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Through Central American Studies Programs, New, Vital Voices Are Emerging

Central American Studies still remains a fairly new field of study. For decades, the subcontinent of Central America has been studied by political scientists, historians and sociologists, but much of their research has not ended up in classroom textbooks or lectures through official programs. California State University at Northridge is one of the few that has established a Bachelor of Arts program in Central American Studies. Attending CSU-Northridge and enrolling in this program allows undergraduate students, for the first time, to dedicate their studies to exploring the major questions they may have about their homelands in way other universities fall short of doing. -- Study Breaks

Beach science – Born in Redondo

Adult Giant Sea Bass are denizens of California and Mexico’s kelp forests, rocky reefs and wrecks, and are familiar to many SCUBA divers. But until recently, nobody knew where to find their babies. In 2013, then-Masters of Science student Stephanie Benseman of California State University at Northridge began a multi-year research project to find out where the babies lived, how they lived, and how fast they grew. In 2013 she searched high and low along the Southern California coast but didn’t find any. Then in 2014, after a Redondo diver remarked that she had seen one, Benseman found a baby Giant Sea Bass on her next dive in the shallows off the Veterans Park stairs. After finding more off Redondo and other submarine canyons, she realized that searching sandy shallows inshore from the tips of submarine canyons was the key to finding them. That year, I began helping with her studies while also beginning my own studies of baby Giant Sea Bass that continue to present day. I’ve spent over 250 hours underwater studying baby Giant Sea Bass at Nursery Sites, mostly along Redondo Beach. We’ve learned a lot. -- Easy Reader News

17 Of The Best Things To Do This Week In Southern California

Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) — 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge Formed in 1970, the brass ensemble has played (with various lineups) many of the world's major music halls. The quintet's repertoire runs the gamut from the classical and baroque to jazz and standards, but this concert at CSUN draws heavily from the album, Christmas Time is Here. -- LAist

Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Nov. 30-Dec. 7

Nochebuena – Christmas Eve in Mexico: Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar, 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets $34-$79. The Soraya at Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St. 818-677-3000. -- Los Angeles Daily News

BiRDMAN Composer Antonio Sanchez Releases New Album

ntonio Sánchez Tour Dates: w/ Migration unless noted otherwise January 5: Highline Ballroom, New York, NY January 10: Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, NL January 11: LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, NL January 12: Flagey, Brussels Jazz Festival, Brussel, BE January 13: A38, Budapest, HU January 14: Alte Feuerwache Mannheim, Mannheim, DE January 15: Teatro Lope De Vega, Sevilla, ES January 16: Fasching Stockholm, Stockholm, SE * March 13: Valley Performing Arts Center, Great Hall, Northridge CA March 14: Valley Performing Arts Center, Great Hall, Northridge, CA ** March 15: Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, CA March 19-20: Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA March 22: Jaqua Concert Hall - John G Shedd Institute for the Arts, Eugene OR March 23: Tower Theater, Bend, OR *Bad Hombre performance -- Top-40 Charts

CSUN Celebrates 60 Years with New Pictorial History Book

The first official pictorial history book on California State University, Northridge – since the early 1990s – was recently published, depicting the university’s meteoric rise and growth from its founding in 1958 to the present day. -- San Fernando Valley Sun

El Soraya celebra la navidad al puro estilo mexicano

El teatro Soraya, que al año realiza más de 50 eventos de música clásica, popular, de danza y de teatro, es de los pocos lugares de su clase –si no es que el único– que realiza una celebración navideña al puro estilo mexicano. -- La Opinión (in Spanish)