The Luis “El Machete” Valdez Annual Speakers Series Presents Politics and Community: A Dialogue with the Honorable Blanca Alvarado

Join us in the new Student Union Theater, as we engage the Honorable Blanca Alvarado in a community dialogue. We will highlight her early years, her community engagement, and her trailblazing political career.

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  • Student Union Theater, San Jose State University
  • Doors Open at 5:30 pm, event from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Tickets available through Eventbrite

Co-sponsored by the Mexican American Studies Department, The College of Social Sciences, ASPIRE/McNair, Baktun Twelve, and La Raza Historical Society of Santa Clara Valley.

Libra Hilde receives fellowship

Congratulations to Associate Professor of History Libra Hilde, who has been awarded a 2017-2018 residential fellowship in the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University! During the fellowship Professor Hilde will complete her latest book, “Our Father”: Slavery and Fatherhood in the American South. This book explores what it meant to be an enslaved man and a father. For too long, the discussion of masculinity within slavery has conflated manhood with heroic resistance. Some enslaved men openly rebelled, but a far greater number chose a subtle form of resistance as caretakers and community leaders. The institution of slavery denied enslaved men patriarchal prerogatives, but the slave community invested fatherhood with meaning and articulated a robust sense of what it meant to be a husband and father.  By telling the story of the often quietly heroic efforts that enslaved and free men undertook to be fathers, Professor Hllde’s book offers a counterpoint to the dominant narratives about the pathology of the African American family and absent Black fathers.

 

Sourisseau Academy April 2017 photo album and video

Decades before postwar urban sprawl erased the physical divides between Santa Clara Valley towns, Los Gatos had already achieved widespread recognition as an iconic location representing a newly emerging California lifestyle. In this month’s  Sourisseau Academy photo album Amy Long (Curator of History at New Museum Los Gatos) tours the storied Los Gatos community.

This month’s Sourisseau Academy new video explores San Jose’s Vendome Hotel (1888-1930).

Born Out Of Struggle: Critical Race Theory, School Creation and the Politics of Interruption A conversation with David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago

WHEN: Thursday, April 6 @ 4 pm
WHERE: SJSU, Sweeney Hall 331

David Stovall, Ph.D. is a Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates four areas: 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) concepts of social justice in education, 3) the relationship between housing and education, and 4) the relationship between schools and community stakeholders. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he has spent the last ten years working with community organizations and schools to develop curricula that address issues of social justice.

Born Out of Struggle offers important lessons about school creation from the ground up. While the story of a 19-day hunger strike serves as the backdrop of the discussion, the focus of this talk will be on concrete examples of the challenges and contradictions of keeping young people, families, and community members central to community control of education. The discussion to follow will explore the relevance of these lessons for students, community, and families, as well as educational leaders & classroom teachers of all subjects & grade levels.

Sponsored by the College of Education and Mexican American Studies

2017 Leon Panetta Lecture Series: The Economy—Trade, Jobs, Taxes and Immigration

The second lecture, The Economy—Trade, Jobs, Taxes and Immigration, will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017 and will feature Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard (1999-2005) and candidate for president (2016); and Robert Reich, economic analyst, author and U.S. secretary of labor (1993-1997).  Leon Panetta, chairman of the Panetta Institute, former secretary of defense and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will moderate the discussion.

Student Program: Through the generosity of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, the Institute is providing SJSU scholarships for at least 20 students to attend each of the lectures in this series.

These afternoon student programs will begin with registration at 11:45 a.m. at the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel. At 12:45 p.m., Panetta Institute professors will facilitate an academic exercise focusing on the lecture topic until 2:15 p.m.  This session informs students about the issues to be discussed and encourages them to develop questions and comments for interactive dialogue with the speakers.  After a fifteen-minute break, the lecture begins at 2:30 p.m., with the guest speakers and Secretary Panetta presenting a discussion amongst themselves.  During the second half they will answer the students’ questions.  The program will end at 4:30 p.m. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the event.