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Low and Slow at CSUN: Lowrider Culture on Display at the University Library

Lowrider exhibitLowriding is not just about the lovingly and extravagantly painted and restored cars that cruise slowly down the boulevards of Los Angeles. It's a way of life in Southern California and around the country. That culture is the focus of "The Politics of Low and Slow," an art show featured now in the  Story continues: Read more


Xóchitl M. Flores-Marcial Awarded Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship

Xóchitl M. Flores-MarcialXóchitl M. Flores-Marcial (Chicana/o Studies) has been awarded the highly prestigious Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2022-2023 to complete her book project Zapotec Gift: Mesoamerican Social Networks 1330-2020.

The testimony included a detailed description of a then centuries-old tradition in which members of the community shared their goods or skills, knowing that sometime in the future the recipients would pay it back.

“The testimony provided hard evidence,” Flores-Marcial said, “that the indigenous people of the Americas for centuries before colonization had a system of collaboration, exchange and sharing, which researchers now refer to as social networks and shared economics.” Read more.


Beatriz Cortez is a 2022–2024 Borderlands Fellow

Beatriz CortezBeatriz Cortez (Central American and Transborder Studies) is a 2022–2024 Borderlands Fellow as part of the Vera List Center’s Focus Theme cycle Correction*.

Cortez’s fellowship project considers the Tierra Blanca Joven, the layer of ash deposited by the fifth century C.E. eruption of the Ilopango Volcano in what is now El Salvador. The resulting Tierra Blanca Joven is land with spiritual meaning to people who subsequently migrated and today continue to migrate from the Central American region to other territories. Crossing present and future borders and temporalities, the Tierra Blanca Joven makes visible and sacred the movement of matter and people.  Read more


Brandy Underwood Named 2022-23 College of Humanities Research Fellow

Brandy UnderwoodBrandy Underwood (English) has been selected as the College of Humanities Research Fellow 2022/2023 for her project titled, The Black Crowd, Leadership, Affect, and Racial Uplift in African American Literature.  The Academic Affairs Research Fellows Program is a collaboration between the University Library, the Office of the Provost, and the colleges. The program’s goal is to foster research and mentor new scholars. Along with the honor of recognition, the fellowship provides twelve units of reassigned time for continuing work on a specific project.

Upcoming Events

2023 Chinese New Year’s Celebration Party

Saturday, February 4, 2023 - 4:30pm to 8:30pm


CSUN China Institute and CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association) cordially invite you to 2023 Chinese New Year party. This is our first on-campus celebration since 2019, and we will celebrate the Year of the Rabbit together. The first day on the Chinese calendar falls on January 22nd, and our party is one night before the Lantern Festival.  The Rabbit is a symbol of energy, positivity, and productivity in Chinese culture, which are what we need as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

Property in the Promised Land: Debt, Murder, and the Modernization of Los Angeles

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Dr. Mark Vestal

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Marques Vestal, Assistant Professor of Critical Black Urbanism at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Dr. Vestel will talk about the modernization of Los Angeles' and the early 20th Century political and cultural economy. His talk frames the discussion around the deaths of two Los Angeles sheriff's deputies sent to evict a Black homeowner, George Farley. We will learn about the central role of racialized debt and eviction in Los Angeles' drive for growth in the dawning decades of the Twentieth Century. Get more information about this event.

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