College of Humanities Newsletter

Spring 2009


Volume 3, Issue 2

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In This Issue

  1. Message from Humanities Dean Elizabeth A. Say
  2. Ward Language Center Transformed!
  3. The new Associate Dean for the College
  5. Asian American Studies Founding Chair, Kenyon Chan to speak & Student Awards celebration hosted by the Asian American Studies Department
  6. Professor Glenn Omatsu, on the importance of the College of Humanities Peer Mentor Program
  7. New Location for the Women’s Research and Resource Center
  8. One Campus, One Book: CSUN’s Freshman Common Reading for 2009-2010 The Soloist
  9. Calling all reading enthusiasts! You are invited to join us for our Fall 2009 Community Book Discussions
  10. Mary Eve Finestone, retired faculty member and CSUN supporter, shares, her "five and ten cents" from the Community Book Discussion of Nickel and Dimed
  11. Bond, James Bond
  12. The Trouble with Harry
  13. The Mission of the College of Humanities


The College of Humanities Newsletter

Message from Humanities Dean Elizabeth A. Say

As we look toward the end of another Academic Year, we have much to share with you. This issue of our newsletter will introduce you to four new faculty members who joined the College in 2008/2009. You will find that, while each is a distinct and different personality they all share in common the love of teaching and learning that is the hallmark of our faculty. We are happy to have them here at CSUN!

In this issue we highlight the transformation of the Barbara Ann Ward Language Center and the Women’s Resource Center. With the support of the Provost, in the BAWLC we have truly created a state-of-the-art lab that will benefit our students for years to come. While the WRRC is now in a new location, it continues to serve the CSUN community and provide outreach and support to the surrounding region. I hope many of you will join us this Fall as we will again sponsor Community Book Discussions featuring the Freshman Common Reading selection, The Soloist. Dr. Kenyon Chan will deliver the Asian American Studies Distinguished lecture at the end of April; some of you will remember Kenyon form his years as Chair of Asian American Studies.

Finally, I want to call your attention to an exciting opportunity we will be sponsoring next October. The Department of Gender and Women Studies will host Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi. Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer and human rights activist who was recognized for her pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights. She was the first Iranian to have ever received this honor. While details are still being worked out, this October event will be free and open to the public. I hope you will find these new developments in the College of Humanities as exciting as we do and that you take the time to visit us the next time you are on campus. Keep an eye on our website for College of Humanities activities throughout the year.

Dean Elizabeth A. Say
Elizabeth A. Say, Ph.D.

Ward Language Center Transformed!

MAC Computers in the Barbara Ann Ward Language Center



Students at the computers in the Barbara Ann Ward LAnguage Center



Computer Workstations in the Barbara Ann Ward Language Center

Renovation of The Barbara Ann Ward Language Center was recently completed. The renovation was largely supported by a grant from the office of the Provost with supplemental funding provided by the College of Humanities. The"new" center is now divided into three rooms: an instructional "smart" classroom with 30 work stations, a drop-in lab with wireless access, and a small video viewing room. The Center’s innovative design allows for both library style use by all patrons as well as use by faculty as a fully equipped smart classroom with access to audio/video/mutli region DVD/data projection. Faculty, staff and students have access to all media materials and equipment housed in the BAWLC.

The Center, located in Jerome Richfield Hall 316 provides audio, video and language specific software in Armenian, Chinese, Classics, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish, and is also equipped with a full range of assistive technology for students with varying disabilities. The Center also provides training for faculty, staff and students in electronic mail usage, HTML and web page creation, internet use targeted to language acquisition, curriculum specific software, and word processing with emphasis on diacritical characters. A further function of the Center is the organization of hands-on workshops or local community colleges and high schools.

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