University and Community Events

Community Forum: Meeting challenges for the healthy communities planning movement

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 5:00-6:30pm
SSU Environmental Technology Center

Elizabeth Baca, MD, MPA, Senior Health Advisor, California Governors Office of Planning and Research & Peter Rumble, Deputy County Administrator for Community and Government Affairs, County of Sonoma

Moderator: Thomas Jacobson, Professor, Dept. of Environmental Studies & Planning and Director, Center for Sustainable Communities, Sonoma State University

Join our distinguished panelists as they identify the most significant obstacles facing the movement toward planning for healthier communities and offer prescriptions for meeting those challenges

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Hosted by the Department of Environmental Studies & Planning, the Center for Sustainable Communities, and the Planning for Healthy Communities Class (ENSP 412)    

6th Annual Society & Culture Undergraduate Research Forum (SCURF)

Wednesday, April 9 from 5-8:30
Student Center, Ballrooms B, C, & D  

Students from the schools of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Science and Technology will be making oral and poster presentations on their own research projects.  The keynote speaker, Dr. Mateo Clark (Geography and Global Studies) will be speaking about this year’s theme, “Imprints: Humanity’s Footprint on Time and Space” from the perspective of his research on terrestrial ecology and conservation science.

The Society and Culture Undergraduate Research Forum (SCURF) is an opportunity for all SSU undergraduate students to present their original research to their peers and professors in a professional conference setting. Along with presenting, students have the chance of getting their research published in the Sonoma State SCURF Journal. Students have the option of contributing an oral presentation or poster at the forum; both types will be eligible for publication in the journal. SCURF welcomes research presentations from all schools and disciplines, even work presented elsewhere.

Want to learn more about SCURF?

Check out the fantastic article Forum helps students publish research published in the Sonoma State Star and more information is at the Sonoma State University Anthropology website home page.

Spring 2014 Donuts with the Dean

Join the Interim Dean of Social Sciences, John Wingard, for “Donuts with the Dean” in the Anthropology Lounge, Stevenson 2054. “Donuts with the Dean” is a regular activity, where faculty, staff, and students are invited to an hour with the dean to have a donut, chat, complain, or just visit.

Donuts with the Dean Schedule

Thursday, February 27th 9:30-10:30am
Wednesday, March 26th 9:30-10:30am
Wednesday, April 23rd 10:30-11:30am

For more information, contact Katie Musick or 664-2112. 

Hosted by the School of Social Sciences           



Bring the Tent: The Occupy Movement, Outdoor Politics, and the History of American Camping

Friday, March 14, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
Room Salazar 2025

Phoebe S.K. Young, Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado and Author of California Vieja: Culture and Memory in a Modern American Place will be speaking on her new project: Sleeping Outside: The Public Nature of Camping in America. In the Fall of 2011, activists in the Occupy Movement staged protests in cities across the U.S. by camping out. They hoped this tactic might draw attention to the issues of political marginalization and rising wealth inequality, but popular response also focused upon the meanings of making camp in public places. The tent, in fact, is key to understanding the scope of the movement’s resonance in American political culture. We have to ask why, in this particular social movement, the tent appeared simultaneously obvious, audacious, and natural. Why did it capture public attention and influence the movement’s message? Beyond an urban oddity, the Occupy camp referenced a longer history of camping and sleeping outside in American history, from Civil War veterans, national park vacationers, and homeless transients. This talk will suggest how the tent evoked ways in which nature and outdoors have served historically as critical space for negotiating public belonging and national identity.

Hosted by History, Anthropology, & the School of Social Science

Community Forum: Urban Agriculture, Community Development, and Healthier Places
One City’s Dynamic Collaboration

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:00-6:30pm
SSU Environmental Technology Center

Al Zelinka, Community Development Director for the City of Riverside and ENSP’s 2013-14 Planner in Residence, will join us to explore Riverside’s upcoming “GrowRiverside” conference and its focus on:

  • Urban agriculture
  • Access to healthy food and community health
  • Local food systems and economic health
  • Agriculture and natural resources protection
  • And more

Join us as Mr. Zelinka highlights Riverside’s efforts and the collaborations represented by his city’s unique gathering of growers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, investors, and community members. This event is free and open to the public.

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Hosted by the Department of Environmental Studies & Planning, the Center for Sustainable Communities, and the Planning for Healthy Communities Class (ENSP 412)              

The H. Andrea Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series Presents An Evening with Dolores Huerta

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:30 PM
Sonoma State University Student Center Ballroom

Tickets are not yet available for purchase from our University Box Office, but will be soon.

About Dolores Huerta:

Dolores Huerta is a union leader and an activist for the rights of farm workers and women. Along with Cesar Chavez, she founded the first successful farm workers union in the country, the United Farm Workers, in 1962. She is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

At 81, Dolores Huerta continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women and children. As voluntary President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she travels across the country speaking to students and organizations about issues of social justice and public policy.

She has received numerous awards among them the Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in l998, Ms. Magazine’s one of the three most important women of l997, Ladies Home Journal’s 100 most important woman of the 20t Century, Puffin Foundation award for Creative Citizenship Labor Leader Award 1984, Kern County’s Woman of The Year by California State legislature, the Ohtli award from the Mexican Government, Smithsonian Institution - James Smithson Award, and Nine Honorary Doctorates from Universities throughout the United States.

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Organized by the School of Education in partnership with Sonoma State University's School of Social Sciences and On Campus Presents