Event Photos

Celebrating the cultures of Tahiti, Hawaii, Guam, and Samoa!
We had workshops on, Weaving, Fire knife dance technique, Drumming, and traditional dance!
Special thanks to Lindsay McNicol and Reva Tahiti productions.

 Learning about the histories of Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam! 
A Cambodian fashion show! 
Traditional Cambodian dances! 
Our annual Asia Heritage Day festival is always lots and lots of fun!

Maceo Montoya (center) with City College students and faculty

Click on the image above to watch Maceo Montoya reading an excerpt from "Letters to the Poet from His Brother."

Maceo Montoya is a renowned artist, writer, activist, and educator. His works include The Scoundrel and the Optimist (2010), The Deportation of Wopper Barraza (2014), You Must Fight Them: A Novella and Stories (2015), Letters to the Poet from His Brother (2013), and Chicano Movement for Beginners (2016). His paintings, drawings, and prints have been featured in exhibitions and publications throughout the country and around the world.

Montoya is an Associate Professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis where he teaches the Chicana/o Mural Workshop and Chicano Literature.


Watch a clip of Mr. Montoya's reading here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T49vccSbGtvHtdj0MvCEGqDljqaPO6Uq/view?usp=sharing

 Professors Rob Rubalcaba grace jun lead students on the dance floor: Graphing functions with their bodies and learning the rules of exponents through movement!

(from left to right)
Tina Medina from the Institute for Peace & Justice

Benita Page from the Tariq Khamisa Foundation

Juan Carlos Nieblas from the National Conflict Resolution Center

Jelena Bodinet, Peace Studies at City College

Acclaimed author and journalist Andrew Lam explored the story of human migration, with focus on the concentration of Vietnamese in California and the deepening ties between his homeland and home state: If Vietnamese people are changing the cultural landscape in California, Californians are also changing the cultural landscape in Vietnam. Recently Lam collaborated with Ken Burns on his documentary, The Vietnam War: A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (2017).

Mr. Lam's books include: Perfume Dreams (2005); East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres (2010); and Birds of Paradise Lost (2013).

National Human Trafficking Resource Center Tip Line (POLARIS) 888-373-7888
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) 800-THE-LOST
San Diego County District Attorney's website: https://www.sdcda.org/preventing/human-trafficking/index.html
Abolish Human Trafficking - A community resource of PLNU's Center for Justice & Reconciliation: abolishhumantrafficking.com

Soudhamini is a filmmaker and Fulbright Scholar at Chapman University, and a current faculty member at the Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Bengalore, India. Her film festival screenings include: The Oberhausen Film Festival, Cinema Du Reel, and FID Marseille. She has also officiated in film festival selection committees and international juries.

At this World Cultures event, Soudhamini presented It Rested (1988), which focuses on new directions in indigenous story-telling.

Ethan van Thillo, Executive Director / Founder – Media Arts Center San Diego

25th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival: http://2018.sdlatinofilm.com/
Volunteer for the Festival: http://2018.sdlatinofilm.com/volunteer/

This panel highlighted the work of African-American women activists from the past to the present, focusing on women in the Black radical Left movement of the 1940s, the Black Panthers of the 1960s and the Black Lives Matter movement today.
Professor Dayo Gore: http://www.ethnicstudies.ucsd.edu/people/faculty/gore1.html
Professor Roberta Alexander: https://www.sdcity.edu/About/Directory/Faculty/RobertaAlexander.aspx
Wilnisha "TRU7H" Sutton: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube: TRU7H

Pillars of the Community: https://www.potcsd.org/
Alliance San Diego: http://www.alliancesd.org/

Fall 2016

Bart Mendoza, Steve Thorn and The Amandas



WC Event April 28, 2016 Jelena Bodinet explaining through her personal experiences migrating through Europe to the United States and how it relates to our world issues today.

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WC Event April 21, 2016 Tom Hom, Political Legend. Rabbit on a Bumpy Road: A Story of Change and Endurance

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Chris Baron, Poet and Randall Hasson, Artist. The Baron Journals Tuesday April 19, 2016

Photo 1: Chris Baron and Randall Hasson photo, Photo 2: Randall Hasson journal photo, Photo 3: Ella DeCastro Baron, Chris Baron & Randall Hasson and journal
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Student, Chris Baron and Randall Hasson and journal

"Make It Home: A Story of Resettlement" Documentary, Thurs. April 7th

From left to right: Suma Massaley, Bob Sly, Hani Hussein and Elizabeth Meehan.
Suma Massaley, Bob Sly, Hani Hussein and Elizabeth Meehan

