- During the week of February 22, 2021, we hosted our first Lytton Center Scholar in Residence, Dr. 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 visited and taught in Prof. Barbosa’s Chicanx literature course, mentored students in MEChA, and returned on March 2 to give a talk for our entire community about her research.
- On April 6, 2021, we hosted 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 shared 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 April 20, 2021, we hosted 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 shared his research and spoke on the topic “At the Intersections: Race, Religion & Sexuality Intertwined.”
- On April 29, 2021, we welcomed Dr. Dustin Wright, Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Culture at CSU Montery Bay. Dr. Wright explored social and political movements opposed to the American military presence in Okinawa, which helped to celebrate our inaugural semester of Ohlone’s East Asian history course.
- On October 8, 2020, we held our event “New Directions in Asian American History.” The center welcomed 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 was 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.
- On November 2, 2020, we hosted 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 gave 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 on ABC News talking about the historical roots of Black maternal mortality.
- On March 5, 2020, we kicked off the Lytton Center's programming with the inaugural Lytton Center Award for Equity and Social Change, an award that acknowledges the work of groups or individuals working toward social justice and equity by linking together past, present, and future. The Lytton Center presented Karen Korematsu with the award. At the award ceremony and speaking engagement, Karen Korematsu offered Ohlone students and community members the opportunity to hear the storied history of her father, Fred T. Korematsu, who resisted Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Karen Korematsu has used this story and legacy to carry on the work of her activist father to pursue advances in racial equity, social justice, and human rights. Read our press release for additional information.
- On May 5, 2020, we hosted the First Annual Lytton Center "Lecture on New Directions in the History of Gender and Sexuality." The panel included two of the most important voices in the history of queer identity and activism, Dr. Amanda Littauer (University of Northern Illinois) and Dr. David Reichard (California State University, Monterey Bay).