Monday, Oct. 25

9:50-10 am | Ahmanson 1000

Opening remarks by Dean Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

10.10-11.50 am| Ahmanson 1000

Skirting Authority: Early Women's Voices in the Catholic Tradition

Panel by LMU faculty/medievalists on art, thought, and (self-) representation of women in the Middle Ages.

Stephen Shepherd, chair, is the editor of three Norton Critical Editions and an Early English Text Society (Oxford) edition in medieval English literature.

1-3 pm | Macintosh 3999

Arpillera Workshop

Veronica De Negri, a former political prisoner from Chile, will give a talk on the Chilean women's art form, the arpillera, a kind of story-telling by sewing scenes on squares of cloth, often used as a means of protest or of bearing witness. She will then lead an arpillera-making workshop for students, faculty, and staff. Workshop Registration Required. Please email
Introduction by Professor Alicia Partnoy, Department of Languages and Literature.

Veronica De Negri survived disappearance, torture, and imprisonment in a concentration camp in Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship. Since then, she has been a human rights activist and has spoken about issues on every continent, leading arpillera workshops and creating moving educational experiences for students and teachers alike.

1.30-3 pm | Ahmanson 1000

"Autumn Gem: A Documentary on Modern China's First Feminist"

Film by Adam Tow and Rae Chang
Meet the "Chinese Joan of Arc," Qiu Jin (1875 - 1907). An accomplished writer, women's rights activist, and leader of a revolutionary army, Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. She was the first woman to lead an armed uprising against the corrupt Qing Dynasty, for which she was arrested and executed. She later emerged as a national heroine who redefined what it meant to be a woman in early 20th-century China.

Moderated by Professor Susan Barber and Professor Robin Wang

Rae Chang graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1994 with degrees in Art and Anthropology. Prior to filmmaking, she worked as a graphic designer at various Internet companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her fine art works include drawing, sculpture, performance, and video. Trained in Chinese martial arts (wushu), she performs with the dance company Facing East Dance and Music, focused on exploring the Asian female experience through modern dance.

Adam Tow graduated from Stanford University in 1997 with a degree in Symbolic Systems. A digital media and web producer, he runs his own technology consulting business. His corporate clients have included The Wall Street Journal,, Stanford University, Palm, and various startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a photographer, his subjects include weddings, corporate events, musicians, artists, politicians, and business professionals. He was the official photographer for the singer Vienna Teng's 2003 Tour and U.S. Congressman Jared Polis' 2008 Campaign


4-5 pm | Marymount Institute UH 3000

Afternoon Tea

Music by Kelly Kawar, former LMU student, and her trio.
"Reading Women Writing": English Graduate Students read from (and then discuss) favorite and/or famous passages from women authors.


7.30-9.00 pm | Ahmanson 1000

Performance/Lecture by Guerilla Girls

The Guerilla Girls are an internationally-known group of women artists who use gorilla masks to cloak their identities while performing and creating visual art which protests gender inequality, particularly in the art world.

"Their work is taught in art history classes, they are written about in doctoral dissertations... But that doesn't mean they've removed their masks or lost their bite.
-The New York Times
Q/A and reception to follow
Introduction by Professor Gail Wronsky, Department of English

Post-Graduate Volunteer/Service Information Dinner
St. Robert's Auditorium
Come explore various full-time service programs, all of which offer opportunities working on women's issues!
1st Seating 5-6:15pm
2nd Seating 7:15-8:30pm


Tuesday, October 26

9.25 - 10.50 am | Ahmanson 1000

Comfort Women: Trans-national Activism and Art

This panel will focus on activism surrounding the comfort women issue in Korea and in the United States. Scholars will discuss transnational activism and justice regarding comfort women as well as discuss artwork by comfort women.
Stella Oh, Department of Women's Studies, chair

Laura Hyun Yi Kang is Chair of the Department of Women's Studies at University of California, Irvine. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of knowledge production, feminist epistemologies, critical race studies, and cultural studies. She was the recipient of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Cultural Studies in 2003.

