Wednesday, September 9th, 7pm, Rose Hills Theatre
The rise of the internet and last year’s global market free-fall were said to be harbingers of the “death of journalism,” yet both old and new media seem to be thriving at the 5Cs. Like a headache and a cup of coffee, TSL remains a Friday morning staple, and The Claremont Conservative has become a divisive campus sensation.
A student panel discussed the role of student publications on campus, the effect of new media on student journalism, the state of journalism education at the 5Cs, bias in student media, standards of reporting, and school funding for student media. The panelists were Trevor Hunnicutt of The Student Life, Abhi Nemani of The CMC Forum, Charles Johnson of The Claremont Conservative and The Claremont Independent, and Stephanie Almeida of The Elephant Room. There were about 70 in attendance.
Tuesday, September 1st, 8pm, Wig Lounge
Jefferson Smith is the founder of Oregon’s “Bus Project,” a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to engaging young people in forward-thinking, community-focused politics. He was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2008 and currently represents House District 47. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and holds a political science degree from University of Oregon.
The ‘Bus Project’ is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization which engages young people in progressive politics and catalyzes action around progressive issues within Oregon. Volunteers go round households encouraging them to vote in political issues, organize forums for political discourse, and campaign on behalf of the Oregon community.
In five short years, the Bus Project has grown into national prominence, engaging thousands of volunteers and knocking on over 200,000 doors. In 2006 alone, the Bus registered over 20,000 new voters, increasing Oregon’s youth electorate by 6 percent.
Come hear this awesome guy speak on youth involvement in progressive politics and discourse this Tuesday! Snacks and drinks will be provided.
On April 14th in the Pomona College Women’s Union, Professors Gajwani and Broussard addressed the role the women play in international development programs. Among the questions addressed were why women are so critical to development agencies, and whether women are empowered or exploited by development initiatives.
On March 14th in Edmunds Ballroom, Dr. Aslan read from his newest work, “How to Win a Cosmic War,” and spoke on the intricate interplay between faith and politics in the Muslim world, presenting Islam as an ever-evolving faith and culture that is currently in the midst of a cataclysmic internal battle for reform and modernization. He argued that the current conflicts in the Middle East are not the result of a “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West, but rather the consequence of an “Islamic Reformation” occurring within the Muslim world, an internal struggle to define the future of this magnificent yet misunderstood faith and to harmonize its traditions and values with contemporary ideals of democracy and human rights. He also spoke on the War in Iraq and Afghanistan and US foreign policy in Muslim countries. An engaging Q&A followed his talk, and the evening ended with a book singing hosted by Huntley Bookstore.
On April 9th, Professors Susan McWilliams, Oona Eisenstadt, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick spoke to a capacity crowd in Rose Hills Theater on the political, theological, and philosophical questions Harry Potter raises. The panel discussion raised questions such as “What parallels can be drawn between Christianity and the Harry Potter narrative?” and “How is house elf enslavement explored in the novels?”. A variety of topics were raised during the question and answer section, including the theme of power and the role of women in the text.
Dr. Evaggelos Vallianatos, former EPA employee and specialist in global environmental politics led a discussion on March 9th in Frank Blue Room about how to reconcile our growing demand for food with the environmental concerns of GMOs, and the ethical implications of GMOs and organic foods. Students gathered for a catered meal in Frank Blue Room at lunch time.
A student-alumni dinner titled “Pomona Through the Years” was held on April 2nd in Frank Blue Room to discuss the structural and social changes Pomona has seen over time. Many of the alumni appreciated the opportunity to share their memories (some as far back as class of 1940!) with the students. The dialogue extended both ways – students were similarly eager to share many of the recent changes on Pomona’s campus and discuss their place in our college’s history. Many alumni expressed an interest in seeing this become a yearly event.
Within the microfinance community, a debate has emerged between those who call for the commercialization of microfinance and those who believe that the introduction of for-profit dollars into the market constitutes significant mission drift and damages the mission of microfinance institutions everywhere. To debate this controversial topic, the PSU hosted two leaders in the microfinance community on March 30th in Edmunds Ballroom. Elizabeth Funk, the CEO of Dignity Fund and co-founder of Unitus Investment Groups, a for-profit microfinance vehicle, argued in favor of commercialization while Sam Daley-Harris, the President of the Microcredit Summit Campaign and CEO of RESULTS Educational Fund, argued against it. Four debate questions were asked, followed by fifteen minutes of student question and answer.
On March 26th, 2009, Professor Tongun from Pitzer, who formerly lived in Sudan and studies the country extensively, and Professor Englebert, an expert in Africa, led the discussion in Wig Lounge on the ICC indictment and discussed the indictment’s implications on civilian safety, aid conditions, political stability, peacekeeping forces and other issues.
In a moot Supreme Court, the lawyers argued the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution of 1973. Kenn Starr is a former federal judge, solicitor general, and Dean of Pepperdine School of Law. Erwin Chemerinsky has argued a number of cases in front of the Supreme Court and is the founding dean of UC Irvine School of Law. Chemerinsky supported the resolution’s constitutionality, while Starr opposed it. The event drew 350 people to Edmunds Ballroom on March 5th.