The purpose of the César E. Chávez Higher Education Speaker Series is to advance the social justice and cultural awareness agenda that César Chávez and others worked so hard to achieve. Each year, a forum of distinguished panelists is invited to provide an intellectual and thought-provoking opportunity for students, faculty, staff and communities to gain a greater understanding of the most complex issues to face our nation. It is in that spirit that we celebrate this legacy with our annual César E. Chávez Higher Education Speaker Series event.
Special Recognition and Sponsorship:
Associated Students of Sierra College
Supported by: César Chávez Foundation, Academic Senate, New Legacy Committee, Puente Program, Puente Club, Gender Equity Committee, Latino Leadership Council of Placer County, American Association of University Women, Puente Program, Puente Club, Spectrum Committee, Indigenous Peoples Club
Thursday, March 31, 2016
12:30-2:00pm, Dietrich Theatre
Welcome: Jennifer Kattman, Sociology Professor/Chair, New Legacy Committee
Opening Remarks: Reyes Ortega, Ph.D. Counselor/Professor of History
Moderated by: Matt Archer, Ph.D. Professor of Anthropology/Chair, Dept. of Anthropology
Dr. Matt Archer is an anthropology professor and chair of the Anthropology Department at Sierra College. Dr. Archer earned his doctorate in Sociocultural Anthropology and his master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from UCLA and his associate degree in Anthropology from Santa Rosa Junior College in California. Professor Archer teaches primarily cultural anthropology courses, but also teaches classes on globalization and linguistics as well as sex, gender and sexuality. Dr. Archer is an active member of the Sierra College community who serves on the Academic Senate, Gender Equity Committee, Honors Committee and is also a faculty advisor for the Native American Students Club as well as the facilitator of the Native American Student Equity Workgroup.
Professor Omar M. Dajani earned his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.
He joined Pacific McGeorge’s faculty in 2004.
Previously, he was based in the Palestinian Territories, where he served first as legal advisor to the Palestinian team in peace talks with Israel and, subsequently, as a political advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larsen.
Prior to working in the Middle East, he clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit and was a litigation associate at the Washington office of Sidley & Austin. He took a leave from his law firm in 1999 to join the Palestinian Negotiations Support Unit.
Omar Dajani is now an Assistant Professor of Law at McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific. He continues to travel frequently to Palestine. Currently, Dajani is working on two projects in Palestine, a USAID-funded effort to facilitate the access of Palestinian agricultural goods to the global market, and the Al-Mustaqbal Society to promote private business and an active civil society in Palestine. Professor Dajani has written extensively in the fields of international law and negotiations theory, focusing on the legal aspects of the conflict in the Middle East.
Rabbi Michael Lerner received a B.A. degree from Columbia University in 1964 after studying one year at Bristol University in England. In 1972 he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1977 he received a second Ph.D. in Clinical/Social Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. Lerner was elected president of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s national college organization, ATID from 1961-1962.
Lerner found himself involved in a leadership role in the student movements of the 1960s. His first political activity was to organize a demonstration against the government of West Germany, which at the time was considering legislation to give amnesty to Nazi leaders.
While at Berkeley, Lerner became a leader in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, Chair of the Free Student Union, and Chair from 1966-1968 of the Berkeley chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society.
Since 1986, Lerner’s major work has been as the editor of Tikkun magazine and he continues to be a prolific author.
In 2005 Rabbi Lerner received the Martin Luther King Jr. /Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award from Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia, largely for his role as a spokesperson for reconciliation and peace between Israel/Palestine, but also for his role as a leading opponent of the war in Iraq.
In 2006, Rabbi Lerner published The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right. This book become a national bestseller. Rabbi Lerner, was acknowledged as one of the most significant rabbis in America by Newsweek Magazine in 2007 and 2008.
His latest book, Embracing Israel/Palestine, was published by North Atlantic Books in 2012. Over the years Lerner has been a guest on many national and international television shows, including Larry King Live, CNN News, Meet the Press, Bill Moyers Journal, and more.
Videos are available on the Sierra College Office 365 video channel. Log in to Office 365, click on the Channels link, then Campus Events. There are four Cesar Chavez Speaker Series videos. Click on them to play.
Background: For a generation of Americans, César E. Chávez (1927-1993) was the voice of farmworkers and of the Mexican American people. Chávez earned this position through his role as founder and organizer of the United Farm Workers union, through his leadership in the Chicano Movement, and through his crucial role in politics. As a result of his efforts, the concerns of Mexican American and other Latino peoples in the United States were, for the first time, brought into the national political debate. (Botz, 2006).