JongHwa Lee, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at LMU. A scholar of contemporary rhetorical theory, Dr. Lee has published articles on Japanese Military Sexual Slavery and was the chief organizer of the World Conference on Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in 2007.


10 - 12 noon | McIntosh UH 3999

Guerilla Girls Student Workshop

Members of the Guerilla Girls will conduct a workshop in art and activism for 25 LMU students.


1.35 - 3 pm | Ahmanson 1000

Women Artists of Ciudad Juarez

Evangelina Arce, poet and mother of one of the girls murdered in the femicide taking place in Ciudad Juarez, will read her work. There will be a panel discussion about how women are using art to draw attention to this atrocity.
Alicia Partnoy, Dept. of Modern Language and Literatures, chair
Evangelina Arce is a human rights activist, poet, and mother of Silvia Arce, one of the thousands of women victims of femicide in Latin America. Silvia disappeared in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in March 1998. Ms. Arce is active in Justicia Para Nuestras Hijas, and she was a founding member of Voces Sin Eco. She has presented her testimony at many international venues, including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS. Evangelina Arce's poetry has appeared in numerous human rights journals


4 - 5 pm | Marymount Institute UH 3000

Afternoon Tea: Women's Folk Music, performed by Ellen Geer and Melora Marshall

Geer and Marshall, traditional folk musicians and singer-songwriters who were taught to play music by Woody Guthrie, will perform folk songs as well as their own songs and discuss women's activism in the folk music tradition.

Ellen Geer is the artistic director of the Theatricum Botanicum, an outdoor amphitheater in Topanga Canyon, California, where she has both acted and directed in 50 productions. She is a visiting Associate Professor of Acting at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theatre, Film, and Television. Geer has played a major role in providing theatre education to school children in the Los Angeles area through several successful Theatricum sponsored programs.

Melora Marshall is a stage actress who has been a consistent and luminous presence on the Theatricum Botanicum stage in Topanga Canyon, California, for decades.


7.30 - 8.30 pm | Ahmanson 1000

Three Generations of Activist/Artist Women

(Alicia Partnoy, Raquel Partnoy, Ruth Irupe Sanabria)
International best-seller and acclaimed poet Alicia Partnoy was disappeared during the military dictatorship in Argentina in the 70s. Her mother, Raquel Partnoy, is a nationally and internationally recognized artist and activist whose series of paintings, "Surviving Genocide" has been exhibited at the Martin Luther King Library in Washington DC, among many other shows and honors. Her daughter, Ruth Irupe Sanabria is a poet whose first book, "The Strange House Testifies" received second place in the International Latino Book Awards 2010.


Wednesday, Oct. 27

11-11.50 am | Ahmanson 1000

LA Art Girls

The LA Art Girls are a group of women artists from Los Angeles who evolved from informal gatherings and studio visits, which started in 2004, as a mean of encouraging substantive discourse on contemporary art. The intentions of the LA Art Girls are to provide inspiration, support, dialogue and feedback to one another. The group strives to be a voluntary and non-hierarchical gathering of practices.
Ellina Kevorkian, chair

Nancy Buchanan began using video as a natural extension of performance and installation in the late 1970s. Her works, which are often socio-documentary with a wry sense of humor, have been exhibited and screened in the U.S., Europe, Korea, and Iraq. She also produces mixed-media work, drawings, and digital prints on paper and fabric. She is on the Film/Video faculty of California Institute of the Arts, where she has taught video since 1988. Buchanan was an original member of F Space Gallery in Orange County, and participated in various artist-run organizations such as Grandview I & II Galleries at The Los Angeles Woman's Building, later continuing her involvement with feminism and art through Double X.

Raised in Canada, Phyllis Green moved to California in 1978 to pursue graduate studies in art. She received an M.F.A. from U.C.L.A. in 1981, and began her professional career as an artist, teacher and curator in Los Angeles. Her practice integrates feminist politics and classic modernist themes. Trained as a ceramic artist, she produces mixed media sculpture and installations that include animation video. This work has been exhibited extensively in exhibitions nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of individual artist's fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and was among the first artists to be awarded a C.O.L.A. grant by the City of Los Angeles in 1996. She has lectured in colleges and universities around the world, and is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Art Department of Loyola Marymount University, and at the Roski School of Fine Arts at U.S.C. in Los Angeles.

