West Valley College
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Global Citizenship Events

For more information see the Global Citizenship blog.

Spring 2014

Thursday 20 February WVC Campus Center Lower Lounge 12:30 to 2:00 PM--free admission

Dr. Hedwig C. Rose will lecture on global citizenship and the education of children as it relates to anti-semitism, nationalism, chauvinism, and racism. Dr. Rose was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After her father, his five brothers, and their families were rounded up by Nazi occupiers in 1942, she spent three years hidden in an Amsterdam cellar. She came to the United States in 1947. 


Dr. Rose is the author of Living the Life of Anne Frank: A Childhood in Hiding and Freedom and Restraint in the Lives of American Teachers, a faculty member of the Salzburg Global Seminar Global Citizenship Program, an education specialist, and former Director of Education Studies at Wesleyan University. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie (War Document Archives) in Amsterdam in 2008, and for the past eight years she has been a Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where she continues to research for her book on The Netherlands before and during World War II.


Monday 10 March WVC Campus Center 3:00 to 5:00 PM

WVC 6th Annual Persian New Year Celebration--free admission

Featuring Beshkan Dance Academy, Amir London, live music performances, Sofreh Haft Seen Display by Afsaneh, DJ and dancing.

Light refreshments will be provided. Free parking in lot 5 during event.


Tuesday 11 March WVC Theater 2:30 to 4:30 PM--free admission

Screening of Stable Life: A High-Stakes Documentary about Family, Immigration and Life on the Racetrack.

Followed by conversation with Producer Tricia Creason-Valencia.

This documentary film is about Californians, the American Dream, cultural identity, education, social mobility, undocumented immigrants, workers' rights, and the US-Mexico border--among many other impactful issues that affect all of us. 

Sponsored by the Global Entrepreneurship SB 70 Grant.


Monday 24 March WVC Theater 2:00 to 5:00 PM--free admission

Screening of Inequality for All.

Followed by Skype Q&A with former Secretary of Labor, current Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, and author of 13 best selling books, Robert B. Reich.

This film is a "passionate argument on behalf of the middle class." It features Robert B. Reich "as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. The film is an intimate portrait of a man who's overcome a great deal of personal adversity and whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves... Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself" (synopsis published on 7 August 2013).

Sponsored by the Global Entrepreneurship SB 70 Grant.


Friday 25 April  time and location TBD

Sustainability Symposium 


Past Events

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2013

The month between 15 September to 15 October is National Hispanic Heritage Month. This event started in 1968, as Hispanic Heritage Week, under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. It was enacted into Public Law 100-402 on 17 August 1988. The Library of Congress maintains a website with more information

West Valley College joins in paying tribute to the generations of Latinos who have enriched the United States by screening two films, discussing King of Cuba by acclaimed novelist Cristina García, and presenting a display of works, in the WVC Library, by and about Latinos. 

In screening these two films, we hope to raise awareness and engage a conversation about the true origins of the Latino presence in the United States, the fastest-growing segment of our population.

Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America  is a documentary film written and narrated by Juan González. This film looks at the role that United States economic and military interests played and continues to play in producing massive immigration of Latin Americans to the United States. Screening of this film will be followed by a conversation with the co-director and co-producer, Eduardo Lopéz.

Here are the event details:

When: Wed. October 23

Time: 2:00pm

Where: WVC Theatre

Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype  is a documentary film that examines how United States news and entertainment media portray–and do not portray–Latinos. This film challenges viewers to think critically about the wide-ranging effects of these media stereotypes. Screening of this film will be followed by a conversation with a panel of WVC faculty members.

Here are the event details:

When: Wed. October 16

Time: 2:05pm

Where: WVC Campus Center Lower Level

King of Cuba is Cristina García’s new novel. It focuses on the parallel lives of a weary dictator and an elderly Cuban émigré. Cristina García will join the conversation via Skype. Here is the NY TImes review of King of Cuba.

