all upcoming events

thinh nguyen: reorient

virtual exhibition

at the heart of this body of work is the ability to expand one’s focus. to rotate the lens in which we perceive the world (using artist titus kaphar’s metaphor) simply to benefit from additional, excluded narratives. divided into three sections, gendering, de-centering, and pandemic, this exhibit responds to our collective cultural moment.

conversations: korean oral histories and folk music
prerecorded film on youtube

a cultural journey told by several women who grew up in korea. they will discuss their histories, traditions and culture. in addition to a book discussion by faculty and staff, there will be a musical presentation by faculty performing two korean folk songs and a third song created by the faculty member’s grandfather.


on-demand film: 'black memorabilia'

black memorabilia explores the world of racist material, both antique and newly produced, that propagates demeaning representations of african americans.

crlp-call enrichment support sessions
virtual training sessions

zoom pst

the california reading and literature project hosts four one hour call: content area language and literacy training support sessions for rio school district middle school teachers.

international day of persons with disabilities

this day aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

across the horn and into the rift: a two-hour journey through ethiopia’s natural and cultural histories with matt curtis
fabulous speaker series

zoom pst

ethiopia possesses one of the world’s oldest archaeological records dating back more than two and a half million years, extraordinary cultural diversity, and some of the most dramatic and varied landscapes in africa. it is a land of towering mountain peaks and vast highland plains, deep rift valley gorges and expansive lakes, dense tropical forests and arid lowlands, small rural villages and large and rapidly expanding urban centers.


the eight-day jewish celebration known as hanukkah or chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century b.c. of the second temple in jerusalem.

everything bach with eric kinsley
fabulous speaker series

zoom pst

this piano concert demonstration will feature and explore compositional process and influences of the musical legacy of johann sebastian bach.


christmas commemorates the anniversary of the birth of jesus christ. as a religious and cultural celebration, billions of christians around the world celebrate this holiday. christmas day has been recognized as a federal holiday in the united states since 1870.


kwanzaa is a celebration held in the united states and in other nations of the african diaspora in the americas.


many orthodox christians in the united states celebrate christmas day on or near january 7 in the gregorian calendar. this date works to be december 25 in the julian calendar.

perseverance time: mars landing challenge with luis velasco
fifty and better lecture series

zoom pst

feb. 18, 2021 will mark the historic landing of mars perseverance rover. the name “perseverance” was assigned to the rover months prior to the covid-19 pandemic, but the last months of the mission required perseverance from all to ensure a successful launch. but the most challenging phase of the mission is yet to come – the entry, descent and landing (edl) of the rover on mars. the process is known by nasa as the “seven minutes of terror.” in this lecture, luis velasco will briefly describe the mission, challenges, status, seven minutes of terror and his participation on the mission.

the western works of frank lloyd wright with eleanor schrader
fifty and better lecture series

zoom pst

frank lloyd wright’s love affair with the western part of the united states embodied a symbolic interaction between art, humans and nature in his buildings. moved by an environment so different from the context of his earlier works, he conceived works in the states of arizona, california, idaho, montana, oregon, utah, washington and wyoming. from his choice of concrete block construction to his utilization of natural desert forms, his western work constitutes a continuation of his forms of the grammar of the built environment. through lecture and slide illustration, this course explores the architecture and interiors of the 50-year period that wright worked in the west, set against the backdrop of his personal life and the stories behind these structures.

world religion day

the aim of world religion day, held on the third sunday in january every year, is to promote inter-faith understanding and harmony. through a variety of events held around the globe, followers of every religion are encouraged to acknowledge the similarities that different faiths have.

martin luther king jr. day

the martin luther king jr. holiday on jan. 20, 2020, marked the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy.

holocaust memorial day

the united nations general assembly designated january 27—the anniversary of the liberation of auschwitz-birkenau—as international holocaust remembrance day.

tu b'shvat

tu bishvat or the "new year of the trees" is jewish arbor day. the holiday is observed on the 15th (tu) of the hebrew month of shvat.

national freedom day

national freedom day is an observance in the united states that honors the signing of a resolution that proposed the 13th amendment of the nation's constitution on february 1, 1865. abraham lincoln, who was the president at the time, signed the resolution to outlaw slavery.

black history month

black history month is an annual celebration of achievements by african americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in u.s. history.

lunar new year

in china and in ethnic communities around the world, the lunar new year is the most important and most festive holiday of the year.

ash wednesday

each year, ash wednesday marks the beginning of lent and is always 46 days before easter sunday. lent is a 40-day season (not counting sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration.

world day of social justice

since 2007, the world day of social justice has been celebrated by the united nations. social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations.