Therapy Dogs are Back!

Therapy Dogs International will bring their canine companions to the Library Lobby for your enjoyment during Finals Week on Monday, Dec. 16 from 2-3:30pm and Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 6:30-8pm in the Library Lobby

It has been clinically proven that through petting, touching, and talking with animals, blood pressure is lowered, stress is relieved, and depression is eased. Take a break from studying or reward yourself after your final and relax with a retriever, love a lab, hug a husky, or pet a pug. They are here for you to enjoy!

Note: These trained and certified dogs will be the only animals allowed. Please leave your pets at home.

Stress Less Week
Peer Health Education Presents Stress Less Week flyer with activities Monday 12/9 through Thursday 12/19

Peer Health Education presents numerous events and activities to help you get through the end of the semester!

Monday, Dec. 9

  • Chair Massages, Library Lobby @ 10am-1pm
  • Drop-in Destress Activity, UC Quad @ 12-3pm
  • "The Joy of Painting": Bob Ross Painting Tutorial, RWC 124 @ 6-8pm

Tuesday, Dec. 10

  • Chair Massages, Library Lobby @12:30-2:30pm
  • Health Info: On-the-go!!, UC Quad @ 12:30-3:30pm (free snacks)
  • "These Cookies Sleigh": Cookie Decorating Activity, RWC 124 @ 3-5pm

Wednesday, Dec. 11

  • Chair Massages, Library Lobby @ 4-6pm
  • Put Yourself First: How-to De-stress, UC Quad @ 12-3pm
  • "Weave your way out of this mess": Embroidery, RWC 124 @ 1-4:30pm

Thursday, Dec. 12

  • Yoga with Sasha, RWC 125 @ 1-2pm
  • DIY Snowflake, UC Quad @ 12:30-3:30pm
  • "Crafting in a Winter Wonderland, Library 114 @ 7-9pm

Friday, Dec. 13

  • Trivia: Essential Oils + Raffle!!, UC Quad @ 12-2pm
  • "Cupcakes & Chill": Join us for some cookies and tea, RWC 108 (drop-in lounge) @ 3-5pm

Finals Week - Chair Massages in Library Lobby

  • Monday, Dec. 16 @ 9:30am-1:30pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 @ 9:30am-11:30am
  • Thursday, Dec. 19 @ 9:30am-1:30pm

PLUS Therapy Dogs International will be bringing their therapy dogs to the Library Lobby

  • Monday, Dec. 16 @ 2-3:30pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 @ 6:30-8pm

And the Brain Booth is open on the 2nd floor with multiple items to help you reduce stress and optimize your learning!

Tim McKay Postcard Collection Display

Ever wondered what amazing images are popularized to help depict the California Pacific Northwest?

Postcards are a tremendous way of communicating landmarks, natural landscape, cityscapes, artwork, and tourist attractions to a larger populace through correspondence with friends, family, and penpals. The Tim McKay Postcard Collection currently on display outside HSU Library Special Collections serves as a way to follow “Tim McKay’s lifelong interests in the natural world and in the ways that people and communities use their surroundings for livelihood and solace.” (Tim McKay Postcard Collection Finding Aid)

As an environmental advocate, writer, scholar and historian, Tim McKay dedicated a majority of his life to the natural world that beautifies Humboldt County and the complexities of reducing human impact in the region. Through his persistence in environmental conservation and drive for knowledge, Tim McKay served as executive director for the Northcoast Environmental Center for three decades until his passing in 2006. The legacy that McKay leaves behind embodies advocacy in many prominent local issues related to environment and community including PG&E’s Humboldt Bay nuclear facility, expansion of Redwood National Park, California’s first Wilderness bill, the Siskiyou Mountains and its infamous G-O Road, and National Forest management. (Biography by Susie Van Kirk, 2009)

Themes and imagery that range from the Prairie Creek Roosevelt Elk to the forest clear cutting beside lumber mills provide a pictorial narrative that help relate Tim McKay’s career in local environmental advocacy to the postcards on display. Come up to the third floor and check out these postcards on display for yourself!

This display was curated and made possible by Drew Ahlberg.

ideaFest Journal - Submit today!
cover graphic for ideaFest Journal

You're already doing the work for class. Now share it out! Get a peer-reviewed publication to your name! Publish in HSU's own peer-reviewed journal. Submit your article today at Deadline: January 6, 2020. Remember: You only regret the opportunities that you didn't take.

Wildlife Seniors Poster Symposium Fall 2019
Wildlife Senior's Research Poster Session Friday December 6th 2019 4:30-6:30pm 2nd floor HSU Library (outside the fishbowl) open to all! Cookies and refreshments served

The Wildlife Senior Students Poster Session will be held on Friday, December 6th, from 4:30-6:30 pm in Authors Hall at the library (2nd floor). We will have about 60 graduating students presenting on their research.

As always, you are welcome to stop by and see what interesting research the senior wildlife students conducted and to congratulate them on their achievements.

Light refreshments will be served.

