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I'm Giving Theatre Arts & Dance performers in playful costumesYou My Dream Guns

The group exhibition "I'm Giving You My Dream Guns" presents drawings, sculptures, and installations by three New York based artists:  Alexi Chisler, Libby Hartle, and Meridith Pingree.  Inspired by biological patterns, the work of these artists explores organic processes and mechanical relationships by integrating smaller elements to make up larger functioning systems. 

The title refers to the way in which the artists five their power and ideas to the audience, in the hope that it will give them power and inspiration.  "I'm Giving You My Dream Guns" opens January 30 at the Fine Arts Gallery at CSULA.

Exhibition dates: January 30 - February 25.
Fine Arts Gallery, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032. 
Gallery Hours M-Th + Sa 12-5. 
For more information, contact the CSULA Department of Arts at (323) 343-4010.

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Call For Proposals: Significations
Presented by the CSULA English Graduate Student Association

Significations seeks to examine literary representations ofPortrait of Ferdinand de Saussure meaning and experience, as well as the full range of significations of word and image. The conference provides CSU graduate students with an opportunity to share and receive feedback about their research in a professional academic environment.

Significations invites papers that consider any period or genre of literary, linguistic, and visual culture, including submissions exploring the fields of literature, composition and rhetoric, and creative writing. Areas of inquiry may also include cultural studies, critical theory, film, gender studies, and visual and performing arts.

View the full Call for Proposals here

For further information, contact the Conference Coordinator at, or call the CSULA Department of English at (323) 343-4140. 

Portrait of Ferdinand de Saussure available in the Public Domain.

Theatre Arts & Dance to Perform at KCACT Festival

Poster for Theatre Arts & Dance production of TEA
The Theatre Arts and Dance production of Valina Hasu-Houston's Tea has been invited to be performed at the Region VIII Kennedy Centery American College Theatre festival in St. George, Utah, February 9-13, 2010. 

Original CSULA cast members Amanda Jonsson, Kristine Dickson, Beatrice Collins, Katherine Rose Young, Hiroko Saeki, and Ramona Young will perform at the festival. 

The lighting design for Tea, designed by Theatre Arts andTheatre Arts & Dance performers in playful costumes Dance student Amber Cox, has been invited to enter the KCACTF design exhibition and competition.
Tea was performed on the CSULA campus in the Intimate Theatre October 23-25, 2009 and will be revived in the State Playhouse with performances on February 5 at 7:30pm and February 6 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.  The production will depart for St. George on February 7.
Tea was one of the four most highly ranked of regional productions viewed by members of the KCACTF regional committee. The top twenty-three of nearly 200 productions entered this year included CSULA's musical theatre productions of Evita and Urinetown. Only one production from a university or college is normally selected from any single participating school, and typically only nine producti
Show Poster for Evita, the musicalons are invited to the regional festival.

The Theatre Arts and Dance department also participates in the KCACTF Irene Ryan acting scholarship competition. Students are selected, by independent respondents, from the productions produced on the home campus. Eleven students have been nominated and will perform audition selections in the festival competition with partners from their schools. The CSULA nominees are:

Brandon Massey from Tales of Shakespeare, Rebecca Davis from Tales of Shakespeare, Anthony Li from Tales of Shakespeare and Urinetown, Benjamin Caron from Urinetown, Doniele Candice Harrigan from Urinetown, Amanda Jonson from Tea, Kristine Dickson from Tea, Beatrice Collins from Tea, Nathan Shrake from Evita, Whitney Tenney from Evita, and India Thomas from Evita.

Online Ticketing Now Available

The College of Arts and LImage of Admission Ticketsetters now offers online ticketing for events at the State Playhouse, Music Hall, King Hall Dance Studio, and all Arts & Letters venues. 

Click Here to buy tickets now for Tea (revival), Shakespeare & Shaw, Winter
Dance Concert, Burn This, or the opera This Is The Rill Speaking.  Season Tickets, Quarter Passes, and Custom Ticket Packages are available.

Winter Registration

Important Dates and Deadlines for Students:
Jan 4-19: Late registration and program adjustment for all students.
Jan 8: Administrative Closure day.
Jan 11: No record drop deadline (use GET/STAR to drop)
Jan 12: "W" Withdrawal period begins. Requires instructor and department chair signatures on Drop Request form. Submit to Admin. 146.
Jan 13: Deadline to apply for Spring 2010 Directed Teaching.
Jan 13: Last day to pay Winter 2010 registration fees and be guaranteed access to register by January 19, includes $25 late fee.
Jan 15: State Budget Closure day.
Jan 18: Martin Luther King Day. University closed.
Jan 19: Winter 2010 add deadline (includes application for CR/NC or A,B,C/NC grading, and the WPE/UNIV 400). Includes $25 late fee.
Jan 19: Last day for partial refunds (reduction in unit loads)

Late adds will not be permitted. 

