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CALENDAR 9-day: Bunnies, comic books, concerts, free speech, Trump and more

Friday, March 16

CALLING CHOCOLATE BUNNIES Today is the last chance to donate chocolate Easter bunnies to La Verne-based nonprofit Sowing Seeds for Life. The charity hopes to collect 200 of the confections to hand out to needy children at its March 21 Easter pantry. Sowing Seeds for Life is located at 1350 Arrow Hwy., La Verne. More info is at sowingseedsforlife.org, (909) 293-7735, extension 232, or via email at frobertson@sowingseedsforlife.org.

‘GIMME SHELTER’ A new art show from Two Sisters Productions, “Gimme Shelter,” opens from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ginger Elliott Gallery at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The show continues tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 17

BIRD WALK WITH ME Does your family dig endothermic vertebrates? If so, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., has you covered with its free family bird walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Leading the walk is Chris Verma, from  Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring binoculars or bird guides. Reservations are required at rsabg.org/bird-walks, by phone at (909) 625-8767 or via email at info@rsabg.org.

CYMO KIDS CONCERT, BIRTHDAY BASH Claremont Young Musician’s Orchestra, conducted by Juan Felipe Molano, plays a free and open to the pubic 11 a.m. concert for children, and birthday celebration for Leonard Bernstein and Leroy Anderson,  at lovely Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The concert will also feature actors William Christian and Jeff Richards. Selections include the overture to “Candide” by Mr. Bernstein, and Mr. Anderson’s “Syncopated Clock,” “Fiddle Faddle,” “The Waltzing Cat,” and “The Typewriter,” performed by percussionist Ken McGrath. The concert is for children of all ages, and includes prizes for everyone. For information, go to cymo.org, call (909) 624-3614 or e-mail rjscymo@aol.com.

Sunday, March 18

COMIC BOOKS, COLLECTIBLES The Packing House, at 532 W. First St., Claremont, is the site of the monthly free comic book and collectibles show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event features comic book art demonstrations, comic books, collectibles, new and vintage comics, graphic novels and more. More info is available on the Facebook event page.

OPEN POETRY Claremont Village Green, at 630 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, hosts a free and open to the public poetry reading from 5 to 7 p.m. at its community building. Poets are invited to come early and sign up to read poetry or other creative work, or just come to listen. All types of poetry (or prose) are welcome. The Village Green readings happen on the third Sunday of every month. For information email mari_werner@yahoo.com.

Monday, March 19

‘CONCEPT POP’ PURVEYOR Scripps College’s Goudy Lecture series presents “Making the Intangible Tactile,” with Ganzeer, an Egyptian multidisciplinary maker of things he refers to as “Concept Pop,” in a free 4:15 p.m. talk at Hampton Room, Malott Commons, 345 E. Ninth St., Claremont. Concept Pop is a kind of cultural insurgency that can be seen in Ganzeer’s wide-ranging output, including installations, prints, paintings, videos, objects, guerrilla actions in public space, writing and comics. Art in America has referred to his practice as “New realism.” The Huffington Post placed him on a list of “25 street artists from around the world who are shaking up public art.” Sci-Fi Addicts also suggested that he may be one of “5 comic book writers who could continue Alan Moore’s legacy.” His current project is a sci-fi graphic novel titled The Solar Grid, which was awarded him a Global Thinker Award from Foreign Policy in 2016. This semester’s Frederic W. Goudy Lecture in Book Arts is sponsored by Scripps College Press and is made possible with the support of the Scripps College J. C. Harper Lecture Funds. More info is at (909) 607-4089.

