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Featured Event

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Guest Lecture by Jeff Biggers

Tuesday, October 02 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm - JR 118

State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream (Nation Books)

Raised in Tucson, Arizona, Jeff Biggers is the American Book Award-winning author/journalist of four works of memoir/history: State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream, In the Sierra Madre, The United States of Appalachia, and Reckoning at Eagle Creek, which won the David Brower Award for Environmental Reporting.

Visit his website for more info: www.jeffbiggers.com

Follow Jeff Biggers on Twitter @JeffRBiggers


Lectures Events

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Image for 4th Annual Research Fellows Colloquium 4th Annual Research Fellows Colloquium

2:00 pm - 4:15 pm - Library: Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room

Come hear our distinguished faculty speak about their research

  • Rachel Friedman-Narr (Associate Professor, Special Education)
  • Florence Kyomugisha (Associate Professor, Gender and Womenâs Studies)
  • Lois M. Shelton (Associate Professor, Management)
  • Lindsay Hansen (Associate Librarian, Oviatt Library )
  • Richard Lorentz (Professor, Computer Science)
  • Zeynep Toker (Associate Professor, Urban Planning & Studies)
  • Joy von Wolffersdorff (Professor, Art)

Moderated byAssociate Dean Marianne Afifi

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Image for Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalsDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Image for Role of Religion in the ElectionRole of Religion in the Election

11:00 am - 12:15 pm - North Valley Room of the Northridge Center, USU


Image for How Immigrant and Other Low-wage Women Are Reshaping The Womens Movement and What Is at Stake in this ElectionHow Immigrant and Other Low-wage Women Are Reshaping The Womens Movement and What Is at Stake in this Election

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Jerome Richfield (JR) 221

Ellen Bravo is a long-time activist for working women. She began working for 9to5, National Association of Working Women in 1982, when she helped found the Milwaukee chapter, and served until 2004 as its national director. Now Ellen directs Family Values @ Work Consortium, a network of state coalitions working for paid sick days and paid family leave. She has also taught Womenâs Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, including masters level classes on Family-Friendly Workplaces and on Sexual Harassment. In addition to Taking on the Big Boys, Ellen co-authored (with Ellen Cassedy) The 9to5 Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and wrote The Job/ Family Challenge: A 9to5 Guide (Not for Women Only). Sheâs also written numerous articles and reports, including âQuality Part-Time Options in Wisconsin,â funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Ellen is frequently interviewed by the media and is a leading spokeswoman on working womenâs issues. A business editor once described her talks as âmoving, witty and sometimes bawdy.â Her blogs appear on Huffington Post, Feministing and other sites.

Ellen has served on several state and federal commissions, including the bi-partisan Commission on Leave appointed by Congress to study the impact of the Family and Medical Leave Act. She co-chaired the Economic Sufficiency Task Force of the Wisconsin Women = Prosperity project led by Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton and serves as treasurer for the campaign of Congresswoman Gwendolynne Moore. She is a member of several boards and committees, including the Working for Good Jobs in America Fund, the Work-Life Law Advisory Committee, the Progressive States Network, and the Grants Advisory Committee of the Milwaukee Womenâs Fund. Among her commendations are a Ford Foundation Visionary award, the Francis Perkins âIntelligence and Courageâ award, and a Woman of Vision award from the Ms. Foundation. Ellen lives in Milwaukee with her husband; they have two adult sons.



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Campus Sustainability Day

11:00 am - 3:15 pm - USU Theatre

This year CSUN's Sustainability Day event focuses on issues surrounding Climate Change and is taking place on Thursday, October 25 from 11 am - 3:30pm in the USU Theatre.  The day will include a talk at 2:00 pm by Naomi Oreskes, author of 'Merchants of Doubt' and Professor of History and Science Studies at UC San Diego., who will be introduced by Provost Hellenbrand. The day's events include three sessions which coincide with class times.

The first session (11:00am- 12:15pm) will be a talk given by Dr. Milind Kulkarni, Director of Engineering Institutes at ITM Group of Institutions in Mumbai, India. He will discuss energy challenges in the developing world, in India in particular, and a sustainable development project in which waste water is used to generate renewable energy using bio-digestion.

