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Science Reshapes Understanding of Hispanic Life in Early California
Join SCU Campus Archaeologist and Anthropology Professor Russell Skowronek for the Opening of this exhibit on November 14, 2009. A number of activities are scheduled. For more information go to: http://www.sbthp.org/events2.htm. The exhibit will be on display through January 2011.
The results of this scholarly and scientific research have literally rewritten early California history and traditional thoughts on production, supply, import, and exchange of ceramics.
El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park
123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA
Dr. Lydia Boyd of Santa Clara University will speak on Saving One's Self: Ugandan Youth, Sexual Abstinece, and Born-Again Christianity in the Time of AIDS
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Dr. Boyd explores abstinence-focused sponsorship in Uganda, analyzing how powerful born-again churches in the capital, Kampala, promote sexual abstinence and the “Christian family” as solutions to the AIDS epidemic. At public rallies “immoral” behavior is condemned, condom use is ridiculed, and young adults testify about the heartache of growing up in “broken” homes. Dr. Boyd discusses how these campaigns have been at cross-purposes with earlier more pragmatic and culturally conscious Ugandan AIDS programs that had already proven successful.
Alrie Middlebrook, author of Designing California Native Gardens and owner of Middlebrook Gardens will be speaking on "Sustainable Design: The Originist Landscape Movement."
Friday, November 20, 2009
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Light refreshments will be provided beforehand.
Difficult Dialogue - "White Identity"
Facilitated by Marilyn Edelstein, Associate Professor English Department, has been on the SCU faculty since 1987. She is also a faculty member in the Women's and Gender Studies Program.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
3:45 - 5 pm
Arts & Sciences, Wiegand Room
Please RSVP to Pauline Nguyen
Co-sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost and the Ethnic Studies Program
In compliance with ADA 504, please direct your accommodation requests to the Office for Multicultural Learning at least 72 hours prior to the event at 408/551-7152
Friends and Foes: The Complexities of Contemporary Jewish-Muslim Relations in the United States
With Dr. Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, Co-Executive Director and Founder of Abraham's Vision, the only educational organization worldwide co-directed by a Jewish American and Muslim Paterlinian that works with American and Middle Eastern Jews, Muslims, Israelis, and Palestinians.
Wedensday, November 4, 2009
Arts & Sciences, Wiegand Room
Co-sponsored by AIMES (Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies), Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and the Religious Studies and Political Science Departments
In compiance with ADA/504 please direct your accommodation requrest to: Arts & Sciences Dean's Office at 408/554-4455
Janet Flammang, Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department will speak on The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society
Monday, November 9, 2009
11:45 am to 1 pm
Williman Room - Benson
RSVP Required: Online or by email by Wed. November 4th
Light Lunch Provided
Join Felix F. Gutierrez for the bicentennial of Latino newspapers in the United States with a preview film schreening, exhibit and presentation that "show how newspapaers advocated independence and freedom across the hemisphere, spoke against Yanqui violence after the U.S. took the Southwest from Mexico, helped newcomers become Americanos, encouraged young Latinos to advance themselves in the 1930s and 40s, were advocates for Chicano and other liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s, and are a growing force in the U.S. as other media declare bankruptcy."
Claudia Nunez, a reporter for La Opinion newspaper in Los Angeles, documented the struggles of Oaxacan villagers who were lured to San Jose and Los Angeles by false promises of well-paying jobs, then ended up as virtual slaves in small restaurants and taquerias. Her reports on human trafficking challenged the Latino community to acknowledge exploitation from within.
October 29, 2009, 5 - 6:30 pm, Wiegand Room (Arts & Sciences Building)
RSVP to Pauline Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, Communication Department, Latino Faculty Group, and M.E.Ch.A.
Latino Press exhibit featured in the Multicultural Reading Area (2nd floor University Library) October 19-30, 2009
Many Iraqis fleeing the war and violence in Iraq have found refuge in Jordan. Entrapped and invisible for fear of deportation, a large majority of an estimated 1.4 million refugees and asylum seekers reside in Amman where they live economically and socially marginalized. They represent some of the psychological "collateral damage" of the Iraq war, victims of US and international community's oblivion.
