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Each semester this series brings to campus prominent artists and scholars to give free, public on-campus presentations, critique student work, and participate in events, projects, and lectures. 

24th Annual Social Justice Colloquium 
Visiting Artist                

Leila Weefur
April 09, 2020
Free and Open to the Public
Zoom Link:
Weefur artist talk is in conjunction with the
24th Annual CAHSS Social Justice Colloquium
Theme:  Trauma and Healing

Spring 2020 visiting artists series-Leil

Visiting Artist Series

Leila Weefur

Date: April 9, 2020
Time: 6-8pm

Reception: 5:30-6pm

Location: VPA 72, VPA Complex

Free & Open to the Public

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 947 2729 5567

This Event is in conjunction with the

24th CAHSS Annual Social Justice Colloquium 

Theme: Trauma and Healing


Leila Weefur (She/They/He) is a trans-gender noncomforming artist, writer, and curator based in Oakland, CA. Their interdisciplinary practice examines the performativity intrinsic to systems of belonging present in our lived experiences. The work brings together concepts of the sensorial memory, abject, hyper surveillance, and the erotic.


Weefur has worked with local and national institutions including SFMOMA, The Wattis Institute, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York. Weefur is a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute and is a member of The Black Aesthetic.

Weefur is the Audio/Video, Editor In Chief at Art Practical and a member of The Black Aesthetic.

KQED Feature: “Leila Weefur Renders Black Experience Dreamlike in ‘Between Beauty & Horror’ By Sarah Hotchkiss





24th Annual Social Justice Colloquium Theme: 

Trauma and Healing

This year's Social Justice Colloquium focuses on the topic of trauma and healing. From the individual to the cultural and collective, trauma and its aftermath profoundly impact the lives of those who directly or indirectly experience trauma. Recent research on community, historical and intergenerational trauma clearly reveals how communities of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other marginalized populations are disproportionately traumatized. Additionally, in the context of forced transnational migrations and cultural relocations as responses to political, economic, and environmental disruptions, trauma has clearly emerged as a significant social justice issue. In response to these realities and understandings, the 2020 Social Justice Colloquium presents writer Elizabeth Rosner, the daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors and author of Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and Labyrinth of Memory and Cheyenne author and filmmaker Cinnamon Kills First. These speakers will share their insights on issues of historic and intergenerational trauma and pathways toward recovery and healing.

In addition, this series of events will include trans-gender non-conforming artist, writer, and curator Leila Weefur as part of the Visual and Public Art Department's Visiting Artist Series, a special art exhibition, Emergence: A Visual Navitation Through Mending, Memory and Experience featuring student artwork in the first student exhibit in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences building.


Also featured will be a Communities Healing and Transforming Trauma (CHATT) event, organized and facilitated by CSUMB's Psychology Department. 

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the Keynote and CHATT events have been postponed.

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