Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
The refugee crisis is not only a phenomenon happening in Europe; it has arrived in Bakersfield.Come listen to a panel of experts discuss this very relevant issue!
Holly S. Cooper, distinguished law professor from UC Davis, along with two law students, Anita Barooni and Amanda Whitney, will discuss the privatization of immigration detention and the detention policies pertaining to persons seeking asylum in the United States. They will also discuss asylum law generally and discuss the how the international refugee crisis has affected the United States policies towards immigrants and asylum seekers.
Ms. Cooper joined the UC Davis law faculty in 2006 and is currently the Associate Director of the Immigration Law Clinic where she focuses on advocating for the rights of detained immigrants. In 2011, she was the recipient of the King Hall Legal Foundation’s Outstanding Alumni Award and the Carol Weiss King award from the National Lawyers Guild. Ms. Cooper also trains lawyers on a national level and regularly speaks at academic conferences on appellate and detention issues. In the international domain, Ms. Cooper has worked on human rights issues in Haiti and has volunteered on multiple human rights delegations to Haiti since the earthquake
Information about upcoming Faculty Colloquia will be posted once it is available.
Joe Saldivar, Ph.D., is a proud faculty member and current faculty chair of the BC Biology Department. His primary professional goal is to provide students with the tools to think critically and encourage and foster their imagination to find answers to problems facing the future our community and humanity.
Human Survival: The Blue Frontier
Worldwide, humanity is experiencing an increase in life expectancy, food yields, literacy and democratization. Unfortunately, humanity is also experiencing increased concerns regarding climate change, loss of natural resources, overfishing, species extinction as well as several countries facing political unrest.
Homo sapiens are landlocked. With human population estimations at 11-15 Billion people by the year 2100, how will humanity resolve these environmental and political concerns?
When Jerry Ludeke began working in the Bakersfield College Archives in 2002, and going tghrough materials from and on Miss Grace Van Dyke Bird - Bakersfield College's first president - she joined the ranks of those who were in awe of this Renaissance woman. Jerry has consulted numerous sources, including the BC Archives, UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library, and Grace Bird's family. By walking us through Miss Bird's photo album and life, Jerry hopes that we will be amazed at how multi-faceted she was and grateful that Bakersfield College was so fortunate to have been directed and nurtured for 31 years by this awesome woman.
To encourage and support the scholarly and creative work of Bakersfield College faculty the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities has established an annual summer grant program.
If you have any questions about the grant please email Jack Hernandez.
The Norman Levan Center Faculty Scholarship Committee
Each semester the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities awards $1,000 to $2,000 scholarships to eligible students, who major in a humanities or science discipline and who write an outstanding essay on a topic related to the humanities. The essays are between 750 and 1,000 words in length and are judged anonymously by a committee of BC administrators.