• Furlough Day: Fri., March 26

• Cesar Chavez Day: Wed., March 31


Dr. Richard M. Boyd (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) discusses the National Ignition Facility. Boyd describes the basic operations of NIF as well as the motivation for some details of several nuclear astrophysics experiments that might be conducted at NIF and how NIF might impact the world’s energy future.

• Mon., March 29, 4 p.m., Darwin 103 (Coffee, cookies and conversation in the Darwin Lobby begins at 3:30 p.m.)


Joe Silveira (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex) lectures.

• Tues., March 30, noon-1 p.m., Darwin 103


The documentary film "Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking" is about a young woman’s journey to bring one of the darkest chapters of history to light. The film is told through interviews with Chinese survivors, chilling archival footage and photos of the events, and testimonies of former Japanese soldiers. Following the film will be a Q&A with a panel of Chinese Americans.

• Tues., March 30, 4 p.m.-5:40 p.m., Warren Auditorium


Laura Watt (assistant professor of environmental studies and planning), presents “What is Wilderness For? A Battle Over Preservation and Use at Drakes Estero," which illustrates the battle over an oyster farm in Drake Estero. Watt addresses the questions: What is the real purpose of wilderness designation? Must designated wilderness eradicate all trace of humans except as visiting recreators, or can historic and environmentally friendly land uses continue to exist?

• Tues., March 30, noon-1 p.m., Stevenson 2011


Allison Holloway (Oracle, Redwood Shores) lectures, "Why (I Think) Databases are Interesting"

• Thurs., April 1, noon, Salazar 2016


Professor Andrea Goldsmith (Stanford University) lectures, "The Next Wave in Wireless Technology: Challenges and Solutions"

• Thurs., April 1, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Salazar 2009A

COMING UP: March 25 - april 3

Educational Expert Martin Carnoy Lectures on How Diversity Makes Smart Economic Policy

CarnoyAn international perspective on how diversity and social justice make smart economic policy is the topic of a free public lecture by Dr. Martin Carnoy at 7 p.m. on Thurs., April 1 in Person Theatre. He hosts a question-and- answer style discussion with students and faculty members from 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. the same day in Schulz 3001. A book signing follows the 7 p.m. lecture. The title of the lecture is "Educational Equity and Social Justice as Smart Economic Policy: An International Perspective."

Carnoy is a labor economist with a special interest in the political economy of the educational system. Studying all aspects of educational policy, and focusing more specifically on what happens inside schools that affects students and their ability to learn, Carnoy has done extensive research specific to diversity within schools internationally. In his April 1 lecture, he will be addressing the issues of minority education, both here in the United States and internationally.

Carnoy has done a great deal of his research inside schools, interviewing and testing teachers, students and faculty members. His current work entails researching econometric models of quality of education in Latin America and Southern Africa and studying the changes with university financing, including the quality of engineering and science tertiary education in China, India and Russia.

Martin Carnoy is Vida Jacks Professor of Education and Economics at Stanford University, holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, and worked at the Brookings Institution on international trade issues before joining Stanford. In 1968, he ran the District of Columbia primary for the Robert Kennedy campaign, was the Democratic candidate for Congress in California’s 12th congressional district in 1984, and organized economists for Clinton in California in 1992 and 1996.

He has written more than 30 books on economic issues, racial inequality, and education policy, and blogs regularly for the Huffington Post. His presentation is co-sponsored by the Andrea Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series and the Heritage Lecture Series, and is hosted by the School of Education and the School of Social Sciences. For further information, contact Pam Van Halsema, School of Education, at 4-2132.

The Imaginary Invalid Wraps Up Its Run at SSU

Sonoma State University's Department of Theatre Arts and Dance presents, "The Imaginary Invalid," a comic farce by Moliere and translated by Martin Sorrell. The performance is directed By Paul Draper, with original music by Hélène Renaut, and dramaturgy by Scott Horstein. "The Imaginary Invalid" is Moliere's very last play, a wild comic ride deep into the imagination of a perfectly healthy man who thinks he is dying, while his wife plots, his children rebel, and his doctors pronounce his imminent demise.

Performance Schedule:

Thurs., March 25 at 7:30 p.m. *
Sat., March 27 at 7:30 p.m. (Final Performance)

The performance on Thurs., March 25 will be followed by a post-show discussion with the cast and director.

All performances take place in Evert B. Person Theatre. General admission is $15, $12 for faculty, alumni and seniors, $8 for non-SSU students, and free for SSU students with a valid ID. Group and family rates are also available. for more information, visit the School of Performing Arts website, or call the Box Office at 4-2353.

Envisioning Another World: How Grassroots Activism Affects Welfare Mothers' Perspective on Poverty Policy

Sheila KatzIn this installment of the Women’s and Gender Studies Departments Spring 2010 Faculty Research Colloquia, "Gendered Intersections," Sheila Katz (right) of the sociology department explores women, welfare and poverty policy. Her lecture takes place Mon., March 29 from noon-1 p.m. in Stevenson 2011.

Through longitudinal research with women on welfare pursuing higher education since the 1996 welfare reforms, Katz explores how women on welfare would change poverty policy, including welfare regulations. These multiple perspectives of women on welfare are important to consider when crafting social policies because the women have lived experience with the social policies that most crafting these policies do not. In this discussion, Katz will explore how the narratives and policy suggestions of women on welfare who are involved in a grassroots welfare-rights organization differ significantly from women on welfare who are not.


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