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Conversations with Palm Theatre Founder, Jim Dee

Oct 11, 2017

Join the STS minor program in a conversation with local business owner and Cal Poly alum, Jim Dee to learn about filmmaking and the power of good story-telling.  Dee will also screen the 2006 independent film, "The Visitor" directed by Tom McCarthy.

Please join us on Tuesday October 17th in ATL Room 2 1:30pm-4:00pm. For more info, please contact 756-1205/

Professor Coleen Carrigan Awarded NSF Grant

Oct 2, 2017

This summer, Doctor Coleen Carrigan was part of a collaborative research team that was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The grant proposal, entitled "The NAVIGATE Project: A Case-Study Approach to Overcoming Barriers to Advancement for Women in STEM", uses an innovative graduate training program to help students "overcome workplace adversity caused by bias, inequity, and discrimination."  More specifically the researchers wish to test a case study method in training women graduate students how to navigate around complex gender issues and barriers in STEM disciplines.

An Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences Department, Dr. Carrigan is a feminist anthropologist who teaches courses that contribute to the Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology minor.  She previously won a NSF grant for her work on the LATTICE project. 

Please help us congratulate Dr. Carrigan on this wonderful achievement!

The Vervet Forest

Screening & Discussion with Visiting Filmmaker Kyle Salazar 10.3.17

Sep 22, 2017

On Tuesday, October 3rd STS will sponsor a screening and discussion of visiting filmmaker Kyle Salazar's award winning documentary "The Vervet Forest".   This documentary tells the story of five orphaned Vervet monkeys in South Africa.  It explores the causes of animal habitat destruction, the role of humans in a struggling ecosystem, and how understanding the connection between ourselves and our environment can inspire positive change.  

Director Kyle Salazar is at once an ethnographic filmmaker and a poet.  He combines the storytelling techniques of Hollywood cinema with the run and gun mindset of a traveler assimilating into foreign cultures. 

ATL Building 7 Room 2, Tuesday October 3rd 1:30 PM.

STS Student to work on $15 Million USAID Sustainable Wash Systems project

Mar 17, 2017

Environmental Engineering major, and Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology (STS) minor, Kimmy Pugel will be moving to Boulder, CO to help change the world by doing work in sustainable water and sanitation.

Pugel has been accepted into the Civil Systems PhD Program (5 years of funding) and will be a key team member for a $15 Million USAID Sustainable Wash Systems project.

STS Professor works to advance cultural change at Cal Poly

Mar 8, 2017

Coleen Carrigan is on a mission to make Cal Poly a more inclusive environment through her Advancing Cultural Change (ACC) project. Carrigan, her Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANT 201) students and research assistants are working collectively to unearth and combat exclusionary behaviors on campus.

ISLA Director, Dr. Lehr representing Women in Technology

Feb 23, 2017

Dr. Lehr, our very own ISLA Director, is a keynote speaker at the Women in Technology  Dinner on February 22, 2017. This event is sponsored by Softec and MINDBODY.

Keynote speakers will lead a discussion on how to attract and retain talent. 

Film Screening of ‘The Mind of Mark Defriest’ and Q&A with Filmmaker, Gabriel London

Feb 23, 2017

Filmmaker, Gabriel London, visited San Luis Obispo this past weekend as a keynote speaker for the Change the Status Quo Conference held on February 17-18, 2017 at Cal Poly. 

Filmmaker Gabriel London to visit & screen "The Mind of Mark Defriest" at Cal Poly on February 17, 2017

Feb 8, 2017

Film Screening of ‘The Mind of Mark Defriest’ and Q&A with Filmmaker, Gabriel London

Filmmaker, Gabriel London will be on hand for a special screening of his film “The Mind of Mark Defriest” at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, in the PAC/Pavillion

Cal Poly STS students travel to DC to film Presidential Inauguration & the Women's March in Washington

Feb 7, 2017

On January 24, 2017, KCBX (Central Coast Public Radio) invited three Cal Poly students to the KCBX studio to hear their about their experience traveling to Washington DC for the weekend of January 19-22.

Cal Poly students, Daniel Hornett, an STS Media Arts and Society Technology minor, Michallynn Hoffman and Nesrine Majzoub went to DC to document the historic weekend.

The Art of No Budget Filmmaking

Jan 19, 2017

Award-winning independent producer, Mark Stolaroff, gave a workshop on The Art of No Budget Filmmaking on Wednesday, January 11.

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