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  •  The Solo Artists

    Faculty Recital
    Ryo Fukuda

    Saturday Nov 20, 2010
    Music and Dance Facility,
    Recital Hall

    SCU faculty member, Ryo Fukudo performs an inspiring selection of works for the violin by Mozart, Bach and Brahms.

  •  Festival of Lights Concert

    Friday Dec 3rd, Saturday Dec 4th,2010
    7:30 pm
    Mission Church

    Ring in the holidays with a special concert by the SCU Choral Ensembles.
    Prof. Ryan Brandau leads the Santa Clara Concert Choir and Chamber Singers in a program of choral gems from the Middle Ages through the modern day, from Gregorian chant through vocal jazz, celebrating the Christian and Jewish holiday traditions.
    The program will feature Vivaldi's "Gloria", a vivacious Baroque masterpiece, with student soloists; audience caroling; and our traditional candle lit singing of Silent Night. Join us in the warm glow of the Mission Santa Clara for an unforgettable evening of music
  •  Music at Noon

    The Music of Chopin

    Wednesday Nov 17, 2010
    Music and Dance Facility,
    Recital Hall

    In conjuction with the 200th birthday year of Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Hans Boepple, SCU professor of Music, shares the ever popular piano music of this 19th century Polish composer/prodigy.

  •  Montage Film Club

    The Montage Film Club will be screening the premiere of our recently produced Doritos commercial for the Super Bowl competition for 2011.

    Under the director of Jonatthan Fung of the College of Arts and Sciences Communication Department, this 21 student crew developed, shot and editted the project. It was fun and a good learning experience for SCU studnets from all majors.


    Monday, November 15, 2010
    Wiegand Room

  •  Hot Jazz & Cool Music

    Hot Jazz & Cool Music


    Sun, Nov 14, 2010

    8 PM

    Music Recital Hall


    Be in the audience to hear the SCU Jazz Ensemble with their energizing big-band favorites, followed by the full-bodied, rich sound of the SCU Concert band, both under the direction of Bob Moorefield, Director of University Bands.

  •  Music of Youth

    Music of Youth


    Saturday, Nov 13, 2010

    7:30 PM

    Mission Church


    Student winners of the Concerto/Aria Competition Alyssa Lampe and Anton Achondoa are featured in this concert of works written by composers early in their careers, or who died at a relatively young age.  Energy and enthusiasim abound!

  •  Music at Noon

    Music at Noon

    Wednesday November 10, 2010
    Recital Hall, Music and Dance Building

    Vocalist Gautam Tejas Ganesham, founder of the Sangati Center and former member of SF based carnatic-jazz ensemble "VidyA", frees carnatic vocal virtuosity to access its angular outer reaches. Carnatic music is traditional devotional music from southern India.

  •  Persian History and Literature Reading and Talk

    Please join us for an evening of Persian history and literature reading and talk by Bay Area Iranian-American writer, Anita Amirrezvani, author of the historical novel, The Blood of Flowers.

    Discussion and reception afterwards: Tuesday, November 16th, 5-7 p.m. at the De Saisset Museum.

    About The Blood of Flowers and its author:

    In 17th century Iran, a village girl approaching the age of marriage finds her future shattered by the prophecies that follow a comet blazing across the desert sky, the sudden death of her father, and lost prospects for marriage.  The young woman and her mother face a difficult new life in the fabled city of Isfahan, where they are taken in as house servants by her uncle, a wealthy carpet designer, and must confront an unforgiving world where their survival requires extraordinary strength and resilience.  Set in the time of Shah Abbas the Great, the novel captures the bazaars overflowing with pomegranates, rosewater and saffron; the silk and gold rugs of the Shah's carpet workshop; and Isfahan's bridges, gardens, teahouses, and bathhouses.  With medieval Persian tales and prose flowing like the Zayandeh River through the city of Isfahan, the novel follows the story of one woman's struggle to create a life of her choosing, relying-against all odds-on the strength of her own hands, mind and will.

    Anita Amirrezvani was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in San Francisco.  The Blood of Flowers has been published in 18 languages and was long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction in the UK in 2008.  Anita teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Writing at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and is currently working on her second novel.

