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  •  Ernest Jolly: Re-imagine

    The Department of Art & Art History
    proudly presents the installation...
    Ernest Jolly: Re-imagine
    Re-imagine is an immersive installation that envelopes the viewer through all senses. The installation invites the viewer into total self reflection and meditation.
    Exhibition dates: February 13-March 7, 2012
    Location: Art Department Gallery in the Fine Arts building at SCU
    Artist talk: February 27, 12 p.m. in the gallery
    Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Artist's website:
  •  Anthropology Seminar Series

    Department of Anthropology Winter Seminar

    March 7, 2012

    5-6pm, Kennedy Commons


    Ecological and historical perspectives on Bornean orangutan populations


    Dr. Andy Marshall

    Department of Anthropology

    University of California - Davis



    Understanding the factors that influence variation in orangutan population dispersion in space and time would both enhance our understanding of orangutan socioecology and contribute meaningfully to the conservation of this threatened taxon. We use data from a six year study of a population of Western Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) at Gunung Palung National Park, West Kalimantan, Indonesia to test hypotheses about the role of food resources (and different classes thereof) in determining orangutan dispersion across space and over time. We assessed orangutan population dispersion across seven distinct tropical rainforest types (spanning lowland peat swamp to montane forest) using direct observations of orangutans on fourteen survey transects. The results support the hypotheses that orangutan populations at Gunung Palung partially buffer themselves against resource scarcity by switching habitats, that population movements are best explained by the abundance of preferred foods, and that peat swamp forests serve as “fallback habitats”. Conservation implications of these results will be discussed.


    Refreshments will be provided

  •  Images 2012

    Pure pulsing energy with dizzying emotional intensity and a kaleidoscope of dance and movement is back by popular demand! Images 2012 is a stunning production of eclectic original jazz, modern, and classical ballet, featuring some of Santa Clara’s finest performing artists.


    February 9-12, 2012, Th 7:30pm, Fr/Sa 8pm, Su 2pm

    Mayer Theatre

    Regular - $15, SCU Seniors - $10, Students - $10

  •  Sociology Newsletter

    Check out the 2012 Sociology Newsletter!

  •  A New Look at San Francisco Bay Area Shellmounds

    The Santa Clara University Archaeology Reserach Lab and the Santa Clara County Archaeological Society invite you to a lecture by Dr. Edward M. Luby, San Francisco State University.

    A New Look at San Francisco Bay Area Shellmounds

    One of the most significant features in the San Francisco Bay Area archaeological landscape are the impressive shellmounds that once ringed the shores of the bay. Although shellmounds are depicted in local museum exhibits and written about in textbooks aimed at school children, the evidence used to support these interpretations is not as secure as i should be. In this presentation, recent research using one-hundred year old museum collections housed at UC Berkeley will be discussed in order to take a new look at the use and function of these important sites.

    Thursday, January 12, 2012; 7:30pm; Daly Science 207

  •  Chemistry & Biochemistry Newsletter

    Check out the 2011 Chemistry & Biochemistry Newsletter!

  •  Religious Studies Newsletter

    Check out the the Fall 2011 Religious Studies Newsletter!

  •  Office for Multicultural Learning Open House

    Stop in for holiday teats and learn about the resources we have to offer:

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    11:30 am to 2:00 pm
    Benson 207

    In compliance with the 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.

    OML Open House
  •  Festival of Lights

    Festival of Lights

    Directed by Ryan James Brandau

    Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3, 7:30pm

    Mission Church

    Take a journey through the Christmas story with musical gems from the Renaissance through today, including Biebl's Ave Maria, and Bach's exuberant setting of Magnificat. The evening will culminate with the students' traditional candlelit rendition of Silent Night.

    "An unforgettable evening of holiday music!"

  •  JAI Brown-Bag lunch lecture


    Wednesday, October 26, 2011 11:45 am-1:00 pm
    Viewing Room A, First Floor (food and drink allowed) Library and Learning Commons
    Seating is limited. Please rsvp to by Oct 25, 2011.

    Professor David Gray, Associate Professor in Religious Studies, who teaches and researches in the areas of Asian religious traditions and Tibetan Buddhism, introduces us to the religious origin and inspiration of much of Tibet’s artistic tradition, and to the role of art, including images of the Dalai Lama, as transformative and powerfully subversive forces in traditional and contemporary contexts.

