Extra-Credit Opportunities

Earn course credit by getting out and doing stuff!

Extra-Credit Opportunities

Students: For credit that can replace or supplement homework credits, 1) attend an event, and 2) submit a typed, one-page review of your experience. Limit for the semester: 3

Monday, 11/27/17:

Kaiser Permanente will be holding a

Summer Internship Information Session on Monday, 11/27/17,

from 11am to 1pm in the Tower, room 801. 

This information session is for Administrative and Business functions only… NOT allied health or medical. 

40 slots are available for a work training program that could lead to an 8-week paid internship opportunity at Kaiser in the Oakland area beginning June 2018. Come and find out if this opportunity is for you!


Monday, Nov. 20th, 6:30pm in the Laney Theater:

Akira Kurosawa’s THRONE OF BLOOD (his ‘cover’ of Shakespeare’s Macbeth)

FREE! — Please come, and invite family, friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers!

(run time 1:51; black & white; Japanese w/English subtitles)

Laney’s Fusion Theatre presents…

What: “For O” (Oakland), written by Antonette Bracks (A Laney alum).
When: Thurs-Fri-Sat Nov. 2, 3, 4 at 7pm, Wed Nov. 8 at 5pm, & Thurs Nov. 9 at 7pm.

‘Length’: Performances run 60-65 minutes.

Cost: $$$ — All performances are Pay-What-You-Can! No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

About: “For O” is a humorous play regarding gentrification/re-segregation in the Bay Area, with music.
Theatre Arts Chair/Director Michael says: “This production is as close to a student-run production as we have gotten: Written by an alum, set designed by a student, lights designed by a student, costumes designed by a student, choreography by a student, graphics by a current student, and we’re using the Fablab to create our set pieces!  — We’ve developed a successful professional actor culture of “Fusioneros” in the Bay — Now we begin developing on the production end of things!”

THE FARM — a GREAT PLAY in Berkeley, based on George Orwell’s ANIMAL FARM:

October 15 – November 11, 2017

Adapted from George Orwell’s Animal Farm by Jon Tracy
Directed by Michael Torres and Elena Wright
Arrangements by Carlos Aguirre and Stephanie Prentice
Choreography by Liz Tenuto

TheatreFIRST breaks down its doors with THE FARM, a song-poem-beat-opera adaption of George Orwell’s ANIMAL FARM. Originally commissioned and performed at Shotgun Players, TheatreFIRST redevelops this classic cautionary tale of animal uprising to address our own experiences of oppression and maybe most importantly, the oppressor inside us all.

Use the discount code – 241FARM – to get two tickets for the price of one for any show!


Check out this list of upcoming events for Latinx History Month and the Teach-In Series! Laney College Teach-In Calendar of Events Fall 17

Please attend this special screening at Alameda City Hall of Peralta TV’s award-winning documentary on the origins of the Black Panther Party at Merritt College. Congresswoman Barbara Lee will present opening remarks. Students and faculty from African-American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Political Science and other classes are encouraged to attend the screening.

Black Panther Documentary Screening at Alameda City Hall

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Will Be Present at the Screening to Offer Opening Remarks

Few know that the Black Panther Party was founded at Merritt College in Oakland in October 1966, and many of its early social justice programs still largely go unrecognized.

The television station of the Peralta Community College District, Peralta TV, produced a national award-winning film, “Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers,” narrated by U. S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, about the origins of the Black Panther Party at Merritt College. The film, which was shown at the United Nations as part of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, features rare interviews with Black Panther founder Bobby Seale, as well as members David Hilliard, Ericka Huggins, Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard, Emory Douglas and Richard Aoki.

The City of Alameda is happy to partner with the Peralta Colleges in bringing this illuminating film to Alameda.

What: Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers (Documentary Film Screening)

When: Saturday, October 14, 12:00-1:30pm

Where: Alameda City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, 3rd Floor, Alameda

Who: The screening is free and open to the public. Speakers include U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, and the film’s executive producer and director, Jeffrey Heyman, and writer and producer, James Calhoun.

Financial Aid Open House

More Classes More Money


You’re invited to the Laney College Financial Aid Open House

Come to our open house and learn more about the different forms of student aid that can help you pay for classes!

When: Thursday, Oct. 5 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Building A, Room 201

For more information, contact 464-3414.  

