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Events and Giving: Upcoming Events

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

Events 2017-18


The Poetry of Kern County Poet Laureate Don Thompson. Tuesday, October 17 at 6 p.m.
Buttonwillow poet, Don Thompson, named as the first Poet Laureate of Kern County by the Arts Council last year, will read
from his work. Some of his poems are on exhibit in the library. Part of the Walter Presents Series, this event is sponsored
by the library.

Documentary Film, American Migrant Stories. Thursday, October 19 at 6 p.m.
Be the first to watch American Migrant Stories, a documentary produced by CSUB’s Center for Social Justice and the
Immigration Justice Collaborative. With Kern County as the backdrop, the film explores the long history of migration in
America, with harrowing stories of deportation. Showcased is the work of a group of Kern County attorneys, who go from
town to town to inform immigrants of their rights and responsibilities. Part of the Walter Presents Series, this showing is
sponsored by the library.

Diwali: Festival of Lights Celebration. Friday, October 20 at 11:30 a.m. 
Celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights with Festive Diwali cultural activities including henna, rangoli eco artwork, diya lamp painting, regional dance performances and Indian snacks. Presented by CSUB Asian Faculty Staff Network.   


The Poetry of Vickie Vértiz. Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m.
A reading by award-winning poet and advocate Vickie Vértiz, whose work documents the complexities of the immigrant
experience. She grew up in southeast Los Angeles and has had her work published in numerous well-known poetry
journals. She teaches creative writing. This a California Writers Series event, cosponsored by the library, CSUB English
Department, and M.E.Ch.A.


The East is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination. Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Drawing on his book by the same title, USC History Professor Dr. Robeson Taj Frazier discusses the history of several
prominent African American radical activist-intellectuals who traveled and lived in China during the Cold War.
A History Forum event, sponsored by the CSUB History Department, and cosponsored by the library.


A Century of Miracles: How life Changes for Christians, Pagans and Jews, between 312 and 410.
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Drawn from his forthcoming book of the same title, UC Santa Barbara Professor Dr. Harold Drake explores a tumultuous,
transformative, and unstable century in the history of early Christianity. A History Forum event, sponsored by the
CSUB History Department, and cosponsored by the library.

Rewriting the Story about American Indian Healthcare. Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Award-winning investigative journalist, Mark Trahant, a professor of journalism at University of North Dakota and a
member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, discusses the state of health care in America, as part of the library’s Native
Voice’s Project. Part of the Walter Presents Series, this event is sponsored by the 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.


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.

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.

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.

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 14 at 10 a.m. and 15 at 2 p.m. and February 20 at 10 a.m. and 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.

Book Signing

CSUB Author Showcase and Book Signing. February 6, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room
Celebrate and meet authors from CSUB at this first annual showcase event. CSUB has many authors and this
event gives colleagues and the community an opportunity to learn what inspired their writing or research. This event is
sponsored by Student Services and Academic Affairs, Walter W. Stiern Library and the Runner Bookstore.

Conversation Cafe

Conversation Café - French and Spanish Tables. (Ablin Conference Room, through Dezember Reading Room entrance)
Bring your lunch and practice your French or Spanish at these weekly events during Fall Semester, organized by Modern
Languages Professor Dr. Lena Taub. All are held at noon. Please see dates below.

Spanish – Sept. 13; Sept. 21; Oct. 11; Oct. 19; Nov. 8; Nov. 16; Dec. 7

French – Sept. 27; Oct. 5; Oct. 25; Nov. 2; Nov. 29


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