Fall 2009 Arts & Lectures Series

Cal State San Marcos announces its fall 2009 Arts & Lectures Series, a cross-section of artistic, cultural, and scholarly events scheduled September 16 through December 1, 2009. All events are open to the public and free except where noted.

Edible, Medicinal, Material, Ceremonial: Contemporary Ethnobotany of Southern California Indians
Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 5:30 p.m.  -  Arts Building, Room 111
This lecture is a multimedia presentation about the contemporary uses of the native plants of profound importance to the intellectual, spiritual, and cultural vitality of Indian people in the region. Presented by Rose Ramirez (Chumash/Yaqui), co-founder of the American Indian Channel, and Deborah Small, artist and professor of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Border, Beyond Hybridity
Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 5:30 p.m.  -  Markstein Hall, Room 125
Heriberto Yepez (Baja, CA) reads excerpts from his writings and discusses his critical-theoretical work on the literature and culture of the border region. Lecture & discussion will be in Spanish. Co-sponsored by the Psi Epsilon chapter of Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic Honor Society).

Indigenous Cultural Revitalization and the Arts in Baja California
Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 5:30 p.m.  -  Arts Building, Room 111
A multimedia presentation about the revival in production of handcrafts that is helping native artisans preserve, practice and reinterpret traditional and ecological knowledge. Presented by Plant and Language Specialists Teodora Cuero (Kumiai), and Leonor Farlow (Kiliwa), and anthropologist Mike Wilken.

Southern California Indian Basketry
Thursday, Sept. 24, at 12:00 p.m.  -  Tukwut Courtyard
Basket weavers Rose Ramirez (Chumash/Yaqui) and Lydia Vassar (Luiseño) demonstrate contemporary and traditional basketry techniques. The discussion highlights concerns about revitalizing cultural practices and maintaining viable habitats and ecosystems for native plants.

Simon Silva: Arts as a Means of Inspiring Learning
Monday, Sept. 28, at 7:00 p.m.  -  The M. Gordon Clarke Field House, Room 113
Acclaimed artist Simon Silva reflects on his personal experiences with sharing art as a window to expression and learning and as a source of self-esteem, empowerment, and cultural pride.

Teatro Izcalli: Anthology
Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7:00 p.m.  -  The Arts Building, Room 111
Chicano comedy-troupe Teatro Izcalli is known nationally for their hilarious political and social satire. Come see Anthology, a collection of their most popular skits.

Thaisa Frank: Finding Your Writer's Voice
Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6:00 p.m.  -  Markstein Hall, Room 125
Thaisa Frank will read from her works including, A Brief History of Camouflage, Sleeping in Velvet, and a forthcoming collection entitled Little Rooms for Almost-Normal People.

Meanings in Motion: A Lecture and Performance of Salsa and Ballroom
Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 5:30 p.m.  -  The Arts Building, Room 111
Jonathan S. Marion, author of Ballroom: Culture & Context in Competitive Dance, discusses the culture of salsa and competitive ballroom dancing, followed by performances from both local salsa teams and nationally ranked professional ballroom competitors. Co-sponsored by DanceForums.com and SalsaForums.com.

Dr. Lynn Hunt: The Invention of Human Rights
Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m.  -  The M. Gordon Clarke Field House, Room 113
Lynn Hunt, professor of History at UCLA, discusses the historical origins of "human rights." Dr. Hunt is one of the country's most renowned historians and the author of several books, including Inventing Human Rights, Telling the Truth about History, and The Family Romance of the French Revolution. Co-sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta (The History Honor Society) and The History Club.

Foreclosing Our Future: The Recession's Impact on Immigrants
Monday, Oct. 12, at 7:00 p.m. - Markstein Hall, Room 125
A dynamic panel discussion with activists Jesse Diaz (May Day Marches), Carmen Duran (former maquiladora worker), Carmen Valadez (CITTAC, La Colectiva, Feminista Binacional and Casa de Cultura Obrera), and Enrique Davalos (San Diego Maquiladora Workers' Solidarity Network).