Wellbeing Resources Training (I CAN HELP)
flyer for training workshop

The Student Health & Wellbeing Services present a free workhop - Wellbeing Resources Training for Faculty, Staff and Students - on Thursday, November 14th from 9-11:30am in the Library Fishbowl.

Learn how to better understand suicide risk and key prevention helping skills

Sustainable Travel Workshop
flyer for Sustainable Travel Workshop

Did you know that your travel can leave a significant impact on a destination and the people who live there? This workshop will explore a variety of practical ways we can become more responsible tourists and still have a fun vacation!

Learn more at the Sustainable Travel Workshop on Wednesday, November 13th 3:30-4:15 in the Library Fishbowl, brought to you by the Sustainable Tourism Class.

Veterans Day Closure
Veterans Day Honoring All Who Served

The Library and Campus will be closed on Monday, November 11 for Veterans Day.

Humboldt History Digitization Day
photo of laptop and scanner

Your History Matters! Celebrate & Preserve It @ HSU Library

Community members are invited to digitally preserve their individual, family, or special histories. In celebration of American Archives Month, HSU Library Special Collections is hosting Humboldt History Digitization Day on Saturday, November 16th from noon to 4pm in the Special Collections research room on the third floor of the HSU Library.

You can digitize your documents and photographs using HSU Special Collections scanners, store them on hard-drives or flash-drives, or share them through social media. A technician and archivist will be on site to teach and assist everyone with the digitization process.

Join us - Please RSVP at

  • Sign up for a 20-minute digitization slot.
  • Prioritize 10 items to scan - a great starting point for digitizing and learning about archiving.
  • If you have your own flash-drive or hard-drive, please bring it, or we can provide a flash-drive. Supplies are limited.


  • Please be aware of copyright that limits what you can scan. If you created it, that means you have the copyright; if it was a photograph from a photography studio, you need their permission. We can explain more when you are here.
  • Don’t digitize personal information like addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers. That’s information that should stay private.
  • Materials should be able to lie flat on a scanner.  Fragile items are not recommended. 

Bring 10 items like these examples

  • Single or multi-page documents such as newsletters or smaller maps
  • Flat documents such as letters and posters up to 8 ½” x 11”
  • Photographs up to 8 ½” x 11”

Digitization Day will not include the following at this time

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Film
  • Large rolled panoramic photographs, maps, or posters
  • 3D Objects

Humboldt History Digitization Day is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Competitive Grant by the California State Library to promote historical preservation and digitization as a facet of digital literacy.

Celebrate the Brain Booth's New Space!

Join us to celebrate the Brain Booth's new expanded space on Thursday, November 7th from 3-4pm on the 2nd floor of the Library.

Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Campus & Community Dialogue on Race 11/4-11/8
Poster for CDOR reading: Campus & Community Dialogue on Race November 4-November 8, 2019 Free and Open to the Public Dismantling & Deconstructing to Build

The Campus & Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR) is an annual event at Humboldt State University that invites students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to present and attend programs that relate to racial justice and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance. Our objective is to create spaces and structures for reflection, analysis, dialogue and positive strategies for change. This year's Dialogue will run from November 4 – November 8, 2019, with the theme DISMANTLING & DECONSTRUCTING TO BUILD.

Information about keynote speakers, workshops, and other events that are free and open to the public can be found on the CDOR website.  

Film Showing & Discussion: C.S.A.
flyer for CSA, Confederate States of America film showing and discussion

The HSU History Department invites you to a discussion of the mockumentary C.S.A. Confederate States of America presented by Paul Geck on Thursday, October 17 @ 5:30pm in the Library Fishbowl.

This film, directed by Kevin Willmott "examines an alternate world in which the Confederates won the American Civil War to establish the Confederate States of America -- a land that celebrates the practice and institution of slavery and racism. Kevin Willmott is an American film director and screenwriter at well as a professor of film at the University of Kansas. He is known for work focusing on black issues and has collaborated with Spike Lee, with whom he shared an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman."

Part of the movie will be show to facilitate a historical discussion of the stated objectives of the southern states that actually seceded in 1860. What were the Confederate States really fighting for in the United States Civil War, and what victories did they achieve in the 20th century even though their rebellion was put down.

California Indian History Short Film & Discussion
flyer for film and discussion

You are invited to a short film and discussion on California Indian History presented by Native American Studies in collaboration with the Native Voices Traveling Exhibit.

The film will be shown on Wednesday, October 16th at 1pm in Library 317.

Don't forget to attend the opening reception for the Native Voices Traveling Exhibit on Tuesday, October 15th at 2pm in the Library Lobby.

Native Voices Traveling Exhibit
flyer for Native Voices traveling exhibit

As one of 104 grant recipients selected from across the country, the HSU Library is hosting the traveling exhibit, Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness for a six-week loan this fall, September 23 through November 20.

Native Voices exhibit explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land, and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today. This exhibit is sponsored by the HSU Library, Department of Social Work, Student Health & Wellbeing Services, J.S. National Library of Medicine, and American Library Association.

Opening reception is scheduled for 2-3pm, Tuesday, October 15th in the Library Lobby.

Then join the NAS department for a short film and discussion on California Indian History, Wednesday, October 16 at 1pm in Library 317.

