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Droughts, Desert Studies & Female Screenwriters Among Faculty Talks

Pollak Library Hosts Noontime Presentations This Spring
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Faculty talks focusing on droughts and floods, the Mojave Desert student research outpost and Hollywood’s history of women screenwriters are among presentations offered this spring semester at Pollak Library.

The free “Faculty Noontime Talks” are scheduled for noon-1 p.m. in Room 360, unless otherwise noted below, beginning Feb. 18 through April. Guests are encouraged to bring a lunch to the 40-minute presentations, followed by a question and answer period.

The first talk is set for Monday, Feb. 18, on “How We Study California’s History of Drought, Floods, Fire and Vegetation: What the Past Can Tell Us About the Future,” presented by Matthew Kirby, professor of geological sciences.

Also scheduled are:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 19 – “’We Band of Brothers? A Social Identity-Based Study of Military Public Affairs Professional Identity, Organizational Socialization and Collaboration,” by Julio J. Bermejo, assistant professor of communications
  • Monday, March 4 — “Zzyzx and Beyond: The CSU Desert Studies Program,” by Darren Sandquist, professor of biological science and director of the California State University’s (CSU) California Desert Studies Consortium
  • Tuesday, March 5 — “When Women Wrote Hollywood,” by Rosanne Welch, lecturer of cinema and television arts
  • Monday, March 25 — “The Eighty Percent Solution to All the F*cking Problems,” by Chiranjeev Kohli, professor of marketing, in Room 130
  • Tuesday, March 26 — “But I Went to College: How Doing Everything Right Doesn’t Mean Life is Easy,” by Kelly Ruppert, lecturer of geological sciences, in Room 299
  • Monday, April 8 — “A Beginner’s Guide to Charitable Boards,” by Zoot Velasco, director of the Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research
  • Tuesday, April 9 — “Archives and Manuscripts 101: Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Archives, But Didn’t Learn in Library School,” by Patricia Prestinary, special collections librarian and archivist, in Room 299
  • Monday, April 22 — “”Geometry in the Dark Ages: Anatomy of Forgetting,” presented by Bogdan Suceavă, professor of mathematics. 
  • Tuesday, April 23 — “Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Doing Human Rights Work at the Karnes and Dilley Federal Immigration Detention Centers,” by Robert Castro, professor of criminal justice, in Room 299

For more information about the talks, visit the Pollak Library website. Visitor parking fees apply on campus. For parking  information, visit online.