2017-02-17 / Family

University presents Library Lecture Series

California State University Channel Islands will present its Library Lecture Series at several city libraries.

Campus faculty will discuss a variety of other topics in talks that are free to the public.

Following are the programs at local libraries.

Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Road. All talks are 6:30 to 8 p.m.

“Is Eugenics History? Mass Sterilization of People with Disabilities” on Mon., Feb. 27.

About 20,000 people, 70 percent of them with disabilities, were sterilized in California in the early 20th century due to California’s eugenics law passed in 1909. Assistant professor of health science Kristen Linton will explain the eugenics law and how attitudes toward sex persist today regarding people with disabilities.

“Fantasy Femmes Fatales: Women of Mythology and Poetics of Power” on Mon., March 27. Assistant librarian Colleen Harris-Keith will explore the femme fatales in books, movies, plays and music, and how authors’ and poets’ treatment of them affect how they are seen.

“ISIS and Ideology” on Mon., April 24. Assistant professor of sociology Reha Kadakal will discuss the ideological roots of ISIS and its terror, its appeal to some and the conditions of its defeat so that peace and stability can return to the region.

Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Talks are 7 to 8 p.m.

“It’s the Thought that Counts” on Wed., March 22. Drawing from social scientific research, communication lecturer Daniel Usera will explore some communicative complexities of both giving and receiving gifts.

“Logistics and Labor: Recent Developments at West Coast Ports” on Wed., April 26. Assistant professor of sociology Elizabeth Sowers will discuss the logistics industry, which is the organization of a complex operation like the California shipping ports. Sowers will explain recent strikes and labor uprisings among logistics workers, and how this affects the economy.

Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. Talks are 2 to 3 p.m.

“Chemotherapy: Background for Basic Understanding” on Sun., Feb. 19. Biology lecturer Zin Htway will explain companion and complementary diagnostics as well as targeted therapy. The lecture will include a discussion of promising developments in treating a specific type of lung cancer.

“Poets of Dissent/Poetas del Desacato” on Sun., April 9. Languages lecturer Maythe Ruffino and three other poets will share work that denounces racism, sexism, discrimination, war and the killing and persecution of innocent people. Ruffino will read her poetry in Spanish.

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