Arts & Humanities Spring 2015 Newsletter
Dean's Message


I'm reminded again this Spring that the School of Arts and Humanities continues to be a vibrant, exciting home for faculty, students, and staff to produce the extraordinary.  Outstanding plays in Theater and performances by students and faculty in Dance have matched our Music Department concerts in their excellence. Two outstanding exhibitions in the Art Gallery-one of faculty work and another that opens this week, our juried student exhibition-attest to the robust activity in the visual arts.  Several significant lectures, readings, and other events have occurred, or will happen this semester:  of especial note are the lectures in the Africana Lecture Series and those arranged through the Center for Ethics, Law, and Society (CELS), both of which are featured below in more detail. 


Our faculty's work will be featured once again in the Arts & Humanities Faculty Scholarship and Creative Work Recognition event, coming up in the next few weeks.   I'm never more proud of being Dean than when I review our colleagues' reports of theirs and their students' achievements, publications, classroom successes, and other involvement in their professional communities.  Their work, and their commitment to that work, in the classroom and outside of it, is very impressive indeed; not only are they publishing and performing, but they are producing significant, important work, recognized as distinguished far beyond the borders of our campus.  Here is a representative sample, far from exhaustive:  Gillian Conoley's latest collection of poems, Peace, has been named a "Stand Out Collection of 2014 by the Academy of American Poets" and is a finalist for the 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.  Michael Ezra will oversee as editor in chief the release of the first issue of a new journal, produced at SSU and published by the University of Illinois Press, the Journal of Civil and Human Rights.   Two of our students, Mary-Madison Baldo and Alex Bretow, will have two of their short films ("Snake Eyes" and "Rampage") screened at the Cannes Film Festival this May.  And finally, Trio Ariadne, the Weill Hall Artists in Residence who have worked closely with our Music Department and in Residential Life, are performing in their farewell concert on Sunday, March 29th with guests Frederica von Stade and the Argento Chamber Ensemble.  This concert will culminate two years of a residency in which Elizabeth Joy Roe, S?unn Thorsteinsdottir, and Carol McGonnell worked with students--music students and from across campus--to infuse music and the arts into our campus in innovative ways, helping integrate academics with performance, in Weill Hall, Schroeder Hall, and in classrooms across campus.  




A&H Faculty Scholarship Recognition Event

April 28, 3:00-6:00pm

Evert B. Person Theater 



The important work that faculty in the Arts & Humanities do will be on display and presented for the campus community in this singular event. We will recognize and honor the publications, compositions, performances, and creative accomplishments of our colleagues in the last two years (2013-2015). Reception following the presentations. 


Events at the ART Gallery this Spring
The School of Arts & Humanities sponsors and is excited about the following Art display events...

March 26 - April 12, 2015:
Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 26, 5-7p.m.

April 23 - May 16, 2015: BFA EXHIBITION 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 30, 5-7p.m. 
*Reception is one week AFTER show opens

Art, Music, Theatre Events & Performances

A Highlight Performance in Theatre
Second week March 6-7 / SRO  
In FebruarFacing Our Truthy 2012, Trayvon Martin, an African American teenager, was killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, in the suburb of Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was later acquitted of all charges. The New Black Fest, a theater company in New York, responded to this by hiring eight diverse artists to respond to the themes of race and privilege in America. What resulted are six gorgeous ten minute plays, some hilarious and some sorrowful. With the wide range of perspective they brought, the plays incite serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues. Here at Sonoma State we presented Facing Our Truth as staged readings.                                 
English Highlights & Noteworthy Updates
Writers at Sonoma

VOLT Magazine Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this Year!
SSU's national literary magazine, Volt will be celebrating it's 20th Anniversary issue this year, and will be out in late Spring (probably April). 
What do The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harpers and Sonoma State's literary magazine Volt all have in common? All were named a part of the Every Writer's Resource Top 50 Literary Magazines in the country. Sitting at number 37 is Volt, the start-up, independent magazine begun by poet Gillian Conoley that eventually became a nation-wide magazine based out of SSU.

Volt was chosen from more than 2,000 print literary magazines all over the United States to be awarded this honor. Visit to learn more about submissions and subscriptions.   

Africana Lecture Series & Chicano & Latino

African Lecture Series, Spring 2015

Tuesdays, 12-12:50p.m. Salazar 2020  


  • March 24: Chuck Rhodes was the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Sonoma State University. During his 30 year career at the university, he grew the residential life program and was a leader on many social justice issues. 
  • April 7: Sandra Moore is a Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Solano Community College and is an alum of Sonoma State university. She also works with the Umoja program at Solano College, which is designed to increase the success of students of African ancestry. 
  • April 21: Maria Gitin is an author, speaker and civil rights veteran. Her recent book, This Bright Light of Ours focuses on the neglected Freedom Summer of 1965 and details through first-person accounts the contributions of ordinary people who formed the nonviolent army that won the fight for voting rights. 
Chicano & Latino Studies
*NACCS Annual meeting, Thursday, April 16, PARC 55 San Francisco. CALS faculty Dr. Ronald Lopez and Dr. Amanda Martinez Morrison along with CALS minor Lacinda Moore will participate in a roundtable on the Andy Lopez shooting at the National Association of Chicano and Chicana Studies (NACCS) annual meeting.
*Drawing upon the funds provided by a GMC integration grant the department will be bringing performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena to the Green Music Center on May 6 at 7p.m.

