World Explorations Lectures

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World Explorations is a monthly lecture series designed to introduce you to local travelers, professors, and community members who share their unique insights and experiences. 

All talks are free and open to the public and are held at the Chico Women's Club located at 592 E. Third Street in Chico from 4:00 -5:00 pm.

Fall 2016 Schedule

October 16, 2016

Two Weeks in Israel: a Secular Sojourn to the Holy Land

Since its establishment as a state in 1948, Israel has been a beacon of hope, a leader in technological innovation, and a source of bitter and violent controversy.  From Jerusalem and the Western Wall to a Shavuot celebration at a kibbutz to a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, psychology professor Dory Schachner will discuss her experiences as well as address some of the myths and misconceptions about this tiny country that has managed to survive and thrive in spite of the odds.  Visit a land of contrasts – rich with thousands of years of history but also a country on the cutting edge of modernity and the forefront of technology.

Dr. Dory Schachner has taught in the psychology department at CSU Chico since 2006. She grew up in Southern California and studied psychology at UCLA before moving up north to complete her doctorate at UC Davis.

November 6, 2016

Ethnographic Films of ALVA

The museum will partner with ALVA, The Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology, at CSU, Chico, and host a mini-ethnographic film festival featuring ALVA films.  ALVA was created with funding from the National Science Foundation, Major Research Instrumentation grant. It is the first facility to incorporate digital cinema technology into anthropological research and the communication of the results of that research to broad audiences.  Student and faculty researchers associated with ALVA have completed broadcast length documentary film, and won an Emmy last year for their film Impact of the Frolic.  These films have screened in festivals as well as on PBS affiliates on the West Coast.

February 12, 2017

Who’s a Hmong Us?: An Untold Story

To attain a mature and responsible understanding of Asian Americans, one that holds the potential to organize and advocate for effective interventions in higher education, we turn our attention to Hmong and Hmong American students (Xiong & Lee, 2011).  This turn is urgent because there are systematic but ill-understood socio-historical factors that contribute to the educational indicators of Hmong students that are staggeringly lower than those enjoyed by the other Asian American groups. 

The presenter will focus on the region that has the highest concertation of the Hmong population in the United States-the central valley of California. She will highlight the richness of many identities within and outside of the Hmong population through her own inspiring story. Pertinent to the focus of World Exploration, we will feature the Hmong history, the richness of their culture and language and the challenges they experience as Hmong Americans.

MaiHoua Lo, Advisor for the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office, Lecturer for the Multicultural and Gender Studies Department, California State University, Chico.

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Monday-Thursday 11-3

Closed between exhibitions.  See exhibition schedule for specific dates.

Note: The Museum of Anthropology is completely wheelchair accessible.

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