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.


Artist Spotlight: Jill Kuanfung

JILL KUANFUNG – Climbing the Tree Exhibit

“Frida,” ink wash and pen on paper, 30″ x 22″, 2013


Jill Kuanfung describes this exhibit of portraits that examine the fluidity of mixed-race identity and the complexity and depth of family history as follows: 


I created a series of portraits situated in my mixed race history and identity with the intent of focusing on how this history and identity have shaped and continue to shape my experiences of race and racism both within and outside of my family, and furthermore, what role my mixed race identity plays in understanding myself as a participant in systems of oppression and the actions I take to bring myself closer to personal healing and transformation. 


I communicated my family history and identity through portraiture because my studies of mixed race identity begin and end with the body, which is born into history, marked by it, a vessel of it, and which then passes it on (through voice, sex, birth, and death). Portraiture as a means of communicating and translating the bodies that make up my family allowed me to confront my loved ones in an intimate way, to explore the silence of meditating on their experiences, their unique features, and my own memories of them or of those close to them as I worked. 


The act of making this work also allowed for me to focus on the visual aspect of identity—what is told and what is silenced by a visual-only telling of the story. The process of drawing these individuals provided a physical, emotional, and spiritual space for peace, memory, and accountability. In all, I completed nine ink portraits of different family members on different colored sheets of approximately 22″ x 30″ paper using black ink pens, water, liquid India ink, and a large round paintbrush.

See her work at: http://www.jill-kuanfung.squarespace.com