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Laurels: December 2008/January 2009

Published: January 15, 2009

Lesley Farmer, Education Psychology, Education and Counseling, received a Fulbright Award to present research and discuss school librarianship in Brazil. Between Oct. 20-31, Farmer presented “The UNESCO School Library Manifesto and Its Impact on Brazil” and “From Automation Systems to Participatory Networks” at the International Association of School Librarianship and Regional Council of Librarianship Forum in Sao Paulo. She presented a paper on “School Library Services to Youth” at a regional Forum on School Librarianship held in Marilia, and she presented a paper on “Collaboration on Information Education” at a Dialogue on Information Education” at the University of Sao Paulo. Farmer also visited several school and public libraries and consulted with their librarians.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, had published an article titled “Maatian Discourse and Human Rights: Ancient Egyptian Textual Sources,” Africalogical Perspectives 5, 1, pp. 107-124. He also served as a panelist on the roundtable “Race/Ethnicity/Immigration in the 2008 Election (So Far),” The Politics of Race, Immigration and Ethnicity Consortium, CSULB, April 18, and on the forum “Race and the 2008 Democratic Primary and Convention: How Do Workers Win?” UCLA African American Leadership School, May 17. Moreover, he presented a paper titled “The Intellectual Legacy and Life-Lessons of Anwar Dil: The Pedagogy and Paradigm of One World” at Tribute to the Intellectual Work of Anwar Dil, Alliant University, San Diego, March 29.

Joanne Tortorici Luna, Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, earned her license as a Qualified Instructor from the Institute of Heart Math (IHM) in October. IHM is a recognized global leader in emotional physiology, stress management and the physiology of heart-brain research. In addition, she gave a disaster mental health training on Nov. 19 to the emergency operations center team of the Long Beach Aquarium.

Lionel Mandy, Africana Studies and Psychology, delivered a paper entitled “Blackness: Who Defines It? Who Decides It?” at the Conference on Race: Future of an Illusion, Future of the Past, held at Monmouth University in November.

Jonathan Talberg, Cole Conservatory of Music, served as artistic director for the 75th Annual Los Angeles Bach Festival. In that capacity, he programmed 14 concerts and directed youth concerts for the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as a performance of the “B-Minor Mass” with the Los Angeles Bach Festival chorus, orchestra, and CSULB alum Marina Harris singing the mezzo-soprano solos.

Althea Waites, Cole Conservatory of Music, was one of five women honored on Nov. 9 by the Harbor Area Chapter of the Links Foundation. Waites has been acclaimed as an international artist with performing credits throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. She received the Links President’s Award for her special commitment to music education and for her work as a concert artist. The Links Foundation has a distinguished history in community service as well as academic projects to motivate students to pursue careers in math and science.