Lytton Center for History and the Public Good

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

 First off, thank you all for your ongoing support of Lytton Center programming and activities at Ohlone. We have been amazed at the response to our events from our community and beyond. More than anything, we enjoyed watching our students engage with the incredible research and big ideas brought by our speakers. With that in mind, we’re truly excited to announce our schedule of programming for the spring semester:

  • To kick things off, during the week of February 22nd, we will host the very first Lytton Center Scholar in ResidenceDr. Maria Villasenor. Dr. Villasenor is an award-winning Professor of Chicanx/Latinx Studies and Faculty Associate in the Office of Inclusive Excellence at California State University, Monterey Bay. A noted expert in Chicanx/Latinx literature and culture as well as a nationally-recognized student advocate, Dr. Villasenor will visit and teach in Prof. Barbosa’s Chicanx literature course, mentor students in MEChA, and return on Tuesday, March 2 at 2pm to give a talk for our entire community about her research.


  • On Tuesday, April 6th at 2pm, we will welcome Dr. Imani Kai Johnson, Assistant Professor of Dance Studies at UC Riverside. An interdisciplinary scholar specializing in the African diaspora, global popular culture, and Hip Hop, Dr. Johnson will share her ethnographic research from her forthcoming book Dark Matter in Breaking Cyphers: Hip Hop in a Global Context, a work that examines the political, cultural, and spiritual nature of Hip Hop dance through a close examination of the ritual practice of cyphering in collaborative and competitive dance circles.
  • On Tuesday, April 20th at 2pm, we will host Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson, Dean of Student Services, Equity Programs, and Pathways at American River College. The author of several books dealing with the experiences of community college students, Dr. Johnson will share his research and speak on the topic “At the Intersections: Race, Religion & Sexuality Intertwined.”
  • On Thursday, April 29th at 2pm, the center will close out the calendar with a talk by Dr. Dustin Wright, Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Culture at CSUMB. Dr. Wright’s talk, titled “Protest Nation: The Anti-U.S. Base Struggle in Postwar Japan” will explore social and political movements opposed to the American military presence in Okinawa, helping to celebrate our inaugural semester of Ohlone’s new East Asian history course.
  • More information, including promotional materials and webinar links, will be sent out in advance of each individual event. We’re also looking forward to celebrating YOUR events and activities sponsored by the Lytton Center through our grants programs throughout the spring. We’re thrilled to support your pathbreaking work with students and can’t wait to see the impact of these activities and events on our community.