CSU, Chico News

Jambalaya Cook-Off on March 4 Is a Book in Common Event

Date: 03-01-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Brooke Myrman
First-Year Experience Program

A jambalaya cook-off is one of several March activities that lead up to the April 12 appearance of Dave Eggers, author of “Zeitoun,” the 2011-2012 Book in Common at California State University, Chico. Inspired by “Zeitoun,” the cook-off is a fundraiser for Red Cross in Northern California. Chico recently lost its chapter because of downsizing.

The fundraiser on Sunday, March 4, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., will feature jambalaya tasting (with salads, rolls and drinks), live music, a jambalaya contest, educational games on disasters for children and a speaker from Red Cross. The deadline for registering for the jambalaya cook-off is March 2. For more information, go to http://www.csuchico.edu/fye/events/red_cross_fundraiser.shtml .

“Zeitoun” is a story that comes out of New Orleans and the aftermath of Katrina in 2005. It tells the story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American and father of four, who chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. The aftermath of his choice, which included being incarcerated as a terrorist, would be hard to imagine, except in the surreal atmosphere in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. The panels, discussions and movies that have comprised the Book in Common events throughout this year have related to disaster and emergency preparedness, justice and incarceration.

A month-long exhibit, Keeping the Spirit Alive: Work from San Quentin Prison Arts Project and Arts-in-Corrections, opens on March 1 and displays the work of inmates, including work by Ronnie Goodman, whose life was changed by his participation in prison arts programs. The exhibit in the Public Art Space on the second floor of the Bell Memorial Union demonstrates the kind of skills and growth that can be developed through programs like the Arts-in-Corrections program, which existed from 1980 to 2010 in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Other BIC activities during March

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
PAC 134, CSU, Chico Campus

CAPE presents a panel discussion on racial profiling. Using “Zeitoun” as a starting point, what are the issues to understand when the rights of individuals collide with law enforcement’s need to protect society? Invited panelists will discuss the issues; questions welcomed from audience.

Re-Build New Orleans

Monday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m.
BMU 210, CSU, Chico Campus

Join Engineering students, faculty and staff who spent countless hours in New Orleans helping to rebuild after Katrina. The reunion and poster session will illustrate the work accomplished.

Branford Marsalis, Jazz from New Orleans

Tuesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Laxson, CSU, Chico Campus

Tickets available at the University Box Office.

BIC events in April

Sunday, April 1, 2–4 p.m.

CSU, Chico Conference Center

An interfaith dialogue co-sponsored by the Book in Common Program and Chico’s Interfaith Council. This will be an opportunity to connect to other community members from varied faith backgrounds through a sequence of structured dialogues and informal sharing. Free and open to the public; refreshments are provided.

Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.

Laxson Auditorium

Dave Eggers, author of “Zeitoun”

Zeitoun is the CSU, Chico 2011-2012 Book in Common. A true story of one family caught between America's war on terror and the disaster of Hurricane Katrina. Dave Eggers will discuss and answer questions from the community about his written works, his commitment to literacy, and the unsettling issues “Zeitoun” raises.

For more information on Book in Common events and background, visit http://www.csuchico.edu/bic/calendar/index.shtml .