Previous Events

The Global Studies Institute has hosted and supported many diverse events over the years, including the Annual Elena Diane Curris Global Issues Lecture. Highlights from previous events, and updates on future events can be found below.

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Previous events:

The 2022 Elena Diane Curris Global Issues Lecture with Rabbi Scott Fox, Father Christos P. Kanakis, Dean Jihad Turk, and moderator Professor Kathryn Chew.

“Finding My Place in a Changing World: A Perspective of Faith”. 

April 5, 2022 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Earl Burns Japanese Gardens CSULB and Facebook live stream. 

Co-hosted by the CSULB Department of Religious studies, the event returned this year in-person and via Facebook livestream. 

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The 2020 Elena Diane Curris Global Issues Lecture with Maz Jobrani

“Growing Up an Immigrant in the U.S.”

March 3, 2020 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Beach Auditorium, CSULB

Max Jobrani’s latest comedy special “Immigrant”, which was filmed at the Kennedy Center, is available for streaming on Netflix. Max was a founding member of The Axis of Evil comedy tour, is a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and has given 2 TED Talks.


The 2019 Elena Diane Curris Global Issues Lecture with Cameron Munter

“Why Diplomacy is Too Important to Leave to the Diplomats.”

April 25, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, University Theatre CSULB

Cameron Munter is President and CEO of the EastWest Institute for conflict prevention and Senior Fellow at the Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He was Ambassador to Pakistan at the time of the Bin Laden raid, Ambassador to Serbia at the time of Kosovo’s independence, and U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad at the height of the war in Iraq.


The 2018 Elena Diane Curris Global Issues Lecture with Anne Bogart

“Six Things That I Know About the Role of Art and Theater on the Global Stage.”

April 5, 2018 6:30pm-8:00pm, Beach Auditorium, CSULB USU

Anne Bogart

Obie Award Winner for Best Director, “The Baltimore Waltz” 

Obie Award Winner for Best Director, “No Plays No Poetry…” 

Bessie Award Winner for Best Choreographer/Creator, “South Pacific” 

ATHE Career Achievement Award 

American Theater Wing Award 

Award Anne Bogart is a Co-Artistic Director of the ensemble-based SITI Company, head of the MFA Directing program at Columbia University, author of five books focusing on overcoming obstacles to art-making (Violence; Memory; Terror; Eroticism; Stereotype; Embarrassment; and Resistance), improvisational technique, post-9/11 sociocultural reality in the US and theatre’s place in it, the art of direction, and the process of storytelling. With SITI, Bogart has directed more than 30 works in venues around the world. Her many awards and fellowships include three honorary doctorates (Cornish School of the Arts, Bard College and Skidmore College), A Duke Artist Fellowship, A United States Artists Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller/Bellagio Fellowship and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency Fellowship.

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The 2017 Elena Diane Curris Global Issues Lecture with Andre Banks

​“Designing Resistance: Remaking the Movement for Human Rights.”

Andre Banks is an activist, entrepreneur and strategic advisor based in New York City who has spent the last 15 years harnessing the power of storytelling and technology to build social movements in the US and around the world. He is also the Co-founder and former Executive Director of All Out (, an organization mobilizing in every region to create a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity because of who they are or whom they love. Andre was recently appointed to the global governing board of Amnesty International and has twice been recognized by the Economist magazine as one of the “Top 50 Diversity Leaders in Public Life”.