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Frances M. Beal: Building My Black Feminist House -- A Lecture with Dr. Ula Taylor

Thursday, April 6, 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

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Dr. Taylor is Professor of Africana Studies at UC Berkeley and author of The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam (2017). Dr. Taylor will speak on the life, politics, and organizing of Frances M. Beal, the journalist, theoretician, organizer, and feminist who coined the intersectional notion of ‘double jeopardy’ to analyze the racialized and gendered experiences of African American women. Dr. Taylor’s talk examines the life experiences that were formative in Frances Beal’s construction of her Black feminist house.

Reception to follow in Whitsett Room. Read more

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? A Lecture with Reverend James Lawson, Jr.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm

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Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr. is a scholar and practitioner of nonviolent civil resistance, widely recognized as a leading strategist and trainer of nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement. He was pastor at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles and has taught at GSUN since 2011.

Reverend Lawson is the Spring 2023 CSUN Distinguished Scholar. Read more

In Search of One Big Union: Folksongs and Social Movements in the United States

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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CDSC and the Department of Sociology are co-organizing an in-person talk with Dr. Corey Dolgon on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 4:00-5:30PM in the USU Thousand Oaks Room. Dr. Dolgon is a professor of Sociology at Stonehill College, whose research focuses on music and its importance to labor struggles. Join us to hear Professor Dolgon perform a singing lecture on music, struggle, and workers movements. Read more

Brown Trans Figurations as a Theoretical Framework

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

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CDSC is co-sponsoring the Queer Studies Fall Lecture with Dr. Francisco Galarte on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 5:00PM in the University Library Presentation Room. Please share widely with your networks and with your students and comrades.

Dr. Galarte is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is author of Brown Trans Figurations: Rethinking Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Chicanx/Latinx Studies, explores how transgender analytics intervene or fail to intervene

in the current reading practices that exist in Chicana/o Studies for making sense of processes of racialization, gendered violence, queer sexualities, masculinities and femininities.

To request Interpreters please email Reyna Kennedy,,  by November 7th. Read more