FREE FEMINIST DOC PBS SoCal and Fairplex Pomona present a free 6:30 p.m. screening of Dolores, a documentary about Dolores Huerta, who led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant—and unheralded—feminist activists of the 20th century. The screening, at Finish Line Sports Grill, 2201 N. White Ave., Pomona, is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required at pbssocal.org

Tuesday, March 20

THE PROBLEM WITH FREE SPEECH The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Is the Problem of Freedom of Speech Soluble?” with Michael Zuckert. Freedom of speech, especially on campuses, is again a subject of intense discussion and debate. Complicating the discord, according to Mr. Zuckert, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, is that the accepted doctrines of free speech have undergone many transformations and several varieties of speech doctrine now coexist—and often conflict—each claiming allegiance to a distinctive conception of free speech. Mr. Zuckert will address the development of the different speech doctrines by considering political and philosophic reasons as well as the implications associated with the different versions of free speech doctrine. He is the Nancy R. Dreux Professor of Political Science at University of Notre Dame. His main scholarly work has been in the areas of early modern political philosophy, and constitutional law and history; he has written widely in these areas. His books include Natural Rights and the New Republicanism, The Natural Rights Republic, Launching Liberalism, and Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy. He is now completing a book titled A Nation so Conceived: Abraham Lincoln and the Problem of Democratic Sovereignty. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

TIMELY IMMIGRATION TALK Scripps Presents lecture series continues with author Reyna Grande in a free and open to the public talk from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Ms. Grande’s The Distance Between Us “is a powerful and revelatory look at immigration,” a press release read. “Summoning comparisons to writers Maya Angelou and Frank McCourt, the American Book Award-winning author offers an unflinching account of her family’s move from Mexico to Los Angeles in the early 1980s. With the future of DACA in question and immigration policy making headlines daily, Ms. Grande visits Scripps for a reading and conversation on an issue that is both deeply personal and political.” More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.

Pan-Hellenic Games Evaggelos Vallianatos will discuss how the Olympic games were the oldest pan-Hellenic athletic and religious celebration among the Greeks at the next meeting of the University Club. The lunch meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Padua Room of the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. The meeting fee of $20 includes a buffet lunch. Similar festivals took place in Delphi (Pythian games), the Isthmus of Corinth (Isthmian games), Nemea in Argolis, Peloponnesos (Nemean games), Athens (Panathenaian games) and Dodona, Epirus. However, the festivities in Olympia, Peloponnesos, dominated Greece for centuries. For information, visit universityclubofclaremont.org.

WHY TRUMP IS NOT THE PROBLEM Pomona College’s 2018 Ena Thompson Lecture, “Why Trump is Not the Problem,” takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rose Hills Theater, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Andrew Bacevich, 2018 Ena H. Thompson Distinguished Lecturer, will lead a discussion of the core ideas shaping US policies after the Cold War, with Trump’s election a response to the failure of those ideas. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-3395.

SCURRY OVER TO DRINKWARD Harvey Mudd College’s Annenberg Leadership and Management Speaker Series presents Tiffany Scurry in a free and open to the public talk from 7 to 8 p.m. at Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Ms. Scurry is vice president, legal and chief compliance officer at Western Digital. A dessert reception will follow the lecture. The lectures provide an engaging forum for senior executives to address pertinent leadership issues and to share their insights with the Harvey Mudd community. More info is at hmc.edu/annenberg or (909) 607-1818.

WOMEN IN?SOUTH?AFRICA BEFORE, AFTER APARTHEID Shelva Paulse, assistant dean of faculty, Pitzer College, will speak on “The Status of South African Women, before and after Apartheid” at the free and open to the public March meeting of the Pomona Valley Chapter of the United Nations Association. The program, honoring International Women’s Day, will begin at 7 p.m. at Pomona College’s Hahn Hall, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. Ms. Paulse’s research and teaching include cross-cultural psychology, underrepresented groups in higher education and child and family studies. Her work includes assisting undergraduate minority students toward doctoral programs. Light refreshments will be served. Information is available by calling (909) 625-9670, or via email at cmartin335@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 21

CHINA’S REFORM CONTRADICTIONS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Reform Contradictions Facing China’s New Leadership,” with guest speaker Yukon Huang. Drawing on his book, Cracking the China Conundrum—Why Conventional Economic Wisdom Is Wrong, Mr. Huang, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment, will highlight the reform challenges facing China’s new leadership. Mr. Huang was formerly the World Bank’s country director for China. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

