Known by a variety of names, like hijab and burqa, the covering worn by some Muslim women is one of the least understood practices of Islam. Amer, who herself veiled for a short time in her 20s, brings context and a contemporary look at the phenomenon. She explains the origins of veiling in Islamic thought as well as the creative, thoughtful and sometimes subversive reasons behind women's choice to don the veil (or to remove it) in the 21st century.
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March 2, 2015 2:52 PM
March 2, 2015 1:17 PM
As the calendar flips to March, Sonoma State University celebrates women throughout history who have stood up to make a difference. There are several events around campus this month that offer exciting opportunities to learn about and experience some of the obstacles women face throughout their lives both historically and currently.
Sonoma Film Institute Celebrates Women Directors
When compiling the list of films to be shown for the spring semester, the Sonoma Film Institute noted that its strongest films shared something in common: women were calling the shots. The timing coincided well with upcoming women's history month in March.
"I am especially excited about 'Que Caramba es la Vida,"' says SFI director Eleanor Nichols. "It is such a joyfully exuberant crowd-pleaser that I am completely baffled that no other theater in the county has chosen to show it."
The Sonoma Film Institute celebrates women filmmakers in March with screenings of two current international features, Doris Dörrie's "Que Caramba es la Vida" and Talya Lavie's "Zero Motivation." All screenings are in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, on the Sonoma State University campus, $5-$7 (SSU students free). For more information, or to receive a complete schedule of SFI events, visit www.sonoma.edu/sfi or call (707) 664-2606.
March 6 at 7 p.m., March 8 at 4 p.m.: "Que Caramba es la Vida"
"Que Caramba es la Vida" is a lively documentary on the female mariachi singers of Mexico City who are breaking down barriers to follow their passion. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.This screening is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association, Sonoma County Chapter.
March 13 at 7 p.m., March 15 at 4 p.m.: "Zero Motivation"
Winner of the top prize for narrative world cinema at the Tribeca Film Festival, "Zero Motivation" (2014) is a dark comedy portraying the power struggles of three female conscripts at a remote army base in the Israeli desert. The film is in Hebrew with English subtitles.
February 12, 2015 10:11 AM
What do Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole have in common? Harold Jones. Known as the "Singer's Drummer," Jones has laid down the beat for the biggest names in jazz, and on March 11 he gives a clinic and performance as part of the Sonoma State University Jazz Forum.
Jones, who is currently playing on the Cheek to Cheek tour with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, will make a one-day stop at Sonoma State to work with students in the jazz program. He program for this performance in Weill Hall is "One More Time: The Music of Count Basie Featuring Harold Jones."
Jones' style makes him the quintessential big-band drummer, with a crisp, clean sound notable for the high-pitched snare drum crack. He wastes no element of motion, sets up figures beautifully and plays wonderful fills only when necessary.
February 4, 2015 4:13 PM
Despite claims by some people that they do not "see" race, social psychological researchers using a variety of measures have established that racial perception in the United States is both automatic and widespread. Stanford University English professor Paula M. L. Moya, discusses this and other topics in a lecture at Sonoma State University February 11.
Moya is the author of "Learning from Experience: Minority Identities, Multicultural Struggles" (UC Press 2002) and has taught in Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She has also co-edited several books on race and identity. Her talk is titled "Reading Race: From Ferguson, Missouri to Morrison's A Mercy and Back Again."
January 29, 2015 11:10 AM
The Africana Lecture Series is offered weekly by the American multicultural studies (AMCS) department, featuring guest presentations and discussions that focus on historical and contemporary topics relating to people of African descent. This lecture series is in honor of Dr. LeVell Holmes and his contributions to the Sonoma State University community. All lectures are free and open to the public, and take place in Salazar 2020 on Tuesdays, noon to 12:50 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
January 27, 2015 12:35 PM
One of the oldest continually held fundraising events in the area is back. The 31 annual Art from the Heart celebration at the Sonoma State University Art Gallery is set for January 31.
