Boaz Speaks to World Affairs Council of Sonoma County with "The Saffron Revolution"Boaz

Assistant Professor of Political Science Cynthia Boaz will speak to the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County at noon on Fri., Oct. 23, in a lecture entitled “The Saffron Revolution.” Her lecture is about Burmese monks who refused to give Buddha’s blessings to the junta's generals. The Saffron Revolution is named after the robe color of the monks who overturned their alms bowls (in an historical act of defiance) and refused to receive alms. In other words, they rejected the moral authority of the generals and have taken the side of the Burmese people in the struggle for democracy.

Boaz has been working with the movement for two years and will explain the current situation in Burma/Myanmar. Her research focus is the significance of nonviolent skills to the success of the pro-democracy movement in Burma, and also given recent events in Iran. She has also recently completed a book chapter on the women’s movement in Iran and a draft educational guide for PBS for a documentary on Ukraine’s Orange Revolution.

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Brian S. Wilson Receives ASCAPLUS Award; Performing Oct. 16 and Oct. 23

Brian S. Wilson, Chair of the Music Department, has received an award from the American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers for performances of his music worldwide in the past year. The ASCAPLUS award provides cash and recognition to active and established writers whose main activity is outside of broadcast media. The award is determined by a panel of distinguished music experts.

Wilson’s Kherdian Songs, after poems from My Racine by David Kherdian, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 16 at a recital by soprano Carol Menke at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Newman Auditorium. Accompanying Menke on Kherdian Songs will be SSU music professors Marilyn Thompson, piano, and Roy Zajac, clarinet. The concert will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St., Sebastopol. Kherdian Songs is available on iTunes.

Cominsky Delivering the Benjamin Dean Lecture at California Academy of Sciences

Professor Lynn Cominsky will be giving the Benjamin Dean Lecture, "Exploring the Extreme Universe with Fermi," on Mon., October 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. She will explain how Fermi uses matter and anti-matter pair production to track gamma rays to their cosmic locations, and will showcase the first exciting results from the mission.

NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (formerly known as GLAST) mission was launched into orbit on June 11, 2008. Its mission is to explore the most energetic and exotic objects in the cosmos: blazing galaxies, intense stellar explosions and super-massive black holes. Using experimental technologies developed by high energy particle physicists, Fermi’s astrophysical observations are being conducted by international and multi-agency teams including hundreds of scientists world-wide. Admission is $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors. See the website for more information or to buy tickets.

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