Nancy Popp is a Los Angeles-based artist working a range of media, including performance, video, drawing and photography. Her projects investigate the body as a site and a material, along with the risk and vulnerability of serious play. Recent exhibitions include the Overflow at the Getty Research Institute, Untitled (Street Performances) at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, The Audacity of Desperation at Gallery PS122 in New York, Documental at Pilot Projekts in Dusseldorf, and Cheking Point at The Rex Cultural Center in Belgrade. She holds degrees from Art Center College of Design and the San Francisco Art Institute.

Marjan Vayghan was born to Azerbaijani parents in Tehran, Iran, 1984. In 1995, she emigrated to the United States and settled with her family in Los Angeles. She continues to live alternately between Tehran and Los Angeles. Her practice is informed by this context of movement and flexible citizenship across both geographical and cultural spaces, and the multiple realities these spaces engender. The impetus behind her creative practice is to bridge these diverse communities into a space of creativity and understanding. Building Bridges is a series of exchanges and performances that began in 2002. As she identifies with both cultures, the annual Building Bridges exhibitions and film festivals function as a site where issues of dislocation find reconciliation. She is able to create an alternative space that engenders community and belonging for herself and those who exist between cultures, borders, and sanctions.


1.35-3 pm | St. Robert's Auditorium

Performance of "THE NEED TO KNOW."

"The Need to Know" is a coming-of-age story, written and performed by Air Force veteran, April Fitzsimmons. Over the course of the play Fitzsimmons takes us on a journey from military intelligence analyst to anti-war activist.
Introduction by Professor Judith Royer, Department of Theater)

April Fitzsimmons is a writer/actor and an MFA Grad student at Antioch University. She enlisted in the Air Force at 17. She was an Intelligence Analyst during the Cold War and started working behind the scenes in film after she was honorably discharged. She is the author of Breaking & Entering: How to Land your First Job in Film Production. She has written and directed several short films and has appeared in commercials. She wrote The Need to Know after 9/11 and has been performing it for 8 years. She is a company member of the Actors' Gang and is currently performing in their newest play: Break the Whip, written and directed by Tim Robbins, through November 2010. She teaches creative writing and improv to veterans at the VA and to homeless women veterans.


4-5 pm | Marymount Institute UH 3000

Afternoon Tea

Students reading the writings of Afghani women.
Clinical Professor Sarah Maclay, Department of English, curator and host


7.30-8.30 pm | Ahmanson 1000

Performance by Jude Narita

Jude Narita (actor/writer) is best known for her award winning one-woman show, Coming Into Passion/Song For A Sansei, of which she was actor, writer and producer. PASSION ran a total of 24 months in Los Angeles, and was honored with a Drama-Logue Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award, a JIMMIE from AAPAA (Association of Asian Pacific American Artists), and a VESTA Award from the Women's Building of Los Angeles. Narita and PASSION were featured on the PBS Smithsonian episode Gender, which presented the works of five artists across the United States. Narita and PASSION were also chosen to represent American theater in the Mark Taper / USIA tour of Poland. In 2004, along with Lilly Tomlin and Linda Hopkins, Narita was awarded the 2004 Integrity Award from the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival. Narita was also won the "Best Actress" award in Method Fest 2003 for her work in the film Nisei Farmer. Narita was the first artist to perform for the Singapore Repertory Theatre's Inauguration Season. She also taught a writing/acting workshop to Singaporean women, culminating in an ensemble play, The Tiger On The Right/The Dragon On The Left - II. In Los Angeles, Narita has taught free acting/writing workshops to encourage other Asian American actresses to create their own original material. Narita has been awarded a City of Los Angeles Fellowship, eight grants from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept., one National and two California Civil Liberty Grants, a Recognition Award from University of Santa Barbara where she was a Raznick Distinguished Lecturer in the College of Letters and Science, a Brody Foundation grant, a Living History grant, and a Rockefeller from UCLA Asian American Studies. Narita is on the board of PAAWWW (Pacific Asian American Women Writers--West). Narita is proud to be executive producer of the highly acclaimed independent feature film, BANG starring her daughter Darling Narita, who was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

