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First MALAS Event of 2021!!! Cultural Studies Lecture Series!
THURSDAY, February 25, 2021

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Susan Daitch @SDSU
November 2017

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Deyanira Torres on FLEABAG, Live @SDSU
December 2017

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Myriam Gurba, LIVE @SDSU
November 2017

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Junot Diaz LIVE @ SDSU
January 2018

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MALAS Spring 2016 Seminars! Click the image or here.
MALAS Spring 2016

Fall 2015 MALAS Seminars!  Our richest cross-section of seminars EVER!!!!
Spring 2015 schedule

Click here for a listing of suggested, outside-of-MALAS, graduate seminars from across SDSU

Click here for a listing of past Spring 2015 MALAS Graduate Seminars!

Fall 2013 Classes in Other Departments
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Fall 2013 MALAS Seminars!
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                              2013 roster of seminars

                                  2014 list of suggested classes

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Brain PickingsThe Awl


Boing Boing

Science MagazineZone Zero

Times Online
Fantagraphics Books

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malas archive
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MALAS 1st Annual Foucault/Fuentes
Lecture on Cultural Studies

Commencement 2013 lecture
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MALAS 25th Anniversary Lectures! Fall 2012-2013
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Laura Herbert, University of Michigan,
MALAS Pre-Doc, March 2013
Bodies ib tge Border
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Sheree Rose Presentation, March 2013
Sheree Rose
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Sarah Azaransky, USD Workshop in American Religious History
Sarah Azaransky, USD
                              Workshop in American Religious History
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Neil Kendricks, 1st Annual Jose Guadalupe Posada Lecture on
Graphic Narrative and Visual Cultural Studies
Neil Kendricks, 1st
                              Annual Jose Guadalupe Posada Lecture on
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Supaya Portillo Villeda Lecture on LGBT Resistance in
Latin America--Post-Coup Honduras
Supaya Portillo
                              Villeda Lecture on LGBT Resistance in
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Felipe Quetzalcoatl Quintanilla, November 15, 2012

                    Quetzalcoatl Quintanilla, November 15, 2012
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Fanny Daubigny, November 14, 2012
                  Daubigny, November 14, 2012
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Fred Aldama, October 17, 2012
Fred Aldama, October 17, 2012
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                  PUBLIC LECTURE | April 17, 2012 @ 3:30 SDSU MAIN
                  CAMPUS LSS 246

Michael Wyatt Harper Lecture

Julia Alvarez lecture

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MALAS Co-Sponsors Cherrie Moraga/SDSU Lecture/Workshop!!!

Cherie MoragaIt brings MALAS tons of pleasure to share the wonderful news that Chicana writer extraordinaire Cherríe Moraga has accepted our invitation to present a lecture about "Decolonization, Gender, and Chicana Studies" on February 18, 2010. (Her biography can be found below.) This lecture will be part of SDSU Women's Studies' 40th year anniversary year-long colloquia, titled "Feminist Crossroads: Bearing Witness and Building Social Change." The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies is also celebrating its 40th anniversary and Adelaida del Castillo will be involved by briefly presenting on the topic in the context of SDSU. As part of Cherrie Moraga's time here in San Diego (2/19 to 2/20), she will also be signing books, presenting a keynote and workshop for the AChA (Association of Chicana Activists) high school conference, and conducting a poetry or play reading in a
community venue.

Cherrie Moraga biography:

Cherrie Moraga is playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications
have received national recognition, including a TCG Theatre Artist Residency
Grant in 1996, the NEA's Theatre Playwrights' Fellowship in 1993, and two Fund
for New American Plays Awards.  In 2007, she was awarded the United States
Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature, and in 2008, a Yaddo Artist
Residency Fellowship.

She is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women
of Color, which won the Before Columbus American Book Award in 1986. She is
the author of the now classic Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Pasó Por
Sus Labios (1983/2003) and The Last Generation (1993), published by South
End Press of Cambridge, MA.  In 1997, she published a memoir on motherhood
entitled Waiting in the Wings (Firebrand Books) and is completing a memoir on
the subject of Mexican American cultural amnesia entitled Send Them Flying
Home:  A Geography of Remembrance.  This year Moraga also completed a new
collection of writings- A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness:  A Decade of
Discourse-to be published by Duke University Press in 2010.

