Lecture Series

Africana Lecture Series, Spring 2015

Tuesdays, 12-12:50
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This is a weekly lecture series offered by the Department of American Multicultural Studies, featuring guest presentations and discussions that focus on historical and contemporary topics relating to people of African descent. This lecture series is in honor of Dr. LeVell Holmes and his contributions to the Sonoma State University community. All lectures are free and open to the public.

February 3: Eric McHenry

Eric McHenry is the Chief Technology Officer and Information Technology Director
for the City of Santa Rosa. Mr. McHenry has also worked for Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard, where he held various engineering and marketing management positions.

February 17: Dr. Don Romesburg

Dr. Don Romesburg is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Sonoma State University. He holds an M.A. in history from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in history with an Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. One of Dr. Romesburg's recent publications addresses queer transracial adoption.

February 24 : Mayor Willie Brown

(Note: Venue has changed. This talk will take place in the Student Center, Ballroom A)
Willie Brown served two terms (1996-2004) as the mayor of San Francisco and he was the city’s first African American mayor. He was also a member of the California state assembly between 1964 – 1995 and he was the Speaker of the California State Assembly between 1980 – 1995. He is currently the chairman and CEO of The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Institute on Politics and Public Service.

March 10: Dr. Raquell Holmes

Dr. Raquell Holmes is a cell biologist, who works in the fields of high performance computing and computational sciences. As the founder of improvscience, she helps fellow computing and science professionals work better together. Dr. Holmes is also a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Computational Science at Boston University.
*This talk is co-sponsored by The Hub*

March 24: Chuck Rhodes

Chuck Rhodes was the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Sonoma State University. During his 30 year career at the university, he grew the residential life program and was a leader on many social justice issues.

April 7: Sandra Moore

Sandra Moore is a Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Solano Community College and is an alum of Sonoma State university. She also works with the Umoja program at Solano College, which is designed to increase the success of students of African ancestry.

April 21: Maria Gitin

(Note: Venue has changed. This talk will take place in the University Library, Schulz 3001)
Maria Gitin is an author, speaker and civil rights veteran. Her recent book, This Bright Light of Ours focuses on the neglected Freedom Summer of 1965 and details through first-person accounts the contributions of ordinary people who formed the nonviolent army that won the fight for voting rights. This lecture is co-sponsored by the University Library.