Center for Integrative Studies (CIS) Sponsored Events

Arts Under the Stars

Arts Under the Stars is back for another year of community and creativity, featuring a variety of projects, performances and collaborations.

Call for Research and Creative Ideas, Creative and Event Leaders, and Participants

Arts Under the Stars is a multimedia research and arts presentation. Over 20 different programs have participated presenting research from Chemistry and Nursing to Political Science and Psychology. If you are interested contact Heather Castillo at
The theme for Arts Under The Stars 2020 is Home and all of its meanings to various programs. Proposals can come from any student, faculty, or staff member at CI.
Arts Under the Stars will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 6:00 pm.

For more information contact Heather Castillo at 805-437-2052 or

Summer SURF Information lunch

The lunch will go over Summer SURF projects, student testimonials, and receive application tips. The Summer SURF Program is open to undergraduate students returning Fall 2020. In addition to enhancing their research skills, they will also receive a stipend, plus much more!
For more information regarding Summer SURF, please click here

RSVP appreciated by January 29, 2020 by clicking here.

SURF Information Lunch

Magnetic Currents: Representations charged by the U.S. and Mexico Border

Show: March 9 - April 17, 2020

Reception: March 12, 2020

Magnetic Currents is an exhibition that will span across two spaces on the CSU Channel Islands campus, in both the Broome Library Gallery and Napa Hall Gallery. This series of displays pulls together artists who migrate globally, but who are deeply anchored to the United States and Mexico borderlands. Beyond an address of physical proximity, this show offers nuanced expressions about the complexities of borders.
As active agents of change, each artist draws attention to social injustices through personal journeys. Some deal with the polarities of identity and belonging, as they relate to boundaries and place. Others dissolve borders through their creative processes, as they traverse history, systems of differentiation, and survival. Stereotypes and representation are also considered in a number of works.
Magnetic Currents presents a diverse spectrum of experiences and a range of creative approaches charged by the U.S. and Mexico border. Artists in the show share interdisciplinary creative approaches in exploration and discovery, as well as in the application and transmission of knowledge.
Artist List
  • David Avalos
  • Gabriel Cardenas (Filmore, CA)
  • Isiah Crow
  • Armando de la Torre
  • De la Torres Brothers
  • Lorena Gomez Mostajo
  • Celia Herrera Rodriguez -> invited, maybe
  • Noe Olivas
  • Judith Pedroza/Erik Nelson Rodriguez
  • Gilda Posada -> invited, maybe
  • Griselda Rosas
  • Endy Trece

Our Stories Matter: Discussion Series

The Center for Integrative Studies and the Center for Multicultural Engagement will be hosting a discussion series consisting of focused interdisciplinary evidence-based perspectives - at least two at each - presented by CI faculty and/or invited experts who will speak on and discuss specific topics related to fascism, white supremacy, current events (local to global), in the context of CI's stated values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This discussion series will take place on the last Wednesday of the month to develop a regular community discussion of pressing and divisive issues. Possible discussion topics include fake news, intersectionality, DACA and immigration, free speech and democracy.

Spring 2019 Series
OSM May flyerDATE: Wednesday, May 1
TIME: 5:30pm
LOCATION: Del Norte 1530
Democratic legislatures rely on deliberation to hone legislation and build consensus around policy change. Over the last three decades, changes in American Politics have militated against the conditions for meaningful deliberation in the U.S. Congress.
Join us as Sean Kelly, Political Science, discusses the antecedents for this practice, and provides suggestions for reform that can improve the quality of deliberation in Congress.
The Global Food Security Act provides funding through the State Department to international development organizations, focusing on world hunger and food insecurity. Megan Schraedley, Communication, will discuss how diverse understandings of complex concepts can be unified through the use of strategic language in order to gain agreement on and pass important policies.
Megan Schraedley, a Communication Lecturer, examines how humans organize around food and create meaning. Her research examines injustices and stigmas in the food system, including food pantries, small farms, and grocery stores. Sean Kelly, Professor and Chair of Political Science, and former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, worked for the Senate Democratic leadership on health care reform issues and has written numerous books.
osm april 3 flyer
DATE: Wednesday, April 3 2019
TIME: 5:30pm
LOCATION: Broome Library 2480
Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion of political ideologies.
Michael Powelson, CSUCI Lecturer of History, asks, "What is Socialism?" Given its uses and abuses in current discourse, he will offer some historical context for better understanding the concept. And Matthew Mendez, CSUCI Assistant Professor of Political Science, studies American politics, with a focus on representation, race and ethnicity. and political behavior. He will present on political ideology in the United States. How do political scientists define it? What are the ideological differences between the elites and the mass public? How do niche ideologies like socialism and libertarianism affect the political landscape? Their presentations will be followed by a facilitated discussion of the issues raised.
our stories matter flyerDATE: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
TIME: 5:30PM to 7:30PM
LOCATION: Broome Library 2480
Join us to hear Annie White (Early Childhood Studies) and Jasmine Delgado (Art) discuss their interdisciplinary collaboration, "My Stories," honoring diverse student learner identities. At Santa Rosa Island, students are provided a safe space to share their social and cultural identities through narrative stories, visual art, clay and sculpture, and interpretive dance modalities. Faculty share the impact these stories have on various CI programs, students, peers, families, and communities.

Dr. Annie White's research on New Zealand's Learning Stories approach has had a positive impact on policy and assessment practices in California and beyond. Jasmine Delgado's work uses the language of print, fabric, and collage to address the relationship of various Los Angeles sub/urban landscapes to the community that they serve.

Flyer for Our Stories Matter event 2-6-19
DATE: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
TIME: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Join us as Theresa Avila (CSUCI Assistant Professor of Art History) and Fran Elson (a fused glass artist and child of Holocaust survivors in our community) discuss the use of visual displays of people's stories and painful memories. This talk contributes to our understanding of how fragmented identities are developed and pieced together through art and graphic images, helping create awareness of social injustices that have impacted many generations of Latino and Jewish families.

Dr. Theresa Avila specializes in the history, practices, and systems that impact contemporary Latin@x communities within the United States. Fran Elson's multimedia Holocaust memorial project titled "Broken" honors her parents and their families, expressing the fragility of our freedoms through fused glass.

Other events of interest

Student Research

4th Student Research Lunch
Presenting: Dr. Robin Mitchell and her students research on Propaganda & the Impossible Black Female Body: The Tale of Suzanne Simone Baptiste L'Ouverture
DATE: Friday, February 22, 2019
TIME: 12pm - 1:30pm

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