Moraga has also published three volumes of drama through West End Press of
Albuquerque, NM.  They include:  Heroes and Saints and Other Plays (1994),
Watsonville/Circle in the Dirt (2002), and The Hungry Woman (2001).  In 2010,
WEP will publish a volume of Moraga's children's plays, entitled Warriors of the
Spirit.  A San Francisco Bay Area playwright, Moraga has premiered her work at
Theatre Artaud, Theatre Rhinoceros, the Eureka Theatre, and Brava Theater
Center.  Brava's production of "Heroes and Saints" in 1992 received numerous
awards for best original script, including the Drama-logue and Critic Circles
Awards and the Pen West Award. Her plays have been presented throughout the
Southwest, as well as in Chicago, Seattle and New York.  In 1995, "Heart of the
Earth," Moraga's adaptation of the Popol Vuh, the Maya creation myth, opened
at the Public Theatre and INTAR Theatre in New York City.  Currently, Moraga is
completing a new play, "Mathematics of Love" to premiere at City of Angels
Theater in the 2010-11 season.  Her most recent performance work, "La Semilla
Caminante" developed in collaboration with Alleluia Panis and Celia Herrera
Rodriguez, is scheduled to open in a workshop production with Campo Santo
Theater of San Francisco in March 2010.

For over ten years, she has served as an Artist in Residence in the Department
of Drama at Stanford University and currently also shares a joint appointment
with Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity.   She teaches Creative Writing,
Chicano/Latino literature, Xicana-Indigenous Performance, Indigenous Identity
in Diaspora in the Arts and Playwriting.  She is proud to be a founding member
of La Red Xicana Indígena, a network of Xicanas organizing in the area of social
change through international exchange, indigenous political education, spiritual
practice, and grass roots organizing.

Cherríe Moraga's webpage!

History, Myth and Mediation Jim Gerber

Pablo Jaime Sainz
Bhavana Dee

Visualizing Archive Fever


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If you are from this species, MALAS is the GRAD PROGRAM FOR YOU!(source: the wooster collective, nyc)
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David "McHank" McHenry
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

McHank and Nericcio, the early years


(These courses are not offered ALL semesters, but they do give you an idea of the cool researchers and coursework you can do if you join our program).
Summer Classes 2013 Summer Schedule
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1st Summer Session? Sex, Drugs, Film, Lit, & Rock 'n' Roll!
Commencement Information 2013

Commencement Info:

Sunday, May 19, @ 10am
West Commons 220

CAL Main College Ceremony
Sunday, May 19 @ 1pm (Precessional @ 12:45pm)
Viejas Arena

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                            scheduleFall 2012 | EXTERNAL, PRE-APPROVED MALAS CLASSES & SEMINARS
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MALAS Classes

Supplementary Spring 2012 MALAS-authorized elective seminars handpicked from across the College of Arts & Letters and beyond!

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Spring 2010 MALAS Courses

MALAS 600 D Monday nights from 7 to 9:40pm
...with the one and only ROY WHITAKER running the show...

Hip-Hop is one of the most important and misunderstood cultural expressions of the past 40 years. For instance, this movement has been widely appropriated by urban and suburban youth; however, it’s been viewed as a pseudo-art form with little relevance for academic reflection. This course examines this core problem and many other criticisms leveled against Hip-Hop – e.g. use of the N-word, homophobia, misogyny, materialism, and hedonism. To be sure, Hip-Hop is a panoply of sorted issues that concerns critical thinkers in post-modernity like democracy, empire, capitalism, feminism, hegemony, and internationalism. Topics covered in this class will include: commercialization of Hip-Hop; Hip-Hop movies; Hip-Hop and women; rap, politics, and resistance; Hip-Hop Chicano/a; global dimensions of Hip-Hop; Hip-Hop as mediated narrative; Hip-Hop and graffiti; just to name a few.The course’s title – “Hip-Hop Aesthetics” – indicates the larger concern that frames the class discourse: the nature of artistic expression in an inhumane world. “Hip-Hop Aesthetics” pushes the boundary of what is considered “great works” and what is not. Furthermore, since Hip-Hop is a global phenomenon, this class utilizes and encourages a multidisciplinary approach to this subject matter – e.g. sociology, politics, economics, communications theory, American studies, musicology, cultural studies, and film studies.

Spring 2010 MALAS-approved courses (in other departments)

ENGL 563.2 
Drugs, Sex, Rock & Roll

spring 2010 courses
with MALAS Director, Bill Nericcio, in Hepner Hall 210, aka 'the HOUSE of Love' from 9:30am to 10:45 Tuesdays and Thursdays

Do please consider making English 563: Drugs, Sex, & Rock'nRoll: Seductive Hallucinations of Film, Photography, Art, Music, and Literature part of your Spring repertoire each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am to 10:45am. Though designed for lit and film junkys, the class is open to all majors! In particular, cinema, art, theatre, music, and television addicts are strongly encouraged to add this vice-focused class to your menu of dynamic courses from SDSU! Texts will include CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER by Thomas De Quincey, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM by Darren Aronofsky, A BIGGER BANG by The Rolling Stones, JUNKY by William Burroughs, art by Tara McPherson (work, opposite), Banksy, Magritte, & Remedios Varo. List of works tentative--more to come.

