Fall 2019 Welcome Back

Welcome back to campus for the 2019-2020 academic year, everyone! We want to extend the warmest of welcomes to our incoming faculty, staff, and students, as well as a warm welcome back to our returning faculty, staff, and students! The College of Social Sciences wants to thank you for all your support and the work you do!


Wendy Ng becoming a dean

Sociology Professor Wendy Ng will soon become the Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at California State University, East Bay. Professor Ng has been a faculty member at SJSU since 1989, serving as Chair of the Sociology department for four years, and has been an Associate Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs since July 2016. Congratulations, Professor Ng!


Sourisseau Academy In-Depth video: “Lick Observatory”

In the Sourisseau Academy‘s first “In Depth” video production, viewers are taken on a tour of the Lick Observatory, the first in the world. Built in the 1880s, it drew visitors to the top of Mount Hamilton morning and night. The February 2019  “Lick Observatory” video documents the early tourists who made the 26-mile trip to Mount Hamilton.


The 2019 Don Edwards Lecture: Veterans on the Home Front

This year’s Don Edwards Lecture will be on the topic “Veterans on the Home Front: Advocacy, Policy, Action.”


Maya Esparza: San Jose City Council
Joseph Kopser: Veteran and Co-founder of Grayline, Former Congressional Candidate
Joshua Mantz: Veteran and Author of Beauty of a Darker Soul
Moderated by Dr. Leonard Lira.

When: March 15, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Student Union Ballroom

Free and Open to the Public.

Sponsored by the SJSU Department of Political Science and the College of Social Sciences.

January 2019 Sourisseau Academy photo album

Long before the Winchester Mystery House and the Rosicrucian Museum were tourist attractions, the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton was San Jose’s most famous venue. In the January 2019 Sourisseau Academy photo album Anthropology Professor Emeritus Tom Layton cruises the delivery wagons, buggies, vans, and trucks that became moving billboards, reaching even the most remote corners of the Santa Clara Valley.