Director: Rob Davidson
Phone: 530-898-6372

Sep. 07Robert Tinkler (History), “The Odd Case of the Confederate State Unionists in the U.S. Congress, 1861-65”

Friday, September 7, noon-1:00 p.m., PAC 113

Bring your lunch for a work-in-progress talk.

Sep. 20Matthew Stone (Recreation, Hospitality, & Parks Management), "I Am From Here. I Am Not From Here."

Thursday, September 20, 5:00 p.m., PAC 113

Join us for our first Tertulia on this year’s theme, Migration & Exile.

Sep. 26Digital Humanities Series: Asa Mittman (Art and Art History), “Virtual Mappa: Making Medieval World Maps Accessible for Students”

Wednesday, September 26, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Meriam Library 252

Medieval maps are difficult objects, especially for students. They are designed according to entirely different paradigms than modern maps, are written in challenging scripts, in dead languages (mostly Latin), and are often badly damaged, rendering them opaque to all but a small group of specialists. This interface is designed to make these objects accessible to a wide range of audiences.

Oct. 04Floridalma Boj Lopez (California State University, Los Angeles), “The Making of Archives of Indigeneity: Maya Womxn in L.A.”

Thursday, October 4, 7:30 p.m., Zingg Recital Hall, Arts and Humanities Building

This presentation will discuss the politics of creating archives with and for Indigenous Migrants in Los Angeles.  The analysis will focus on the Las Fotos Project exhibit showcased in 2018 entitled Maya Womxn in L.A.

Floridalma Boj Lopez is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Los Angeles.  Dr. Boj Lopez's research 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.

Oct. 05Zanja Yudell (Philosophy), “Are the Laws of Nature Necessary?”

Friday, October 5, noon-1:00 p.m., PAC 113

Bring your lunch for a work-in-progress talk

Oct. 16Film Screening, Woman in the Dunes (Japan, 1964)

147 minutes, directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara
Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 p.m., PAC 134

A Japanese New Wave film based on novelist Kōbō Abe's award-winning existentialist novel that focuses on a teacher who visits a series of sand dunes. After missing his bus home the villagers convince him to spend the night in a house at the bottom of a sand quarry with a young widow.  He becomes a prisoner, and “what results is one of cinema’s most unnerving and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of everyday life as a Sisyphean struggle” (Criterion Collection). 

Oct. 17Digital Humanities Series: Daniel Veidlinger (Comparative Religion and Humanities), “Reading from 30,000 feet: Lexical Pattern Analysis”

Wednesday, October 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Meriam Library 252

There are some aspects of style that we can pick up from reading a work, as has been done for centuries. But there are other aspects that can only be detected by a computer that looks for subtle patterns in word usage through statistical analysis of thousands of words and their relationship to each other on the page. This presentation will discuss the theory behind this and look at a few examples.

Nov. 01Lynn Freed, “The Romance of Elsewhere”

Thursday, November 1, 7:30 p.m., Zingg Recital Hall, Arts and Humanities Building

Lynn Freed’s most recent book is The Romance of Elsewhere (2017), a collection of essays reflecting on travel, identity, language and literature. The author of ten books, in 2002 Freed was awarded the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award in fiction by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Guggenheim Foundation.

Co-sponsored with the Writer’s Voice Literary Reading Series.

Nov. 02Dana Williams (Sociology), “In Us We Trust? Expressions and Explanations of Solidarity and Anti-authoritarianism”

Friday, November 2, noon-1:00 p.m., PAC 113

Bring your lunch for a work-in-progress talk

Nov. 06Film Screening, Who is Dayani Cristal? (Mexico, 2013)

85 minutes, directed by Marc Silver
Tuesday, November 6, 6:30 p.m., PAC 134

An award-winning documentary that follows famous Mexican actor and activist Gael García Bernal on a quest to identify the remains of a man who died in the Sonoran Desert while trying to cross into the United States. Bernal and the film crew retrace the steps of the man from Central America to the Pima County Morgue in Arizona in an attempt to understand John Doe's life and humanize the broader debates regarding immigration.

Co-sponsored by 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; and the Office of Undergraduate Education

Nov. 08Jessica L. Horton (University of Delaware): “Compelling Reciprocity: Native Art & Diplomacy in the ‘70s”

Thursday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., Zingg Recital Hall, Arts and Humanities Building

Jessica L. Horton is assistant professor of art history at the University of Delaware. Her research and teaching emphasize the centrality of Native American art to a global story of modernity, focusing on the transcultural movement of people, objects, and ideas. Her book Art for an Undivided Earth: The American Indian Movement Generation (Duke University Press, 2017) illuminates the impact of Indigenous spatial struggles on artists working internationally from the 1970s to the 2000s.

Cosponsored by the Department of Art and Art History

Nov. 14Digital Humanities Series: Frank Pereira (Computer Animation and Game Development), “3D scans: Making inaccessible objects available via photogrammetry and virtual reality”

Wednesday, November 14, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Meriam Library 252

When historical objects and artifacts are fragile, rare, or inaccessible, three-dimensional scans of them can allow researchers and students to "use" them without concern of damage or harm. This presentation will review photogrammetry and how virtual reality allows modern students and teachers to use and learn from tools and objects that would be otherwise inaccessible to them.

