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HSU Does it Again! Student Heads to National Theater Arts Competition in D.C.

March 15, 2018 - 8:43am

For the fifth consecutive year, an HSU Theatre Arts student is heading to Washington, D.C. for a prestigious theater competition.

Roman Sanchez will compete in a leadership category against seven other students from around the country in the 49th annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) next month.

Thousands of student artists from eight regions nationwide submitted their work for consideration. Representing Region VII, Sanchez is among the 125 students chosen to travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Kennedy Center event.

He advances after winning the ASPIRE Leadership Initiative category in the recent KCACTF contest for Region VII. The category asks students to demonstrate their theater management skills by pitching their ideas for a new theater company.

Sanchez joined about 36 HSU students in Spokane, Washington for the regional event, which gave students the opportunity to participate in workshops; exhibit their work; audition or interview for employment and graduate school opportunities; network with industry professionals; and connect with theater-makers from other universities and colleges.

An HSU student has competed in the national KCACTF for the past four years: Alexander Stearns for costume design (2017); Heidi Voelker for scenery design (2016); Marissa Menezes for costume design (2015); and Caitlin Volz for stage management (2014).

Derek Lane, an instructor for the Department of Theatre, Film & Dance, says HSU students make a particularly strong showing in design at KCACTF. That’s because HSU’s program gives students the chance to do actual, realized designs.

“HSU has a reputation for giving them real experience designing mainstage productions and mentoring our undergraduate students,” says Lane.

Other HSU students made a strong showing in Region 7 competitions:
• Liz Whittemore and Ayanna Wilson: finalists in the KCACTF Musical Theatre Initiative category.
• Amy Beltrán and Isaiah Alexander, and scene partners Victor Parra and Shawn Wagner: semi-finalists in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition. Beltrán and Parra advanced to the final round.
• Valerie Ramirez: Meritorious Achievement Award for her “Properties Design of Avenue Q.”
• Isabella Ceja: Meritorious Achievement Award for her Costume Design of “Julius Caesar.” Ceja was also the Regional Champion in Costume Design for her work on a dance piece “Instilled Text and Subtext,” as part of the HSU Spring Dance Concert.
• Marissa Sanchez and Roman Sanchez: Regional and National Achievement Awards through the League of Regional Theatres ASPIRE Leadership Fellows Program.
• Margarita Liberto, Angie Negrete, and Roman Sanchez: special Collaboration Award for their work on “Real Women Have Curves.”

About the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually. For 47 years, the organization has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 700 academic institutions throughout the country.

Spanish-language Radio Programming to Reach More Listeners

February 28, 2018 - 2:13pm

Humboldt State University’s new Spanish-language public radio programming is expanding its reach to most of the North Coast.

On March 1, KHSU programming for the nonprofit radio network, Radio Bilingüe, will move from 95.5 FM (KHSQ)—a 100-watt station—to 103.3 FM (KHSM), a more than 3,000-watt station which carried the BBC. The move is temporary as Radio Bilingüe awaits federal approval for its future home on 107.7.

Until then, listeners can tune in to the BBC on 90.1 FM (KHSF, Ferndale) and then 107.7 FM starting in April.

With the power increase, Radio Bilingüe’s Spanish-language public affairs and music programming can now be heard from Smith River and Crescent City in Del Norte County to Southern Humboldt County.

Founded in 1976, the nonprofit radio network based in Fresno, California, reaches listeners across the United States, Puerto Rico, and parts of Mexico. Programming provides not only a vital service for the region’s growing Spanish-speaking communities but also a learning experience.

HSU students are producing local Spanish-language programming for the new service, covering topics important to the HSU community, such as DACA, immigration reform, environmental education, food security, sexual harassment, and local bilingual education efforts.

“As additional federal approvals come through for upgrades to our signals, we will cover the North Coast with both formats, which are unique for our region, and play an important role in keeping the community informed,” says Jessica Eden, KHSU’s Radio Bilingüe program director.

