Wendy Rouse Publishes New Book

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!

August 2017 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

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.

Sourisseau Academy July 2017 photo album and video

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.

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: