SJSU Remembers Humanities Honors Program Pioneers

Friends and family recently unveiled a Washington Square Hall plaque in memory of faculty members O.C. “Clint” Williams, Jack E. Fink, Rex Burbank and Richard Tansey, pioneers of our humanities honors program. Founded in 1954, this endeavor offers students a multi-disciplinary, globally inclusive, and collaborative four-semester program of humanities-centered study. The program also fosters a unique learning community, as a faculty team works with each two-year student cohort, teaching, advising and offering guidance.

Visit the Humanities Honors Program website.

SJSU Receives $1.2 Million to Develop Afghan Journalism Program

Afghan Students to Intern at Bay Area Media Outlets

Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, CA — San Jose State University has received a $1.2 million federal grant to train Afghan professors to teach modern journalism. The effort will link San Jose State and Herat University in western Afghanistan for three years.

“A free press and professionalized journalism trade is critical to the stable and vibrant Afghanistan that our Afghan and international partners are working so hard to realize,” Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, U.S. State Department Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in a statement. “Governments cannot do this alone, however, which is why I am truly inspired and heartened by this commitment by San Jose State University’s journalism school.

“Herat, Afghanistan’s third largest city, is close to the western border with Iran and of great cultural and historical significance. The future of Afghanistan depends on equipping the younger generation with the tools they need to rebuild their country, so I would like to thank San Jose State University for your role in making the future of Afghanistan a little brighter — your commitment today will change lives,” Holbrooke continued.

“San Jose State University welcomes the opportunity to help bring peace and democracy to Afghanistan by developing a program that will foster the growth of a free press and professional journalism,” said William Briggs, director of the SJSU School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

SJSU Assistant Professor of Journalism Diane Guerrazzi and Lecturer Peter Young will co-administer the program. They will develop curriculum modules and train Herat University faculty and staff, traveling to Afghanistan when it is safe to do so. Subsequently, Afghan students will participate in internships at Bay Area media outlets.

“Our goal is to create a foundation of understanding between Afghans and Americans, with San Jose State at the center of ongoing relations,” Guerrazzi said. “This grant also supports SJSU’s globalization efforts, and fosters our ties with the South Bay’s Afghan community.”

Guerrazzi is a longtime TV news reporter specializing in educational exchanges with the Middle East. Young is a former Fulbright Scholar with a broad international background and multimedia expertise. The grant includes funding for the establishment of Internet-based radio and TV broadcast channels.

San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 27,400 students and 3,190 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

SJSU Celebrates International Week: Camel Riding Anyone?

SJSU will celebrate International Week November 8 through 12. This is your chance to become immersed in a wide array of global opportunities, beginning with the Peter Lee Memorial Lecture 4 p.m. Nov. 8 in Engineering 189. The speaker will be Mary Catherine Bateson, a writer, cultural anthropologist, and daughter of Margaret Mead. Continue reading

SJSU Salzburg Program to Serve as Model for Higher Ed

The SJSU Salzburg Program has been named one of the nation’s top ten citizen diplomacy programs in the field of higher education by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, in partnership with the U. S. State Department and the NAFSA Association of International Educators. As a result, San Jose State has been invited to participate in the first U.S. Summit & Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy to be held November 16 through 19 in Washington, D.C.

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SJSU Selected for “General Education for a Global Century”

Congratulations to all who contributed to SJSU’s application for this Association of American Colleges and Universities program, which seeks to “create and disseminate coherent general education curricular designs that address complex, global issues across divisions and disciplines.” SJSU is one of just two CSU campuses, and one of 32 institutions nationwide chosen for this effort.

Read an AAC&U news release.

SJSU Hosts “The Changing Face of America: A Conference on Immigration and Social Policy”

“The Changing Face of America: A Conference on Immigration and Social Policy” will be held Oct. 22 and 23 in the Student Union. The SJSU Silicon Valley Center for Global Innovation and Immigration and the College of Social Sciences will co-host the event, bringing together students, scholars and community members from various disciplines for presentations and panel discussions. Open to the public, this conference reflects San Jose State’s commitment to providing a forum for all aspects of this global issue. Continue reading

Argentina Lends Students Broader Perspectives, Deeper Convictions

By William Goodrich,  Senior Lead,  International and Extended Studies Marketing and Communications

Students with Professor Hector Aguilar, architect & art historian.

Students with Professor Hector Aguilar, architect & art historian.

Michael Gorman, associate professor in the School of Social Work, spent three weeks this past summer in Argentina. No, it wasn’t for vacationing or sightseeing or relaxing. It was to empower 12 students to gain a global perspective of social work, social justice and human rights in a country that has struggled with these issues and is still coming to grips with its history of human rights abuses and the economic crisis of 2002. Continue reading