Community, Identity, and Belonging

Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Series

The 2018-2019 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Series will focus on the theme of “Interdisciplinary Conversations on Community, Identity, and Belonging."  The selection of this year's theme was inspired and provoked by both current events and a powerful historical context.  Through lecture, readings, and discussion, each "conversation" will invite participants to consider the concept of crossing borders from a number of disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

Events will take place during the midday class period on selected Mondays and Thursdays throughout the academic year. Faculty and students are invited to bring their lunches; the Dean’s office will provide drinks and dessert.


Fall 2018 Events:


Thursday, October 11 / 11:30 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Brady Heiner Philosophy       and Project Rebound panel

“The Philosophy of Building Community and Fostering Belonging Through Project Rebound”


Monday, October 29 / 12:00 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Adam Golub American Studies

“Zombies are Us: The Undead and Our Imagined Community”

Nicole Seymour English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics

“Ecosexuals Unite! Environmental Activism in LGBTQ+ Communities”


Monday, November 26  / 12:00 - 12:50  / PLS-360

Michael Baker Psychology

“Queer Athlete”

Christina Chin Sociology

“Crossover: Ethnic Basketball Leagues and Community Building”


Monday, December 10  / 12:00 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Aitana Guia History , Sarah Grant Anthropology, Pamela Fiber-Ostrow Politics, Administration, and Justice

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is turning 70. Do we have stronger communities and humanist identities today?”


Spring 2019 Events:


Tuesday, January 29 / 11:30 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Lucia Alcalá Psychology

“Growing up Maya: Children’s crucial contributions to their community”

Rob Castro Politics, Administration, and Justice

“CHILLED TO THE BONE: Removal, Due Process Rights & Immigration Enforcement”

Kenneth Van Bik English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics

“The relation between naming system and group identity: An investigation of the naming systems of Burmese and Chin in Myanmar”


Tuesday, February 26 / 11:30 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Gayle K. Brunelle History

“Creating a Holocaust Landscape in Wartime France”

Tyler D. Parry African American Studies

“The “Black Friend”: A History”


Monday, March 18 / 12:00 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Fanny Daubigny Modern Languages and Literatures

“Los Angeles: a Proustian fiction in a noir city”

Jessica Spence Moss Sociology

“Building Interfaith Spaces on Campus”


Tuesday, April 16 / 11:30 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Volker Janssen History

“Get on the Bus: How Public Transportation Made Communities, 1941-1978”

Bonnie J. Williams-Farrier English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics

“Can a White Teacher Teach African American Verbal Tradition in English Language Arts Classes?”


Monday, May 6 / 12:00 - 12:50 / PLS-360

Ana Nez and Mario Alberto Obando Jr. Chicana and Chicano Studies

“The Importance of Sensing Race in (Sub)urban America- and by association, at CSUF”