Inspiring scholarly dialogue and artistic expression, Arts and Lectures at CSUSM announces its spring lineup featuring 14 free community events including professional dance performances, film screenings and a guest lecture from the “father of Chicano Theater” Luis Valdez.

The cross-section of popular events has become an integral part of campus life, offering diverse perspectives on multiple topics and disciplines. The series will kick off on Tuesday, Jan. 31 with a solo concert by renowned pianist and new faculty member Ching-Ming Cheng.

“Arts and Lectures brings eye-opening points of view to our campus and our community in a way that enhances learning, fosters intellectual discussion, promotes artistic expression and celebrates diversity,” said Karen Schaffman, professor of visual and performing arts and chair of Arts & Lectures.

The season will feature a handful of contemporary dance companies and theatrical troops, premiere two documentary film screenings including “Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?” and host guest lecturers including theology author Dallas Willard, Disney actress Kim Rhodes from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and activist Luis Valdez.

All events are free and open to the public with seating limited to first come, first serve. Arts and Lectures first appeared as an informal concert series nearly 25 years ago when the university was still a satellite campus of San Diego State. Today, Arts and Lectures draws 8,000 audience members each year to the campus to attend a cross-section of artistic and intellectual events.

Annually the program receives more than 50 proposals for events. This spring, the advisory committee, which consists of about 12 members and is led by Dr. Schaffman, will host an informal meeting on February 16 at noon where interested parties can learn more about the selection process and get answers on how to propose a sponsored event. The deadline to submit proposals for the 2012-13 academic year is March 9. The informational meeting will be held in the Social and Behavioral Science Building in room 3219.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

MUSIC
Ching-Ming Cheng: Solo Piano Recital
Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 111
Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng, new faculty at CSUSM, debuts in an evening of concert piano. The program will journey from the classical era to modern romanticism. Dr. Cheng, who has played with symphonies in Taiwan and Florida, will perform pieces by composers Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin, Joseph Hayden and Ferruccio Busoni.
Co-sponsored by So-Cal Pianos and PianoRentals.com

POETRY AND MULTIMEDIA
The Mixed Blood Project: Claudine Rankine
Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. — Markstein Hall, Rm. 125
Whether writing about intimacy or alienation, Claudia Rankine’s voice is one of unflinching and unrelenting candor, and her poetry is some of the most innovative and thoughtful to emerge in recent years. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and educated at Williams College and Columbia University, Rankine is the author of four collections of award-winning poetry and her work is included in several prominent anthologies.

DANCE
LUX BOREAL presents “LAMB”
Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 111
For mature audiences only
Tijuana-based LUX BOREAL is a Contemporary Dance Company featured and acclaimed internationally.  LUX BOREAL will perform their latest work, LAMB, created by Australian choreographer Phillip Adams. Incorporating film and spoken word, LAMB is a curious amalgam of biblical and modern references. 
Co-sponsored by Dance Studies Program and the National Latino Research Center

LECTURE
Dallas Willard: Logic, Faith, and the Objectivity of Knowledge
Thursday, March 8 at 12 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 240
Author Dallas Willard is a Philosophy Professor at the University of Southern California. His work covers mathematics to metaphysics and epistemology - that is, how do we really know what we know? His best-selling theological books include The Divine Conspiracy (1998) and The Great Omission (2006). In this talk, Dr. Willard discusses the role of faith and logic in postmodern society. How shall we recast the age-old university mandate to discover truth?
Co-sponsored by Priority Christian Challenge and the Philosophy Department

LECTURE
Kathryn Sorrels: Creative Dialogues in Social Justice
Thursday, March 15 at 12 p.m. — Commons, Rm. 206
Dr. Kathryn Sorrells is a potter and professor at CSU Northridge who uses creative and dialogic methods to teach about issues of culture, gender, race, and social justice. She presents her model of intercultural praxis, from her book Intercultural Communication: Globalization and Social Justice. She also shares her experience in directing Communicating Common Ground, a nationally funded initiative to address hate speech and racially based violence in our schools.