Eden, also the main programmer for HSU’s BBC stations, says KHSU saw the station switch as a chance to expand support Radio Bilingüe’s offerings to local listeners.

“Because KHSU’s English-language programming is so well-established as a media leader, we decided that focusing additional resources on our new Spanish-language programming was necessary to establish it as a community institution,” she says.

The initial purchase of the Radio Bilingüe station license was made entirely from grants from the California Endowment, the Irvine Foundation, the Smullen Foundation, the St. Joseph Foundation, and the Humboldt Area Foundation. Eden and other KHSU staff members will provide help to community members and students who want to learn to provide programming. Additional foundation grants and community donations will underwrite the new station.

About KHSU
KHSU is part of Humboldt State University’s six-station community-supported, non-commercial public radio network, licensed to and located on the campus of HSU in Arcata, California. We broadcast a diverse mix of programs to a population of about 135,000 people throughout Northwest California and Southwest Oregon.

Ratings data show KHSU’s weekly listenership and the time listeners spend with us provide Northcoast residents and visitors more than 12 million listener-hours of information and entertainment per year.

20th Annual International Latino Film Festival

February 12, 2018 - 9:52am

The 20th Annual International Latino Film Festival will be held February 27 and 28, and March 1 at the Mill Creek Cinema in McKinleyville, 6 – 10:20 p.m. This long-standing community event is a collaboration of College of the Redwoods Humanities Department and Humboldt State University’s World Languages & Cultures Department.

Students and the general public are invited to experience three outstanding films relating to the theme “Recent Chilean Blockbusters”: The Maid (Sebastián Silva, 2009); Gloria (Sebastián Lelio, 2013), and Neruda (Pablo Larraín, 2016). All films will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. The festival is free for students enrolled in SPAN/ HIST/ ES 396 and SPAN 99A courses.

The special guest speaker is Isabel Lipthay—a writer, musician, journalist, and professor. Each evening, Lipthay will introduce the films and provide insight into the content and key social issues portrayed in the films. Following the screening, CR and HSU professors will share their impressions of the films, and together with Lipthay will engage the audience in a panel discussion in English. For academic credit, enrolled students will write an additional paper.

Lipthay studied journalism and voice (singing) in Chile. During Augusto Pinochet´s dictatorship, she worked under strict censorship as a cultural journalist for HOY, Radio Chilena, La Bicicleta, Televisión Nacional, Análisis.
On television she performed musical programs and between 1976 and 1978, she directed the weekly program “Érase una vez” (Once upon a time), featuring Chilean crafts (mule drivers, miners, artisans, folk musicians).

She worked as public relations officer for the theater group “El Telón” of Juan Radrigán and “Taller 666,” where she organized movies and festivals for music and theater. In 1980 she was imprisoned. In 1983, she went into exile to Germany where she still lives today.

In 1986, she founded the duo “Contraviento” with Martin Firgau, making performances of Latin American music, with Lipthay’s own poetry and pictures. The topics included subjects like 500 years of the Spanish conquest of America, Pablo Neruda, Frida Kahlo, Víctor Jara, Mercedes Sosa, the Civil War in Spain, and Violeta Parra. “Contraviento” has recorded three CDs. (
Lipthay has published books of short stories and poetry like “Seltsame Pflanzen/Curiosas Plantas” and “Die Begegnung/Aquel Encuentro,” in Spanish and German.
Since 1983, she has been teaching Spanish for adults, visiting schools and working with theater and dance groups, translating and dubbing films, presenting movies in German cinemas, and directing seminars. She has attended international congresses in the United States, Mexico, Hungary, Chile, Germany, and Italy. The Irishman Gerry Sheridan made a film about her story “El Abuelo” (The Grandfather).

In 2006 and 2008, she taught Spanish and directed two seminars of Latin American protest music at HSU. In 2008, she was a member of the Latino Film Festival with HSU and the College of the Redwoods. In 2015, she directed a seminar of Latin American protest music at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. She has also given many performances in different European countries, in Latin America, and the United States.

