San Marcos,
25
January
2016

CSUSM Spring Event Series Showcases People, Culture and the Arts

Arts & Lectures, a long-standing event series at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), kicks off its spring lineup with The Sand Dog Cometh, a multi-disciplinary solo, written, directed and performed by Mary Pearson on Tuesday, February 2. This season boasts a diverse selection of eight events as the University welcomes renowned guest speakers, performances and concerts, as well as Las Cafeteras, a group from East Los Angeles that brings unique songs to the stage that tell stories of seeking love and fighting for justice in a concrete jungle.

All attendees must purchase or reserve tickets online via the Arts & Lectures website at www.csusm.edu/al. Complimentary parking is available for all events in specified lots.

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The Sand Dog Cometh featuring Mary Pearson

Tuesday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m.

CSUSM, Arts Building, Performance Hall 111

  • CSUSM Students: Free with online ticket
  • CSUSM Faculty/Staff: $6
  • Community Members: $12

This multi-disciplinary solo is written, directed and performed by dance and performance artist Mary Pearson (UK). It pays homage to the avant-garde, to kitsch, shtick, snobbery, trash and easy laughs.

Inspired by 'high' and 'low' culture, the 70’s, unintelligible academic language, classic crooners, Rihanna, musicals, Scouse female fashions, dereliction and shopping centers, The Sand Dog Cometh offers: Virtuosity? Intellectual stimulation? Distraction? Provocation? Catharsis? Dear Audience: What is it you care about? To learn more about this artist, visit her website here.

Las Cafeteras at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido

Friday, February 19 at 5 p.m.

California Center for the Arts in Escondido

340 North Escondido Boulevard

Escondido, CA 92025

  • CSUSM Students: FREE with online ticket
  • CSUSM Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $9
  • Community Members: $18

Las Cafeteras fuses the unique sound of East LA with Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado and powerful lyrics. Born in the streets of Los Angeles, the group merges roots music and modern day stories with what the LA Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic.” Their songs tell stories of a community seeking love while fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of LA. To learn more about this artist, visit their website here.

Project Brainwash: Why Reality TV is Bad for Women (...and men, people of color, the economy, love, sex and sheer common sense)

Wednesday, February 24 at 6 p.m.

CSUSM, University Student Union, Ballroom

  • CSUSM Students: FREE with online ticket
  • CSUSM Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $5
  • Community Members: $10

Using clips from some of the most popular TV shows of the decade, media critic Jennifer Pozner takes a fierce, funny and in-depth look at how reality television warps our ideas about gender, race, class and sexuality. How do The Bachelor, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and other reality TV staples impact our beliefs, behavior and culture? Pozner reveals who is profiting from this pop cultural backlash against gender and racial justice - and how you can become a critical media consumer while still enjoying your favorite shows. To learn more about this speaker, visit her book website here.

Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making it Work with Daryl G. Smith

Tuesday, March 1 at 6 p.m.

CSUSM, University Student Union, Ballroom

  • CSUSM Students: Free with online ticket
  • CSUSM Faculty/Staff: $6
  • Community Members: $12
  • Kids 12 & Under: Free with online ticket

Dr. Daryl G. Smith is a nationally renowned expert in diversity and inclusive excellence. She is a Professor Emerita of Education and Psychology at the Claremont Graduate University. Her research and publications have been in the areas of organizational implications of diversity, assessment and evaluation, leadership and change, and faculty diversity. Dr. Smith will discuss how to build capacity and leadership to achieve diversity and inclusion goals under the new diversity plan. To learn more about this speaker, visit her website here.

Co-sponsored by the CHABSS Engaging Diverse Dialogues Initiative.

Who We Be: The Colorization of America

An evening with Jeff Chang, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University

Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

CSUSM, University Student Union, Ballroom

  • CSUSM Students: FREE with online ticket
  • CSUSM Faculty & Staff: $6
  • Community Members: $12

Jeff Chang has written extensively on the intersection of race, art and civil rights and the socio-political forces that guided the hip-hop generation. He brings fresh energy and sweep to the essential American story, offering an invaluable interpretation at a time when race defines the national conversation. His new book, Who We Be, is a powerful, challenging and timely cultural history of the notion of racial progress, tackling pertinent themes of multiculturalism, student and political activism, the state of the arts and the politics of abandonment.

Co-sponsored by: Cross-Cultural Center, Co-Curricular Funding, USU Activities Board, College of Education, Health & Human Services, Extended Learning, Associated Students, Inc., Latin@ Center, Office of Diversity, Educational Equity & Inclusion and Ethnic Studies.

Techno-Folklorico

Tuesday, March 29 at 6 p.m.

CSUSM, Arts Building, Performance Hall 111

  • CSUSM Students: FREE with online ticket
  • CSUSM Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $5
  • Community Members: $10
  • Kids 12 and under: FREE with online ticket

Native American Artist-Scholar Cristobal Martinez will discuss and perform Techno-Folklorico, a re-imagined indigenous ceremony that includes music, dance, narrative, and moving images, and brings together electronic tools (such as hacked electronic musical instruments and computers) and traditional ceremonial implements (such as indigenous flutes, rattles, and animal calls). The purpose of this cultural work is to encourage community dialogues and build local literacy capacities to critically engage increasing technological velocities and their implications for daily life. To learn more about this artist, visit his website here.

Cultivating a Creative Mind: Nurturing 21st Century Skills
Presented by Simón Silva 

Wednesday, April 6 at 6 p.m.

CSUSM, University Student Union, Ballroom

  • CSUSM Students: FREE with online ticket
  • CSUSM Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $6
  • Community Members: $12

Simón Silva shares an insightful view of the arts and creativity, while telling a compelling story of struggle and hope. He connects with the audience in a powerful manner, and sends a positive message about perseverance and determination to succeed. This inspirational keynote clarifies the importance of the arts and creativity, in order to give all individuals a greater degree of success in the 21st century. To learn more about this speaker, visit his website here.

No I am Not a Terrorist 

Wednesday, April 13 at 6 p.m.

CSUSM, University Student Union, Ballroom

  • CSUSM Students: FREE
  • CSUSM Faculty/Staff: $5
  • Community Members: $10

Are all Muslims terrorists? What does Islam say about “terrorism”? What is behind the veil? Over 50 percent of Americans have no basic understanding of the Muslim faith, which causes discrimination and intolerance on campuses. Using humor and personal experiences, Zohra educates others about diversity. Her programs promote dialogue and foster tolerance towards people of all races, religions and backgrounds regardless how tough and sensitive the subject matter. To learn more about this event, visit the website here.

About California State University San Marcos

 

Building on an innovative 25-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.
 

The university enrolls approximately 14,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

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