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12/15/2019 - Association for Jewish Studies Conference
The Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies in the largest annual international gathering of Jewish Studies scholars in the world. With more than 1100 attendees, over 190 sessions, a major book exhibit of leading publishers, cultural programming, and gala banquet, the AJS annual conference provides a unique opportunity to share ideas and explore the world of Jewish Studies scholarship.

Admission/Cost: $95 - $355

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Sunday, December 15 - 10:00 AM
Monday, December 16 - 10:00 AM
Tuesday, December 17 - 10:00 AM
12/06/2019 - Book Signing: Yann Richard
Persian Cultural Center presents:

"Iran: A Social and Political History Since the Qajars." Lecture and Book Signing by Yann Richard, a prominent French scholar.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Iranian American Center
6790 Top Gun St #7
San Diego, CA 92121

Friday Dec. 6 - 7:00 PM

For more information, please call 858-552-9355 or email
12/05/2019 - Discussion: Yiddish Arts and Culture in the 21st Century
Welcome Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh, the founder and director of the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA).YAAANA is dedicated to the promotion of Yiddish language and culture by offering low-cost Yiddish language classes, theater workshops, song workshops, lectures, and Jewish holiday celebrations to the broader community. The organization's mission is to expand awareness of the beauty of Yiddishkeit, as well as to preserve and advance Yiddish language and culture within the United States.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Temple Emanu-El
6299 Capri Drive
San Diego, 92120

Thursday, December 5 - 12:45 PM
12/04/2019 - Discussion: Immigration, Human Dignity and a Call to Action
University Ministry presents an interfaith immigration panel with Sonia Garcia, Latina Muslim Foundation; Rabbi Scott Meltzer, Anti-Defamation League; Father Pat Murphy, Casa del Migrante and Rev. John Fanestil, Border Church. All are welcome to attend Mass for Peace following event.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Founders Hall, Ministry Center and Offices
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Wednesday, December 4 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
11/21/2019 - Native Truth & Healing California Genocide Conference
Four days of presentations, music, documentary films, and political action sessions offer attendees a chance to enhance knowledge of the California genocide and Indigenous peoples' history. Engage with others who want to learn more about these topics and come away with new understanding. Come together with the community to share ideas for resolutions that will be sent to state officials at the end of the conference.

Topics to be discussed:

• The Genocide of Indigenous Nations and Peoples
• Traditional Healing and Indigenous Wisdom
• Violence Against Women Act, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Native Feminism & Matriarchal Survivance
• History of the Mission System in California
• Boarding Schools, Contemporary Oppression of Native School Children & Native Youth Empowerment
• Child Welfare and ICWA: Healing Our Children, Families and Communities
• Sacredness of Indigenous Food, Land Management and Protection
• Repatriation
• Contemporary Tribal Law & Restorative Justice
• Film Festival: Tribal Justice; Doctrine of Discovery, the Code of Domination

Thursday - Indigenous Film Festival & Music
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Panel Discussions, Ceremonies and Performances all day.

Admission/Cost: FREE but please Register

Location (Thursday and Friday):
Conrad Prebys Student Union Theater
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

Locations (Saturday and Sunday):
Arts & Letters Building
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

Dates and times:
Thursday, November 21 - 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Friday, November 22 - 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Saturday, November 23 - 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, November 24 - 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

For more information and a complete schedule of all events, visit:
02/14/2019 - Forum: Migrations, Borders, and Human Rights
Please join us for a presentation of the digital archive Humanizando la deportation by the project coordinator, Robert Irwin, Professor of Spanish at the University of California, Davis.

This project seeks to make visible a range of issues related to mass human displacement and to give a human face to those most affected by the US
02/14/2019 - Lecture: U.S. - China Symbiosis
The United States is the world
11/26/2018 - Discussion: The Chicano Blowout of 1968
Join Professor Isidro Ortiz of the Department of Chicana/o Studies at SDSU for a stimulating discussion about the rise and legacy of Chicano Blowouts, also known as the East L.A. Walkouts, that fought for educational justice and against unequal conditions and racism in Los Angeles high schools.

Age Limit: 18+

Admission/Cost: FREE

Central Library
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

Monday, November 26 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 236-5800
11/19/2018 - Discussion: Harlem Renaissance
Join narrative non-fiction author Kevin Brown for an intimate discussion of one of the most influential creative arts movements in 20th century US history. Beginning during America
11/12/2018 - Book Signing: Cixin Liu and John Scalzi
Cixin Liu, China
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