The Environmental Forum, offered every fall semester has returned to campus with many unique and engaging lectures occurring every week from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m in the Warren Auditorium. These lectures, presented by the Environmental Studies and Planning department, bring various speakers to educate and inspire students about the environment and sustainability, including Sonoma State professors and local leaders in the community.

The School of Social Sciences hosts the Brown Bag Lecture Series this semester with presentations occurring bi-weekly in Stevenson 2011 from noon to 1 p.m.

This lecture series covers various topics such as law enforcement related deaths, landscape conservation and instrumentalism among adolescent Americans of the 20th century.

csu-logo.jpegAs part of an ongoing commitment to preventing sexual violence within campus communities, all 23 California State University campuses will have confidential sexual assault victim advocates in place by June 2015. Additionally, the CSU announced its support of the federal Survivor Outreach and Support Campus Act (SOS Campus Act).

"We must do all we can, as quickly as we can to prevent sexual violence, and educate and train our entire community to reduce the prevalence of and dispel the myths surrounding it," wrote CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White in response to United States Senator Barbara Boxer's urging that all universities have a sexual assault victim's advocate on every campu

Music Department in Search of Director of Orchestral Studies

Jazz Forum turns five!
Weill Hall Artists in Residence Features Frederica von Stade in 2015

gmcentrances.jpgSonoma State University's Department of Music at the Green Music Center (GMC) welcomes one and all to its fall season of more than 30 performances at value prices in GMC's flagship Weill Hall and newly opened Schroeder Recital Hall.

Tickets for all seats are priced at $8 and include parking. Special events, including the Carnegie Hall-trained ensemble Trio Ariadne and the USAF Band of the Golden West, are completely free of charge.

Tickets are required for admission to all concerts, whether charged or not, and available online, by phone, or in person. For information call the university box office at 707-664-4246 or email


Dana Ogo Shew is an oral historian at the Anthropological Studies Center at SSU. (Photo by Sandy Destiny)

Dana Ogo Shew first traced the experiences of her own family during the Japanese-American interment of World War II before she turned her attention to chrysanthemums and carnations.

It was a way of continuing to tell the story of a Japanese-American community in the San Francisco Bay area through the memories of the pioneers of the floral industry. "Their stories of sacrifice, hard work, discrimination, and perseverance typify many California immigrant experiences and speak to all of us," she says.

Currently serving as Oral Historian at the Anthropological Studies Center at SSU, Shew developed Growing a Community: Pioneers of the Japanese American Floral Industry, an oral history project focused on collecting and sharing the first-hand accounts of Japanese American nursery families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

bannedbookscomics.jpegEvery year hundreds of books are challenged and removed from libraries around the United States. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read by drawing attention to instances where that freedom is challenged and highlighting the value of free and open access to information.

Sonoma State University Library is proud to announce its participation in the 34th annual Banned Books Week from Sept. 21-27.

The University Library is organizing a series of workshops, lectures, displays, and multi-format posts on this year's theme of censorship of comics and graphic novels, a hugely misunderstood form of storytelling.

A new era in international education opens up for the SSU campus on Monday, Sept. 22 when International Hall is dedicated from 3-5 p.m. at the site of the former student union.

The campus community is invited to attend an event that celebrates and recognizes the many aspects of international education that address modern needs for an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures from all over the world.

The Visiting Artists Lecture Series provides the campus community with valuable insights and exposure to art professionals and their work, says Art Professor Nathan Haenlein.

Haenlein, himself a studio artist in printmaking, has created an impressive roster of prominent contemporary artists this semester to present their creative and scholarly research. The series runs on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Carson 68. The public is invited.

This semester's line up includes:

michaellight.jpgMichael Light - Sept. 17

Michael Light is a San Francisco-based photographer and bookmaker focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. He has exhibited extensively worldwide, and his work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Research Institute, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others.

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