Many economists, business owners, and labor leaders have raised alarm about a rising skills gap in the United States between the jobs that are available and those with the skills needed to fill them. Job Centered Learning, a new film from retired Sociology Professor Bob Gliner, takes a critical look at the wide range of career education some high schools are offering as a way of both closing this gap as well as making education more meaningful and relevant for students.
The film, which features many local area schools, comes to PBS stations in the SF Bay Area this week as part of its nationwide airings including Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7 PM on KQED Life (Comcast 189), Sunday, Aug. 20, at 9 PM on KCSM (Comcast 17 and 717HD) and Thursday, Aug. 24, at 8 PM on KRCB (Comcast 22 and 722 HD SF and North Bay Counties, Comcast 200 in Silicon Valley). For more information and to watch a three minute trailer, visit Bob’s website: DocMakerOnline.com.
Wendy Rouse (Assistant Professor of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences) has published a new book, Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement. Initial reviews indicate that the book is “a highly readable study whose historical accounts of sexism and xenophobia bear repeated discussion,” “catalogues a grab bag of Progressive era thought and anxieties in favor of women’s self defense training from new women rhetoric about women’s physical and political emancipation to fears of white slavers, menacing male strangers, and rising Japanese cultural and political power,” and is “a terrific, influential book!” Congratulations, Professor Rouse!
Before 1864, travel around the Santa Clara Valley and beyond was virtually impossible six months of the year: mid-winter and mid-summer the roads were a sea of either mud or dust. Shipping Santa Clara Valley produce to market in San Francisco was difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Michael Pearce, Sourisseau Academy’s Assistant Archivist, chronicles the many railroad lines that changed life in the Valley. Our Valley is still served hourly by the oldest railroad line west of the Mississippi. Once known as the San Francisco & San Jose RR, today we call it Caltrain. Our initial investment, made over 150 years ago, continues to serve us well.
This month’s Sourisseau Academy News Video explores the lives of women who worked in the Santa Clara Valley canning industry.
Gordon Douglas (Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning) is quoted extensively in an article about the rebranding of urban neighborhoods to attract young, hip crowds. In the fall semester Professor Douglas will begin reconceptualizing SJSU’s Institute for Metropolitan Studies.
By the early 1930s, the Santa Clara Valley’s canneries were the largest employers of women in California. Margo McBane, SJSU History professor and Sourisseau Board member, tells us their story of 18-hour workdays, with employment opportunity divided along gender, ethnic, and racial lines.
This month’s Sourisseau Academy news video explores the experience of working in orchards and nurseries in Morgan Hill, where women’s work, though somewhat different than that in the canneries, was equally intense.