Refreshments will be available. 

Start Your FAFSA Now!

You don’t have to wait to apply for federal financial aid until December. You can complete and submit your 2018-19 FAFSA today, just go to Fafsa.gov!


Did you know that you can get more financial aid when you take 12 credit units or more? The Completion Grant and Full Time Success Grant can make paying for school even more affordable. Contact the financial aid office for more details at, 464-3414. 

“WALLS” performed by the S.F. Mime Troupe





  • San Lorenzo Park
    Sat, Sep 9th @ 3:00 PM (Music 2:30)
    Sun, Sep 10th @ 3:00 PM (Music 2:30)
    San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz map toSan Lorenzo Park
    Ticket Info: FREE (donation)
    Post-show discussion after 8/15/15. No dogs, alcohol, or smoking allowed in park.



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Wednesday, February 22nd, 12:15 – 1:15 PM
in the Berkeley City College Auditorium

Students for Socialism and the Jerry L. Adams Endowment Fund Present:
Trump’s Economy: Talk vs. Reality
A Talk by Dr. Richard D. Wolff

Can Trump change our inequality, debts, wages, and jobs?
Join us as we examine likely winners and losers in the U.S. economy under the Trump administration. “America’s most prominent Marxist economist” – The New York Times Magazine

Wolff, an economics professor emeritus, a radio show host and author is funny, easy to understand and totally relevant to helping our students to make sense out of the economic questions we confront today.


FREE TICKETS for Laney Theatre’s mainstage production The Late Wedding by Christopher Chen! Thurs-Sat, Nov. 10-11-12, and 17-18-19. –If you’re in this class, then your name will be on a guest list at the box office!


Friday, October 21st: Another Extra-Credit opportunity: 

Dr. Joy DeGruy in the Laney Theater, 10am – Noon. –Just GO!


Wednesday, October 19th:

Pre-Election Teach-In on the context of relevant issues (housing security/gentrification, police violence & community oversight of police, and tax-based funding of public education) that are on the ballot this November:


Noon-1pm on the Quad: Information for voters, including a voter registration table

1-3pm & 3-5pm in the Laney Forum (near the front door of the Library):

The two sessions will each feature panelists with expertise in the three areas; but the panels will be comprised of different people, so if you can attend the entire afternoon, you won’t be ‘re-treading’ the same material!


Monday, October 17th:

Excellent tragic musical-comedy theater production: “Freedomland” by the S.F. Mime Troupe — http://www.sfmt.org/index.php

Time & Place: Music at 6:30, showtime 7pm at the Laney Theater (Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center)

Cost: $5 donation for students


FREE – Tuesday evening, October 4th, 6pm, Laney College Forum:

Hosted by Eleni Gastis and Chris Weidenbach; sponsored by the Laney College English Department



Wed. April 27, 7:30pm




Cowspiracy postcard

Film screening and discussion


6PM in THE FORUM       *FREE*

Hosted by Factory Farming Awareness Coalition and Chris Weidenbach, Laney English Dept.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Laney College Library


In addition to being a much sought after instructor on campus, and an actor in Laney’s recent stage production, Más, Professor Rauzon recently presented two talks at the Pacific Seabird Group’s 43rd annual meeting in Turtle Bay Oahu and received a letter from the Curator for American and British History at the Stanford University Libraries expressing appreciation for his new book.

Professor Rauzon’s awards and commendations are too numerous to mention here, but please come and learn more about the exiting things he is doing on Tuesday, April 26th at 10:30 a.m.  at the Laney College Library where he will share highlights of some of the rich experiences featured in his book.  Copies of Isles of Amnesia will be available for sale for $25.




10AM – 3PM

Between the Bistro/Pool and the Estuary


 — AND–


11AM – 1PM



Wednesday, April 20, 6pm, The Forum *FREE

ASLC Earth Day Movie Night:

Documentary Film: This Changes Everything

by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein


Sunday April 17th, 7:30pm



Dr. Mark Robinson returns to Laney

Lunch will be served!
Thu Apr 14, 2016 12pm – 1:30pm Pacific Time
D-200 Laney College (map)



Wednesday April 6th, 4-6pm, Laney Art Gallery – Tower Building Lobby, between the elevators:

“Sisters of the Struggle: Women of the Black Panther Party”

Please join us for the closing reception of the photo exhibition “Sisters of the Struggle:  Women of the Black Panther Party”! Refreshments, live music, readings of original work  by Laney’s own Judy Juanita and Jackie Graves!  Free to all!