The second session (12:30-1:45pm) will show a documentary film, "There Once Was an Island", which provides a case study about a tiny atoll in Papua New Guinea facing escalating climate-related impacts. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion on the issues raised.

In the third session (2:00-3:15pm) Naomi Oreskes will talk about the subject of her book -- how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming. This talk is part of the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Series and is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Science and Math, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Institute for Sustainability.

Amer Ahmed

11:00 am - 12:15 pm - USU Flintridge Room

Islamophobia: Beyond Myth to Social Change
A lecture by Amer Ahmed

The post-9/11 era in the US has exposed deep levels of prejudice and bigotry towards Muslim people.  Recent inflammatory rhetoric, controversy of thee Park 51 Community Center in Manhattan, NYPD surveillance of Muslim students and Congressional hearings singling out Muslim communities reveal broad-base prejudice, discrimination and zenophobia towards Muslims.  Racial profiling, hate crimes, and bullying continue to be widespread.

Islamphobia is defined as a fear or anxiety of both Muslim and Islamic people.  TO combat this phobia along with unjust actions that accompany it, education and action are needed.  This session addresses the following questions:

  • What are the tenets of the faith and who are its followers?
  • What are the experiences of Muslims in the United States both pre- and post-9/11?
  • What implications does this lack of of knowledge of Islam and Muslims have on our campuses and workplace environments?
  • How do challenge dominant narratives about Muslims framed by mainstream media?

Amer Ahmed serves as Associate Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is a member of SPEAKOUT: Institute for Democratic Leadership and Culture.  As a college administrator, Hip Hop activist, spoken word poet, intercultural consultant, he channels his diverse experiences to address issues of social justice that continue to face traditionally marginalized communities.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Image for Talk by Mustafa Akyol, Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case of LibertyTalk by Mustafa Akyol, Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case of Liberty

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm - USU, Grand Salon

Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish political commentator and author based in Istanbul, Turkey. Since 2002 he has been a regular commentator in the Turkish media. He has spoken at many universities and institutes, and has had articles published in the
New York Times,e Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, e Guardian, and numerous newspapers and news magazines.

Mr. Akyol will talk about his newest book, âIslam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case of Liberty.â From furious reactions to the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, to the suppression of women, news
from the Muslim world begs the question: is Islam incompatible with freedom?

For more information contact Mustafa Ruzgar at 818/677-7779 or mustafa.ruzgar@


Thursday, November 08, 2012

Image for Jewish Music with Cantor Mike SteinJewish Music with Cantor Mike Stein

9:30 am - 10:45 am - University Student Union; Flintridge Room

Jewish Music with Cantor Mike Stein

Hazzan (Cantor) Mike Stein will present an overview of the history and development of Jewish music by playing the guitar, violin, oud and shofar. You are welcome to join us in learning about diverse and exciting Jewish music from Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Africa.

Please call 818-677-4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.edu to reserve a seat.


Image for Eva Brettler, Holocaust SurvivorEva Brettler, Holocaust Survivor

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm - Jerome Richfield, 384

Eva Brettler, Holocaust Survivor
Eva Brettler, a survivor of the Ravensbruck concentration camp, will be speaking about her experiences before, during, and after the Holocaust.

Limited Seating. Please call 818-677-4724 or email jewish.studies@csun.edu to reserve a seat.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Image for Rushing Waters, Rising Dreams:  How the Arts Are Transforming A CommunityRushing Waters, Rising Dreams: How the Arts Are Transforming A Community

11:15 am - 12:45 pm - Presentation Room, Oviatt Library

Luis J. Rodriguez Award-winning writer and poet and Activists and Artists from the Northeast San Fernando Valley

The Northeast San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles is the second largest community of Mexicans and Central Americans in the United States with 500,000 people. Yet, until 2001 when Tia Chuchaâs opened itâs doors, the Northeast Valley had no trade bookstores, movie houses, art galleries, or decent cultural spaces. The book explores twenty years of how the lack of neighborhood cultural spaces adversely affects struggling families and communities, and how the example of Tia Chuchaâs inspires a cultural awakening and a revival of the economy and community spirit. The book speaks to a need for a national art s policy of cultural spaces, arts education, independent bookstores, public art projects, and more.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information on the event please contact Dr. Denise Sandoval at denise.sandoval@csun.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies