June 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

Although a vast unbroken urban cityscape now sprawls across the South Bay, there was once a time when its towns and institutions celebrated the boundaries of their separate existence. In the June 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album retired Anthropology Professor Tom Layton explores the gates, arches and banners that reassured our citizenry that there was actually “a there, there!”

In the June 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video San José historian Heather David (leader of the San José Signs Project) celebrates the art of signage, when glowing neon and flashing chaser lights promised an exciting shopping experience.


April 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

In the last few years San Jose residents were ripping out their lawns to prepare for drought. But over the past two centuries, we have suffered much more from floods. In the April 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album Sourisseau Archives Assistant Michael Pearce explore Santa Clara Valley’s floods and the reservoirs built to prevent them.

In the April 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video Sourisseau Board Member and Anthropology Professor Charlotte Sunseri explores the history of New Almaden, a tightly operated company town which reportedly produced more wealth than any of the California’s gold mines.

Roberto González comments on Facebook privacy

Roberto González, chair of the Anthropology Department, was recently featured on Univisión KDTV-14, one of the Bay Area’s most popular local TV news programs. Professor González’s research on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica was recently featured in the online journal CounterPunch. Thank you for engaging the public on this very important topic, Professor González!

Natalie Baszile

The Center for Literary Arts and the SJSU African-American Studies Department present Natalie Baszile: Reading & Conversation with Selena Anderson.

Natalie Baszile is the author of the Southern debut novel Queen Sugar, which has been adapted for television by writer and director Ava DuVernay and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey. Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Best Books of 2014 and nominated for the NAACP Image Award. Natalie also writes nonfiction, which has appeared in Lenny Letter, O, The Oprah Magazine, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 9.

  • When: February 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225
  • Info: www.litart.org

A Public Discussion of Public Monuments

Join us for a community conversation and consideration of the issues surrounding public monuments around the country today, including the Columbus statue in San José City Hall. This event features the following SJSU panelists:

  • Dore Bowen, Associate Professor, Art History & Visual Culture
  • Libra Hilde, Associate Professor, History
  • Marco Meniketti, Professor, Anthropology
  • Manuel Callahan, Lecturer, Mexican-American Studies
  • Michael Roman, President, Native American Student Organization
  • Martin Madrigal, Co-Chair, MEChA de SJSU
  • Moderator: Melinda Jackson, Chair, Political Science

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome.

  • When: 5:00–6:00, October 17
  • Where: MLK225