Events and Activities 



Please read below for a list of events and activities addressing the themes and topics raised by this year's One Book, Blasphemy, by Sherman Alexie. New items are added on a regular basis, so keep checking back!



September 10-October 15, 2014

DINE AND DISCUSS: Discussion Groups in the Dining Commons

Want to discuss the One Book? Don't know what to make of a particular story? Want to develop close reading skills? Need to prepare for class? Residential Life, First Year Experience, and One Book Program are joining together to provide opportunities for students to discuss this year's One Book, Blasphemy, during the dinner hour. Each week until Author Day, October 16, a faculty member and student volunteers will be available to discuss individual stories. There will be time at the end of the hour to discuss other stories.

Date: Wednesdays, September 10-October 15, 2014
Time: 5.30-6.45pm
Location: Dining Commons, small meeting room

Schedule of readings:

September 10: "War Dances" and "This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona"
September 17: "Midnight Basketball" and "Protest"
September 24: "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" and "Night People"
October 1: "Green World" and "Indian Education"
October 8: "Gentrification" and "Whatever Happened to Frank Snake Church?"
October 15: "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" and "The Search Engine"

For more information, please contact any Residential Life Coordinator or Assistant Director of Programming at Housing and Residential Life.


Friday, September 12, 2014

BROWN BAG at the Center for Teaching and Learning: "Teaching the One Book"


Faculty are invited to a Brown Bag on “Teaching the One Book,” on Friday, September 12 at noon in the Center for Teaching and Learning conference room.

The Sacramento State University One Book Program has selected Sherman Alexie's Blasphemy (Grove, 2012) its 2014-2015 One Book. Alexie show­cases his many talents in the collection, where he unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers. Included here are some of his most esteemed tales, including “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” in which a homeless Indian man quests to win back a family heirloom; “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” a road-trip morality tale; “The Toughest Indian in the World,” about a night shared between a writer and a hitchhiker; and his most recent, “War Dances,” about a man grappling with sudden hearing loss in the wake of his father’s death. Alexie’s new stories are fresh and quintessential, about donkey basket­ball leagues, lethal wind turbines, a twenty-four hour Asian manicure salon, good and bad marriages, and all species of warriors in America today.

The Brown Bag will be an opportunity for faculty members to learn about and share ways to incorporate the One Book into their courses as required or recommended readings or for extra credit assignments.

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: noon
Location: CTL Conference Room, 4th floor, University Library




Friday, September 16, 2014

PANEL DISCUSSION: Constitution – Who? Sovereignty & the US Constitution

In this hour-long panel, students, faculty, and staff member will examine Tribal Sovereignty in the United States and how the Constitution and later federal laws grant local sovereignty to tribal nations, but do not grant full sovereignty equivalent to that of foreign nations, hence creating the default status of "domestic dependent nations."

Questions to be explored are: Who benefits from the laws and how? How/why is this different than the sovereignty of foreign nations? The panel will feature students, faculty and staff including Dr. Brian Baker, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director of Native American Studies. Light refreshments will be served.

Co-Sponsored by Multi-Cultural Center, College for Continuing Education, Community Engagement Center, and Native American Studies.

Date: Friday, September 16, 2014
Time: Noon-1pm
Location: Multi-Cultural Center, Library 1010


September 23

FREE FILM SERIES: Smoke Signals (1998) 

Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. Arnold soon left his family (and his tough son Victor), and Victor hasn't seen his father for 10 years. When Victor hears Arnold has died, Thomas offers him funding for the trip to get Arnold's remains, but only if Thomas will also go with him. Thomas and Victor hit the road. Directed by Chris Eyre; Screenplay by Sherman Alexie.

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time:1.30-3.30 pm
Location: Hinde Auditorium, University Union

For more information, please contact the Multi-Cultural Center at mcc@csus.edu or (916) 278-6101.



 AUTHOR DAY: Thursday, October 16, 2014




Q&A and Discussion for Learning Communities:

"Native American Repatriation"

Students from the Sac State Academic Learning Communities are invited a special presentation where distinguished faculty and members of the community will speak about varying issues regarding Native American repatriation. Each panelist will present short commentaries and then engage with the audience in a Q&A.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 10 am
Location: Ballroom, University Union

For more information, please contact UNIQUE at (916) 278-6997. To find out more about UNIQUE, please click here.




Mid-Day Reading and Campus Lecture by Sherman Alexie

"Sherman Alexie: A Reading from Blasphemy


Sherman Alexie will read from his collection of short stories, Blasphemy, which unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers, including some of his most esteemed tales, including “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” “The Toughest Indian in the World,” and his most recent, “War Dances,” along with Alexie’s new stories about donkey basket­ball leagues, lethal wind turbines, a twenty-four hour Asian manicure salon, good and bad marriages, and all species of warriors in America today.

Book signing immediately following.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: noon
Location: Ballroom, University Union

For more information, please contact UNIQUE at (916) 278-6997. To find out more about UNIQUE, please click here.




Public Reading and Lecture by Sherman Alexie

"An Evening with Sherman Alexie" 

A dynamic and engaging speaker, Sherman Alexie reads from Blasphemy, a collection of short stories uniting fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers. Taking a wry, poignant, and searing look at the Pacific Northwest, Alexie tells stories that encompass American life with wit and grit. As part of the One Book Program's commitment to expanding cultural and intellectual life in the region, this lecture is free to the public.

Book signing immediately following.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Location: Ballroom, University Union
Parking: Free in Structure II between 6-10 pm.
Free to the public.

For more information, please contact UNIQUE at (916) 278-6997. To find out more about UNIQUE, please click here.


October 21

FREE FILM SERIES: Two Spirits (2009) 

Filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context behind a tragic and senseless murder. Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16 by a man who bragged to his friends that he 'bug-smashed a fag'. But Fred was part of an honored Navajo tradition - the 'nadleeh', or 'two-spirit', who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits. Through telling Fred's story, Nibley reminds us of the values that America's indigenous peoples have long embraced. Directed by Lydia Nibley; Written by Russell Martin and Lydia Nibley.

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time:1.30-3.30 pm
Location: Orchard Suite, University Union

For more information, please contact the Multi-Cultural Center at mcc@csus.edu or (916) 278-6101.


November 18

FREE FILM SERIES: Russell Means: Welcome to the American Reservation Prison Camp (2011)

Chief Russell Means gives an eye-opening 90 minute interview in which he explains how Native Americans and Americans in general are all imprisoned within one huge reservation. Means is a leader for the Republic of Lakota, a movement that has declared its independence from the United States and refused to recognize the authority of presidents or governments, withdrawing from treaties it made with the federal government and defining its borders which cover thousands of square miles in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana. Directed by Lydia Nibley; Written by Russell Martin and Lydia Nibley.

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time:1.30-3.30 pm
Location: Multi-Cultural Center, Library 1010

For more information, please contact the Multi-Cultural Center at mcc@csus.edu or (916) 278-6101.


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