Pierre Bensusan: Guitarist and Singer
Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 12 Noon and 1:15 p.m.  -  The Arts Building, Room 111
French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the most eloquent and diverse world musicians on the concert stage today. His style of playing defies classification crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk music and more. Pianist George Winston writes that Pierre is "one of the truly gifted musicians of our time - he plays the guitar as if it were the very soul of himself." In 2008 Bensusan received Guitar Player Magazine's prestigious Readers Choice Award as Best World Music Guitar Player. Free for CSUSM students, faculty, and staff. General admission $15 for each concert. Co-sponsored by the Funes Fund

Gunnar Biggs' Latin Jazz Quartet
Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m.  -  Arts Building, Room 111
Noted jazz musicians Gunnar Biggs (bass), Irving Flores (piano), Mike Holguin (percussion), and Dan Reagan (trombone) perform Salsa, Latin Jazz, Afro Cuban rhythms and Latin Fusion.

Dr. John G. Stoessinger: From Holocaust to Harvard & Beyond: Reflections of a Survivor
Thursday, Oct. 22, at 12 Noon - Academic Hall, Room 102
Dr. John Stoessinger, a renowned scholar in international relations, shares his experience as a European Holocaust survivor. His lecture emphasizes the good of the people who helped him escape the horrors of the Nazis. Co-sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha

Jose Yenque: Between
Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7:00 p.m. - Markstein Hall, Room 125
Actor Jose Yenque will screen and discuss his work in the feature film Between, a complex and chilling thriller hailed by many to be the freshest, hip thriller since Memento and The Sixth Sense. "A tightly conceived tour de force." - Sundance Film Festival

Dr. Heidi Kraft: Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital
Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 12 Noon  - M. Gordon Clarke Field House, Room 113
Dr. Heidi Kraft will present her book, Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital, and discuss her work regarding combat stress and her experiences while deployed in a remote airbase in Iraq.

Sects and Violence: The New Economics of Religion and Terrorism
Thursday, Nov. 12, at 12 Noon - Academic Hall, Room 102
Dr. Eli Berman, Professor of Economics at UC San Diego and Research Director for the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, discusses from his book Radical, Religious, and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism (MIT Press, 2009). Co-sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha

Pamela Tanner Boll: Who Does She Think She Is?
Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m.  - Markstein Hall, Room 125
Academy Award-winning Producer/Director Pamela Tanner Boll's feature film focuses on five bold and talented women who navigate some of the most problematic intersections of our time: mothering and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. Boll will screen the film and invite discussion.

Tim Wise: Between Barack and a Hard Place: Challenging Racism, Privilege and Denial in the Age of Obama.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. - M. Gordon Clarke Field House, Room 113
Among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the country, Tim Wise presents issues of race and privilege within the context of the Obama presidency. His lecture challenges participants to identify and dismantle racism in systems and institutions.

Winona LaDuke: Indigenous Environmental Justice
Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 6:00 p.m. - M. Gordon Clarke Field House, Room 113
Winona LaDuke Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg, is an internationally renowned activist and author working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota and is a two-time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party. She is the author of five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All Our Relations, and a novel, Last Standing Woman.

A Boy, a Girl, a Virus and the Relationship that Happened Anyway
Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 6:00 p.m. - M. Gordon Clarke Field House, Room 113
In honor of World AIDS Day, Shawn Decker and Gwenn Barringer highlight issues of safe sex, intimacy, communication between partners and the medical realities of HIV infection in a presentation of witty and thoughtful performances. Co-sponsored by the Student Health & Counseling Services/ HOPE & Wellness Center Clarke/USUAB-Fitness ASI CA.

For more information regarding upcoming events, contact the Office of Arts & Lectures at 760-750-4366.

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About Arts & Lectures

Each year, Arts & Lectures engages the support and advice of CSUSM faculty, staff, students and the community in developing a series of 20-40 events including lectures across various fields, film/video screenings, visual art talks, dance and theatre performances, music concerts, scientific discussions, book readings and more.  The Series has become an integral part of campus life and offers eye-opening perspectives on multiple topics, issues, and disciplines by bringing in exceptional guests who are experts in various fields creatively and intellectually.  The program not only supplements and complements curricular needs but it also enriches cultural life on the campus and within the community.
All Arts & Lectures events are offered FREE (unless otherwise noted) and open to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

The Series has become an integral part of campus life and offers eye-opening perspectives on multiple topics, issues, and disciplines by bringing in exceptional guests who are experts in various fields creatively and intellectually.