Spring 2014 Diversity Activities (check back for updates)

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Friday, January 17, 7 p.m.and Sunday, January 19, 4 p.m., KING: A Filmed Record...From Montgomery to Memphis
Warren Auditorium in Ives Hall

NEW RESTORATION! The landmark documentary that chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Originally screened in theaters for only a single night in 1970, KING: A FILMED RECORD combines dramatic readings by Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones and Paul Newman, among others, with newsreel and archival footage to create a powerful and comprehensive record of Dr. King's legacy and the American Civil Rights movement. (1970, 185 min.)
View the Trailer

Wednesday, January 22, 10-11:30 a.m., “Building Upon the Legacies of King and Mandela”
The HUB - in the Student Center on the 2nd Floor (Behind the big blue wall)

What does it mean to build upon the legacies of Martin Luther King Jr. and the late Nelson Mandela? How important is it to put into practice some of the key philosophical principles of both of these charismatic and powerful leaders? What are some of these key principles, and what does it mean to explore and experiment with them in our own 21st century lives? Join us in The HUB as we explore these important inquiries and honor these impactful change agents?

Friday, January 24, 9 a.m.-noon - or 1- 4 p.m., “The Wake Up Experience"
Student Center, Ballrooms B&C on the 3rd floor

Generation Waking Up, an organization that is creating “a global campaign to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world.” The Wake-Up is free interactive, multimedia workshop about the challenges and opportunities of our times, a workshop that inspires students to take meaningful action on their campus and in their communities. Offered in conjunction with UNIV 238 “Foundations of Leadership course. Learn more about Generation Waking Up: genup.net




Mondays, February 3, 11, 19 and 28, 9-10 p.m., Hip Hop Dance Workshops
Niagara Studio in the Rec Center
In honor of Black History Month, InMotion (Rec Center) and ASP is offering free hip hop classes with eclectic professional and students instructors. Every class is designed to teach students a different style of hip hop. Come all and have a great time dancing!

Tuesday, February 4, 12-1 p.m., Nooner
Darwin Quad
In honor of Black History Month, a jazz band featuring student talent “Dirty Chair” performs music during the noon-time rush.

Black History Month Film Series:

Tuesday, February 4: “True Colors” & “Mistaken Identity” feature clips from television series that have conflicts pertaining to racism, acceptance of oneself or reflects on points in history.
Tuesday, February 10: “Gots to get a J-O-B” & “Fight the good fight”
Tuesday, February 18: “Imitation of Life”
Tuesday, February 26: “Fruitvale Station” tells the story of Oscar Grant’s murder at a Bart station in Oakland & “Return of the King”- Martin Luther King Jr. comes back from the dead and sees where society is today.
All films are in Ives 101, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 25: Lessons Learned from a Holocaust Childhood, 4:00 -5:50 PM Warren Auditorium (Ives Hall). Hans Angress will be the speaker.  Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 25: An Evening with Rev. Jarrett Maupin, 7 pm, Ballroom A Student Center.  Rev. Maupin has been in the news regarding the infamous “MLK Black Party” held over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at Arizona State University. Rev. Maupin is a Phoenix civil rights activist and has been in the center of the controversy over this event and issues around alleged racism in the Greek system. ASU administrators permanently revoked the recognition of Tau Kappa Epsilon as a fraternity last week, after photos surfaced of an "MLK Black Party," on the King Holiday, in which the attendees were dressed in basketball jerseys and bandannas, threw up gang signs, and used a hollowed-out watermelon as a drinking vessel. Maupin, a local black activist, held a press conference on the ASU campus in Downtown Phoenix, calling for the students to be expelled. He's since changed his mind.
"We cannot call for the academic destruction of those blinded by bigotry or ignorance," he says. "We must find the strength, despite our anger and rage, to restore their sight that they might see intellectually and socially that all people are equal and made in the image of God." ASP

Tuesday, February 25: Religion and Spirituality Film Series, 10 questions for the Dalai Lama, 7:30 PM Student Center Sonoma Valley Meeting Room.  How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future? These are some of the questions posed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by filmmaker and explorer Rick Ray, at his monastery in Dharamsala, India. ASP

Thursday, February 27. Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarashina. F*cking Sh*t Up For Freedom: QTPOC Performance Beyond Survival. 12:00-12:50, Stevenson 1002.  Queer Sri Lankan writer and performer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is the author of the Lambda  Award winning Love Cake and Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home:  Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. She is the co-founder of the queer and trans people of color performance tour Mangos With Chili, a lead artist with Sins Invalid and teaches with UC Berkeley's June Jordan's Poetry for the People. Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department Queer Studies Lecture Series.

