April 22, 2019

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Jose Antonio Vargas

Asian American Studies celebrates 50th anniversary 

On April 20, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and SF State alumnus Jose Antonio Vargas returned to campus to celebrate his ethnic studies roots as the keynote speaker for the Asian American Studies Department’s 50th Anniversary Gala. The gala — Moving Mountains: 50 Years of Asian American Studies at SF State — was co-hosted by SF State’s College of Extended Learning, Asian American & Pacific Islander Student Services, Dream Resource Center and Black Unity Center. Proceeds from the evening will fund internship stipends and career training for low-income and first-generation Asian American studies majors.

Vargas, who won a Pulitzer for his coverage on the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, is a Filipino immigrant and an outspoken immigrant rights activist. He said he hoped to honor the legacy of those who came before him while also looking toward the future. 

“I think Asian Americans play a really pivotal role, and for far too long the Asian experience has been erased, marginalized and minimized,” said Vargas. “So how do we claim our space without erasing others? What does that look like?”

Founded in 1969, SF State’s College of Ethnic Studies was created as a result of a historic campus strike led by the Black Student Union and the Third World Liberation Front. As one of five departments within the college, Asian American Studies has evolved to become the largest program of its kind in the country. 

Illustration of woman walking in front of a kaleidoscope background

Annual fashion show set for May 9

The annual SF State student-run fashion show, titled Runway 2019: KALEIDOSCOPE this year, will defy boundaries while showcasing the talents of juniors and seniors in the Apparel Design and Merchandising program. The event will be held at the Student Life Center at Annex 1 on Thursday, May 9. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for students and $30 for general admission. Visit the Runway 2019: KALEIDOSCOPE Eventbrite page to find more information or purchase tickets.

Baseball field with jumbotron displaying the SF Giants Logo

Gators in the spotlight at Oracle Park

Attention, SF State alumni: The Giants want to take you out to the ball game. Monday, April 29 will be San Francisco State University night at Oracle Park. A special event ticket (available online here) will get you a seat at the game, a limited edition SF State/Giants blanket and the chance to root, root, root for the home team with other Gators. Bonus: The Giants will be taking on their archrivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Phi Beta Kappa dues reminder and initiation ceremony

SF State’s Phi Beta Kappa Society/Omicron chapter wishes to remind members of upcoming annual dues. Dues help defray the cost of the annual student initiation. For more information regarding dues or finances contact chapter treasurer Lisa Takeyama.

The chapter will hold its annual initiation ceremony Friday, May 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. in LIB 121. SF State President Leslie Wong will present the keynote speech, “Today’s Talent – Tomorrow’s Accomplishments.” Questions about the chapter can be directed to chapter president Masahiko Minami.

Academic Senate agenda

The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open-floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

Old Business

  • Proposed Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology; second reading
  • Proposed Revision of #F13-267, Academic Freedom Principles; first reading
  • Proposed Policy on a Student Grievance Code; first reading
  • Proposed Policy on Student Grievance Procedures; first reading
  • Proposed Revision of S18-230, Grade Appeals Practices and Procedures; first reading
  • Proposed Revision of S18-230, Grade Appeals Practices and Procedures; first reading
  • Proposed Revision of S08-246, Graduate Continuous Enrollment; second reading
  • Proposed Resolution in Support of Increased International Student Enrollment and Retention as a Goal of Comprehensive Internationalization at SF State; first reading
  • Proposed Revision to the By-Laws of the Academic Senate; first reading

New Business

  • Proposed Revisions to the Minor in Global Peace, Human Rights and Justice Studies; consent item
  • Proposed Revisions to the Minor in International Relations; consent item
  • Proposed Minor in Critical Race Studies; first reading
  • Proposed Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Integrative Teaching Education Program in Physical Education; first reading
  • Proposed Bachelor of Arts in Race and Resistance Studies; first reading
  • Proposed Revision of S18-196, Withdrawal from Courses; first reading
  • Proposed Revision to F18-255, Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees, Majors, Concentrations, Minors and Certificates; first reading
  • Update from Dean Sacha Bunge on Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Hiring

A complete agenda and support documents for the meeting can be found online.

Mashouf hosts SF State Kids Camp

SF State Kids Camp is a summer camp program for children between the ages of 5 and 11. Based in the Mashouf Wellness Center, the program will offer recreation, field trips and learning activities from June 17 to August 2. Each week will have its own theme. Campers will rock climb, swim, play games, make crafts, go on field trips and participate in special events. Learn more on the Campus Recreation website or attend a parent orientation on Thursday, June 13. 

Remembering Julian Randolph, April 23

There will be a gathering to remember the late Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages and Literatures Julian Randolph on Tuesday, April 23, at 4 p.m. in HUM 587. Randolph taught Spanish at SF State from 1968 until the 1990s. He also served as chair of the then-foreign languages department, the Academic Senate and the faculty union. 

Reminder: 5k Walk, Run and Roll, April 28

Campus Recreation will host its 8th Annual 5K Walk, Run & Roll on Sunday, April 28, at Malcolm X Plaza. The 5K route is two laps around SF State’s beautiful campus. There will also be festival games such as giant Jenga, giant Connect 4 and Plinko. For more information, visit campusrec.sfsu.edu/special-events/5k-runwalk. Those interested in volunteering can sign up online.

Adolph Sutro’s 189th birthday bash, April 29

Come learn about the history of San Francisco’s Jewish community with a panel of speakers including Professor Marc Dollinger, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility. The discussion — to be held from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Monday, April 29, in LIB 121 — will be followed by a screening of the documentary “American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco.” This event is cosponsored by the Jewish Studies Department, SF Hillel and the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Birthday treats and refreshments will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, visit the event’s Eventbrite page.