"This is a win-win for both professional artists and the University Art Galley," says Carla Stone, the gallery's exhibition coordinator. Over 150 artists from across the United States, including many from Sonoma County, have created original works of art specifically for the event. "Art from the Heart is a must for novice and seasoned collectors alike," says Stone. "With modestly priced works of art sold during a silent auction, the event is a wonderful way to have a good time and support the gallery, which in turn supports the careers of these fantastic artists. And you have a chance to go home with an original work of art."
January 21, 2015 2:22 PM
The spring 2015 Holocaust Lecture Series at Sonoma State University runs January 20 and continues through May 5. Lectures are Tuesdays, 4-5:50 p.m. in Warren Auditorium (Ives 101) hosted by professor Diane Parness with guest speakers. The theme for the 32nd annual lecture series is "A Century of Genocide."
The Holocaust Lecture Series is sponsored by the Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, the Paul V. Benko Holocaust Education Endowment, the Armenian Genocide Memorial Lecture Fund, the Adele Zygielbaum Endowment, the Thomas Family Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, the Sonoma State Students' Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) Fund and the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Lectures are free and open to the public, but a daily parking permit ($5) is required at all hours to park on campus.
December 16, 2014 2:56 PM
The Sonoma Film Institute announced today its spring 2015 slate of screenings. This semester celebrates international cinema with a slate of women directors, the latest in American Independent cinema and the Orson Welles Centenary.
The season kicks off with the North Bay premiere of the Australian film "Charlie's Country." David Gulpilil ("Walkabout," "The Last Wave") won a Best Actor prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival as an aging Aboriginal who abandons his remote community in order to live a traditional lifestyle.
SFI Celebrates Women's History Month in March with the Sonoma County premieres of Ana Lily Amirpour's stylish and spellbinding Persian take on the vampire, "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night"; Doris Dorrie's stirring music documentary on female mariachi bands singing their hearts out in Mexico City's Garabaldi Plaza, "Que Caramba es la Vida"; and Talya Lavie's hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost, "Zero Motivation."
November 26, 2014 8:53 AM
The Sonoma State history department is holding a lecture about the "Christmas truce" and the beginning of World War I. The discussion is led by SSU graduate student Kevin Braafladt, historian for the U.S. Army Reserve Division and curator of the Sergeant Richard Penry Memorial Museum.
The 1914 Christmas truce was a series of unofficial ceasefires that took place across the Western Front during World War One. In many areas the truce started as an opportunity to bury the dead who had fallen in the "no man's land" between the trenches, but instead soldiers held joint burial ceremonies and independently ventured out to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs. In one of the truce's most enduring moments, troops from both sides played games of football with one another.
The lecture is in Stevenson 3072 on Tuesday, Dec. 2, noon to 1 p.m. Pizza will be served.
November 5, 2014 9:17 AM
Families everywhere are invited to celebrate the holiday season in song on Sunday, Nov. 23, when the Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Singers present the first annual Family Concert By Candlelight.
The 2 p.m. concert will be over well before bedtime, and the battery-powered "candles" can't burn little fingers. So bring the kids over to Weill Hall and make this a part of your holiday tradition.
Conductor Jenny Bent has again partnered with the Redwood Empire Food Bank to accept donations of food at the door. Cash donations are always welcome too. For information, call 707-664-3925.
October 23, 2014 2:18 PM
"The Importance of Being Earnest" is a play written by Oscar Wilde that follows the British upper class and their relationships and struggles with social conformity. The play features two eligible bachelors who are in the midst of courting two young women, both of whom are determined to marry a man named Ernest. The play, directed by Judy Navas, runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 9 in Evert B. Person Theatre at Sonoma State University.
UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: "In the Valley of the Sun" Multi-media Exhibit Aims at Sonoma's Legacy of the Moon
October 20, 2014 4:38 PM
The University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University is pleased to announce In the Valley of the Sun, a multimedia installation by collaborative artists Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis, which opens with a reception on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 4-6 p.m., and will be on view through Sunday, Dec. 7. The artists will discuss their work during a noon lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
The interplay between examination of materiality and poetic references to theory forms Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis' creative practice, driving their work into unexpected territory. Their works consistently act as a meditation on process as well as a response to a particular time or place.