Thursday, February 27, 12-2 p.m., Becoming Seawolves United Festival
Seawolf Plaza (area between the Rec Center and New Student center)
To promote unity and peace between all students at SSU, ASP in collaboration with MECHA and Black Scholars United is hosting a festival to rally students to step out of their own social bubble, meet new exciting interesting people, and allow them to see what great clubs orgs and different groups of people there are out there to experience. Come meet your different clubs and organizations on campus and come meet new people, play games, get free stuff, and chances to win $Wolf Bucks$!

Friday, February 28: Black History Month Closing Showcase, 6 PM, Ives 101.  In honor of Black History Month the Black Scholars United will be hosting their closing showcase where various students will be performing their various talents come join us for a night of laughs, entertainment, music, poetry and games with chances to win $wolf bucks$. ASP



March (Women's History Month)


Tuesday, March 4: Perspectives on International War Crimes, 4:00 -5:50 PM Warren Auditorium (Ives Hall). Professor Eric Williams, Ph.D., Sonoma State University will be the speaker. Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

Wednesday March 5 Women’s History Month Film Series “The Invisible War” 7:30pm Darwin 102. An investigative and powerfully emotional documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence, and its profound personal and social consequences.  ASP

Thursday, March 6. Ryan Lee Cartwright. Peculiar Places: A Queer/Crip History of Rural Nonconformity, 12:00-12:50, Stevenson 1002. Ryan Lee Cartwright is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Davis. He is completing a book manuscript called Peculiar Places: A Queer/Crip History of Rural Nonconformity, which examines the historical intersections of disability, sexuality, and class in the twentieth-century rural United States. Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department Queer Studies Lecture Series.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 SSU Vagina Monologues, 7:00 – 11:00 pm, Cooperage. The Vagina Monologues cast consists of a group of Sonoma State University women and men performing monologues that all relate to the vagina somehow. While some of the monologues are humorous, others will bring you to tears with their raw words and deep penetrating messages. Topics of these monologues include sex, love, rape, mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm and anatomy. This play uses the vagina as a theme that represents female empowerment in society. The event will raise money for Verity, the only rape crisis center in Sonoma County that provides counseling, prevention, intervention services and has a 24/7 crisis hotline.  $5 students; $10 faculty/staff; $15 general (all proceeds benefit Verity). Tickets: Information Desk, Student Center or tickets@sonoma.edu .

Friday, March 7, 2014 SSU Vagina Monologues, 7:00 – 11:00 pm, Cooperage.  See March 6 for information.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 SSU Vagina Monologues, 7:00 – 11:00 pm, Cooperage. See March 6 for information.

Tuesday March 11 “Women’s Club Fair/Supernooner” Student Center Plaza 12-1. Come on out and meet the wonderful SSU women who are part of campus clubs, organizations and sororities and find out what they are doing and how to get involved and listen to  music by Sandi Bell. Sandi is a singer, songwriter and guitar gal whose infectious energy and frequent collaborations have made her a favorite with the West Coast music scene. ASP

Tuesday, March 11: The Bosnian Genocide—Past, Present and Future, 4:00 -5:50 PM Warren Auditorium (Ives Hall). Mirza Velagic, Voices of the Bosnian Genocide, will be the speaker. Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

Tuesday, March 11: Religion and Spirituality Film Series, Nazrah: a Muslim Women’s Perspective , 7:30 PM Student Center Sonoma Valley Meeting Room.  NAZRAH: A Muslim Woman's Perspective is an intimate look at a diverse group of Muslim women living in the US Pacific Northwest. By creating a forum where Muslim women can freely engage in an open dialogue about complex issues, filmmaker Farah Nousheen exposes a vast and fascinating array of thoughts and ideas. The women discuss their views on Islam, current political events and how they reflect on the image of Islam in the West. ASP

Wednesday March 12, 8pm “Women’s History Month Dance Showcase” Evert Person Theater. Come on out and support the talented dancers at SSU. Performers may include The Blue Barons, The Sapphires and the Modern Dance Society. This is a chance for to show your Seawolf pride. If you are interested in performing contact Giana Boracchia at boracchg@seawolf.sonoma.edu  ASP

Thursday, March 13. Michael Nava. From Mental Illness to Marriage Equality: the LGBT Rights Movement, 12:00-12:50, Stevenson 1002. Michael Nava is the author of an acclaimed series of seven novels featuring gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios. His new novel, The City of Palaces, is set just before and the beginning of the Mexican Revolution. He can be reached through his Facebook page, “Michael Nava, Writer” or his website: http://michaelnavawriter.com.  Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department Queer Studies Lecture Series.