Please read this important memo about how State budget conditions may affect class availability.   

Visit the Schedule of Classes website for links to vital University information.

View a PDF of the Winter 2010 Academic Calendar from the Winter Schedule of Classes.

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Community Events

Mon JAN 11, 2010
Meet the Deans - Arts & Letters Mixer
Fine Arts Gallery, 3:15pm
Arts & Letters students are invited to meet their deans -- Dr. Terry L. Allison, Dean, and Dr. Bryant K. Alexander, Associate Dean -- and to learn about the college while enjoying refreshments in a casual meet-and-greet atmosphere. 

Sat JAN 9 - Tu JAN 19, 2010

Studio Arts Option Graduate Walk-Through
Opening Reception, January 9.  Gallery Hours M-Th + Sa 12-5.  For more information, call the CSULA Department of Art at (323) 343-4010. 

Mon JAN 25, 2010
Border Knowledge:  A Conversation with Tracy Wilkinson, L.A. Times Mexico Bureau Chief
6:00pm, CSULA University Student Union, Los Angeles Room
Dr. Enrique Ochoa (Professor of History and Director of the Latin American Studies Program, CSULA) will moderate a conversation with Ms. Wilkinson about drug, gun, and human trafficking and its reportage.

Sat JAN 30 - Th FEB 25, 2010
I'm Giving You My Dream Guns
Art exhibit featuring the work of Alexi Chisler, Libby Hartle, and Meridith Pingree.
Opening Reception, January 30.  Gallery Hours M-Th + Sa 12-5.  For more information, call the CSULA Department of Art at (323) 343-4010. 

Tue FEB 9, 2010
ACP Works-in-Progress Colloquium: "Science and Narrative in Science Fiction"
3:30-4:30pm, Engineering and Technology, Wing A, Room 631
Patrick Sharp, Dept. of Liberal Studies, will speak on "Genre and Evolution in Early Science Fiction" and Kate Sullivan, Department of Anthropology, will speak on "The Science of Origins in the New Battlestar Galactica."

Wed FEB 24, 2010
6pm at the CSULA University Student Union, Los Angeles Room
Join us as Leon Leyson, the youngest member of Schindler's List and renowned Holocaust educator, recounts his experiences. Reception to follow.

Fri FEB 26, 2010

Powerful Visions Lecture, 2010
Studies on the Limits of Cultural Representations: Visual Art, Language Emergence, Performance Activism, and Political Violence.

Arts & Letters announces the program for Powerful Visions 2010:
  • Mohammed Abed, Assistant Professor - Philosophy: "Terrorism, Representation, and the Limits of Philosophical Analysis."
  • Elizabeth Bryant, Professor - Art: "Framing Nature: Looking, Seeing, Knowing?"
  • Namhee Lee, Assistant Professor - Department of Modern Languages and Literature: "Emergence of Symbolic Representation and Symbolosphere"
  • Carole Frances Lung, Assistant Professor - Art: "18 Cents an Hour: Reenactments of Humanity at Work."
   The Japanese Tea Garden at the Huntington Botanical Garden  The Arts and Letters Powerful Visions Lecture Series was launched in 2004. Through the generous support of the Huntington Library Research Department, the lectures are held in the month of February in the Overseers' Room usually at mid-day. Each year the event has been "standing room only" with representative members of the California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) campus-faculty, staff, and students along with a generous mix of folks from the local community, as well as members and friends of the Huntington Library.

     The Series began with a very simple premise: to provide an occasion and opportunity for faculty, staff and students within the College of Arts and Letters at CSULA to gather in a refined and serene environment to share cutting edge research in a manner that opens spaces of critical thought, engage meaningful intellectual and social exchange, and project powerful visions for academic work, social activism and critical aesthetics. Each year, those who have attended have been challenged by creatively constructed and intellectually astute presentations. Undergraduate and graduate students are particularly encouraged to attend and special attention is given to foregrounding their voice in the scholarly conversation.

Multiple Dates
The Latino Heritage Event Series

Larry Harlow: The Salsa Suite / Mariachi Competition/ Reel Rasquache Film Festival
The Latino Heritage Series of events highlights artists and creative achievements within and inspired by the Latino community.  The Series began with Larry Harlow's Salsa Suite concert on November 21 at the Luckman Performing Arts Center.  In February 2010, the High School and College Mariachi Competition brings mariachi bands from high schools and colleges throughout California in celebration of this central element of Latino culture and tradition.  The Reel Rasquache Film Festival, now looking forward to its seventh year, in May 2010 will present a three-day festival of film screenings, webisodes, workshops, multimedia performances, live music, and networking opportunities for filmmakers and media artists.  Stay tuned for more information in upcoming issues of Expressions
For Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Sharon Chang at CSULA Advancement Services:  or (323) 343-3067.