Wednesday, April 6th, 1-2pm, Theater, room 319

Q and A with Gasia Mikaelian, anchor for KTVU Channel 2.

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Presented by the Media Dept of Laney College.  For more info: Marla Leech, Media Dept. mleech@peralta.edu


Extra-Credit opportunity Wednesday, March 9, 6-8pm, D-200:

Black Lives Matter women activists and documentary film screening

Join us for an amazing panel discussion with four women activists with Black Lives Matter and associated organizations, and documentary screening of “ We Have Nothing to Lose But Our Chains”. Co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department and ASLC.


3/8 TUESDAY, 11-1 P.M. Student Union 3rd floor


Founder of Oakland’s own TMI storytelling event, and fresh off of Snap Judgment Live at the Paramount! Open to all! Sponsored by ASLC.


The Black Student Union Brother/Sister Circle


February 25th 6:00 pm

Laney College Student Center, 4th Floor, Room 401


Ishmael Reed, Poet, Novelist, Essayist, Playwright, Editor and Publisher


February 24th 6:00 pm

Laney College Forum


“Radical Healing in Schools and Communities”

An Evening with Dr. Shawn Ginwright


February 23rd 6:00-8:00 pm

Laney College, Room D-200


Th Feb. 18-19:

This play — at a theater in the basement of LaVal’s Pizza (North) — opens with pay-what-you-want previews at 8pm on Thurs-Fri Feb. 18th & 19th:

The Comedy of Errors (click for info & tickets)

–Then it runs Thurs-Sat through March 26th.


Feb. 17 — and then March 2, 9 & 16

Writing Through War—
An Inaugural Workshop for Veterans and Their Friends and Family



Wednesday, Feb. 3, 5:30pm

FREE Documentary Film: This Changes Everything

by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein

in the Laney College Theater (Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center)


Kevin Powell
“By All Means Necessary: Re-imagining Education and Teaching for America”
January 27, 2016, 11 AM, Room: E207

To shift our campus towards an ethic of student success for all, the Equity Speaker Series will stimulate faculty, staff, and administrators’ professional development as well as engage and empower students.

This series is aligned with the Six Success Factors that help students attain their goals:
• Directed — students have a goal and know how to achieve it
• Focused — students stay on track, keeping their eyes on the prize
• Nurtured — students feel somebody wants and helps them to succeed
• Engaged — students actively participate in class and extracurriculars
• Connected — students feel like they are part of the college community
• Valued — students’ skills, talents, abilities and experiences are recognized; they have opportunities to contribute on campus and feel their contributions are appreciated (Research and Planning Group, rpgroup.org)

The topics speak directly to nurturing, engaging, valuing, and connecting our students’ experiences with their educational goals. Many of our planned activities at Laney will work specifically to address disproportionately impacted students, particularly African American students.

In conjunction his new memoir:The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, Kevin Powell will discuss the importance of re-thinking education to serve students holistically—including teaching techniques, family and community impact on students, effects of “the achievement gap” on students’ futures, and re-establishing the relationship young people have with learning,so that they feel truly self-empowered and a vital part of their educational experience.


An event tightly related to the Leap Manifesto:

Friday, Dec. 4th, 7pm: Film Screening: This Changes Everything: the Film.

Despite the gravity of a world in the grip of endless cycles of consumption, Klein offers hope: “The realization that a solution is possible, well, that changes everything.”

$10 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. –Meet C-Dub there by 6:45 if you’d like to get a free ticket!

WHEN: December 04, 2015 at 7pm – 9pm

WHERE: First Unitarian Church of Oakland
685 14th St, downtown Oakland


Hey Everyone!

Come out to Movie Night on Thursday from 5-7pm!!
We will be featuring student short films and one feature film on Food Equity.
Hope to see you there! Spread the word and the flyer!

moive nightoct15




–That link will take you to the schedule.

If you go to one of the readings or events, and write up a brief review of the experience, and maybe tell us about it in class, you can earn course credit!


Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 PM



Tuesday, November 3, 7:30 PM



— Click the link for easy-to-read details and ticket info.


