Fall 2016 Series
Tickets Go On Sale August 29th!

TICKET INFORMATION:

  • Please bring your printed ticket or have your scannable Eventbrite barcode ready at the door
  • Students are only permitted one "free" ticket per event. Please refund your free ticket on Eventbrite if you cannot attend so others can enjoy the event!
  • Please check your confirmation email and/or printed event ticket for parking information and look for the "Arts and Lectures" signage once you arrive on campus to lead you to the event.
  • If ticketholders are not seated 5 minutes prior to the beginning of a performance, Arts & Lectures reserves the right to offer that seat to another guest.
  • Eventbrite ticketing fees may apply.

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The Way You Look (at me) Tonight
Featuring Jess Curtis/Gravity (SF) and Claire Cunningham (Scotland)
September 22, 7:30pm, ARTS 111

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How do we look at each other? How do we allow ourselves to be seen? How do the ways we perform the act of viewing another person and the world around us shape how we perceive either? 

The Way You Look (at me) Tonight
 is a social sculpture—a sensory journey for two performers and the audience.  Dancing, singing, telling stories and asking questions, Claire Cunningham and Jess Curtis combine performance, original live music and video to wrestle (sometimes literally) with important questions about our habits and practices of perceiving each other and the world.
A "Touch Tour" will be offered before the performance for people who are visually impaired or blind.  Please contact the office of Arts & Lectures for reservations in advance. 

Co-sponsored by CSUM Dance Studies, PADL West, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.

You can learn more about this event here or on facebook and twitter.
CSUSM Students: FREE
Community: $12
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $6

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Let Them Eat Cake
Film Screening followed by Q&A with the Director, Alexis Krasilovsky and Discussant, Professor Glen Brodowsky, College of Business Administration, CSUSM
October 5, 6pm, USU Ballroom


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This poetic documentary film takes you on an international journey exploring the ironies between pastry-making and those who cannot afford to eat cake.  Filmmakers in 12 countries joined hands with award-winning writer/director Alexis Krasilovsky to address the complex relationships among global food production and consumption, poverty and social justice.

Let Them Eat Cake won “Best Documentary Feature” at the December 2015 Paris Independent Film Festival among many other awards and accolades.  Join the post-screening discussion with the director about the making of this poignant film and its far-reaching implications.

You can learn more about this event here or on facebook and twitter.

CSUSM Students: FREE
Community: $10
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $5

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Fearless Project
Featuring Jeff Sheng
October 18, 6:30 pm, NEW Sports Center 

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Jeff Sheng is an American artist whose photographic work over the last decade has focused on the 21st century LGBT rights movement.  He began photographing FEARLESS in 2003 as a self-exploration of his own identity as a former closeted high school athlete.  The project now features portraits of over 200 LGBT student athletes and was just published as a book with an afterword by retired NBA basketball player Jason Collins. 

The photographs from FEARLESS have been exhibited at the headquarters of Nike and ESPN, as well as select locations at the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics.  An exhibition of 30 photographs from the series will be displayed as part of the event. 

You can learn more about this event here or on facebook and twitter.

CSUSM Students: FREE
Community: $12
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $6

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Last Day of Freedom
A Documentary by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman (32 mins)
Film Screening and Discussion/Q&A with Director Nomi Talisman
October 19, 6pm, USU Ballroom

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When Bill Babbit realized his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision—should he call the police?  Last Day of Freedom is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a Veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism and ultimately the death penalty.  The film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day – racial bias, veteran’s rights, mental health care and criminal justice. 

Created from over 32,000 hand-drawn images, the film has garnered international film attention and won numerous awards since its premiere at Full Frame Film Festival in April 2015 where it won Best Short Story Documentary.  Last Day of Freedom recently won the IDA Award for Best Short Documentary and was a 2015 Oscar Nominee.

You can learn more about this event here or on facebook and twitter.

CSUSM Students: FREE
Community: $10
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $5

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The History of Jamaican SKA
Featuring a Musical Performance by The Amalgamated
October 27, 6pm, USU Ballroom

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The Amalgamated is a 10-piece band dedicated to performing traditional style Jamaican SKA, Rocksteady and Reggae music. The band has performed throughout southern California and Arizona and has shared the stage with many original Jamaican artists.  The Amalgamated will perform their fun and funky tunes and discuss the many facets of early Jamaican music.  You won’t want to miss this talk and lively musical performance that will have you dancing in—and maybe even out of—your seat!

You can learn more about this event here or on facebook.

CSUSM Students: FREE
Community: $10
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $5

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Ask The Right Question
Featuring Amanda Wirtz
November 3, 6pm, USU Ballroom

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Join award-winning Veteran and internationally renowned speaker and violinist Amanda Wirtz on an exploration of story and music investigating a question that has the power to transform your life and our world.  Discover the truth behind her incredible tragedy-to-triumph story as she creatively weaves musical talent into an unforgettable tapestry.  You will be moved and motivated to become a better you!  Join Wirtz in asking ‘The Right Question!’

You can learn more about this event here or on facebook.
#asktherightquestion

CSUSM Students: FREE
Community: $10
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $5

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Cornel West
November 4, 6pm, USU Ballroom

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Professor * Philosopher * Author * Activist

In the forthcoming Democracy Matters Tour, Dr. Cornel West will impart a message of love, equality and justice with a focus on the American democratic experiment but with reference to a broader, global humanitarian context. Topics will range from the 2016 political climate, Socratic self-examination, social activism and civic engagement, police brutality, the African American Freedom Fighting tradition and more.

Dr. West is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.  He has also taught at Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris.  Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. 

As a writer of 20 books and editor of 13, he is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, as well as his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.  

Collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert, he has produced three spoken word albums including Never Forget.

Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now.  He made his film debut in the Matrix – and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. 

Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice. You won't want to miss this event!

You can learn more about this event here or on facebook and twitter.

CSUSM Students: FREE
Community: $12
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $6

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What I Learned from Cesar Chavez:
An Evening with Marc Grossman of the Chavez Foundation
November 30, 6:30pm, USU Ballroom

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Marc Grossman served as Cesar Chavez’s press secretary, speechwriter and personal aide as he worked alongside the civil rights leader for 24 years.   Grossman provides unique insight into the complex life and legacy of Cesar Chavez, including Chavez’s transformational vision of what a union could be and why he was the first to successfully organize farm workers.  Grossman is the author of the new foreword to Sal Si Puedes (Escape If You Can), CSUSM’s Sixth Annual Common Read. 

You can learn more about this event here.
#salsipuedes

CSUSM Students: FREE
Community: $5
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: FREE

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