For their new, site-specific installation In the Valley of the Sun, the artists conducted research into the origins of the word Sonoma, and the title of their work is an obvious reference to the meaning of Sonoma as "the Valley of the Moon."
All Entries in Arts and Lectures
- Mar 2 2015 Visiting Professor Uncovers Mysteries of Veiling in Schroeder Hall Lecture
- Mar 2 2015 Women's History Month Events Include Film, Lectures, Discussions
- Feb 12 2015 Drummer Harold Jones to Make Time In Jazz Forum
- Feb 4 2015 Stanford Professor Discusses Race, Ferguson and Toni Morrison in Philosophy Lecture
- Jan 29 2015 Willie Brown Highlights Africana Lecture Series
- Jan 27 2015 Art From the Heart Returns for Round 31
- Jan 21 2015 Holocaust Lecture Series Features Professors, Filmmakers and Rwandan Ambassador
- Dec 16 2014 SFI Spring Lineup Features Local Premieres, Celebrates Women Directors and Orson Welles Centenary
- Nov 26 2014 Stille Nacht: The True Story of the 1914 Christmas Truce
- Nov 5 2014 First Annual Family Concert By Candlelight Benefits Redwood Food Bank
- Oct 23 2014 Department of Theatre Arts presents "The Importance of Being Earnest," Oct. 30-Nov. 9
- Oct 20 2014 UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: "In the Valley of the Sun" Multi-media Exhibit Aims at Sonoma's Legacy of the Moon
- Oct 17 2014 Trio Navarro Announces 2014-15 Season at Sonoma State
- Oct 12 2014 Jeff Denson Trio, Lee Konitz Highlight SSU's Jazz Week
- Oct 9 2014 Classical Guitarist Kanengiser Brings Distinct Repertoire to Schroeder Hall
- Sep 28 2014 Department of Theatre Arts and Dance Presents "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek"
- Sep 26 2014 Feminist Series on "Gender and Health" Features Activists, Organizers and Practitioners
- Sep 23 2014 University Music Program Grows With The Green Music Center
- Sep 12 2014 Milky Way, Blue Snowball and Globular Clusters Seen During Public Viewing Nights
- Aug 26 2014 Writers at Sonoma Presents Poetry Reading with Julie Carr, Claudia Keelan
- Aug 25 2014 UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: Four Sculptors at Play In "The Third Dimension"
- Aug 12 2014 A Weekend of Free Community Concerts Celebrates Opening of Schroeder Hall
- Aug 5 2014 SFI Fall Line up Features Local Premieres, Inspiring Documentaries and Classic Cinema
- Apr 15 2014 Graduating Art Students Exhibit Their Work at BFA Exhibition 2014
- Apr 14 2014 Noonan Explains "Gasoline and Unrest: Bayonne Refinery Strikes," April 15
- Apr 8 2014 Back-to-Back Recital Series Closes With Russian Band Works, Choral Requiem
- Apr 4 2014 Left Brain, Right Brain: 21st Century Science and Chemistry of Wine and Winemaking on Tap, April 17
- Apr 2 2014 Trio Navarro Evokes The Memory Of A Great Cellist
- Mar 28 2014 SSU Comes Together to Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
- Mar 25 2014 Trio Ariadne Offers Free Performance of "Quartet for the End of Time," April 16
- Mar 25 2014 "Divergent Acts" Features Current Work by Sculpture Alumni, April 1- July 12
- Mar 12 2014 Ian Cauble Returns to Share His Journey as the Youngest Master Sommelier
- Mar 10 2014 Meet the SSU Trumpet Supergroup: Mix Jazz and Classic, Add Virtuosity and Shake, March 30
- Mar 10 2014 Remarkable French Play by Charlette Delbo, Holocaust Playwright, Staged April 2
- Mar 10 2014 UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: West Coast Ink: Printmaking from San Diego to Seattle, March 13-April 13
