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03/14/2020 - Projectile Point Knapping Class
The practice of creating tools from stone is one of the most interesting of ancient human skills. Join Tim Gross, PhD, as he teaches the various techniques and history of knapping. He will share his knowledge of raw materials and the local areas in which they can be collected. Due to the sharpness of the material, and the hazardous flaking process, students must be 18 or older. Appropriate protective gear will be provided, and must be worn. Lunch willl be included.

Admission/cost: $30.00

Barona Cultural Center & Museum
1095 Barona Road
Lakeside, CA 92040

Saturday, March 14 - 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
03/26/2020 - Talk:Mara Hvistendahl
In September 2011, sheriff's deputies in Iowa encountered three ethnic Chinese men near a field where a farmer was growing corn seed under contract with Monsanto. What began as a simple trespassing inquiry mushroomed into a two-year FBI operation in which investigators bugged the mens' rental cars, used a warrant intended for foreign terrorists and spies, and flew surveillance planes over corn country&mash;all in the name of protecting the trade secrets of Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer. Industrial espionage by Chinese companies is a catalyst for the US' recent trade war with China and one of the top counterintelligence targets of the FBI. Efforts to stem the problem have been largely ineffective.

Mara Hvistendahl spent four years researching this unusually far-reaching investigation. Through previously unreleased FBI files and her reporting from across the United States and China, she describes a history of shoddy counterintelligence on China, much of it tinged with racism, and questions whether criminal prosecutions are the best way to address trade secrets theft and protect innovation in America. Ms. Hvistendahl will discuss science, espionage, and rising tensions in U.S.-China relations.

Admission/Cost: $5-$10

National University
Sanford Center Auditorium
1355 N. Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037

Thursday, March 26 - 6:00 PM
03/11/2020 - History Talk : Kumeyaay-Diegueño People
For thousands of years the Kumeyaay-Diegueño people have called this region of Southern California home. The next History Talks! lecture features director of the Barona Cultural Museum Laurie Egan-Hedley as she shares the vibrant history of the Kumeyaay-Diegueño people from pre-contact to the present. She will talk about the three waves of newcomers to this region and the effects each had on the indigenous culture and heritage, the establishment of the first reservation at Capitan Grande, and about the Barona Cultural Museum's role in the community through education, language preservation, and various projects.

Admission/Cost: FREE - $5

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
410 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Wednesday, March 11 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
03/14/2020 - Book Signing: Samuele Bagnai (Canceled)
In consideration of public health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, this event has been canceled.

Enjoy a humorous afternoon with local author Samuele Bagnai. The author will be reading from his new book followed by a Q & A and book signing. Samuele is the published author of The Tuscan Who Sold His Fiat to the Pope. He lives in Carlsbad, with his better half Viktoria, also an author, with whom he runs a successful culture & travel blog.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Central Library
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, March 14 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
03/14/2020 - Talk: Mexico's Black Citizens (CANCELED)
In consideration of public health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, this event has been canceled.

Afro-Mexican speaker Jorge Gonzalez speaks on the presence and history of people of African descent in Mexico. For the past 500 years, Afro-Mexicans have been omitted from Mexico's history, governmental rights, and society. The country's 1.38 million black population will be recognized for the first time in Mexico's national census of 2020. Mexico was previously one of the only two Latin American countries (with Chile) to not officially count their African-descended citizens.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Central Library
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, March 14 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
04/03/2020 - Untold Stories: Black Women and the Vote with Robin Hamilton
In honor of Women’s Herstory Month two documentary films will be screened: This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer & Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell, directed by Emmy-award winning journalist, filmmaker, and writer Robin Hamilton. Following the screening, we will be hosting a discussion and Q & A with filmmaker Robin Hamilton.

Robin Hamilton is an Emmy-award winning television host and moderator. She is founder and principal of the ARound Robin Production Company, where she creates videos for non-profits to help with fundraising, marketing and messaging.

Ms. Hamilton has worked for network affiliates around the country, including Florida, New York, and Massachusetts. Based in Washington, DC, she is the host of the public affairs news magazine program This Just In. The show features interviews with activists, political figures, and community leaders, addressing current events.

