Join us for a series of screenings, talks and exhibitions focused on the power of art to illuminate and inspire important forces for change in our community and beyond.

(Scroll down for event details and a list of series sponsors)

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Tuesday, Oct. 20: 

Know Your Ballot!

  • 10 a.m.-Noon – interactive event 
  • Zoom meeting ID: 953 3394 3142


Linga Franca

Reading about ballot propositions can be dull. This is a chance to learn about ballot measures through poetry, visual images and other creative methods.

You'll hear students present information and arguments, pro and con, in engaging and unexpected ways.

This interactive and creative activity is co-sponsored by Latinx Empowerment at De Anza (LEAD) and the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action (VIDA).

Tuesday, Oct. 20 + Wednesday, Oct. 21:

Lingua Franca

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20 – Netflix watch party 


  • Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 21 – online discussion with producer Jhett Tolentino


Linga Franca

The Jean Miller Resource Room is hosting a watch party followed by an online conversation about “Lingua Franca,” which tells the story of an undocumented Filipina trans woman who works as a caregiver as she tries to secure a green card. The film's director and star, Isabel Sandoval, is a trans immigrant herself.

After the watch party on Oct. 20, join the online conversation on Oct. 21 with film and entertainment producer Jhett Tolentino, winner of three Tony awards and a Grammy.

Thursday, Oct. 22:

Reclaiming Our Humanity


The World Is Better With You In It

The Euphrat Museum of Art and California History Center are co-hosting this online celebration with local artists, poets and musicians, including several De Anza alums. Guests will include

This event also launches a series leading up to the Taste of History event in spring 2021.

Tuesday, Nov. 10:

W.E.B. Du Bois: Activist Icon

  • 10 a.m.-Noon – online talk with professor Eric Porter
  • Zoom meeting ID: 953 3394 3142 


W.E.B. DuBois

W.E.B. Du Bois was a civil rights leader, educator, historian, author and poet. He co-founded the NAACP and edited "The Crisis," an influential magazine that published young Black writers and advocated for civil rights.

Eric Porter

UC Santa Cruz professor Eric Porter will talk about Du Bois’ work and his influence on today’s Black Lives Matter movement.

Arts & Activism Series Sponsors

  • Academic Senate
  • De Anza Latinx Association (DALA)
  • English Department
  • Euphrat Museum of Art
  • Jean Miller Resource Room for Women, Gender and Sexuality
  • Latinx Empowerment at De Anza (LEAD)
  • Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education
  • Political Science Department
  • Social Science and Humanities Division
  • Sociology Department
  • Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy and Action

Previous Events

And She Could Be Next

Tuesday, Oct. 13: And She Could Be Next

  • 10 a.m. – film screening via Zoom
  • 11 a.m. – Q&A with co-director Grace Lee

Sociology instructor Steve Nava will screen a 40-minute segment of  “And She Could Be Next,” a documentary miniseries about women of color who are transforming politics

After the screening, Nava will lead a Q&A about art, education and politics with Grace Lee, who directed/produced the series with director/producer Marjan Safinia and producer Jyoti Sarda

This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning PBS nonfiction film series:

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