"Amreeka" - SFI presents a warm and lighthearted film about one Palestinian family's tumultuous journey into Diaspora amidst the cultural fallout of America's war in Iraq. Muna Farah, a Palestinian single mom, struggles to maintain her optimistic spirit in the daily grind of intimidating West Bank checkpoints, the constant nagging of a controlling mother, and the haunting shadows of a failed marriage.

• Fri., April 23 at 7 p.m., Warren Auditorium and Sun., April 25 at 4 p.m., Warren Auditorium


Dr. Steven Ritz, UC Santa Cruz, discusses the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope.

• Mon., April 26, 4 p.m., Darwin 103. (Coffee, cookies and conversation in the Darwin Lobby at 3:30 p.m.)


Roberta Achtenberg, "30 Years and Counting: Everything Changes and Some Things Remain the Same," reflections from decades in the LGBT political movement. Achtenberg is a founder of the National Center of Lesbian Rights, past Chair of the CSU Board of Trustees, an economic and workforce development consultant to Lennar Corporation and former SF Supervisor and US Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

• Tues., April 27, noon-12:50 p.m., Carson 20


Eric Williams, criminology and criminal justice studies, "Private Innovations in the Public Sphere: The Case of the Belize Central Prison"

• Tues., April 27, noon-1 p.m., Stevenson 2011


Dean De Cocker, Associate Professor of Art at CSU Stanislaus, has taught sculpture at CSU San Bernardino and was Adjunct Professor in Studio Practices/Theory in Sculpture, Painting and Drawing at Claremont Graduate University from 1990 to 2003.

• Tues., April 27, noon-12:55 p.m., Art 102


Sergio LaPorta, CSU Fresno, lectures on the Armenian Genocide with the presentation, “The Geopolitics of Armenian Genocide Recognition: American and Israeli Reactions."

• Tues., April 27, 4 p.m.-5:40 p.m., Warren Auditorium


SSU's Center for Community Engagement hosts this two-part mini-conference. The first part, “Leveraging the Power of Service-Learning in Teaching for Sustainability” is a panel discussion amongst SSU faculty members from each school, discussing how they incorporate service learning and project-based learning into the coursework to focus on sustainable concepts as well as the benefits that community partners, students and faculty gain from these experiences.

• Tues., April 27, 12:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m., Schulz 3001


Izabela Kanaana, mathematics, discusses “Kirkman’s Schoolgirl Problem.”

• Wed., April 28, 4 p.m., Darwin 103


A Community Engaged Network meeting for those involved with teaching a learning service course, a class with a political engagement or peer education component, community-based or community placed learning, site visit/observation at a non-profit or school, or a community-based participatory research class. Green-Bag lunch event.

• Wed., April 28, noon-1 p.m., Schulz 1121


Jim D. Giles, The New Scientist, discusses cybercrime investigations in his presentation, "The Cybercrime Ecosystem."

• Thurs., April 29, noon, Salazar 2016


Chuck Carlson, history, "Cold War Orphans"

• Thurs., April 29, 12:05 p.m.-12:55 p.m., Schulz 3001


SFI presents the filmed
autobiography of 80-year-old director Agnes Varda.

• Fri., April 30, 4 p.m., Warren Auditorium


Silent and live auction to raise funds for the Athletics department and student-athletes. Includes auctions, food, wine and casino style gaming. Tickets are $60 and include food, drinks and casino chips.

• Sat., May 1, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.


An attempt to get Sonoma State into the Guinness Book of World Records for having the "most people howling at the moon". Accompanied by music, raffles and more.

• Sat., May 1, 11:30 p.m., Main Quad

COMING UP: April 23 - May 1

Sonoma County Sustainable Food and Gardening Festival

Sustainable Food FestivalThe first annual Sonoma County Sustainable Food and Gardening Festival, takes place Sat., April 24 from noon-4:30 p.m. at the Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Ave. in Santa Rosa, and is free to attend.

More than forty exhibitors and thirty presenters will be on hand, featuring everything you need to know to grow, buy and eat local food. Shop at the Farmers Market, listen to live music and dance with Old Jaw Bones. For more information, visit the website.

Jessica JackleyCo-founder of Explores New Business Thinking

Jessica Jackley, co-founder of, the world's first peer-to-peer online micro-lending website, presents "Kiva and the New Business Thinking: Challenging Common Business Practices" at 7 p.m. on Mon., April 26 in the Cooperage. Faculty and staff are admitted for free. Associated Students in collaboration with JUMP and SSU School of Business and Economics is hosting the event as part of Financial Literacy Awareness Month.

Jackley's success began with the idea that relationships are a powerful force for positive change, a belief that by working together poverty can be alleviated, and eventually the creation of a website designed to put those into action. Named as one of the top ideas in 2006 by the New York Times Magazine and called "revolutionary" by the BBC, Kiva ( lets internet users lend as little as $25 to specific developing world entrepreneurs, providing affordable capital to help them start or expand a small business.