Thursday March 13, 7pm “Drag Diva Shangela” Ives 101. - Halleloo, halleloo, drag diva Shangela is coming to SSU! You may have seen her on Glee, in Lady Gaga's videos, or competing on RuPaul's Drag Race, but this time, she's coming to campus. See her live, performing in drag, and sharing her inspiring story about growing up gay in Texas raised by a single mother and turning defeat into resounding success. ASP

Tuesday, March 25: Rwanda Twenty years After Genocide, 4:00 -5:50 PM Warren Auditorium (Ives Hall).  Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana, Rwandan Ambassador to the United States, will speak.  Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series
Wednesday March 26: 7:30 pm Women’s History Month Film Series “Girl Rising” Darwin 102. Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. ASP

Thursday, March 27, Haitian Drapo Vodou: Tradition and Innovation with Susan Tselos, 10am to 11:50am in Schulz 3001.  Tselos is an independent curator of Haitian Vodou flags. She is an expert on the material culture of the Vodu religion and will have many flags with her for students to look at (and touch).  All are welcome! Contact suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu in Modern Languages for more information.

Thursday, March 27. Jai Arun Ravine, Mixed Race, Mixed Gender, Mixed Genre: Dis-fluency and Illegibility in Identity and Art-making. 12:00-12:50, Stevenson 1002. 
Jai Arun Ravine is an interstitial writer, dancer, performer and filmmaker. They are the author of แล้ว and then entwine: lesson plans, poems, knots (TinFish Press) and the creator of Tom / Trans / Thai, a short film on Thai and Thai American trans-masculinities, which has screened at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (Thailand) and CAAMFest 2013 (San Francisco), among others. Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department Queer Studies Lecture Series.

Thursday, March 27: An Evening with Dolores Huerta, 7:30 p.m., Student Center Ballroom.  The Sonoma State University School of Education, School of Social Sciences and On Campus Presents announces the Andrea Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series with Dolores Huerta on March 27th at 7:30 pm in the new Student Center.  Students are free; all others $10, or for those over 60 $5. Please bring your classes to the presentation. Tickets will be available through the box office. More information about tickets will be available in the next few weeks. Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who, along with César Chávez, co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers', immigrants', and womens' rights, including the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, the United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Tickets required from box office:  students free, others $10. (not for sale yet).  For more information contact Pamela Van Halsema in the School of Education, pamela.vanhalsema@sonoma.edu .
March , day TBD, Impact Hub Oakland: Women of Color Social Entrepreneurs (w/ Dr. Lisa Chacon and Konda Mason) Sponsored by The HUB.




April (Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Disability Awareness Month)

Tuesday April 1, Opening Nooner for Asian Heritage Month, 12-1 pm Darwin quad. Sonoma County Taiko opens the nooner, followed by the Filipino American Association of Sonoma State University (FAASSU) will be showcasing excerpts of the cultural dances they have been practicing all semester to advertise their PCN (Pacific/Pilipino Cultural Night) April 24 & 26.  ASP & FAASSU.

Tuesday, April 1: Don't Ask Don't Tell: The Challenges of Serving While Gay
Col. (ret.) Gary Espinas, after graduating from U.C. Berkeley, started his military career with the Army. He managed and led combat arms units in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In addition, he has served as the Director of Russia, Caucasus, and Black Sea Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, President of the Foreign Area Officer Association, and Military Professor and U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer Chair for the Naval Postgraduate School. In 2003, the military opened an investigation on Col. Espinas under "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT). For the ensuing nine years of service, he faced the possibility of a forced separation from the military. However, he fought back and was able to remain in the with the Army until his retirement in 2013. Col. Espinas will share his experiences battling DADT and leading while under fire (both literally and figuratively). He will be in the Sonoma State Cooperage on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. This event is open and free to the campus and local communities. For additional information, please contact Dr. Lauren Morimoto, Director of Diversity & Inclusive Excellence, at morimoto@sonoma.edu

