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A Brown Bag with Rana Sharif

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

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Rana Sharif's research take as her point of departure the impossibility of narration presented by Edward Said in his essay, “Permission to Narrate” (1984). In it, Said outlines the impossibilities of narrating the Palestinian experience due to the pejorative powers of Israel and the West’s “disciplinary communication apparatus” whereby Palestinian legibility is denied enunciative powers. While the violences of settler colonial logics are punitive for marginal communities, what she invites is a decolonial approach to reading that does not rely on seeking validation or permission. In her work on what she call digital poetics on Palestine, she meditates on methods of expression that do not center the settler colonial state. Rather, what she invites is an enunciative collective power that centers Palestinian sociality, restorative memory-work, and a decolonial practice in reading and writing Palestine.



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Transforming Justice: Movements & Visions of Liberation

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

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This panel brings together scholars and organizers who are at the forefront of revisioning how we think about justice. Our goal is to bring together practitioners whose work moves away from state-sanctioned and/or punitive methods of dealing with harm. From rethinking extractive economies and envisioning new relationships with the land, to abolition of prison systems, to redress for those harmed by sexual violence, this panel will help us develop a deeper vocabulary and vision for social change. Read more

5th Annual Student Social Justice Conference

Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

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The keynote speaker at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM will be geographer Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore, who co-founded Critical Resistance ( and is one of the preeminent scholar-activists on prison abolition. Dr. Gilmore will speak on her upcoming book Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition ( The keynote speaker at 4:00 - 5:30 PM will be Chamorro environmental justice lawyer Julian Aguon, author of memoir/manifesto The Properties of Perpetual Light ( Read more

13th Annual We are Power: Community in Action Conference

Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

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The CSUN Department of Social Work and its co-sponsors (Ethnic Studies Education Pathways Project (ESEPP), Civil Discourse & Social Change (CDSC),USU, Division of Student Affairs, Department of Communication Studies Dean Yan Searcy, & Department of Deaf Studies) invite you to participate in the 13th annual We Are Power: Community in Action Conference. The Conference is free and open to the community, and it will be held online via Zoom Saturday March 5th, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PST). To register please click on the following link: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the organizers at
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