Social Justice Summit
25th annual social justice summit february 25th-March 2nd, 2019

The HSU Multicultural Center presents the 25th Annual Social Justice Summit from Feb. 25 to March 2, 2019. See the full schedule to find all the presentations.

The Social Justice Summit theme this year is “BREAK THAT WALL.” There is a one-unit course offered in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies that coincides with the Social Justice Summit. The Summit is free to HSU Students and the community. Registration for the Summit and for the class is through Extended Learning.

This year's summit presents featured speaker Barbara Curiel and keynote speaker Kimberly Davalos. Our stories are power sites for understanding and building relationships. In the era of our current world, we need to understand how we arrived here because how we remember the past, defines our present, and molds our future. We are thousands of years of resistance from oppression, from the silencing power of domination.

Throughout history, we have become disconnected from our story, our people, and the earth around us. We live in a time where we are forced to sell our bodies to live, a time where our identities give us access to power but strip us of our voice. Our vision for this year’s Social Justice Summit was to highlight tools for non-violent expressions. The theme ‘BREAK THAT WALL’ seeks to provide tools for effective advocacy, finding yourself in this time of commodified bodies, and active ways to change the complicated world around us through the words we use. We look forward to seeing you at the 25th Annual Social Justice Summit.

If you have any questions, please contact the MultiCultural Center at 707.826.3364 or email

Book Talk by Tom Gage Feb. 27 @ 4pm

Please join the HSU Library's celebration of author John Steinbeck's birthday by hearing a presentation by Tom Gage on February 27, 4-5pm in the Fishbowl (Room 209). Eleven years before the opening of Humboldt Normal School, John Steinbeck, California's only Nobel Laureate in Literature, was born in Salinas. Steinbeck wrote EAST OF EDEN, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, poetry, drama, and essays on ecology, like THE SEA OF CORTEZ. Steinbeck's screen play VIVA ZAPATA was nominated for an Oscar in 1952. Tom Gage's presentation explains the connections between John Steinbeck and Captain Bill Jones, and Gage's family who lived in the Salinas Valley during World War I. Tom Gage, while researching his HSU Press publication for AMERICAN PROMETHEUS, discovered a kinship with John Steinbeck.

Meet the CPS Librarian Candidates - Update 2/25

--Please note that candidate Robert Shapiro has withdrawn his application and will not be on campus on February 28th.--

The HSU Library is pleased to invite you to meet the final candidate for the College of Professional Studies Librarian, Leah Garzan. She will be presenting a teaching demonstration in the Library and you are invited to attend and provide feedback.

Candidates have been asked to provide an open forum teaching demonstration followed by a Q&A session. 

Open Forums will take place from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Please plan to attend and meet the candidates (download PDF for candidate bios): 

  • Wed., Feb. 20, 2019 -- Kelly Hangauer (Library Fishbowl, room 209)
  • Thurs., Feb. 21, 2019 -- Garrett Purchio (Library Fishbowl, room 209)
  • Fri., Mar. 1, 2019 -- Leah Gazan (CTL Classroom, room 317)

Your feedback is important.  Feedback forms will be available at the open forum or online:

Please contact the search committee chair, Tim Miller ( if you have any questions.

Brain Booth Drop-In Hours
Brain Booth Designated Open Space Drop-in Hours

Activity stations are set up in the Brain Booth Designated Open Space outside of Library 208 on the 2nd floor for drop-in hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am-3pm

Come to relax and try out the equipment -  biofeedback, sound and light therapy, VR goggles, coloring, meditation, and other activities that promote intentional brain breaks and support emotional self-regulation and singular thoughtful focus.

Let's Talk About the Middle East Film Series: The Insult
flyer for The Insult movie

Join Prof. Leena Dallasheh for this special screening of THE INSULT (2017) with the lead actor, Kamel El Basha at the Minor Theater on Thursday, Feb. 21 @ 7pm. 25 years after the Lebanese civil war, its wounds linger. In today's Beirut, a small incident between a Palestinian refugee, Yasser, and a Lebenese-Christian, Tony, turns into a complicated trial, in which the personal becomes political. Competing narratives and mutual accusations of that war are laid out to show, as one laywer etates, "no one has a monopoly on suffering." Kamel El Basha is a Palestinian actor from al-Quds (Jerusalem). He has had an impressive career in theatre, including serving as artistic director of the Palestinian National Theatre, as well as a film actor. His performance in THE INSULT won him the award for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.

International Education Week Feb. 11-15
photo of students in a classroom

The College of Extended Education and Global Engagement is hosting International Education Week February 11-15.  There wil be faculty and student presentations plus social events all free to campus and community members.

See the complete schedule for list of events.

Global Cafe takes you to Guatemala!
global cafe - Guatemala march 6 5:30-6:30, library fishbowl

Come learn about Guatemala and enjoy free food on Wednesday, March 6 @ 5:30pm in the Library Fishbowl, 2nd floor.

5th Annual HSU Authors Celebration
photo of HSU Authors Hall book shelf and celebratory cakes

The HSU Library and Office of the Provost invite you to celebrate works published in 2018 by HSU faculty, staff, student, and alumni authors.  Join us on Thursday, February 14 from 3-5pm in the Authors Hall on the 2nd floor for readings, photos, refreshments, and music performed by the Fusilli Brothers!

