Coming up:

Introduction to Islam – Speaker #1 for Islam in American 21st Century
Tuesday, January 19 7 p.m.

Dr. Mustafa Ruzgar is an Associate Professor of Religion at California State University, Northridge. Born in Turkey, he completed his B.A. in Islamic Studies at Uludag University in Bursa, Turkey. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University in 2008. Ruzgar’s research interests and publications include themes in Islamic thought, contemporary philosophy of religion and theology, process philosophy and theology, religious pluralism, and interfaith dialogue.

Ruzgar’s most recent article, “An Islamic Perspective: Theological Development and the Problem of Evil” is published in Religions in the Making: Whitehead and the Wisdom Traditions of the World, edited by John B. Cobb, Jr.

From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks
Saturday, January 23, 7 p.m.
Suggested donation $15

A vivid dramatization which brings to life the San Francisco labor leader, Harry Bridges, who organized the poorly paid and greatly abused dock workers – self-proclaimed “wharf rats” — on San Francisco’s piers. Bridges’ ultimately successful effort to organize these workers was fraught with violence and personal consequences; he was frequently harassed, beaten and jailed. He had three wives, two bitter divorces and his time of too much Jack Daniels. Today he stands as a hero for organized labor throughout the world.

Written and performed by Ian Ruskin, the play features Harry Bridges’ own words, from his rallying speeches of the 1930s to his electrifying testimony at his own trials, plus eye-witness accounts in the words of his contemporaries.

The Third Coming – Marx Returns
Saturday, February 20, 7 p.m.
Suggested donation $15

Professor, sociologist, actor, author, musician, and playwright Jerry Levy portrays Karl Marx in his one man play, “The Third Coming: Marx Returns,” about the life and after life of Karl Marx, set in modern America.

Past Events:

Emerson staged the Vagina Monologues for One Billing Rising in February 2013

Song of Angels Flute Orchestra performed twice in 2015


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