Sourisseau Academy In-Depth video: “Lick Observatory”

In the Sourisseau Academy‘s first “In Depth” video production, viewers are taken on a tour of the Lick Observatory, the first in the world. Built in the 1880s, it drew visitors to the top of Mount Hamilton morning and night. The February 2019  “Lick Observatory” video documents the early tourists who made the 26-mile trip to Mount Hamilton.

 

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.

January 2019 Sourisseau Academy photo album

Long before the Winchester Mystery House and the Rosicrucian Museum were tourist attractions, the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton was San Jose’s most famous venue. In the January 2019 Sourisseau Academy photo album Anthropology Professor Emeritus Tom Layton cruises the delivery wagons, buggies, vans, and trucks that became moving billboards, reaching even the most remote corners of the Santa Clara Valley.

December 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

Long before television commercials and the Internet, local merchants were seeking effective and innovative ways to advertise their services to the public. In the December 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album Anthropology Professor Emeritus Tom Layton cruises the delivery wagons, buggies, vans, and trucks that became moving billboards, reaching even the most remote corners of the Santa Clara Valley.

The December 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video visits the many locations that have vanished from our modern landscape.

 

Faculty books published in 2018

On November 2, 2018 the SJSU Annual Author & Artist Awards event celebrated faculty who published books in 2018. The following College of Social Sciences faculty were recognized:

 

Theodorea Regina Berry, Author

States of Grace: Counterstories of a Black Woman in the Academy

Publisher: Peter Lang, 2018

This book recognizes, acknowledges and centers race and gender through the embodiment of Black womanhood in the academy in the context of grace. Encapsulated in concepts of grace, this book reveals the dynamic, multidimensional presence of a scholar who brings her wholeness into her scholarship and teaching, providing insights and guidance along the way.

  

Ruma Chopra, Author

Almost Home

Publisher: Yale University Press, 2018

This is the story of a small community of escaped slaves who revolted against the British government and managed to maneuver and survive against all odds.

 

Stephanie Coopman, Co-Author, James Lull, Co-Author

Public Speaking: The Evolving Art

Publisher: Cengage, 2018

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The fourth edition of this book combines time-tested techniques with innovative variations on the foundations of public speaking instruction to produce more confident, competent and ethical public speakers. Integrating examples from popular culture, this edition analyzes the public speaking success of such contemporary figures as Bernie Sanders and Malala Yousafza and prompts learners to put their new skills into practice.

 

Gordon Douglas, Author

The Help-Yourself City: Legitimacy and Inequality in DIY Urbanism

Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2018

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This book looks closely at people who take urban planning into their own hands with homemade signs and benches, guerrilla bike lanes, and more. It explores the frustration, creativity, and technical expertise behind these interventions, but also the position of privilege from which they often come. Presenting a needed analysis of this growing trend from vacant lots to city planning offices, The Help-Yourself Citytells a street-level story of people’s relationships to their urban surroundings as well as a worrying individualization of civic responsibility.

 

Deanna Fassett, Co-Author, John T. Warren, Co-Author, Keith Nainby, Co-Author

Communication: A Critical/Cultural Introduction

Publisher: Cognella, 2018

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This book provides first-year students a comprehensive yet focused overview of communication theory, interpersonal communication, and public communication and culture through the lens of contemporary critical theory. The authors show how we produce our world through communication, challenging us to explore power, ideology and diversity through daily interactions, both public and private.

 

Joel Franks, Author

Asians and Pacific Islanders in American Football

Publisher: Lexington Books, 2018

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This book is an analysis of the experiences of Asians and Pacific Islanders with American football. In particular, it examines how Asian and Pacific Islander peoples used American football to develop and maintain a sense of community while experiencing institutional racism, colonialism and labor exploitation.

 

Robert Ovetz, Author

When Workers Shot Back: Class Conflict 1877-1921

Publisher: Brill, 2018

This book explores one of the most tumultuous times in United States history and argues that the escalation of working class conflict drives rather than reacts to the consolidation and reorganization of capital and economic and political reform of the state. Studying the class composition of this period illustrates why workers escalated the intensity of their tactics, even using tactical violence, to extract concessions and reforms when all other efforts to do so were blocked, co-opted or repressed.

 

Mary Pickering, Co-Editor, Michel Bourdeau, Co-Editor, Warren Schmaus, Co-Editor

Love, Order, & Progress: The Science, Philosophy, and Politics of Auguste Comte

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh, 2018

This book examines Auguste Comte’s system of positivism. Comprising essays from leading Comte scholars, the work is the most comprehensive book in English on his philosophy of science and political and social philosophy.

 

Matthew Spangler, Author

“The Kite Runner” (stage script)

Publisher: Penguin, 2018

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This is a stage script based on Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, coinciding with the London West End production of the play and UK / Irish tour.