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Saint Mary's College Announces 2010 January Term Speaker Series

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Michael McAlpin
Director of Media Relations
(925) 631-4222 office
(925) 878-9535 cell
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What : The 2010 January Term Speaker Series at Saint Mary's College features four distinguished speakers throughout the month. The theme of the series, "What Next?" reflects the challenging perspectives the speakers have brought to the public square about complex issues such as racial identity, urban violence, career opportunities in a down economy and the future of South Asian cinema, politics and culture.

Award-winning filmmaker, artist and author of "Part Asian, 100% Hapa," Kip Fulbeck will headline the series and explores what's next for racial politics in the 21st century. The Speaker Series also includes Ise Lyfe, an Oakland-based spoken word artist and rising star in the conscious hip-hop movement, Julia Moulden, author of "We are the New Radicals: A Manifesto for Reinventing Yourself and Saving the World" and South Asian cultural critic, musician and cinema expert Robin Sukhadia. The Speaker Series is free and open to the public.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m. Ise Lyfe "What Next for Hip-Hop and Social Justice?"

Ise Lyfe is noted for signature hypnotic hip-hop beats and lyrics steeped in social justice and political consciousness. The Oakland-based artist suggests next steps for hip-hop in "Pistols and Prayers," a musical journey weaving the genre with African American spirituals, contemporary politics, folk traditions and classical music. In addition to hip-hop and spoken word performances, Lyfe is the founder of Lyfe Productives, an education firm that utilizes popular culture to provide alternative education for young people.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. Kip Fulbeck: "What Next for Identity in a Multicultural Society?"

Kip Fulbeck presents his provocative work "What are you? The Changing Face of America" to confront media imagery of Asian men, interracial dating patterns and icons of race and sex in the U.S and asks where "Hapas" – those of mixed Asian heritage – fit within the American black and white color dynamic that often ignores other multi-racial experiences and perspectives.

Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. Julia Moulden: "What Next for our Work and our World?"

Author of "We are the New Radicals: A Manifesto for Reinventing Yourself and Saving the World," Julia Moulden will offer practical advice for young job seekers during these recessionary times. Moulden says despite the rough economic times, tremendous opportunities exist for individuals to realize their full potential and argues that earning a living can become a means to give back to society, more than volunteering or philanthropy.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. Robin Sukhadia: "What Next for Global Cinema, Politics and Culture? - The Rise of Bollywood and South Asian Identity"

Classically trained tabla (north Indian drums) artist Robin Sukhadia will use Bollywood film clips, live performance and criticism as a means to understanding India's growing influence on global politics, music and culture. Sukhadia focuses on the relevance and success of "Slumdog Millionaire" as a guide to where Indian cinema and South Asian Identity are heading.

Where: Saint Mary's College of California, Soda Center Activity Center, 1928 St. Mary's Rd, Moraga, CA 94710

Background: January Term, or Jan Term for short, is an intensive four-week academic experience at Saint Mary's College where students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, explore new intellectual territory and take classes that embody the Lasallian tradition of social action. 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.