Congratulations to all publishers!

For more information and to see photos from previous celebrations, go to

Have you published? Please let us know!  Submit the form or contact Cyril Oberlander, Library Dean.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
flyer for Wikipedia edit a thon

Join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. Tutorials for beginner Wikipedians will be provided along with reference materials, and refreshments.

Drop in to the Library Learning Lab, 3rd floor, L308 from 10am-5pm on Monday, March 4.

See the flyer for more information.

Global Cafe takes you to China!
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Come to the Library Fishbowl, 2nd floor, on Wednesday, February 6th from 4-5pm to learn more about China!

The presenter from China will talk about the experience studying in the United States, culture differences, landscape, issues, etc.

Cider to Support the HSU Library
Cider for Non-Profits: HSU Library flyer for Feb 5, 2019, 5-9pm

Join the HSU Library at the Humboldt Cider Company Taproom at 517 F Street, Eureka, on Tuesday, February 5.

A percentage of all tap sales from 2pm-10pm will be donated to the HSU Library for student internships, special collections, textbooks on reserve, and much more! Trivia and prizes begin at 5pm.

Come and have fun while enjoying delicious, locally-made cider!

Do You Plan to Assign SkillShops this Spring?

Many instructors offer extra credit or even require students to attend SkillShops as a way to supplement their learning and increase their skill set. We can help you connect SkillShops to your course content and learning outcomes. Submit your request and a librarian will work with you to plan and schedule SkillShops that focus on skills you want students to develop.  Read more at

Offer a Skillshop this Spring!
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Would you like to offer a SkillShop for Spring Semester?  These free, 50-minute drop-in workshops are very popular with our students so now is the time to get involved!  We welcome your submissions at  Please email if you have any questions.


Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties & the Constitution
photo of Fred Korematsu

HSU will observe the annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution with a documentary film RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE. The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion of the history of Japanese American World War II internment camps by Prof. Christina Accomando, CRGS and Prof. Michihiro Clark Sugata, Sociology, on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 5pm in Library's Fishbowl.

The public is invited. Fred Korematsu was an average 23-year-old California native working as a shipyard welder. But when he refused to obey Executive Order 9066, which sent 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry into internment campus, he became something extraordinary -- a civil rights champion. This film follows Korematsu's story from the moment he first resisted confinement to the hard-won victory he finally achieved 39 years later, with the help of a new generation of Japanese-American activists seeking vindication and the assurance that such a terrible injustice would never occur again. This observance marks the state of California's decision in 2010 to designate January 30 as the annual anniversary honoring Korematsu for his lifelong fight for civil rights. In the years before Korematsu's death in 2005, he served on the Constitution Project's bipartisan Liberty and Security Committee. The project is a think tank that advocates rule of law and criminal justice programs.

Library Cafe Break Hours
Library Cafe closed 12/15-1/15 flyer

The Library Cafe's semester break hours are:

December 15 - January 15  CLOSED
January 16-18  OPEN 8am-12:30pm
January 19-21  CLOSED

Spring semester hours start January 22, 2019.

See this pdf document for more information about the Library Cafe's hours and other food services on campus during the semester break.

Feeling Stressed? Get a Free Chair Massage!
Finals Week 2018 Free Massage First Floor of the Library 12/11 10am-2pm, 12/12 11am-3pm, 12/13 10am-2pm

Peer Health and OhSNAP! is bringing free massages to the Library Lobby this week!

  • Tuesday 10am - 2pm
  • Wednesday 11am - 3pm
  • Thursday 10am - 2pm


Faculty: Did You Assign SkillShops Fall Semester?

If you assigned SkillShop attendance as part of your course during Fall semester, we'd like to know about it so we can streamline and improve the experience for students.  We'd also like to better coordinate with you to schedule SkillShops that work with your course needs and timeline. 

Please help us by taking this survey:

Thank you!

AS / Learning Center Study Lounge
AS/Learning Center Study Lounge Opens Sunday

All students are welcome to the Associated Students / Learning Center Study Lounge!

University Center South Lounge
Sunday, December 9 - Tuesday, December 11

Enjoy a concentrated atmosphere, with mixed seating and supportive features:

  • Learning Center Tutors available:
    • Sunday: BIOL 105, BIOL 340, BOT 105, CHEM 109, PHYX 107, STAT 108, ZOOL 110
    • Monday: CHEM 107, PHYX 106
    • Tuesday: BIOL 105, BOT 105, CHEM 107, CHEM 109, CHEM 110, STAT 108, STAT 109
  • Free printing for schoolwork
  • Free hot food, fruit, snacks, ants on the log, and hot beverages!
  • A drawing will be held each night at 6:30pm with test-taking materials for prizes
Publish Your Work in the ideaFest Journal!
Deadline Extended December 14, 2018 ideaFest Journal flyer

You've done the work now publish it in a peer-reviewed journal!  The ideaFest Journal is looking for submissions from HSU undergraduates, graduates, staff, faculty, and alumni.  For more information, including submission guidelines, see the journal website or contact the HSU Press.  Deadline has been extended to December 14th!

After Hours Study Space Available!
Need an all night study area? Nelson Hall East 113 Open 10pm to 7:30am

Need a quiet study area after the library closes? Nelson Hall East 113 is open from 10pm until 7:30am for a warm, dry, secure study space.