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Hansonia Caldwell: Expert on Music of the African American Diaspora Provides Clues for PBS’s “History Detectives”

Hansonia Caldwell isn’t a detective by trade but the emerita professor of music’s knowledge of scared music of the African Diaspora provided the clues needed to solve a mystery on an episode of PBS’s “History Detectives.” "Slave Songs of the United States" is a book in the collection of the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum in Culver City, Calif. Clayton’s son, Avery, wanted to know if the compilation, which was originally published in 1867, was indeed the first record of Negro spirituals and presented the question to PBS’s “History Detectives.” Wes Cowan, appraiser and auctioneer, interviewed Caldwell onscreen last summer in the CSU Dominguez Hills University Archives and Special Collections to enlist her aid in solving the mystery.

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La Tanya Skiffer
La Tanya Skiffer: Sociologist Publishes Book on Women’s Hope Behind Bars

La Tanya Skiffer, assistant professor of sociology, recently published her book, “How Black Female Offenders Explain Their Crime and Describe Their Hopes,” based on her 2006 dissertation on the causes of crime by and incarceration of African American women. In her research, she interviewed 30 inmates at the California Institution for Women, the majority of whom were in for life on charges of murder.

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Nancy Erbe: Fulbright Specialist Effecting Change in Conflict Resolution Curriculum

Nancy Erbe, associate professor of negotiation, conflict resolution and peace building at California State University, Dominguez Hills, will be speaking at “Shaping Faculty Roles in Times of Change: Leadership for Student Learning,” the annual conference of the American Associate of Colleges and Universities in San Diego in April. She is also on a research team funded by the CSU Office of the Chancellor, researching social justice and CSU curriculum and has just been named by the U.S. State Department as a Fulbright senior specialist in peace and conflict resolution.

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Matthew Mutchler
Matthew Mutchler: Research on HIV Among Gay Men of Color Provides Insight Into Multicultural Attitudes

Matthew Mutchler, associate professor of sociology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, recently received a two- year National Institutes of Health grant of $270,000 for his research on the relationship between substance abuse and HIV with a focus on young gay African American and Latino men. He says there is a need for recognition of the unique issues that surround substance abuse and HIV in these communities in order to find ways to prevent them.

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