SPRING 2017  Events

Climate, Sustainability, Indigeneity: Thursday, April 20th, 4:15-5:30 PM, McConnell Living Room, Pitzer College

Featuring: Bambi Tran (GRID Alternatives), Gretchen Hardison (LA Department of Water and Power), Malissa McKeith (Citizens United for Resources and the Environment), and Mati Waiya & Luhui Isha (Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation)

Sullivan Memorial Lecture: Friday, February 17, 2:15 PM-3:30 PM, Benson Audotorium, Pitzer College


“Climate Change: The La Madre of Weather Systems” featuring Dr. Juliet Christian Smith, Senior Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists




FALL 2016  Events

ej-fall-2016-tour-posterEnvironmental Justice Tour of Los Angeles

Saturday, October 22, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM, Departing from Pitzer College Admissions Office

Come join us for an environmental justice tour of Los Angeles with Communities for a Better Environment!

Air Quality in Southern California: Which Way Forward? (link to video)

Thursday, October 6, 4:00-6:30 PM, Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College

Please join us for a summit on two critically important air quality issues in Southern California:

The implications of the Porter Ranch gas leak for both local public health and the state’s AB 32 green house gas reduction goals and the roll back of air quality regulations by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and efforts by the California Air Resources Board to strengthen positions on public health and environmental justice.

Featured Speakers:
Honorable Senator Kevin de Leon, California Senate Pro Tem
Dr. Joseph Lyou, Clean Air Coalition and AQMD
Timothy O’Connor, Environmental Defense Fund
Nancy Martinez, Eastern Group Publications

SPRING 2016  Events

Environmental Justice Toxics Tour of Pomona

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Saturday, April 23, 8:45-11:45 AM, Departing from Pitzer College Admissions Office

Come join us for a toxic tour of Pomona, CA! We will be learning about environmental justice in Pomona with the organization, United Voices of Pomona for Environmental Justice, who will be leading the tour.

We will depart from the Pitzer College Office of Admissions. Transportation provided


Solar Energy for a Brighter Futuresolar

Thursday, April 21, 4:15-5:30PM, Broad Performance Space, Pitzer College

Come out and learn more about the opportunities and challenges for solar energy in the Golden State, featuring Bambi Tran, Regional Director of Grid Alternatives and Michelle Kinman, Clean Energy Advocate for Environment California!

“California, Climate Change, and the Path Post-Paris”

Tuesday, February 16, 7 PM, Hahn Building, Pomona College


Inaugural John D. Sullivan Memorial Lecture: “Groundwater in the Golden State”

Friday, February 12, 1:45-3PM, Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College

Walking Tour of Redford Conservancy Site

Friday, February 12, 3:15-4:15 PM, Leaving from Scott Hall Lobby, Pitzer College (Please wear closed toe shoes).

The Ocelots of Foothill Boulevard


Curated by Bill Anthes and Ciara Ennis
Pitzer College Art Galleries
January 23 – March 31, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 23, 3-5 p.m.

Environmental scientists have begun to refer to our current era as the anthropocene, a new geological epoch in which human activities have become the primary shapers of the earth’s environment and ecological systems, producing climate change, mass extinctions of non-human species and other significant transformations on a global scale. Whether these changes are reversible is uncertain.

On a smaller scale—such as we can observe in our neighborhoods, cities and local landscapes—anthropogenic change gives rise to surprising and unanticipated interactions among species. Mark Dion, Jessica Rath and Dana Sherwood explore these transformations and transactions in the shifting ecotomes—or contact zones between human and non-human worlds—in the multifaceted works included in The Ocelots of Foothill Boulevard.

Brownfield sites and other highly polluted zones, thought incapable of yielding anything at all, have become flourishing habitats for exotic or so-called “invasive” species. Vacant office building, dead shopping malls and decommissioned military installations have become host to new flora and fauna—they are emergent “second nature” habitats in which productive interconnected multi-species communities flourish. One such site exhibiting these unforeseen interactions is the ruin of a historic infirmary, located at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains in northeastern Los Angeles County. Built in the 1930s, it functioned for many years as a health facility for students of The Claremont Colleges. Ravaged by fires, earthquakes and other natural disasters, the infirmary was condemned and abandoned by the early 1970s. A recovering landscape, the building and the parcel of land in which it sits is today host to non-native grasses, Coast Live Oaks and a diverse community of biota—mammalian, avian, insect and amphibian—as well as researchers and students who have made their homes and laboratories in and around the shuttered building.

