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23rd Annual Social Justice Colloquium Topic: Iran and Iranian Women

This year's Social Justice Colloquium is a collaboration between the International Programs Office and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

The topic of the 2019 Social Justice Colloquium will be on the country of Iran and on Iranian women. This event will link a wide range of academic programs in exploring the influence of filmmaking and documentaries in social justice movements in Iranian society.

There will be two weeks of free events between April 8-18, 2019 which will be open to the campus and Bay Area community. The RSVP form includes all events.


Keynote address by internationally acclaimed Iranian film director, Rakhshan Banietemad

  • April 17th, 2019 at the World Theater, 4:00-7:00pm
    • 3:30 pm Doors Open
    • 4:00 pm Welcome & Introduction
    • 4:15 pm Screening of Documentary "Room 202"
    • 4:45 pm Keynote Address and Q&A
    • 5:30 pm Reception with light Persian fare

Film Screenings:

  • SOLD OUT--April 8th: The Salesman (2017) by Asghar Farhadi at the Student Center, Room 120, 6:00-8:00pm
  • April 9th: Tales (2012) by Rakhshan Banietemad at the Student Center, Room 120, 6:00-8:00pm
  • April 10th: About Elly (2009) by Asghar Farhadi at the Student Center, Room 120, 6:00-8:00pm
  • April 11th: Ten (2002) by Abbas Kiarostami at the Student Center, Room 120, 6:00-8:00pm
  • April 12th: Killing Mad Dogs (2001) by Bahram Beyzai at the Student Center, Room 120, 6:00-8:00pm
  • April 16th The May Lady (2000) by Rakhshan Banietemad at the CSUMB Salinas Center for Arts & Culture, 5 pm-7 pm
  • April 18th: Tales (2012) by Rakhshan Banietemad at the Osio Theater, 7:00 pm (Ticket Price: $11)

About the artist: Rakhshan Banietemad

Rakhshan Banietemad

Mrs. Rakhshan Banietemad is an internationally acclaimed film director who has been called the “First lady of Iranian cinema” for three decades. Mrs. Rakhshan Banietemad has sketched the most striking portraits of life, specifically; women’s life in Iran- seen mostly through the eyes of the least privileged and unheard. Her oeuvre is brave in its study of human resistance under the ever-challenging social condition.

Banietemad’s documentaries shed light on pressing issues in Iran, such as women’s prisons, AIDS, addiction, and poverty. Banietemad has won many international awards for her films and documentaries:

  • Best Screenplay Award from the Venice Film Festival (Italy, 2015).
  • Audience Award from “Tales” from Gene Siskel Film Center (USA, 2015)
  • Cinema Hooray Award, Crime and Punishment Film Festival (Turkey, 2016)
  • Ethics and Prayer Awards for social and civilian activities (Iran, 2016)
  • Best Screenplay Award from the Venice Film Festival (Italy, 2015)

For accommodation requests, please contact Mahshid Bozorgnia,

Other Social Justice Colloquium Featured Events:

VPA Visiting Artist Series Welcomes Sahar Khoury April 18, 6-8 pm, VPA Complex

Save the date! The Visual & Public Art Department Spring Visiting Artist Series welcomes Sahar Khoury in conjunction with the 2019 Social Justice Colloquium.

About the Artist: Sahar Khoury is an artist based in Oakland, California. Khoury works mostly with found or rejected materials to produce sculptures and installations. Her constructions are made of a combination of paper/textile mache, concrete, ceramic, steel and silk-screened materials. She received her BA in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz in 1996 and her MFA From UC Berkeley in 2013. Recently, Khoury’s work has been exhibited at The Oakland Museum of California, The Wattis Institute, UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, and CANADA (NY). She has also been invited to participate in the 2018 Triennial Exhibition, Bay Area Now 8 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Khoury’s work has been written about in numerous publications, including Art Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, KQED Arts and Vulture Magazine.

For more information or accommodation requests, please contact Gail Salgado in VPA,

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.

Read more about the 22nd Annual Social Justice Colloquium Featuring Zeynep Tufekci.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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