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03/15/2018 - Discussion: 77 Miles of Jewish Stories
Don Harrison, local San Diego Jewish Historian, shares the fascinating story about the journey along Route 8 in San Diego, and its Jewish connections
03/01/2018 - The Continuous Clapback: The Legacy of Language
The African American Studies Program highlights "The Legacy of Language" as a tool to speak the truths of Black women through spoken word poetry and hip-hop music. Alyesha Wise (poet and teaching artist) and Miki Vale (local hip-hop artist and activist) illustrate how Black women continue to use language as a vehicle for challenging power, stereotypes and marginalization. Alyesha Wise and Miki Vale inspire audiences to engage with language as constructions of self-reflection, political activism, cultural awareness and love.

Admission/Cost: FREE

International House Great Hall
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093

Thursday, March 1 - 4:00 pm

For more information, please call: (858) 534-3856 or visit:
03/01/2018 - Guest Lecture: Hung Liu—Summoning Ghosts
One of the first Chinese artists to study in the United States, Hung Liu is widely regarded for a vast and innovative body of highly evocative paintings, murals, drawings, printmaking and installation. Characterized by the expressive, painterly effects of Western Modernism and Chinese decorative motifs, her work is richly layered. She frequently references anonymous historical photographs of China and, with deft technique, breathes new life into individuals lost in the sweep of history, particularly Chinese women, children, refugees, peasants, prostitutes and soldiers. In essence, Liu turns old photographs into new paintings, liberated from the rigid methodology of socialist realism—the style in which she was trained—by merging both Eastern and Western traditions. Over the years Liu has incorporated more and more paint drips into her work, achieved by thinning the pigments with linseed oil. Gravity, her
03/02/2018 - Lecture: Hunting in Anthropogeny
Hunting has long been seen as a key human adaptation, thought to have influenced our anatomy, physiology and behavior. While humans have been hunter/gatherers for most of our existence as a species, there is considerable uncertainty about where, when, why and how our early ancestors came to consume vertebrate meat on a regular basis.

The goal of "The Role of Hunting in Anthropogeny
02/26/2018 - Lecture: Why Vietnam Still Matters
Dr. Pierre Asselin is the Dwight D. Stanford Chair in USW Foreign Relations History at SDSU. He will share the importance of this controversial war
02/22/2018 - Lecture: Stories of Conflict at Home and Abroad
How far must writers go to tell the story of war, to expose the racial divide in our country, or to explore the reality of life along our border? How do the risks they face shape the writers and the stories they bring us?

We'll hear about this and more from award-winning war correspondent and host of "All Things Considered" Kelly McEvers; poet, playwright and journalist Al Letson of "Reveal"; Iraq veteran and memoirist Brooke King; and KPBS' "Fronteras" reporter Jeanne Guerrero. Join them and moderator Justin Hudnall of "So Say We All" and the nationally recognized series "Incoming" for an afternoon of conversation and insights followed by refreshments and a chance to speak personally with all of our speakers. This is part of the annual Writers Symposium by the Sea.

Admission/Cost: $5 - $10

Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Thursday, February 22 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
02/23/2018 - Poetry & Art Series
Poetry & Art Series 2018 presents authors Edwin Decker, Al Howard, Anna Zappoli Jenkins and Viet Mai. People
02/23/2018 - Lectures: Black History Month Celebration
Music scholar and historian Dr. Kimberly Hawkins presents "Music of Black Protest" as part of North County
02/24/2018 - Lecture: African Presence in Latin American
Runoko Rashidi is an anthropologist and historian with a primary focus on Global African Presence, which encompasses the influence of Africans outside of their native continent before and after enslavement. He is also the author or editor of 18 books which address the same topic.

Dr. Runoko has spoken in 65 of the 120 countries he has visited. In December of 2010, he was President and first speaker at the Diaspora Forum at the FESMAN Conference, and is currently pursuing a major work on the African presence in the museums of the world. His ultimate goal is to uplift African people internationally.

Admission/Cost: FREE

WorldBeat Cultural Center
2100 Park Blvd
San, Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, February 24 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 230-1190 or visit:
02/15/2018 - Lecture: China Mongolia Relations and Taiwan
Morris Rossabi, professor and historian of China and Central and Inner Asia at Columbia University, will discuss the present status of Sino-Mongol political, economic and cultural relations, and will seek to assess the future of Mongolia
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