2018 Burdick Military History Symposium

The San Jose State University History Department, School of Music, the California State Military Reserve and Burdick Military History Project Present the 2018 Charles Burdick Memorial Military History Symposium:

Culture & WW1

Sunday April 15, 2018 1:00 to 7:00 pm
San Jose State University
This Event is Free and Open to the Public

Panel: SJSU Engineering Auditorium (ENG 189) 1:00 to 4:00

Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Roth, Professor of History and Director, Burdick Military History Project.

Dr. Karen English of San Jose State University will speak on American Poetry in the Great War. The most famous poem of World War One “In Flanders Fields” was written by a Canadian about a British battle, but there were many American poems written in support of, and against the war, by men and women, officers and enlisted. Educated in North Carolina and raised in a military family, Dr. English has taught American Literature and American Studies at San José State University since 1989. Her academic field is American Literature before 1865, but she saw the film Gallipoli in 1981 and has since been passionately interested in literature written during and about WWI, esp. American poetry, but also fiction, autobiography, and drama.

Professor Kimberly Schafer of San Francisco’s Academy of Arts University will present Otto Dix: Combat Veteran and Avant Garde Painter. Otto Dix was already a painter when at age 23, he volunteered for the German Army and served continually from 1914 to 1918. Dix fought in the Battle of the Somme, on the Eastern Fronter, and took part in Germany’s final Spring Offensive in the West. He earned an Iron Cross (2nd Class) and left the army as the equivalent of a Staff Sergeant (Vizefeldwebel). After the war, Dix became a leading painter a critical observer of Weimar and the Great War. Prof. Schafer holds two graduate degrees from Oxford Brookes University (formerly Oxford Polytechnic), and has been with the Academy of Art University since 1996. Her graduate thesis focused on the twentieth century British artist Stanley Spencer (another World War One veteran).

Dr. English will introduce the 1918 film Shoulder Arms, which Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed and starred in. We meet his famous character in boot camp, and the 46 minute movie takes us with him to the Western Front. The film was hugely popular and was used in bond drives. Although almost 100 years old, the movie still resonates with today’s veterans.

Concert: SJSU Concert Hall (Music 176)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CA) James Lamb and the 11-member California State Military Reserve Band present From Ragtime to Jazz: The Music of James Reese Europe, bringing to life the fascinating tale of Jim Europe, a leading figure in the transition from ragtime to jazz. Travelling from the stage of Carnegie Hall to the battlefields of World War I France, the presentation combines narrative, images, video, and live music to chart the story of this groundbreaking African-American musician and soldier. The band uses historically accurate compositions and scores as played by Jim Europe’s ensembles and instruments common to the period to accurately reproduce the music as it sounded 100 years ago. The California State Military Reserve Band is made up of members of the CSMR or CalGuard, a volunteer organization that backs up the California National Guard, as well as Guard and Reserve musicians.

To reserve free concert tickets please go to:
For further information, including regarding accessibility and accommodation, please contact Dr. Jonathan Roth (email: jonathan.roth@sjsu.edu).

Let’s celebrate CommUniverCity’s 13th anniversary!

It’s time to celebrate another year of CommUniverCity!

On Wednesday, April 25, 5:00–7:30 p.m., we will come together to showcase some of CommUniverCity’s banner community projects and recognize remarkable people who have gone above and beyond to give back to our communities.

The event will be fair-style with interactive project stations led by San José State University faculty and students in partnership with community members. Come to eat some delicious tacos catered by a neighborhood business, win prizes that include an iPad, and meet the community members who ensure the success of our projects. Awards will be presented from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

We hope you will join us to learn more about CommUniverCity’s work in our neighborhoods.

Please register HERE for this event so we have a good count for ordering food.

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 5:00–7:30
Where: Roosevelt Community Center, 901 E Santa Clara St, San José

Womens Rights in Contemporary Armenian Society: Between Modernization and Traditions

The SJSU Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program presents Dr. Gohar Shahnazaryan, speaking on Womens Rights in Contemporary Armenian Society: Between Modernization and Traditions.

Dr. Gohar Shahnazaryan, is the Director of Yerevan State University Center for Gender and Leadership Studies and the Co-Director of Women’s Resource Center NGO in Armenia. She holds a PhD in Sociology and is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Sociology at YSU. In 2008, 2009 and 2011 for one semester each year she has been a visiting scholar at the Institute of Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies at UC Berkeley through Open Society Institute Fellowship.

  • When: Feb 8, 2018, 1:30-2:30
  • Where: Student Union Room 3A

SJSU College of Social Sciences Dean’s Symposium

The campus community is invited to the SJSU College of Social Sciences Dean’s Symposium on Wednesday November 8, 2017, 11:30am–1:30pm, in MLK 225. Social Science scholarship explores complex, often interrelated, social, economic, environmental, and political processes—both contemporary and historical. It also researches ways to improve quality of life and make society more just, vibrant, and sustainable. Presentations in this symposium represent the wide range of inquiries that social scientists pursue: removal of land use conflicts to promote solar power generation; innovations in commercial fisheries for better economic outcomes; Silicon Valley technology companies’ embrace of the idea of Universal Basic Income; and the quiet, heroic efforts of African American slaves to be fathers and caretakers.

  • When: November 8, 2017, 11:30am–1:30pm
  • Where: MLK 225
  • RSVP by November 1, 2017
  • Questions? Contact Shishir Mathur
  • This event is open to the campus community.


  • Ana Pitchon

    Adaptation to Uncertainty in West Coast Fisheries

    Current trends suggest that innovation in some commercial fisheries is critical to continued survival in today’s climate of heightened restrictions and increased regulatory pressure. Through an analysis of regulatory events as disturbances to the stability of fisheries, this talk explains how adaptation to uncertainty through diversification is an innovative strategy occurring in several West Coast fisheries. It also reviews individual adaptation strategies, describes how fisheries and market diversification leads to improved economic outcomes, notes barriers to diversification, and presents some models of success.

  • Dustin Mulvaney

    Utility-scale Solar Energy Development and Land Use Conflicts Across the American West

    Land use change from utility-scale solar energy development is an emerging source of social conflict across the American West. These new land uses reconfigure the distribution of environmental risks from electricity generation. This talk explains the root causes of land use conflict over utility-scale solar development across this region over the past decade and documents how lessons learned and a multi-agency collaborative spatial planning effort to minimize contestation over solar energy development has subsequently lessened land use conflict.

  • Libra Hilde

    “Our Father”: Slavery and Fatherhood in the American South

    This talk explores what it meant to be an enslaved man and a father and how former slaves evaluated these men (including their white fathers) and envisioned paternal duty. Despite a system that undermined their authority and divided families, a significant number of enslaved men sought to serve as caretakers and managed to exert influence in their children’s lives. By telling the story of the often quietly heroic efforts that enslaved men undertook to be fathers and by focusing on the function rather than structure of the household, this talk offers a counterpoint to the dominant narratives about the pathology of the African American family.

  • Lawrence Quill

    Working the Problem of Poverty: Universal Basic Income and Silicon Valley

    A Universal Basic Income (UBI) is an idea of the moment. It is regarded as a remedy to the inefficiencies of basic welfare provision and a means to release each person’s inner entrepreneur. This talk analyzes why technology companies have embraced this idea. Part of the reason is ideological. There remains a strong libertarian streak in Valley culture. Another reason is technocratic. As engineers moved from the suburbs to urban centers in the 1990s, social problems became a reality that required a remedy. Finally, UBI is progressive by offering consolation and empowerment to those displaced by an increasingly automated world.