Past Calendar

Past ACP Events

AMERICAN COMMUNITIES PROGRAM
Fall 2017

The American Communities Program at California State University, Los Angeles promotes humanities-based inquiry into the formation of individual and communal identities in American society.

THE HUMANITIES AND AMERICAN CULTURES: CIVILITY

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
INTERROGATING CIVILITY: ITS USES AND LIMITS

12:15 pm • Golden Eagle Ballroom
Join us for an interactive roundtable that examines the histories, possibilities, and pitfalls of civility and its reconstructions. Roundtable features Dr. Akhila Ananth (Criminal Justice and Criminalistics), Dr. Rob DeChaine (Communication and Liberal Studies), Dr. Eileen Ford (History), and Dr. Cynthia Wang (Communication).

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
QUEERING LA: LGBT LITERATURE AND LITERACIES

7:15 PM • Alhambra Room
3rd floor • University Student Union
Join us for a roundtable of local fiction writers whose work focuses on LGBTQ communities and characters in Los Angeles and beyond. Presented by the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities and American Communities Program.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4
CIVILITY AND FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS

7 pm • Los Angeles Room BC
3rd Floor • University-Student Union
Join us for a roundtable discussion of the issues surrounding free speech on university campuses and conflicts that ensue.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21
EXHIBIT: REVOLUTIONIZING THE WORLD -- THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION AT ITS CENTENARY, 1917-2017

Fine Arts Gallery
The exhibition explores the visual history of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on its hundredth anniversary and evaluates the global impact of this historical event in the twentieth century. This year-long exhibition premieres at Cal State LA in August 2017, and then travels to Sonoma State University in October 2017, and California State University, Chico in January 2018.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17
PUBLIC VOICES, BLOGGING, PODCASTS, AND THE HUMANITIES

12:15 pm • Room to be confirmed
3rd Floor • University-Student Union
This hands-on workshop features writers, practitioners of new media, and scholars to examine how and to what effects public writing in the humanities can impact American cultures and civilities.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18
GENDERING DEPORTATION: SALVADORAN MEN’S UNDERSTANDING OF EXPULSION FROM THE U.S. – A TALK BY DR. KATIE DINGEMAN

3 pm • San Gabriel Room
3rd Floor • University-Student Union
Mass deportation from the U.S. is a racist, classist, and sexist program of state violence. Of the over 400,000 people removed from the U.S. annually, 93% are men. How do migrants understand their deportation and their gendered selves in relationship to it? Dr. Katie Dingeman, faculty, Sociology at Cal State LA and CSGS Faculty Fellow, will discuss the disparate ways men and women have been historically targeted by the deportation regime.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13
UNDOCUMENTED LIVES – ARCHIVES OF ERASURE AND EMERGENCE – PUBLIC DISCUSSION AND DIALOGUE

7:15 pm • JOHN F. KENNEDY, JR., LIBRARY
This installation features material objects that undocumented immigrants brought with them to the U.S. as well as flash autobiographical narratives. Tonight, students involved in the installation will engage with community members about their work. Exhibit runs through December 2017.

Presented by the American Communities Program, and co-sponsored by Cross Cultural Centers; Latin American Studies; Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities; MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Arts; College of Arts and Letters; John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library, Dr. Joseph A. Bailey, II, M.D.; University-Student Union; and student fees.

For more information, or to request accommodations for a disability, please contact Dr. Maria Karafilis, American Communities Program, at mkarafi@calstatela.edu, or find us online at www.calstatela.edu/academic/al/acp/

Nominal parking fee for off-campus guests.

 

AMERICAN COMMUNITIES PROGRAM
Spring 2017

THE HUMANITIES AND AMERICAN CULTURES: STAKES AND SPECIFICITIES

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23
CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY POETRY AND POETICS PRESENT:
THE 2017 JEAN BURDEN READING FEATURING JOY HARJO

5:30 pm ● Golden Eagle Ballroom
3rd Floor ● Golden Eagle Building
Poet, musician, and storyteller Joy Harjo reads from her work. Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke Nation, has written seven books of poetry focusing on Native American issues and themes.

FRIDAY, MARCH 3
ASIA AND THE WORLD: POLITICS OF “ANGER AND HATE” – A DISCUSSION WITH AISHWARY KUMAR AND JEFFREY WASSERSTROM

10 am – 12 noon ● U-SU Theatre
1st Floor ● University-Student Union
Aishwary Kumar, Assistant Professor of Intellectual History at Stanford University, will explore the return of populism in world’s two largest democracies, India and the US, and its impact on the idea of citizenship on global scale. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of History at UC, Irvine, will discuss the role of China in contemporary global affairs. 

TUESDAY, APRIL 4
ACP: NEW RESEARCH ON THE HISTORY OF CAL STATE LA

3 pm ● San Gabriel Room
3rd floor • University-Student Union
What do you know about the history of your own university?  Discover the controversies, visions, and transformations that have shaped today's Cal State LA.  Join us for a hands-on, interactive workshop led by History Department students, in cooperation with the University Library's Archive and Special Collections.  

