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Spring 2018 Arts and Lectures Series

All SRJC Arts & Lectures events are open to the public and free. Parking permits ($4/per day) are required for both Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses.

For more information about events see our calendar or call:

Santa Rosa Campus (707) 522-2627

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Monday, March 26, 12 noon – 1 pm

State of Homelessness in Sonoma County

Thursday, March 29, 12 noon – 1 pm

What If Women Built A College And EVERYbody Came?

Monday, April 2, 12 noon – 1 pm

Nonviolence and Human Destiny

Monday, April 9, 12 noon - 1 pm

White Like me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

Monday, April 23, 12 noon – 1 pm

Where Do We Go From Here?


State of Homelessness in Sonoma County   

image of Jennielynn Holmes, Director of Shelter and Housing for Catholic CharitiesImage of Council Member Tom Schwedhelm

Jennielynn Holmes &
Council Member Tom Schwedhelm

Join us for a meaningful discussion on homelessness and the collaborative approaches, resources, and best practices gleaned from other metro areas. We'll talk about the scope of work being applied in our area, specifically: (a) How to move from managing homelessness to solving homelessness; (b) What current programs are proving to be successful and how we can further invest in them; (c) How everyone can be a part of the solution.

Monday, March 26, 12 noon – 1 pm
Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall
Santa Rosa Campus-(video conferenced at Petaluma Mahoney 726)





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What If Women Built A College And EVERYbody Came?

Gaye LeBaron   

As the Santa Rosa Junior College campus and local communities reflect upon the College’s 100-year anniversary, various historical events and demographic trends serve as a meaningful backdrop. Acclaimed local historian and journalist, Gaye LeBaron, will provide an insightful historical overview of Sonoma County, shedding light on the role and legacy of Santa Rosa Junior College.

Thursday, March 29, 12 noon – 1 pm
Student Activity Center, Bertolini Student Center
Santa Rosa Campus

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Nonviolence and Human Destiny  

Michael Nagler

This will be a presentation of the “State of the Art” of nonviolence today, and its significance for the cultural, economic, and political shifts that are underway. We will consider Gandhi’s contributions to economic theory and social change, duly adjusted to modern conditions, and place special emphasis on the “paradigm shift” in science regarding the potential of human nature.

Monday, April 2, 12 noon – 1 pm
Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall
Santa Rosa Campus- (video conferenced at Petaluma Mahoney 726)





image of Tim Wise, author and activistWhite Like Me: Reflections on race from a Privileged Son

Tim Wise

Tim Wise is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, in which he offers a deeply personal take on whiteness, white privilege, and racism in America. Wise explains how white privilege damages not only people of color, but white people as well, in the process providing an accessible and powerful introduction to the social construction of racial identities.
Sponsored by the Dede and David Del Monte Lectureship Endowment

Monday, April 9, 12 noon – 1 pm
Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall
Santa Rosa Campus- (video conferenced at Petaluma Mahoney 726)




head shot of Peter Coyote, actor and authorWhere Do We Go From Here?   

Peter Coyote

Peter Coyote has been an actor in over 145 films and an author of two books and numerous articles. In 1966 he was a founder of The Diggers, an anarchist family famous for providing free food, free stores, free medical clinics and free crash pads. From 1975-83 he served as policy advisor to Governor Edmund Brown Jr., and as a member (and later Chairman) of the California Arts Council. He was credited with many of the policies and political strategies that raised the budget from 1 to 18 million dollars annually. He currently lives on a small farm with two dogs, 40 fruit trees, and is a fully transmitted Zen Buddhist priest.

Monday, April 23, 12 noon – 1 pm
Newman Auditorium, Emeritus Hall
Santa Rosa Campus- (video conferenced at Petaluma Mahoney 726)





Fall 2017 Arts and Lectures Series


The Limits of Humanly Knowable Mathematical Truth, Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems, and Artificial Intelligence 

Tim Melvin, PhD

 In 1931, Kurt Gödel published one of the most infamously not-famous-enough works in mathematics: his incompleteness theorems. In this talk we will explore the history behind his incompleteness theorems, and how he showed that truth and mathematical proof are not the same. We also explore how Gödel’s incompleteness theorems relate to artificial intelligence and the limits of humanly knowable mathematics.

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The Case for Live Theater in the Digital Entertainment World

Professor Wendy Wisely

Over 2000 years ago, eager audiences would fill amphitheaters to have their eyes and ears amazed by spectacle and music, their minds challenged with themes and language, and their hearts touched watching the struggles of characters. Today’s audiences, need only tap a button or run a finger along a touch screen to bring up endless entertainment and educational content; and all from the comfort of their private couch. How can live theatre compete with that? Should live theatre just take its final bow and limp away into nostalgic memory? Why do people still go to see and hear plays or musicals? What are today's audiences seeking?

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Los Angeles Times’ Sportswriter Broderick Turner

Broderick Turner

Los Angeles Times’ sportswriter Broderick Turner will present and offer a workshop session with student journalists. Turner delivers a powerful message of work ethic, professionalism, follow through, networking, media ethics and personal responsibility, a message that resonates deeply with students. The hour lecture presentation will be open to the community and the targeted hour-long workshop session will only be available to SRJC student journalists. There will also be a separate meet-and-greet available to students in the Umoja Program. (Due to local fires presentation was cancelled.)

Works of Literary Merit: A Paperweight and Shakespeare: Politics of Aesthetics in 1984

Karen Walker, PhD, English SRJC

While Orwell’s depiction of totalitarian power in 1984 has been much studied and discussed, little attention has been paid to the novel’s awareness of relationships between power and aesthetics. Dr. Karen Walker will bring that aspect of the novel to light––and raise questions about the role beauty plays in our own lives.

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How Was Donald Trump Elected?

Michael Hale, PhD

How was Donald Trump elected the 45th President of the United States? Was it the disgruntled white working class looking for a populist savior? Was it hatred of women and anti-feminist attitudes? Was it the death cries of white supremacy fearful of demographic change? Did the Democrats choose the wrong candidate in the primary? Or, do each of these singular causal analyses have limitations that obscure a clearer understanding of this election? Dr. Michael Hale will critically evaluate these common theories and provide his own analysis.

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Public Interest, Private Interests: Community Colleges in the Student Success Era

Terry Mulcaire

Terry Mulcaire will discuss two conflicting models of the community college. One sees the college as a public institution committed to the public interest. The second seeks to model public institutions after private sector models. In this model, notions of public interest and public good dwindle, or disappear. In the Student Success era, community colleges have been reformed to fit the private sector model. Mulcaire will discuss the problems and challenges associated with this change.

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Fascism: A Clinical Definition and Personal Testimony

Marco Giordano

Drawing upon personal experience and upbringing among Fascists and considerable grounding in political theory, Marco Giordano will present a workable and sufficient definition of Fascism for our times.

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Søren Kierkegaard vs. Silicon Valley

Mark Stapp, PhD

The philosopher Søren Kierkegaard critiqued what he saw as intellectual hubris among his Enlightenment contemporaries. He argued that human beings tend to forget that they are existing creatures rather than abstract intellects. Our own age shares some of the confidence and ambition at which Kierkegaard raised an eyebrow. Are the most fundamental human questions answerable by technology and Big Data analysis? Are much-publicized beliefs that death is “solvable” or in an impending technological singularity as reasonable as they might seem? This talk explores how Kierkegaard’s response to his own age remains relevant to ours. 

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