January Term Speakers to Offer Ideas on Rethinking, Remaking History

Saint Mary's College of California has announced the speakers for its annual January Term Speaker Series, which brings important cultural and intellectual leaders to campus to share their views on thought-provoking issues. This year's theme -- NEW HISTORIES: RELIVING, RETHINKING, REMAKING -- invites reflection, critical analysis ... and action. Each presentation asks, in its own way, "How might we capitalize on what we know to see the future in new and different ways?"

Don't miss these intriguing talks. All presentations are from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Soda Center. Here is the lineup of speakers:

Wednesday, January 5
Creative Rethinking: Make Your History Now!

damali ayo is an artist, author and leadership facilitator. She is a keen observer of culture and has a passion for helping people evolve in order to make the world a better place. Her books, lectures and workshops take one of our culture's toughest topics-race-and deal with it by using comedy. She is a yoga teacher and Reiki master and has spent many years working for social change. Her work has been featured in more than 100 publications, including the Village Voice, Washington Post and Salon.com.

Wednesday, January 12
Building Community Through Storytelling

Nikki Silva, one of the Kitchen Sisters, will share how she and her sister, Davia Nelson, remember, record and rethink situations. The Kitchen Sisters are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning NPR series "Hidden Kitchens" and two Peabody Award-winning NPR collaborations, "Lost & Found Sound" and "The Sonic Memorial Project." They create intimate, sound-rich documentaries and build community through storytelling. Their NPR series, "The Hidden World of Girls," explores the lives of girls and the women they become.

Tuesday, January 18
Another World Is Possible

Shane Claiborne focuses on how individuals and communities can live out their spirituality and asks his listeners to remake the world more justly. He has served alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta and has spent time in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team. He has written several books, including "The Irresistible Revolution," and he is the founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in Philadelphia that helps create and connect radical faith communities around the world.

This event is co-sponsored by January Term, CILSA, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Social Justice Coordinating Committee, Theology & Religious Studies Department, Mission & Ministry Center and Campus Activities Board.

Tuesday, January 25 This event is SOLD OUT
Aftershock: Why the Economy Is Still So Bad, and Why Our Politics Is So Angry

Robert B. Reich, the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and former U.S. secretary of labor, will explain why it's so difficult for us to get out of the gravitational pull of the Great Recession and why American politics is becoming angrier and more polarized. In his view, the two are related. Professor Reich's most recent book is the bestseller "Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future." He blogs at www.robertreich.org.

For more information, see Jan Term on the Web or contact Chris O'Steen at (925) 631-4771 or janterm@stmarys-edu.