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CDSC Teaching Commons

Upcoming CDSC Events

Civil Discourse & Social Change Events

Welcome to Fall 2017!

CDSC is hosting an exciting range of events this Fall focusing on Mass Incarceration, Social Justice and Media Literacy and Environmental Justice.

September 21st, 2017

Susan Burton: Activists & Abolitionists Against Mass Incarceration.

Sierra Hall 451 (Whitsett Room).

October 10th, 2017

Social Justice By For Of People

Northridge Center. 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 9th, 2017

Media Literacy and Environmental Justice

Northridge Center, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please reference our CDSC Save-The-Date flier for more details.

Please visit our "Teaching Commons" for readings and materials related to our events.

All events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Teaching Commons

Fall 2017 Teaching Commons

EO 1100 Resources

Chicana-Chicano Studies EO1100 Statement

EO1100 History Memorandum

Brian Burkhart. Why is Category F so important and why is comprising with a G.E. structure sans Category F a comprising of CSUN’s values and integrity?

EO 1100 Resources Teach In Power Point

Media Literacy and Environmental Justice

Susan Burton: Activists & Abolitionists Fighting Against Mass Incarceration

Specifically for Sept 21, 2017 event

Common Reading: 

Susan Burton (and Cari LynnP). 2017. Becoming Ms. Burton, The New Press

Recommended Material:

  1. Martha D. Escobar. 2016. Captivity Beyond Prisons: Criminalization Experiences of Latina (Im)migrants. Austin: University of Texas Press
  2. Michelle Alexander. 2010.The New Jim Crow. New York: The New Press
  3. Marta López-Garza, “Formerly Incarcerated Women Speak Out,” Journal of Progressive Human Services. 27: 2, 2016
  4. Daily Show-with-trevor-noah-susan-burton---fighting-for-incarcerated-women-in--becoming-ms--burton----extended-interview
  5. http://www.cc.com/video-clips/tr80ff/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-susan-burton---fighting-for-incarcerated-women-in--becoming-ms--burton----extended-interview

  6. Democracy Now – “repairing the Damage from the Drug War” https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/19/repair_the_damage_from_the_drug
  7. Tavis Smiley
  8. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/founder-executive-director-susan-burton

Additional Material:

  1. Jenna Loyd et al (eds) 2002. Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders and Global Crisis  
  2. Juanita Díaz-Cotto, 2006. Chicana Lives and Criminal Justice: Voices from El Barrio. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  3. Luana Ross, “Native women, Mean Spirited Drugs and Punishing Policies,” 2005. Social Justice. Vol 32, no 3; 54-62.
  4. Peggy McIntosh. 1998. “White Privilege, Color and Crime: A Personal Account, from Images of Color, Images of Crime” by Coramae Richey Mann and Marjorie S. Zatz. Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing Company, Los Angeles, C
  5. Stormy Ogden, 2005. A Native Woman & Former Prisoner Speaks Out, Political Research Associates, http://www.publiceye.org/defendingjustice/overview/ogden_native.html 

More Visuals:

  1.  “Incarceration Nation” Moyers & Company (PBS), December 20, 2013
  2. http://billmoyers.com/episode/incarceration-nation/

  3. Democracy Now – “Buck v Bell, Inside the Scotus”  (aired 3/17/16)
  4. http://www.democracynow.org/2016/3/17/buck_v_bell_inside_the_scotus




Spring 2017 Teaching Commons


Mental Health Among CSUN Students


Hunger and Homelessness Among CSUN Students


Cultural Community Wealth through De'VIA (Deaf Art)


When Will The Punishment EndFall 2016 Teaching Commons




Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women

Arts and Activism

Events: Self-Help Graphics and the Art of Activism + Dia de los Muertos

Class Room Activity


Environmental Justice



Erasing the Border/Borrando La Frontera



News Articles:



Journey North/Hacia el Norte Installation


Music Videos:


If you would like to access materials from previous semesters, please click on the Teaching Commons ARCHIVE



freedom nowFreedom Summer:Looking Back and Looking Forward

Post the 50 Year Anniversary of Freedom Summer 1964, we gathered various historical and current resources to use in classrooms, conversations and collaborations to develop critical consciousness and engender responsible action for freedom and social justice today. These are still available as part of our archives.


Teaching Commons - Resources by College