Geography Lecturer Kerry Rohrmeier was quoted in an article on Wired magazine’s online website. In “What the Controlled Chaos of Burning Man Reveals About Cities,” Professor Rohrmeier notes, “there are a lot of good ideas from people who are not in the profession. There are so many creative things that people have been able to accomplish on the nano-, site-specific scale. It works, it’s replicable, but there’s not been a lot of evolution or experimentation. You can come here, you can practice ideals and identities that you choose, but within these confines.”
History Lecturer Margo McBane has received California Humanities funding for her “Cannery Workers, Cannery Lives” project. The grant will support a Cannery Worker Oral History/Photo Shoot Day on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at the San Jose Public Library to retrieve cannery worker life stories and accompanying family photos on family, work life, and community activities. At this event three documentation teams (comprised of SJSU alumni, students, and community members) will concurrently interview contributors and collect scanned photos from personal collections, resulting in the completion of twelve interviews. Each team will include a videographer, a photo scanner, and a bilingual interviewer. The interviews collected will become the basis for two Cannery Worker Community Conversations at two branches of the local San Jose Public Library during Hispanic Heritage Month on the topic of cannery workers and their contributions to the rich heritage of Santa Clara Valley. Congratulations Professor McBane!
Many economists, business owners, and labor leaders have raised alarm about a rising skills gap in the United States between the jobs that are available and those with the skills needed to fill them. Job Centered Learning, a new film from retired Sociology Professor Bob Gliner, takes a critical look at the wide range of career education some high schools are offering as a way of both closing this gap as well as making education more meaningful and relevant for students.
The film, which features many local area schools, comes to PBS stations in the SF Bay Area this week as part of its nationwide airings including Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7 PM on KQED Life (Comcast 189), Sunday, Aug. 20, at 9 PM on KCSM (Comcast 17 and 717HD) and Thursday, Aug. 24, at 8 PM on KRCB (Comcast 22 and 722 HD SF and North Bay Counties, Comcast 200 in Silicon Valley). For more information and to watch a three minute trailer, visit Bob’s website: DocMakerOnline.com.
Wendy Rouse (Assistant Professor of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences) has published a new book, Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement. Initial reviews indicate that the book is “a highly readable study whose historical accounts of sexism and xenophobia bear repeated discussion,” “catalogues a grab bag of Progressive era thought and anxieties in favor of women’s self defense training from new women rhetoric about women’s physical and political emancipation to fears of white slavers, menacing male strangers, and rising Japanese cultural and political power,” and is “a terrific, influential book!” Congratulations, Professor Rouse!
Before 1864, travel around the Santa Clara Valley and beyond was virtually impossible six months of the year: mid-winter and mid-summer the roads were a sea of either mud or dust. Shipping Santa Clara Valley produce to market in San Francisco was difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. Michael Pearce, Sourisseau Academy’s Assistant Archivist, chronicles the many railroad lines that changed life in the Valley. Our Valley is still served hourly by the oldest railroad line west of the Mississippi. Once known as the San Francisco & San Jose RR, today we call it Caltrain. Our initial investment, made over 150 years ago, continues to serve us well.
This month’s Sourisseau Academy News Video explores the lives of women who worked in the Santa Clara Valley canning industry.