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.

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

For further information contact, Jackie Torres, (707 664-2753,

Maps of the campus can be found at

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).

The Center for Ethics, Law, and Society (CELS) is pleased to invite SSU students, faculty, staff, and friends to its new lecture series, the Ethics, Law, and Society Forum. All events will be held Tuesdays, noon-12:50 p.m., in Stevenson 1002.

The roster of events includes:

Sept. 2, Eric Sinrod, Duane Morris LLP, "Risks and Liabilities in Cyberspace"
Sept. 9, Brock Dolman, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, "A Reverential Rehydration Revolution"
Sept. 16, Andy Wallace, SSU Philosophy, "Compassion and Happiness"

Sonoma State University Police Chief Nate Johnson has reported that the SSU campus has suffered no damage from the 6.0 West Napa Fault earthquake that hit the northern Bay Area earlier this morning.

Classes and all other activities will resume on Monday as normal. Events today on campus will also be held.

The earthquake epicenter in American Canyon in Napa County is approximately 16 miles from the campus.

For further information, please contact Jean Wasp, News and Information Coordinator, 707-664-2057,

warpeacelogo.pngSonoma State University's War & Peace Lecture Series returns this fall with a lineup of speakers and topics reflecting a world submerged in war and political unrest, the intelligence community and internet technology, non-violent solutions to conflict, and their profound impact on United States citizens. 

Hosted by English Professor Tim Wandling, the public lecture is held Tuesdays at 5 p.m., Aug. 26 to Dec. 9, in Warren Auditorium on the second floor of Ives Hall. Admission is free. There is a $5 daily parking fee. 

See for a complete schedule.

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