The Equity & Justice Institute

Speaker Series

The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Equity & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series is a key feature of the Equity & Justice Institute.
The series brings noted scholars and activists to campus to help stimulate dialogue among students, educators and community leaders committed to tackling the problems of racism, poverty, war, environmental degradation, educational inequities, religious persecution, genocide and other forms of injustice.

The series is an initiative of the Younes & Soraya Nazarian Family Foundation, which supports educational causes in a broad spectrum of institutions and through a wide variety of avenues: academic, public policy, community-based, social and artistic programs in the United States and Israel.
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  • Zenon Neumark

    Zenon Neumark is a Holocaust survivor who avoided the horrors of Nazi death camps as a teenager by escaping from a labor camp and then living as a fugitive under a false identity as a Polish Catholic in Warsaw and Vienna. As detailed in his gripping memoir, “Hiding in the Open: A Young Fugitive in Nazi-Occupied Poland,” Neumark’s story is one of betrayal by friends and rescue by strangers; a constant fear of being recognized as a Jew; the struggle for lodgings, work and blending in with the local population; a story of a double life working for opposing Resistance groups; and opportunities to help others survive.

    Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019
    7-8:30 p.m.

    Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
    Joanie Martin Community Room (Norton Campus)
    1634 18th St., Santa Monica

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The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Equity & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series

Upcoming Speakers

The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Equity & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series

Past Events


Oct. 14, 2019
Winona LaDuke, Native American Rights Activist
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Sept. 9, 2019
Ibram X. Kendi, Author and Antiracism Activist
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  • 2018-19

    April 22, 2019
    Helen Gym, Philadelphia City Council Member
    “When They Go Low, We Go Local: How Municipal Politics Power Grassroots Justice Movements”
    Nov. 13, 2018
    Interfaith Dialogue
    In partnership with The Guibord Center
  • 2017-18

    Recovered Voices Lecture Series
    In the spring of 2018, four acclaimed speakers visited Crossroads for a series of talks presented in partnership with the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School. Recovered Voices encourages greater awareness and more frequent performances of music by composers whose careers and lives were disrupted—or worse—during the years of the Nazi regime in Europe.
    Feb 6, 2018
    Maestro James Conlon, Music Director of LA Opera*
    March 7, 2018
    Robert Elias, Director of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices
    April 10, 2018
    Stephanie Barron, Senior Curator of Modern art at LACMA

    April 25, 2018
    Alex Ross, New Yorker Magazine Music Critic
    *Inaugural Younes and Soraya Nazarian Equity & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series event.