Upcoming Events

Latin American/Latino Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies present:
Clarissa Rojas on Resisting, Challenging, Interrupting, and Transforming Violence
May 29, 2014 — TWO EVENTS

Morphing the Border(s) and the Transformation of Sexual Violence
Interactive Presentation with Clarissa Rojas

Thursday, May 29, 2014
2:40-4:10 pm
Levan 503

How does the U.S. Mexico border make sexual violence possible? In the summer of 1997, the National Guard invaded the US Mexico border in Calexico, California. This talk describes the memory of this account as told through the story of a transnational community’s transformative intervention into the violence of war and its derivative gendering/sexual violence.

Creating Community Accountability for Sexual Violence in the University? A nod to possibilities An Interactive Lecture with Clarissa Rojas

Interactive Presentation with Clarissa Rojas

Thursday, May 29

6:00-8:00 pm

Arts and Letters, Room 103

Reception Follows

What strategies do Community Accountability and Transformative Justice approaches offer to address, interrupt and transform sexual and gender violence? What are some ways we can change spaces previously permissive of violence into spaces of accountability? How do we build contiguous spaces of accountability in our communities, movements and schools? What are the limits and possibilities of practicing community accountability at the site of the university? This interactive talk considers lessons gleaned from community accountability projects at San Francisco State and Cal State Long Beach and within Chican@/Latin@ communities.

Clarissa Rojas, co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State University- Long Beach. She is co-editor Color of Violence: the INCITE Anthology and “Community Accountability in Theory and Practice,” a special issue of Social Justice Journal. She is also an internationally published poet who trusts the creative spirit.


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