Spring 2015 GC Events

A cluttered desk in spring time. (Photo by DMG enhanced with the app Waterlogue)

A cluttered desk in spring time. (Photo by DMG enhanced with the app Waterlogue)

The West Valley College Global Citizenship Committee facilitates campus-wide commitment to the ideals of global citizenship through curriculum, co-curricular activities, and professional development of college faculty, administrators and staff.

The WVC Global Citizenship Committee, in collaboration with the Art Department, Administration of Justice, Child Studies, Library, Student Success Committee, Sustainability Committee, Women’s Studies—and in support of the Student Equity Plan—is proud to present these free co-curricular activities, many of them focused on Latino/as.

“Undocumented and AB 540 Students”: Display of Information and Images

Date: 11 February to 31 May

Place: Center for Global Citizenship cases (in the Campus Center)

Screening of the award winning feature documentary film TATTOO NATION: The True Story of the Ink Revolution

Followed by conversation with tattoo enthusiast Eric Pape

Date: Thursday 12 February

Time: 10:55 to 1:30 PM

Place: Lower Lounge, Campus Center

From the film’s website: TATTOO NATION tells how a few incarcerated but very talented Chicano artists changed the world of ink forever. It follows three tattoo pioneers, Charlie Cartwright, Jack Rudy and Freddy Negrete, and shows how a new, fine line style using detail and shading to achieve a remarkable realism revolutionized the world of ink. Their victories brought international recognition to the uniquely American approach known as “Black & Grey.” The world of tattoo, and the way we regard tattoo, was forever changed.

Music and Talk by Latin Jazz/Spanish Sephardic Performer Kat Parra

Date: Thursday 19 February

Time: 5:00 to 7:30 PM

Place: WVC Art Gallery, Lower Lounge, Campus Center

From her website: On her newest CD, Las Aventuras de Pasión, released August 14, 2012, Parra is taking her listeners on a musical journey around the globe that is full of passion, combining the voice with instruments and rhythms to create a vibrant and exotic world music sound. The majority of the songs have been created with a sparseness to showcase the voice with varied instrumentation. She has pulled from classical music, salsa music, afro-cuban, middle-eastern, afro-peruvian and all the way to the ancient sounds of Sephardic music. It is amazing how well all these different styles live so harmoniously together!

Screening of Project Censored: The News that Didn’t Make the News‘ Documentary Film Ending the Reign of Junk Food News

Followed by Conversation with the Directors

Date: Tuesday 10 March

Time:12:30 to 2:00 PM

Place: Lower Lounge, Campus Center

From the website: Project Censored educates students and the public about the importance of a truly free press for democratic self-government. We expose and oppose news censorship and we promote independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking.

Nowruz: Persian New Year

The traditional Iranian festival of spring–celebrated for at least 3,000 years–starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox which marks the start of spring.

Event: Persian New Year

Date: Tuesday 16 March

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: Campus Center

Guest Speaker: Novelist Cristina Henríquez author of The Book of Unknown Americans, Chosen by Silicon Valley Reads

Date: Thursday 26 March

Time: 12:30 to 2:00 PM

Place: Lower Lounge, Campus Center

From USA Today: “[T]hrough Henríquez’s unadorned prose, these immigrants’ struggles ring clear, their voices rising above that din of political debate.”

From The New York Times: “In slowly revealing the back stories behind these two families’ arrival in America and what they have at stake in remaining here, Ms. Henríquez — whose own father left Panama in 1971 to attend the University of Delaware — gives us an intimate understanding of the sense of dislocation they experience almost daily, belonging neither here nor there, caught on the margins of the past and the future. She conveys the homesickness they feel — missing not just family and friends but also the heat and light and rhythms of the places they left behind — and their awareness of the fragility of even their most ordinary dreams of safety.”

Screening of the feature documentary The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation

Followed by conversation with panel of speakers

Date: Tuesday 7 April

Time: 9:20 to 10:45 AM

Place: Lower Lounge, Campus Center

From their website: The U.S. is a can-do nation. So why is child well-being in the U.S. so much worse than in other rich countries? How does what Paul Kershaw calls “the growing squeeze” on so many young families and caregivers—the squeeze for time, for money and for resources—“drip down” on their infants and young children, literally altering the wiring of their developing brains with potential long-term consequences for learning, earning and mental and physical health? How might we do better?

Second Annual WVC Faculty Read from their Published Works

Readers include Nils Michals from the English Department, Heidi Davis from Physical Education, and Cheryl Hackworth from the Biology Department

Date: Wednesday 15 April

Time: 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Place: Ranganathan Room, WVC Library

Fourth Annual WVC Global Citizenship Conference

Guest Speakers include:

Dr. Jason De León, Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Latino Studies at University of Michigan who documents migration between Mexico and the US, and is the director of the Undocumented Migration Project (which catalogs garbage left in the desert).

Dr. Edward Paulino, Assistant Professor of Global History and History of Genocide at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and co-organizer of Border of Lights, an educational activist organization that commemorates the 1937 Haitian massacre and its legacies

Date: Friday 17 April

Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Place: Baltic Room

Third Annual Global Climate Change Symposium

When, time, place:

Thursday evening 23 April from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in LA/SS 50

Friday 24 April from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM in the WVC Theater

Third Annual Global Gender Forum: The “F” Word

When: Thursday 30 April

Time: 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Place: Fox 106

Students from the Women & Gender Studies Program present their research in areas related to gender and sexuality in a global context, as follows:
Sanela Mazdar: Pathologizing Transgenderism
Kiana Namaki: Sex Reassignment Surgery: “Curing” Sexual Minorities in Iran
Kendyl Domingo: Heteronormativity, Masculinity Norms, and Spousal Domestic Violence
in Java, Indonesia
Aoife Cullen: The Gendering of Sex Education
Norma Arbulu: Comprehensive Sex Education in the Netherlands



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