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Women’s History Month Campus Events

Published: March 3, 2014

The return of Women’s History Month to CSULB this month promises discussions of topics as varied as sex, social media and Chinese gardens.

The month kicks off with a multimedia lecture from Jackson Katz on “Blurred Lines: Sex and Violence in Media and Real Life” due Monday, March 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the University Student Union ballroom. The address is sponsored by the ASI Program Council and FORCE and will feature guests from the YWCA-GLA Sexual Assault Crisis Services, WomenShelter of Long Beach and Center for the Pacific Asian Family. More information is available by contacting Jay Jenkins.

Thursday, March 6, brings to the Anatol Center a screening at 7 p.m. of a film on Chinese gardens and a Q&A with San Francisco State’s Valerie Soe, an associate professor in SFSU’s Asian-American Studies. The documentary titled “Oak Park Story” (2010) chronicles the daily lives of poor Mexican, Chicano and Cambodian families in a housing project in Oakland and their struggle against their Stanford-educated landlord who routinely ignored and violated health and safety codes. The program is sponsored by Chi Delta Theta and CSULB’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies. More information is available by emailing History’s Linda Espana-Maram.

“Sex and Protection” will explain what the Women’s Health Center offers for better health and sex education on Monday, March 10, from 7-8 p.m. in the University Student Union room 304. The event is sponsored by Sigma Lambda Gamma and Chi Delta Theta. More information is available by contacting Jessica Loaiza.

On Friday, March 14, the “Vagina Monologues” will be presented in the USU Beach Auditorium, with presentations at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by F.O.R.C.E and for additional information contact Lauren McIntyre.

On Monday, March 17, “Half the Sky Screening: Education in Cambodia” will be presented from noon-1 p.m. in the Women’s Resource Center. The event is sponsored by CSULB Women’s Resource Center and Half the Sky Campus Ambassador. For more information contact Espy Aceves.

The month’s events conclude on Monday, March 24, in the psychology building, room 152 with the presentation of “Biting into Social Media and Women’s Stories with JAWS (Journalism and Women Symposium)” from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Social media is becoming more and more a power player in the world of journalism and has become an effective tool not only in promoting pieces but also finding stories. Twitter, the real-time social networking and microblogging service, has allowed users to interact with another in a conversational format and highlight certain issues. Storify and RebelMouse have become go-to tools for web content curation. This workshop will offer an overview of storytelling with digital tools such as Twitter, Storify and RebelMouse. The event will be sponsored by Journalism and Women Symposium and the CSULB Women’s’ Resource Center. More information is available by contacting Connie Ho.

–Richard Manly