Dana Ogo Shew is an oral historian at the Anthropological Studies Center at SSU. (Photo by Sandy Destiny)

Dana Ogo Shew first traced the experiences of her own family during the Japanese-American interment of World War II before she turned her attention to chrysanthemums and carnations.

It was a way of continuing to tell the story of a Japanese-American community in the San Francisco Bay area through the memories of the pioneers of the floral industry. "Their stories of sacrifice, hard work, discrimination, and perseverance typify many California immigrant experiences and speak to all of us," she says.

Currently serving as Oral Historian at the Anthropological Studies Center at SSU, Shew developed Growing a Community: Pioneers of the Japanese American Floral Industry, an oral history project focused on collecting and sharing the first-hand accounts of Japanese American nursery families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

romesburg.jpgQueer history is about to see the light of day in California's K-12 schools. 

If SSU Women's and Gender Studies Chair Don Romesburg has his way, the story won't just include history-making heroes. 

Professor Romesburg has worked vigorously with other lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) scholars to develop a new framework that weaves analysis of gender and sexuality as social and political forces throughout time.

Since May 2013, Romesburg has steered a rigorous effort to recommend revisions of the California K-12 History - Social Science Framework.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, he and two co-editors released the groundbreaking report: Making the Framework FAIR: California History-Social Science Framework Proposed LGBT Revisions Related to the FAIR Education Act.

"Students can only truly understand families, communities, social practices, and politics, by understanding how they shaped and were shaped by same-sex relations and gender diversity--and how this changed over time," he says.

bannedbookscomics.jpegEvery year hundreds of books are challenged and removed from libraries around the United States. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read by drawing attention to instances where that freedom is challenged and highlighting the value of free and open access to information.

Sonoma State University Library is proud to announce its participation in the 34th annual Banned Books Week from Sept. 21-27.

The University Library is organizing a series of workshops, lectures, displays, and multi-format posts on this year's theme of censorship of comics and graphic novels, a hugely misunderstood form of storytelling.

A new era in international education opens up for the SSU campus on Monday, Sept. 22 when International Hall is dedicated from 3-5 p.m. at the site of the former student union.

The campus community is invited to attend an event that celebrates and recognizes the many aspects of international education that address modern needs for an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures from all over the world.

The Visiting Artists Lecture Series provides the campus community with valuable insights and exposure to art professionals and their work, says Art Professor Nathan Haenlein.

Haenlein, himself a studio artist in printmaking, has created an impressive roster of prominent contemporary artists this semester to present their creative and scholarly research. The series runs on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Carson 68. The public is invited.

This semester's line up includes:

michaellight.jpgMichael Light - Sept. 17

Michael Light is a San Francisco-based photographer and bookmaker focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. He has exhibited extensively worldwide, and his work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Research Institute, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others.

autismcats.jpegThe Psychology department at Sonoma State University has earned a community recognition award for its Collaborative Autism Training Support Program (CATS) that works with local families whose children who are diagnosed with autism.

The award from the United Cerebral Palsy Association and the Cypress School of Autism and Behavioral Services was presented because of the effort of countless SSU students and some faculty members dedicated to assisting these children and their families.

The CATS program, developed in 2005 by psychology professor Lorna Catford, blends the academics and classroom work that psychology students complete at SSU with the hands-on training and service-learning experience those students need in future career settings.

1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park

3:30 P.M. TODAY (Sept. 5, 2014)

The Associated Students of Sonoma State University has accepted the challenge today from Chico State University to hold an ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) ice bucket challenge in a "sustainable" fashion at 3:30 p.m. at the athletic pool at the gymnasium on the Rohnert Park campus.

Students, faculty and staff have been invited to participate at the pool with by every participant jumping in and quickly getting out of the pool as others jump in. A short welcoming and introduction begins the event.

All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate and/or donate to the cause before the challenge begins.

Chico State recently made the ALS Bucket Challenge to the SSU campus as well as to Sacramento State, UC Davis, and Humboldt State.

Learn more about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html

For further information contact, Jackie Torres, (707 664-2753, ssuasp@gmail.com.

Maps of the campus can be found at http://www.sonoma.edu/maps/.

Media contact:

Jean Wasp
News and Information Coordinator
Sonoma State University
(707) 664-2057 (work)
(707) 477-5729 (cell)

carr.gifSSU's Writers at Sonoma welcomes Julie Carr (left) and Claudia Keelan for a poetry reading on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in Evert B. Person Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. 

 Carr and Keelan are both authors of six books of poetry, many of which have been recognized and honored with various awards. keelan.jpgSome of Carr's works include 100 Notes on Violence and Sara-Of Fragments and Lines. 

Carr's next piece, Think Tank, is set to release in 2015. Some of Keelan's poetry books include her most recent publication O, Heart that came out this year and in the American Poetry Review (2007).
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