From 2007 to 2013, she was a main character and organizer in the film “Following the Ninth,” directed by Kerry Candaele (trailer: In 2017, “Contraviento” organized performances about the Civil War in Spain and Violeta Parra.

The films and panelists:

Tuesday, Feb. 27
The Maid (Sebastián Silva, 2009)
Raquel (Saavedra) has served as the maid for the Valdes family for over 23 years. She treats her employers, Pilar (Celedón) and Edmundo (Goic) with the utmost loyalty and respect. She gets along well with their teenage son, Lucas (Agustín Silva), but clashes with their headstrong daughter, Camila (García-Huidobro). When Raquel begins to suffer dizzy spells, due to an excessive use of chlorine for household cleaning, Pilar decides to hire additional maids to assist Raquel in her daily chores. The fiercely territorial Raquel resents this and engages in a series of increasingly desperate attempts to drive away maid after maid, including the younger Lucy (Loyola), in order to maintain her position in the household.

The Panelists will include keynote speaker Isabel Lipthay; Barbara Curiel, HSU Professor of Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies; and Gabrielle Gopinath, CR Professor of Cinema.

Wednesday, Feb. 28
Gloria (Sebastián Lelio, 2013)
A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria (García), a 58-year-old, free-spirited divorcée. Her grown son and daughter have their own lives. She meets Rodolfo (Hernández), seven years her senior and a former naval officer who, like her, is seeking companionship, but he cannot give up his other relationships.

The Panelists will include keynote speaker Isabel Lipthay, Writer, Musician, Journalist and Professor; Suzanne Pazstor, HSU Professor of History; and David Holper, CR Professor of English.

Thursday, March 1
Neruda (Pablo Larraín, 2016)
Popular poet and Communist Senator Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) opposes the administration of President Gabriel González Videla and denounces his brutal anti-communist repression in a speech in the National Congress in 1948. Threatened with arrest, he goes underground. Refusing to live the life of a fugitive, he taunts the government authorities by appearing in public venues or leaving evidence of his movements. His pursuer is the fascist Chief of the Investigations Police of Chile Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal). Eventually he takes an escape route via Argentina, having to pass through the Andes Mountains.

The Panelists will include keynote speaker Lipthay; Lilianet Brintrup, HSU Professor of Spanish; and Nicole Bryant Lescher, CR Professor of English.

Black History Month 2018 Kicks Off in February

January 26, 2018 - 2:57pm

A community leader behind a food revolution in urban areas will help Humboldt State celebrate and recognize African-American achievements throughout U.S. history.


Ron Finley, the self-proclaimed “Gangsta Gardener,” will be a keynote speaker at HSU’s celebration of Black History Month starting Feb. 1. He’ll discuss how he transformed unused urban areas into community gardens that grow healthy, local food.

Coordinated by the African American Center for Academic Excellence (AACAE) and organized by several campus groups, Black History Month will also include games, discussions, and a movie screening for students.

“By learning from African-American culture, students can hopefully reflect on their own cultural experiences and identities,” says Kassandra Rice, logistics and administrative specialist at the AACAE.

Highlights of Black History Month events are below. Events may be subject to change, so please check the AACAE’s website for details.

Thursday, Feb. 1
Black History Month Kickoff
Noon – 1 p.m.
UC Quad / South Lounge

Opening Ceremony
6 – 9 p.m.
Kate Buchanan Room

Black Out
Women’s basketball 5:30 p.m.
Men’s basketball 7:30 p.m.
Lumberjack Arena
Watch the Lumberjacks take on Cal State East Bay. Wear black to the game in honor of Black History Month. Student tickets are free with an HSU ID.

Tuesday, Feb. 6
Bob Marley’s Birthday
Noon – 2 p.m.
African American Center for Academic Excellence
Enjoy cake & punch while listening to Bob’s music.

Monday, Feb. 12
Melanin Monday
12 p.m.
UC Quad
Wear black in celebration of Black History Month.

