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 Yotie Talks

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

Dr. Annika Anderson

Thursday, April 6, 2017

3:00pm- 4:00pm

John M. Pfau Library, PL 4005

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.


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

2:00pm - 4:00pm

John M. Pfau Library, PL 5005

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


John M. Pfau Library, PL 4005

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. 

For questions about the program, please contact Robie Madrigal at rmadrigal@csusb.edu or (909) 537-5104. 


Previous Yotie Talks

Does Discrimination Impact Health?

Dr. Angie Otiniano Verissimo

Thursday, March 16, 2017

noon - 1:00pm

John M. Pfau Library, PL 4005

Dr. Angie Otiniano Verissimo discussed the complex relationship between discrimination and health and possible approaches to address this issue.  She hold a M.P.H. and Ph. D. from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health.  Her research examines how discrimination and other social determiants of health contribute to health disparities, particularly among Latinx.



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

Dr. T.C. Corrigan

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

3:00pm - 4:00pm

John M. Pfau Library, PL 4005

Marx said that, "The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it."  This presentation argues that theoretical interpretation and social change are not mutually exclusive, though.  Indeed, experimental attempts to change society can be particularyl instructive in helping us understand how power operates.  To illustrate this,  Dr. Corrigan reflects on his experience founding a local chapter of Indivisible- a national, non-partisan, grassroots movement working to resist the Trump agenda by exerting pressure on members of Congress.  Specifically, Dr. Corrigan explains; what the Indivisible movement is (nationally); how he worked with concerned neighbors to form the local chapter- Indivisible San Bernardino Mountains; what they've accomplished as a group; and what he has learned from these efforts about digital media's potential for facilitating social change and himself.


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

Monday, February 20, 2017

noon - 2:00pm

John M. Pfau Library, PL 4005

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Executive Order 9066 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. This executive order authorized the military to create zones from which they could exclude all persons of Japanese ancestry, both citizens and non-citizens. This order made it possible for the military to force Japanese Americans from their homes, taking with them only what they could carry. The experiences of removal and wartime incarceration of 120,000 individuals were diverse, and are remembered by their children and grandchildren. On the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066, we come together the remember the past, and to have a conversation about the lasting significance of Japanese American internment today.

Speaking on the panel will be Dr. Eri Yasuhara, Dean Emerita and Professor of Japanese, and Dr. Stuart Sumida, Professor of Biology. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Cherstin M. Lyon, Associate Professor of History and author of Prisons and Patriots: Japanese American Wartime Citizenship, Civil Disobedience, and Historical Memory.