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College of Humanities and Social Sciences to Host Fall Lecture Series on Social Justice

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The College of Humanities and Social Sciences presents its fall lecture series, “Social Justice Through the Lens of Humanities and Social Sciences.”

The free lectures will be held in Humanities, Room 219, and via Zoom. For more information, visit the HSS Lecture Series website.

Oct. 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. in H219

“(Re)Envisioning the Curriculum: Possibilities of Social Justice in HSS Courses”

The HSS CoJET Fellows Margie Brown-Coronel (history), Dana Collins (sociology) and Aitana Guia (history) will present a panel discussion on (re)envisioning department curricula and courses from a social justice perspective. The panel will focus on the need for courses that address issues of justice and equity, the challenges faced by faculty, and the strategies and support required to offer students a socially relevant and inspiring HSS curriculum.

The session will be informative, motivating and productive for HSS faculty. The promotional materials of the HSS lecture series will encourage faculty to bring in samples of syllabi or curriculum maps to reflect on how justice and equity are being addressed in HSS. A brief overview of CoJET will also be provided.

Nov. 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. in H219 and via Zoom

“Love and the Liberation Struggle: The Time Is Always Now”

Mei-Ling Malone (African American studies) highlights some of the achievements of our students to create a more diverse, inclusive, equitable and socially just campus. Her lecture advocates for academics and activism to align in the spirit of honoring the liberation struggle more closely that created ethnic studies by college students in 1968 at San Francisco State University. Fifty-five years later, this legacy of students fighting capitalist, white supremacist structures and starting a more humane university continues here at Cal State Fullerton.

Nov. 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. in H219 and via Zoom

“Archives of Mortality Project: Collaborative Contemplations, Oral Histories and Poetics of Abundant Cariño and Vanishing Time During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Mario Alberto Obando Jr. (Chicana and Chicano studies) shares the ongoing projects from the Archives of Mortality Project. This ongoing oral history research project examines the emotional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Latinx communities. The project has trained three cohorts of CSUF undergraduate and alums researchers in oral history skills to honor the stories of loved ones, friends and community.

Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. via Zoom 

“More Than ‘Just Differences:’ Health Disparities Science as Social Justice”

James J. García (psychology) and a student panel discuss the unjust, unfair and avoidable health differences that disproportionately impact socially minoritized/marginalized communities in the United States. Their presentation will highlight how health disparities are more than just “difference” and instead are a direct result of historical marginalization/minoritization.

Nov. 30 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. in H219 and via Zoom 

“The Latinx Lab’s Social Justice and Storytelling Institute Summer Program as a Model for ‘Study Here’”

Alexandro Jose Gradilla (Chicana and Chicano studies) and a student panel reflect on the first Social Justice and Storytelling Institute Summer Program offered by the Latinx Lab last summer. Students learned about realizing their talents as storytellers to benefit their academic success and future career goals, and for including transformative social justice practice and thinking in all aspects of their lives. Most importantly, students learned to blend their home/community knowledge with their university academic experience. Students created digital storytelling projects using the Google suite of tools and interdisciplinary humanities methodologies to tell stories infused with ethnic studies and social justice knowledge.

Alan Van Fleet