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10/12/2016 - Roundtable Conversation: Day of Indigenous Resistance
The naming of the past bears a mark on our present. This conversation will reflect on the meaning of
10/09/2016 - Talk: Socially Engaged Art in Rural China
Join the Chinese Historical Museum for an exclusive panel and exhibition with three artists: Yan Qu, Fen Weng, Jing Zuo, as they discuss how art can be used to better humanity. Professor and Curator Meiqin Wang will moderate this interesting discussion.

In the past decade, socially engaged art has become an important artistic movement in Mainland China. It addresses various problems brought about by China
09/21/2016 - Hostelling International Peace Building Conference
This year's Hostelling International USA (HI USA) Peacebuilding Conference will focus on encouraging San Diegans to recognize our unique border area as a place to explore global awareness and cultural exchange. Speakers, including Derrik Chin, founder of Turiste Libre, Elisa Sabatini, Executive Director of Via International, and representatives from Discover Baja will share reasons why they promote cross-border engagement. Appetizers from Super Cocina are included in the $5.00 registration fee.

The 2016 Peacebuilding Conference is being held on the International Day of Peace and in conjunction with HI
09/17/2016 - Talk: Aztec and Conquistador Cuisine
Culinary Historians of San Diego presents Authentic Aztec versus Conquistador Cuisine featuring Linda Civitello in the Neil Morgan Auditorium.

Corn, chiles, and chocolate are native foods. Carne, queso, and sugar were brought by the Spanish. What did the Aztecs eat before the Conquistadores came? How did they grow and cook It? How much of it survives and in what forms? This lecture may surprise the audience with the answers to these questions. Linda Civitello is the author of Cuisine and Culture: a History of Food and People, which won the Gourmand Award for Best Culinary History Book in English and which is used to teach the history of food in culinary schools throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Central Library
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, 92101

Saturday, September 17 - 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
06/07/2016 - Discussion on Racial Justice
In 2015 the Partnership for Racial Justice presented a widely attended series of Sacred Conversations on Race. In 2016, continuing and expanding the conversation, they are pleased to offer four new discussions:
  • Voting Rights and Voter Registration
  • Anti-racism and Facing White Privilege
  • Social Justice Ministries
  • Racial Justice Issues in City Heights and Southeast San Diego
Tonight they will discuss the following:

Social Justice Ministries Panel Discussion. Speakers from different San Diego faith groups will share what they are doing regarding social justice. Learn what you can do to get into action!

Admission/Cost: FREE

United Church of Christ of La Mesa
5940 Kelton Ave.
San Diego, CA 91942

Tuesday, June 7 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

For more information, please call (619) 464-1519
05/26/2016 - Lecture: History of American Jewish Delis
Jewish delis are a quintessential part of American culture. The talk will examine how American Jews came to be associated with delis, how American Jewish delis have changed over time, and what the deli's purpose and meaning has been to American Jewish identity and American Jewish life.

Reception to follow.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Temple Emanu-El
6299 Capri Drive
San Diego, CA 92120

Sunday, June 5 - 3:00 PM

To RSVP or For More Information please contact: Katey Lindley (858) 362-1134 or visit:
05/24/2016 - Talk: Creating a Nikkei Legacy
This multi-media presentation by Professor Susan Hasegawa of San Diego City College will explore the development and evolution of the Nikkei community in San Diego, highlighting common Japanese American experiences in terms of popular culture including food, faith and socio-cultural activities, the impact of incarceration during World War II, and the rebuilding of ethnic community institutions in the post-war period.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Los Pe
05/12/2016 - Talk: A Brief History of Central Asia
The North County Chapter presents member Mr. Al Myers (Ph.D.). After three careers (psychology, computer science and acting), Dr. Myers has been conducting research into the orient and the orient
04/29/2016 - Passport to Africa
Enjoy African culture with dancing, live music, visual art, African cuisine and marketplace with performances by Niancho Sanneh, Bhakti Griots, Nomsa Burkhardt, and Zimbeat.

Admission/Cost: $25 - $40

Encinitas Community and Senior Center
1140 Oakcrest Park Drive
Encinitas,CA 92024

Friday, April 29 - 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
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