Working at the intersection of media and policy, Ms. Hamilton’s work is guided by the principle of providing information that can promote transformation.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Price Center Theatre
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Wednesday, March 4 - 5:00 PM
03/06/2020 - Contemporary Chinese Photography in Conversation
Join a conversation with artists from the upcoming exhibition "Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography". Beginning with the innovations of the pioneering Chinese photographer Lang Jingshan (1892 - 1995), the exhibition introduces eight contemporary neo-traditionalist artists who continue to explore the possibility of transformation, extension and reconstruction of the Chinese aesthetic tradition in a postmodern context. Hear from Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres, curator and UC San Diego Visual Arts Ph.D. student, followed by a panel discussion by visiting artists Shi Guorui and Yang Yongliang, and moderated by Professor Kuiyi Shen.

The exhibit opens at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park starting March 7 through September 20.

Admission/Cost: FREE but Registration is required.

Structural & Materials Engineering #149 (directions)
Visual Arts Presentation Lab
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Friday, March 6 - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
03/09/2020 - Talk: A Journey Through Turbulent Times - China and America
In the ninth Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on China, Weijian Shan, economist, investor and best-selling author will share his odyssey of living through the trauma and turmoil of Mao's Cultural Revolution to become one of Asia's most successful financiers. Combined with his experience as a professor at the Wharton School and a leading investor, his background gives him a unique perspective on China and the U.S. Shanâ's story is one of courage, hope and perseverance to dream of a better future in dismal circumstances.

A reception will follow the event.

Shanâ's memoir, Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America, will be available for sale and signing.

Admission/Cost: FREE but Registration is required.

Faculty Club Dinning Hall
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Monday, March 9 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
03/08/2020 - Finding Difficult Passengers on the Eillis Island Manifests
Genealogist Joel Weintraub will present Finding Difficult Passengers on the Eillis Island Manifests. Have you tried and failed to find your ancestors' names on immigration manifests from Ellis Island? (Using a case study published as an InfoFile on Jewishgen). Joel will demonstrate eleven different strategies to help you locate the records of your elusive immigrant ancestors. We will start with a 12 year old boy on his 1907 voyage from Hamburg Germany to New York, and then find out why some search strategies cannot find his record (including the Ellis Island search database) and surprisingly (!) why some other strategies can find his record. There will be several take-home messages here for researchers, even those who have done many such searches, so be prepared to hear about the assumption behind the databases we use for immigration searches including some lesser known ones. Joel is an emeritus Professor at California State University Fullerton, and was a volunteer for nine years at the National Archives, then in Laguna Niguel, CA. For close to two decades, Joel has created search tools for the U.S. and New York City censuses that are freely available on the Steve Morse "One-Step" website. He has given presentations on census (both federal and NYC), immigration and naturalization, biographical and Jewish genealogy topics and has published articles on many of those topics.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Drive
San Diego, CA 92037

Sunday, March 8 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
02/24/2020 -  Indigenous Writers and Their Critics: International Symposium
The greater San Diego-Tijuana region will get a rare opportunity to engage with contemporary Indigenous writing, from spoken-word performances and poetry readings by the authors themselves, to book signings, a film screening and special exhibition of material held at UC San Diego. The events are part of a larger international symposium addressing the importance and impact of Indigenous language and literature.

Organized by Dr. Gloria Chacón and Dr. Kathryn Walkiewicz, both of the UC San Diego Department of Literature, and Latin American Studies Librarian Dr. Sarah A. Buck Kachaluba, the complete conference will see more than 20 Indigenous communities represented, Feb. 24 and 25.

â€"We want to dispel the popular and conventional assumption that Spanish and British colonial powers succeeded in eradicating Indigenous languages through colonialism,” said Chacón, whose book, â€"Indigenous Cosmolectics: Kab’awil and the Making of Maya and Zapotec Literatures” was published in 2018, followed by a co-edited anthology â€"Indigenous Interfaces: Spaces, Technology, and Social Networks in Mexico and Central America,” published in 2019.

â€"Of course, Indigenous people use colonial languages to create literature, but creating in Indigenous languages is also a political and aesthetic act,” she said.