History 680  
Genocide in the Twentieth Century
with Professor Lawrence Baron

Mondays 1800 2040 AL 566

The perpetration of genocide by states intent on eradicating ethnic, indigenous, racial, religious, or socio-economic groups that purportedly pose a threat to their colonial control, national security, political unity, or racial homogeneity has increased in both efficiency and frequency during the course of the 20th Century.  This seminar will examine a variety of disciplinary explanatory models for why genocide occurs and test their validity by applying them to genocides against indigenous peoples, the Armenian genocide, the Holodomor famines in the Ukraine, the ìRape of Nanking,î Nazi euthanasia, the Jewish Holocaust, the Gypsy Porajmos, the Cambodian genocide, the Mayan genocide in Guatemala, ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, the Rwandan genocide, and the current crisis in Darfur.  It also traces the development of modern international law to punish genocide, treaties to prevent it, and reconciliation commissions to provide political closure to post-genocidal societies. 

ENGL 528
Investigating Shel Silverstein
with Professor Joseph Thomas
New seminar investigating the life & work of Shel Silverstein offered this Spring, 2010: ENGL 528. Perfect for MALAS students, this course engages Silverstein's diverse artistic output: his short plays, screen writing, comic strips, cartoons, picture books, poetry, music, fiction, travel writing (for Playboy magazine, no less), & of course, his lifetime project of living the life of the unrepentant, iconoclastic wag, Shel Silverstein.  The professor, SDSU English professor Joseph Thomas, author of the award-winning book Poetry's Playground: The Culture of Contemporary American Children's Poetry, is currently working on a book-length study of Silverstein, tentatively titled The Devil's Favorite Pet: Shel Silverstein, American Iconoclast. Join him in investgating one of the U.S's most inventive & popular artistic & literary figures.

GEOG 575
with Professor Diana Gauss Richardson
Geography of Recreational Land Use examines the importance of location and environment in the use, management, and quality of recreation areas.  The significance of recreation in the human psyche is reviewed through a historical context and carried through to current trends.  Socioeconomic variations among regions and populations are considered in the analysis of established and proposed recreational land uses.  Land use policies and political influences are included in the examination of the establishment of areas set aside or used for recreation.  Field trips are required, and consist of local (San Diego) trips to city/county/regional, state and federal recreational areas, as well as a 4-day trip to Yosemite National Park.

ENGL 549.1 from 11:00am to 1215 TTh
Dystopias and Utopias: From the Erotic
Electric to the Anarchy of Technology

with MALAS Director, Bill Nericcio, in Hepner Hall 222, aka 'The Mad Lab'

Intoxicatingly disturbing and visionary novels!  Mesmerizingly evocative cinema! That's what's on the menu in this peculiar seminar where, among other things, we will explore the notion of a perfect society: a Utopia. Good old Webster's reassures us with its notion of the term: "Utopia n. [NL., fr. Gr. utopia not + a place.] 1. An imaginary island, represented by Sir Thomas More, in Utopia, enjoying the greatest perfection in politics, laws, and the like; hence, any place or state of ideal perfection." But literary history and world cinema is awash in what may be thought of as Utopia's "other"--books and films, that is, bearing the distinct aroma of Utopia's nemesis: Dystopia. From January to May 2010, we will hang out in both Utopias and Dystopias.

The tentative list of texts include Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Daniel Clowes's Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, George Orwell's 1984, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men, Phillip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and Orson Welles's  Touch of Evil--we will also delve into my own deathless prose tome Tex[t]-Mex in the last part of the semester as we turn to the verge, the US/MEXICO, that MOST dystopic of geocultural enigmas, rich in tradition, conflict, etc. The class is open to all MALAS and English/ Comparative Literature students, but all other interested parties from history, philosophy, political science and the like are welcome to tag along as well.

Sex and the Sacred

with Dr. Mary Kelly
Depts. of Religious Studies and Women’s Studies
Spring Semester 2010 Tuesday 4-6:40 AH3130
A course exploring how religions and sexualities are interrelated Students from any department or program welcome! Ever wonder: Why there are so many religious rules regarding sex? Does God have a sex?  Does God have a gender?  Is there sex in heaven? Is heterosexual monogamy the norm in all religions? How and why do people alter their bodies for religious purposes? Why are monks and nuns celibate? Why are so many religions led by men? How do religions regard same-sex sexuality?  How are transgendered people treated in various religions and cultures?

