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Humanities Lecture Series

Join Us for Our Next Lecture Winter 2021

Due to COVID 19 and the campus closure, our 2020-2021 lectures will be held as virtual presentations. All lectures are free.

Teaching for Equity:  Empowering Inmates Through the Arts for Second Chance in Life — with Koorosh Ostowari

Lecture and Discussion

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

5:30–6:30 p.m.

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About Koorosh Ostowari

Koorosh Ostowari

Koorosh Ostowari is a Somatic Trauma therapist. From 2009 to 2019 he worked with thousands of incarcerated men and women as a spirituality and communications teacher at a local jail in Marin County.

He offered a combination of tools for men and women during the weekly classes to support them to heal old wounds, traumas, dysfunctional patterns, and habits that often lead to incarceration.

Mr. Ostowari has been officially acknowledged as a “Local leader for change” by the U.S Congress for his work at the Jail.

About Our Series: Fostering Art, Culture and Wisdom

Topics of Humanities play an integral role in forming enlightened societies.

To foster art, culture, and wisdom, the Humanities department at Foothill College presents public lectures each quarter throughout the academic year. The overarching goal of the Humanities Lecture Series is to promote different facets of humanities to a general audience.

Lectures are free and open to everyone.

Lecture Objectives

  • To bring distinguished scholars, writers, Artists, and critics to Foothill College.
  • Create and disseminate humanistic knowledge to students, faculty, staff, and the public.
  • To create an intellectual atmosphere. 
  • To engage everyone at the college campus and the community at large in interdisciplinary discussions.

Extra Credit Opportunities

Ask your instructor if extra credit is available for attending a Humanities lecture. We can provide proof of attendance.

Past Lectures

Fall 2020: South Asians and Racial Justice in the Diaspora with Dr. Shoba Sharad Rajgopal

Lecture and Discussion

Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

5:30–6:30 p.m.

About Dr. Rajgopal

Shoba Rajgopal

Dr. Shoba Sharad Rajgopal is Professor of International Feminist Studies, at Westfield State University in Massachusetts, where she works as Chair of the Dept of Ethnic & Gender Studies, and teaches courses on Gender, Race, and Sexuality.

Her doctorate is in Media Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to her arrival in the United States, she worked for seven years as a broadcast journalist for the Indian TV networks based in Bombay (Mumbai), India, and has also done in-depth news reports for CNN International.

Her journalistic work focused on the struggles of women and indigenous people in the postcolonial nation-state. Her work has been published widely, in academic journals as well as newspapers in the U.S and India. 

See our full list of speakers and topics from past years.

A Thank You to Our Sponsor

The 2020-2021 Humanities Lecture Series is supported by a generous anonymous donation.

Aida Dargahi


Aida Dargahi, M.A. Humanities Lecture Series Director