From second story rooftops in 1858, to the 115-foot “birds’ nest” atop the dome of the Santa Clara County Court House in 1869, to the 207-foot platform near the top of the San José Electric Light Tower in 1881, artists and photographers, lugging sketch pads, tripods and glass plate negatives, climbed higher and higher to capture iconic panoramic vistas. In the October 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album retired Anthropology Professor Tom Layton journeys into the sky to the imaginary heights from which artists have transformed the Silicon Valley into a fantastical realm where San José’s Hotel De Anza can easily loom larger than all of San Francisco.
The October 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video [titled “Horse Power!” this month] explores the era of the horse and buggy, and the sweet aroma of fruit trees by the side of the road.
Tuesday October 9th at 6pm: “The Color of Law”
Author Richard Rothstein will discuss his new book, about how race-based policies of the mid-20th Century created an enduring pattern of residential segregation in American cities that still needs to be addressed. IMS is co-sponsoring this event with SPUR San Jose.
6pm at SPUR San Jose, 76 S. First Street
More info: https://www.spur.org/events/2018-10-09/color-law
Wednesday October 17th at 12pm: Tactical Urbanism in Diverse Communities
Tactical urbanism and other ‘lighter, quicker, cheaper” approaches to streetscape redesign have become prominent trends in cities around the world in recent years. What does it mean to bring such things to less trendy places, traditionally under-served communities, or neighborhoods threatened by gentrification, and how can designers make sure improvements like these reflect the need and priorities of longtime residents? Join for a conversation with a panel of experts from cities across California.
12pm in MLK Library Room 225 (*refreshments will be served*)
RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/BU7LhljSwhgi2ayS2
Tuesday November 27th, 4:30pm: Craft Economies & Smaller Cities
Sociologist Richard Ocejo (CUNY Graduate Center) will join us to discuss his book on the rise of the craft economy and new work on the complex gentrification of small cities and industrial towns. (Co-sponsored by the Depts. of Economics and Anthropology.)
Tuesday December 4th, 12:30pm: The Road to Resegregation
Urban planner and geographer Alex Schafran (Univ. of Leeds) will present his new book, The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics, about how political fragmentation among institutions at all levels have led to a newly segregated geography of NIMBYism, sprawl, and the suburbanization of poverty. (Co-sponsored by TRANSITions SJSU.)
Alan Leventhal is the College of Social Sciences Information Technology Consultant. He is also an anthropologist, and recently co-published an article with several others (including Department of Anthropology alumna Irina Nechayev). Their article “Biocultural Perspectives on Interpersonal Violence in the Prehistoric San Francisco Bay Area” is forthcoming in Hunter-Gatherer Adaptation and Resilience: A Bioarchaeological Perspective, which will be published by Cambridge University Press. Congratulations Alan!
The late 19th century was a Golden Age for San José engravers. In the August 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album retired Anthropology Professor Tom Layton takes readers on a guided tour through half a century of exuberant letterheads from local printers.
The August 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video pays tribute to a century of working women, whose labor was essential to the growth of commerce in the Santa Clara Valley.
Despite the pervasive myth of the “stay at home” wife and mother, working women have been a mainstay of the Santa Clara Valley workforce for well over a century. In the July 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album retired Anthropology Professor Tom Layton celebrates this unsung labor force of cannery workers, telephone operators and clerks — not to mention the entrepreneurial founders of the Women’s Fruit Preserving Association, whose 1890s Honeysuckle Brand labels graced fruit cans from coast to coast.
In the July 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video Professor Layton tours the ceremonial gates, arches, and banners of the Santa Clara Valley orchards of yesteryear.