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Join our Virtual Events Series to Learn, Engage and Stay Connected with the Mount Community!

These virtual experiences are free. Please consider a donation to support the mission-critical needs of our students. We are all in this together! Missed an event? View our list of past 2020 event recordings to re-watch and connect with the Mount Community and friends.

The Life-Long Learning Series

Whether you’re ready to learn something new or take a refresher course, the Mount’s faculty, staff and special guest speakers will tap into your curiosity for life-long learning.

  • Reflecting on a Past Pandemic: The Bubonic Plague in California, 1900-1904

    Date: April 29, 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PST)

    Over the past several months, media coverage of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has often made reference to the global influenza outbreak, commonly and mistakenly referred to as the ‘Spanish Flu’ of 1918-1919, noting how we might learn from this past public health crisis. While the great influenza pandemic that accompanied the end of the World War I does offer up some lessons in how public health and political authorities should respond to a pandemic in terms of the wearing of masks, social distancing, the use of quarantine measures, and understanding the epidemiology of how a disease moves through a population, there exists another example in our recent history that has largely been overlooked.

    Between 1900 and 1904, California, and specifically the city of San Francisco, became an important part in the story of the third plague pandemic that had originated in the 1890s in southern China, and which would navigate its way around the world during the early years of the twentieth century. The bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco has many elements that resonate with the current public health crisis, including: politicians at odds with public health officials over the seriousness of the outbreak and the need to enact serious preventative measures; the pressures placed on public health officials and elected politicians by business interests eager to minimize business closures and the effects of strict quarantine measures; efforts by some media outlets to either sensationalize or trivialize the disease outbreak depending on their political leanings; the evolution of the medical and public health understanding of the disease and how to best combat it during the course of the pandemic; the tensions between local, state, and national authorities on how to respond to the crisis; and the prevailing racism faced by those who were/are most vulnerable to suffer from the disease.

    Using a variety of recent studies of the third plague pandemic, the development of public health in the United States, and the San Francisco plague outbreak, along with the rich collections of archival materials housed in the U.S. National Archives in College Park, Maryland, this public talk presents a history of the San Francisco bubonic plague outbreak noting the many similarities that exist between this earlier public health crisis and the one in which we now find ourselves living.

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  • Glorious Accidents–A Creative Practice Workshop

    Date: TBD
    Time: TBD

    In The Creative Habit, choreographer Twyla Tharp writes: “You don’t get lucky without preparation, and there’s no sense in being prepared if you’re not open to the possibility of a glorious accident.” Embracing E.B. White’s notion that the habitually creative are “prepared to be lucky,” Tharp emphasizes the value of consistent practice and the active, urgent pursuit of success while also honoring the inevitability of good fortune. “The more you are in the room working, experimenting, banging away at your objective,” Tharp points out, “the more luck has a chance of biting you on the nose.” 

    Luck or accident, practice or perseverance: two sides of the same coin. In this workshop, we’ll flip that coin, honing our tolerance for ambiguity through creative writing exercises. These exercises will stretch our ability to take creative risks, look for luck, and step outside the status quo to enrich creative expression. Regardless of that expression’s form, “Glorious Accidents” will give us the opportunity to reflect on the value of showing up and empower us to take luck into our own hands.

  • Cell Phone Cinema

    Date: TBD
    Time: TBD

    Join Charles Bunce, chair, Film & Television, Film, Media & Communication, Journalism & New Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University to explore cell phone cinema. From filming to editing, learn tips and tricks on making cinematic memories with the tools already at your fingertips.

Virtual Speakers

Melina Abdullah

Women's Leadership Conference

Emerald Archer

Women's Leadership Conference, Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™

Bob Perrins

Elena Brower

Compassion in Times of Deep Healing

Charles Bunce

Camille Bethune Brown

Asha Dahya

Zulema Garcia

Alison Halpern

Jacqui Burge

Kimberly Nao

Ann McElaney-Johnson

Holly J. Mitchell

Ngoc Nguyen

Women's Leadership Conference

Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

JoAnna Novak

Rachel O’Leary Carmona

Roxane Gay

Francille Rusan Wilson

Cleo Wade

Amy Elaine Wakeland

Suzanne Walsh

Meredith Woo