For more information, contact Annemarie Brown, Business Manager, SSU School of Business and Economics, at 4-2221 or email

April Music Concerts Continue
Romani Vocalist Concert Canceled

April is "Faculty and Guest Artist Month" for the SSU music department, and this special month is highlighted by concerts including new music, Indian and Romani vocalists, and chamber music for piano and strings. To purchase tickets, contact the music department box office at 4-2353 (don't forget to ask about group sales and family ticket packages). The box office is located on the second floor of Ives Hall and is open daily from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit the School of Performing Arts website.

Indian Singing
Laxmi Tewari• Sat., April 24, 7:30 p.m., Ives 119

Hindustani vocalist Laxmi Tewari will perform classical Northern Indian music accompanied by an ensemble playing tabla, tambura and harmonium. An SSU music professor since 1974, Tewari is a leading ethnomusicologist with an exemplary body of work on Indian, Buddhist, Arabian and Gamelan music.

Trio Navarro
• Sun., April 25, 4 p.m., Ives 119

Trio Navarro, ensemble-in-residence at SSU for 14 years, has been hailed as ”masterful, marvelous and memorable." San Francisco Symphony violist Nancy Ellis joins the Trio Navarro to play Piano Quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saens. The recital will feature guest pianist Roxanne Michaelian.

CANCELLED: Visiting Guest Artist Ruzsa Nikolic-Lakatos, Romani "Gypsy" Vocalist and Band
• Thurs., April 29, 7:30 p.m., Warren Auditorium

Ruzsa Nikolic-Lakatos' performance has been cancelled. Her trip to America has been cancelled due to airline disruption caused by volcanic ash in the skies.

Faculty Composers Concert
• Fri., April 30, 7:30 p.m., Green Music Center 1028

The presence of numerous composers who write in a variety of styles both enlightens and distinguishes the SSU Music Department faculty. An evening of new music is a spring tradition. This year's event will feature works by Professors Jesus Contreras, Will Johnson, Jeff Langley, Doug Leibinger and Brian Wilson performed by faculty and students.

Yes Men"The Yes Men Fix the World"

Associated Students Productions, Project Censored and the Dialogue Center present "The Yes Men," coming to SSU on Wed., April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Warren Auditorium (Ives 101).

Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, the "Yes Men," are a pair of notorious troublemakers who sneak into corporate events disguised as captains of industry, then use their momentary authority to expose the biggest criminals on the planet. They have gained international acclaim and notoriety for exposing dehumanizing business practices and helping to keep critical issues in the international spotlight. They do this through impersonating representatives of powerful corporations and government organizations such as ExxonMobil, McDonald's, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

All this and more is featured in the Yes Men's new gut-busting, hard- hitting, award-winning documentary film, The Yes Men Fix the World (2009). A wake-up call on the dangers of letting the free-market cult rule the world, this screwball action doc follows the two gonzo activists from India, to New Orleans to New York City, as they infiltrate Big Business with the aim of saving civilization from its worst excesses.

This event is free to SSU students, staff and faculty. Admission is $10 for the general public. For more information, call 4-2382 or visit the ASP website.

"Picture This!" Workshop: Using Images in Presentations

ArtsorOn Fri., April 30 at noon in Art 102, Karen Kessel (art) and Carlotta Robinson, a student who is also a graphic designer, will present a one-hour workshop on using images in oral presentations using Powerpoint and ARTstor's presentation tool. They will cover basic steps such as importing images, choices of background and layout, and captioning and effective use of composition, color, and content. All who are interested are welcome.

The workshop is geared for novices as well as those already familiar with Powerpoint. The presenters will demonstrate finding and downloading images from ARTstor, the image service provided through the library website, and rich website sources for images for art history. "If you assign your students to give presentations with images, please announce the workshop in your classes," asks Kessel.

Nancy Lyons' Dance Retrospective: Keeping the Fire of Dance Alive

Celebrate the vitality and longevity of the dance program at SSU with a retrospective of works by Nancy Lyons, dance faculty at SSU for nearly 40 years. Directed by Nancy Lyons, with music by Jesse Olsen, Tony d'Anna and Judiyaba.

This program is a look back at the last 40 years of choreographing, dancing and teaching in Sonoma County, and a look forward to the next generation of dancers. Be delighted and moved by imaginative dance theatre that embraces humor, musicality and investigation of our humanity. Performed by this year's ensemble of especially dynamic, skillful and spirited dancers!

The performances take place in Person Theatre, debuting Fri., April 30 and ending Sat., May 8. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 faculty, alumni and seniors, $8 non-SSU students, and free for SSU students with I.D. Group and family rates are available. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 4-2353.

Performance Schedule:
Fri., April 30 - 7:30 p.m. (Opening Night)**
Sat., May 1 - 7:30 p.m. (Alumni Night)**
Tues., May 4 - 7:30 p.m. *
Wed., May 5 - 7:30 p.m. *
Thurs., May 6 - 7:30 p.m. (Faculty/Staff Night)*
Sat., May 8 - 7:30 p.m.***

* Performed with SSU Alumni
** Performed by Santa Rosa High School Arts Quests
*** Performed by El Molino High School


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