Monday Speaker Series

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

Fall 2014

Ms. Alicia C. Aguirre, Redwood CitySeptember 15 – Constitution Day

Ms. Alicia C. Aguirre, Redwood City

Alicia C. Aguirre has served on the Redwood City Council since January 2005 and was the city’s first Latina Mayor. An active community member, she has served on numerous community boards in San Mateo County and the State of California and has received many awards for her service. Aguirre holds an M.A. from Eastern Michigan University and has done Doctoral studies in Social Anthropology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Dr. Gary M. Segura, Stanford University October 6

Dr. Gary M. Segura, Stanford University

Gary M. Segura is Professor of American Politics and Chair of Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies at Stanford University. He served as an expert witness in both landmark LGBT rights cases in 2013, Windsor v. US and Hollingsworth v. Perry, has testified in voting rights cases and LGBT civil rights cases, and has filed amicus curiae briefs on subjects as diverse as marriage equality and affirmative action.

Dr. Corey Fields, Stanford UniversityOctober 20

Dr. Corey Fields, Stanford University

Corey Fields is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford University. His current book project, “Black Elephants in the Living Room: Race and the Unexpected Politics of African-American Republicans,” uses the experiences of Black Republicans to explore the dynamic relationship between race and political behavior in contemporary U.S. politics.

John R. Till ’91, Paladin Law Group & Michael Harrison, SustainametricsNovember 17

John R. Till ’91, Paladin Law Group & Michael Harrison, Sustainametrics

John Till, founding and managing partner of Paladin Law Group, specializes in working with municipalities impacted by environmental contamination. He also counsels clients on mixed-use, green building, and other sustainable practices. Michael Harrison is a registered professional engineer and project manager with over 20 years of experience. His work is based on the principle that truly sustainable projects must make good business sense.



Spring 2015

Additional Spring speakers TBA

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.