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Challenging Conversations

This series sponsors lectures that engage timely, difficult, and complex issues of the day.

  • October 18, 2021: Food Justice and Community Health with The Kitchenistas of National City (YouTube) featuring Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, Aureny Aranda, Patty Corona, and Sabrina Falquier Montgrain, MD
  • October 16, 2020: What Does an Abolitionist Asian American Politics Look Like? (YouTube) with DJ Kuttin Kandi, Phal Sok, and Rachel Kuo, moderated by K. Wayne Yang
  • May 28, 2020: Virtual Teach-In, Detention/Pandemic: The Crisis at the Otay Mesa Detention Center (YouTube) with Vanessa Ceceña, Monika Langarica and Cynthia Marlene Galaz
  • October 25, 2019: Film Screening of "Minding the Gap" and Discussion About Race, Mental Health, and Community with film subject Keire Johnson and Assistant Professor of Narrative Media in the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego, Erica Cho.
  • May 13, 2019: "We Gon' Be Alright" Race and Resegregation in Today's America with Jeff Chang. 
  • February 15, 2019: UniverCities: How Higher Education is Transforming Urban America with Professor Davarian Baldwin.
  • February 7, 2019: Race and Gentrification featuring the Art Exhibit "Reclaim! Remain! Rebuild! Posters on Affordable Housing, Gentrification & Resistance" with Professor Eric Avila, Georgette Gomez, Rizzhel Javier, Carolina Martinez
  • November 14, 2018: Beyond the Wall: The Aftermath of Deportation in Mexico with Otros Dreams en Accion.
  • April 17, 2018: "Fake News?: Post-Truth & the Politics of Authenticity since the Cold War" Listen to it here.
  • January 24, 2018: "North Korea in the Age of Trump" with Martin Hart-Landsberg and Hyun Lee.
  • November 6, 2017: "Against the Deportation Terror" with Rachel Buff.
  • October 5, 2017: "The Crisis of Commemoration: First Contacts in the Americas" with Ray Ashley, Frank Salazar and Kevin Terraciano.
  • May 18, 2017: "Challenging Conversations: City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and Rise of Human Caging" with Kelly Lytle Hernandez.
  • March 14, 2017: "The End of 'The End of History': Lessons of East European Totalitarianism for the Postmodern World" with Amelia Glaser, Patrick Hyder Patterson, Steven Seegel, Marci Shore, and Tim Snyder.
  • February 21, 2017: "From Japanese Internment to the Muslim Ban: History Forgotten and Remembered" with Wael Al-Delaimy, Simeon Man, Wendy Matsumura, and Michael Provence.
  • October 18, 2016: "Race & State Violence" with Jordan Camp and Gaye Johnson.