You can sense the positive energy of students as they walk around campus finding their classes on the first day of Spring semester.
The beginning of a new semester is always an exciting time. Students, faculty, and staff return with excitement and expectations for success. Faculty had the opportunity to catch up on their research plans, staff could catch up on some projects, and students had a break from classes (although many worked extra hours at jobs).
In addition to our excellent range of classes, the School of Arts & Humanities at CSUB offers many opportunities for education and experiences outside the classroom. While you can see a range of these in the Events Calendar on the CSUB “Arts & Humanities Alive” blog (csubaha.com), I would like to point out a few upcoming events in the initial weeks of the semester. For instance, the Philosophy and Religious Studies Colloquia Series will host Dr. Christopher Key Chapple who will give a talk on “Asian Religious Environmentalism" on February 8th. On Feb. 22nd the History Department’s History Forum series will host Prof. Kevin Dawson of UC Merced, who will be speaking about his recent book Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Cultures in the African Diaspora (University of Pennsylvania Press: 2018). Also, on March 14th, the English Department’s Lecture in Language and Linguistics Series (L3) will host UC Santa Barbara Professor Dr. Eric Campbell, who will talk about “Pig Latin and other Play Languages.”
The School also has several Art, Music, and Theatre events scheduled for the Spring semester. On January 31st, the Art & Art History Department will host a public opening reception for an art exhibit entitled “Entre Tinta y Lucha: 45 Years of Self Help Graphics & Art” at the Todd Madigan Gallery. There will also be several presentations later in the semester in the Visiting Lecture Artists series.
I am also looking forward to the Theatre Program’s production of “Harvey” in March (I was hoping to be cast as Harvey). In early April, “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” will be performed as one of our “Theatre for Young Audiences” productions.
I thank our alumni and community partners for their donations to the School of Arts & Humanities through the CSUB Foundation that help support our programs. I anticipate a successful Spring semester for our students!
Dr. Robert Frakes
Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities