Hannon Library Chinese New Year: “Forbidden Citizens” with Author Martin Gold

Southern Oregon University
News Release

For immediate release: 
January 22, 2014              
For further information contact: 
Anna Beauchamp
(541) 552-6823    
(Ashland, Ore.) – Hannon Library and the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association are pleased to host author and attorney Martin Gold as part of this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations.  He will speak at Hannon Library on the Southern Oregon University campus on Friday, February 7th, at Noon.
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Forbidden Citizens: Chinese Exclusion and the U.S. Congress: A Legislative History” traces the timeline and background of a series of laws passed by the U.S. Congress between 1879 and 1943 which prohibited the Chinese as a people from becoming U.S. citizens.  “Forbidden Citizens” recounts this long and shameful legislative history quoting both supporters and opponents of the bills in full detail.  Ted Gong, 1882 Project co-chair of the Chinese American Alliance will also join Mr. Gold in a discussion of the recent passage of Senate Resolution 201, expressing regret for the 1882 Chinese exclusion laws.
Martin Gold, 2014Martin Gold, an attorney from Washington D.C., has over 35 years of legislative experience, advising U.S. Senate Majority Leaders, Senators, and serving on a number of Senate committees.  He is one of the country’s leading experts on congressional procedures, and is on the faculty of TheCapitol.Net.  He has presented hundreds of seminars for government, academic, and private sector audiences, has lectured in China, Russia, and the Ukraine, and has received numerous awards for his work in public affairs.
This Friday Noon event is free and kicks off the Chinese New Year celebrations which will continue Saturday in Jacksonville.  More Year of the Horse events are posted at: <http://soccachinesenewyear.org/>.  Contact Hannon Library at (541) 552-6023.


SOU Screening New Documentary: "The State of Arizona"

Media Alert

The Campus Theme Program at Southern Oregon University (SOU) will present a free screening of the new documentary film The State of Arizona on Thursday, Jan. 16, 7:00 pm in the SOU Meese Auditorium, Center for the Visual Arts.
The film tells the story of Arizona’s controversial “papers please” immigration law. The program is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a panel discussion.  This is a special pre-release “sneak preview” of the film which premieres later in January on PBS.
The State of Arizona, directed/produced by Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval, interweaves the volatile themes of immigration and race portrayed through a mosaic of characters and their responses to the law, SB1070. The film is built around the turbulent arc of the law, from the Governor’s signing the bill in 2010 to the Supreme Court’s June 2012 pronouncement on its constitutionality. Through the personal stories of individuals impacting and impacted by immigration policies, the film explores the social and political circumstances that gave rise to SB1070, examining the roles played by government and business, as well as the human consequences of the policy.
Panel Facilitator:  SOU Professor Echo Fields, Sociology
Discussants: Virginia Camberos, regional organizer for Rogue Valley Oregon Action; Pancho Becraft, SOU alumni; John Almaguer, immigration attorney

Carlos Sandoval, Producer/Director

Filmmaker Carlos SandovalCarlos Sandoval is the co-director/producer of the award-winning documentariesA Class Apart (American Experience 2009, Imagen Award), soon to be a major motion picture, and Farmingville (P.O.V. 2004, Sundance Special Jury Prize), which was about a small suburban town in the wake of the hate-based attempted murder of two Mexican day laborers. A lawyer and writer, Sandoval’s work has appeared in anthologies and The New York Times. His experience as a lawyer includes telecommunications and complex litigation. Prior to attending law school, Sandoval worked on immigration and refugee affairs as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations, and as a program officer for The Century Foundation.

Catherine Tambini, Producer/Director

Filmmaker Catherine TambiniCatherine Tambini is the co-director/producer of the award-winning documentaryFarmingville. Ms. Tambini co-produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse, which aired on PBS’s Great Performances/Dance In America. She field produced and shot portions of MTV’s series I’m From Rolling Stone and TLC’s Pageant Perfect. She was the production manager for Connie and Ruthie, Every Room in the House (HBO) and Best Man (Cinemax). Tambini assisted in the production design of many well-known Hollywood films, including The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Steel Magnolias, True Colors, and The Secret of My Success. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


Professor Robert Arellano Receives 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship

Literary Arts announced this week that Southern Oregon University Professor Robert Arellano is the recipient of a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship. “Oregonians are passionate about books,” reads the announcement of the awards, sponsored by the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust. “And ideas, and great writing. Our mission is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.”
Arellano, the author of six novels including the Edgar Award-finalist Havana Lunar (Akashic Books, 2009), will hold the Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship in fiction for 2014. “I’m blown away,” says Arellano. “Four years after moving here with my family, it’s really just hitting me as an author: Oregon embraces me.”
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Last year, together with fellow Creative Writing professors Kasey Mohammad and Craig Wright, Arellano founded the Institute of New Writing \ Ashland at Southern Oregon University. “A lot of people love visiting the Rogue Valley for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival or for outdoor adventuring. Craig, Casey and I want to put SOU on the map as the Northwest destination for literary inspiration.”
Arellano and seven other 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship honorees will engage with Oregonians this year at events across the state, beginning with the 27th annual Oregon Book Awards in Portland later this winter. But Arellano says his real second passion is teaching: “My online course for SOU right now is called Writing the Novel, and it’s packed with students who log on from Seattle to San Diego: 30 authors, ages 18 to 60-something, mastering the art of storytelling.”

 About Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.
About Literary Arts
Oregonians are passionate about books. And ideas, and great writing. Literary Arts shares this passion. Our mission is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature. The programs of Literary Arts include: Writers in the Schools, Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, Portland Arts & Lectures, and Delve: Readers’ Seminars.
For more information about the programs of Literary Arts please contact 503.227.2583 or visit literary-arts.org.
About the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust
The Commission offers a variety of matching grants to support arts programming in Oregon. Grant programs are supported with general funds from the State of Oregon and the Oregon Cultural Trust, and federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, the Commission shares its grant-making resources with the Oregon Cultural Trust to provide a more efficient and cost effective process for both organizations.
The Cultural Trust is a statewide cultural plan to raise significant new funds for Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage. Funds are distributed to local communities to support cultural priorities, through competitive grants for projects of regional and statewide significance, and through grants to Oregon’s statewide cultural agencies to support their ongoing efforts.

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