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Former CIA Operative Valerie Plame Wilson
to Lecture, Sign Books at CSULB on Nov. 5

Portrait of Valerie Plame WilsonValerie Plame Wilson, a former CIA officer who worked as a classified covert intelligence agent for more than 20 years before her cover was blown by controversy surrounding the Iraq war, will present a lecture and book signing on Monday, Nov. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. in CSULB’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center

The event is part of the university’s 2007-08 Odyssey Project, whose name is“The Leadership Imperative: A Mandate for Social Responsibility.”

Tickets for the event are $35 for the public, $20 for CSULB faculty and staff and $10 for CSULB students. 

Wilson, the wife of Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, worked for the CIA as an undercover operative on several overseas assignments in areas related to counterterrorism and counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

In July 2003, Ambassador Wilson spoke out against the Bush Administration’s claim that Iraq had sought nuclear material in Africa, which had been a primary justification for going to war with Iraq.  Shortly after, information about Wilson and her classified CIA status was leaked to reporters, which essentially ended her CIA career. An ensuing investigation and trial led to the conviction of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, then chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, for perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal investigators.

Wilson will sign her newly released memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House (New York: Simon and Schuster). Fair Game tells the story of Wilson’s life as a spy, her career as an undercover agent and mother of twins, and her position as the sudden object of the White House’s wrath.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Office of the President, Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Division of Student Services,  Division of Administration and Finance, Division of University Relations and Development,  President's Commission on the Status of Women, Student Life and Development, Associated Students Inc., Department of Political Science and Women's Resource Center.

For more information about the Plame lecture and book signing, contact Michael Field at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at 562/985-7000.

Additional upcoming Odyssey events include:

Monday, Nov. 5, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Helen Dolas
College of Performing Arts, Chapman University
"Art Therapy and Children"
Lecture, PSY-150

Helen G. Dolas, M.S., B.A., MT-BC, is a graduate of CSULB. She is the chief executive director and co-founder of Arts & Services for Disabled Inc. (ASD, est. 1982), a unique private, non-profit organization that provides quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities through the creative art therapies (music, dance/movement, drama, visual and language arts). As one of two founders of ASD, Dolas assisted in the development and implementation of five adult day programs, an inclusive after-school care program, the George V. Deneff Art Gallery, and Accessible Community Art Workshops. These programs serve more than 300 individuals with disabilities annually and work with many outside agencies, families, professionals, and funding institutions. Dolas supervises 65 employees and continues to develop, direct, and train approximately 200 community volunteers through her successful volunteer program. Also, she is the clinical training director through her approved AMTA music therapy internship program and has been training music therapy students and interns from various music therapy programs throughout the country since 1984. A renowned public speaker, advocate, and trainer, Dolas has developed staff training in-services and has presented research, development, and implementation of specific collaborative creative arts therapies, music therapy and special education interventions, strategies, and best practices used for quality of life issues of individuals with developmental disabilities programs at a variety of institutions and organzations.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m.
"To Touch the Soul"
Film Screening, University Theatre

This 70-minute feature-length documentary follows CSULB professor Carlos Silveira, an arts educator and social activist, who wants to bring a sense of joy to impoverished children in Cambodia who are affected by HIV/AIDS. He has recruited 27 American university students to join him as part of a pilot program in using drawing and painting to help these children express their wishes and desires for their futures. As Carlos and the students grapple with the realities of a culture much different from their own, a language they don't understand, art projects that don't go as planned, and a three-week deadline, they form a bond with the children. Through these young Cambodian mentors – all of them abandoned by society – the Americans empower their own social activism and learn the true meaning of kindness, selflessness, courage and community.

Told from Carlos’ and six of his students’ perspectives through a mix of spoken (voice-over) diary entries, interviews and interaction with the children as they create art projects together, this documentary shows that even the smallest attempt at making a difference can have life-changing consequences for all the people involved. The film also highlights the growing problem of the 77,000 children in Cambodia who have become orphans because their parents have died or are dying from AIDS (a population expected to grow by an additional 108,700 over the next five years) as the spread of the disease among adults subsides. Yet, the audience is left with a sense of hope that adequate funding, proper food and medical care, as exemplified through the featured non-government organizations "Little Sprouts" and "Little Folks," will allow these children who are in such dire circumstances to thrive until there is a cure one day for this unforgiving disease.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Kip Fulbeck
University of California, Santa Barbara (author of Part Asian, 100% Hapa)
"What Are You? Multiracials Claiming Their Voice Through The Arts"
University Student Union, Beach Auditorium (lower level)

The Independent calls him “the epitome of cool.” Author Shawn Wong dubs his style and vision “a marvel.” Mavin Magazine cites “people buzzing long after he has left the building.” All this describes Kip Fulbeck, a tremendously charismatic speaker and the world’s foremost artist exploring multiracial Asian-American identity.

Fulbeck’s versatility includes motivational speaking, stand-up comedy, poetry slam, identity workshops, and diversity training – always featuring his hilarious award-winning short films including "Banana Split"; "Some Questions for 28 Kisses"; "Sex, Love, and Kung Fu"; and "Lilo and Me". Full of contemporary pop culture references as well as intimate family history, Fulbeck’s work speaks to the young and not-so-young, the cool and not-so-cool, inviting them to explore how our own ethnic stereotypes and opinions on interracial dating, gender roles, and personal identity are formed.

A professor and chair of art and an affiliate faculty of Asian-American Studies and film studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Fulbeck has performed and exhibited in more than 20 countries and throughout the U.S., including the Museum of Modern Art, the Singapore International Film Festival, the World Wide Video Festival, PBS, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial.

He has twice keynoted the National Conference On Race in Higher Education to standing ovations, directed 13 independent videos, and authored the critically acclaimed novel Paper Bullets: A Fictional Autobiography. His new book entitled Part Asian, 100% Hapa features portraits of multiracials of Asian/Pacific Islander descent with an introduction by Sean Lennon.

For more information about these or future Odyssey events, contact Rachel Brophy at 562/985-4546 or visit the Odyssey Web site.