Book in Common

Calendar 2019-2020

Book in Common Events

No events are currently scheduled for the upcoming year of Book in Common events (Google Doc). Updates will be posted at the beginning of the academic year in August/September. 


Past Events

Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.: Tim Z. Hernandez at Laxson Auditorium(opens in new window)

Panel on The Politics of Migrant Death at the Border

Event has been postponed indefinitely in light of the Camp Fire.

Location: TBA

The remains of at least 7,000 people have been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border over the past 20 years, though the vast and remote nature of the borderlands suggests that the actual death count is much higher. These bodies are often difficult to identify, given the international origins and undocumented status of migrants crossing the desert from Mexico or Central America in search of a better life. So who are these people, and what are their stories? This panel will highlight the vital work of forensic anthropology in identifying and repatriating human remains. Anthropology faculty Eric Bartelink, Colleen Milligan, and Ashley Kendell will join alumna Martha Nuño Díaz and philosophy lecturer Susanna Boxall for an interdisciplinary discussion of migrant death at the border. Come find out how Chico State’s Human Identification Laboratory is tackling these issues and why their work matters!

Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Tuesday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.:  Public screening of Who is Dayani Cristal?

Location: PAC134

Winner of the Sundance 2013 Cinematography award, the documentary Who is Dayani Cristal? recreates the journey of an anonymous man found dead in the Sonora Desert of Arizona. In order to piece the man’s journey together, director Marc Silver and his film crew follow staff members of the Pima County Morgue as they attempt to identify the man based on little more than a tattoo that reads Dayani Cristal. The film also features Mexican actor Gael García Bernal (Y tu mamá también, The Motorcycle Diaries, and Coco), who embeds himself among a group of undocumented travelers attempting to cross the US-Mexico border at the same spot. He does so in order to understand the physical and emotional journeys of those who cross one of the harshest environments on the planet to reach the United States. Hollywood Reporter writes that the film is “a deeply moving doc [that] finds a new way of making the immigration debate personal. Introduced by Prof. Colleen Milligan. To be followed by an informal conversation on the film.

This film screening has been generously funded with contributions from the following sponsors:

  • the Department of Anthropology
  • the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology
  • the Department of Sociology
  • the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • the Department of English
  • the Department of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • the Humanities Center
  • and the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Thursday, September 13, 6-7 p.m.: Book in Common Community Kick-off

Location: Council Steps Front Steps of the Chico City Council Chambers

Community leaders including CSU, Chico President Dr. Gayle Hutchinson, Butte College President Dr. Samia Yaqub, and Chico City Councilwoman Ann Schwab will introduce this year’s Book in Common. The event will include a proclamation from the office of Chico’s Mayor Sean Morgan, readings of short passages from the book by Butte College students, and brief remarks from College of Humanities and Fine Arts (Chico State) Interim Dean Dr. Tracy Butts.  Music will be provided by Chico State English professor Dr. Matt Brown and his wife Becky Brown, Chico State alum and Language Arts instructor at Inspire School of Arts and Sciences.

Wednesday, September 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Book in Common Campus Kick-off

Location: Glenn Lawn

Related Events

Thursday, October 4, 7:30 p.m.: The Making of Archives of Indigeneity: Maya Womxn in L.A.

Floridalma Boj Lopez (California State University, Los Angeles)

Location: Zingg Recital Hall

Floridalma Boj Lopez is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Boj Lopez’s work examines cultural practices among the Maya diaspora with a particular emphasis on intergenerational relationships and intersectional organizing in Los Angeles, CA. Her research has been featured in the Latino Studies Journal and in the anthology U.S. Central Americans: Reconstructing Memories, Struggles, and Communities of Resistance. This presentation will discuss the politics of creating archives with and for indigenous migrants in Los Angeles, with a particular focus on the Las Fotos Project exhibit showcased in 2018 entitled Maya Womxn in L.A.

Sponsored by the Humanities Center.