Lytton Center for History and the Public Good

Welcome to the Lytton Center Calendar of Events! See below for our upcoming programs:


  • This Fall, we embarked on our first campus reading group, exploring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Anti-Racist. Over seventy Ohlone College staff, faculty, and administrators joined the program and received books from the Lytton Center this summer. We’re excited to begin hosting discussions about the book starting later this month with those who signed up to participate. 


flyer for Asian American History event

  • On Thursday, October 8th at 2pm, join us for our event “New Directions in Asian American History.” The center will welcome Dr. Chrissy Yee Lau, Assistant Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State University, Monterey Bay and Dr. Phuong Nguyen, Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Communications, California State University, Monterey Bay to talk about their path-breaking historical research. The goal of this panel is to help see how the study of Asian American history continues to change and grow in the twenty-first century, while giving our students access to exceptional scholars in the field. Register and join the event here:
  • On Monday, November 2nd at 2pm, we will host Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, the Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of Humanities in Medicine at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. One of the most exciting historians of her generation, Dr. Cooper Owens will give a talk on her award-winning book Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology, a remarkable work that has profoundly influenced the study of slavery in America. Dr. Cooper Owens has been featured on numerous events and stages throughout the United States, including most recently on ABC News talking about the historical roots of Black maternal mortality. This talk will be of particular interest to those studying the histories of slavery, race, science, and ethics in America as well as those interested in careers in health care, scientific research, and public policy. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Cooper Owens in advance of her talk, please visit her website. More information, including the Zoom link, will be shared in early October.
  • If you haven’t already, be sure to consider applying for our new student life grants program. The deadline for submissions is September 28, 2020.
  • We’re also looking forward to sharing more about events and activities sponsored by the Lytton Center through our grants programs throughout the fall, including work that will hopefully inspire our students in this challenging time. We’ll send out more announcements in the coming weeks with information on activities coming up later this term.