MONDAY, APRIL 17
ACP FELLOWS SYMPOSIUM
THE HUMANITIES AND AMERICAN CULTURES: STAKES AND SPECIFICITIES

1:40 pm • Alhambra Room
3rd floor • University-Student Union
Join us as the 2016-17 ACP Fellows, Dr. Jose Anguiano (CHLS and the Honors College), Dr. Andrew Knighton (English), and Dr. Priscilla Leiva (CHLS and History), share their research on this year’s ACP theme.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19
AN EVENING WITH MONQUE W. MORRIS, AUTHOR OF PUSHOUT

6:15 – 8 pm • Los Angeles Room
3rd floor • University-Student Union
Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an author and social justice scholar with more than 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice.  Dr. Morris is the author of Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), Too Beautiful for Words (MWM Books, 2012); and Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016).

THURSDAY, APRIL 20
ELECTION 2016: WHAT NOW?

4:30 pm • Los Angeles Room BC
3rd floor • University-Student Union
Join campus and community scholars, journalists, and activists as we discuss the current political climate and the future of American democracy and its political institutions. Speakers include Madeleine Brand, journalist and host of KCRW’s Press Play; Dr. Mark Sawyer, Political Scientist, UCLA; and Dr. Raphe Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21 & SATURDAY, APRIL 22
THE FOUNDATION OF HEAVEN: THE GREAT TEMPLE OF TENOCHTITLAN

April 21, 11 am - 5:30 pm, Bing Theater, LACMA
April 22, 10 am – 7 pm, Golden Eagle Ballroom, Cal State LA
Join us for the 2017 Mesoamerican symposium, hosted by Cal State LA and Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, as we bring together the most renowned scholars of the Aztec world to discuss new research on Aztec culture, art, and architecture. For more information, please visit www.calstatela.edu/arthistorysociety.

TUESDAY, MAY 2
AMERICAN COMMUNITIES PROGRAM PRESENTS:
EXPLORING THE STAKES OF CRITICAL INQUIRY

6:15 PM ● San Gabriel Room
3rd floor • University-Student Union
This panel, the fruition of the inaugural ACP Working Group Fellowship, explores implications of critical inquiry at the interface between the humanities and the sciences. Explore the value of humanities-based critical inquiry in investigating four key themes that undergird epistemological authority: fact, number, objectivity, and the boundary between nature and the human.

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I am happy to share the American Communities Program’s Fall 2016 Calendar of events. Faculty are encouraged to bring classes to any or all programs. Please contact me if you would like to do so in order to ensure adequate space (mkarafi@calstatela.edu).

AMERICAN COMMUNITIES PROGRAM
Fall 2016

THE HUMANITIES AND AMERICAN CULTURES: STAKES AND SPECIFICITIES

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
THEORIZING THE HUMANITIES: STAKES AND SPECIFICITIES
12:15 pm • San Gabriel Room
3rd floor • University-Student Union

Join us as the 2016-2017 fellows, Dr. José Anguiano (CHLS and the Honors College), Dr. Andrew Knighton (English), and Dr. Priscilla Leiva (CHLS and History) examine the ACP theme, THE HUMANITIES AND AMERICAN CULTURES: STAKES AND SPECIFICITIES, and its implications for understanding American communities and cultures.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
GET READY TO VOTE: ELECTION 2016
6:15 pm ● Golden Eagle Ballroom
3RD floor • Golden Eagle Building

Join scholars, journalists, and political strategists for an interactive roundtable to discuss the issues and implications of the 2016 election.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5
ENRIQUE’S JOURNEY: AN EVENING WITH SONIA NAZARIO
6:15 pm • Golden Eagle Ballroom
3rd Floor • Golden Eagle Building

We welcome Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and activist, whose work incisively explores some the most urgent problems in the U.S., including hunger, drug addiction, and immigration. Join us as she discusses contemporary immigration issues and her best-known piece, Enrique’s Journey, the powerful story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6
INDEPENDENT VISIONS: WHICH WAY HOME
6:15 pm • U-SU Theatre
1st Floor • University-Student Union

Which Way Home shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the United States. Directed by Rebecca Cammisa, 2010, 83 minutes.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13
ARCHIVES, LIBRARIES, PROPERTIES
PACIFIC ANCIENT AND MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Westin Pasadena


Please come to hear scholars share their latest research at the 2016 PAMLA conference, co-hosted by the Department of English at CSULA. For more information, see www.pamla.org.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14
CHINESE/AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR POETRY AND POETICS
Cal State LA Downtown Campus and Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown LA

Chinese and U.S. poets and scholars share their latest work on poetry and poetics. Contact Dr. Maria Karafilis, director, American Communities Program at MKarafi@calstatela.edu or Dr. Lauri Ramey, director, Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics at LRamey@calstatela.edu, for more information.

Presented by the American Communities Program, and co-sponsored by Cross Cultural Centers, College of Arts and Letters; The Honors College; Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities; Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; English; History; Latin American Studies; Political Science; Dr. Joseph A. Bailey, II, M.D.; University-Student Union; and student fees.

For more information, or to request accommodations for a disability, please call Dr. Maria Karafilis, American Communities Program, at (323) 343-4140, or find us online at www.calstatela.edu/academic/al/acp/.

Nominal parking fee for off-campus guests.

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