Introductions by Professor Stella Oh, Department of Women's Studies, and Curtiss Takada Rooks, Associate Dean, Bellarmine College


Thursday, October 28

9.25-10.40am | Ahmanson 1000

Women Who Teach Art for Social Change

Four Los Angeles women discuss how they use the knowledge and expertise of their art to change the lives of kids and, in turn, take steps to transform society.
Professor Chuck Rosenthal, Department of English, chair

Sherry Jason began studying ballet at the age of 4, and at the age of 11 she began teaching ballet to neighborhood children for fifty cents a class in her parent¹s garage. Even then, it was her firm belief that classes in the Arts should be provided free for those children whose parents could not afford to pay. Ms. Jason performed as a soloist with Ballet Concerto and has continued her teaching for over 50 years.

Graduating from UCLA with a BA in Psychology, she received her Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law. In l975, Ms. Jason was sworn in as a member of the State Bar of California in private ceremonies by the Honorable Consuelo Marshall (now a member of the Federal Bench). Ms. Jason joined the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office Juvenile Division in l977. It was there that she met her husband and partner of 33 years, Bob Jason. Describing herself as an "Attorney at Law/Ballerina at Heart," Sherry and Bob Jason created Ballet for Topanga in l979, and together produce The Topanga Nutcracker Ballet now in its 30th season. Through their experiences in the Juvenile Justice System, Sherry and Bob formulated a philosophy on the nature of delinquency, intervention and prevention.

In l983, the Jasons used all their savings and borrowed from friends and family to create the Downtown Dance Studio/L.A. Fringe Theatre to be the artistic home to our community¹s most impoverished children. City Hearts was created in l984 to provide FREE classes to Skid Row, inner city, and at-greatest-risk children. Now celebrating 25 years, City Hearts has provided quality Arts education to over 27,000 children.

As an advocate and instructor in the Arts arena for over 46 years, and as an attorney and defender of children's rights for over 30 years, Sherry Jason is uniquely qualified to create, direct and implement City Hearts' innovative programs of prevention.

Utilizing her extensive dance background, Ms. Jason choreographed a segment on Jane Seymour's "Medicine Woman" TV series and has been interviewed regarding City Hearts' award-winning programs by NBC Nightly News and featured on CBS, CNN and other local and international news programs including Oprah. City Hearts has been named to the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities and been honored by the Sesame Street Parents Magazine and the Children's Television Network as an inaugural recipient of the "Sunny Days Award." In 2008, Ms. Jason helped to write the Standards/Foundations for Dance Education for 3/4 Year Olds for the California Department of Education.

Keren Taylor, founder and Executive Director of WriteGirl, has been active as a community leader for more than 15 years. She has edited and designed dozens of anthologies and has served as publisher and editor of all of WriteGirl's award-winning books. Passionate about helping women and girls, Keren has conducted hundreds of creative writing workshops for youth and adults, and has led staff development workshops for the California Para-educators Conference, California School-age Consortium, California Department of Education, Los Angeles County Office of Education, LA's BEST and the New York Partnership for After School Education, among others. Keren has been selected to serve as a Community Champion and facilitator for the Annenberg Alchemy Program and is a popular speaker at conferences and book festivals nationwide including the Association of Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, BOOST Conference, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and Guiding Lights Festival. Keren is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the President's Volunteer Call to Service Award, Business & Professional Women's Community Woman of Achievement Award, Soroptomist International's Woman of Distinction Award, commendations from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and others.