*Finally, we are proud to announce our largest ever class of McNair scholars.  CALS majors Argelio Giron, Griselda Madrigal, Pamela Wenztel and Yolanda Gonzalez have all been accepted into the McNair/NO GAP program.
 Modern Languages & Literature Presents:
"50 Years of German Music: From Kraftwerk to Rammstein"
Thursday, April 9, 5:00-7:00p.m.
Student Union, Ballrooms B/C

Our Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant from Germany, Johannes Weber, will present an event featuring music from  Germany and creative live performances by our SSU German students. Arndt Peltner, producer and host of Radio Goethe,  will play and discuss (in English) German music. This special presentation will be followed by student performances: German Hip-Hip, fun sketches, spoken word presentations, and more.  Everybody is invited & admission is free.  


What is Veiling? Dr. Sahar Amer

(from the University of Sydney)

Tuesday, April 14, 7:30p.m., Schroeder 


Dr. Amer speaks about her latest book, What is Veiling? (Published September 2014, by The University of South Carolina Press). Dr. Amer's talk will offer new and thought-provoking ways to consider the covering worn by some Muslim women, and will be preceded by Weaved, a Performance Prelude by Larger Purpose Productions & Performers. 


 A Notable Programmatic Change: As of Fall 2015, lower division language students will no longer need to register for an extra lab unit. We hope this change will make for a smoother registration process and a more attractive option for students to consider studying a language or fulfilling their GE requirement in area C3.


Philosophy Updates




The Center for Ethics, Law, and Society launched its revamped lecture series this past Fall.  The regular Forum in Law, Ethics, and Society (FILES) met on Tuesdays at noon, and it featured student speakers, SSU faculty, local activists, and internationally renowned scholars and practitioners.  Speakers included Ian Haney-L?pez, from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall, "Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class," and Cindy Cohn, Legal Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, "NSA Spying, the Constitution, and You." 


CELS' public events, which have drawn audiences numbering in the hundreds, continued in the Spring, with such speakers as Paula Moya, Stanford University, "Reading Race: From Ferguson, Missouri, to Toni Morrison's A Mercy and Back Again."  This Spring also has seen the official institution of the Lab for Advanced Ethics Research, which fosters advanced undergraduate research on various topics in ethics (broadly construed), including race and Kantian ethics.  This year also saw the second installment of the Warren Court Prize, a competition with $950 in prizes for excellent essays in ethics, justice, or constitutional law.  Winners so far have come from Criminal Justice, English, Philosophy, and Political Science.


Events and video from past lectures can be found here: 



For more information, please contact Dr. Dr. Joshua Glasgow.


  Congratulations Delores Bainter!
  Join us as we celebrate Dolores Bainter and extend our best wishes for her future life endeavors! Cheers to Dolores!
WHO:  Dolores Bainter,  Music Administrative Coordinator
WHAT:  Retirement Party
WHEN: Friday, May 1st, 3-6p.m.
WHERE: Schroeder Hall Lobby



Arts & Humanities

Student Service Center

Carson 66, 707-664-2500


Arts & Humanities Student Service Center


*Academic Advisor
Donna Garbesi:  
Provides assistance and information regarding:     
  * Class Offerings in A&H School
  * Major & Minor Requirements
  * General Education Advising
  * SSU Catalog Information
*Career Consultant
Angela Follenvaider:
Provides successful job development techniques like:
  * Resumes & Interview prep
  * Exploring Career Options 
  * Developing a Career Plan
  * Career Development
*Internship Coordinator Ianthe Brautigan Swensen:
  * Assistance with coordinating your academic  requirements with your career goals. 
  * Exploring a variety of internship opportunities in  conjunction with academic requirements.    

Notable Music Concerts 

Conductor Robert Spano and the Curtis Chamber Orchestra came to Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on Sunday March 15, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. with a program featuring prominent alumni of the Curtis Institute of Music, including current President (and violist) Roberto D?az. 
The program included Prokofiev's "Classical" Symphony, Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony and a new viola concerto composed by one of today's top composers, a Curtis alumna and faculty member, Jennifer Higdon.


Music Concerts & Events 


Spring 2015 Concerts & Events


Guest Composer Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli 

March 28




Jazz Forum updates: Adam Thies

April 8  




Contemporary Jazz & The Air Force Commanders 

April 22




Theatre Arts & Dance
Orchard Development
A multi-media dance/theatre mash-up seamlessly combining 12 actors, 13 dancers, hip music, live TV feeds, movement & image.
April 16-25
Evert B. Person Theatre
Based on Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard             
Directed by
Paul Draper
Choreography by Kristen Daley  
Faculty & Staff FREE / $5 Friends & Family on TH April 23 @ 7:30p.m. 
Evert B. Person Theatre SSU

SSU Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and SoCo Dance Theater are co-producing this multi-generational evening of spirited and inspiring dance. Please join us for this celebration of dance as a vital expression of being alive at any age.

Order tickets: 


Theatre Arts & Dance at SSU,  707.664.2474 * Ives Hall #206 
 Library, Spring 2015
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Staying Connected with the School of Arts & Humanities


Writing Center Profile 






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