World Cultures Program


Evaluation of Cultural Enrichment Through an Examination and Celebration of World Cultures

Chinese New Year Scholarship with VP Susan Topham
Chinese New Year Scholarship with VP Susan Topham

Sofia Laurein,
Co-Director: Elizabeth Meehan,
Program Assistant: Josh Gardner

We are located on the campus of
San Diego City College
1313 Park Blvd.
AH 102b
Phone: (619) 388-3552

Spring 2017 World Cultures

World Cultures Program Mission Statement

Started in the mid-‘80s with funds from the estate of Frank Curran, former mayor of San Diego, the program’s mission is to increase the understanding, appreciation, and celebration of global human diversity on the SDCC campus and in the world.The World Cultures Program exposes students, faculty, staff, and the community to a broad array of film, drama, literature, lectures, and music representative of the rich cultural diversity found around the globe and across people, groups, beliefs, traditions, customs, and the arts. It provides a forum for a rich medley of artists, musicians, singers, dancers, actors, writers, historians, spokespersons for numerous causes, athletes and educators representing diverse cultures each fall and spring semester.

Every year, the World Cultures Program sponsors some 30 events on campus, with an average annual attendance of more than 3,000. Co-Directors Sofia Laurein and Elizabeth Meehan make every effort to offer a broad spectrum of programming that adequately represents the needs and desires of the campus community. When possible, World Cultures also sponsors programs hosted by various departments to add to or illuminate the meaning of holidays, historic events, and specially designated months of the year, such as, Black History Month, Women History Month, Asian-Pacific American Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Disability Month, Native American Heritage Month and more.

Events come in a variety of formats, including lectures, documentaries, dramatic and dance performances, large and small multimedia presentations, exhibits, concerts, and debates. Presented free to the campus community, future spring events include:

  • Marilyn Chin, poet, Hard Love Province, and winner of the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Prize for Poetry, Tues., March 15, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MS-162

  • Scottie Madden, author of Getting Back to Me, a coming out story (and producer of reality TV’s “Dude, You’re Screwed”) | Thurs., March 17, 12:30 – 2 p.m., MS-162

  • “Illegible” Grace Jun- bkSOUL Dancers – Collaborative Project with Poetry, Music & Dance (a Social Justice Conference Performance) | Wed., March 23, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Black Box Theatre

  • Social Justice Conference | March 23-24, Corporate Education Center |

  • Bob Sly, “A Story of African Refugees” (documentary) with Walter Lam, Alliance for African Assistance | Thurs., April 7, MS-162

  • Chris Baron, Poet and Randall Hasson, Artist, The Baron Journals | Tue., April 19, MS-162

  • Almost, Maine, Performances | Fri-Sat 8 p.m. & Sun 2 p.m. April 15-24, Saville Theatre $10-15 cash

  • 11th Annual Student Project & Research Symposium | Thurs, April 21, Curran Plaza

  • Tom Hom – community leader, and author of Rabbit on a Bumpy Road: A Story of Courage and Endurance. Hom was the first minority San Diego City Council member and CA State Assembly Member, and helped create the Gaslamp Quarter, Qualcomm Stadium and Petco Park, Thurs., April 21, 12:50-2:10 p.m.

  • Flow: How did a Handful of Corporations Steal our Water (documentary) | Wed., April 27, 11:15 – 12:30, MS-162

  • Jelena Bodinet, “Europe’s Migration Dilemma” | Thurs., April 27, 11:15 – 12 :30
  • | Fri – Sat May 6-7, Saville Theatre $10 cash only

A few of the most highly attended World Culture events included SDCC alumnus Salvador Torres, Artist. Chicano Movement Art History; former SDCC coach Meb Keflezighi, 2014 Boston Marathon Winner: First American to win since 1983; Carlotta Walls LaNier, Little Rock Nine; Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, film Documented about illegal immigration; author Jimmy Santiago Baca and Rose Schindler, an 85-year old Holocaust Survivor. Other prominent guest lecturers included: Dr. Janet Zadina, Tulane University Educational Neuroscientist; Dr. Francisco Ayala, UC Irvine Biological Sciences; and Dr. Chalmers Johnson, UCSD Political Science.

To learn more about the World Cultures Program and events, visit