KPFA Radio 94.1 FM Fall Events  

October 6, Tuesday, 7:30 pm

RICHARD DAWKINSBrief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science

Hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert

King Middle School, 1781 Rose St, Berkeley

Tickets and more information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2128403

October 14, Wednesday, 7:30 pm

PETER COYOTEThe Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education

Hosted by Gaetano Kazuo Maida

First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Tickets and more information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2128415

October 22, Thursday, 7:30 pm

DAVID TALBOTThe Devil’s Chessboard: Alan Dulles & the Rise of America’s Secret Government

Hosted by Quincy McCoy

First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Tickets and more information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2128423

October 28, Wednesday, 7:30 pm (with Marcus Books)

TA-NEHISI COATESBetween the World and Me

Hosted by Greg Bridges

First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Tickets and more information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2128439

November 3, Tuesday, 7:30 pm

SANDRA CISNEROSA House of My Own: Stories From My Life

Hosted by Vylma Ortiz

First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Tickets and more information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2142486

November 12, Thursday, 7:30 pm

ROBERT REICHSaving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few

Hosted by Sasha Lilley

First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Tickets and more information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2142478



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Thursday, April 23rd: the Eco Fest Sustainability Festival on the Laney Campus this coming Thursday, April 23, from 11am-2pm. This is a very fun event, and it connects completely with our (English 1A) adventure in sustainability!



Saturday, April 18th: Oakland Earth Day events: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/PWA/o/FE/s/ID/OAK026214


***Tuesday, April 14:

Extra-Credit Opportunity: Observe and Report on a rally at 14th & Broadway in Oakland:


A Call from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network:

Here is Dr. Cornel West’s speech calling for the April 14th action — Dr. West speaks after Carl Dix, at about the 35:00 mark: http://revcom.us/movement-for-revolution/stop-mass-incarceration/april-6-emergency-call-to-act-cornel-west-carl-dix.html


Th, Fri, Sat March 26-28:

Catch one of the last three performances of the mainstage thatrical production The 510’s: Five 10-Minute Tales Inspired by Oakland. All shows start at 7pm at the Laney Theater.


The Celebration of Women’s History Month at Laney continues…

Mixed Roots: Mixed-Race Women Explore their African Roots, Film Screenings and Panel Discussion

Featuring the filmmakers in conversation with Laney English faculty member Jackie Graves

Eliaichi Kimaro, A Lot Like You (Korean-Tanzanian-American)
Winner: Best Documentary SF International Asian American Film Festival, Montreal Black Film Festival, Female Eye Film Festival

Faith Adiele,  My Journey Home (Nigerian-Nordic-American)
PBS Documentary about the author of The Nigerian-Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems and Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun

Both filmmakers will be at the Laney Theater this FRIDAY 3-20-15 for a rich discussion of their films and their journeys to Africa, that incorporates race, gender, identity, inter-generational trauma and family histories.

Friday, March 20, 10 AM – 12 PM
Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center
Laney College
900 Fallon Street, Oakland CA


This looks VERY COOL! It’s at BCC Wednesday night the 18th:



Women’s History Month event at COA: Two screenings to choose from:

Tues. March 24 Noon-2pm

Wed March 18 7-9pm — Click on the graphic to see a full-size image with full details:


Women’s History Month event at Laney:  “Tech Women” — not for women only!

Tuesday, March 17, from 12:00 – 1:00 in the Forum. There will be a reception after the event and we hope our students can network at that time. Students can come for one hour if their schedule is tight.

The panelists are:

Dina Munsch, Emmy awarded editor at Channel 2 news, and documentary film editor. Dina also currently teaches “After Effects” here at Laney College.

Liz Theurer,  Data Engineer, Grid Systems Integration at SolarCity.

Estella Pham, Senior Site Reliability Engineer at Linkedin. Estella is currently heading the initiative at Linkedin to hire more women and people of color.

Elif Dede, Site Reliability Engineer, Twitter. Elif has recently hosted groups of students from El Cerrito High to visit Twitter.

Thank you in advance for making this panel successful. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Marla mleech@ peralta or Meryl msiegal@ peralta.