Here are the event details:

When: Monday 4 November

Time: 2:30 pm

Where: Global Citizenship Center in the WVC Campus Center

These events are free and open to everyone. They are organized by the WVC Global Citizenship Committee and the WVC Library. Screening of Harvest of Empire is funded by the SB70 Global Entrepreneurship Grant.


The Global Citizenship Committee and Women & Gender Studies Program Present

The “F-Word”:   Feminisms Around the World  

Thursday, May 9th,  2:15—4:00pm

Fox 106

WVC Students present their work on global gender-related topics:

Linda Ha—“The Rise of Thai Kathoeys”

Stephanie Castro Sousa—“Killing is Never Honorable: Women in Peril Worldwide”

Kelly Voreyer—“Thinly Veiled Threat: Dress Restrictions for Muslim Women in the UK”

Chelsea Charbonneau—“Femicide: The Story of Juarez”

Gaby Serrano—“The Myth of Matriarchy: Sexuality and the Mosuo of Southern China”

Audrey Lalor—“Sex Trafficking: The Modern Slavery”

Alyssa Jones—“When Sex is Work: Sex Workers’ Rights and Resources in Canada”

Sarah Pardee—“Stolen Childhood: Child Marriage is More Common than You Think”

Join us for light refreshments after the presentations!

This event is free and open to everyone. This event is organized by Leigh Burrill and her students in Women’s Studies 1 with the support of the WVC Global Citizenship Committee.Global.citizenship@westvalley.edu


Seminar – Friday, April 19, 2013 9:00 to 3:30 PM, Fox 120

How/do high-mobility, intercultural connections, and globalization impact our students and our pedagogy?
What is the role of global citizenship in educational institutions?
Can global and civic engagement affect student success?

Once again, the West Valley College Global Citizenship Committee is pleased to invite you to participate in a one-day discussion about these topics and the role of Global Citizenship within our ever-changing educational landscape.  The workshop is a collaborative project with the International Study Programs of the Salzburg Global Seminar and San Jose State University.

“The 21st Century Educational Institution: Global Citizenship, Civic Engagement, and Student Success”
Friday, April 19, 2013
9:00 to 3:30 PM
Fox 120
Breakfast bites will be available. Lunch will be served.
Please RSVP as we have limited seats   


Monday April 22nd

8:45 AM to 4:00 PM

Baltic Room

Climate Change Symposium

Led by the WVC Sustainability Committee

Join us for another day of great food, stimulating speakers and topics that impact all of us. Speakers include: Chester Arnold, Professor of Art, College of Marin. Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University. Warren Neilson, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Environmental Building Strategies. Armand Neukermans, Engineer, Geoengineer, Inventor, Entrepreneur


Mini-Salzburg Leadership Student Program Application

"Develop and use your entrepreneurial leadership skills!"

We invite students interested in global issues to apply for a semester long collaboration with SJSU Salzburg Global Seminar Fellows and local high school students. The project will begin on March 4th, 2013 and will provide participants with opportunities to learn about global citizenship.

Please see Attached PDF for more information and application.

Weds March 27th

12:00 to 1:30 PM

Campus Center

Viking Grove

Women's History Month Tea Party

Followed by Take Back the Night



Thursday March 28th

3:00 to 5:00 PM

Campus Center

Persian New Year/Sofreh Haft Seen Celebration 

Performances, Displays and Refreshments


Wednesday 10 April.

The WVC Global Citizenship Committee is proud to present:

Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology 

A feature documentary by filmmaker Tiffany Shlain  http://connectedthefilm.com 

FREE screening, followed by Q&A with Tiffany Shlain, begins at 5:00 PM in the WVC Campus Center on Wednesday 10 April.

This documentary explores what it means to be connected in the 21st century. Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large.

We invite you to make this important film and talk an integral part of your classes. Everyone is welcome. Bring your students, family and friends! And please help us to spread the word by printing and distributing the attached flyer. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you there.

This event is organized by the WVC Global Citizenship Committee and is funded by the SB 70 Global Entrepreneurship grant.


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