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Week of: Oct 14, 2018

Matthew Derrick Geography

Field-based Experiential Learning: HSU Geography Students, Faculty Explore Firsthand Effects of the Devastating Carr Fire, Continue on to Lassen Volcanic National Park
On a weekend in late September 2018, more than twenty Humboldt State Geography students, led by professors Matthew Derrick and Rosemary Sherriff, hopped in vans for a three-day field study that included an investigation into the impacts of the recent Carr Fire and an exploration natural beauty of Lassen Volcanic National Park.
The Carr Fire, reported as one of the most destructive fires in California’s history, started on July 23, 2018, near Whiskeytown off Highway 299. Before being fully contained in late August, the conflagration spread nearly 230,000 acres across Trinity and Shasta counties, destroying more than 1,000 residences—mainly in and around west Redding—and claiming the lives of three firefighters.
On the first day of the field study, the Humboldt geographers met with Tom Garcia, a firefighter at National Park Service, and Eric Knapp, a research ecologist with the US Forest Service. Starting at the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, students listened to Garcia as he discussed the origins of the fire and the damage it inflicted in and around the park. Garcia also explained, through a guided—and nearly off-road—tour of park land impacted by the Carr Fire, the National Park Service’s efforts to ameliorate the worst effects of forest fires through controlled burns.
After surveying some of the fire’s impacts to the park land, the HSU geographers continued with Knapp to examine some of the devastation inflicted on human settlements, including the destruction of homes and human life by what has been reported as the state’s worst-ever fire tornado. According to Knapp, the fire vortex, which claimed the life of Redding-based firefighter Jeremy Stoke, was so unusual that fire ecologists and other experts are still grappling to understand it.
Students and faculty alike were struck, sometimes on a very emotional level, by the landscapes of destruction they viewed in relatively wealthy neighborhoods located in west Redding at the wildland-urban interface. Fire razed some homes to their foundations while neighboring homes stood seemingly unscathed, leaving an impression of randomness in scorched path. However, as Knapp explained, while a degree of randomness characterized the fire, choices in home building materials, efforts to stave off air flow in and out of houses, relative location vis-à-vis the wildland, and other pertinent variables help explain resultant geographic patterns of destruction and clemency.
Following their examination of the Carr Fire, the HSU geographers traveled out to Lassen Volcanic National Park, where they set up camp for two days. Faculty led a series of explorations, including a hike to the top of Lassen Peak, surveying the natural beauty and wonder found in the park’s landscapes.

Janelle Adsit English

Toyon Literary Magazine Presents

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Friday, October 19 at 6:30pm
Fulkerson Recital Hall

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Week of: Oct 07, 2018

Victoria Sama Journalism & Mass Communication

“Two Things the Media Get Wrong with Sexualized Violence”

A presentation and discussion to be held in Founders Hall 118 on Tues., Oct. 23 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Join Journalism Professor Victoria Sama and Communication Professor Dr. Maxwell Schnurer for a presentation and discussion on the media’s reporting of the recent Supreme Court nomination hearinings of Brett Kavanaugh and other cases like it. Sama and Schnurer will deconstruct the media messages and symbolism and analyze the misrepresentations about sexualized violence in news reporting.

This event is free and open to the campus community and general public.

For more information, contact Prof. Sama at .

Erin Austin Art

Jessie Vala’s exhibition, Object ^ Time ^ Conduit, opens on Thursday, October 25th, with a reception, 4:30-6:30pm, and artist’s talk at 5pm, both in the Reese Bullen Gallery. The show will run through December 8th.

Using a range of mixed media, Jessie Vala aims to investigate historical and mythological narratives surrounding ecological events that shape and change our world. In her site-specific installation Object ^ Time ^ Conduit, Vala will create an immersive and enigmatic sculpture-filled space utilizing multi-colored lighting and video installation, giving the viewer a chance to explore the visible and invisible world.

The Reese Bullen Gallery, named in honor of a founding professor of the Art Department, was established in 1970. The gallery is located in the HSU Art Building, at the intersection of B Street and Laurel Drive, directly across from the Van Duzer Theatre. The gallery is open Tuesday-Wednesday 12-5 pm, Thursday 12-7 pm, Friday 12-7 pm (12-8 Arts! Arcata), Saturday-Sunday 12-5 pm and closed Monday. Admission is free and all are welcome.  For more information about the gallery, please contact the gallery office at (707) 826- 5814 or / For parking information, please visit

Week of: Sep 30, 2018

Rae Robison Theatre, Film & Dance

Jay Duckworth – Properties Master from The Public Theatre in New York City, will appear at Humboldt State University as a guest of the Department of Theatre, Film, & Dance. Jay will host a workshop at 1pm in Gist Hall Theatre on October 13, 2018 entitled “Blood, Guts & Props…a Tale as Old as Time” – warning: you may get a little messy! Seating is limited and preferential seating goes to current HSU students with a valid ID, followed by students from local area high schools and College of the Redwoods, then followed by interested community members. This is a unique treat for a master class by a master “proptologist” working on Broadway.

Jay boasts over 20 years’ experience in LORT & Off-Broadways theatre, independent films, TV, music videos and over 65 off Broadway shows credit his name as a Props Master and Props Designer. The roll call of shows for which he has created original work start in Classic Greek Theater, re-imagined Shakespeare plays, as well as being part of the artistic team that created musicals including Hamilton, Fun Home, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and the highly controversial Julius Caesar at Shakespeare in the Park 2017, at his decade residency at The Public Theater. As well as being a writer for Stage Directions Magazine, he teaches Properties and the Philosophy of Aesthetics at Pace University. He has been the Keynote Speaker for The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and the United States Institute of Theater Technology, curating USITT’s very first Prop Lab in 2018.
Please email to sign up for the FREE event.

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