Women’s History Month event at BCC

Wednesday, March 11 at Berkeley City College

You are invited to a screening of the film “Girl Rising” sponsored by W.I.S.E. (Women Involved in Student Empowerment)

“Girl Rising” journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. View the trailer for the film here:http://girlrising.com/see-the-film/index.html#us-theatrical-screenings

The film will be shown at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 in Berkeley City College’s Auditorium, 2050 Center St., Berkeley.  The film is free, and open to the public.


Women’s History Month event at Laney

Luna Fest on Monday, March 9th.
There will be a great reception at the Art Gallery from 5-7 and then we will head over to the theater (Odell Johnson Center for Performing Arts on the main quad) from 7-9pm to see the films. Hope you can make it! STUDENTS: You can pay the sliding scale price.
LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women… eight films filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor.
– See more at: http://www.lunafest.org/#sthash.WKRcyyLl.dpuf


Black History Month Event:

Black Student Welcome Day, Saturday, Feb 28th 9am-4pm

Black Student Welcome Day is planned for current Laney students and potential students, particularly young adults ages 16-25, but open to all.

The program for the day will include information on application process, financial aid, counseling services, etc.

There will also be a workshop facilitated by Cephus  “Uncle Bobby” Johnson, and keynote speaker for the day will be Freeway Rick Ross.

Coordinator: La’Cole Martin, M.A., Instructor- African American Studies: lmartin@peralta.edu


To be Young, Black, and Revolutionary in 2015 – a panel discussion
In room D-200 at Laney College from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Friday, February 27th

Just in case you haven’t noticed we are currently experiencing a rebirth of American social activism. After many years of dormancy, resistance among black youth is on the rise. Young radicals have shut down BART stations, occupied Oakland police headquarters, disrupted deeply cherished upper middle-class white American complacency via “black brunch” (http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/10/black-brunch-organizers-put-protest-on-the-menu), and have completely destroyed our outdated perceptions of poetry by embracing the rapid fire genre of rhyme that is known as spoken word. And now three of these young lions are coming to Laney College.


FYI: Peralta Colleges Foundation offers MANY scholarships for students.

The highly-successful TRIO program is offering a FREE scholarship workshop on Thursday, February 26, 4-6 pm in F170C. (This is NOT an extra-credit event; the value is in the advice offered!)


New play reading: Life is a Carousel by Laney English Instructor Judy Juanita

Wednesday evening, Feb. 25th,  6-7:30 pm at the Oakland Public Library (Main, 14th & Oak).

Judy Juanita was born in Berkeley, raised in Oakland, and became Editor in Chief of the Black Panther Party newspaper before becoming the youngest faculty member of the nation’s first Black Studies Program at SFSU.  She has written 13 plays and a novel, Virgin Soul. This play, Life is a Carousel, features Layla, a black academic on her way to a convention, and Diahlo, once famous as the founder of Black Studies, sparring with reservation agents in a deserted airport terminal; Diahlo and Layla meet at the convention venue where blatant disregard for him continues.

The play is 50-55 minutes long –there will be an opportunity to discuss it afterwards.
Join us for an interesting evening of reflection on the major shifts in culture in the last 4 decades.


CW STRONGLY recommends:
Dr. Joy DeGruy is the author of, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing.  Dr. DeGruy’s seminars have been lauded as the most dynamic currently being presented on the topic of contemporary social issues.  Free Event!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – 6:00pm8:00pm

Samuel Merritt University – 400 Hawthorne, Oakland, CA 94609


Black History Month Event:

Laney Apollo (Talent Showcase): Tuesday, Feb 24th, 12-1pm; Location: outside on main quad


Black History Month Event:

Film Screening and discussion: Wednesday, Feb 18th, 6-9pm, Bastards of the Party; Location: G266 (snacks served)


THE THROWAWAYS — An award winning documentary film

Bhawin Suchak, Director/Producer; Ira Mckinley, Director/Producer

Two screenings only, with film directors present

Thursday, January 29.

Screenings at 6 pm and 8 pm
at International House, U.C. Berkeley
2297 Piedmont Avenue (at Bancroft), Berkeley

$10 advance, $12 door, student discount at door, brownpapertickets.com :: 800-838-3006
or at Pegasus (3 locations), Marcus Books, Moe’s, Walden Pond, Diesel a Bookstore
S.F: Modern Times. http://www.kpfa.org/events


Thursday, Feb. 5 – Workshop on Organizational skills, Class Time and Note Taking

Noon – 1 p.m.  Room E 256.