CI Announces Fall 2014 Library Lecture Series

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the public to sample the innovative work of its faculty in a free lecture series at libraries in Thousand Oaks, Ventura and Simi Valley. The lecture series offers community members the opportunity to hear from some of CI’s most dynamic speakers and experts; engage in discussions on a variety of timely, thought-provoking topics; and be a CI student for an evening in the free, convenient setting of their local library.

Fall 2014 speakers, locations, dates and times are listed below. Please visit for more information and links to prior recorded presentations.

Simi Valley Public Library – 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley

Culture-Bound Syndromes – Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m.
Join Psychology Professor Dr. Kevin Volkan to explore behaviors and mental illnesses often found at the extreme edge of the human repertoire, including ones that might be considered normal in one culture while appearing bizarre or pathological in another.

Social Barriers to Taking Paid Family Leave in California: Lessons for Proposed Federal Paid Family Leave Legislation – Thursday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m.
Early research on California’s new paid family leave statute indicates that despite wage replacement, some workers who need leave nevertheless do not take it. Surprisingly, these workers tend to be low-wage workers for whom California’s limited wage replacement would be most valuable. What explains this pattern? Join Dr. Lindsey Trimble O’Connor for a surprising, in-depth look at the financial, institutional, and interpersonal barriers to using paid family leave in California.

Information Literacy and the Public Sphere – Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m.
How do we find reliable information in an Internet-driven world where information is easily obtained, but not always up-to-date or trustworthy? Librarians Monica Pereira and Janet Pinkley from CI’s John Spoor Broome Library share their expertise in Information Literacy, a crucial skill that drives successful research and offers ways to find and evaluate valid information.

E.P. Foster Library – 651 E. Main Street, Ventura

CI Weekend – Saturday, Sept. 27 – Sunday, Sept. 28
Join us for a weekend of CI-related activities at E.P. Foster Library, including:

Student Recruitment and Outreach – Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon

CI English Program Faculty Author Reading and Discussion – Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Natural Habitats Around CSU Channel Islands Before and After the 2013 Springs Fire – Sunday, 1 – 3 p.m.
Biologist/zoologist Dr. Stephen Norris shares research and observations on post-fire ecology and recovery in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Grant R. Brimhall Library – 1401 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks

Emerging Identities in Evolving End-of-the-Century Empires – Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.
Join historian P. Scott Corbett, Ph.D., for a detailed look at the disintegration of empires and other imperial orders in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Corbett examines the Ottoman and Russian Empires; the identities of residents who morph from subjects to citizens; and the impact of ethnicity and culture in creating new nation states.

Beyond the Latino Sports Hero: The Role of Sports in Creating Communities, Networks and Identities – Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.
Professor Jose Alamillo will focus on Latino sporting experiences in the U.S., from the late 19th century up to the present, with emphasis on professional, school-based and amateur sports. Dr. Alamillo will highlight specific sports in which Latinos have participated prominently, along with the national origins of the players, and the communities with a supportive network and fan base that helped them excel.

Globalization, Niche Ports and the Local Economy: A Look at Port Hueneme and the Southern California Logistics Industry – Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.
California is well-known for its coastline and the “beach life” that lures tourists and influences popular depictions of the state. But residents of Ventura County may also associate another image with California’s coastline: the bright lights, massive ships, and complex machinery of the Port of Hueneme. Dr. Elizabeth Sowers will discuss the logistics industry, its rise to prominence in the last few decades, and its role in both global and local economic processes.

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About California State University Channel Islands
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