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  •  Religious Studies Department and the Department of African Studies

    The Religious Studies Department and the Department of African Studies present:

    "The Church and Politics in Africa," by Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J., Ph.D.  Orabotor is a Jesuit priest from Nigeria.  He serves as Jesuit Provincial of East Africa and teaches theology and religious studies at Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology and Peace Studies in Nairobi, Kenya.  He is the author of several works, including From Crisis to Kairos:  The Mission of the Church in the Time of HIV/AIDS.  Orobator is a leading ethicist in Africa, and will be keynote speaker this weekend at the national meeting of the Society for Christian Ethics, to be held here in San Jose.  All are invited to attend.


    When: Tuesday, 01/12/10 from  4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


    Where: Kennedy Commons

  •  Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar


    Mr. William Dewhirst

    Cobalt Biofuels

    "Review of biofuels - with an emphasis on the production of bio-butanol from renewable non-food crops as an alternative liquid fuel for transportation"

    The presentation will consist of a review of biofuels including bioethanol, biobutanol, biodiesel, biogas, syngas and algae.  The focus of the presentation will be on biobutanol and will include the history of biobutanol as a commercial product and an overview of biobutanol production from renewable non-food crops.  Also discussed will be the advantages of bio-butanol as a liquid transportation biofuel and the challenges of making biobutanol a commercially viable energy alternative

    Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, 4-5 PM
    Alumni Science 120

    Mr. Dewhirst will be in the DS 103, from 3:15-3:50 pm to meet with students.

  •  Jazz Has A Dream - MLK

    We celebrate and remember Martin Luther King Jr. and honor his memory in a jazz concert featuring music of social consciousness, peace and justice. This is a triumph of life to be shared with the entire family.

    Directed by David Duenas in collaboration with the Justice and the Arts initiative

    January 15 & 16, 2010

    8 p.m.

    Music Recital Hall


    Tickets: $18 (Discounts for students, seniors, and SCU campus)

  •  2010 Austin J. Fagothey, SJ Philosophy Conference


    The Philosophy of John Searle

    Saturday, January 23, 2010
    8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Recital Hall, Music Building


  •  Center of Performing Arts

    The Center of Performing Arts fosters opportunities on the Santa Clara University campus to teach students, engage audiences, and promote understanding through the performing arts. 

    Created to facilitate artistic exchange between artists in the fields of dance, music, and theatre, the Center of Performing Arts (CPA) encompasses programming from the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Music, and the newly formed Justice and the Arts Initiative, as well as select CPA series programming.  In addition to presenting the works of these university programs, the CPA serves an important role within the local community by offering affordable venues to Bay Area arts organizations and educators.

    Check out their Season at a Glance to see the full list of performances.


  •  Ethnic Studies Program

    The 2009-10 academic year marks a watershed moment for the Ethnic Studies Program at Santa Clara University—its 40th Anniversary!   Through the incredible passion and vision of past students, faculty, administrators, and staff at Santa Clara University during the student movements of the late 1960s that challenged existing racial formalisms in higher education and was a microcosm of the civil rights, women’s rights, and anti-war movements of the time, so began the birth of Ethnic Studies programs across the nation.   Santa Clara University would witness similar movements that would make it one of the oldest Ethnic Studies programs in the nation.  Since its genesis in 1969, the Ethnic Studies Program at Santa Clara University has witnessed both positive and turbulent periods that culminated in subsequent movements such as the peaceful Unity III movement in 1999, which is commemorated in the 40th Anniversary logo to the right.  A great deal of energy envelopes and surrounds the Ethnic Studies Program today as two new full time faculty members, Dr. Perlita Dicochea and Dr. Robin Hayes, joined Dr. Ramon Chacon and me, to make up a distinctive and distinguished core faculty of junior and senior scholars who study interdisciplinary aspects of race, ethnicity, and community.  The approval of a companion major in Ethnic Studies is on the near horizon that would allow Santa Clara students to enhance their primary majors in whatever field with a nuanced theoretical and empirical understanding of the intersections of race and ethnicity with historical and contemporary issues such as political power, community agency, social movements, cultural citizenship, economic and social policies, transnational capital and investment, ethnic entrepreneurs, criminal justice, and environmental racism. 