After declaring 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the United Nations expanded their campaign of raising awareness and Integrating indigenous languages into larger society by announcing the very first International Decade of Indigenous Languages, to begin in 2022. Two Indigenous languages go extinct every month, UN officials said.

â€"The goals of this declaration are twofold: to raise awareness about the endangerment that they face as well as underline their contribution to the world’s diversity,” Chacón said. â€"Presenting and studying the works of indigenous poets exposes our community to the philosophy, the aesthetics and the politics of Indigenous communities within the U.S. as well as south of the border. It is also about asserting their resilience.”

In conjunction with the â€"Indigenous Writers and Their Critics” symposium, the UC San Diego Library will display â€"Indigenous Languages and Literatures of the America(s): An Exhibit Honoring Indigenous Writings from Turtle Island to Abiayala.” On display in Geisel Library through March 15, the exhibit will use materials from the Library’s collections to illustrate early to contemporary Indigenous works, including pre-Colombian pictorial and phonetic or alphabetic writing, Indigenous-Spanish works created by colonizing priests, Indigenous-to-Spanish dictionaries, and contemporary Indigenous literature, many written by authors participating in the symposium.

â€"The range of materials is fascinating as the exhibit items were created by different actors for different purposes, resulting in intended and unintended consequences,” said Buck Kachaluba. â€"For example, the chronicles penned by early-modern priests, dictionaries and instructional materials created to teach Spanish to Indigenous peoples, and primers printed by 20th century Latin American governments all served to preserve Indigenous language and culture, even as they sought to modernize and often eradicate Indigenous practices and traditions.”

In addition to eight panel discussions featuring top Indigenous language and literature researchers from the United States and Mexico, highlights of the inaugural conference include:

Monday, February 24 — Geisel Library, Seuss Room

â€"Ã"lkantun” (songs in Mapudungun) by graduate student Manuel Carrión-Lira and Calibán Catrileo, a Mapuche poet
Poetry reading by Nataylia Richardson (Luiseño)
Reading of â€"A few Notes on Grief” by Casandra Lopez (Tongva)
Film screening and discussion of â€"Waaki,” with Victor Masayesva (Hopi)
Evening poetry reading at The Loft at UC San Diego featuring 11 Indigenous writers, with concurrent book signing of â€"El sueño de la flor” by Marisol Ceh Moo (Maya)

Tuesday, February 25 — UC San Diego Cross Cultural Center

â€"The Experience of Indigenous Diaspora and Literature: A conversation” with Judith Santopietro (Nahua), Francisco Icala (K’iche’) and Felipe Lopez (Zapotec)
Book signing of â€"Tiawanaku” by Judith Santopietro (Nahua)
Interactive performance of â€"Ixkin: Word, Movement, and Relational Worlds” by Tohil Fidel Brito (Ixil and Achi) and María Regina Firmino-Castillo (Nahua/Pipil and Southern European ancestry)
Evening poetry reading at The Loft at UC San Diego featuring 11 Indigenous writers

The Audrey Geisel University Librarian Dr. Erik Mitchell will open the symposium February 24 at 8:45 AM; UC San Diego Intertribal Resource Center director Elena Hood, Ed.D. will give opening remarks February 25 9:15 AM Access the full schedule, including times and a complete list of participants; all aspects of the symposium are free, open to the public and do not require registration.

Paraphrasing Creek-Cherokee scholar Craig Womack, Chacón said that without Indigenous literatures, there wouldn’t be â€"American Literature” or â€"Latin-American Literature.”

â€"Before 1776, the first stories in the continent were Indigenous ones, whether these were oral or represented in various writing systems like Mayan glyphs,” she said. â€"My hope is that everyone gain a deeper understanding of the political, social, economic and cultural conditions Indigenous nations and Indigenous communities grapple with, as interpreted and articulated by the poets.”

Admission/Cost: FREE

Monday -
Seuss Room
Geisel Library
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Tuesday -
Comunidad Room
Cross Cultural Center
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Dates and times:
Monday, February 24 - 8:45 AM (All Day)
Tuesday, February 25 - 9:15 AM (All Day)
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