Wednesday, April 2: JE REVIENS DE LA VÉRITÉ / I RETURN FROM THE TRUTH: Evocations in 18 fragments of a play by CHARLOTTE DELBO, 8pm in Warren Auditorium (Ives Hall).  This is a remarkable spectacle about the French Resistance and Deportation during World War II that retells the story of the women imprisoned in Auschwitz. The French theatrical troupe Prospero Miranda will stage the presentation in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Auschwitz survivor and author Charlotte Delbo. The production will be entirely in French, with supertitles in English.  Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, the School of Social Sciences, the Department of Theatre Arts, the Jewish Studies Program, and Associated Student Productions.  Admission is free, but reservations are strongly encouraged, as seating is limited.  Tickets may be reserved by calling 707.664.4177 or emailing suzanne.toczyski@sonoma.edu

April 7-11th –“ The Tunnel of Oppression “ Ballroom A Student Center – The Tunnel of Oppression returns to Sonoma State .This week long demonstration will be an immersive experience where you will encounter first-hand different forms of oppression through interactive acting, hearing monologues and multimedia presentations. Students will come in direct contact with the following scenes of oppression: ability, class, body image, immigration, homophobia, religious oppression, relationship violence, sexism and race. Some scenes are monologues from actual student experiences on campus; others deal with local hot topics. At the completion of the Tunnel, participants will participate in an active processing session, where they will discuss the experience and learn how they can rethink their role in creating positive social change. ASP

Tuesday April 8, Eastern Ways Martial Arts Super Nooner Lion Dance and Martial Arts performance, 12-1 pm Darwin quad. Come and be entertained by kung fu and tai chi demonstrations and a lion dance! Eastern Ways Martial Arts is coming to SSU to kick off Asian Heritage Month with an extraordinary nooner. Enjoy their performance and learn more about traditional Chinese culture. ASP

Tuesday April 8, 12-1pm Darwin quad – Lion Dance and Martial Arts performance.- Come and be entertained by kung fu and tai chi demonstrations and a lion dance! Eastern Ways Martial Arts is coming to SSU to kick off Asian Heritage Month with an extraordinary nooner. Enjoy their performance and learn more about traditional Chinese culture. ASP

Tuesday, April 8: Gender and Genocide,4:00 -5:50 PM Warren Auditorium (Ives Hall).  Professor Carol Rittner, RSM, Distinguished Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies and the Dr. Marsha Raticoff Grossman Professor of Holocaust Studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  Robert L. Harris Memorial Lecture sponsored by Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 8: Religion and Spirituality Film Series, The Mormons, 7:30 PM Student Center Sonoma Valley Meeting Room.  In the new PBS documentary 'The Mormons' -- perhaps the biggest national documentary about the church ever televised -- filmmaker Helen Whitney has combed through rapture and rants about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to get to the simple truths. "She has produced a comprehensive look at the church's violent and tumultuous history and its modern-day popularity with objectivity -- no pious declarations from church leaders or venomous attacks from anti-Mormons.ASP

Thursday, April 10. Toby Beauchamp. X-Ray Specs: Transgender Politics and Surveillance at the Airport. 12:00-12:50, Stevenson 1002. Toby Beauchamp is assistant professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Oklahoma State University. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices. His work has been published in Feminist Formations, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, andreprinted in The Transgender Studies Reader 2. Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department Queer Studies Lecture Series.

Thursday April 10, The Norman Magic Experience, 7 pm; Ives 101. The Norman Magic Experience stars national touring magician, Norman Ng. Named, “America’s Best” by Campus Activities Magazine, Norman will blow your mind with his incredible magic, comedy, and audience participation! It’s Magic That’s Far from the NORM! More than 500,000 people have seen it live, and now it’s your turn! ASP

Monday April 14–Sexual Assault Discussion Panel, 7 pm, Student Center Ballroom. There will be representatives from CAPS, Verity, IFC and Pan, as well as two other student representatives. It is an open opportunity for students to ask questions/ express concerns about this campus, sexual assault, or anything else in that genre.  ASP

