Guest Speaker Events

Nativism, Environmental Privilege, and the Construction of Immigration as an Ecological Threat

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Nativism, Environmental Privilege

Scholars working in the field of environmental justice studies have presented evidence that poor, working class indigenous, and people of color communities face greater threats from pollution and industrial hazards than other groups. While these studies reveal the hardships and crimes associated with environmental inequality, fewer studies consider the flipside of that reality: environmental privilege. Read more

Dr. Deepak Lamba-Nieves - Perspectives and Proposals: Puerto Rico's Economic Crisis

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Deepak Lamba-Nieves

Puerto Rico is over $72 billion of debt and the island has no resources to make any of its payments or restructure the debt. Unemployment is over 12 percent, the poverty rate is 45 percent, and half of P.R. residents are on Medicaid. This presentation addresses Puerto Rico's debt crisis as it relates to a legacy of colonialism. Read more

The Central American Studies Lecture Series presents: Alma Ruiz

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Alma Ruiz

Organizing the 20 Bienal de Arte in Guatemala City: What It Takes and What It  Means. Alma Ruiz was born in Guatemala City, and is a renowned contemporary art curator in the City of Los Angeles. She is former senior curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles where she worked for over 30 years, and where she curated numerous exhibitions on the postwar period in the United States, Italy, and Latin America, and exhibited artists such as Lygia Clark, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Magdalena Fernández, Carlos Garaicoa, Ernesto Neto, Ana Mendieta, Hélio Oiticica, and Gabriel Orozco, among others Read more

Robert Landau: Rock 'N' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 11:30am

Rock 'N' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip book cover

Inspired by the hand-painted billboards in his Hollywood neighborhood, Landau grabbed his camera and began shooting. Decades later, Landau rediscovered his Kodachromes, the only extensive collection of photographs that document those iconic billboards. Read more

Queer Migrations

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:00am

Queer Migrations

The presenters will discuss their work as it relates to the criminalization experiences of LGBTQ immigrants... Read more

Growing Bromeliads

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Bromeliad inflorescence

The CSUN-al Gardening series will host a talk by Bryan Chan on growing air plants, tank plants, and other bromeliads. Read more