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11/18/2017 - One Book, One San Diego: Armenian Art, Music, and Literature
Join the Library in exploring some of the finest Armenian art, music, and writing. This vibrant culture thrives in San Diego and around the world. This celebration will include a vocal and piano performance by Sona Baghdasaryan and a talk and multimedia presentation from Dr. Anna Kulidjian and Lisa Kirazian. The reception will feature Armenian delicacies. This celebration also supports the
11/15/2017 - Lecture: Tales Retold Holocaust Survivors on Schindler's List
On Wednesday, November 15, the HLHW series will feature Jeffrey Shandler, a professor in the department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University and a leading authority on Jewish culture past and present. His newest work, Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age: Survivors
11/08/2017 - Lectureon Decolonizing Methodologies and Indigenous Research
This talk draws on Dr. Smith's pathbreaking work on decolonizing methodologies and indigenous research to expand upon the power of these approaches to engage with the significant issues of our times. Shifting the paradigm and unsettling status quo approaches to research is part of the decolonizing project as is bringing forth newly imagined possibilities for questions, approaches, engagements and the creation of de colonial knowledge, disciplines and pedagogies. The talk will focus on the possibilities that we have yet to realize in relation to Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous knowledge.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Wednesday, November 8 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 260-4681 or visit:
11/08/2017 - India-U.S. Partnership: A New Paradigm
In the 21st Century, India-U.S. relations have moved to a new level across the spectrum - political, economic, strategic, cultural - significantly different from their engagement from the past. How is this partnership reflected today?

The Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs invites you to its fall lecture featuring Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India in San Francisco.

Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok graduated in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1982.

Location: Storm Hall West 011 (Behner-Stiefel Auditorium)

Admission/Cost: FREE

San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182

Wednesday, November 8 - 7:30 PM

For more information, please visit:
11/09/2017 - La Rumorosa Rock Art Along The Border
Join photographer and author Don Liponi for a discussion of the book "La Rumorosa Rock Art Along the Border," a survey of Kumeyaay and related artwork in Southern California, Colorado River Corridor, Western Arizona and Baja California.

It's the first publication to focus on the indigenous rock art of this region. This book is testament to the historical permanence of Kumeyaay culture, and how art creation can help oppressed societies to survive cultural genocide committed against them.

Almost none of the sites and photographs have ever been published.

Admission/Cost: FREE

San Diego Central Public Library
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101

Thursday, November 9 - 6:30 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 236-5817 or visit:
10/14/2017 - Dojo Cafe Grand Opening
THE DOJO CAFE is Officially Open and we want to celebrate our opening with everyone!

Grab your friends and family and come on down and join us at our GRAND OPENING Saturday, October 14th, from 10-5pm. We will have raffle prizes, entertainment, and more!

The Fair@44, where we are located, will also be hosting
10/19/2017 - La Mancha Awards
Casa Cornelia Law Center is excited to honor San Diego attorneys, law firms, and volunteer interpreters who have donated their services to Casa Cornelia's humanitarian mission at the 10th Annual La Mancha Awards. Founded in 1993 by two Sisters of the Society of the Hold Child Jesus, Casa Cornelia is a local non-profit that provides free legal representation to victims of human and civil rights violations within the indigent immigrant community. Those served by Casa Cornelia include victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, unaccompanied children, and asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries.

Admission/Cost: $75

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
University of San Diego
5998 Alcal
10/17/2017 - How Best to Tour Africa
This free presentation will cover topics such as venues, guides, transportation, tour types, wildlife safari, primate encounters, treks/hikes/climbs, Indian Ocean adventures, Victoria Falls excursions, Nile Valley, tamer Africa, ancillary interests, timing, costs, safety, and more, followed by Q & A. The presenters are Mike Donovan and Andrea Radke, tour experts having many years of experience living, working, and traveling in Africa.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Adventure 16 Solana Beach
142 S. Cedros Avenue
Solana Beach, CA 92075

Tuesday, October 17 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For more information, please call: 1(888) 502-3742 or visit:
10/11/2017 - Panel Discussion with Artists from Undocumenta
Learn about artwork confronting issues of biculturalism, migration, labor issues, and human rights with artists Claudia Cano, Omar Pimienta, and Marcos Ramirez Erre, moderated by curator Alessandra Moctezuma.

Admission/Cost: FREE - $10

Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

Wednesday, October 11 - 11:30 AM

For more information, please call: (760) 435-3720 or visit:
10/05/2017 - Global Social Hour: Democracy, Local Roots, and Global Impact
The Global Social Hour Series provides a unique opportunity for globally minded San Diegans to engage in conversation with international visitors in a casual setting. Engage with mayors, congressional representatives, and other government experts from 20 countries while networking with globally minded San Diegans. There will be welcoming remarks by City of Coronado
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