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.

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!

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).

Let’s celebrate CommUniverCity’s 13th anniversary!

It’s time to celebrate another year of CommUniverCity!

On Wednesday, April 25, 5:00–7:30 p.m., we will come together to showcase some of CommUniverCity’s banner community projects and recognize remarkable people who have gone above and beyond to give back to our communities.

The event will be fair-style with interactive project stations led by San José State University faculty and students in partnership with community members. Come to eat some delicious tacos catered by a neighborhood business, win prizes that include an iPad, and meet the community members who ensure the success of our projects. Awards will be presented from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

We hope you will join us to learn more about CommUniverCity’s work in our neighborhoods.

Please register HERE for this event so we have a good count for ordering food.

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 5:00–7:30
Where: Roosevelt Community Center, 901 E Santa Clara St, San José