    Event co-sponsored by: The College of Arts and Sciences and US Department of Education Title VI grant; The Department of English and Creative Writing Program; the Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies Program; The Residential Learning Communities; the Unity and Xavier RLCs; the Departments of Religious Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, and History; the Woman and Gender Studies Program and the Office of Multicultural Learning.

  •  Environmental Studies Institute Fall 2010 Seminar Series

    “The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Precautionary Principle”

    Mike Meyer, Dpt. of Philosophy; Ken Manaster, Santa Clara Law;
    Keith Warner, Religious Studies Dpt. and Director of
    Education for the Center for Science, Technology, and Society

    November 10th 12-1pm in Media Room A of the Harrington Learning Commons

    Co-sponsored by Ethics at Noon & the Ignatian Center

  •  Physics department colloquium

    Neotropical human landscape interactions, fire, and atmospheric CO2 during European conquest
    Richard J. Nevle

    Monday, November 8th, 2010
    Daly Science 207

    In this talk we'll look back in history to identify when the signature of human activities can be first be detected in the composition of Earth's atmosphere, and when such activity first began to affect Earth's climate system. We'll find an answer to this question in the European conquest of the Americas, which unleashed a torrent of deadly Old World diseases onto a virgin indigenous population. Introduced diseases, especially smallpox, killed tens of millions of Native Americans within a century and a half of European arrival, wiping out approximately 90% of the population. In the wake of the pandemics, reforestation of abandoned agricultural lands sequestered atmospheric carbon in quantities sufficient to decrease the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Evidence from reconstructions of fire history and ice core records support this hypothesis and suggest that changes in atmospheric composition wrought by reforestation may have contributed to the Little Ice Age, a period of global cooling that was most pronounced during the 16th-18th centuries.

  •  MocheArt/Medieval Art: Architectural Representations in Ancient Peru.

    As part of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program's  "Europe and Americas: Points of Contact/Points of Conflict" 2010-2011 events, we will be hosting a lecture by Dr. Juliet Wiersema entitled "MocheArt/Medieval Art: Architectural Representations in Ancient Peru."

    Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
    Benson Center, Room 21

    Dr. Wiersema's talk will focus on art, artistic representation, and the act of conveying complex messages relying solely on pictorial imagery. Dr. Wiersema will discuss early medieval European art (and manuscript illustration in particular) as a starting point for a presentation on  Precolumbian ceramic art,  specifically the architectural representations found in the vessels of the Moche, an ancient Andean culture without a text-based writing system whose occupation in Peru initiates approximately during the reign of Constantine and declines around the time of Charlemagne. The presentation will walk viewers through the reading of a Moche architectural pot and will propose these objects as schematic diagrams of structures holding key ceremonial importance in Moche ritual architecture.

    For more information about this lecture, or the Medieval Renaissance Program, please contact Blake de Maria(Department of Art & Art History).


  •  The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures' Seminar Series

    The Department of Modern Languages and Literature is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation by Dr. Gudrun Tabbert-Jones

    Pre-Communist Brecth

    Date/Time - To be announced

    Upcoming Speaker for Winter Colloquia :Dr.Francisco Jimenez

    For more information about the seminar series, please contact Tonia Riviellio ( or Jimia  Boutouba (

    In compliance with the ADA/504 please direct your accommodation requests to Kari Craighead, Department of Modern Languages and Literature at 408-554-4049 at least 72 hours prior to event.

  •  The Department of Anthropologys Seminar Series

    What race is, what it is not and why this is important.

    The Department of Anthropology’s Seminar Series,

    In connection with Environmental Studies ,we are pleased to announce the upcoming presentation by Professor Agustin Fuentes, University of Notre Dame.

    Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
    5:00 to 6:00 pm
    Kennedy Commons.

    Dr. Fuentes is currently a Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at the University of Notre Dame. His research and teaching interests include the evolution of complexity in human and primate societies, cooperation and aggression, race and racism, sex and sexuality, and human-animal interactions.  In this presentation Dr. Fuentes will examine the ways in which race matters, yet remains a misunderstood and complicated part of American life. Drawing on sources from the social and biological sciences

    Dr. Fuentes will lay clear what race really is, and importantly, what it is not.

    Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

    Department of Anthropology

  •  Macbeth


    by William Shakespeare

    Directed by Fred Tollini, S.J
    Nov 5-13 , 2010, 8:00 pm
    Mayer Theatre

    Caught in a witches' web of false promises, Macbeth decides to murder his lord, as if time held no consequences. Then he launches on a career of bloodshed he cannot turn back upon a fallen angel that acts outside of time.

