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Santa Monica College Kicks off Spring Global Connections Lecture Series  

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February 19, 2017 -- Santa Monica College's (SMC) Global Connections Lectures series -- which explores the effects, benefits, and drawbacks of globalization -- offers three presentations this spring starting this month.

The series -- sponsored by the SMC Associates (, SMC Office of Public Programs and SMC Global Council -- is held at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall 165 on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Boulevard. Seating is on a first-arrival basis.

The spring series kicks off February 23 with "Cleveland to Asia to Antarctica: Connecting the World Through Travel," a presentation by Dr. Kimberly James, the CEO of Green Goddess Travel and founder of the nonprofit Books&Wanderlust.

The professor, author and world traveler "will talk about her travels (often over the protests of her friends and family) to more than 60 countries on seven continents," event organizers said.

James will dispell many of the "myths" about travel, including that it is expensive and that it is dangerous for women to travel alone, organizers said.

The series continues April 20 when Tom Schnabel, host of KCRW's show "Rhythm Planet," discusses music from around the globe and "the ways in which it connects us all."

Schnabel "introduced World Music to public radio when he was the station’s first programming director, and was honored by the French government as a Chevalier de l’Arts et des Lettres," organizers said.

The spring series concludes May 11 with a screening of Arthur Dong's “Hollywood Chinese,” a chronicle of the history of Chinese and Chinese Americans in American feature films.

Dong -- whose films include “Forbidden City, USA” and “Coming Out Under Fire” -- will take audience questions after the screening. He has served as Distinguished Professor in Film at Loyola Marymount University.

The event is co-sponsored by the Urban Mediamakers West Club, SMC Communication & Media Departmen, and SMC Design Technology Department.

For more information, please call (310) 434-4100.

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