Hard Love Province Marilyn Chin, Winner of the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Prize for Poetry

From left to right - Chris Baron, Marilyn Chin & Hector Martinez.Marilyn Chin group photo with students.
Chris Baron, Marilyn Chin and Hector Martinez.Marilyn Chin with a group of San Diego City College students

Byron Motley (photographer) Embracing Cuba Wed. March 9, 2016

Byron Motley (photographer) Embracing Cuba Wed. March 9, 2016  

Sam Quinones World Cultures event Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic. Mon. March 7, 2016


Ernie McCray, Writer Deja Vu and Still Loving Life Tues. Feb 23, 2016


Celebrate Super Bowl 50 with SF 49er Super Bowl XVI Champion Dan Audick, Feb. 3


Dr. Margaret Wilkerson, biographer for Lorraine Hansberry (Playwright, A Raisin in the Sun)


FALL 2015

November 10, John Valadez: filmmaker, Peabody Award


November 3, Dr. Brian Hu: Artistic Director Pacific Arts Movement


October 8, Salvador Torres: Chicano Movement Art History


Sept. 28 David Lake State Builders’ Dilemma


Sept. 24 Dr. Tori Randall, Anthropologist


September 22, Blue Prints to Freedom: Ode to Bayard Rustin with Playwright, Michael Washington


September 22, Kris Kuntz: Poverty and Homelessness in San Diego

Kris Kuntz, Sociologist with Marc Stevenson, Father Joe’s Village and Jessielee Cooley, Alpha Project


Steve Thorn, Chuck Gunderson
Baja Bugs Beatles 50th Anniversary
 Beatles Groupie 50 yr, Reunion

Steve, Dave Scott, Chuck G., Liz, and Karen. Baja Bugs Beatles Cover Band.                

Spring 2015

February 26, 2015 Second Chances Panel: (left to right) Wilnisha Sutton, Hatungimana Didier, Lynnwood Taylor, Jr.,Beto Vasquez and Monisha Gordon April 9, 2015 Author, Jimmy Santiago Baca A Place to Stand with English 48 class.

Dr. Janet Zadina, Cognitive Neuroscientist "Brain Research and Learning" April 14, 2015  

May 7, 2015

Karen Lim and Coach Paul Greer with Meb Keflezighi, 2014 Boston Marathon Winner.   


February 10, 2014 - Black History Month
Lynwood Taylor Jr. Motivational Speaker.
 February 24, 2014 - Ethan Van Thillo, Executive Director Media Arts Center San Diego Latino Film Festival with Elva Salinas' Chicano Studies class.
March 6, 2014 Carlotta Walls LaNier signing her book, A Mighty Long Way My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
 March 3, 2014 Tom Larson, signing his book Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart Disease
Sept. 17, 2014 Constitution Week- Political Scientists Dr. Masahiro Omae, City College and Dr. Thomas Hayes, University of CONN "Economic Inequality in American Politics." Sept. 8, 2014 - World Cultures table at Gala. Karen Lim, Herald Kane, Candace Waltz and Elizabeth Meehan.
Hula Hooping, Shon Nelson Group Healing with Carlos Calderon Granados
Healing incense with Chopra Staff Janis Steiner and Kali Love Sept. 29, 2014 Sam Quinones, Author True Tales from Another Mexico
Sept. 9, 2014 Chopra Day photos courtesy of Miguel Cid Coach Dede Bodnar, Yoga

Oct. 23, 2014 Matt de la Pena, Author of "We Were Here" November 4, 2014 Brian Hu, Artist Director Pac-Arts Movement "Gender Bending in Asian Cinema"


Day of the Dead Event
November 2, 2010
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Azteca Dancer
Cinco de Mayo Event
May 5, 2010
Performers: Azteca Dancers
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  Culture Clash
February 24, 2010 - 11:15 a.m.
Saville Theatre
World Cultures Director Katie Rodda with Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza of Culture Clash, February 2010.
  Presentation: "Choices: The African American Experience";
Feb. 11, 2010
Nesha Savage (TRIO/Aspire), Elizabeth Meehan (WC), Dr. Paul Price (Soc. Prof.,Pasadena City College), & Karen Lim (WC). View larger

Previous years

Earth Day Photos
  "Japanese Americans in San Diego" book cover.
  2041 Voyage for Cleaner Energy
Earth Day Photos
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  Local Author, Professor Hasegawa Reveals History of Japanese in San Diego.
New book captures struggles and triumphs of the Japanese in historic photos. More here.
  2041 Voyage for Cleaner Energy, and students and faculty of City College on the 2041 tour. View Photos