? What is the ultimate basis of judgement, both moral and aesthetic? Neurophilosopher Brian Keeley will discuss a little of what neuroscience has to teach the humanities (and vice versa).

11–11:50 a.m.
Session 3C

Study Abroad for a Liberal Arts Education
Michael Ballagh, associate vice president for International Programs
This session will explore the variety and vitality of our international programs and the impact that they have on our students’ appreciation for global diversity. Michael Ballagh will discuss the unique philosophy and programs that have made Pitzer College a leader in global and intercultural education.

Noon Community Lunch with Parent Ambassadors
Join us for a great meal, fantastic conversation and wonderful company. Our Pitzer College parent ambassadors would like to welcome you “back home.”Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Service is available until 1:30 p.m.
1:30–4:20 p.m.


Afternoon Learning Series: Core Values in Action
Participate in the informative and interactive sessions of your choice. Hear staff and faculty speak on fascinating and groundbreaking topics. Locations TBD.

1:30 p.m.–2:20 p.m.
Session 4A

A College Career Action Plan: Career Exploration and Planning at Pitzer College
Brad Tharpe, director of Career Services
Though it may seem long, a student’s time at Pitzer goes by quickly. We want students to make the most of their time at Pitzer as they explore career options and prepare to pursue their chosen career. All students are unique; however, there is a general road map that can help guide them through this exciting (and often anxiety-producing) process. We will discuss the action plan and ways to tailor it to individual students.

1:30 p.m.–2:20 p.m.
Session 4B

Comparative Prison Education: Uganda and California
Andre Wakefield, professor of history
There are conclusions to be drawn about the US criminal justice system, but also about liberal arts education in the United States. Professor Wakefield will discuss his experiences teaching in the California prison system (CRC Norco) and the Luzira Upper Max Prison in Uganda.

1:30 p.m.–2:20 p.m.
Session 4C

America’s Immigration Dilemma
Adrian Pantoja, professor of political science and Chicano studies
President-elect Trump has promised to build a wall along the US-Mexico border as a strategy for resolving unauthorized immigration. This session will discuss his proposal, examine reasons why it may not resolve the issue and explore policy options that could manage the flow of unauthorized immigration to the United States.

2:30 p.m.–3:20 p.m.
Session 5A

LGBTQIA Student Life and Support at The Claremont Colleges
Al Forbes, interim director of the Queer Resource Center
Come find out more about the current campus climate for LGBTQIA students, the work of the Queer Resource Center of The Claremont Colleges and the Pitzer College and 7C-wide network of support.

2:30 p.m.–3:20 p.m.
Session 5B

Compliments of the Chef: Awesome Asian Appetizers
Marco Rios, executive chef of Bon Appétit at Pitzer College
Watch our executive chef create multiple Asian appetizers with simple changes in technique and style.

2:30 p.m.–3:20 p.m.
Session 5C

Exploring Keck Science and Beyond
Jenna Monroy, assistant professor of biology

3:30 p.m.–4:20 p.m.
Session 6A

What is Secular Studies?
Phil Zuckerman, professor of sociology and secular studies
There are more and more Americans walking away from religion. With this dramatic increase of non-religious people—both in the US and internationally—how might we study this growing secular portion of humanity? Professor Zuckerman, a well-known leader on the subject, will share his rich understanding of secular studies and information on this course of study at Pitzer College.

3:30 p.m.–4:20 p.m.
Session 6B

Let’s Talk Impact!
Tricia Morgan, associate director of the Community Engagement Center and Pitzer in Ontario
Come by for an intimate conversation regarding how we can be impactful in our community engagement and social responsibility/social justice work. The session will explore a very brief reading, invite discussion and present a panel of our student activist-scholars.

3:30 p.m.–4:20 p.m.
Session 6C

Icebergs and Assumptions: Unlearning Stereotypes
Josh Scacco, residence director
Nick Daily, assistant dean of Black Student Affairs
This workshop will allow participants to encounter the assumptions we make about people and encourage reflection and action to actively unlearn stereotypes and assumptions to make for a better and more connected community.

4:30–5 p.m. Without a Box
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
Enjoy the creativity of the 5-College improvisational and experimental performance group. Get ready to laugh!
5–5:45 p.m. The Parent Leadership Council Presents: A Conversation with President Melvin L. Oliver
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
6–6:30 p.m. Pitzer College Fashion Show | What a Waste: Political Trash
Gold Student Center, Multipurpose Room
Designer, seamstress and Pitzer College Mail Room Supervisor Kathleen Kile ’97 creates recycled fashion from hundreds of discarded political mail circulars that come through her office each day. Come see how she transforms political trash into sustainable works of art.
6:30–8:30 p.m. Family Weekend Celebration Dinner
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Families and students are invited to this celebration dinner. Wear your Pitzer orange!
8–9 a.m. Rise and Shine: Meditation and Yoga
The Mounds
Start your day with some mindful stretching. Mats provided; limited space available; registration required. Closed—maximum capacity has been reached.
9 a.m.–Noon Family and Friends Lounge
Living Room, McConnell Center
Last chance to shop the Pitzer Store!
9–10:30 a.m. Parent Leadership Council — Open Meeting
Founders Room, McConnell Center
The PLC serves as the official representative body for Pitzer parents. Come learn about this leadership board and how you can become more involved. This open meeting will discuss how the PLC interacts with the campus community.
10:30 a.m. Sunday Brunch
Dining Hall, McConnell Center
Service is available until 12:30 p.m.
 2–5 p.m. Art Show Reception | Featuring artwork by Pitzer Parent Rifka Milder P’17
Hinshaw Gallery, Grove House

Pitzer parent Rifka Milder P’17 is an accomplished artist who has exhibited her work in New York and internationally. While she typically produces large abstract oil paintings based on landscapes, she has created a new series of paintings and drawings on paper for this special showcase.
All Day Be a Pitzer Student for a Day!
Join your student for classes on Pitzer’s campus. A class schedule will be provided at registration.
10 a.m. – Noon Office Hours
Stop by Pitzer College administrative offices to meet the staff and get your questions answered about the services they provide.
• Office of Admission
• Office of College Advancement
• Office of Career Services
• Office of Financial Aid
• Office of Student Accounts
• Office of Student Affairs
• Office of Study Abroad and International Programs
• Office of the Dean of Faculty
• Office of the President
4–5 p.m. The Distinguished Scientist Endowed Lecture Series Presents Nalini Nadkarni, Professor of Biology, University of Utah
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
5–5:45 p.m. Reception
The Eugene and Marilyn Stein Atrium, Benson Auditorium
Enjoy light refreshments with our Distinguished Scientist Guest Speaker, Nalini Nadkarni.

* Schedule is Subject to Change

Page last updated on February 27, 2017