Distinguished Speaker Series: Sandy Bauer, Owner of Red Table Restaurant

281573_496965316994835_1486609783_nSandy Bauer joins us for an evening to share important life lessons. From the beginning of her career at Disneyland to her current occupation as Director of Human Resources at D.D. Dunlap and Owner of Red Table Restaurant, Sandy Bauer has many stories to share and advice to give to students in our department as they prepare for graduation. After graduating from our Department, she has been in several communication related fields, serving as a Technical Writer for the Software Company Wynne Systems, Director of Meetings and Conventions for the Hilton Hotel of Long Beach, Social Events Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach, and Director of Sales Training at the Hilton Hotel in the San Diego Sales Complex. This event is intended for all Communication Studies students, and particularly our graduating seniors as they near graduation. Please also join us following the event to socialize with our Distinguished Speaker, to eat some antojitos, and hang out a bit with classmates.

Annual African Studies Day Distinguished Speaker

Africana Studies Day 04-28-15-page-001The Department of Africana Studies would like to invite you to attend our annual Africana Studies Day Forum which will be an Ethnic Studies Forum with a keynote lecture by Dr. Kenneth Monteiro, Dean, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, titled “The Chancellor’s Task Force for the Advancement of Ethnic Studies: Reflections on its Rationale and Work” on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 2:003:15pm, LH-150.

The forum will discuss the initiative by our department beginning two years ago to sustain and advance Africana Studies and ethnic studies as a whole at CSULB and in the CSU system; the strong support gained from a variety of sources; the resultant Chancellor’s statewide moratorium on any negative changes to ethnic studies; and the formation of a Task Force to deal with critical issues concerning ways and means of advancement composed of faculty, academic leaders, campus presidents, representatives from the statewide Ethnic Studies Council and students.

We hope that you will attend and would appreciate your making an announcement about this forum to your students. Please find attached an announcement of this event.

In Solidarity for Excellence,


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Preventing Sexual Violence in Educational Settings

Flyer - Preventing Sexual Violence in Educational Settings-page-001EdWeek 2015 Detailed Schedule of Events_8-5x11-page-001Please join us for this informative and interactive professional development event to increase your understanding of how to prevent sexual violence in educational settings. This event is brought to you by Laria Hamada, CSULB Office of Equity and Diversity, and Christina Kreachbaum, Su Casa of Ending Domestic Violence. The presentation will take in the Anatol Center in AS-119 at 4:30-5:30pm, followed by the reception on the Anatol Center Patio at 5:30-7:oopm.

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College of Liberal Arts Internship Conference at the Pyramid

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We are pleased to announce an opportunity for you to participate in an upcoming internship event here on campus!

The conference will be held on Friday, March 13th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in The Pointe, at the Pyramid. The Conference is free and complementary lunch with be served. Students need to RSVP as space is limited. The conference will feature: 

·Keynote by Carl Kemp, 2 term ASI president, CSULB Alum  who graduated with a BA in Africana Studies

·College of Liberal Arts Student Panel, students will share their internship experiences, provide information on how to find internships and how their Liberal Arts education helped them stand out

·Employer Panel, employers will discuss how to be a successful intern, things they are looking for in interns and how to market your Liberal Arts education

·Interviewing as an Art Session, presenter will provide interview tips and help students prepare for interviews

·Internship Fair, Some employers featured at the fair include- PBS, Angel Stadium, Peace Corps, Laserfiche, City of Long Beach, CIA, Northwestern Mutual and more.

·Students will also be able to:

o   Get their resumes critiqued

o   Do mock interviews with employers

o   Take their LinkedIn photo

o   Learn how to search for internships

Students can find information here: http://careers.csulb.edu/news/2015_internship_conference-featurezone.htm or please click here for event flyer details. We hope you are able to attend!

Award Winning Peruvian Author On Campus

Claudia Salazar Final-page-001Award-winning Peruvian author, Claudia Salazar Jiménez will be on campus Monday, March 16th at 4pm for a Book Presentation and Q/A Session. Her novel, La sangre de la aurora (Bloody Dawn) was recently awarded the prestigious “Premio de las Américas”. The novel is an exploration of the role of women in Peru during the insurrection of the guerrilla group known as the Sendero Luminoso (Shinning Path) in the 1980s. Three fragmented stories – a lesbian photographer from Lima, a terrorist teacher, and a peasant from Ayacucho­– are interwoven to recreate a heartbreaking episode in Peru’s history. Nonetheless, this novel goes beyond the themes of violence, war, and terror. Salazar brings into play the displaced female body, the fragmented discourse, and the visual representations of women, which allow her female voices to recount past events that are not only part of Peru’s history but also part of human existence.

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RGRLL Film Series

RGRLLCurrents-page-001The Department of Romance German Russian Languages & Literatures Film Series “Currents in Contemporary European Cinema” will begin this evening at 7pm preceded by an event kickoff at 5pm. This film series explores the perspectives of contemporary Europe through the creative lens of France, Spain, Italy and Russia. 

