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From Australia to Myanmar, Scholars Talk Dance, Human Rights and Vinyl

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Cal State Fullerton faculty members are traveling the world sharing their expertise and research on varied topics.

Alvin Rangel, associate professor of theatre and dance, is helping develop a Horton technique curriculum for the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College. During his two-week visit in February, and working alongside leading Horton authority Cynthia Riesterer, Rangel taught techniques to the student body and conducted training sessions for faculty in pedagogy, history of the technique and curriculum development. He also established a multi-media archive that includes exercise videos featuring several CSUF students. Rangel will go on several follow-up visits in 2018 and 2019.

Tenzin Dorjee, associate professor of human communications studies, recently travelled to Myanmar as a commissioner for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He also testified in Washington, D.C., before the Congressional Executive Commission on China. His testimony was on “Tibet ‘From All Angles’: Protecting Human Rights, Defending Strategic Access, and Challenging China’s Export of Censorship Globally as a USCIRF Commissioner.”

In late February, Jesse Battan, professor of American studies, presented the paper “From Fourier to Freud: Changing Conceptions of ‘Sexual Revolution’ in the United States, 1820-1930” at the international conference on “Sexual Revolutions — Sexual Politics,” sponsored by the International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics and the Center for Ethics and Value Inquiry, and held at the University of Ghent, Belgium.

Waleed Rashidi, assistant professor of communications, presented a paper “Reading Between the Lines: A Content Analysis of 1990s Independent and Alternative Rock Vinyl Records’ Run-Out Grove Etchings” at the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s midwinter conference March 2-3.

Coming up:

Rashidi will present his work in progress “Play, Rewind, Play Again: Experience of Millennials’ Usage of the Cassette Tape as Music Media,” at the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association’s summit in Los Angeles March 22-24