People, Place, and Power: A Social Science Speaker Series

People, Place, and Power: A Social Science Speaker Series is a new project that explores emerging issues across the social sciences. The program of guest lectures provides a platform to engage the remarkable expertise and experiences of Bay Area academics, practitioners, activists, and community stakeholders in the space of Ohlone College. The series brings together diverse perspectives that consider a breadth of contemporary topics ranging from gangs, gender, and gentrification to nature and nationalism. We warmly encourage and invite students, faculty, administrators, staff, and community members to attend these talks, which are free-of-charge to attend and open to all! The events are hour-long presentations, including time for questions and discussion, and are held during select spring semester dates. The talks and topics are designed to target a wide audience and they offer accessible, provocative, and timely approaches to thinking about society and space, people and place.

Spring 2019 Schedule*

February 7: Alexis Madrigal, journalist and deputy editor of The Atlantic

  • Talk title: “The Plot Against West Oakland”
    • To view an archive of documents about the Bay Area focused on race and housing (and many of which appeared in Alexis’ talk), please visit

February 19: Joe Griffin, DRPH Candidate, Department of Public Health, UC-Berkeley

  • Talk title: “Healing Space: The Redevelopment of Elm Playlot in Richmond, CA”

February 28: Richard Walker, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, UC-Berkeley

  • Talk title: “Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

March 5: Anthony Landers, McNair Scholar, UC-Berkeley (and former Ohlone College student!)

  • Talk title: “Marked for Death: The Necropolitics of Gangs”

March 19: Camilla Hawthorne, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Inequality, Department of Sociology, UC-Santa Cruz

  • Talk title: "Made in Italy? Transnational Blackness, Ethnonationalism, and the Limits of Citizenship"

April 2: E.R. Ramzipoor, author of The Ventriloquists, (and former Ohlone College student!)

  • Talk title: "The Newspaper Archipelago: Using Underground Media to Reclaim Space Under Occupation"

April 18: John Young, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science, Stanford University

  • Talk title: “Freedom in the City”

May 2: Willow Lung-Amam, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies and Planning Program, University of Maryland, College Park

  • Talk title: “Trespassers?: Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia”

*Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date schedule information.


  • Location: Smith Center, Ohlone College, Fremont Campus
  • Time: 12:45 - 1:45 pm
  • Accessibility: ASL-interpreted

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Adam Levy, Associate Professor of Geography ( or Katherine Michel, Assistant Professor of Political Science (