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Yotie Talks

The University Diversity Committee launched a new speaker series during the 2015/2016 academic year to address a need that was not being met.  Yotie Talks is a series designed to discuss current issues that are critical to our college campus.  The goal of this series is to create a space for dialogue for students, faculty and staff. 


Upcoming Events

Yotie Talk: Latinas in the American West

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Noon to 1:30 P.M.

PL-5005 (Library Multimedia Center)


Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Ovalle Perez, Assistant Professor of English

In this Yotie Talk, she will explore the political, social, and literary impact of poetry by Latinas in California Spanish-language newspapers during the nineteenth century. She focuses on one variety of Latina composition in particular—poetry—to show how innovation in verse became a means for Latinas to dream of new ways of social being.

Professor Ovalle Perez, who recently earned a doctoral degree in comparative literature and graduate certificate in gender studies from the University of Southern California, teaches courses on poetry and Latinx literature.

She is currently working on a book project examining poetry published by Latinas in Spanish-language newspapers of Alta California in the period after the Mexican-American War.

For more information, contact Robie Madrigal, Pfau Library, at or 909.537.5104.


UDC-Sponsored Program:  Wilmington on Fire

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Noon - 2 P.M.

PL-5005 (Library Multimedia Center)


Before Rosewood, before Tulsa, there was Wilmington—a massacre kept secret for almost 100 years.

“Wilmington on Fire” chronicles the bloody assault on the prosperous African-American community in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, on November 10, 1898.

The attack, led by a cabal of white supremacists, killed dozens of African Americans and unseated the city’s elected officials; it is considered the only successful municipal coup d’état to occur on U.S. soil. The massacre and coup galvanized the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow segregation throughout North Carolina and the American South.

Post-screening discussion facilitated by A. Rafik Mohamed, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (left), and Marc A. Robinson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of History.

For more information, contact Robie Madrigal, Pfau Library, at or 909.537.5104.


Previous Yotie Talks

The Underrepresentation of Women in Computer Science and Engineering

When: October 19, 2017 | 1-2 p.m.
Where: PL - 4005
Speaker: Dr. George Georgiou, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Info: Women are disproportionately underrepresented in computer science and engineering disciplines. At CSUSB, women make up only 12% of the students in these programs, which is consistent with national statistics. In most other STEM disciplines, women are not underrepresented. There is a decreasing trend in the numbers of women in computer science over the last three decades. This presentation seeks to shed light on the possible causes of the underrepresentation and the strategies that have been adopted by various institutions to reverse the trend.

1984: A Three-Part Examination of George Orwell's Novel

Part I: Read 1984

In an age of "alternative facts" and manufactured news, many people believe that the novel's themes and symbols are relevant to the current political atmosphere.  Sales of 1984 have surged, and it was recently a best-seller on Amazon.  On March 10th, the campus community was invited to read 1984.  The library has acquired 50 copies of the book, which is available for extended checkout.

Part II: Attend the Film Screening

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Attend a screening of the award-winning version of 1984 filmed in the year 1984, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton.   This event is free and open to the public, and students are invited to bring guests.

Part III: Take Part in the Discussion

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Attend a Yotie Talk featuring a faculty panel that will engage audience members in a critical analysis and review of 1984.  This interactive discussion, which is free and open to the public.  Students are invited to bring guests. 

The Conduits and Barriers to Reentry for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in San Bernardino

Dr. Annika Anderson

Thursday, April 6, 2017

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's most recent statistics, more than 61% of inmates released from prison- approximately 30,500 men and women- will return to prison within three years.  While recidivism has been extensively researched, much less attention has been paid to the process of successful reentry or criminal desistance.  Given the high rates of returning inmates, there needs to be a better understanding of their life after they exit prison and the successful methods for their reintegration.  This is particularly important since their struggles may affect their family members, friends and communities in general.  In this talk, Dr. Anderson will discuss the conduits and barriers to reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals in San Bernardino. 

Dr. Annika Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology where she teaches classes on deviant behavior, criminology, social psychology, race and ethnic relations.  She is also the Director of Project Rebound, a campus-based reentry program that helps formerly incarcerated students prepare for, apply to, enroll in, and graduate with high-quality degrees from California State University, San Bernardino.  She received her B.A. in Public Relations from Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. and Ph. D. in Sociology from Washington State University.  Her research interests are in criminology, social stratification, sexuality, social psychology, race, and ethnic relations.


Does Discrimination Impact Health?

Dr. Angie Otiniano Verissimo

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Point is to Change (and Interpret) it: Grassroots Organizing as Experimental Method

Dr. T.C. Corrigan

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Understanding Japanese American "Internment" Today: A Contemporary Perspective on the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066

Monday, February 20, 2017