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Events and Giving: Upcoming Events

All events are held in the Dezember Reading Room, unless otherwise noted. 

conversation cafeConversation Café - French and Spanish Tables.

Ablin Conference Room (through Dezember Reading Room entrance)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bring your lunch and practice your French or Spanish at these weekly events organized by Modern Languages Professor Dr. Lena Taub. All are held at noon. Please see dates below.

Spanish – Feb 1, Feb. 15, Mar. 1, Mar. 15, Apr. 5, Apr. 19, May 3

French – Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, Mar. 8, Mar. 22, Apr. 12, Apr. 26


HRC ExhibitThe Long Journey: A History of U.S. Immigration from 1790

September 15 - June 15, 2018

Historical Research Center

Open Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Using CSUB archival collections, this exhibit tracks and contextualizes the journey of 10 Kern County immigrants, while exploring other facets of the immigration experience.

Events 2017-18


“The Mask You Live In” Film Screening and Panel Discussion.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Please join us for this documentary film screening that follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Following the screening will be a panel discussion featuring: Dr. Michael Harville, Counseling Center; Jason Watkins, Assistant Director, Services for Students with Disabilities; Samantha DeLaCruz, Club GEN President; Professor Kristin Gibson; and Vanessa Corona, Campus Advocate & Education Coordinator. Part of the Walter Presents Series, this event is sponsored by the Multiculural Alliance and Gender Equity Resource Center (MAGEC) and the Walter W. Stiern Library.


Health Screening. Friday, March 2, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Get a free health assessment. Check your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, then learn what you can do
to improve your health. This is part of the library’s Native Voices Project, and is a Walter Presents Series event and is
cosponsored by the library and the CSUB Nursing Department.

AL$ Day and Faculty Recognition Luncheon.
Friday, March 16, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join CSU Bakersfield faculty, staff and campus leaders for an afternoon of compelling discussion about the opportunities that exist to reduce the cost of student learning, create a more equitable education system, and how some of your colleagues have achieved this! The luncheon also features: guest speakers, a panel discussion, a department competition award presentation, and vendor demonstrations of resources aimed at saving students money. Sponsored by the CSUB Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) team, Walter W. Stiern Library, Faculty Teaching & Learning Center (FTLC), Runner Bookstore, and Services for Students with Disabilities Office.

2018 Writer in Residence: Matthew Woodman, Poet.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Founding/managing editor of Rabid Oak, poet Matthew Woodman will read from his work. His poems and stories appear in Sonora Review, Oxidant/Engine, S/WORD, Sierra Nevada Review, and Oblong, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions. Links to his publications can be found at: Sponsored by the Walter W. Stiern Library. 
A 2018 Writer in Residence Creative Writing Workshop with Matthew Woodman is scheduled on Thursday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applications will be available at:


Local Poets Read. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Annual local poetry get-together, featuring local poets reading on a theme. This year’s theme is flora and fauna.
This a Walter Presents Series event, sponsored by the library and the CSUB English Department.

Street Democracy: Vendors, Violence and Public Space in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico. Friday, April 13, 2018 at 3 p.m.
University of North Texas professor Dr. Sandra C. Mendiola García, drawing from her book of the same title, examines the
political lives and economic significance of radical street vendors during the 1970s and 1980s in Puebla, Mexico. A History
event, sponsored by the CSUB History Department, and cosponsored by the library.

California Parks Service - 360 Degree Virtual Tours, CSUB Launch. Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Live video broadcast with park rangers from Angel Island State Park, which served as a U.S. Immigration Station from 1910-1940 and processed hundreds of thousands of immigrants, primarily from China.

Kern County District Attorney Debate. Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 8 p.m.
This debate will provide CSUB students and the community an opportunity to get know the candidates and become more
acquainted with their platforms and vision for the District Attorney’s Office. Sponsored by the CSUB Law Program, Political
Science Department, Walter W. Stiern Library, and University Advancement.

Dr. David Smith, Founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic. Friday, April 20 , 2018 at 3 p.m.
Renowned addiction medicine expert and founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, Dr. Smith will discuss the famed clinic
that brought free care to the thousands of young people who flocked to San Francisco during the youth movement of the
60s, as well as the state of health care today. This is part of the Walter Presents Series event, sponsored by the library.


Writer in Residence - Workshop: Matthew Woodman, Poet. 
Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ablin Room
Join Matt Woodman for this one-day creative writing workshop. More information and applications are available at

Exhibits 2017-18

Wild Kern: Poetry and Photography. September 1 - October 10, 2017, Wall Gallery
The poetry of Kern County Poet Laureate Don Thompson combined with the wildlife photography of Kevin Fahey and
Greg Iger.

Enrique’s Journey: The Pulitzer Winning Photography of Don Bartletti. October 10 - December 19, 2017, Wall Gallery
The library is exhibiting the photos of Don Bartletti, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for documenting the migration of
children through Mexico to the U.S. The Pulitzer Committee described the photos as a “memorable portrayal of how
undocumented Central American youths, often facing deadly danger, travel north to the United States.” Bartletti will also be
presenting in the library on October 10.

The Long Journey: A History of U.S. Immigration, from 1790. September 15 - June 15, 2018, Historical Research Center
Using CSUB archival collections, this exhibit tracks and contextualizes the journey of 10 Kern County immigrants, while
exploring other facets of the immigration experience. Open Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm.

Native American Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. February 1 - March 9, 2018, The Exhibit Floor
Brought to CSUB through a grant from the National Library of Medicine and American Library Association, this exhibit
explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native
Hawaiians. Visitors will discover how Native concepts of health and illness are closely tied to the concepts of community,
spirit, and the land.

Drop-in Workshops 2017-18

Identify fake news. October 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. and March 21, 2018 at 2 p.m. in Lab 202
All of us are inundated with fraudulent stories and rumors on social media and the internet generally. This phenomenon
is nothing new, although the format has changed. As a profession, librarians have been combatting propaganda, falsehood,
and error since the modern library profession started in the 19th century. Let your librarians teach you some methods of
verifying facts and identifying fake news.

Using OneSearch. November 15 at 2 p.m.; November 28 at 10 a.m.; February 20 at 10 a.m.; February 21 at 2 p.m. in Lab 202
OneSearch is the new way to locate resources in the library and its impact is revolutionary. Not only can you find books, journal articles, and government documents in a single search, but you can also use it to locate and check out books and media on all 23 campuses. OneSearch is part of a new system implemented across the CSU this summer and provides students new opportunities for information access. Learn the secrets of this great new resource.

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