Dr. Laure Bjawi-Levine is a Post Doctoral Reserach Fellow in Anthropology at Santa Clara University
Reception at 5:15.
Free, but tickets are required due to limited seating.
Join the Environmental Studies Institute for a seminar by Will Danse, SCU Environmental Science Student speaking on: "NASA's DEVELOP Internship Program and Wilfires: Using GIS and satelite imagery to determine the impact of fuel treatments on carbon flux"
Friday, October 30, 2009, 1 - 2 pm
Casa Italiana Commons
Dr. Marcin Majda, from Bioanalytical Chemistry and Electrochemistry at UC Berkeley, will speak on "Antibody-Antigen Exchange Equilibria in a Field of an External Force: Design of Reagentless Biosensors"
Friday, October 16, 2009, 4 - 5 pm
Alumni Science 120
This seminar concerns a new strategy for detecting biological moledules that relies on competitive exchange interactions of an analyte with two-component molecular tethers attaching superparamagnetic microspheres (4 microns in diameter) to a sensor surface. The individual tethers consist of an antibody-antigen complex and are designed to selectively detect antigenic proteins in a sensitive reagentless fashion. In order to impart a driving force to the otherwise free energy neutral antibody antigen exchange equilibrium, a small mechanical force of ca. 10 pN was applied to stretch the antibody-antigen tethers using a massively parallel magnetic tweezers device. The experimental work was carried out with human cardiac troponin I. This serum heart attack marker was used as an example of analytes of a credible relevance to biomedical diagnostics. The initial results illustrate the functioning of a cardiotroponin sensor and offer a preliminary estimate of its sensitivity of 16 pM.
Dr. Majda will be in Daly Science 103 from 3:15 - 3:50 pm to meet with students
Join the Environmental Studies Institute for a Garden Design Party for the new SCU Education and Community Garden.
This participatory event will be led by Alan Green, a landscape architect and expert in participatory design. Participatory design will allow everyone to have input into what the garden will look like. The event is open to anyone interested in being a part of the new garden and will involve students, staff, faculty and community members. We will have many design ideas from our students to inspire you. You will also have an opportunity to meet our new Americorps volunteers who will be building the garden and undertaking our new environmental justice outreach programs.
Friday, October 23, 2009, 2:30 - 5 pm
Corner of Benton and Sherman Streets
Exhibit: October 13 through November 20, 2009, Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center and Orradre Library, Second Floor
Center for Science, Technology, & Society Symposium: October 13, 3:30 - 5 pm, Saint Claire Room
Advances in Vaccines for Gloval Health Threats with Dr. Jay Levy, Professor of Virology and Immunology, UCSF, and Dr. Duncan Steele, Senior Scientific Advisor, Global Vaccine Development Program, PATH
Opening Reception: October 13, 5 - 7 pm, Saint Claire Room
Program at 6 pm featuring Frederick J. Ferrer, CEO, The Health Trust, and Cassia van der Hoof Holstein, PIH volunteer
The exhibit and activities are free and open to the public.
Panel Discussion: Engaging Santa Clara for Global Health, October 16, 4 to 5:30 pm
University Library Book of the Quarter Discussion: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, October 29, 7 - 8:30 pm
The Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship: Global Health: Taking Stock of "Neglected Diseases", April 13, 2010, 7:30 pm
Dr. Regina Rabinovich, Director of Infectious Disease Development, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Governor's Office of the State of Jalisco, Mexico, is honoring Francisco Jiménez, Fay Boyle Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, by publishing his first two autobiographical books, Cajas de Cartón y Senderos Fronterizos, in one volume by the Secretaria de Cultura of the Government of Jalisco. The volume has a wonderful introduction by the Governor and preface by the Minister of Culture.
University President Michael E. Engh, S.J. will receive The Secretario de Cultura of the State of Jalisco, Mexico, Jesús Alejandro Cravioto Lebrija on behalf of Francisco Jiménez in a formal presentation on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 7 p.m, in the Adobe Lodge.