ENGL 700: 
Seminar: Virginia Woolf

with Professor Bonnie Kime Scott on Mondays 3:30-6:10, CSQ 208

This course approaches the major novels and essays of Virginia Woolf from selected literary and cultural angles.  These include Woolf’s association with modernist authors and their experimental work, her contributions to the emergence of feminist writing and theory, her reflections on the politics of imperialism and war, her expressions of sexuality, and ways that she performs today as a cultural icon and a staple of the literary canon.  We will accompany the primary works with art, media, and  scholarship allowing students to develop various analytical approaches.  Students will have a substantial role in planning these readings and the accompanying discussion.  Texts include the novels The Voyage Out, Jacob’s Room, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, The Waves, and Between the Acts, as well as selected essays and her germinal study of women writers, A Room of One’s Own.

Chicana/o Studies 596.
The U.S.-Mexican Border Region: Development,
Environment, & Sustainability
4 to 6:40 on Mondays with Paul Ganster, Ph.D.  at the helm!

This course examines the historical development of the U.S.-Mexican border region and the interaction of human and natural systems. It discusses the environmental effects of this economic development and analyzes the long term sustainability of the region.
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Fall 2011 MALAS Seminars!
fall 2011 scheduleSummer is ending and the bad news is hitting the streets--sadly, it's freaking out CSU graduate students from Carlsbad to Rosarito! Our delicious assortment of interdisciplinary, cultural studies offerings for Fall 2011 are almost out of seats for prospective LOVERS of the sciences and the liberal arts! Holy Foucault, Batman! Sweet mother of god, Wonder Woman!

robotMALAS 600B "Technosexualities" with Professor Bill Nericcio

MALAS 600C "Comparative Approaches to Cities"
with Professor Kate Swanson

MALAS 600D "Moral Courage: Prison Literatures" with Professor
Chris Frost

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Click HERE for our listing of authorized supplementary MALAS seminars handpicked from across the College of Arts and Letters and beyond!
25 years
25th Anniversary
Year Lectures
More on our 25 years of cultural and interdisciplinary studies
Aldamamuy popMark your calendar, Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ 3:30pm, our first 25th Anniversary Lecture of the semester is going down! Frederick Luis Aldama, Professor of English and Spanish & Director of Laser, Ohio State University (and author of over 20 books on literature, graphic arts, film, and the cognitive sciences), is invading Montezuma Mesa and the San Diego State University campus! PG 242--click the flyer opposite for more details. Big shoutout of love to the Center for Latin American Studies, San Diego State University Press, and the College of Arts and Letters for their co-sponsorship of this topshelf academic event!

Cultural Studies Interdisciplinary Studies Frankfurt School Walter Benjamin American Studies Feminist Theory Queer Theory Post-colonial Studies Semiotics the Avant Garde
Cultural Studies Interdisciplinary Studies Frankfurt School Walter Benjamin American Studies Feminist Theory Queer Theory Post-colonial Studies Semiotics the Avant Garde

the Human (aka, the Meaning of Life) with SDSU Philosophy Professor Peter Atterton
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advanced undergrads can sign up for
Religion and Music

Religion and Music Aesthetics and Theology with noted musician and university lecturer, Yale Strom
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advanced undergrads can sign up for
hecho en mexico
Radically CHICano/a
 Next Generation Ethnic Am Cultural Studies with UCSD's Daniel Widener
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advanced undergrads can sign up for
Radicalizing Levinas and Animal
                  Philosophy: Ethics and IdentityProfessor Peter Atterton, author of Radicalizing Levinas and Animal Philosophy: Ethics and Identity, is whipping up BIOMED: Decomposing the Human, Spring 2011--click the image, opposite, to read the details
Yale StromYale Strom, a noted musician and pedagogue recently touted in Time Magazine, brings RELIGION AND MUSIC to MALAS this Spring 2011--click the image, opposite, to hear the good tunes... Black Arts West: Culture and
                  Struggle in Postwar Los AngelesProfessor Daniel Widener, author of Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles, hits us with RADICALLY CHICana/o, Spring 2011--click the image, opposite, to read the details

Spring 2014 MALAS Courses Now LIVE             
on air

Course descriptions appear on our malasblog!

start buttonWith new seminars on Environmental Social Justice (WATER WARS),  Occult intrigues (Satan and Satanism), Cyborg Aesthetics (Digital Humanities Now),  American Empire and religion (God's Fist), and Interdisciplinary thinking (MALAS 601), MALAS is the West Coast rockingest cultural studies enclave! Hit the ON switch above, now!

 Spring 2014 MALAS External Courses List Archives here!
MALAS is the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences, an interdisciplinary/cultural studies graduate program in the College of Arts and Letters @ San Diego State University • office mothership: Arts and Letters, 226B • phone: (619) 594.1516 • fax: (619) 594.4998 • mail: 5500 Campanile Drive, mailcode: 6020, San Diego, CA 92182-6020 • Director and Graduate Advisor: Dr. William A. Nericcio • Administrative Coordinator/Guru: Katie Waltman

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