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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


Walter Presents Jacinda Townsend in the California Writers Series 
Thursday, May 10th, 7:00 pm
Join us for a reading from novelist Jacinda Townsend in the California Writers Series. After the reading, Townsend will participate in an open Q&A about the writing process. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Jacinda Townsend is the author of Saint Monkey (Norton, 2014), which is set in 1950’s Eastern Kentucky and won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction.  Saint Monkey was also the 2015 Honor Book of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and was longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and shortlisted for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize. Jacinda received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and went on to spend a year as a Fulbright fellow in Côte d’Ivoire. She recently finished a novel called Kif.  Jacinda is mom to two children, about whom she writes frequently. She teaches at the University of California, Davis.


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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