Erin Cottrell is an award winning actress best known for her performance in Michael Landon Jr.'s, Love Comes Softly series as well as being the new Caroline Ingalls in Disney/ABC's Little House on the Prairie. She has had an extensive career in film and television including guest lead appearances on E.R., CSI:NY, Cold Case, Medium, NUMB3RS, Ed, and Stranger's With Candy, as well as reoccurring characters on All My Children and The Guiding Light. Her film credits include Legally Blonde 2, Love's Abiding Joy and Faith of My Father's, (the film based on John McCain's biography.) Most recently she was seen alongside Jason Alexander and Christopher Lloyd in the NBC mini-series, METEOR.

When Erin is not filming she is teaching. Since 2002 she has been a proud teacher for the nonprofit organization, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts. She has taught jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, Shakespeare, black and white photography and acting to the at risk youth of East LA and Oxnard, bringing the arts into vastly under-funded areas. Her love of teaching underprivileged youth stems from her work in London at the Young Vic Theatre, where she was a performance intern. There she had the opportunity to run a summer program with at risk high school students to create dramatic pieces about their lives in the city. She feels fortunate to be able to be directly involved in the lives of her students and to offer them a new kind of self-expression and sense of confidence that they would otherwise not be exposed to. The children that she has had the opportunity to work with have deeply touched her life and improved her understanding of the power of the arts more than she could have imagined.
Erin is also a member of The New Hollywood, an elite group of female performers focused on supporting women in the arts. Each year they raise and donate thousands of dollars to charities throughout the world supporting children in need and arts education.

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1.35-3 pm | Ahmanson 1000

Student You-tube Competition

Short digital films made by LMU students on the theme of "Imagining Equality" will be screened and prizes given.
Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.


4-5 pm | Marymount Institute UH 3000

Afternoon Tea: Women in Theater

A panel and conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Beth Henley; Ellen Geer, artistic director of the Theatricum Botanicum; Amy Madigan, actor; Velina Houston, playwright.

Beth Henley is an American dramatist and actress. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1981 for her play, Crimes of the Heart (1978).

Velina Hasu Houston has written over thirty plays, including fifteen commissions, internationally produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Old Globe Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Negro Ensemble Company, Smithsonian Institution, Whole Theatre (Olympia Dukakis, producer), Syracuse Stage, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, and others including in People's Republic of China, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia. She has been awarded fellowships from Japan Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation (twice), California Arts Council, and The Sidney F. Brody Foundation; as well as being honored by Sidney Poitier and American Film Institute and the Pinter Review Prize for Drama. Current projects include The DNA Trail, Silk Road Theatre Project in association with the Goodman Theatre; the world premiere of Calligraphy, Playwrights' Arena at LATC, November 2010; and the Japan premiere of Calling Aphrodite August 2011. Houston is Associate Dean of Faculty, Professor of Theatre, Resident Playwright, and creator and Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing, University of Southern California School of Theatre.

Amy Madigan


7.30-8.30 pm | Ahmanson 1000

Keynote address and reading by Carolyn Forche

Poet, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lamont Award, Forche was a journalist for Amnesty International in El Salvador and served as Beirut correspondent for NPR's "All Things Considered." Her books include Gathering the Tribe, The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness.

Forche will be introduced by Celeste Fremon, an award winning freelance journalist, and the author of G-Dog and the Homeboys and the upcoming, An American Family. She is the creator and editor of, a Senior Fellow for Social Justice/New Media at the Institute for Justice and Journalism, an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, and a Visiting Lecturer at UC Irvine where she teaches literary journalism as it relates to social justice.


Friday, October 29

10-11.50 am | Ahmanson 1000

Lifting Oppression as We Climb: Black Women Artists and Activism

Scholars who specialize in African cultures and history will discuss ways in which African women have used art to instigate social change.
Professor Cassandra Veney, Department of Political Science, chair

"Women Saving the World: One Reality at a Time"
Sherry Simpson-Dean is the executive director of the United Nations Pasadena/Foothills as well as a producer committed to civil liberties and human rights. Her latest film, Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, earned high esteem at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival achieving the dual distinction of the Audience Award and the Freedom of Expression Award in 2002.

