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November 16, 2017 -- The recent storm of controversy surrounding the sexual harassment of women in politics and entertainment is the focus of an ongoing forum at Santa Monica College (SMC).

SMC's Public Policy Institute (PPI) has titled this year’s community forum “Princesses, Ballerinas, and Warriors: The ‘Woman’ Question in American Culture.”

“Our forum will explore how art can shed light on important issues in our society and inspire engagement and advocacy leading to changes in public policies and laws,” said PPI co-director and SMC political science professor Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein.

The next presentation, which takes place on Monday at 7 p.m., features a discussion "on the current climate in Hollywood and in politics, and the challenges women in both fields face to break barriers and to break stories," event organizers said.

The panel includes award-winning journalist Kim Masters, the editor at large of “The Hollywood Reporter” and host of KCRW’s “The Business,” former Los Angeles City Council member and City of LA Controller Wendy Greuel and award-winning television producer Korin Huggins, whose company Kronicle Media creates content for and about women.

The free event takes place at the SMC Theatre Arts Complex Main Stage on SMC’s main campus, 1900 Pico Boulevard.

The series of presentations, which began this morning, concludes November 21 with “The Unfinished Business of Feminism: The Recent Assaults on Women in Politics, Culture, and Campuses, and the Need for a Gender Center at SMC.”

The roundtable discussion, which takes place in the Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall 165 on SMC’s main campus, features SMC students, faculty, and staff leaders.

Both forum events are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-arrival basis if reservations are not required.

As part of the Fall Arts & Cultural Affairs Symposium, the Institute, along with the college and the City of Santa Monica, is presenting four performances of Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” Ballet on Thanksgiving weekend.

The performances -- at 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, November 25, and Sunday, November 26, in The Broad Stage -- feature the SMC Symphony and the Westside Ballet in what is the longest running Nutcracker production in Los Angeles, dating back to 1973.

The production features international ballet star Joy Womack -- a Westside Ballet alumna a principal dancer with the Kremlin Ballet Theater in Moscow -- as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Visit for ticket details.


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