Ethnic Studies new majors and minors overview, May 1

The campus community is invited to an information session Wednesday, May 1, that will provide an overview of new majors and minors offered by the College of Ethnic Studies. To be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in EP 116, the event will cover the race and resistance studies major, the Pacific Islands and Oceania studies minor, the queer ethnic studies minor and the proposed critical mixed-race studies minor. The event is sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Student Resource and Empowerment Center. For more information visit ethnicstudies.sfsu.edu/studentcenter.

“Holocaust across the Disciplines” series continues, May 7

The next lecture in the Department of Jewish Studies’ “Holocaust across the Disciplines” series will be held Tuesday, May 7, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in HUM 587. Roger Frie, a professor at Simon Fraser University and an affiliate professor of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, will speak about his new book, “Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility after the Holocaust.” This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology. A reception will follow. Additional information can be found at jewish.sfsu.edu/holocaust-across-disciplines.

Monday, April 22

Recital: Roger Woodward, piano, and students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Tuesday, April 23

Graduate Student Research and Creative Works Showcase: 3 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall

SF State Athletic Band: 7:30 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Wednesday, April 24

Lecture: “Giorgio Scarpa’s Model of a Sea Urchin Inspires New Instrumentation”: 1 p.m., online

Recital: piano students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Greenhouse Theatre Festival: “Pushing Against the Water”: 7 p.m. at Z Below, 470 Florida Street, San Francisco

Theatre: “[title of show]”: 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Thursday, April 25

Lecture: Eric L. Hutton: “Plato, Through Confucian Eyes”: 4 p.m. in HUM 587

Discussion: “North Korea Diplomacy” with former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Kathleen Stephens: 6 p.m. in LIB 121

Greenhouse Theatre Festival: “Woke Wash”: 7 p.m. at Z Below, 470 Florida Street, San Francisco

Concert: University Chorus of San Francisco State: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Theatre: “[title of show]”: 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Friday, April 26

Special Events Planning: 6 a.m. at the Downtown Campus

Global Museum one-year celebration and extended hours: 11 a.m. in FA 203

Softball doubleheader: 1 p.m. at the softball field

Recital: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Greenhouse Theatre Festival: “Exit Plan”: 7 p.m. at Z Below, 470 Florida Street, San Francisco

Concert: SF State Experimental Music Ensemble Presents the Music of Hans Tammen: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building, Knuth Hall

Theatre: “[title of show]”: 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Saturday, April 27

Softball doubleheader: noon at the softball field

Theatre: “[title of show]”: 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Performance: An Afternoon of Literary Drag with Juliana Delgado Lopera and Monique Jenkinson a.k.a. Fauxnique: 3 p.m. at the Bindery, 1727 Haight Street, San Francisco

Greenhouse Theatre Festival: “Woke Wash”: 4 p.m. at Z Below, 470 Florida Street, San Francisco

Greenhouse Theatre Festival: “Depression Diaries”: 7 p.m. at Z Below, 470 Florida Street, San Francisco

Sunday, April 28

Ocha Zanmai: International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Culture: 9 a.m. in the Humanities Auditorium (HUM 133) and HUM 578

Greenhouse Theatre Festival: “Pushing Against the Water”: 1 p.m. at Z Below, 470 Florida Street, San Francisco/a>

Discovery Day Open House: 1 p.m. at the Estuary & Ocean Science Center, Romberg Tiburon Campus, 3150 Paradise Drive, Tiburon CA

Concert: William Corbett-Jones, piano, and Jassen Todorov, violin: 2 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Greenhouse Theatre Festival: “Exit Plan”: 4 p.m. at Z Below, 470 Florida Street, San Francisco

Greenhouse Theatre Festival: “Depression Diaries”: 7 p.m. at Z Below, 470 Florida Street, San Francisco

Henderson is uber-critical

Professor of Geography & Environment Jason Henderson was quoted in a recent San Francisco Examiner article about defective brakes found in Uber and Lyft e-bikes. Henderson, who specializes in urban transportation, suggested that the city should take a closer look at any bike company permit applications that come from Uber. “They violated the public trust,” he said, calling for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to launch “an extensive and exhaustive examination” of the issue.

Jolivette cheers picture-perfect response to offensive statue

Professor of American Indian Studies Andrew Jolivette commented in an NBC Bay Area report about a photo project in which Native Americans posed in the place of a controversial statue. Over the course of two days, dozens climbed onto the empty pedestal that was once home to the recently removed statue, which depicts a whip-wielding man looming over a fallen Native American. “I think the symbol of that is so incredibly powerful — to see living people in place of something that was not living, that was not produced or created by the people it was supposed to represent,” said Jolivette.

Augsburg spearheads feminist exhibit

Professor of Liberal Studies Tanya Augsburg led the curation of an art exhibit that includes the work of more than 40 feminist artists, entitled “F213.” The featured artworks comment on the inequity and violence women face. “While we remain hopeful, we reject ‘thoughts and prayers’ as adequate responses to the corruption, cruelty and discrimination we now experience daily in the U.S.,” Augsburg told KPFA “Women in particular are past the boiling point and wish to make their voices heard. Artistic expression is our way forward toward social justice.” F213 can be seen at San Francisco’s ARC Gallery through May 11.

McBride sets the record straight on Capra

Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride recently spoke about his newest book, “Frankly: Unmasking Frank Capra,” with the Massachusetts newspaper The Republican. McBride discussed the various ways family and friends of the legendary director tried to thwart his work on his 1992 book “Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success,” which revealed that much of Capra’s autobiography was untrue. “I needed to correct the record and fill in the gaps, because most people who read the autobiography believed it, and that made it necessary for me to reinvent the wheel of Capra scholarship,” McBride said.