Portrait of Domnita DumitrescuAWARDS, ACTIVITIES, & ACHIEVEMENTSStraightA
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Domnita Dumitrescu
, Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, has been elected as a lifetime Honorary President of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi.  Dr. Dumitrescu, alongside Dr. Susan Carvalho of the University of Kentucky, will be the first female apointees in the history of the society, which was founded 90 years ago at UC Berkeley.  The formal recognition will take place during the Sigma Delta Pi Triennial Convention in Guadalajara, Mexico, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, on Monday, July 12, 2010.  The organization recognizes eminent Hispanists with the honorary presidency.  Also receiving this honor at the 2010 convention will be Professor Gerardo Pina-Rosales, President of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.  

Four creative works by three Cal State L.A. students-
Dallim Park of Glendale, Matt Gatlin of Los Angeles and Nadia Montoya of Panorama City-were recently honored at the 2009 CSU Media Arts Festival (MAF).The annual festival showcases exceptional student film and video projects throughout the California State University system's 23 campuses. Cash awards were given for the first-place Rosebud Awards in each category, and also to the CSU campus department of each winning entrant.  A total of 171 entries from throughout the CSU were received and judged by a panel of industry experts. The panel chose 30 finalists for competition within nine categories: animation, documentary, experimental, interactive, music video, narrative, television, feature screenplay, and short screenplay.  View the Press Release here.

Assistant Professor of Dance Seonagh Odhiambo received an award from the Canada Council for the Arts for 2009-2010, recognizing her choreography work in a piece on the theme "healing water."  For more information about her work, visit

President Rosser and the Academic Senate hosted a reception on October 6 at the Golden Eagle Ballroom to honor Outstanding Professors at CSULA.  Among those honored were Professor of Art
Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, who received an Outstanding Professor Award for 2008-09, and Professor of English and Chicano Studies Roberto Cantu, who received a Cal State L.A. President's Distinguished Professor Award for 2009-2010. 

Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures Domnita Dumitrescu presented a paper entitled "Rum. Cica vs. Span. Dizque: Intertextualidad y Polifonia" at the 12th IADA Conference held in Barcelona, Spain, September 14-18, 2009.

Arts & Letters congratulates 2009-2010 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars:  Luis Vargas Maldonado, Spanish Linguistics, Faculty Mentor Gaston Alzate; and Adan Rios, Political Science, Faculty Mentor Manuel Aguilar-Moreno.

The Department of Art Animation program's SciVi project has received extended funding from the National Science Foundation for the fourth consecutive year.

Communication Studies student Cindy Phu and Communication Studies alumna Clariza Ruiz De Castilla have each been awarded a "Student of Color Travel Award" by the National Communication Association.

Animation alumnus Dallim Park has been selected as an Official Honoree in the 13th Annual Webby Awards. 

Communication Studies student Matthew Swanson took home a third place trophy at the Lincoln Douglas Debates held at Riverside City College. 

Professor of Music John Kennedy co-presented, with Satik Andriassian (M.M. 2002), "Armenian Youth: Silent Voices of Today or Shaping Forces for Tomorrow; Culture, tradition, and ethnic identity through music education in schools" at the Conference "Diasporas, Migration, and Identities:  Crossing Boundaries, New Directions," a joint conference of AHRC and the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalism, at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

Dean Terry L. Allison and the College of Arts and Letters welcomed students of the exchange program with Korea University, at a reception on October 15 at the State Playhouse.  The event was honored with the presence of a representative of the Korean Consulate of Los Angeles, as well as several officers of the Korea University Alumni Association, including the President of the Chapter for the Americas.  Faculty from several colleges, administrators from International Programs, and Cal State L.A. students who have studied in Korea came to welcome the KU undergraduates.

Pictured above:  Professor Domnita Dumitrescu.

Student Opportunities

Yo Gabba Gabba! (Nickelodeon) is a kids' television show looking for Animation Interns.  Nickelodeon needs enthusiastic candidates who are interested in character animation, storyboarding, motion graphics, and special FX (compositing, FX, etc.).  This opportunity offers valuable experience and on-the-job training, ideal for those who want to get into animation for television.  Experience is preferred with one or more Adobe programs: Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, AfterEffects, or InDesign.  Some Animation experience is preferred but not required.  Please send a resume and any work samples or a portfolio via email to Kevin Lee at  Online or electronic files are preferred.  For more information, email Kevin, or call Downey Studios at (562) 922-8071, x6608.