- Mar 7 2014 New Music Ensemble, Ariadne Clarinetist Join Forces on March 12
- Mar 6 2014 Cindy Stearns Offers New Research on "Breastfeeding Professionals and the Bodywork of Breastfeeding Mothers," March 11
- Mar 6 2014 It is All Girl Power in "She Kills Monsters," a Comedy-Adventure Homage to Geek Warriors
- Mar 6 2014 LECTURE: Occupy Movement Camps are Part of a Nature as Public Culture Tradition, March 14
- Mar 3 2014 New Music Ensemble, Ariadne Clarinetist Join Forces on March 12
- Mar 3 2014 Writers at Sonoma Bring Poets Gillian Conoley and Todd Melicker Reading New Works, March 4
- Mar 3 2014 Dolores Huerta to Speak on Legacy of Social Justice for Working Poor, Women, and Education, March 27
- Mar 3 2014 Wind Band Festival to Foster Education, Camaraderie
- Feb 17 2014 Geri Olson Explores Documenting a Life Through "Diaries, Letters, Scrapbooks and Journals," Feb. 18
- Feb 14 2014 Classical Guitarist Eric Cabalo Takes Listeners On Musical Journey, Feb. 21
- Feb 11 2014 Jazz Guest Artist Nicole Yarling Wears Many Hats
- Feb 10 2014 Geology Lecture Series Kicks off With UC Project Scientist
- Feb 4 2014 Ezra Explores "The Trials of of Muhammad Ali," Feb. 11
- Feb 3 2014 Cynthia Boaz Presents "The Sufferin' Suffragists": An Analysis of the Strategy and Tactics that Gave Women the Vote"
- Jan 29 2014 SSU's "Fiddler on the Roof" Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Legendary Broadway musical
- Jan 16 2014 Art From the Heart 2014: Art Gallery 30th Annual Benefit Auction Set for Jan. 18
- Jan 16 2014 Carnegie Hall East Meets West: Trio Ariadne and Musical Guests Bridge the Gap
- Jan 16 2014 SSU Music Department Announces Weill Hall Spring Series
- Jan 13 2014 "Never Again?" 2014 Holocaust Lecture Series Promises to Explore New Ground
- Nov 26 2013 Art and Science Try a New Dance: The Soundscape Project Brings the Rhythms of Nature to the Stage
- Nov 13 2013 Trio Navarro Announces 2013-14 Season
- Nov 12 2013 "Out of the Box: New Work from a New Generation" Opens in University Library Gallery
- Nov 12 2013 Melinda Milligan Explores Strategies of Preservation in Historic Home Tours
- Nov 4 2013 A Better Way of Death Explored by Investigative Journalist Katy Butler, Nov. 12
- Oct 25 2013 Steve Estes Explores the Decline of the PB&J, an American Staple
- Oct 21 2013 "Orange Is the New Black" author to speak at SSU, Nov. 18
- Oct 16 2013 Sustainability Week Offers Student Projects, Lecture Series
- Oct 16 2013 The Real Jerry Brown and Political Campaign Pioneers Whitaker and Baxter Topics of Library Talk
- Oct 16 2013 Dr. Sue Rosser Presents Lecture on Gender Bias in the Sciences, Oct. 21
- Oct 15 2013 Native American Heritage Month Begins Oct. 17
- Oct 8 2013 SSU announces theater and dance season for 2013-2014
- Oct 5 2013 Hoodhenge: Art Professor's Car Hoods Pay Tribute to Stonehenge
- Oct 3 2013 Weill Hall Artists-in-Residence Debut with Free Concert, Oct. 11
- Oct 3 2013 Classical Guitarist Jason Vieaux Delivers Consummate Artistry, Oct. 18
- Oct 3 2013 Writers at Sonoma presents Fall 2013 Season: Voices from the Postmodern American Poetry Anthology Katy Butler's Memoir and Investigative Reporting
- Sep 24 2013 Jazz Forum Hosts Living Legends, Rising Stars
- Sep 10 2013 National Hispanic Heritage Month at SSU, Sept. 15-Oct. 15
- Aug 30 2013 "From Death to Life in Ancient Bahrain" Unveils Customs, Faces of Ancient Society in First Traveling Exhibit
