Art & Lecture Series

​​​​​ SJCC  President's  Arts & Lectures  Series: spring 2017 

San Jose City College invites you to enjoy the wisdom, insights and talent of outstanding scholars and performers in our President's Arts & Lectures Program. Our events are usually held in the Technology Auditorium (T-415, 4th floor of the Technology Building), or the Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center Courtyard.  See Events section for details. ​​​​


Nature Speaks: Listening Together

​​​Deborah's exhibition is open for view through March 23, which features earth-toned ink illustrations from Deborah Kennedy's new book, Nature Speaks: Art and Poetry for the Earth, as well as other paintings and an eco installation, Changed Climate 2017. The artworks shown in Nature Speaks: Listening Together reveal the profound bond between ourselves and the larger natural world, inviting us to listen to the earth—to appreciate nature's grace, complexity, and vigor as we discover pathways for healing ourselves and the planet.​ FREE ADMISSION.

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Author & Educator: Tim Wise​

April 20, 12:00 pm - 1:30pm, SJCC Gymnasium
Tim Wise is the author of seven books and is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in The United States.
Please join us for a dynamic and timely talk on contemporary racial issues, followed by questions from the audience.
Click HERE for website and more info.


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Wonder Women!
The Untold Story of American Superheroines.

March 20, 12:15-1:45, Student Center - SC-204
This lively documentary traces the birth, evolution, and legacy of Wonder Woman. Click HERE for website.​


​​​Failure Is Impossible:
The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton​

March 30, 10:45-12:15, Student Center - SC-204
Retired SJCC English professor Marty Kendall narrates the life and times of the 19th-Century found​er of the Women’s Movement.
Click HERE​ for website.



The ASWAT ensemble​

April 18​, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, ​SJCC Technology Building - T415.
Come join us for an outstanding performance by the ASWAT Ensemble with 5 outstanding musicians.​​ ​Click HERE​ for website and more info.

ASWAT is the Bay Area’s Premier Arab Music Ensemble. True to Zawaya’s commitment to pluralism and inclusion, Aswat is a multi-ethnic and multi-racial music ensemble that reaches out to the diverse Bay Area community with folkloric, classical, and contemporary Arabic music.​ ​​The Aswat Ensemble performs contemporary, classical, and folk songs from the Arab world. The ensemble plays traditional musical instruments such as the qanun (trapezoidal zither), ‘oud (lute), nay (reed flute), Kaman (violin), riqq/daff (tambourine), tar and darbukkah/tablah (goblet drum).​



Poetry Festival in 5 Middle Eastern Languages​

April 20​​​, 6:30 pm - 7:3​0 pm, ​SJCC Student Center - SC-204.
Come join us for ​a​n Enchanting Evening of Poetry Festival in 5 Middle Eastern Languages, followed by English translation with 6 participants​​ 

Presenters: Roohi Vora, EVC; Shirin Nourmanesh, SJSU, former SJCC employee; Farideh Dada, SJCC; Salwa Ghamrawi, Author, San Jose; Doug Bailey, History Instructor, Los Altos High; Sami A, Ibrahim, SJCC. 

Refreshments will be provided.


The Middle East: Of Heritage, Interference and Resilience​

April 27​​​, 7:30 pm - 9:0​0 pm, ​General Education Building - GE121.
Please join us for ​a​ speech by Dr. G. Sharat Lin, former president of San Jose Peace and Justice Center. Topic: "The Middle East: Of Heritage, Interference and Resilience." Dr. Lin will address students in Dr. Gerry Grudzen's "Intro to Critical Thinking​." Click HERE​ for more info about San Jose Peace and Justice Center's Speaker.



Why the Stereotypes Persist

Why, despite significant efforts, have these stereotypes only increased rather than decreased in recent years? Sumbul Ali-Karamali, author of The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, the Media, and that Veil Thing, discusses the historical, psychological, and monetary reasons behind Islamophobia." 

Sumbul Ali-Karamali, JD, LLM (Islamic Law), Bronze Medal Winner of the 2009 Independent Publisher's Awards.  Author of The Muslim Next Door: The Qur'an, the Media, and that Veil Thing and Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam.



By performance artist Phil Darius Wallace

An exciting performance that takes the audience on a journey with the American legend and the father of our civil rights movement, Frederick Douglass, who was born a slave and ultimately found freedom in forgiveness.  

Wallace's portrayal captures Douglass' essence, his humor, outrage and charisma, bringing this Self Made Man alive like never before.​
Click HERE​ for a short video.​

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