Monday Speaker Series

All events are held in Russell Center from 7 to 8 pm.

Spring 2015

Forum with Local Law EnforcementJanuary 26

Forum with Local Law Enforcement

Representatives of local law enforcement departments including Police Chief Ed Flint from the Atherton Police Department will participate in a forum hosted by three Menlo College student organizations: The Debate Club, the Black Student Union, and the Latino Society. The major topic will be racial profiling, and the perception by students that they are unfairly targeted.


Dr. Allyson Hobbs, Stanford UniversityFebruary 23

Dr. Allyson Hobbs, Stanford University

Dr. Allyson Hobbs is Assistant Professor of American History at Stanford University. In her forthcoming book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life (Harvard, Fall 2014), she argues that racial passing, the practice by which light-skinned African Americans deliberately choose to present themselves as white, opens a window onto the enduring problem of race in American society and onto the personal and intimate meanings of race and racial identity for African Americans.


Dr. Marcela García-Castañon, San Francisco State UniversityMarch 2

Dr. Marcela García-Castañon, San Francisco State University

Dr. Marcela García-Castañon is Assistant Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University. Her research agenda analyzes notions of membership and citizenship development within immigrant communities and their connection to political and civic engagement.


Dr. James Lai, Santa Clara UniversityApril 13

Dr. James Lai, Santa Clara University

Dr. James S. Lai is Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Ethnic Studies Department at Santa Clara University. His 2011 book, Asian American Political Action: Suburban Transformations, examines the demographic shifts and the rise of Asian American political incorporation in small to medium size suburbs throughout the continental United States.