At 50, World’s Oldest Student-Run Film Fest Shines With Indie Spirit

In 1967 Lyndon Johnson was president, a movie ticket cost $1.25, and Humboldt State College students were organizing the campus’s first film festival. Half a century later, the festival is the oldest student-run film festival of its kind and even though the tickets have gone up (slightly) in price, it’s still one of the best deals going for moviegoers.

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Learn to Track Animals in the Wild »

Wondering what our local wildlife gets up to every day? Tracking offers a glimpse into the life our most elusive wild neighbors, and HSU’s Natural History Museum is offering monthly tracking classes with local expert and renowned biologist Phil Johnston.

Seeking Candidates: Apply Now for A.S. Elections »

Associated Students has elections packets available now for several key campus governance positions. Online voting takes place April 18 to April 21.

HSU Faculty Members Discuss Syrian Refugees in Free Public Talk »

An interdisciplinary panel featuring HSU faculty and community members host the talk “Syrian Refugees: Escaping the Horrors of War, Coping with World Apathy” on Monday, Feb. 27, 6 to 8 p.m., in Founders Hall Rm. 125 on the Humboldt State campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Going for Recycling Glory »

Students at Humboldt State are looking to grab the top spot in the 2017 RecycleMania, a contest that pits U.S. and Canadian universities against each other in a competition over which school can reduce, reuse, and recycle the most on-campus waste. The eight-week competition runs through April 1.

HSU Brings Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ to Van Duzer »

The Theatre, Film and Dance Department at Humboldt State University presents William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, one of several plays written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history.

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Student Philip Santos and Lizzie Phillips, Politics:

Humboldt State debaters Lizzie Phillips and Philip Santos took first place at the 2017 Steeltown Invitational debate tournament in Pittsburg, CA. Benjahmin Johnson was also ranked as the 7th best speaker.

Faculty Walt Duffy and Sharon Kahara, Wildlife:

“Ecosystems of California” won two 2017 PROSE awards, which are given by the Association of American Publishers. It won the award for environmental science, and the overall award for excellence in physical sciences and mathematics.For more information on AAP 2017 awardees visit:

Faculty Tim Miller and Sarah Fay Philips, Library:

Librarians Tim Miller (Digital Media and Learning) and Sarah Fay Philips (Coordinator of Instruction and Reference) presented at the Evidence-Based Teaching & Learning Lilly Conference (February 23-26, 2017). The title of their presentation was “Creating a Lifelong Learning Culture: Motivating Learners and Engaging Educators”. The conference provides a forum to share and model a scholarly approach to teaching and learning that reports quality student learning outcomes while promoting professional development of faculty.

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23nd Annual Social Justice Summit MultiCultural Center

The HSU MultiCultural Center will present the 23nd Annual Social Justice Summit on March 3rd and 4th, 2017. Our stories are power sites for understanding and building relationships. In the era of our current world we need to understand how we arrived here because how we remember the past, defines our present, and molds our future. We are thousands of years of resistance from oppression, from the silencing power of domination.

Our vision for this year’s Social Justice Summit was to highlight tools for non-violent expressions. The theme ‘Art as Social Activism’ seeks to provide tools for effective advocacy, artful expression, and active ways to change the world through the words we use. In recent times humanity has been tested with cracks in our global world. Words are tools that have shaped the world around us. We have become divided through the labels, borders, and walls we have built. The Summit aspires to provide tools for emotional, artful expression, tools to shape voices for change.

Do you want to be involved in the Social Justice Summit? Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to be involved in the Social Justice Summit by enrolling in the class, presenting a workshop, volunteering, or registering to participate in the Summit.

The Social Justice Summit theme this year is “Art as Social Activism” There is a one-unit course offered in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies that coincides with the Social Justice Summit. The Summit is free to HSU Students and the community. Registration for the Summit and for the class is through Extended Learning.

Are you interested in presenting a workshop or facilitating a panel? For details, deadlines, descriptions and more please go to: http://www2.humboldt.edu/forms/summit-registration

We look forward to seeing you at the 23rd Annual Social Justice Summit. If you have any questions, please contact the MultiCultural Center at 707.826.3364 or email

We hope to see you there!

Aubrey Psychology

Dr. Matthew Callahan: As part of a Colloquium Series called Psych Talks presented by SOAR (Scholars of Academic Research), Dr. Matthew Callahan, a professor from Sonoma State University, will be discussing research on perceptions and reactions to transgender women and men in public restrooms, including the extent to which essentialism and trait aggression exacerbate these reactions.

The talk, titled Nowhere to go: Perceptions of Transgender Women and Men in Restrooms, is related to the controversial “Bathroom Bills” being introduced around the country.

The event is next Friday, March 3 at noon in BSS 166. There will also be snacks and refreshments starting at 11:30 am outside of BSS 166.

Please email SOAR club President Natasha La Vogue, with any questions and visit the website, https://www2.humboldt.edu/psychology/hands-learning/psych-talks for information regarding upcoming Psych Talks.

Rae Robison Theatre, Film & Dance

Two Theatre Area faculty, Derek Lane and Rae Robison, will be accompanying 26 students to Denver, Colorado for the 49th Annual Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival in Region VII. Students will compete in acting, design, technology and stage management areas for National Awards, scholarship money and other awards. For the past five years the theatre department has had at least one student progress to the National level and represent Region VII in Washington D.C. There will be a showcase prior to the festival that will be advertised via email and on the department website.