DANCE
Christine Suarez presents “Wet Spots: Solo”
Written by Christine Suarez and Mark Rizzo
Monday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 101
For mature audiences only
Los Angeles-based choreographer, Christine Suarez performs Wet Spots: Solo, the culmination of four years of research in libraries and dance studios. Suarez asked dozens of women to tell her about their first and most memorable orgasms. The culminating solo performance is a physical and theatrical landscape that is part dancing, part clowning and part history of the female orgasm.
Co-sponsored by SHCS Hope & Wellness Center, the Women’s Studies Department and the Dance Studies Program

MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE
Reflections by Lenora Lee Dance with Kei Lun Martial Arts & Enshin Karate, South San Francisco Dojo
Wed., March 28 at 7:30 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 111
Reflections is an interdisciplinary performance piece addressing the struggle for dominance and survival, the pursuit of wisdom, the relationship between yin (soft) and yang (hard), and ultimately the quest for peace. The evening also includes an excerpt of Lenora Lee's Passages: For Lee Ping To, which commemorates the Centennial of the Angel Island Immigration Station. It was just nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design.
Co-sponsored by Asian Improv aRts and the Dance Studies Program

FILM SCREENING
Somewhere Near Tapachula
Tuesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. — The Clarke, Rm. 113
54 Mexican Kids, 37 Surfboards, 2 Australian Parents, 1 Inspiring Surf Story. Somewhere Near Tapachula is a documentary about Mission Mexico Children's Refuge. Set in Tapachula, Mexico, the film focuses on the unique surf community pioneered by Australians Pam and Alan Skuse. A story of hope and empowerment, the film is known for sharing the power of riding waves, whether you are a surfer or not.
Co-sponsored by the University Student Union Advisory Board, Kinesiology Department and ASI Campus Recreation

FILM SCREENING
Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?
Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m. — The Clarke, Rm. 113
Internationally known scholar and filmmaker Saul Landau presents his recent documentary film Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up? (2011). Featuring Danny Glover, this award-winning film spans 50 years of politics between the U.S. and Cuba with rare interviews of intelligence and counter-intelligence agents.  Dr. Landau is currently Professor Emeritus at CSU Pomona and Senior Fellow at and Vice Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies. He has created over 40 films concerning human rights.
Co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Department, Global Studies Program, Political Science Department and the Political Science Club

LECTURE
Larry Reitzer: TV to Film: An Insider’s Perspective
Thursday, April 12 at 5 p.m. — Markstein Hall, Rm. 125
Larry Reitzer is an experienced television writer and story editor with numerous shows to his credit including Ugly Betty, Just Shoot me, Ruby and the Rockets, Twins, and Melissa and Joey.  Mr. Reitzer will discuss the creative process of writing for TV and share his experiences from the sets of his various productions.

LECTURE
The Convict Criminology: Christopher Bickel, Ph.D., Martin Leyva, and Alan Mobley, Ph.D.
Monday, April 16 at 6 p.m. — The Clarke, Rm. 113
Convict Criminology is a counter to mainstream criminological accounts of crime and incarceration. It privileges the voices, experiences, and knowledge of the formerly incarcerated and is a powerful critical literature that empowers those who produce it, those who see themselves in it, and those who discover it.

LECTURE
Kim Rhodes: An Actor Moves from Page to Stage
Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. — Markstein Hall, Rm. 125
Kim Rhodes is an actor and singer known for her roles as Carey on Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Mom in the recent release of Beethoven’s 4th.  She has also appeared numerous TV shows including House M.D., Supernatural, and CSI.  Ms. Rhodes will discuss the process of working from “page to stage” and the significance of arts in education.

LECTURE
Luis Valdez: An Evening with the Founder of Chicano Theater
Tuesday, May 1 at 6 p.m. — The Clarke, Rm. 113
In celebration of International Workers Day
Luis Valdez, playwright, activist, and director, is internationally renowned as the “father of Chicano Theater.”  Revered as the founder of El Teatro Campesino, which translates to The Farmworkers Theater, Valdez’s plays and films include Zoot Suit, La Bamba, La Pastorela, I Am Joaquín, and more.
Co-sponsored by the Theatre Arts Program, Social Justice and Equity Project, Center ARTES and the National Latino Research Center

COMMUNITY EVENT
CSUSM Luau
Wednesday, May 2 at 6 p.m. — The Clarke Grand Terrace
Aloha! Ancient Hawaiians traditionally feasted for special occasions. Come celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month for the month of May. There will be traditional Polynesian food and performances.
Hosted by APIFSA and co-sponsored by University Student Union Advisory Board and Campus Activities Board

“Arts and Lectures brings eye-opening points of view to our campus and our community in a way that enhances learning, fosters intellectual discussion, promotes artistic expression and celebrates diversity,” said Karen Schaffman, professor of visual and performing arts and chair of Arts & Lectures.