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Dr. Spangler Publishes New Book

September 12th, 2014 by Anne Marie

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Spangler on the publication of his book Staging Intercultural Ireland: New Plays and Practitioner Perspectives (co-edited with Charlotte McIvor of NUI Galway; published by Cork University Press).

The book will have a launch event at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin on September 24 at 6:00 pm.  The book is a collection of plays, essays, and interviews with theatre and performance artists working at the intersection of inward migration and interculturalism in Ireland.


From the publisher:

The Celtic Tiger era witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of transnational migrants entering Ireland. By the 2011 Census, 17% of the population was born outside Ireland and much of what had been assumed about Irish identity–and theatre–could no longer hold. This groundbreaking anthology brings together six interviews and eight plays by migrant and Irish-born theatre artists who probe the impact of inward-migration and interculturalism in post-1990s Ireland. The interviews and plays collected here, all available in print for the first time, model a range of devising strategies, dramaturgical frameworks, and literary forms. To date, the work documented here has been produced at a wide range of venues from the Abbey Theatre and New York’s La MaMa Experimental Theatre to mid-sized theatre companies, community centers, street theatres, and even refugee accommodation centers throughout Ireland. This book represents established as well as emerging theatre artists and includes work by Donal O’Kelly, Bisi Adigun, Charlie O’Neill, Rosaleen McDonagh, Paul Meade, Nicola McCartney, Ursula Rani Sarma, and Mirjana Rendulic. Additionally, there are interviews with Bairbre Ní Chaoimh, Anna Wolf, Kasia Lech, John Currivan, Alicja Ayres, José Miguel Jimenéz, Declan Gorman, Declan Mallon, and John Scott. Staging Intercultural Irelandoffers a snapshot of Ireland’s long-term intercultural process in its early stages and contributes to transnational migration studies and intercultural theatre research in a global context.


Kudos to Dr. Spangler!

COMM Social Media Featured in SJSU Report

September 8th, 2014 by Anne Marie

Kudos to Dr. Ted Coopman and his COMM Social Media Team! The university’s August report on retention and graduation initiatives sent to the CSU Chancellor’s Office highlighted two new features in the COMM Central Network, Campus Services on the COMM Central Canvas site and recent additions to the COMM YouTube Channel.

Here’s what was included in the report. Check it out!

COMM 111P (Interviewing students) researched and reported on various services on campus. Professor Stephanie Coopman edited those reports this summer and they now are posted on the department’s online homeroom, COMM Central. Here’s the link.

Communication Studies also has a YouTube channel to which we’ve been steadily adding content, such as the Meet a Major Video Series, the 2014 COMM graduation, and brief informational videos about SJSU that we added this summer, such as SJSU Studies. Here’s the link.


Professor Oona Hatton Publishes Article in Theatre Topics

August 29th, 2014 by Anne Marie

Congratulations to Professor Oona Hatton whose recent article, “’Hey, asshole: you’ve had your say’: The Performance of Theatre Criticism,” was published in the June 2014 issue of Theatre Topics.

Theatre Topics is the official journal of ATHE (The Association of Theatre in Higher Education); it’s a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on performance studies, dramaturgy, and theatre pedagogy.

Professor Hatton’s essay “describes a creative and scholarly project designed to explore public response to online theatre reviews.” Professor Hatton terms this phenomenon “crowdsourcing theatre criticism.” The article “dramatizes shifting trends in theatre reviewing, interrogating assumptions about who is eligible to participate in theatre criticism; it is also an inquiry into the form that criticism might take.”

Congratulations Professor Hatton!

Dr. Spangler’s Play “The Kite Runner” Tours UK

August 24th, 2014 by Anne Marie

Dr. Spangler’s stage play based on Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner will have a three-month-long tour of the United Kingdom this fall.  It will play in Nottingham, Liverpool, Oxford, Birmingham, Salisbury, Malvern, Shrewsbury, Leeds, York, and Edinburgh.  Dr. Spangler will be speaking at the Oxford Playhouse on September 20 and Birmingham Repertory Theatre on September 22.

See the video!

Students Receive Awards at COMM Convocation

May 20th, 2014 by Anne Marie

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2014! Nearly 150 seniors walked in the COMM Graduation Ceremony on May 17. The department presented awards to outstanding students. Kudos to the following COMM students for their exceptional achievements!

Emeritus Faculty Award

Given to the communication studies graduating senior with outstanding scholarly achievements.

Hillary Stangel

Marie Carr Award

Given to a continuing communication studies student (continuing as an undergraduate student or going on to graduate work in our program) based on scholarship.

Matthew Dalton

Nicole Dang

Arton Falahati

Amy Scoggins

Brittany Taormina

Juliette Todd 

Minnie Carr Award

Given to a communication studies junior or senior who is returning to the department as an undergraduate with service to the department and a high GPA.

Duncan Cook

Rigoberto Flores

Jason Hart

Monique Tran Ung

Communication Studies Excellence Award

Given to a communication studies student who has demonstrated excellent scholarly and/or creative achievements.

Daniel Hinojosa

Brandi Pena