Thursday, March 22

TALK: VIDEO GAMES AND ANCIENT PLACES Honnold/Mudd Library’s Claremont Discourse: Media Matters free and open to the public lecture series brings “Video Game Technology and the Interpretation of Ancient Places” to the Claremont University Consortium, 800 Dartmouth Ave., Claremont, from 4:15 to 6 p.m. “Archaeological sites are characteristically imbued with a multiplicity of meanings contingent on the speci?cities of the society, time, space and affordances of the representational medium through which these places are perceived,” a press release read. “Using the ancient settlement of Sirkap as a case study, Professor Daniel Michon will try to demonstrate that thinking about theories of space and place encourages us to experiment with various representational media. This experimentation can result in alternative interpretations of archaeological records as represented in John Hubert Marshall’s Taxila: An Illustrated Account of Archaeological Excavations Carried Out at Taxila under the Orders of the Government of India between the Years 1913 and 1934.” More info is at (909) 607-3303.

AMERICA’S TRIBAL UNIVERSITY FAILINGS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “The Rise and Fall of a Tribal Species: Why America and its Universities are Malfunctioning,” with guest speaker Jonathan Haidt. “The human mind is finely tuned for tribal conflict,” a press release read. “America’s founders knew this and designed a system that would reduce the damage done by factionalism. We had a great run. But now a variety of social, technological, and intellectual trends are amplifying our tribal tendencies, with alarming implications for the future.” Mr. Haidt, social psychologist at the New York University, will use moral psychology to analyze recent trends in politics, and in university life and recommend reforms that might help adapt our universities and our politics to an age of polarization and perpetual outrage. Mr. Haidt is a social psychologist whose research focuses on morality—its emotional foundations, cultural variations, and developmental course. He began his career studying the negative moral emotions, such as disgust, shame, and vengeance, but then moved on to the understudied positive moral emotions, such as admiration, awe, and moral elevation. He is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Mr. Haidt was named a “top 100 global thinker” in 2012 by Foreign Policy magazine, and one of the 65 “World Thinkers of 2013” by Prospect. He is the author of more than 90 academic articles and two books: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, and The New York Times bestseller The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. Professor Haidt’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the President’s Leadership Fund. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

BLACK LIVES MATTER COFOUNDER TO SPEAK A free and open to the public lecture, “Black Lives Matter: Opal Tometi in Conversation,” takes place from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. 10th St., Claremont. Launched in the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin to combat anti-black racism and harnessing the global power of social media, few social movements have galvanized the nation like #BlackLivesMatter. The movement’s New York-based Nigerian American cofounder, Opal Tometi, is also at the helm of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and has been recognized among Fortune magazine’s 50 Greatest Leaders. She visits Scripps to talk about her ongoing advocacy for racial justice and to reflect on what leadership means to her in the 21st century. More information is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.

DISCUSSION: MISUSE OF THE ‘MILITARY INSTRUMENT’ Pomona College’s 2018 Ena Thompson Lecture series continues with, “How War Became Normal,” from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rose Hills Theater, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Andrew Bacevich, 2018 Ena H. Thompson Distinguished Lecturer, provides an assessment of how misplaced confidence in US military might after the Cold War resulted in the egregious misuse of the military instrument. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-3395.

Friday, March 23

THE HIGH PRICE OF INNOVATIVE THERAPIES The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 11:45 a.m. lecture, “Innovation Dilemma: Access and Innovation in an age of Curative Therapies,” with guest speaker Amitabh Chandra. “Science discoveries along with generous incentives for producing new medical innovations have created a raft of high-priced therapies,” a press release read. “Their presence strains the ability of payers to provide access, especially when there has been little income growth for a large share of the population, and when tax-revenues are projected to fall substantially in coming decades. These pressures will be exacerbated as the world sees the first-wave of curative therapies for monogenic diseases like cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.” Mr. Chandra, professor of social policy and director of health policy research at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, will discuss these tradeoffs and offer polices to address them. He is the chair editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics. Mr. Chandra is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the first-prize recipient of the Upjohn Institute’s Dissertation Award, the Kenneth Arrow Award for best paper in health economics, and the Eugene Garfield Award for the impact of medical research. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeumcmc.edu.