    In hindsight, the protests and demands of those students in 1969 across the nation, particularly in California and the Bay Area, to allow for a more inclusive curriculum that specifically examines the history and contemporary issues of  minority communities were prophetic as the region and state have become transnational and multi-racial and ethnic in its characteristics.  Today, in Santa Clara County, over fifty percent of its residents speak a language aside from English.  Asian Americans and Latinos comprise of 30.5 percent and 25.7 percent, respectively, of Santa Clara County’s total population and will likely witness greater increases in the next U.S. census.  And in the state of California, for the first time in our nation’s history, no majority racial group exists with minorities comprising the clear majority.  The mission of the Ethnic Studies Program is to prepare our graduating students for ways to understand emerging and complex issues that California is experiencing in the public and private sectors to better position Santa Clara University as the region’s premier institution in studying these issues in Silicon Valley and in California in general.

    To highlight these emerging racial and ethnic issues, the Ethnic Studies Program is proud to celebrate its 40th Anniversary during the 2009-10 academic year with many exciting events, panels, book talks, and film screenings that involve alumni, current students, faculty, and outside speakers. 

    We hope that all of you, alumni and current students, staff, and faculty can join us in on the year’s festivities and to find out what this excitement is all about!

  •  Department of Art and Art History

    The Department of Art and Art History presents the exhibition: Nor Cal Clay II

    Dates: Nov. 2-Dec. 4
    Where: Art Department Gallery in Fine Arts Building
    Gallery Hours: M-F, 9-5 pm


  •  Center of Performing Arts


    Festival of Lights- Celebrate the Holidays

    Share the holidays with family and friends with an intimate evening that begins with a yuletide dinner at the historic Adobe Lodge.
    Then celebrate The Christmas Story with the SCU Choral Ensemble at Mission Santa Clara.  This inspirational concert journeys from the visitation of Mary to the birth of Jesus and draws from medieval carols, the Magnificat, our best loved Christmas carols and culminates with the annual candle-lit performance of Silent Night

    Dinner at the Historic Adobe Lodge followed by a traditional
    Holiday Choral Concert in Mission Santa Clara

    Friday, December 4, 2009 - 5:30 pm
    Saturday, December 5, 2009  - 5:30 pm
    Tickets $85   
    For More Information 408.554.4565
    This is a fundraiser to benefit the Center of Performing Arts.  


  •  Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry presents Dr. Paul Wender

    Dr. Paul Wender, Bergstrom Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University, will speak on “Some Global Problems in Chemistry, Biology, and Medicine”

    Friday, November 13, 2009, 4 - 5 pm

    Alumni Science 120


    My group is interested in addressing unexplored or unsolved molecular problems in chemistry, biology, and medicine. These studies range from designing and developing new reactions and catalysts to complex molecule synthesis with an emphasis on the design, synthesis and biological evaluation of molecules of structural, biological, and medicinal significance. An emphasis is placed on new synthetic reactions, molecules that exhibit unique modes of action, new tools for real time cellular and animal imaging, novel drug delivery strategies and molecular transporters. This lecture will provide an overview of some of these programs including synthetic and biological studies on prostratin, now in pre-clinical development for targeting the HIV/AIDS latent virus; synthetic and biological studies on bryostatin, currently in phase I and II trials for cancer and a pre-clinical lead for treating cognitive dysfunction including Alzheimer’s disease; and synthetic and biological studies on molecular transporters and their use in drug delivery and overcoming resistant cancer.

    Dr. Wender will be in Daly Science 103 from 3:15 - 3:50 pm to meet with students

  •  Ceramics Rediscovered

    Ceramics Rediscovered

    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:  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

  •  Anthropology Department Seminar

    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
    Kennedy Commons

    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.

  •  Environmental Studies Institute Seminar

    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
    Kennedy Commons

    Light refreshments will be provided beforehand.

  •  Difficult Dialogue - "White Identity"

    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

  •  Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies Present

    Friends and Foes poster

    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
    12 noon
    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

  •  Women's and Gender Studies Fall Lecture

    Janet Flammang

    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

  •  Voices for Justice

    Arts & Sciences Building

    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

    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

  •  Dept of Anthropology Seminar Series

    A UNHCR Ramadan food tent for Iraqi refugees and needy Jordanians in Khreibet al Souq, eastern Amman.

    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

  •  Justice and the Arts Guest Series

    Reception at 5:15.

    Free, but tickets are required due to limited seating.

  •  Environmental Studies Institute Fall Seminar Series

    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

  •  Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry Presents Dr. Marcin Majda

    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

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