"Dressed UP"
Marcia Kure, Nigerian painter, graduated with a B.A from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1994. Kure has attended art residency programs in Germany and the United States and has participated in many solo and group exhibitions. Kure's art was included in the Multichoice Africa "African Artists of the Future" calendar in 2002, and a body of her work depicting each year of Nigerian singer Fela's life was included in last year's Fela Project at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.

Nkiru Nzegwu, artist curator, and poet, is the current Chair of Africana Studies at Binghamton University. Dr. Nzegwu has introduced unique courses at Binghamton University such as Philosophy of Orisha Worship and Hip-Hop I and II. Among Dr. Nzegwu's areas of expertise are African aesthetics, philosophy, African feminist issues, and multicultural studies in art.


1-2.50 pm | Ahmanson 1000

Women in Hip Hop Panel

Evelyn McDonnell, chair
Angie Colette Beatty, a vegan/feminist/scholar/activist and social entrepreneur, has facilitated media literacy education and writing workshops at national conferences and youth facilities for more than a decade. She holds a BS in Psychology from Delaware State University (1997), and attained her PhD in Communication from the University of Michigan in 2005. Angie received both a Kramarae Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language & Gender and Foote Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan in 2006 for her work on power and Black women and girls' aggression in hip hop culture, and her work, "What Is This Gangstressism in Popular Culture?" appears in the anthology Next Wave Cultures: Feminism, Subcultures, Activism by Anita Harris (2008).

The (SIS)TEM is a collective of female emcees, producers, vocalist, and Djs, co-founded by Aceyalone and DVS 1, from the legendary Project Blowed in Los Angeles. DVS 1 created and hosted a hip hop show respectively named, "Female Perspective." Being a female emcee she saw that on the main stream, as well as the underground, women weren't getting their just due. She decided to organize an event showing off the ladies' talent. By the time she reached the second one the roster for performers doubled. This prompted the idea to create an album of all female emcees because apparently there was an untouched fan base out there for it. "We never knew there were so many hungry, motivated driven women all on the same grind". You can call it "the female Wu-Tang". The (SIS)TEM is about 7 Core Members (all solo artists) and a host of about 15-20 affiliates, all coming together to push one goal; For women to gain the respect they deserve on the mic. The (SIS)TEM came about during a time when Hip Hop is starving for feminine energy. These women are definitely filling the void with quality music.


4-5 pm | University Hall East Atrium

"Dust of Gold" - Performance by Elia Arce

Elia Arce is an internationally known Costa Rican artist and cultural activist who works in a wide variety of media, including performance, experimental theater, film/video, spoken word and installation.

Hosted by Ruben Martinez, Fletcher Jones Chair of Literature and Writing

"Dust of Gold" is an interactive installation project for Bellarmine Forum 2010 at Loyola Marymount University based on the "Alfombras de Aserrín" or street carpets of sawdust made for Easter in Guatemala, a tradition with roots solidly in Mayan culture dating back to long before the Spanish arrived. The colorful and fragrant use of carpets of pine needles, flowers and other natural elements has its beginnings in the Mayan custom of creating pathways for kings and priests to walk upon when entering ceremonial locations and for use in sacred spaces. A ritual performance art piece honoring the Tongva ("people of the earth") tribes that inhabited this region before the arrival of the Europeans, will take place the last evening of the forum. I am already consulting with Tongva leaders in order to make sure I am respectful of their ways.
"Dust of Gold" is the result of the fusion of traditional and contemporary art forms. This carpet welcomes the Golden Era, which starts at the end of the Mayan calendar in Dec. 2012. And symbolically envisions the coming together of the Mayan and Aztec nations for the future of the cosmos. The design that I have created is based on the Mayan calendar round made up of two cycles and the number 0. The outer ring represents 18 months of 20 days each and 1 month of 5 days, which equals 365 days. The inner golden ring represents 13 numbers that repeat themselves endlessly within a 20-day cycle, represented here by the outer golden ring. And the image at the center is the Mayan symbol for the number 0, which represents the "navel of the world" from where the sacred tree springs: the beginning of all things. This is where the final performance will most likely take place.