  •  Video art show: Memory Mine

    Video art exhibition in the Art Department Gallery: Memory Mine

    Lydia Greer
    Farley Gwazda
    Azin Seraj

    October 25-December 3, 2010, Opening: Thursday, Nov. 4
    Artist Lecture: 5-5:45 p.m. in Fine Arts room F
    Reception and artist talks: 5:45-8 p.m.

    In this collection of video work, the artists use the camera as a tool to engage memory and reexamine personal history. When the video camera turns on, the subject becomes an actor and the story changes with each retelling. Fixed notions of personal history and cultural identity are complicated through differences in representation.

     A Self Made House opens with the artist Lydia Greer’s stepfather telling a family folktale of two sisters, a violent hog, and a house that forms itself. Much like the way the story is told, Greer shapes this film through hand-made animation, performance, and shifting narratives. Greer lets the story (and the house) build itself through the assemblage of divergent genres, interpretations, and narrative devices.

     Farley Gwazda initiates intimate interactions between participants through modest materials and tactile games. In this new work, Gwazda constructs a dimly-lit box in which family members place their hands inside to hold and talk about the contents, largely household and childhood objects. In this safe confessional space, family members describe the nostalgic, remorseful, and humorous memories these objects evoke. Gwazda’s unassuming use of play allows the participants and viewers to engage with the work in a sincere way.

     In Azin Seraj’s video installation, the viewer is drawn into a dense visual landscape of everyday life—bustling urban streets, colorful mosques, and evening street vendors. Through the split-screen display, the viewer’s attention is placed on the liminal moments of time, space, and memory. This meditative work resists the illustration of Iran as a media headline, a place of war and unrest. Instead, we see a montage of Iran that moves in real time, rich in subtlety and reflexivity.

     -Curated by Rose Khor

    Art Department Gallery
    Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m
    If you have a disability and require accommodation, please contact (408) 554-5483.



  •  Banning of Ethnic Studies in Arizona

    Banning of Ethnic Studies in Arizona

    Facilitated by Courtney Mohler
    Ethnic Studies Program,

    Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
    3:45 to 5:00pm
    Williman room , Benson Center

    Come and engage in a dialogue about the controversial banning of Ethnic Studies in public education in Arizona.

    Co-sponsered by the Office of Multicultural Learning, Multicultural Center and Ethnic Studies Program.

    If you would like to attend please RSVP to Pauline Nguyen at

    Part of the Legacies Theme calendar of events.

  •  Development of Vaccines and Adjuvants Targeting HIV Infection

     Development of Vaccines and Adjuvants Targeting HIV Infection

    Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague University of California, Davis, Department of Chemistry, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA  95616

    Friday October 29, 2010
    4:00 to 5:00 pm
    Alumni Science 120

    Research in the Gervay-Hague laborary is focused on developing methods for the efficient conjugation of site-specific functionalized peptides as vaccine candidates. In an effort to improve avidity and bioavailability, peptides directed against neutralizing antibodies have been successfully multimerized using a 1-3 dipolar cyclization strategy.  Our central contributions involve introduction of a trialkyne functionality onto rigid scaffolds that promote the cyclization process. The synthesis of alpha-galactosyl ceramide natural products complements the vaccine design program.  These natural products were originally isolated from marine sponge, and quantities for biological studies were scarce.  One-pot synthetic routes for large quantity production of alpha-galactosyl ceramides using glycosyl iodide chemistry have been developed. This synthetic chemistry platform exploits the unique reactivity of glycosyl iodides providing highly efficient routes to immunostimulatory glycolipids for adjuvant therapy.

    Jacquelyn Gervay Hague received a B.S. degree from The University of California, Los Angeles, in 1985 where she also earned a Ph.D. in 1990 under the direction of Professor Michael E. Jung.  In 1990 she moved to Yale University as a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Samuel J. Danishefsky.  In 1992, Professor Gervay-Hague joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arizona and she was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998.  In 2000, Professor Gervay Hague worked as an on-sight consultant at Roche Bioscience in Palo Alto.  And she was appointed Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Davis in 2001.  In 2009, she assumed the position of Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement in the office of the Chancellor and Provost at UC, Davis.   