Monday April 14Self Defense Class– Niagara Falls Room, Rec Center 8-9:30 pm. -  Learn to defend yourself against an attack with techniques designed to stop your attacker! Master Les Edwins has been training in the art of Kajukenbo for more than 25 years. He is a 5th Degree Black Belt and the owner of East Bay Self Defense. Wear loose clothing and no jewelry. These classes are free and open to all. In support of Sexual Assault Awareness Week. ASP

April 14-17 “Take the Hand Pledge” Salazar Quad-11am -2 pm. Sexual assault is a growing concern on college campuses all over the country. The Hand Pledge is a national movement in support of sexual assault awareness and education. ASP will be staffing a table with a large canvas you can sign and trace your hand to show your commitment to preventing sexual assault. The canvas will be displayed at Take Back the Night on April 17th.  ASP

April 14-17 Clothesline Project, Salazar Quad-11am -2 pm There will be tabling all week by ASP, CAPS and Verity. “The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt.”  http://www.clotheslineproject.org/

Tuesday, April 15: The Guatemalan Genocide, 4:00 -5:50 PM Warren Auditorium (Ives Hall).  Professor Beatriz Manz, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley will speak . Sponsored by the Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

Wednesday, April 16: "Multiracial Belonging and Betrayal” with Ron Sundstrom 2-3:30 p.m., Student Center, Ballroom B.  Ron Sundstrom from the University of San Francisco is the author of The Browning of America and the Evasion of Social Justice.  The talk is sponsored by the SSU Philosophy Club and the Center for Ethics, Law, and Society.

Thursday, April 17. Maisha Johnson. Art and Creativity in LGBTQ Justice Work.
12:00-12:50, Stevenson 1002. Maisha Z. Johnson is an award-winning writer and activist with an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University.  She develops transformative approaches to LGBTQ anti-violence work at Community United Against Violence (CUAV), leads arts and healing workshops with survivors of violence, and explores the relationship between writing and social change. Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department Queer Studies Lecture Series.

Thursday, April 17 - Take Back the Night:  At Take Back the Night, the shirts from the “Clothesline Project” will be displayed. The “Take the Hand Pledge” canvas will be displayed.  (See April 14-17 above on the “Clothesline Project.” ASP. “The Take Back the Night Foundation serves to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. We seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.” https://www.takebackthenight.org/

Thursday April 17, Scandalous Stand Up Comedy Tour with Eliot Chang, 7 pm Ives 101. Eliot Chang has made it big in stand-up comedy and has performed at over 400 colleges around America. His Comedy Central Half Hour was also voted #2 on Comedy Central's Stand Up Showdown. He has also appeared on Chelsea Lately and Premium Blend. In addition to his comedy show, he will host a diversity talk including a Q&A with students. In support of Asian Heritage Month. ASP

Friday, April 18: MANDELA: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation, 7 p.m. Warren Auditorium in Ives Hall. More than 65 years ago, when Bolinas filmmaker Jo Menell was a kid on a bike, he met Africa's most famous man, Nelson Mandela, under circumstances that left an indelible mark. In 1996, he made what many consider the definitive documentary on the South African president. “Mandela's story is followed in clear, concise detail, from childhood to his 27-year prison stay to the presidency. Mandela himself speaks frankly about his own past—the circumcision ritual he (and all boys of his day) went through, for instance, or working in the lime quarry during his long years on Robben Island. The film details Mandela's life as a controversial trial lawyer and radical political activist, becoming in the process a primer on South Africa’s struggle for one man, one vote. But the filmmakers never lose sight of the human elements of their subject. We see the landscape Mandela grew up in, beautiful but rife with poverty. We see him shaving in a hotel room, choosing the right tie for his inauguration. It all adds to the man's dynamic personality, and mirrors his open, honest interaction with the men and women of the country he gave up a good portion of his life to help," says Kurt Wolff, San Francisco International Film Festival (1996, 118 min.)  Sponsored by the Sonoma Film Institute

April 21-25 “Earth Week” will be a celebration of the Earth and a week of forums, displays, live-music, activities and fun as Sonoma State goes Green. With Tuesday, April 22nd being Earth day, come by the Darwin quad at noon the 22nd, 23rd and 24th for 3-days of fun on the lawn and keep an eye-out for engaging forums on what's really going on with Sustainability, GMO's in our foods and other hot topics. More to come! ASP

