June 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

Although a vast unbroken urban cityscape now sprawls across the South Bay, there was once a time when its towns and institutions celebrated the boundaries of their separate existence. In the June 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album retired Anthropology Professor Tom Layton explores the gates, arches and banners that reassured our citizenry that there was actually “a there, there!”

In the June 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video San José historian Heather David (leader of the San José Signs Project) celebrates the art of signage, when glowing neon and flashing chaser lights promised an exciting shopping experience.

 

May 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

Half a century ago many of our elders complained that the garish in-your-face signage flashing along our main streets had become a public blight. The resulting sign ordinances limiting the size and placement of signs was a nail in the coffin of the Age of Neon. In the May 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album San José historian Heather David (leader of the San José Signs Project) tells the story of signage in San José.

In the May 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video Michael Pearce explores San Jose’s floods and the reservoirs designed to prevent them.

April 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

In the last few years San Jose residents were ripping out their lawns to prepare for drought. But over the past two centuries, we have suffered much more from floods. In the April 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album Sourisseau Archives Assistant Michael Pearce explore Santa Clara Valley’s floods and the reservoirs built to prevent them.

In the April 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video Sourisseau Board Member and Anthropology Professor Charlotte Sunseri explores the history of New Almaden, a tightly operated company town which reportedly produced more wealth than any of the California’s gold mines.

Roberto González comments on Facebook privacy

Roberto González, chair of the Anthropology Department, was recently featured on Univisión KDTV-14, one of the Bay Area’s most popular local TV news programs. Professor González’s research on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica was recently featured in the online journal CounterPunch. Thank you for engaging the public on this very important topic, Professor González!