See the links below for more information about this exhibit:

Internship Week Offerings
flyer for Internship week 2019 from ACAC

The HSU Academic & Career Advising Center (ACAC) and Library SkillShops invite you to Internship Week workshops October 21-23.  Download the flyer for more information and then register for any of the classes listed below:

Monday, October 21

Tuesday, October 22

Wednesday, October 23

Thursday, October 24

In addition, the Career Clothing Closet will be open Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm in Gist Hall 120 with a wide selection of FREE professional clothes.

ideaFest Journal Volume 3 is out!
ideafest journal front cover volume 3

The 3rd volume of HSU's own peer-reviewed journal, the IDEAFEST JOURNAL, has been published by HSU Press!  This annual journal showcases the work of faculty, staff, and students at Humboldt State University and is an outgrowth of HSU's ideaFest, a day-long event that celebrates the collaborative research and creative projects of faculty, students, and staff from across campus.

Submissions of articles and posters for Volume 4 are now being accepted. Deadline is January 6, 2020.

For more information about submissions and to download a free copy of the full issue or individual articles, see

The World "The Way We Saw It" Exhibition Opening
graphic for The World "They Way We Saw it"

Please join us for the Humboldt State University Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) Photography Project, The World ‘The Way We Saw It’, Exhibition Opening October 7, 3-4:30pm, 2nd floor of the Behavioral & Social Sciences Building.

The Exhibition Opening was preceded by a Call for Photographic Entries providing an opportunity for all WLC students and faculty to submit a photograph for consideration. From the photos submitted, 30 were chosen by the WLC Community to be displayed during the exhibition.

The exhibited photos will remain on display for the duration of the academic year during which time all WLC faculty and their students will have the opportunity to view and be inspired by the photographs while using them in course assignments across the WLC curriculum to produce writings in their target language of study. At the end of the term, the exhibited photos, along with selected WLC student writings in different languages, will be preserved and published in a book curated at the HSU Digital Commons. The book will be also available for purchase in print (non-profit) through Amazon as The World “The way we saw it” WLC Fall 2018 and The World “The way we saw it” WLC Spring 2019 books. One of the main goals of this instructionally related program funded by CAHSS is to foster a nurturing space for building a more inclusive community and cultivate sense of belonging.

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served after the official opening of the exhibition.

We look forward to welcoming you in person on Monday, 7th of October, 2019.

INRSEP/CNRS Student Research Symposium
flyer for Friday October 4, 2019, INRSEP/CNRS Student Research Symposium

Please join us for an afternoon of scientific research presentations by students in the College of Natural Resources and Science on Friday, October 4 from 12pm-4pm, 2nd floor of the Library.

Poster viewing and displays will be available 12-4pm

Oral presentations in the Fishbowl from 2-4pm.

Topics include: Effects of Wildlife, Tricostate Moss, Lipid Transfer Protein, Mt. Shasta Lava Flow and much more!

This event is hosted by the Indian Natural Resources, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP), the College of Natural Resources & Sciences (CNRS), and the University Library.

Book Talk: Sold My Soul for a Student Loan
flyer for book reading

Join us in the Library Fishbowl on Monday, October 7 at 2pm to hear Daniel T. Kirsch talk about his book, Sold My Soul for a Student Loan.

With unprecedented student debt keeping an entire generation from realizing the "American Dream," this book sounds a warning about how that debt may undermine both higher education—and our democracy.

American higher education boasts one of the most impressive legacies in the world, but the price of admission for many is now endless debt. As this book shows, increasing educational indebtedness undermines the real value of higher education in our democracy. To help readers understand this dilemma, the book examines how student debt became commonplace and what the long-term effects of such an ongoing reality might be. Sold My Soul for a Student Loan examines this vitally important issue from an unprecedented diversity of perspectives, focusing on the fact that student debt is hindering the ability of millions of people to enter the job market, the housing market, the consumer economy, and the political process.

Among other topics, the book covers the history of consumer debt in the United States, the history of federal policy toward higher education, and political action in response to the issue of student debt. Perhaps most importantly, it explores the new relationship debtor-citizens have to the government as a result of debt, and how that impacts democracy for a new generation.

Daniel T. Kirsch, PhD, earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and now teaches at California State University, Sacramento. He is a proud member of the American Association of University Professors and the California Faculty Association. His work includes his dissertation "Southie versus Roxbury: Crime, Welfare, and the Racialization of Massachusetts Gubernatorial Elections in the Post-Civil Rights Era" and contributions to the Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. He resides in Woodland, California with his family. This is his first book.

Josh Ferrell to speak in Fishbowl
flyer for Josh Ferrell's talk

Josh Ferrell, TV Producer of "No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain," CNN's "Parts Unknown," and the National Geographic Channel, and a graduate of HSU (Journalism '05) presents Food and Travel Journalism: Compelling Storytelling in Digestible Portions on Friday, September 27 at 1pm in the Library Fishbowl.

Presented by the Departments of Journalism & Mass Communication, Anthropology, and the HSU LIbrary, this discussion and reception are free and open to the public.