CAHSS Collaborations: 21st Annual Social Justice Colloquium
The 21st Annual Social Justice Colloquium supports a wide-ranging campus collaboration addressing modern-day ethics of wars. Through these various cultural/art forms, we hope to engender active engagement in transformation for peace and justice. Join us April 4-7, 2017
This Twenty First Annual Social Justice Colloquium supports a wide-ranging campus collaboration among 7 majors in CAHSS(GS, SBS, HCOM, VPA, CART, MPA and PSY) on the works of scholar/writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, Meghan O'Hara and her service learning students, and artist Binh Danh. This unique collaboration addresses modern-day ethics of wars, and promotes multidisciplinary and critical interchange which includes voices from local veterans, lectures, photo exhibition, and film showing. Overall, these events will raise consciousness and help us reflect on shared humanity and the need to oppose ever-present inhumanity and injustices. Through these various cultural/art forms, we hope to engender active engagement in transformation for peace and justice.
Event Organizers: Angie Tran (Professor, Political Economy, Global Studies Department, SBGS), Deb Busman (Director, Creative Writing and Social Action Program, HCOM), Angelica Muro (Assistant Professor of Integrated Media and Photography & Chair, Visual and Public Art Department, VPA), Meghan O’Hara (Assistant Professor, Cinematic Arts and Technology Department, CART), Rachel FitzJohn (Administrative Coordinator, School of Social, Behavioral & Global Studies, SBGS).
Acknowledgements: A special thanks to Angie Tran’s GS300: Major Pro seminar student volunteers! These event are made possible through contributions from the offices of the CSUMB President and the Provost, CSUMB Special Events, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Asian Pacific Islander Association, Otter Cross Cultural Center (OC3), The College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, the Music & Performing Arts Department, Cinematic Arts & Technology Department, Visual & Public Art Department, School of Humanities & Communication, School of Social, Behavioral, & Global Studies, and the Psychology Department.
Events are free & open to the public
* Friday, April 7th Master's class open to CSUMB students only
for more information:
RSVP or ADA accommodations
Telephone: (831) 582-3890
visual design: Angelica Muro
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS BELOW:
In Country + Binh Danh + Colloquium Reception:
12-2pm: FILM SCREENING @ Cinematic Arts Studio
Fort Ord: Veteran Stories. a compilation of new documentary shorts centering on the veterans, history and community of what was once the largest US Army base in the American West.
· Not Just a Piece of Land Zane Adamo, 2016 2.5 minutes - (Fort Ord History)
· Gale McGuire Brianna Beavers, Richard Dysart, Nicholas Goodman and Keegan McGuire, 2016, 8 minutes. - (Korean War)
· Enduring Freedom, Travis Robinson, 2016, 15 minutes - (Enduring Freedom, Iraq)
· Memories of a Place, Lucas Seastrom, 2015, 8 minutes - (Cold War)
· Portrait of My Father, Miguel Lopez, 2015, 16 minutes - (1990's - era Fort Ord)
· Mark Alderson, Vietnam War, Alba Roland with Adan Miguel, 2016, 7 minutes - (Vietnam War)
· Del Byer, Gabreila Mendano, 2016, 7 minutes - (World War II)
· Calvin Fahey, Planetary Citizen, 2015, Danielle Maurice and Laura “Arles” Tirado, 8 minutes - (Vietnam War)
· Thomas Gonzalez, USAF tsgt, 2016, Liberty Ingram- Gonzalez, 7 minutes - (Vietnam War)
· Colonel Robert Furney, Fort Ord, CA, Tim Brown, Gabe Norwood, JP Pleasont and Bryan Robinson, 2016, 4.5 minutes. - (Vietnam War)
· Claudia Ward, Elena Nunez, 2017, 7 minutes - (WAC - Vietnam to integration)
· Every G.I. is a P.O.W. – Paul Johnston, Chelsea Amarillas, Jaeson Amarillas, Marina Martinez and Rachael Van Bergen 2016, 7 minutes (Vietnam War)
· Broken Windows, Efren Lopez 2015, 7 minutes (Afghanistan)
Note: The films included relate to the history, ecology and people of Fort Ord - then and now - highlighting veterans from Fort Ord as well as the veteran relatives of students studying at CSU Monterey Bay, which occupies the former built footprint of the stories military base. This program was created by Enid Ryce for the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. It includes films from Cinematic Arts and Technology Environmental Filmmaking and Service Learning classes taught by Professors Enid Ryce and Meghan O'Hara 2014 - 2016.
2-4pm: FILM SCREENING @ Cinematic Arts Studio
IN COUNTRY: The Vietnam War Re-Enacted (2014), directed by Meghan O'Hara and Mike Attie.
Meghan O’Hara & Mike Attie spent 4 years co-directing and co-producing their first feature documentary, IN COUNTRY. The film, which explores reenactments of the Vietnam War performed by American combat veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, premiered at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Hot Docs and CPH:DOX. It was released in theaters in 2015 and was featured in the New York Times, Salon, Time, and The Atlantic. Attie and O’Hara were selected as 2014 Fellows of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and named among the ‘10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014’ by The Independent.
4:30-6pm: Sound Installation @ VPA Complex, BUILD. 71
Voices of the Veteran's History Project. a collection of veteran’s stories drawn from three semesters of audio interviews conducted by Cinematic Arts and Technology's Service Learning students.
5-6pm: 21st Social Justice Colloquium Reception @ VPA Complex, Build. 71
6-8pm: Artist's Talk by Binh Danh @ VPA Complex, Build. 72
Scholar Binh Danh received his MFA from Stanford University in 2004, and has emerged as an artist of national importance with work that investigates his Vietnamese heritage and our collective memory of war, both in Vietnam and Cambodia—work that, in his own words, deals with "mortality, memory, history, landscape, justice, evidence, and spirituality." His technique incorporates his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis. His newer body of work focuses on the daguerreotype process.
His work has been included in important exhibitions at museums across the country, as well as in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Corcoran Art Gallery, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the M.H. de Young Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the George Eastman House, and the National Gallery of Art. In 2012, he was a featured artist at the 18th Biennale of Sydney in Australia. He is represented by Haines Gallery in San Francisco, CA and Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix, AZ.
Viet Thanh Nguyen + Book Signing:
6-8pm: Keynote Speaker @ Music Hall
Building code: 30
Address: 3220 Sixth Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955
Professor Viet Thanh Nguyen’s presentation and Q&A moderated by Melissa R. Sipin. This event is followed by a book signing.
Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America; The Sympathizer (winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize); Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (2016), finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction; and a short story collection The Refugees.
Writer Melissa R. Sipin has won Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review’s Flash Fiction Prize. Her work is in Guernica Magazine, PEN/Guernica Flash Series, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, among others, and has won scholarships and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Poets & Writers Inc., Kundiman, VONA/Voices Conference, Squaw Valley’s Community of Writers, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She teaches in CSUMB’s HCOM Social Justice and Creative Writing Program.
Viet Thanh Nguyen + Master's Class:
10am-12pm: Master's class @ Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library, Rm 1128
Open to all CSUMB students.
Viet Thanh Nguyen visits Professor Melissa Sipin’s HCOM: 339s: Creative Writing & Service Learning.
Beyond Victims and Voices: On Writing as a Radical Act
For minority writers in the United States who wish to be published by the mainstream, the usual options are to embrace being victims and to claim a voice. What if these options are deeply limiting? What if they perpetuate literary and political ghettoization? Offering examples from his novel The Sympathizer and its nonfiction sequel Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, Viet Thanh Nguyen argues for a more radical approach to writing that foregrounds resistance, decolonization, and a recognition of inhumanity.