Sourisseau Academy May 2017 photo album and video

Mirroring cities all over the country, the early 20th century shopping experience in the Santa Clara Valley centered on downtown. And for the first half of the century, downtown San Jose was the valley’s main shopping destination. Following World War II, however, economic prosperity ignited the construction of suburban shopping centers all over the Valley, and it was not long before urban businesses followed the mass migration to the suburbs.  In this month’s Sourisseau Academy photo album Heather David (author of Mid-Century by the Bay) explores the origins of modern consumerism.

This month’s Sourisseau Academy news video tours Los Gatos, which for decades was Sunset Magazine’s iconic version of life in the Santa Clara Valley.

Dean’s Spring 2017 Graduate Student Colloquium

Social Science scholarship explores complex, often interrelated, social processes. It also researches ways in which the quality of life of individuals can be improved and the society can become more just, vibrant, and sustainable. Presentations in this colloquium represent the wide range of inquiries that social scientists pursue: ethical alternatives to risky high-interest payday loans; impact of parking requirements on housing affordability; political participations among women in the Evangelical church; how movies and books bring our attention to the environment and shape our world; and people’s attitudes toward rent control policies.

This event is open to the campus community.

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.