"MARS AND A TEENAGE GALAXY, NCC 2903"- Public viewing night at the SSU Observatory. 9-11 p.m., Fri., April 16. (707) 664-2119. http://phys-astro.sonoma.edu/publicviewingnight.shtml
"THE HISTORY AND DIVERSITY OF MEDITERRANEAN JEWRIES."- Paula Daccarett, Religion Department, California State University Northridge lectures. Jewish Studies Lecture Series. 7 p.m., Mon., April 12. Cooperage. 707-664-3293. http://sonoma.edu/jewishstudies/
"MAKING 'ON THESE SHOULDERS WE STAND.'"- Glenne McElhinney (left) discusses her film, "On these Shoulders We Stand," in which gay and lesbian seniors recall the trials and triumphs of LA's gay past, including the brutal collaboration between city fathers, the LA Times and the LAPD to make life miserable for LGBT people between the '50s and early '80s. In the late afternoon, there will be a campus screening of the film. Queer Studies Lecture Series. Noon-12:50 p.m., Tues., April 13. Carson 20. (707) 664.2840. http://www.sonoma.edu/womenstudies/current_lectures.htm
BIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM- Jackie Sones, Bodega Marine Reserve discusses explorers, earthquakes, and European Beachgrass: Historical Influences on the Ecology of Bodega Head. Noon-1 p.m., Tues., April 13. Darwin 103. (707) 664-2189. http://www.sonoma.edu/biology/home/colloquium.shtml
"EXAMINATION OF THE PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING LITERATURE AS COMPARED TO THE EDUCATION TRUST INITIATIVE: A FOLLOW-UP STUDY."- Adam Zagelbaum, Counseling, discusses the results to a follow-up study of the professional literature within Professional School Counseling journals meant to assess its alignment with the goals of the Education Trust Initiative. Brown Bag Lecture Series. Noon-1 p.m., Tues., April 13. Stevenson 2011.
"BECOMING EVIL"- James Waller (right), Ph.D., Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and aothor of "Becoming Evil" lectures. Event is open to all. 2010 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series. 4-5:40 p.m., Tues., April 13. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall. http://www.sonoma.edu/holocaust/center.htm
AUTODESK MARKETING CHIEF - Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Autodesk, Inc., presents a lecture on the use of special effects software for films like Avatar and District 9, how he joined the company, new and upcoming projects and advice for students on how to get hired by the company. Free sofware offered. Noon, April 14, Cooperage.
"THE CHALLENGES FACING INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM"- Nora-Barrows Friedman, Senior Producer and co-host of Flashpoints on Pacifica Radio lectures. Modern Media Dialogue Series. 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., April 14. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101. (707) 664-3160. http://www.mediadialogueseries.org/
"MATH COLLOQUIUM"- Estelle Basor, American institute of Mathematics discusses The Random Matrix Theory. 4 p.m., Wed., April 14. Darwin 103. (707) 664-2368. http://www.sonoma.edu/math/nsf/colloquium.shtml
"HEADS VS. FEDS: THE MARIJUANNA DEBATE"-Steve Hager, longtime editor of High Times Magazine and DEA veteran Robert Stutman debate the multitude of issues surrounding marijuana legalization. This is an interactive event, driven by student questions and audience participation. 7:30 p.m., Wed., April 14. Cooperage. (707) 664-2382 http://www.sonoma.edu/as/asp
"3D VIRTUAL WORLDS FOR BUSINESS AND EDUCATION"- Ankur Chandra (left), IBM, San Jose discusses how Universities and companies like IBM are leveraging 3D technology. Computer Science Colloquium. Noon, Thurs., April 15. Salazar 2016. (707) 664-2667. http://www.cs.sonoma.edu/cs_dept/events/
BE MY GUEST- Will Smith, SSU Graduate, guest lectures as part of the Art Department's visiting artists series. Smith has shown throughout the United States and participated in a traveling exhibition in Brazil. His printshop/ studio is located in Santa Rosa. CA. As an undergraduate in the B.F.A. Program at Sonoma State University in the early 90s, William worked as a teaching assistant to printmakers Kurt Kemp and Shane Weare.. Noon-12:55 p.m., Tues., April 15. Art 102. (707) 664-2364. http://www.sonoma.edu/art/visitingartists/
"IN SEARCH OF SWEET DARKNESS"- Shepherd Bliss, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Sonoma State University lectures. Arts and Humanities Research and Creative Works Forum. 12:05-12:55 p.m., Thurs., April 15. Schulz 3001. (707) 664-2146. http://www.sonoma.edu/a_h/AHForum.htm
"NANOSTRUCTURES THROUGH ELECTRO-DEPOSITION"- Dr. Hongtao Shi, Physics Dept., Sonoma State University lectures. Engineering Science Lecture Series. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thurs., April 15. Salazar 2009A. (707) 664-2030. http://sonoma.edu/engineering/lecture_series/
"TIM WISE: BETWEEN BARACK AND A HARD PLACE"- Tim Wise (far left), a respected antiracist/white privilege writer discusses his latest book, "Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama"- the first book since President Obama's election that critically examines what his success means and doesn't mean when it comes to racism in the U.S. 7:30 p.m., Thurs., April 15. Cooperage. (707) 664-2382 http://www.sonoma.edu/as/asp
"ON THESE SHOULDERS WE STAND" Documentary based on gay and lesbian seniors who recall the trials and triumphs of LA's gay past, including the brutal collaboration between city fathers, the LA Times and the LAPD to make life miserable for LGBT people between the '50s and early '80s. The film will follow the lecture by filmmaker Glenne McElhinney from Noon-12:50 p.m., Tues., April 13. Rachel Carson Hall 20.
"MIRACLE IN A BOX" Sonoma Film Institute presents a documentary by John Korty, tracing the path of a 1927 grand piano owned by a music teacher who bequeathed her treasure to her alma matter, UC Berkeley, under the condition that they reward it to a "worthy student of piano." Korty follows the piano's rebirth as it is restored and eventually rewarded to its recipient. 7 p.m., Fri., April 16. Warren Auditorium. Admission is $6, $5 for non-SSU students and senior citizens, $4 for SFI members and children under 12, and $2 for SSU students. (707) 664-2606. http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/