    Co-panelist Tenzin N. Tethong is Distinguished Fellow, Tibetan Studies Initiative, at Stanford University. He teaches in the HistoryDepartment and the Continuing Studies Program. He is engaged in the effort of Ho Center for Buddhist Studies to establish a chair in Tibetan Buddhist Studies, and was part of the team that established CCARE (Center for Compassion & Altruism Research and Education), at the Stanford School of Medicine. He is one of the founding members and current President of The Dalai Lama Foundation, an international organization dedicated to the promotion of peace and ethics. He also serves in an advisory capacity for the local Tibetan Community Center project, and recently launched “Tibet in Exile – Fifty Years” an online documentation effort to commemorate the last fifty years in exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people.

    JAI creates an intellectual frame of reference for examining and fostering artistic processes that are critically bound to issues of justice.

  •  Fall Lunch Lecture: Black California with Apara Nanda

    Fall Lunch Lecture: Black California with Apara Nanda

    10/25/11 11:45-1:00pm Nobili Dining Room

    RSVP or

    Co-sponsored by English and Ethnic Studies


    Black California  is the first comprehensive anthology celebrating black writing through almost two centuries of Californian history. In a patchwork quilt pieced from poetry, fiction, essays, drama, and memoirs, this anthology traces the trajectory of African American writers. Each pieve gives a voice to the resonating rhythms that created the African American literary tradition in California. These voices speak of dreams and disasters, of heroic achievement and tragic failures, of freedom and betrayal, of racial discrimination and subsequent restoration all setting the pulse of the black California experience.

    Books will be avilable for purchase at this event.

  •  2012 Austin J. Fagothey, S.J. Philosophy Conference

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

    8:30-9:00 Registration
    9:00-10:30 Hubert Dreyfus (University of California - Berkeley) “Kierkegaard’s Monotheism Without God”
    10:30-10:45 Break
    10:45-12:15 David Wood (Vanderbilt University)“Kierkegaard Vivant”
    12:15-2:00 Lunch
    2:00 -3:30 Vanessa Rumble (Boston College)“’When the Child Is to be Weaned’: Kierkegaard and the Trauma of Transcendence”
    3:30-3:45 Break
    3:45- 5:15 Jonathan Lear (The University of Chicago)

    Registration (includes coffee and lunch) $35 Students $10.
    SCU Students, Faculty and Staff: Free

  •  Splash: A Platform for Analysis and Simulation of Health

    Tuesday, November 8, O'Connor 106

    Speaker: Wang-Chiew Tan, UC Santa Cruz/IBM

    Title: Splash: A Platform for Analysis and Simulation of Health

    Abstract: Health decision support systems typically assist doctors and patients making treatment decisions based on knowledge gleaned from research studies, pharmaceutical data, disease models, epidemiological simulations, and more. But health also depends on decisions made by law-makers, community leaders, and people in advertising, transportation, agriculture, education, sanitation, and government.  Because health decisions frequently require understanding complex interactions of diverse systems across many disciplines, no one system or knowledge base can incorporate all models or data related to health. Consider obesity: models of transportation, eating habits, shopping choices for food, exercise, and metabolism need to be combined with geographic, store location, and population data to play "what if," asking, for instance, how community obesity measures would change if a healthy but inexpensive store opens near an obesity "hot spot." Splash?Smarter Planet Platform for Analysis and Simulation of Health? is a framework for combining heterogeneous simulation models and data. By enabling interoperability and reuse of models and data, Splash enables experts from different disciplines to collaborate to exploit their combined knowledge. The resulting composite simulation models can be used for deep predictive analytics, enabling "what if" analyses that cut across disciplines and supporting complex health decisions when expertise from a single domain does not suffice.

