Mar. 22, 2016
Volume 3, Edition 29
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Alumna Anita Sarkeesian Returns to CSUN to Talk About Women in Popular Culture

Anita Sarkeesian ’07 (Communication Studies) spoke about portrayals of women in film, television, video games and other popular culture. Sarkeesian is internationally known for her media criticism and her Web-series Feminist Frequency.

Solar Observatory

CSUN Celebrates Solar Observatory’s New Home on Campus

CSUN celebrated the opening and dedication of its solar observatory in a ceremony March 15 on campus. More than 100 CSUN leaders, students, faculty members, philanthropists and members of the community gathered to herald the move of the San Fernando Observatory to its new home.

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Rockstars at VPAC

Rock Stars Light Up VPAC for Copeland’s Ben-Hur

Rock royalty including U2’s The Edge, alumnus Serj Tankian, and the drummers from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and Tool all came to CSUN’s Valley Performing Arts Center to support Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stewart Copeland’s performance of his score for the 1925 silent film classic Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

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Upcoming Events

DIAVOLO performers

FREE Show: DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion® Passengers at VPAC

Fri, March 25, 8 p.m.
Passengers explore the harmonious yet tumultuous balance between being either passengers or drivers of our lives.

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CSUN volleyball players

Senior Day: Men’s Volleyball vs. UC Santa Barbara

Sat, March 26, 7 p.m.
CSUN seniors Dan Starkey and Brian O’Gorman will play in their final home game as the Matadors conclude conference play against UCSB.

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Brian Levin

Richard Smith Lecture: Terrorism and Hate

Mon, March 28, 7 p.m.
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism and professor of criminal justice at CSU San Bernardino, will discuss how we may balance punishing individuals that commit terrorism and hate crimes while protecting the First Amendment ideals of free speech.

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Focus on Alumni & Community


Behind the Scenes: Young Alumni in TV, April 6

Join us for this unique panel discussion where recent CSUN graduates working in the television industry share insights to help you understand the challenges of getting into the business, climbing the ladder and finding success.

Armenian Studies Program Banquet, April 10

Alumni and friends of Armenian Studies Program cordially invite you to this year’s banquet, benefiting the Armenian Studies Program at CSUN.

CSUN Planetarium: New Perspectives on the Night Sky

The Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium at CSUN has offered shows and presentations every semester since 2004. Every other Friday — and occasional Thursday nights — the planetarium opens its doors to CSUN and surrounding communities for a night sky show and presentation on varying astronomy topics.

Join us at the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards, April 16

One of CSUN’s premier annual events takes place April 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. This year’s honorees are classical music singer and educator Shigemi Matsumoto ’68 (Music), business executive and humanitarian James Ring ’70 (Psychology), ’72 (Urban Studies), and financial industry leader and advocate for economic justice Robert D. Taylor ’82 (Engineering).

Rodolfo Acuña Receives John Hope Franklin Award

CSUN Chicana/o Studies professor Rodolfo “Rudy” Acuña received the prestigious award on March 14 from Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.


CSUN in the News


CSUN Professor’s Research Finds Two Active Southern California Faults May Cause a Big One

Los Angeles Times

At CSUN, Ross Porter Is a Voice from the Past

Los Angeles Times

CSUN Shines After Bringing Historic Solar Observatory Close to Home

Los Angeles Daily News