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M*A*T*H Colloquium 2015

August 28, 2015 10:30 AM

mathlogoSonoma State University Department of Mathematics and Statistics presents a series of informal talks open to the public. The M*A*T*H Colloquium takes place Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in Darwin 103 with coffee, tea and cookies served before each talk. For more information, contact the math department at 664-2368 or visit

Peanuts comicWhen the University Library and Schulz Information Center first opened 15 years ago, wireless Internet was a novelty and YouTube was still four years away. Now, Sonoma State University celebrates the library's "coming of age" birthday party on September 10 with a Peanuts-themed soiree and art exhibit.

focus on photography flyer, image of burning cactusPrivate collections have for centuries played an essential role in the history of art, yet many such collections remain out of view of the general public. Sonoma State University is fortunate that Sonoma County residents Fay Gallus and Dr. Richard Sweet, whose collection is the subject of "Focus on Photography: Selections from the Gallus Sweet Collection," have generously agreed to share 59 photographs with the University Art Gallery and its visitors. The exhibit runs September 3 through October 25.

peter singerThe Center for Ethics, Law, and Society (CELS) at Sonoma State University presents "Global Poverty and What We Ought to be Doing About It," a talk by professor Peter Singer, one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People, on September 9 in Weill Hall.

"It's a chance for our students to hear from a high-profile speaker who challenges us to think about altruism in new ways." says Joshua Glassgow, Sonoma State philosophy professor and director of CELS.

still from film guerosThe fall 2015 slate of screenings by the Sonoma Film Institute at Sonoma State University celebrates local documentaries, international feature films, and rare revivals.

The season kicks off with the award-winning documentary "On Her Own," about Sonoma County farmer Nancy Prebilich and her family as they struggle to keep their fifth generation farm afloat during the recent recession. Prebilich will be present at both screenings to introduce the film and answer questions afterwards.

holons.pngThe public is invited to view Commence: Sculpture Projects 2015, an outdoor exhibition of 11 new public art projects created by talented students in professor Jann Nunn's advanced sculpture class at Sonoma State University. The outdoor sculptures are on display throughout the Rohnert Park campus from May 6 through Commencement Day on Saturday, May 16.

The project is a part of Nunn's public art curriculum, showcasing the work of students pursuing BA and BFA degrees in art studio at Sonoma State.

guillermo gómez-peñaGuillermo Gómez-Peña, a performing artist and self-proclaimed reverse anthropologist and nomadic provocateur performs May 6 in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center in a performance titled "Imaginary Activism: The Role of the Artist Beyond the Art World."

"This event is a unique opportunity to explore the work of a MacArthur-winning artist and to engage with provocative questions regarding performance as activism," says Patricia Kim-Rajal, chair of Sonoma State's Chicano and Latino studies department.

organ.pngTwo upcoming choral concerts at Sonoma State University will feature organist Charles Rus, longtime organist with the San Francisco Symphony. The programs include works by Haydn, Duruflé and Britten under the baton of Jenny Bent, SSU choral activities director.

Rus, who played a key role in the selection of the Brombaugh organ in the Green Music Center's Schroeder Hall, made his "Sundays at Schroeder" solo debut in November 2014 performing Baroque and modern selections to a sold-out house.

mariagitin.jpgOn April 21, Penngrove native Maria Gitin will read from her memoir, "This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight," as part of Sonoma State University's Africana Lecture Series.

Gitin's memoir details the dramatic but little known Freedom Summer of 1965. Her book is based on her letters home and more than 30 interviews with Black activists she re-contacted four decades later.

Gitin will speak about her intensive training, being arrested and being chased by the Ku Klux Klan, and what it was like to be a young woman in the civil rights movement. She will share first person accounts from Black activists she knew and worked with including Charles Bonner, a Sonoma State alumnus and Selma student activist.

Art by Sarah NewcombSonoma State University's annual Juried Student Exhibition runs March 26-April 12 in the University Art Gallery on campus. This year's exhibition features over 40 works of art selected by two jurors--Amy Owen, curator of di Rosa in Napa, and artist Chris Thorson.

Owen is curator to di Rosa's 217-acre art preserve and gallery and is the former senior exhibitions manager at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Thorson is a sculptor who specializes in capturing how objects hold cultural significance.

Mama Charlotte O'NealSonoma State University (SSU) launches its inaugural Social Justice Week March 23-27 with a presentation by former Black Panther, Mama Charlotte Hill O'Neal, who is also an accomplished poet, musician and visual artist, and founding director of Tanzania's United African Alliance Community Center. O'Neal will deliver a keynote speech at the Green Music Center at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

SSU's Social Justice Week features 30 hours of panels, lectures, films and discussions including representatives from Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center, Veterans for Peace, Move to Amend, Metta Center, ACLU, Code Pink, 350 Sonoma County, Project Censored, North Coast Coalition for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace Sonoma County, If Americans Knew, Police Accountability Clinic, and Alternative to Violence.

jeffreyjohnson.jpegProvidence College history professor and American studies director Jeffrey A. Johnson, author of "They Are All Red Out Here: Socialist Politics in the Pacific Northwest, 1895-1925" (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008), gives the lecture, "Aliens, Enemy Aliens, and Minors: Anti-Radicalism and the Jewish Left" at Sonoma State University in Schulz 1121 on Thursday, March 26, at 1 p.m.

Johnson, a former visiting fellow at Harvard University and Montana Historical Society, argues that Jewish activists during World War I spoke particularly bravely against U.S. intervention in European affairs, and that no group was more commonly persecuted and discriminated against during this period than leftist Jewish Americans. Anti-radicalism in this xenophobic era cannot be separated from ethnic and religious discrimination, he says, and this culture of repression had profound implications for the American left, showing how fear can drive political shifts that restrict prized freedoms. Admission to this event is free and open to the public.

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