Register for Event
Dr. Ron Zuckermann speaking on "Bioinspired Polymers as Nanoscale Building Materials"
Friday, October 9, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Alumni Science 120
Peptoids are a novel class of non-natural biopolymer based on an N-substituted glycine backbone that are ideally suited for nanomaterials research. This bioinspired material has many unique properties that bridge the gap between proteins and bulk polymers. Like proteins, they are a sequence-specific heteroploymer, capable of folding into specific shapes and exhibiting potent biological activities; and like bulk polymers they are chemically and biologically stable and relatively cheap to make. Peptoids are efficiently assembled via automated solid-phase synthesis from hundreds of chemically diverse building blocks allowing the rapid generation of huge combinatorial libraries. This provides an ideal platform to discover nanostructured materials capable of protein-like structure and function.
Dr. Zuckermann will be in the DS 103 from 3:15-3:50 pm to meet with students.
Please join the Political Science department on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 3:30 to 5:00 pm in Lucas Hall, Room 126. Refreshments will be provided
The field of Ethnic Studies teaches students to understand how our racial and ethnic identities inform our other multiple identities (i.e., gender, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, class, citizenship status, and ability). Come celebrate the 40th anniversay of SCU's Ethnic Studies Program through an interactive workshop open to all. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how they self-identify and discuss in a safe space the many ways in which society shapes and defines us.
Just in time for Halloween, Vocal Villains explores the darker (and sometimes lighter) sides of human nature and the superstitions and legends surrounding this Autumnal season. Selections from Wicker, Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, Rigoletto and Carmen, plus entertaining selections from classical songs and musical theatre hits. Presented by the SCU vocal vaculty and students.
Open to all students, this is a brand new program at SCU for 2009/10.
We are looking for enthusiastic instrumentalists who have experience playing in a concert/wind band setting, and who want to be part of a new tradition at SCU. This ensemble focuses on band literature from the 19th century through to today.
Class Meets: Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30pm in room MDF 106
Contact: Rob Kathner in the Music Dept office
2009. Santa Clara University senior and triple-major Benjamin Snyder has won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Saxony in the former East Germany after graduation.
The award will pay transportation and a living-expense stipend for Snyder, a 22-year-old avowed Germanophile, to teach English to German secondary school students for a year starting this fall.
Snyder, who is president of the German club, learned about the Fulbright teaching award while studying for a semester in Berlin in 2007, when he was one of several dozen winners nationwide of the German Academic Exchange Service scholarship.
“This award is a fantastic privilege that I could never have achieved without the guidance and encouragement of my family, friends, and professors.,” Snyder said. “As I make the transition from student to teacher, I find myself increasingly aware of those who have helped me to where I am today, and will try my hardest to be a similar positive force within the German community in which I am placed.”
He became fascinated with being an educator while teaching English as a Second Language in San Jose. According to Snyder, combining teaching with his German language skills was a natural fit. “This is a continuation of my love of all things German,” he said.
In addition to German studies, Snyder is also majoring in political science and history—and is an honors student in each, as well as being a member of the University Honors Program.
“He has always been outstanding,” said his German professor Gudrun Tabbert-Jones. In addition to his beautifully spoken and written German skills, his grasp of German political history is keen, she said.
Snyder has written an honors thesis for the history department on the legacy of the Socialist Party in East Germany. Tabbert-Jones has suggested that he publish it, calling it “outstanding.”
Snyder is also the winner of the Geoff and Josie Fox German Studies Award for students who have shown a consistent interest in German culture, and who have an understanding of the experience, values, and traditions of Germanic speaking countries. He will receive the award May 27. A member of the cross country and track and field team until this year, he’s also won numerous other awards at SCU, including the 2008 Bernard L. Kronick Political Science Undergraduate Research Award.
After the teaching assistantship, he plans to go to graduate school, perhaps in public policy or public health, hopefully combining that with a stint in the Peace Corp.