From second story rooftops in 1858, to the 115-foot “birds’ nest” atop the dome of the Santa Clara County Court House in 1869, to the 207-foot platform near the top of the San José Electric Light Tower in 1881, artists and photographers, lugging sketch pads, tripods and glass plate negatives, climbed higher and higher to capture iconic panoramic vistas. In the October 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album retired Anthropology Professor Tom Layton journeys into the sky to the imaginary heights from which artists have transformed the Silicon Valley into a fantastical realm where San José’s Hotel De Anza can easily loom larger than all of San Francisco.
The October 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video [titled “Horse Power!” this month] explores the era of the horse and buggy, and the sweet aroma of fruit trees by the side of the road.
Assistant Professor Yvonne Kwan was featured in the September 2018 SJSU Academic Spotlight newsletter. Professor Kwan discussed her forthcoming book, Afterlives of Diaspora: Cambodian American Trauma and Memory. Professor Kwan is a second-year Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.
From 1850 to 1910, livery stables, harness makers, blacksmiths and wagon builders were essential to transportation and commerce in virtually every California town. In the September 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album retired Anthropology Professor Tom Layton presents an illustrated tour through the Equine Era of “horse power” to its replacement by the “horsepower” of the automobile.
The September 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video explores the elegant, engraved graphics that graced the letterheads of San José merchants during the same years as the “Equine Era.”
Alan Leventhal is the College of Social Sciences Information Technology Consultant. He is also an anthropologist, and recently co-published an article with several others (including Department of Anthropology alumna Irina Nechayev). Their article “Biocultural Perspectives on Interpersonal Violence in the Prehistoric San Francisco Bay Area” is forthcoming in Hunter-Gatherer Adaptation and Resilience: A Bioarchaeological Perspective, which will be published by Cambridge University Press. Congratulations Alan!
The late 19th century was a Golden Age for San José engravers. In the August 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album retired Anthropology Professor Tom Layton takes readers on a guided tour through half a century of exuberant letterheads from local printers.
The August 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video pays tribute to a century of working women, whose labor was essential to the growth of commerce in the Santa Clara Valley.