Category Archives: Events

Teach-in on EO1100

Passing this along for those who are interested :


September 19th, 2017

Aronstam Library (MZ 240) 6pm-8pm

Our goal is to discuss the Executive Order 1100/1110 and their implications for CSUN Students, Faculty, and CSUs. To commit to a strategy for the September 28th Faculty Senate meeting and how to further mobilize this issue.

Here’s the flyer: EO FLYER 2017

(Just so it’s clear: the Senate isn’t formally involved with this event. I’m going to try my best to attend; I encourage anyone who is interested to do the same. )

The CSUN College of Humanities Center for Ethics and Values Presents: International Trade and Immigration in the Age of Trump

Most of the events I pass along are pretty far from my own expertise, so it isn’t often that I can attest to their quality.

Happily, in this case, I am acquainted with both speakers’ excellent work. It thus my pleasure to pass along this announcement of a two lecture series:

“Reproduction as Resistance at the Mexico-U.S. Border: A Philosophical and Ethnographic Assessment”

Amy Reed-Sandoval, Assistant Professor of Philosophand Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Wednesday April 19, 4-6pm, Whitsett Room


“Investor Rights as Nonsense — on Stilts”

Aaron James, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine

Wednesday May 3, 4-6pm, Whitsett Room

Abstracts and Bios are below:

Amy Reed-Sandoval

Assistant Professor of Philosophand Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Reed-Sandoval works in political philosophy (particularly the political philosophy of immigration), Latin American and Latin@ philosophy, and philosophies of social identity (with emphasis on race, gender and class). She is working on a book entitled ‘Illegal’ Identity: Race, Class and Immigration Justice.

“Reproduction as Resistance at the Mexico-U.S. Border: A Philosophical and Ethnographic Assessment”


On January 31st, 2017, Donald Trump ordered the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department to prepare a report detailing “the steps they are taking to combat the birth tourism phenomenon”. In so doing, he clearly made reference to the fact that many women from countries such as Mexico travel to the United States to give birth to babies who will then be granted U.S. citizenship as stipulated in the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Of course, attacks on this legal practice are nothing new; “anchor baby” rhetoric has long been a core part of anti-Mexican, anti-Latina/o, and anti-immigrant speech and propaganda in the United States. Furthermore, the United States government is legally authorized to deny entry to visibly pregnant non-citizen women if they are deemed “likely to become a public charge”—a discretionary power that has been abused historically as outlined by Eithne Luibheid.

In this paper I employ the tools of philosophy and ethnography to explore, from the perspective of the women who do so, the act of crossing the Mexico-U.S. border while visibly pregnant in order to give birth in the United States. I draw from ethnographic research (particularly semi-structured interviews) I have conducted in December 2016 and January 2017 in Ciudad Juarez and El Paso with women who have crossed the border while pregnant and for this purpose, as well as with prenatal care providers (particularly midwives and OB-GYNs) who serve them on both sides of the border. I argue that the so-called “birth tourism” to which Trump refers is, in fact, is an act of resistance against gendered/sexist anti-immigrant policy in the United States. To make this argument I draw from James Scott’s theory of resistance in Weapons of the Weak, as well as Mariana Ortega’s work in In Between on the interconnectedness of “home,” the “politics of location,” the “multiplicity of the self,” and Latina identity.

Aaron James

Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine

James works in political philosophy, moral theory, and ethics, and is the author of Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy (OUP, 2012) and Assholes, A Theory of Donald Trump (Penguin, 2016). He has written about Rawls’s constructive method, its neglected realist and interpretive aspects, and its application to social structures within and across major domestic institutions such as international trade. He is planning a book on the morality and political economy of distribution for a world of increasing ecological scarcity and lower growth rates.

“Investor Rights as Nonsense — on Stilts”


This essay is about the recent, post-Nafta surge of bilateral trade agreements that set up investor-state adjudication.  Investor treaties increasingly recognize a right to be compensated for “indirect expropriation.”  This essay argues that certain ideas of foreign “investor rights” exhibit a certain confusion about the very nature of an investment, and the social relations of international trade that give risk-taking its social purpose.  The argument develops both utilitarian and social contract theory positions, and challenges appeals to investor natural rights, especially natural promissory rights.

Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Annual Conference CFP

CSUN is a member of this organization.

Submit your proposal for the 2017 CUMU Annual Conference: The Urban Advantage, in Denver, Colorado. We invite presentations that encourage in-depth, meaningful conversations around the challenges and opportunities facing our collective communities. The submission deadline is April 21, 2017.

This year, new formats—a blend of short presentations and deep-dive discussions—have been added to allow attendees to ‘dig in’ and connect on common themes.

  • Best Practices Presentation: Presenters will showcase their work and/or methodologies; highlight what worked; and present positive outcomes in our traditional presentation format.
  • Lightning Sessions: In five minutes, presenters will inspire attendees to learn more about a topic in a quick, engaging, inspirational, and most importantly, fun way.
  • Panel Presentation: A group of panelists with diverse view points and perspectives will create a question and answer dialogue around a topic.
  • Mini Workshop: In these how-to-sessions, presenters will create a focused, interactive session that engages attendees on new processes, infrastructure, or policy approaches.
  • Think Tank Sessions: One presenter will lead a discussion around a hot topic and issues facing our campuses and communities. These are not about defining solutions, but rather problems, ideas, or practices that keep you up at night.
  • Poster Sessions: This is a great opportunity to gain significant attention for your work in a more social atmosphere.
Learn more about the new formats and submit your proposal.


Systemwide webinar (14 Feb): Faculty Proposal Development

This webinar on writing grant proposals is officially intended for new faculty. But I am told it is open to all interested faculty. Apologies for the weird formatting and other copy-paste artifacts…..

To: New CSU Faculty
From: Research, Office of the Chancellor / Dr. Ganesh Raman RE: Faculty Proposal Development Webinar

“Faculty Proposal Development Webinar”

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Presentation: 9 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
(Lobby / Phone Line opens 10 minutes prior to live session)

Presented by Research, Dr. Ganesh Raman

Guest Speaker – Dr. Richard Ziegfeld

Two CSU Faculty Panels: Federal Grants Awarded and Selection Committees Served


  • Developing a Strategic Plan for Your Research
  • Proposal Process Best Practices
  • What Evaluators Want and Characteristics of Winning Proposals
  • CSU5 Campus Faculty Panels: Federal Grants Awarded and Selection Committees Served


No registration is needed. Join at this link:

Simply login and stream the audio via your computer speakers. Communicate with the host & presenters by typing into the on- screen Chat Pods.


Contact Jennifer Wicks, Executive Producer, Systemwide Professional Development at (562) 951-4525 or Feel free to contact Jennifer to pre-test, making sure your computer is webcast ready, 2 days prior to the live webcast.

Webcast Produced by Systemwide Professional Development


Black History Month Celebration

I tried sending this to everyone the other day, but the attachment caused it to bounce from some of the subsidiary listserves.

Here’s the Event schedule (the link is to a file in a public Box folder, fingers crossed it works.)

Here’s the email announcement from Chair Theresa White:


Please join us as we celebrate Black History Month. See attached calendar. Our theme this year is: Africana Studies 360º – Black Synergy.

Please consider offering extra credit to your students to incentivize attendance. Help us spread the word!

I look forward to seeing you!

Warm regards,

Dr. Theresa White

I hope to see you at many of these events.