  •  Chicken nuggets and the Frobenius number

    Tuesday, November 1, O'Connor 106

    Speaker: Cornelia Van Cott, University of San Francisco

    Title: Chicken nuggets and the Frobenius number

    Abstract: Suppose chicken nuggets are sold in packages of size 6, 9, and 20. With these package sizes, if you wanted to order, say, 25 chicken nuggets, you would be out of luck. After some investigation, one will discover many different sizes which also cannot be ordered; the largest such size is 43.  You cannot order 43 nuggets, but you can order N chicken nuggets for all N>43, given the package sizes of 6, 9, and 20. This problem, the so-called Chicken Nugget Problem, is a special case of a classical question first investigated by Frobenius and Sylvester in the nineteenth century. The more general question goes as follows: given a finite set A of positive integers, what is the largest number which cannot be written as a nonnegative integral linear combination of elements in A? This number, denoted g(A), is called the Frobenius number of A. We will discuss the special case where A contains only two integers. We will also consider related results, including Sylvester's Theorem which counts the integers that cannot be represented as combinations of integers in A.
  •  The Religious Situation in China: an Insider's Perspective

    The Religious Situation in China: an Insider's Perspective
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    12:00 Noon
    Benson Parlor C
    Brown Bag Lunch
    Professor Zhao Dunhua served as the head of the Department of Religious Studies at Peking University during a time of rapid social and political change in China (1994 to 2009). In this talk he will discuss the challenges of dealing with politicians, religious leaders, scholars, public intellectuals, and ordinary believers of major religious groups.
  •  The Department of Anthropology's Seminar Series

    We are pleased to announce the upcoming presentation by Dr. David Cohen, Santa Clara University

    12 October 2011
    5:00 – 6:00 pm.
    Kennedy Commons

    Dr. Cohen will present
    “Foragers, Farmers, Missionaries and Traders: Cultural and
    Environmental Change on the Fringe of the Kalahari Desert”

    This talk will address the cultural dynamics of contact and changing socio-economic landscapes between San-speaking foragers, ancestral Bakgalagadi and Tswana farmers, and European missionaries and traders in southeastern Botswana on the fringe of the Kalahari Desert, c. 800-100 years ago. Archaeological materials and historic sources inform on the persistence of identities, the development of economic relationships, and environmental change in a microcosm representative of southern Africa’s global entanglements. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

  •  Prashant Olalekar, S.J. visits SCU

    We are pleased to announce the residency of Prashant Olalekar, S.J., who will be on campus from Sept 28 to October 12 as a Justice and the Arts Initiative (JAI) Guest Artist and Bannan Visitor. Fr. Olalekar, is the founder of InterPlay India, which organizes Global Peace Exchanges with opportunities interact through structured play and improvised interrelatedness with the poor, the differently-abled and other marginalized groups.

    "The unique joy of interacting as playful equals is beyond words." -Fr. Prashant Olalekar, S.J.

    Please join us at either of these public, free events, to learn more and experience some examples of how InterPlay is done. RSVPs for groups are appreciated.

    TUES, OCT. 4 at NOON
    A lecture & demonstration of Prashant's work in the areas of embodied spirituality.
    It will be held in Studio A of the Music and Dance Facility, on the corner of Franklin and Lafayette Streets.
    Your students are welcome to join us too. [12:00-1:15 pm]

    THURS, OCT. 6 at 7 pm Prashant will offer a workshop for the community in conjunction with St. Clare's Parish just footsteps away from campus on the corner of Lafayette and Lexington. [7:00-9:00 pm]

    If you would like to meet Fr. Olalekar or have him visit any of your classes during his upcoming residency, please contact us at

  •  Art Exhibition: Alumni

    Alumni Show
    Eneri Abillar
    Megan Diddie
    Matthew Moore
    Monica Van den Dool
    September 19-October 14, 2011
    Artist talk with Eneri Abillar: October 12, 4:45-5:15 p.m. in Fine Arts room F
    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.
    Image of artists' work: (Left to right) Monica Van den Dool, Eneri Abillar, Matthew Moore, and Megan Diddie
  •  The Missing Peace

    We are proud to introduce The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama at Santa Clara University. The University truly appreciates this opportunity to host a selection of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and installations following the exhibit's five-year world tour. The collection of internationally renowned artists you see on display have provided creative interpretations of the ideals represented by the Dalai Lama, such as the power of spirituality, impermanence, universal interconnectedness, and peace.

  •  SCU Press Release

    The College of Arts and Sciences has a new Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

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