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:

 

Culture Chat blog and YouTube channel

Two Communication Studies faculty members have created a YouTube channel and blog about multicultural communication. Associate Professor Marquita Byrd and Lecturer Arjun Buxi created 10-17 minute shows that define important concepts and provide basic information in a nonpartisan way. Topics include:

  • Living in a multicultural society.
  • Are we biracial?
  • Race and ethnicity.
  • Gender means?
  • What is marriage in same-sex marriage?
  • Age discrimination: is age just a number?
  • What is sexual orientation?
  • How is immigration changing our world?
  • What is it like to live with a disability?
  • How does social class effect culture?
  • How can we talk about religion?

Thank you for creating this valuable resource, professors Byrd and Buxi!

 

 

Libra Hilde receives fellowship

Congratulations to Associate Professor of History Libra Hilde, who has been awarded a 2017-2018 residential fellowship in the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University! During the fellowship Professor Hilde will complete her latest book, “Our Father”: Slavery and Fatherhood in the American South. This book explores what it meant to be an enslaved man and a father. For too long, the discussion of masculinity within slavery has conflated manhood with heroic resistance. Some enslaved men openly rebelled, but a far greater number chose a subtle form of resistance as caretakers and community leaders. The institution of slavery denied enslaved men patriarchal prerogatives, but the slave community invested fatherhood with meaning and articulated a robust sense of what it meant to be a husband and father.  By telling the story of the often quietly heroic efforts that enslaved and free men undertook to be fathers, Professor Hllde’s book offers a counterpoint to the dominant narratives about the pathology of the African American family and absent Black fathers.

 

Frances Edwards Receives Community Partnership Award

Congratulations to Professor of Political Science Frances Edwards, who was recognized by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) when it presented SJSU’s Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) with their Community Partnership Recognition award. Specifically, VTA recognized the efforts of MTI Research Associates, Dr. Frances Edwards and Mr. Dan Goodrich for the expert training they provided to VTA on emergency management. “We are recognizing the Mineta Transportation Institute for being a valued community partner. VTA reached out to MTI to educate VTA on its roles and responsibilities in the event of a wide scale emergency or disaster. The MTI Instructors brought multiple decades of Emergency Management and Security experience to VTA and provided a depth of knowledge of the four phases of Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. VTA continues to partner with MTI to deliver quality Emergency Management Education to its employees,” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo and VTA Board of Directors Vice Chairperson. Dr. Edwards and Mr. Goodrich bring decades of experience in emergency management to their work with transportation agencies. Their most recent research, Emergency Management Training for Transportation Agencies, identifies best practices in providing training courses to adults, with a particular emphasis on the effectiveness of interactive training materials.