With California State University students facing a fee increase of $978 (or 30%), the California Student Aid Commission has announced that Cal Grant Fee Awards will be increased to cover the additional fees.  Approximately 16 percent of the more than 400,000 students enrolled among the 23 CSU Campuses are Cal Grant recipients.  For more information about financial aid, please visit these links:
  • Cal Grants:
  • CSU Budget Info:
  • CSULA Financial Aid:

The College of Arts and Letters has four openings for Publicity Assistants.  Salary $8.65-$13.00 hourly; up to 20 hours per week; M-F and possible Saturdays; flexible scheduling.  Publicity Assistants will maintain and develop the College Facebook page, attend and photograph or record video of Arts & Letters events, and design graphic and photo elements for the College's monthly e-newsletter and website. For more information, click on the graphic link at right, or visit Eagle-i Jobs and search for Job ID 10144.  To apply, submit via email a resume and cover letter and three samples of your best photography or graphic design (class assignments OK), to Noelle Leiblic, Events, Publicity, & Outreach Coordinator, at  Applications without a cover letter and graphic/photo samples will not be considered.  This is a work-study position, but any student who filed a FAFSA may be eligible, even if work study was not initially awarded.

Award winning theatre company Son of Semele is accepting submissions for  new members.  No dues!  Theatre artists of all types are sought to contribute to the continuing production of dynamic theatre, influenced by SITI, Ontological, Wooster, and Complicite.  Candidates for membership must have knowledge of Viewpoints.  Suzuki and clown training are a plus.  For more information, visit or contact the Membership Director at  To apply, email a statement of intent, a list of your skills and abilities, a headshot and resume, and a philosophical statement about your artistic beliefs, to 

KP Educational Theatre is seeking actors over 18 to play 8-25 year olds.  Any ethnicity or type, but must be able to move well and carry a tune.  Good comic timing and fluency in Spanish are a plus.  Must have some theatre training and experience.  KP Health is seeking people who care strongly about issues facing the youth of Southern California.  Performers are expected to participate fully in all aspects of production, including props, sound, set, and strike, and receive training as peer health educators.  If you are interested in auditioning or becoming a member of the company, send a headshot and resume to Joseph Alanes, Educational Theatre Programs, 323 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91188, or email  This is a paid position.

The Inland Empire's New Latino Theatre Company will be conducting talent membership drives, seeking experienced actors who can sing, dance, and play musical instruments.  Also seeking stage support personnel, musicians, choreographers, and playwrights.  This is a Latino theatre company, and our productions require proficiency in conversational Spanish.  Preference will be given to those who can communicate verbally in English and Spanish. If you are interested, please send your resume to  For more information, visit


Cal State L.A. on-campus scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship Office, academic departments, and various campus organizations. Visit the Center for Student Financial Aid for important information about Scholarship Eligibility.

CSULA Students can earn university credit while studying abroad.  Study Abroad offers amazing opportunities for travel, leadership, and a rich global education, and options are much more affordable than many students realize.  For more information, visit the Office of International Programs and Services at CSULA, or click HERE to download the NSE application. CONTACT:  Amy Y. Wang, J.D., Director, International Programs and Services, California State University, Los Angeles, Administration Building 127, Telephone: 323-343-3170

Visit EAGLEi Jobs for jobs, mentoring, internships, and career information. 

Cal State L.A. offers a variety of professional services to support students and their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit the Support Services website for information and links to these services and more:
  • personal counseling
  • academic tutoring
  • peer mentoring
  • health services
  • career center
  • child care

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Are you interested in mentoring college students? Internships provide structured professional experiences to help students meet their occupational goals.  Many students are eligible for academic credit as compensation for their internship hours. 
Cal State L.A. professors and our Career Center can help you develop an internship experience supporting
CSULA students and the future of your business.  Internships are ideal for meeting temporary workplace needs. 
Please contact us for more information!  College of Arts and Letters, Office of the Dean:  (323) 343-5061.

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Even once per week can save you money and save our environment from unnecessary pounds of pollution.  Cal State Los Angeles Offers Extraordinary Benefits for Ridesharers:
  • Transit Subsidies
  • Preferential Parking for Carpoolers
  • Regional Guaranteed Ride Home Program
  • Metro Rewards
  • Bike Racks and Lockers
Contact Commuter Services at (323) 343-5227 to find out more about these great benefits. 

Custom trip itineraries are available for all conscientious travelers;
visit LA Metro at or call 1-800-COMMUTE. 

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