Arts & Lectures Offers Free Cross-Section of Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

With the start of the academic semester, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) announces its upcoming free Arts & Lectures series, welcoming members of the community to campus to attend any of its 14 artistic, cultural or scholarly events planned this fall.
 
Each year more than 35 free events are offered to the community through the university’s Arts and Lectures series, which hosts guest lectures, film screenings, visual art talks, dance and theatre performances, musical concerts, scientific discussions, book readings and more. The cross-section of popular events has become an integral part of campus life, offering eye-opening perspectives on multiple topics and disciplines.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information regarding upcoming events, contact Arts & Lectures at 760-750-8889.

Directions and Parking
CSUSM is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit www.csusm.edu/guide. On-campus parking is available and rates range from $3 to $9 depending upon length of stay.

LECTURE
UNBROKEN: Louis Zamperini’s Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. — The Clarke Field House, Rm. 113
A World War II hero and the youngest member of the 1936 Olympic team, Louis Zamperini continues to advocate for students at risk. His courageous life inspired Pulitzer Prize winning author Laura Hillenbrand’s latest book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. At 93 years of age, Mr. Zamperini is full of life, and will share his amazing story of perseverance at Cal State San Marcos on September 13.

DANCE FILM SCREENINGS
Victoria Marks presents Three Dance Films: Veterans, Mothers & Daughters and Outside In
Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 240
Internationally recognized choreographer, video-maker, and UCLA Professor, Victoria Marks presents a selection of her award winning dance films. Veterans tracks five US vets recovering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as they make their way through the streets of Los Angeles. Mothers & Daughters pairs together family members. Outside In is a film for mixed-ability dancers from the British CandoCo Dance Company.

FILM SCREENING & LECTURE
In Celebration of California Indian Days: Ishi: A Story of Dignity, Hope and Courage
Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 240
Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, was discovered in Oroville, California 100 years ago. Ishi is still known to millions of school children and the general public throughout California and the world as the “last Yahi” through numerous, mainly non-Native depictions in books and documentaries. This film seeks to enrich and expand the story of Ishi and build upon the public’s awareness and appreciation of California Indian history. The accompanying lecture will examine Native American perspectives of Ishi’s legacy including historical myths and contemporary issues of repatriation.
Co-sponsors: CSUSM California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, USUAB, Office of the Tribal Liaison, American Indian Student Alliance

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Ritmo Loco Quartet
Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 5:30 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 111
This all-star group fuses the American jazz tradition with tropical, Salsa, and Afro-Cuban influences. The Ritmo Loco Quartet includes musicians Gunnar Biggs (bass), Mike Holguin (percussion), Danny Green (piano), and Dan Reagan (trombone). Come hear their “crazy rhythms!”

LECTURE
Dr. Kathleen Staudt: Border Violence, Border Activism: Feminist Perspectives and Strategies
Thursday, Oct. 13 at noon — The Clarke Field House, Rm. 113
Building on her research and activism over the last ten years in the bi-national El Paso-Ciudad Juárez community, Dr. Kathleen Staudt analyzes violence against women and feminicidio during the last two decades. Dr. Staudt uses a feminist lens to focus on courageous resistance, activism, and strategies for change, despite obstacles, threats, and intimidation.
Co-sponsors: USUAB and Women’s Studies

LECTURE
Juan Carlos: The 1968 Mexico City Olympics Black Power Salute: Past, Present & Future
Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. — The Clarke Field House, Rm. 113
In 1968, 100-meter Bronze medalist John Carlos stood on the medal stand at the Mexico City Olympic Games, and with his teammate, Gold medalist Tommy Smith, raised a black-gloved fist. Learn more about the significance of this iconic moment and Civil Rights history directly from the source of an Olympic champion.
Co-sponsors: USUAB, SLL, Athletics, Ethnic Studies and Global Studies Programs, and Communication, History, and Sociology Departments

THEATRE PERFORMANCE
Dulce Maria Solis presents Chela: Her Third Husband, Her First Orgasm
Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 111
CSUSM Theatre alum Dulce Solis returns with her one-woman show, Chela. The work chronicles the events of her mother’s life, from childhood in Mexico, through a journey of immigration into the U.S., and her consequent marriage, literal bondage, and emancipation. Chela is a comic twist on a true story of love, lunacy, and violence, written and performed by the dynamic Solis.

