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  •  The Compass

  •  The Role of Religion in Contemporary Chinese Society

     The Role of Religion in Contemporary Chinese Society

    A lecture presented by Professor Zhejun Yu of the School of Philosophy at Fudan University in Shanghai, China

    Thursday, November 14 - 12 PM - Kennedy Commons

    Dr Yu's research interests lie mainly in the field of sociology of religion, both in the theoretical and empirical approaches with particular interest in civil society and religion in public sphere. He teaches theory of secularization, rational choice theory and studies Chinese popular religion (or folk religion). Given the timing of the presidential election and the multicultural setting in California, Dr. Yu is using his visit, in part, to study the role of religious communities in the U.S.

    For more information contact Gary Macy at

  •  2012, The Maya Calendar and the Apolcalypse

     2012, The Maya Calendar and the Apocalypse

    Wednesday, November 14, 12PM-1PM

    Williman Room, Benson Center

    *Lunch will be provided*

    Speculation about what ancient Maya Sources tell us about 2012 is becoming a global phenomenon in popular culture as the great 5,125-year Maya "Long Count" cycle reaches completion on December 21st. How did the ancient Mesoamerican peoples understand the world in terms of their astronomy, calendars, and prophesy? Is it a coincidence that the sun will pass through the plane of the Milky Way near the galactic center around December 21st? Did the Maya intentionally create this coincidence? What are the sources of doomsday and apocalyptic prophesies, of transormative shifts, and who are the stealth marketers?

    Jean Molesky-Poz, Lecturer in Religious Studies: Her ethnographic work in highland Guatemala among Maya ajq'ijab' (calendar-keepers/shaman-priests) is published in Comtemporary Maya Spirituality (2006); Consultant and Curator for LIving Maya Time, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian website (2012).

  •  Boston College STM Info Night

    Please RSVP to Vicky Gonzales,, (408)554-4547 by 11/5/12

  •  Anthropology's Fall 2012 Seminar Series

    Dr. Gregory Gullette will present "Environmental Change, Migration, and Livelihood Strategies in Thailand's Rural-Urban Interface" on 7 November 2012 at 5:00-6:00 pm in Kennedy Commons.

  •  Difficult Dialogue, Fall 2012: Election 2012 - Why Minorities Matter

    Difficult Dialogue, Fall 2012: Election 2012 - Why Minorities Matter

    Benson Center, Room 15 (basement); Tuesday, Oct 30; 6:00pm

    Featuring guest speaker Professor James Lai, Ethnic Studies. Brief presentation and open discussion.

    Everyone is welcom to join the discussion about how the minority vote can swing the upcoing presidential election, what role the minority vote will play on Election Day, and what policies will affect minority demographics

    Sponsored by the MCC and OML. Questions? Email Tedd Vanadilok,

  •  Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project

    Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP)

    Madeline Lim & T. Kebo Drew

    Thursday, November 1; 11:45am-1:00pm; Benson Center, Parlors BC

    Madeline and Kebo will discuss their work with QWOCMAP dispelling stereotypes about the Queer Women of Color community, media representation in the LGBTQ community, and how this organization allows the community to share their narratives. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP at by Friday, October 26, 2012.

    Co-coordinated by the Office for Multicultural Learning, Women and Gender studies, Women of Color Network, and LGBTQ Allies Network.

    In complicance with the ADA/504, please direct your accomodation requests to Pauline Nguyen at at least 72 hours prior to the event.

  •  Fall 2012 Math Colloquium Series

  •  Fall 2012 Physics Newsletter

  •  Anthropology's Fall 2012 Seminar Series

    Dr. Jeanine Pfeiffer from San Jose State University will present "Awesome Ethnoecology: How Long-Term Collaborations Change Everything" on 24 October 2012 at 5:00-6:00 pm in Kennedy Commons.

    Dr. Gregory Gullette will present "Environmental Change, Migration, and Livelihood Strategies in Thailand's Rural-Urban Interface" on 7 November 2012 at 5:00-6:00 pm in Kennedy Commons.

  •  Faculty Series: Hans Boepple, Piano

    Internationally renowned piano virtuoso, Hans Boepple, takes the stage to perform a piano recital of works by Mozart, Brahms, Bartok and Rachmaninoff. The program will include the Mozart Sonata in C Major, K. 330, the Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor, Op.36 (Rev. 1931), the Bartok Suite, Op. 14, and the Brahms Klavierstucke, Op. 119.

  •  Scriptural Politics of Immigration: Subversive Hospitality and Kinship

  •  Do Political Campaigns Matter?

  •  The Makers

  •  New Fall 2012 Classics courses

    Professor John Health and Assistant Professor Dan Turkeltaub offer exciting new courses.

  •  The Quill

  •  Art Post

    Check out the 2012 Art Post!

  •  WGST Fall Events

    Sept 25th: 4-5:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Title IX 40th Anniversary
    with Margaret Russell, Marlene Bjornsrud and others TBA
    Benson Parlor B
    Oct 9th: 11:45-1:00pm
    Faculty Lunch Lecture w/ Professor Linda Garber, Women's and Gender Studies
    Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Bldg
    Oct 23rd: 5:00pm-6:00pm
    Women Faculty Reception and Dinner
    Speaker: Professor Ana Maria Pineda, Religious Studies
    Adobe Lodge
  •  Shakuntala

  •  Anthropology Seminar Series

    The Department of Anthropology’s Seminar Series

    We are pleased to announce the upcoming

    presentation by Dr. Guadalupe Salazar,

    San Jose State University


    23 May 2012

    5:00 – 6:00 pm.

    Kennedy Commons


    Dr. Salazar will present


    Children of the Mapocho: Street Children in Chile.”

    Despite the guarantees stemming from the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, children of different social classes in Chile are accorded differential protection by the State and society. This presentation uses two cases of police violence in Santiago de Chile in 2001 – a political protest demonstration by high-school students and a raid on a makeshift shelter used by street children accused of kidnapping – to highlight these discrepancies. Both cases received wide media attention, however, the representations of the children involved were not the same. Whereas the students received the support of the media and the public for their political action, the street children were portrayed as criminals. The differences suggest that perceived social status determined the value assigned by society to the two categories of children and consequently the rights and protections they enjoy. In the process, the street children are being turned into second-class citizens.


    Refreshments will be provided.


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