Join ‘Not Your Average Farmer’ Event May 12
Join the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences for a conversation with Nikiko Masumoto, farmer, artist and creator. “Not Your Average Farmer: A Conversation with Nikiko Masumoto” will be held virtually from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, and will explore her experience as a person of color in the food and agriculture industry. Masumoto was born in California’s Central Valley and spent her childhood on the Masumoto family farm, an 80-acre organic farm in Del Rey. Before returning to farm side by side with her father, Masumoto earned a bachelor's degree in gender and women’s studies from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in performance as public practice from the University of Texas at Austin. Her passion for arts and activism is woven with her love of the land and dreams of a sustainable future. Access to the Zoom link can be found here. Registration is not required. This event was planned by the CAFES Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
APIDA Heritage Month Presents Art and Activism with Poet Terisa Siagatonu on May 13
Looking to understand more about activism and allyship for the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community? Join the next APIDA Heritage Month event at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 13, with Terisa Siagatonu, an award-winning poet, teaching artist, mental health educator and community leader. In this workshop, she will speak about the APIDA community as it relates to social justice and activism, and attendees will also have a chance to create and self-express through a guided poetry writing session. Register to join the workshop at www.tinyurl.com/apidahm-terisa. For additional information, contact Lilianne Tang at email@example.com.
Join CLA for Black Lives Matter Speaker Series on May 13
Join the College of Liberal Arts at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 13, for the next event in the Black Lives Matter Speaker Series titled “Bad Apples Come from Rotten Trees in Policing: Racism and Reimagining American Law Enforcement” with Rashawn Ray, professor of sociology and executive director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ray’s research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality with a particular focus on police-civilian relations, health disparities and voting behavior. His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more about the Black Lives Matter Speaker Series and register for this event now.
‘Rubí: A DACA Dreamer in Trump’s America’ Film Screening and Discussion Set for May 14
The campus community is invited to attend a film screening of “Rubí: A DACA Dreamer in Trump’s America” followed by conversation with executive producer Lázaro Lima, professor of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino studies at Hunter College in New York. The webinar event will take place at noon Friday, May 14. The film is an intimate true-life portrait of 22-year-old Rubi, an undocumented Mexican-American Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Dreamer. In revealing interviews filmed over three years, Rubí and her parents (also undocumented) recount their family’s harrowing immigration story and detail why they came to the United States with their then-7-year-old daughter. The event is presented by the World Languages and Cultures Department; the College of Liberal Arts Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund; and the Ethnic Studies, History, and Social Sciences departments. Register for this event. For more information, contact Professor of Spanish Karen Muñoz-Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central Coast Social Justice Education Conference to Take Place May 15
The fourth annual Central Coast Social Justice Education Conference will be held virtually from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15. The conference will focus on naming and challenging forms of oppression by bringing together local educators and activists committed to racial justice. The keynote speaker is Jamila Lyiscott, a community-engaged scholar, nationally renowned speaker, and the author of “Black Appetite. White Food: Issues of Race, Voice and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom.” The conference will also include a panel of K-12 educators and Central Coast activists and a curriculum fair featuring social justice lessons created by Cal Poly School of Education students. It is free and open to the public. Register at tinyurl.com/CCSJEC2021. The conference is co-organized and sponsored by the Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success and the Cal Poly School of Education.
Stream Student-Directed Spring Dance Concert ‘Affinity’ from May 19-21
The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department presents “Affinity,” the annual student-directed Spring Dance Concert. Online streaming is available from May 19-21 on the Performing Arts Center website. Every year, students of all majors come together to create a one-of-a-kind performance that is directed, choreographed and performed by students. This year, the process occurred in an entirely virtual format. The title “Affinity” represents a feeling of closeness and understanding that comes from shared qualities or interests. This show is the culmination of a community of individuals with a shared love for dance. No reservations are required; contact Christy Chand with questions.
Cal Poly Hosts Keynote Speaker May 20 for Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Help Cal Poly celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 20, by attending a keynote address by Anna Voelker, executive director of the SciAccess Initiative, an international effort dedicated to promoting disability inclusion in science. Voelker’s talk will demonstrate cutting-edge outreach resources, such as data sonification and 3D printed astronomy models that are empowering the next generation of disabled space scientists and engineers. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more about Global Accessibility Awareness Day activities and register for this keynote at accessibility.calpoly.edu.
Virtual Theatre and Dance Production ‘Chatroom’ Available to Stream Starting May 21
The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department presents Enda Walsh’s “Chatroom.” The virtual production is viewable via online streaming at 8 p.m. May 21-22 and May 28-29, and at 2 p.m. May 23-30. How do we learn to love one another? Internet chat rooms of the early 2000s, precursors to social media of today, allowed people to virtually meet others all over the world who shared the same passions, interests, loves, hates and loneliness. When a desperate teenager reaches out to a chat room for help, several strangers respond. But what are their true motivations? This prescient 2005 play by Enda Walsh (“Once,” “Disco Pigs”) explores the potential of online relationships to enable cruelty — and inspire kindness. Reserve free tickets here and contact Christy Chand with questions.
W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Beethoven Sonatas Virtually May 21
Pianist and Professor Emeritus W. Terrence Spiller will give a virtual all-Beethoven recital that will be released at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, and will be available through May 28. The recital is the fifth in Spiller’s survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and will be presented from the main stage of Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. This year’s program will include Sonata in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1; Sonata in D Major, Op. 28 (“The Pastorale”); and Sonata in E Minor, Op. 90. The program will conclude with Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110, considered a poetic masterpiece. Spiller retired from full-time teaching in March, but he will continue to teach applied piano in the Music Department. Tickets are sold from the Performing Arts Center, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.
Cal Poly to Present Virtual ‘RSVP XXVI: Electronic Music Showcase’ on May 29
The Music Department’s student production ensemble RSVP will present “RSVP XXVI: Electronic Music Showcase” virtually at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29. The concert will feature premieres of original student-produced music that explores a variety of ways to create and transform electronic sounds. Students from the Music Department’s Sound Design classes have collaborated with Composition Forum Club members to produce new works ranging from lo-fi grooves and video game music, to experimental soundscapes and pop. The music will be synced with video games designed by members of Cal Poly’s Game Development Club and media by Art and Design students. The concert will conclude with the Sound Design students performing two works for laptop orchestra (lork), which functions similarly to a traditional ensemble but instead of playing acoustic instruments, the students will be generating sounds with laptop computers. Sound Design instructor Laura M. Kramer will direct the concert. Tickets are sold from the Performing Arts Center, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.
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