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03/14/2020 - Talk: Mexico's Black Citizens (CANCELED)
In consideration of public health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, this event has been canceled.

Afro-Mexican speaker Jorge Gonzalez speaks on the presence and history of people of African descent in Mexico. For the past 500 years, Afro-Mexicans have been omitted from Mexico's history, governmental rights, and society. The country's 1.38 million black population will be recognized for the first time in Mexico's national census of 2020. Mexico was previously one of the only two Latin American countries (with Chile) to not officially count their African-descended citizens.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Central Library
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, March 14 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
04/03/2020 - Untold Stories: Black Women and the Vote with Robin Hamilton
In honor of Women’s Herstory Month two documentary films will be screened: This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer & Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell, directed by Emmy-award winning journalist, filmmaker, and writer Robin Hamilton. Following the screening, we will be hosting a discussion and Q & A with filmmaker Robin Hamilton.

Robin Hamilton is an Emmy-award winning television host and moderator. She is founder and principal of the ARound Robin Production Company, where she creates videos for non-profits to help with fundraising, marketing and messaging.

Ms. Hamilton has worked for network affiliates around the country, including Florida, New York, and Massachusetts. Based in Washington, DC, she is the host of the public affairs news magazine program This Just In. The show features interviews with activists, political figures, and community leaders, addressing current events.

Working at the intersection of media and policy, Ms. Hamilton’s work is guided by the principle of providing information that can promote transformation.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Price Center Theatre
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Wednesday, March 4 - 5:00 PM
03/05/2020 - Talk: Diversity in Medicine Lecture
Dr. Brian Williams is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. He received his MD from the University of South Florida, completed his general surgery residency at Harvard, and a fellowship in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at Emory University.

Dr. Williams treated victims of the July 7, 2016 Dallas police sniper attack, and his press conference remarks led to essential conversations about racism, racial profiling, gun violence, and the urgent need to take action against intolerance.

He continues his community service in Chicago’s South Side, while training students and future surgeon-activists. He believes that a better world is possible with honest conversations about the legacy of racism, embracing diversity, and advocating for healthcare equity.

Admission/Cost: FREE but Registration is required.

T Denny Sanford Medical Education and Telemedicine Center
Ong Family Auditorium
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Thursday, March 5 - 6:00 PM
03/05/2020 - Kumeyaay Rock Art in the San Diego Region
Don Liponi, Ph.D. will give a slideshow lecture of the prehistoric paintings of the first people of San Diego County. The Kumeyaay and their direct ancestors have been living in SDC for 10,000 years and these paintings are the only direct communications that they have left for us. Don will discuss the mysteries surrounding these beautiful paintings as we take a "road trip" through our mountain and desert wilderness often in remote cave settings. Our group has published two stunning volumes on this artwork that the reader is welcome to look at or buy. Proceeds support Kumeyaay education.

Admission/Cost: FREE

La Jolla Riford Library
7555 Draper Avenue
San Diego, CA 92037

Thursday, March 5 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
02/28/2020 - Talk: Black Studies and the making of Communities
New York Times Bestselling Poet and MacArthur fellowship recipient Claudia Rankine will deliver a talk on Black Studies and the Making of Communities.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Atkinson Hall
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Friday, February 28 - 3:30 PM
02/24/2020 - Talk: Michele Norris
Michele Norris is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, founder of The Race Card Project and Executive Director of The Bridge, The Aspen Institute’s new program on race, identity, connectivity and inclusion. Norris discusses â€"The Race Card Project” and how six-word snapshots paint a vivid picture of America's attitudes and experiences about race during a fascinating moment in American history.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Monday, February 24 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
02/27/2020 - Book Talk: Baja California Land of Missions
Baja California Land of Missions features over 125 photographs, maps, and drawings, and provides the reader with a view of the actions of the Spanish Empire using missions to colonize the Californias. The author's research resulted in new discoveries and facts which are included in this look at the history and the present conditions of the twenty-seven peninsula missions.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Rancho Santa Fe Library
17040 Avenida de Acacias
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Thursday, February 27 - 10:45 AM
02/21/2020 - Talk: Exploring the Origins of Today's Humans
Where did we humans come from? When did we become the dominant species on the planet? Available evidence indicates that all humans living today are derived from a relatively small population that arose in Africa beginning >200,000 years ago, spreading throughout Africa and eventually the rest of the planet. In the course of this diaspora, we mated with other human-like species and assimilated some of their DNA, but eventually replaced all of these other close evolutionary cousins, without exception - leaving only one human species today. A flood of new information from Ancient DNA, Fossils, Archeology and Population Studies calls us to revisit the matter, summarizing knowledge and updating conclusions since the last CARTA symposium on the subject six years ago.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Salk Institute
10010 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037 USA

Friday, February 21 - 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
02/05/2020 - Mahjong Presentation
Enjoy a one hour presentation all about Mahjong.

Learn the history of Mahjong, the social and health benefits, overview of game, teaching techniques from our instructor. Q&A included.

Admission/Cost: FREE

La Jolla Community Center
6811 La Jolla Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92037

Wednesday, February 5 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
02/08/2020 - Roots Series: Australia
Celebrate Australia. This 2-hour event will include a live animal presentation with Pacific Animal Productions featuring Australian animals, interactive storytelling adventure with Literature Comes to Life, craft stations to make your own clapsticks, and Australian Cuisine.

Admission/Cost: FREE - $9.5

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
320 N. Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025

Saturday, February 8 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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