July 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

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.

Elizabeth Sweet Discusses Gendered Children’s Toys

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.

Marco Meniketti to Take Part in UCSC Symposium on Emerging Ecologies: Archaeologies of Slavery, Landscape and Environmental Change

Anthropology professor Marco Meniketti will be speaking at a symposium on May 4 at UC Santa Cruz’s Archaeological Research Center. The annual conference theme is “Emerging Ecologies: Archaeologies of Slavery, Landscape and Environmental Change.” Way to go, Dr. Meniketti!

Jennifer Anderson Speaks on the Function of Japanese Tea Bowls

Anthropology professor Jennifer Anderson will be giving a lecture on Monday, April 23 at 6:00 pm entitled “The Function of Japanese Tea Bowls.” Professor Anderson is an expert on the topic and has been recognized globally for her work on the topic. Come join us at this event! Location: Industrial Studies building, Room 165.

2018 Burdick Military History Symposium

The San Jose State University History Department, School of Music, the California State Military Reserve and Burdick Military History Project Present the 2018 Charles Burdick Memorial Military History Symposium:

Culture & WW1

Sunday April 15, 2018 1:00 to 7:00 pm
San Jose State University
This Event is Free and Open to the Public

Panel: SJSU Engineering Auditorium (ENG 189) 1:00 to 4:00

Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Roth, Professor of History and Director, Burdick Military History Project.

Dr. Karen English of San Jose State University will speak on American Poetry in the Great War. The most famous poem of World War One “In Flanders Fields” was written by a Canadian about a British battle, but there were many American poems written in support of, and against the war, by men and women, officers and enlisted. Educated in North Carolina and raised in a military family, Dr. English has taught American Literature and American Studies at San José State University since 1989. Her academic field is American Literature before 1865, but she saw the film Gallipoli in 1981 and has since been passionately interested in literature written during and about WWI, esp. American poetry, but also fiction, autobiography, and drama.

Professor Kimberly Schafer of San Francisco’s Academy of Arts University will present Otto Dix: Combat Veteran and Avant Garde Painter. Otto Dix was already a painter when at age 23, he volunteered for the German Army and served continually from 1914 to 1918. Dix fought in the Battle of the Somme, on the Eastern Fronter, and took part in Germany’s final Spring Offensive in the West. He earned an Iron Cross (2nd Class) and left the army as the equivalent of a Staff Sergeant (Vizefeldwebel). After the war, Dix became a leading painter a critical observer of Weimar and the Great War. Prof. Schafer holds two graduate degrees from Oxford Brookes University (formerly Oxford Polytechnic), and has been with the Academy of Art University since 1996. Her graduate thesis focused on the twentieth century British artist Stanley Spencer (another World War One veteran).

Dr. English will introduce the 1918 film Shoulder Arms, which Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed and starred in. We meet his famous character in boot camp, and the 46 minute movie takes us with him to the Western Front. The film was hugely popular and was used in bond drives. Although almost 100 years old, the movie still resonates with today’s veterans.

Concert: SJSU Concert Hall (Music 176)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CA) James Lamb and the 11-member California State Military Reserve Band present From Ragtime to Jazz: The Music of James Reese Europe, bringing to life the fascinating tale of Jim Europe, a leading figure in the transition from ragtime to jazz. Travelling from the stage of Carnegie Hall to the battlefields of World War I France, the presentation combines narrative, images, video, and live music to chart the story of this groundbreaking African-American musician and soldier. The band uses historically accurate compositions and scores as played by Jim Europe’s ensembles and instruments common to the period to accurately reproduce the music as it sounded 100 years ago. The California State Military Reserve Band is made up of members of the CSMR or CalGuard, a volunteer organization that backs up the California National Guard, as well as Guard and Reserve musicians.

To reserve free concert tickets please go to:
eventbrite.com/e/from-ragtime-to-jazz-the-music-of-james-reese-europe-tickets-43523007487
For further information, including regarding accessibility and accommodation, please contact Dr. Jonathan Roth (email: jonathan.roth@sjsu.edu).