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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