Nov. 14Panel Discussion, The Politics of Migrant Death at the Border

Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 p.m., Colusa 100A

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

Dec. 07Friederike Fichtner (International Languages, Literatures and Cultures), “Between Diversity and Essentialization: Intercultural Competence in the Language Classroom”

Friday, December 7, noon-1:00 p.m., PAC 113

Bring your lunch for a work-in-progress talk

Feb. 01Robin Averbeck (History), “Liberalism Is Not Enough: Race & Poverty in Postwar Political Thought”

Friday, February 1, noon-1:00 p.m., PAC 113

Bring your lunch for a work-in-progress talk

Feb. 12Film Screening, Sleep Dealer

(United States/Mexico, 2008) 90 minutes. Directed by Alex Rivera.
Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 PM, Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center 134

A 2008 independent sci-fi film directed by Alex Rivera, Sleep Dealer imagines a near-future where the US-Mexico border wall is weaponized and immigrant workers from the Global South provide cheap labor by plugging in and remotely controlling robots in the US. Famous Mexican director Guillermo del Toro writes of the film, "It's Philip K. Dick--South of the Border. Unique and highly inventive!”

Feb. 19Professor Alisse Waterston (City University of New York), My Father’s Wars: An Intimate Ethnography of Exile, Migration, and the Violence of a Century

Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m., Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center 134

In this talk, Professor Waterston presents a dramatic personal story, part memoir and part social history, which suggests large questions about the dramatic forces of history, the experience of exile and immigration, the legacies of culture, and the enduring power of memory. Waterston is Presidential Scholar and Professor of Anthropology at City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Cosponsored by the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities

Feb. 20Digital Humanities Series: Corey Sparks (English), “Hypertext Beyond Narrative: Twine for Poetry and Pedagogy”

Wednesday, February 20, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Meriam Library 252

Hypertext is often associated with “choose your own adventure” narratives, in which a player/reader makes choices that affect the path a narrative takes. Twine, a popular online, open access hypertext platform, is usually used to produce such narrative games. I am interested in the ways that such a platform can be used instead to play with poetic rather than narrative forms. This talk includes a workshop; audience members are encouraged to bring an electronic device with them.

Feb. 28Tertulia: Jesse Dizard (Anthropology)

5:00 PM, PAC 113

Mar. 01Chunyan Echo Song (Sociology), “Life in Limbo: Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Ireland”

Friday, March 1, noon-1:00 p.m., PAC 113

Bring your lunch for a work-in-progress talk

Mar. 07Mai Der Vang, Poetry Reading and Discussion

Thursday, March 7, 7:30 p.m., Zingg Recital Hall, Arts and Humanities Building

Mai Der Vang is the author of Afterland (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Poetry, and a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Mai Der is a member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle where she helped co-edit How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. Born and raised in Fresno, California, she earned degrees from the University of California Berkeley and Columbia University.

Cosponsored by the Writer’s Voice at CSU, Chico

Mar. 13Digital Humanities Series: Jeff Underwood (Computer Animation and Game Development), “Digital Humanities, Virtual Reality and 360 Degree Video Technology”

Wednesday, March 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Meriam Library 252

Virtual reality and 360 Degree Video put interactive engagement with historical sites and imaginary spaces within reach of scholars and students. This presentation will review current visualization technology while allowing participants to see its applicability in games, self-directed learning, and research.

Apr. 05Sarah Anderson (ILLC), “Viewing Venezuela: Identity Politics in Bad Hair”

Friday, April 5, noon-1:00 p.m., PAC 113

Bring your lunch for a work-in-progress talk

Apr. 09Film Screening, Sans Soleil

(France, 1983) 100 minutes. Directed by Chris Marker.
Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 PM, Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center 134

Sans Soleil, Chris Marker’s free-form travelogue is “made up of asides and digressions that form a portrait of late twentieth-century civilization, Marker takes us from rural Iceland in 1965 to Japan in the early 1980s, with fleeting references to Africa, Île-de-France, and the Bijagos Islands. ‘I’ve been round the world several times and now only banality still interests me,’ a narrator remarks … The compulsive globe-trotting implicitly becomes part of what he’s reflecting upon.” (Jonathan Rosenbaum)

Apr. 10Digital Humanities Series: Paul Olejarczuk (English), “The lexicon as a source of phonological knowledge”

Wednesday, April 10, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Meriam Library 252

A good lexical database is an indispensable tool for linguists wishing to understand the sound patterns that characterize a given language. In this presentation, I will investigate a number of sound patterns of English by exploring a lexical database compiled at Carnegie Mellon University. I will use the findings to motivate hypotheses about the nature of linguistic knowledge, and present the results of experiments which test these hypotheses.

Apr. 12Tertulia: Ayde Enrique-Loya (English), “Haunted Borderlands: Nahuatl Epistemologies and Storytelling Practices in the Shadows of Monstrosity and Femicide”

Friday, April 12, 3:00 PM, PAC 113

May. 03Nathan Heggins Bryant (English), “Prison, AIDS, and Alien Queens: Queering David Fincher’s Alien³”

Friday, May 3, noon-1:00 p.m., PAC 113

Bring your lunch for a work-in-progress talk