Black Faculty Portrait and Video Series

In Simple Gifts: A Portrait Series Celebrating SJSU’s Black Faculty, Black faculty at San José State University were asked to choose a personal keepsake, pose with that item for a formal portrait, and then explain how that item influenced their academic careers. Several CoSS faculty are featured:

 

Culture Chat blog and YouTube channel

Two Communication Studies faculty members have created a YouTube channel and blog about multicultural communication. Associate Professor Marquita Byrd and Lecturer Arjun Buxi created 10-17 minute shows that define important concepts and provide basic information in a nonpartisan way. Topics include:

  • Living in a multicultural society.
  • Are we biracial?
  • Race and ethnicity.
  • Gender means?
  • What is marriage in same-sex marriage?
  • Age discrimination: is age just a number?
  • What is sexual orientation?
  • How is immigration changing our world?
  • What is it like to live with a disability?
  • How does social class effect culture?
  • How can we talk about religion?

Thank you for creating this valuable resource, professors Byrd and Buxi!

 

 

Sourisseau Academy June 2017 photo album and video

The drive between Morgan Hill and San Jose is now one of the most congested in Silicon Valley. Beth Wyman, Sourisseau Board member and former Mayor of Morgan Hill, recalls a gentler era (1905-1969) when Morgan Hill was known for its orchards, nurseries, and quiet suburban living. In this month’s Sourisseau Academy photo album Beth explores “Morgan Hill: The Bucolic Era!” 

In this month’s Sourisseau Academy news video Heather David discusses fifty years of fashionable shopping.

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.

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.