2019 Levinson Memorial Lecture

The 2019 Levinson Memorial Lecture will be presented at 4:30 PM on Thursday, April 2019 in room 225 of the Boccardo Business Complex. The 1919 Pogroms are considered as the prelude and rehearsal to the Holocaust that took place in Eastern Europe twenty-two years later. Dr. Peter Kenez, professor emeritus of history at University of California, Santa Cruz, will discuss the history and implications of the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Jewish civilians in Ukraine from spring to autumn 1919, amidst the chaos of the Russian Civil War.

Since the early 1980s, the Levinson Memorial Lecture of the SJSU Program of Jewish Studies has invited speakers on variety of subjects in Jewish history, religion, and culture, in honor of Dr. Robert Levinson, the founder of the Jewish Studies Program at SJSU. A specialist in the history of immigration and minority groups in North America, Levinson was a public intellectual who merged his academic work with communal responsibility and his tragic death in 1981 was a major loss to the wider community of San Jose and the South Bay.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Dr. Ignat Ayzenberg, 917-658-1966 (phone), ignat.ayzenberg@sjsu.edu (email).

New book from Professor Tanya Saroj Bakhru

Tanya Saroj Bakhru is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of SJSU’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. On May 27, 2019 her book Reproductive Justice and Sexual Rights: Transnational Perspectives will be published by Routledge. This book takes an intersectional, interdisciplinary, and transnational approach, presenting work that will provide the reader with a nuanced and in-depth understanding of the role of globalization in the sexual and reproductive lives of gendered bodies in the 21st century. It draws on reproductive justice and transnational feminism as frameworks to explore and make sense of the reproductive and sexual experiences of various groups of women and marginalized people around the world. The book is now available for pre-order.

The 2019 Don Edwards Lecture: Veterans on the Home Front

This year’s Don Edwards Lecture will be on the topic “Veterans on the Home Front: Advocacy, Policy, Action.”

Speakers:

Maya Esparza: San Jose City Council
Joseph Kopser: Veteran and Co-founder of Grayline, Former Congressional Candidate
Joshua Mantz: Veteran and Author of Beauty of a Darker Soul
Moderated by Dr. Leonard Lira.

When: March 15, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Student Union Ballroom

Free and Open to the Public.

Sponsored by the SJSU Department of Political Science and the College of Social Sciences.

Julia E. Curry Rodríguez receives 2019 Wang Family Outstanding Faculty Service Award

Associate Professor Julia E. Curry Rodríguez (Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies) has received the 2019 Wang Family Outstanding Faculty Service Award. Professor Curry Rodríguez’s accomplishments include:

  • Increasing support and resources for immigrant students, including the development of San José State’s UndocuSpartan Resource Center in 2018.
  • Receiving a Ford Foundation grant (2003-2006) for a project to explore services for binational students who immigrate to the U.S. and migrate back to their home regions.
  • Working with the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association to fund scholarships for undocumented students, including the establishment of full-semester scholarships.
  • Leading the development of a new bachelor’s degree in Mexican American Studies.
  • Mentoring five doctoral students through the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP), two of whom are now CSU faculty.

Congratulations on this well-deserved award, Professor Curry Rodríguez!