Taking the multi-species habitat of the infirmary as a reference point, Dion, Rath and Sherwood have excavated the shared non-human and human histories that have populated the area during the past 80 years. In addition to this local site, the artists have extended their forensic gaze to other “second nature” habitats of a terrestrial as well as an aquatic nature. Traversing time and temperate zones, these explorations, while acknowledging the deleterious effects of humans on earth, also signal the unintended value that habitat conversions and co-species habitations can have in the anthropocene.

The Ocelots of Foothill Boulevard is generously supported by art+environment, a four-year project at Pitzer College funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College.

FALL 2015  Events

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The Yes Men and Laura Nix are coming.Yes Men

The Yes Men Are Revolting, film screening

Tuesday October 6th, 11am Benson Auditorium

The Yes Men and Laura Nix, in person

Thursday October 8th, 11am Benson Auditorium

Notorius mischief-makers the Yes Men (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) are an activist duo known for their outrageous interventions at business events, on the internet, television, and in the streets. Armed with nothing but thrift store suits, the Yes Men impersonate big-time corporate evildoers in order to draw attention to their crimes against humanity and the environment, helping to raise awareness and build public pressure for change. These irreverent tactics (“identity correction”) have a proven track record of hijacking the public dialogue worldwide about the issues of the day – free trade, global capitalism, and now the end of a livable planet, and have called out such heavyweights as the World Trade Organization, Dow Chemical. Exxon Mobil, and Halliburton, as documented in previous award-winning films, The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix The World. Now, The Yes Men Are Revolting adds to their hit list some of the biggest climate criminals, hilariously targeting such planet-plundering entities as Shell Oil, Gazprom Oil, and the US Chamber of Commerce. As a result of their two decades of work, the Yes Men have discovered that tackling hard-boiled issues with huge dollops of laughter is a powerful tool for change, and now they want everyone to get involved in the fight

Laura Nix recently directed THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2014, and the Berlinale 2015. Previously she directed and produced the documentary THE LIGHT IN HER EYES about a Syrian Quran school for women that premiered at IDFA, and was broadcast on the series POV on PBS. Her other feature directing credits include the fiction feature THE POLITICS OF FUR, which played in over 70 festivals internationally, and won multiple awards including the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest, and the feature documentary WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT: THE STORY OF HEDWIG, for New Line Cinema. Her work has received support from the Bertha Foundation, BritDoc, Cal Humanities, COBO Fund, the Danish Film Institute, and the Sundance Documentary Fund. Based in Los Angeles, she’s currently developing a documentary feature about ballroom dancers in the suburban Chinese community of San Gabriel Valley, California.

This event is brought to you by The Intercollegiate Media Studies Visiting Artist Lecture Series at Pitzer College, the Pitzer First Year Seminar Program, The Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, and the Environmental Analysis Field Group.RRC_planningposter3


Update on the Conservancy Planning Process

Wednesday, September 30, 12-1PM and 5-6PM, Avery 201, Pitzer College


WALKING TOURS of Redford Conservancy propertytourposter

These tours are welcome all members of the Pitzer community who are curious about the Conservancy.  In addition, you will have an opportunity to provide feedback and ideas as we further develop the Conservancy’s programming.
Please wear closed toe shoes and a hat and bring water.
TOUR DATES & TIMES: Meet in Lobby of Scott Hall
Monday, September 14: 9:50-11:30 AM (Tour hosted by Dean of Faculty for Pitzer faculty only)
Monday, September 14: 3:30-5PM (Open to all members of Pitzer community)
Wednesday, September 16: 9:50-11:30 AM (Open to all member of Pitzer community)
Wednesday, September 16: 3:30-5PM (Open to all members of Pitzer community)
Right now, the site is not fully ADA accessible. If you wish to visit the site and need accommodations, please contact


September 182015  6:30 pm, Shanahan Center 1430, HMC Campus
Containment by Peter Galison and Robb Moss: A Documentary Screening on Nuclear Waste, Science, and Secrecycontainment-6-lo-res



Past Events (Spring 2015)