We are looking forward to a successful film series and thank you for your support!

Screenings will begin with an introduction. Please click here for event flyer details. 

An Evening of Persian-Jewish Music


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The Jewish Studies Program presents, “An Evening of Persian-Jewish Music–Monajat with Galeet Dardashti and featuring video artist Dmitry Kmlnitsky. Middle Eastern vocalist and composer, Galeet Dardashti, the granddaughter of the most renowned singer of Persian classical music in Iran, and daughter of highly esteemed cantor Farid Dardashti, is the first woman in her family to continue her family tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship. 

Her newest performance, Monajat, is inspired by the poetic prayers of Selihot, recited during the month preceding Jewish New Year. It is a time-specific concert and program that takes place during a period of deep reflection and spiritual preparation. In the project, she re-imagines the Selihot ritual in collaboration with an acclaimed ensemble of musicians, an electronic soundscape, and dynamic live video art. 

Monajat is a Persian word meaning an intimate dialogue with the Divine. Using Persian melodies and Hebrew texts, the work pays homage to her grandfather. She performs some of the Persian piyutim (liturgical songs) traditionally chanted as part of the Selihot service, as well as other liturgical and non-liturgical Hebrew and Persian poetry set to new music. Through electronics, she defies time and performs with her grandfather.

To reserve a free ticket, call (562) 985-2196. 

*Sponsored by the CSULB Jewish Program and Spanish Program and the Anti-Defamation League of Orange County/Long Beach*

(Source: galeetdardashti.com)

Celebrating Author Helena Maria Viramontes

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Join us to commemorate the thirty-year anniversary of renowned author Helena Maria Viramontes’ publication of the short story collection “The Moths and Other Stories,” the twenty-year anniversary of the publication of the novel “Under the Feet of Jesus,” as well as her 2007 novel “Their Dogs Come With Them”. 

Sponsoring Departments: Chicano and Latino Studies; English; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Sociology; Comparative Literature and Classics; and Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures. 

Sponsoring Student Organizations: Chicano/o and Latina/o Studies Student Association; English Graduate Student Association; RipRap; and Sigma Tau Delta.

University Sponsors: The Office of the President; College of Liberal Arts Scholarly Intersections Grant; and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. 

The event is for Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the University Theater at 7:00pm. It is free and open to the public.

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Jews and Booze: Jewish Tavern Keepers in Eastern Europe


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Dr. Glenn Dynner, author of “Yankel’s Tavern: Jews, Liquor, and Life in the Kingdom of Poland” is one of  the Jewish Department’s featured Spring 2015 speakers. Join him on Tuesday, March 24th, at 7:30pm at the Alpert Jewish Community Center for an enlightening evening about the little-known relationship between Jews and booze.

According to Tablet, an online Jewish magazine:

Dr. Glenn Dynner, an expert in Eastern European Jewry who is currently a scholar in residence at the Center for Jewish History, wrote in his recent study of the topic, Yankel’s Tavern, being a tavern-keeper and bartender was about as good as it got for Jews in Poland. He describes it as the era’s equivalent of accounting: an aspirational middle-class occupation, something to which they could apply their skills with a potentially lucrative payoff. As Dynner notes: “They leased taverns because there were not many alternatives for East European Jews.”

And Polish nobles were eager to have Jews run their taverns, largely because of prevalent myths about Jews—chiefly, that they didn’t drink. Dynner provides abundant evidence of what he calls the “myth of Jewish sobriety.” The 19th-century Polish nobleman Antoni Ostrowski described Jews as “always sober,” adding “drunks are rare among Jews.” Indeed, Dynner writes, “Polish folk idioms mocked Jews for having so much much liquor at their disposal yet being so stupid as not to drink it themselves.”

Forty-Five Years of American Indian Studies at CSULB



The annual Pow-Wow event on campus is coming up on Saturday, March 14 from 11 AM to 10 PM, and Sunday, March 15 from 11 AM to 6 PM.  

Founded in 1968, the American Indian Studies Program celebrate forty-five years as an independent program at Cal State Long Beach. Located on the ancient village site of Puvungna and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Sacred Site and the birthplace of an Indigenous Religion, CSULB is referred to as “the Beach” in reference to our location on the Pacific Ocean and as “Cal State Puvungna” in acknowledgement of the significance of our location at a sacred site that continues to be used for prayer and ceremony today.

Serving one of the largest Urban American Indian populations in the United States, our urban intertribal American Indian traditions are celebrated during the second weekend of March at the largest and one of the oldest student sponsored event at Cal State Long Beach, the annual CSULB Pow-Wow. Now forty-four years old, over six thousand students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members attend our annual celebration of life that acknowledges the contributions of American Indians at Cal State Long Beach.

The two-day celebration held in the upper campus quad will feature native American Indian music, dance, food, and arts and crafts. Admission and parking are free. Please note that Lots 4, 5, 7 and 8 are reserved for participant parking, so available spots for faculty and staff will be limited.