Tuesday, Feb. 13
Ron Finley, Philosophy Forum Keynote
7 p.m.
Van Duzer Theatre
The self-proclaimed “Gangsta Gardener” is a community leader in South Los Angeles who has sparked a food revolution by converting unused urban areas into community gardens growing healthy, local foods.
$15 Adult & child; $5 students. Get tickets here.

Thursday, Feb. 15
Josiah Lawson Memorial
6 p.m.
Arcata Plaza

Feb. 19 – 23 & 26 – 28
Black Inventors Exhibit
All day
South Lounge, Karshner Lounge

Tuesday, Feb. 20
What’s Going On?
6 – 7 p.m.
Mad River Room (Jolly Giant Commons 324)
Join Dr. Wayne Brumfield & Dr. Cheryl Johnson for conversation and discussion regarding the safety of Students of Color on campus and in the surrounding communities.

Wednesday, Feb. 21
Black History Month Movie Screening (movie TBD)
7 p.m.
Minor Theatre, Arcata
With facilitated discussion. Free for anyone with a valid HSU ID.

Wednesday, Feb. 28
Black History Month Closing Ceremony
Noon – 1 p.m.
UC Quad / South Lounge

Exploring the Human Effect on the Environment at Third Street Gallery

January 19, 2018 - 12:13pm

A pair of exhibitions at HSU’s Third Street Gallery will explore wetland ecologies and climate change beginning Jan. 29.

David Jordan, “Hot Water, Dry Dock, Dead Fish,” 2017, lowfire ceramic, 14 x 16 x 8 inches“HOT” will address climate change and global warming. With temperatures rising around the world, artists are exploring ideas about climate change, its causes, and effects.

The exhibition features 17 student and alumni artists from Humboldt State, including Regina Case, Julie Clark, Tim Clewell, Gio King, Haley Davis, Lizzy Dostal, Claire Esselstrom, Elisa Griego-Martinez, Chelsee Harris, Harley Hinkle, David Jordan, Anna Kowalczyk, Anna Ladd, Malia Matsumoto, Bethany Matthis-Montgomery, Terry Torgerson, and David White.

Cynthia Hooper, Still from “Colusa National Wildlife Refuge (Colusa/Butte Basins),” 2017, single-channel color video with sound, running time: 8 minutesAlso appearing at the Third Street Gallery is “Cultivated Ecologies,” an interdisciplinary video and essay project by Cynthia Hooper, an artist and professor at College of the Redwoods.

The exhibition examines the extensively reconfigured network of wetland refuges scattered across California’s Central Valley. Though now disconnected and drastically diminished, these wetlands remain ecologically significant, and have been designed to successfully coexist amid one of our planet’s most intensively cultivated and astonishingly productive agricultural regions.

The sites are critical stops for millions of migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway, as well as year-round havens for countless local species. Though carefully tended and protected by decades of legislative efforts, these habitats nevertheless face significant challenges.

$largeimage3$Hooper’s four non-narrative experimental documentary videos patiently depict the graceful and seasonally shifting characteristics of these austere and dramatically mediated habitats. The videos stealthily observe the interactions between refuge wildlife, the infrastructure that supports it, and the human populations that make forays into these novel ecosystems. Accompanying essays in the exhibition describe the historical, hydrological, ecological, and political complexities of these carefully engineered places.

“The sociological complexities built into these refuges mimic our cultural frictions at large,” Hooper says. “Yet these sites also foster interactions between diverse human communities in addition to those between humans and nature.”

HSU Third Street Gallery will host a gallery talk by the Hooper on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. Come meet the artist as she guides you through her exhibition.

“HOT” and “Cultivated Ecologies” will run from Jan. 29 through March 4. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon–5 p.m.

The gallery will host a public reception for the artists on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 6-9 p.m., during Eureka Main Street’s Arts Alive Program.

Third Street Gallery is located at 416 Third Street in Eureka, California. Admission is free for all. Groups are encouraged to call ahead to arrange tours. For more information call (707) 443-6363 or visit the gallery’s website at