College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

CAHSS Social Justice Colloquium

25th Annual Social Justice Colloquium Theme: Spatial Inequalities and Community Building

A message from CAHSS 2021-2022 Social Justice Colloquium Co-Chairs SBGS Assistant Professors Dr. Chrissy Lau and Dr. Tolga Tezcan:

Our theme for the 25th Social Justice Colloquium is “Spatial Inequalities and Community Building.” This theme seeks to address how communities have negotiated space-making as a site of resistance and agency in response to structural inequalities. Our speakers will speak on topics that span issues from a historical perspective to the present-day, from Southern California to Northern Syria. These events will take place in-person on campus, observing University COVID-19 protocols.

Our first event takes place on March 11, 2022, 5-6:15 pm in the World Theater. Our first speaker, historian Cindy I-Fen Cheng, will explore how war is an underexamined cause of homelessness. She argues that U.S. intervention in the Salvadoran Civil War not only uprooted millions of Salvadorans, but also precipitated their arrival as undocumented asylum seekers to the U.S. This insecure legal status drove many to seek residence in Skid Row, Los Angeles. In turn, Salvadoran asylum seekers changed the landscape of Skid Row and the meaning of homelessness in the U.S. Cheng has previously published articles on civil rights and the Cold War, such as this article entitled “Out of Chinatown and into the Suburbs: Chinese Americans and the Politics of Cultural Citizenship in Early Cold War America.” (CSUMB login required)

Our second event takes place on March 18, 2022, 5-6:15pm in CAHSS 504-1401. Our second speaker, sociologist Azat Zana Gundogan, invites participants to think about the contested meanings of utopia and the significance of reclaiming utopianism as a way of reimagining a radically different political and social organization. He will focus on the case of the Kurds in Northern Syria and their efforts towards organizing themselves in a multiethnic, communalist system without a central authority amidst war and occupation. Gundogan has authored several articles focused on the Kurdish political movements, including this article titled "Space, state-making and contentious Kurdish politics in the East of Turkey: the case of Eastern Meetings, 1967." (CSUMB login required)

 

Skid Row Refuge: On the Resettlement of Salvadoran Asylum Seekers

March 11, 2022
5:00-6:15 pm  In Person Event
World Theater Building 28

This talk explores war as a critical yet underexamined cause of homelessness. U.S. intervention in the Salvadoran Civil War not only uprooted millions of Salvadorans but it also precipitated their mass arrival as undocumented asylum seekers to the U.S. This insecure legal status drove many to seek residence in Skid Row, Los Angeles. In turn, Salvadoran asylum seekers changed the landscape of Skid Row and the meaning of homelessness in the U.S.

Dr. Cindy I-Fen Cheng is Professor of History and Director of the Asian American Studies Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Please note: In compliance with CSUMB Covid-19 event protocol, registration is required for this event. 

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A Utopia on Earth?:  The Kurds and the Rojava Revolution

March 18, 2022
5:00-6:15 pm  In Person Event
CAHSS 504-1401

This talk invites participants to think about the contesting meanings of utopia and the significance of reclaiming utopianism as a way of reimagining a radically different political and social organization. Dr. Gundogan will focus on the case of the Kurds in Northern Syria and their efforts towards organizing themselves in a multiethnic, communalist system without a central authority amidst war and occupation.

Dr. Azat Zana Gundogan is a member of the Honors Core Faculty in the Honors Program Division of Undergraduate Studies at Florida State University.

Please note: In compliance with CSUMB Covid-19 event protocol, registration is required for this event. 

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More About the Social Justice Colloquium

The Social Justice Colloquium was initiated in 1997 by Dr. Gerald Shenk (US Historian) and Dr. Angie Tran (Political Economist) from the CAHSS School of Social, Behavioral, and Global Studies. It has grown to be a collaborative effort across the college spanning a week or more of guest speakers in keynote, plenary, public, and classroom workshops across the college community. The goals:

  • To combine teaching and scholarship in support of specific curricular offerings.
  • To address topics and issues uniquely significant to the diverse students, faculty, staff and administration at CSUMB and to our constituent communities in the Monterey Bay region.
  • To erase the artificial academic line that has been drawn between what is scholarly and what is personal.
  • To offer CSUMB students faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in scholarly conversation with recognized scholars and experts from outside the campus.
  • To invite all members of the CSUMB constituent communities to explore critically current issues of social justice in their historical, local, and global contexts.

This annual event has been funded each year since 1997 by the campus’ special events funding pool, coupled with contributions of staff and faculty time, talent and funds from campus departments. A dedicated fund would stabilize the funding for the event, thus enabling the campus to enhance its ability to bring thought leaders on the social justice issues of our time into conversation with campus and community members and afford focused guest lectures and workshops in our classes across the curriculum. Recent expansion of the program to be across the college and in multi-disciplinary venues and expressions realizes the college’s mission and enriches our contribution to the campus and community.

This event is part of the CAHSS Arts & Lectures Series, a wide range of events that includes guest artists and notable speakers as well as our renowned faculty.

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