- Aug 29 2013 SSU's War and Peace Lecture Series Looks at Intelligence Communities, the Internet and More
- Aug 26 2013 Trio Ariadne Set To Begin Year-Long Residency at SSU
- Aug 22 2013 Two Lectures Address Themes of Racial Equality - and the Inequalities that Remain
- Aug 22 2013 University Art Gallery Opens With "25 Years, 25 Artists: The Painting Students of Mark Perlman"
- Aug 19 2013 SFI Fall Screenings Feature Local Premieres, Inspiring Documentaries and Classic Cinema
- May 2 2013 Library's Digital Exhibit Brings Waterways to Life
- May 1 2013 Horn Soloist from Iceland Performs With Wind Ensemble, May 5
- Apr 27 2013 A Theatrical Journey Through Copeland Creek Ends the WaterWorks Season
- Apr 24 2013 Alvin Ailey Dance Legacy Residency is a Revelation for SSU Dance Students
- Apr 8 2013 Manuel Vargas Lectures on "Negligence and Responsibility"
- Apr 5 2013 Spring Ahead with a Variety of Events Honoring Asian Heritage and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
- Apr 4 2013 An Evening with Dr. Cornel West, April 11
- Apr 2 2013 English Professor Unmasks "The Real Medieval Game of Thrones," April 6
- Apr 2 2013 No Limits. SSU Observes Disability Awareness Month in April
- Mar 25 2013 OMG. Be Prepared to be Starstruck by MasterCard Performance Series at Weill Hall in 2013-14
- Mar 15 2013 Diane Schuur Appearance at SSU Falls Victim to Sequestration
- Mar 11 2013 Juried Student Art Exhibition 2013
- Mar 11 2013 New Music Festival To Feature Visiting Composers, Premieres
- Mar 8 2013 Ann Lauterbach Brings her Adventurous Poetry to Writers at Sonoma, March 12
- Mar 4 2013 March into Women's History Month
- Mar 4 2013 Saving Point Reyes Seashore: "Rebels With a Cause" Documentary Coming to SSU
- Feb 22 2013 SSU Panel Answers the Question "What Can We Do To Curb Gun Violence?" on Feb. 26.
- Feb 18 2013 Matt Wilson and Arts & Crafts Come to Weill Hall
- Feb 15 2013 Wednesdays @ 1 Jazz Forums Resume at SSU
- Feb 15 2013 Water Works Flows Into Spring with a Symposium, Lectures and a Journey Along a Creek
- Feb 11 2013 College Dance Residency Offers Free Public Lectures Exploring Alvin Ailey's Contribution to Modern Dance
- Feb 7 2013 30th Annual Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series Plants "Seeds of Remembrance" at SSU
- Jan 24 2013 "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" Subject of Feb. 6 Panel
- Jan 18 2013 Weill Hall Artists-in-Residence Come to SSU this Summer
- Jan 4 2013 SFI Spring Line up Features Local Premieres, Inspiring Documentaries and Classic Cinema
- Jan 4 2013 "Carmina Burana" Auditions for Weill Hall Performance Open to Community Singers
- Nov 27 2012 Renowned poet Alice Notley at SSU, Nov. 29
- Nov 9 2012 Weill Hall provides backdrop for chamber music concerts
- Nov 9 2012 A Night Filled with Poetry by Writers at Sonoma
- Oct 26 2012 SSU Music to Host Jazz, Symphonic Band and Choral Invitationals
- Oct 26 2012 "Water Works" Continues to Flow with November Line-up
- Oct 15 2012 Deciphering the History of the World's Oceans with Single-Celled Fossils, Oct. 15
- Oct 10 2012 Publishing Work in the 21st Century Focus of First Writers at Sonoma Event
- Oct 9 2012 Gala Choral Event at Weill Hall to Benefit Food Bank
- Sep 26 2012 Little Rock Nine's Melba Patillo Beals Discusses "Warriors Don't Cry," Sept. 27
- Sep 12 2012 Angeles Arrien to Kick-off Wisdom Traditions Series
- Sep 12 2012 It Matters! Lecture Series Designed to Inspire Election Participation