Artist & Lecture Series

2019-20 Artist & Lecture Series

The Artist & Lecture Series brings nationally and internationally recognized artists and speakers who offer diverse and innovative views and performances to the campus and local community, giving audience members the chance to broaden their cultural experience.

SPSCC students and employees are admitted free, with current SPSCC ID, to most A&L events and SPSCC sponsored productions and concerts.

Theodore Gray


Theodore Gray
Oct. 2, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Writer, chemist, and educator Theodore Gray is the co-founder of Wolfram Research, Inc., makers of Mathematica, and author of The Elements, an internationally best-selling book on the beauty of the period table, translated into 25 languages. Gray is known for his work in engaging the scientific community and the public together, and for creating the Wooden Periodic Table Table, a four-legged physical representation of the periodic table. Past event.


Oct. 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Described as “a 21st century Shaman” by Vice Magazine, Olmeca is a Hip-Hop Artist, producer, and activist known for creating bilingual Hip-Hop songs that uniquely blend musical genres and cultural sensitivity. A talented performing artist, he’s toured across Canada, Europe, and South America, earning praise and appeal across cultures and demographics. He currently teaches at the University of Nevada and is actively involved in intersectional social commentary and community efforts. Past event.

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Dr. Rich Benjamin, MLK Lecture
Jan. 20, 2020, 7 p.m

Rich Benjamin sharply observes modern society and politics. His cultural and political analysis appear regularly in public debate, including in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, NPR, PBS, MSNBC, and CNN. He is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America. Rich was recently a Fellow in the literary arts at the Bellagio Center (Italia), Rockefeller Foundation. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the Authors Guild, the national union of writers that has been protecting authors’ rights and free speech since 1912. Past event.

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Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Feb. 3, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Author and educator Dolen Perkins-Valdez is best known for her best-selling debut novel Wench, a story set in the 1850s that follows the lives of four enslaved black mistresses from the South who vacation with their masters each summer at an Ohio resort in the free North. A complicated novel that explores the moral complexities of slavery, Wench was awarded the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library in 2011. Get Tickets >


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Modern Warrior Live
April 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

A music drama of a combat veteran's journey, Modern Warrior Live is a theatrical performance about one veteran's experience when returning to civilian life and his recovery from trauma. Narrated by co-creator Staff Sergeant Jaymes Poling, who spent three years in Afghanistan, the production shares an emotional journey rife with the challenges of military service, the psychological weight of war, the struggles of transitioning back to civilian life, and the potential for positive growth after returning home. FREE to active military and veterans. Get Tickets > 

Tickets for most events are processed through The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.