Calendar of Events




Mark your calendar for these fall events and programs:


Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Members' Preview 6-7PM
Public Reception 7-8:30PM

Join us for the opening of three new exhibitions: 

She Sang Me A Good Luck Song: The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilar

Radical Velocity

California Flora: Fanny McClatchy Richardson


Acknowledging Thámien: A Conversation
Monday, October 8, 2018, 4-6 p.m.
de Saisset Museum, Auditorium

Celebrate Indigenous People's Day by learning more about the Ohlone people, the anthropological evidence that helps inform our understanding of the Mission period, and continued efforts towards reconciliation. Panelists include:  
  • Lee Panich - SCU Department of Anthropology
  • Andy Galvan - Old Mission Curator, Mission Dolores
  • Monica Arellano - Tribal Vice-Chairwoman, Muwekma Ohlone Tribal Council
  • Alan Leventhal - Ethnohistorian and archaeologist 
The discussion will be moderated by Margaret Russell, Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and Associate Professor of Law at SCU. Following the conversation, there will be a reception in the museum. This program is co-presented by the Provost's Office, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the de Saisset Museum, and SCU's Department of Anthropology.

Community Day Festival
Saturday, October 13, 2018
All ages 1-3 p.m.

Join the de Saisset Museum for a free Community Day Festival celebrating the traditions and culture of Native California. Festivities are designed for all ages and include hands-on artmaking activities, games, demonstrations, performances, a photo booth, an art scavenger hunt, and more!

Native California Lecture Series

Enjoy a free series of lectures programmed as part of our Docent Training Program, but open to the public: 


The Ohlone Way of Life 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Linda Yamane, Rumsien Ohlone artist and basketweaver, will discuss Ohlone cultural history and her own experience as a contemporary artist reviving Ohlone artistic techniques.

Spanish and Mexican California

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

SCU History Professor Robert Senkewicz and SCU Modern Languages Professor Rose Marie Beebe offer a lecture on Spanish and Mexican California, including discussion of the Presidios, pueblos, missions, and people of the region. 


Muwekma Ohlone and the Mission System
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Alan Leventhal, Muwekma Ohlone tribal ethno-historian and archaeologist, discusses the nuanced history of the Ohlone in the Santa Clara Valley and their relationship to the Mission System. 


Mission Garden Walking Tour
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Susan Landry offers a walking tour of the Mission Gardens at Santa Clara University. Learn about the history of the gardens, plants, and structures.