LECTURE
Edwin Black: War Against the Weak
Monday, Oct. 31 at 1:30 p.m. — The Clarke Field House, Rm. 113
Edwin Black is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling and international investigative writer with more than a million books in print. His work focuses on genocide and hate, corporate criminality, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropic abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy and historical investigation. Black has been interviewed on hundreds of network broadcasts including Oprah, the Today Show, CNN and NBC Dateline. Mr. Black’s lecture addresses the pseudoscience of the Nazis and the American eugenics movement.
Co-sponsors: Leichtag Family Foundation and USUAB

LECTURE & ART PERFORMANCE
Karen Schwenkmeyer presents M.A.M.A.’s Out of Place
Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 2:30 p.m. — Commons 206
Karen Schwenkmeyer, co-founder of the artists’ performance collective M.A.M.A (Mother Artists Making Art), presents a lecture/performance about the group’s collaborative public work (1996-2000) and her current projects that focus on the invaluable domestic and public work mothers perform daily. With deep irony and humor, Schwenkmeyer addresses aspects of the maternal that have been considered taboo and devalued, among these issues mothers’ and infants’ public breastfeeding rights. The art performed by these MAMAs “out of place” spawn new models for the maternal.

SCIENTIFIC LECTURE
Nicholas Dogris presents The Energetic Wave of the Future
Tuesday, Nov. 8 at noon — Academic Hall, Rm. 102
How can energy be transferred through the human body and contribute to healing at the molecular and cellular level? Dr. Nicholas Dogris, a health psychologist and expert in the field of neurofeedback, presents the latest in Neurofeedback and a new technology that he developed called NeuroField. NeuroField is a low intensity transcranial magnetic stimulation device that is being used for a variety of treatments including autism, ADHD, and traumatic brain injury.

MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION
Arts, Language & Cultural Revitalization in Baja’s Indigenous Communities
Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 111
Plant and language specialists Teodora Cuero (Kumiai) and Leonor Farlow (Kiliwa), and anthropologist Mike Wilken offer a multi-media presentation on the cultural revival in the production of handcrafts that is helping native artisans preserve, practice, and reinterpret traditional and ecological knowledge.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Bei Bei with New Earth Ensemble presents From Traditional to Fusion
Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 111
Bei Bei is an internationally acclaimed performer, composer and educator. Born in Chengdu, China, she started to play the Gu Zheng (Chinese Zither) at the age of seven and became a multi-award winner of many national and international competitions. Her passion for the Gu Zheng and the beauty of her music have touched people across the world.

LECTURE
Football Indian Style: The Carlisle Story
Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. — The Clarke Field House, Rm. 113
Nicole Myers-Lim, J.D., Staff Attorney, National Indian Justice Center, returns to present on a little known era of sport history. The Carlisle Indian School football team, coached by Glenn Scobey “Pop” Warner along with Olympic champion Jim Thorpe and other team members, invented modern football. They pioneered the forward pass, the overhand spiral and other tactics that transformed the way in which the sport is played. Ms. Myers-Lim will discuss the important contributions these legendary players made in changing both the game of football and federal Indian policy.
Co-sponsors: CSUSM California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, USUAB, Office of the Tribal Liaison, American Indian Student Alliance

DANCE
New Play Festival Telling Stories: Giving Voice to Foster Youth
Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 101
CSUSM Theatre, ACE Scholars and The Playwright’s Project have joined together to create an evening of original short plays by foster youth. Their work examines the challenges, celebrates the positive choices, and shares the lessons that shape their lives. Come witness their vivid, powerful, and courageous stories.
Co-sponsors: Playwright’s Project, ACE Scholars Services, and CSUSM’s Theatre

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.