Tuesday, April 22: Hungary: The Perfect Storm, 4:00 -5:50 PM Warren Auditorium (Ives Hall).  Professor Diane Parness, Ph.D., Sonoma State University will speak. Sponsored by the Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series

Tuesday April 22, “Taikoza” 7pm Ives 101 - Taikoza uses the powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance.  Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. ASP

Tuesday, April 22: Religion and Spirituality Film Series, Samsara, 7:30 PM Student Center Sonoma Valley Meeting Room.  SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. ASP<

Thursday, April 24, Pacific/Pilipino Cultural Night, Person Auditorium, Doors open 6:30 pm, show at 7 pm. At this show the Filipino American Association of Sonoma State University (FAASSU) will showcase all of their Asian cultural dances. In addition to the cultural dances, there will be guest performers, raffles, and audience interactive games. Also showing Saturday, April 26.  FAASSU

Saturday, April 26, Pacific/Pilipino Cultural Night, Person Auditorium, Doors open 6:30 pm, show at 7 pm.  At this show the Filipino American Association of Sonoma State University (FAASSU) will showcase all of their Asian cultural dances. In addition to the cultural dances, there will be guest performers, raffles, and audience interactive games.  FAASSU

Monday April 28 – “Kate Bornstein” Ballroom B Student Center 7pm. Kate Bornstein is a transgender performance artist and playwright who has authored several award-winning books in the field of Women and Gender Studies. Her 2006 book, Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws, propelled Kate into an international position of anti-bully advocacy for marginalized youth. She talks about her spiritual, inspirational and clear-headed approach to gender diversity, self-acceptance and social transformation. In collaboration with Women and Gender Studies.   ASP

Tuesday, April 29: Genocide Beneath Our Feet, 4:00 -5:50 PM Warren Auditorium (Ives Hall).  Professor Greg Sarris, Ph.D., Endowed Professor, Sonoma State University, and Chairman, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria will speak. Sponsored by the Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series.

Tuesday, April 29: Hmong Cultural Arts Show @ 6pm-8pm; Cooperage 2, Come out and learn about the Hmong culture at Zes Hmoob's 2nd annual "Hmong Cultural Arts Show." Enjoy live performances, a Hmong history presentation, and a walk through to see the various handmade Hmong artifacts. Free raffle and prize giveaway for all who attend! Contact Maydy Lo with any additional questions: loma@seawolf.sonoma.edu (FREE EVENT)




Thursday, May 1. Marcia Ochoa. Queen for a Day: Transformistas, beauty queens and the performance of femininity in Venezuela. 12:00-12:50, Stevenson 1002. Marcia Ochoa is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Director of Program and Evaluation at El/La Para Translatinas, a social justice and HIV prevention program for transgender Latinas in San Francisco. Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department Queer Studies Lecture Series.

Members of the University community and general public are invited to take part in or support the graduates by attending any or all of the following graduation celebrations:

The Asian Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration complements the main Commencement in that it specifically acknowledges and celebrates Pacific Islander/Asian American graduates and their families. Friday, May 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., The Cooperage

The Black Graduation Celebration is an opportunity for the University to acknowledge the achievements of African-American students, and for the students to thank their families, friends, faculty and mentors. Friday, May 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., Ives Hall

The Rainbow Graduation Celebration is a time for the queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, questioning, same-gender-loving people and their friends, family, and allies to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the last year and to recognize those moving on to the next chapter in their lives. Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., Student Center, Ballroom D

The Raza Graduation Celebration honors students of Native American, Latino or Chicano heritage, many of whom are first-generation college grads. This special celebration allows them to personally thank those who have gone out of their way to help them achieve their goal of a college degree. Friday, May 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m, Student Center, Ballroom


Group Reception on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in the Student Center, Ballroom
The group reception this year is a first for all of the four cultural graduation ceremonies. The reception will include all the graduates from the four ceremonies, family and friends, and faculty and staff who wish to attend. The HUB and the coordinators are wanting to create a time for all to have the chance to attend an event without having to rush between all the ceremonies. The group reception will highlight various performance groups that have representation from all the different ethnicities here at Sonoma State. During the group reception we will be having food created by Chef Eric Lee that will feature the cultural backgrounds of the students and families that attend the graduation.

Questions may be directed to Kelly Hodgins, Programming Assistant - The HUB