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.
Sociology Assistant Professor Elizabeth Sweet was interviewed for a story in The Atlantic magazine, “Today’s Masculinity Is Stifling.” Professor Sweet studies the role of gender in children’s toys, and notes that American gender categories in consumer culture are more rigid now than at any time in history. Also see her 2015 TEDx Talk for more information.
Half a century ago many of our elders complained that the garish in-your-face signage flashing along our main streets had become a public blight. The resulting sign ordinances limiting the size and placement of signs was a nail in the coffin of the Age of Neon. In the May 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album San José historian Heather David (leader of the San José Signs Project) tells the story of signage in San José.
In the May 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video Michael Pearce explores San Jose’s floods and the reservoirs designed to prevent them.