Saint Mary's 2011 "Jan Term" Speaker Series Examines New Histories

MORAGA, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2010) - Saint Mary's College of California announces the 2011 January Term Speaker Series, including featured guest lecturer Robert Reich. With the theme of "New Histories: Reliving, Rethinking, Remaking," the upcoming January Term Speaker Series -which is free and open to the public- invites reflection on today's news, political events and economic times through the prism of re-examined history.

A noted economist, secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton, distinguished UC Berkely professor and author of thirteen books, including his most recent "Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future," Reich will present a timely lecture entitled "Why the Economy Is Still So Bad, and Why Our Politics Is So Angry."

The series also features three other distinguished speakers, including social commentator and satirist damali ayo, author of "How to Rent a Negro" and "Obamamistan;" Christian activist Shane Claiborne, author of "The Irresistible Revolution" and founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia; and Nikki Silva, one of National Public Radio's Kitchen Sisters and a creator of the Peabody Award winning "Lost & Found Sound" segments on All Things Considered.

The Speaker Series is an annual staple of the College's intense month-long "Jan Term," when students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, explore new intellectual territory and take classes that often embody the Lasallian tradition of social action.

Cost: Free and open to the public.* Advanced tickets required for Robert Reich on January 25, 2011.

Where: Soda Center, Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 St. Mary's Road, 94556

When: Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
damali ayo: Creative Rethinking: Make Your History Now!

Artist, author, yoga teacher and leadership facilitator, damali ayo's books, lectures and workshops
take one of our culture's toughest topics-race and deals with it using humor as a device for
finding common ground. Her work has been featured in more than 100 publications, including the
Village Voice, Washington Post and

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
The Kitchen Sisters: Building Community Through Storytelling

Nikki Silva, one of the Kitchen Sisters, will share how she and collaborator, 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
productions, "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, Jan. 18, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
Shane Claiborne: Another World Is Possible

Author 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 a founding partner of
The Simple Way, a faith community in Philadelphia that helps create and connect radical faith
communities around the world.

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, 7-9 p.m. SOLD OUT
Robert Reich: Aftershock - Why the Economy Is Still So Bad and Why Our Politics Is So Angry

Robert 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 address why it's so difficult for
the nation to get out of the gravitational pull of the Great Recession and why American politics
has become 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."

Background: January Term, or Jan Term for short, is an intensive four-week academic experience at Saint Mary's College. A hallmark of the session is the Speaker Series, which brings provocative speakers from the worlds of art, politics, science and technology to the campus. During the day visiting speakers meet with several classes, engage in lively roundtable discussions with students and present their ideas to the entire community at a free public lecture in the evening.


Michael McAlpin
Director of Media Relations
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