April 2023

This Thursday, April 27th, acclaimed queer Jamaican Canadian Afro-futurist sci-fi author Nalo Hopkinson will speak in the Library Fishbowl, L209, from 4-5:30pm.
This reading, public talk, and book-signing is sponsored by the Umoja Center, Office of Student Life, Cal Poly Humboldt Library, and the English Department's Visiting Writers Series.
Enjoy this 3-minute video introduction to Nalo Hopkinson and Afrofuturist speculative fiction: "Sci-fi: Why it's Radical for Black People to Imagine the Future."
Three very short stories by Hopkinson:


Old Habits

Can't Beat 'Em

Sunday, April 9, 2023 to Thursday, April 27, 2023
photo of all gender restrooms signA designated gender inclusive restroom is available on the 2nd floor of the Library, one of several designated gender inclusive restrooms on campus. In addition, the Library Diversity & Social Justice Working Group and the Dean of Students Office have secured funding for free access to menstrual products for all restrooms in the Library and the Gutswurrak Student Activities Center.
Read more about these campus improvements on the Library's blog, Our Whiteboard.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 to Friday, June 30, 2023
Join us in celebrating the exciting book release of Settler Cannabis: From Gold Rush to Green Rush in Indigenous Northern California by Kaitlin Reed on Tuesday, May 23 in the Library Fishbowl, L209.
Young countercultural back-to-the-land settlers flocked to northwestern California beginning in the 1960s, and by the 1970s, unregulated cannabis production proliferated on Indigenous lands. As of 2021, the California cannabis economy was valued at $3.5 billion. In Settler Cannabis, Kaitlin Reed demonstrates how this "green rush" is only the most recent example of settler colonial resource extraction and wealth accumulation. Situating the cannabis industry within this broader legacy, the author traces patterns of resource rushing—first gold, then timber, then fish, and now cannabis—to reveal the ongoing impacts on Indigenous cultures, lands, waters, and bodies.
Reed shares this history to inform the path toward an alternative future, one that starts with the return of land to Indigenous stewardship and rejects the commodification and control of nature for profit. Combining archival research with testimonies and interviews with tribal members, tribal employees, and settler state employees, Settler Cannabis offers a groundbreaking analysis of the environmental consequences of cannabis cultivation that foregrounds Indigenous voices, experiences, and histories.
Books will not be available for purchase at this event due to printing issues, but we'll provide a flyer with a discount code for ordering. You can also attend the reading at the Northtown Books Thursday, June 8th to purchase the book and have Kaitlin sign your copies!
Box lunches, desserts, and drinks will be provided thanks to the generous support from Native American Studies and the Library.
Thursday, April 13, 2023 to Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Library Newsletter Spring 2023Check Out the Library's Spring 2023 Newsletter!
Read about all the exciting things happening in the Cal Poly Humboldt Library: Digital 3D Herbarium, Flight Simulator, Author celebrations, new staff, student experiences, Special Collections, digital publishing, and more.
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Thursday, April 6, 2023 to Friday, July 14, 2023

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