Welcome to Spring Semester!
The beginning of a new semester is always an exciting time. Students, faculty, and staff are all returning with excitement, plans, and expectations for success. Faculty had the opportunity to conduct research and, possibly, present papers during the break, staff could catch up on multiple 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, I would like to point out a few upcoming events in the initial weeks of the semester. For instance, the Public History Institute, the Walter Stiern Library, and the Kegley Institute of Ethics will co-host a panel on "Executive Order 9066: The History, Legacy, and Lessons of Japanese Internment" on January 30 in the Dezember Reading Room at the Walter Stiern Library. Also, on February 9, UC Santa Barbara Research Professor Emeritus Dr. Harold Drake will present a talk entitled “A Century of Miracles: How Life Changed for Christians, Pagans and Jews Between 312 and 410" in the Dezember Reading Room (co-sponsored by History Forum and the Walter Stiern Library).
The School also has several Art, Music, and Theatre events scheduled for the Spring semester. In February and March, the Art & Art History Department will host an art exhibit entitled “Collapsing Stage, The” with works by several visiting artists in the Todd Madigan Gallery. I am also looking forward to the Theatre Program’s production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” in March.
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