CLAREMONT FLOWER SHOW The Claremont Garden Club and the Woman’s Club of Claremont present their second annual free and open to the public Claremont Flower Show from noon to 4 p.m. at 343 W. 12th St. The juried show continues tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To view rules and categories, obtain an entry form, or see photos of last year’s blue ribbon entries, go to at claremontgardenclub.org.

TWO VOICES WITH ELECTRONICS Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series continues today with “Music for Two Voices with Electronics.” The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., kicks off at 12:15 p.m. with performers Paul Berkolds, bass-baritone, and Jacqueline Bobak, mezzo-soprano. Sponsored by the departments of music at Pomona and Scripps Colleges. Doors open at noon, and food is not permitted in the auditorium. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps and the Pomona College Music Department. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

SCRIPPS’ SPRING CONCERT Claremont’s Scripps College Department of Music presents its free and open to the public 2018 Spring Concerts with Fonema Consort at 7:30 p.m. at Boone Recital Hall, Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. 10th St. On the program is music of Mesías Maiguashca and Mauricio Kagel and premieres of works by Tristan Arrelin and Anna-Louise Walton (Scripps ‘14), with David Cubek (Scripps/Joint Music), conductor. More information is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3266.

POMONA’S SOPRANOS Pomona College presents its Senior Voice Recital at 8 p.m. at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Sopranos Briana Grether and Sophie Wolbert will offer a senior recital with music by Barber, Berlioz, Fauré, Mozart and others. The performers will be joined by pianist Kyungmi Kim. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

Saturday, March 24

POMONA COLLEGE POWWOW Native American dancers and powwow drum groups will converge on Claremont today for the sixth annual Pomona College Powwow from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Hammer Throw Field/Pomona College Farm, 295 E. First St., Claremont. The event is free and open to the public, and a free dinner will be provided at 5 p.m. The intertribal gathering will celebrate Native American culture and honor traditions through music and dance. The master of ceremonies will be Michael Reifel of the San Carlos Apache Reservation. The northern host drum will be Wildhorse, and the southern host drum is Phil Hale and Company, who will provide powwow songs for the dancers throughout the day. Special dance and drum competitions will take place throughout the day. The Anahuacalmecac Danzantes Aztecas, Kim Marcus Bird Singers and the all women’s White Rose Singers of Sherman Indian School will also be participating. Some 20 Native American artisans will showcase traditional and contemporary styles of art, with hand-crafted examples of beadwork, pottery, quillwork and silversmithing available for purchase. Food will be available at the Wildhorse Café, serving “some of the tastiest Indian tacos this side of Albuquerque.” Los Angeles County has the highest population of American Indians of any county in the country, according to the 2010 US Census, with approximately 200,000 Native Americans. The Pomona College Powwow began in 2011 to honor the ancestors and the tribal homelands on which the college is located. Free parking will be provided at the parking structure on the corner of Columbia Avenue and First Street. For more information call (909) 706-5948 or email at pcpowwow2018@gmail.com.

DOUBLE FEATURE Claremont’s Scripps College Department of Music presents a free and open to the public 7:30 p.m. double bill at Garrison Theatre, Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. 10th St.: first, a faculty recital with Anne Harley and Stacey Fraser, sopranos; Brian Walsh, clarinet; Susan Ung, viola; and Nick Terry, percussion, of “Therigatha Inside Aura,” by Chinary Ung. It will be followed by a screening of The Missing Picture, and a conversation with the filmmaker, Rithy Panh, and composers Bosba Panh and Chinary Ung. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3266.

SENIOR RECITAL Pomona College presents a free and open to the public senior voice recital at 8 p.m. at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave. Seniors Lydia Saylor, soprano, and Mark Penrod, baritone, will join forces to present the music of Britten, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Saint-Saëns and Schuman. The duo will be joined by pianist Alex Woods. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.