Spring Ahead with a Variety of Events Honoring Asian Heritage and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The month of April represents several different themes at Sonoma State University, bringing various issues to light. April is Asian & Pacific Islander and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Film screenings, lectures, diversity trainings and more are happening to address these themes on campus.

Upcoming events include:


"Taikoza" Japanese Taiko Drum Concert, 7 p.m., April 11, Ives 101- Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. This exciting group draws from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. With colorful traditional costumes and dynamic motion. Free.

Ai Weiwei "Never Sorry" film and discussion, 7 p.m., April. 16, Ives 101 - Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist and it's most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly build studio and held him in secret detention. First time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

Sushi making workshop, 11:30 am -1 p.m., April 18, The HUB - Learn how to make basic sushi rolls. Create your own masterpieces. All materials supplied.

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Slumdog Millionaire, 7 p.m., April 26 and 4 p.m., Sunday, April 28 , Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall. Danny Boyle's 2008 Oscar-winner is the tale of eighteen-year-old Muslim tea-boy, Jamal (Dev Patel). Raised in the poverty of Mumbai, he becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Simon Beaufoy's script skillfully weaves together the flashbacks that explain how this 'slumdog' knows all the answers. On Friday night, Hutchins School Professor Dr. Ajay Gehlawat will discuss his recently published book The Slumdog Phenomenon: A Critical Anthology and introduce the film. Copies of the book available for purchase.


Anna Conda/Glendon Hyde ~ "Finding a Voice", noon - 12:50 p.m., Stevenson 1002 From a small gay child in Pittsburgh, PA to a San Francisco activist of note. Entertainment Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club President 2012, Supervisor Candidate 2010, Miss Trannyshack 2004, All American Athlete 2004 (swimming), star of stage and screen. Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies Department.

Take Back the Night, 7-9 p.m., April 16, Cooperage (march follows the program.) The Take Back The Night Foundation seeks to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. They serve to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. Women across the world are taking back their voices by speaking out against these crimes. http://takebackthenight.org/about. For more information, contact Dawn Danz, danzd@sonoma.edu.

National Denim Day, April 24: Every year since 1999, Peace Over Violence has organized Denim Day in LA and the USA. A rape prevention education campaign, community members, elected officials, businesses and students are asked to make a social statement with a fashion statement. On this day, they wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault. (http://denimdayusa.org/about/ ) For more information, contact Dawn Danz, SSU Crisis Advocate, danzd@sonoma.edu

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Larry Yang ~ "Queerness, Mindfulness, and Social Justice", Noon - 12:50 p.m., April 25, Stevenson 1002 Larry Yang teaches meditation and mindfulness nationally and is a Spirit Rock teacher and a core teacher of East Bay
Meditation Center (Oakland). Trained as a psychotherapist, he also has spent six months as a monastic in Thailand.Details at www.larryyang.org and his blog www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-yang/ feature his writing about gay marriage and LGBTIQ spirituality. WGS department.

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