Reception 5-7 pm


5-7 pm | Thomas P. Kelly, Jr Student Art Gallery

"The Purpose of Being" - Opening Reception for the LA artists/activists and LMU collaborators

Curator Ronald Lopez from the 18th Street Arts Center and LMU Faculty Liaisons Jane Brucker and SaeRi Cho Dobson

The exhibition participants for The Purpose of Being at Loyola Marymount University include:

Selected LMU students led by Amitis Motevalli, Arzu Arda Kosar, Elana Mann + Vera Brunner-Sung, Jane Brucker, Kristin Ross Lauterbach + Christina Lee Storm, Ofunne Obiamiwe and SaeRi Cho Dobson.

The Purpose of Being, which will run simultaneously with Harmony Reverberates Optimism (HRO). The HRO exhibit will be held at Jaus Gallery (1943 S. Westgate Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025). Each exhibit focuses on women and their efforts to create social change through their art form. Both exhibits exercise social criticism at its highest form through, not only aesthetically pleasing work, but art that provokes dialogue and pushes boundaries; art that is active and penetrates society in such a way that it promotes itself fiercely and unapologetically. Artists involved push the limits and blur the line between activist and artist.

The two exhibits will coexist as a dialogue with one another. Harmony Reverberates Optimism was originally exhibited at McNish Gallery, Oxnard College and now becomes the precursor to its evolved counter part and "action" show, The Purpose of Being. The original exhibit will be shown in its entirety at Jaus gallery. The intention of The Purpose of Being takes the ideas from the Harmony show a step further as it becomes the "action" of Optimism. Each artist will "activate" selected students from Loyola Marymount University and collaborate on new social interventions that will lead to new discussions and art works exhibited during the Bellarmine Forum.


6 pm | Laband Art Gallery

Kim Abeles: Art and Activism

Artist's Gallery Walkthrough; Kim Abeles

LA artist Kim Abeles mines the urban environment with a great sense of curiosity. She incorporates both conventional and unorthodox media-from using smog particles to quilting with trash-to explore broad social topics. In her own artistic practice and community collaborations, she uses metaphors and humor to bring our attention to crucial issues such as pollution, gender roles, civil rights, and even traffic.

Abeles was born in Richmond Heights, Missouri in 1952. She received her BFA from Ohio University and her MFA from University of California, Irvine. The Smog Collector series brought her work to national and international attention in the art world, and mainstream sources such as Newsweek, National Public Radio, CBS Evening News, and The Wall Street Journal. She continues to exhibit internationally, including recent projects in Vietnam, Thailand, Czech Republic, England, and China. She represented the U.S. in both the Fotografie Biennale Rotterdam and the Cultural Centre of Berchem in Antwerp.

Reception 5-7 pm | Dunning Courtyard


7.30-8.30 pm | Murphy Recital Hall

Video installation and performances curated by Ellina Kevorkian

Ellina Kevorkian MFA, Claremont Graduate University. Kevorkian has had solo exhibitions in Los Angeles with the Mark Moore Gallery and Western Project. In 2007 Kevorkian was included in the Southern California Council of the National Museum of Women in the Arts-sponsored retrospective Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006. More recently, she was included in Girly Show: Pin-ups, Zines & the So-Called Third Wave and the forthcoming Separation Anxiety, both at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art. Her Black Lace Project can be seen at the Central Utah Art Center (CUAC) in fall 2010. Curatorial projects include Violet Against Women: Confronting Notions of the Feminine, an evening of performance art and video at Loyola Marymount College and re-: (un)historical documents, a group exhibition at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman College.


Additional Events

Sunday, October 24


8 pm | Sacred Heart Chapel

Evening Mass


October 25-31

"The Purpose of Being" - Art Exhibition by LA artists/activists and LMU collaborators

10-5 pm daily | Thomas P. Kelly, Jr Student Art Gallery