    Professor Gervay Hague’s research interests are in the area of carbohydrate chemistry directed toward the design and synthesis of chemotherapeutics targeting HIV infection and cancer.  Although the disease states differ, the methods of drug development employed by her research group consistently involve understanding the disease processes at a molecular level.  This approach has naturally led to studies at the interface of chemistry and biology.  In these investigations, the development of new synthetic methods has provided access to compounds that uniquely serve as biological probes to study structure/activity relationships.  Development of NMR techniques for solution-phase structure determination, and novel biological assays for testing interactions between small molecules and proteins has also been a focus of her research efforts.  More recently, solid phase synthesis of amide-linked carbohydrates has led to the production of novel materials with stable secondary structure in aqueous solution providing a foundation for future investigations in artificial protein engineering.

    Professor Gervay Hague was named an Eli Lilly Grantee in 1997 and was appointed a Sloan Fellow in 1998.  In 1999, She was awarded the Horace S. Isbell Prize by the Carbohydrate division of the American Chemical Society, and she was also the recipient of the GenCorp Technology Achievement Award. The American Chemical Society recognized Professor Gervay-Hague’s excellence in science and contributions to the society by naming her among the inaugural Fellow’s of ACS in 2009.  Professor Gervay-Hague currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Organic Chemistry.  She is also on the Board of Editors of Organic Reactions.

  •  SCU Mathematics/CS Colloquium Series Fall 2010

    Title: Mathematics in Medical Device Research & Development

    Speaker: Derek Purdy, BaroSense, Inc.

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010
    3:50 pm.
    O'Connor 207

    Abstract: Have you ever sat in a math class and wondered, when am I ever going to use this stuff?? This colloquium will explore the application of mathematics at start-up companies in the medical device industry. The use of math adds robustness to specification development and makes claims about data more credible. Math is useful in developing models to explain test results and also to predict future results. Perhaps most importantly, people who can understand, use, and explain mathematics to others in a friendly, non-condescending way are generally respected for it and are taken more seriously by their peers than those who cannot. Learn how you can be a leader in your field by applying what you already know! The branches of mathematics drawn upon for this discussion will include arithmetic and algebra, probability & statistics, and integral calculus.

    If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation,
    please call/email Rick Scott 408-554-4460/rscott at scu dot edu (or
    use 1-800-735-2929 TTY—California Relay).

  •  SCU Mathematics/CS Colloquium Series Fall 2010

    Title: From Spheres to Dots

    Speaker: Ellen Veomett, CSU East Bay

    Tuesday 2 November, 2010
    3:50 pm.
    O'Connor 207

    Abstract: Say you are given a rubber band which is not rubbery at all; in fact, its length is fixed. You are asked to make a shape with the largest possible enclosed area. What kind of shape would you make? This question is an instance of an isoperimetric inequality. Given a fixed "perimeter", find the shape with the largest "area". In this talk, we will discuss a few very different types of isoperimetric inequalities. We will explore the Euclidean isoperimetric inequality, along with a clever proof of that inequality using the geometric Brunn-Minkowski Theorem. We will then consider a couple of isoperimetric questions in discrete spaces; one being the set of all integer points inside a box. Some of the shapes of the resulting sets of minimal boundary may surprise you!

    If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation,
    please call/email Rick Scott 408-554-4460/rscott at scu dot edu (or
    use 1-800-735-2929 TTY—California Relay).

  •  SCU Mathematics/CS Colloquium Series Fall 2010

    SCU Mathematics/CS Colloquium Series Fall 2010

    Title: Factoring on a Quantum Computer

    Speaker:Wolfgang Polak, Computer Science Consultant

    Tuesday,October 26, 2010
    3:50 pm.
    O'Connor 207

    Abstract: All practical public-key encryption systems rely on the complexity of either factoring or discrete logarithms. Both problems can be solved efficiently on a quantum computer. Thus, once built, quantum computers can defeat most known digital security schemes.

    This talk introduces essential features of quantum mechanics needed to characterize quantum information, quantum state transformations and their use for computation. Peter Shor's polynomial-time factoring algorithm will be used to illustrate the unique features of quantum computation.

    If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation,
    please call/email Rick Scott 408-554-4460/rscott at scu dot edu (or
    use 1-800-735-2929 TTY—California Relay).

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