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School of Theatre & Dance Produces 'Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles'
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Instances of affairs, deportation scares and assimilation in the play allude to the difficulty involved in immigration, gentrification and the #MeToo movement.

Director Terry Boero hoped to highlight these themes because they are relevant to our current political climate.

Boero wanted to give a sense of recognition for the characters’ homeland in Mexico by incorporating its culture and language.

“There’s a lot of Aztec references and language in it, so it’s totally an embrace of the culture,” Boero said.

SF State student Alexander Gonzales appreciated the recognition of Mexican culture, which he has not seen much being a part of the theater industry.

“I’ve been in theatre since I was 13, and growing up in that and looking up to theatre shows and different actors and lead roles, I always had to stretch myself to be those characters or relate to those characters,” Gonzales said. “I defy you to name off the top of your head a strictly Mexican lead role besides anybody in this show on Broadway. You can’t.”
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Professor Kanigel: Increased Incidents, Hate Crimes Pose Challenges for Student Journalists
COLLEGE MEDIA REVIEW -- Rachele Kanigel is a professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University and the editor of The Diversity Style Guide, a free online resource with more than 700 terms related to diversity. The book version of “The Diversity Style Guide,” which includes chapters on covering often underrepresented and misrepresented communities and sensitive issues like suicide, mental illness, immigration and drug use, will be published by Wiley in January 2019. Sections of this article were taken from “The Student Newspaper Survival Guide” by Rachele Kanigel.

Editors reporting on bias incidents sometimes have to handle dozens or even hundreds of letters and comments.

“When Golden Gate Xpress, the student newspaper I advise at San Francisco State University, covered a videotaped confrontation about cultural misappropriation between a black woman and a white man wearing dreadlocks, the newspaper’s website received 131 comments on the original story and dozens more on follow-up stories.”
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Students Express What SF State's Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble Means to Them
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- “For me, I think that Afro-Cuban [jazz] means expression. It’s a style of music that really delves into expressing yourself and your voice through music,” said bassist Diego Rumer. Rumer joined last year on a whim to try something other than a concert band requirement. This is his third semester playing.

Audience members cheered and clapped after each song, snapped to the tunes or rose from their seats to dance to the beat.

Most of the group was new, according to Calloway as he tried to introduce the whole ensemble, except for students Ahkeel Mestayer and Juan Carlos Saldaña. Mestayer played for Calloway’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble years before he even attended SF State. He has been a student of Calloway’s since he was about 10, starting from when he was a part of Calloway’s free band, the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble.
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Student Actors to Perform Comedy Sketches Live
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The School of Cinema will hold an event showcasing sketch comedy writing by student actors. Around a dozen students will perform hilarious comedy sketches in the Creative Arts Building on December 12 at 5:30 p.m.

“Student writers from CINE 656 will showcase their comedy sketches written this term. It’s a variety show, similar to ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but it’s a table reading of the writer’s work.” Natasha van Dam, screenwriting instructor, said.
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Music Professor Jassen Todorov Wins National Geographic Photo Contest
BORED PANDA -- This year's grand prize winner was Jassen Todorov, a violinist and professor of music at San Francisco State University, whose aerial shot shows a vast boneyard in Southern California's Mojave Desert. The area is well known for storing retired aircraft, where the dry air keeps corrosion away before they are eventually dismantled and scrapped for parts. What many are unaware of, however, is the huge stretch of land nearby that is set aside for recalled vehicles and is filled with row-upon-row of Audis and Volkswagens that cheated emissions tests between 2009 and 2015.

“I have flown and explored the Mojave Desert area quite a few times,” Jassen told Bored Panda about the winning shot. “There are several airports in the Mojave and at least 3-4 of them have large boneyards, which I have explored and photographed. It was my first photo flight over Southern California Logistics Airport. I had done some research using google maps, so I had a general idea of the position of the cars in relation to the airport.”
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Professor Jassen Todorov Is the Man behind National Geographic's Best Picture of 2018
STUFF (NEW ZEALAND) -- But photography is not the only award-winning aspect of his life, as Bulgarian-born Todorov is also a lauded concert violinist and teaches Music at the San Francisco State University in the U.S.

He said his love for photography came from yet another passion of his — flying planes.

“Music has a lot to do with structure and composition, colours and patterns, moods and characters — when I am looking at a photo, I am thinking about the same things,” Todorov says. “The aesthetics of an image is particularly important to me.”
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Classic and Contemporary Myths in Dialogue at SF State
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- With San Francisco State University’s “Medea” and “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles,” one of our most fecund local university theater departments has devised an invigorating juxtaposition of the canonical and the contemporary.

Rhonnie Washington directs a music-driven production of Euripides’ Greek tragedy, about a woman who avenges her husband’s philandering. Playing in repertory is a 21st century update, “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles,” written by Luis Alfaro, and first performed at San Francisco’s own Magic Theatre under the title “Bruja.”

In “Mojada,” Alfaro fashions gorgeous images that make his immigrant characters into timeless myths. “I feel like a bird who has lost her feathers,” says one. “I am eating his heart and he knows it,” says another.
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At The Marsh, Professor D'Agostino to Discuss World War II
BROADWAY WORLD (SAN FRANCISCO) -- With a great deal of his work focusing on the Russian revolution and its impact on the world, Professor Anthony D’Agostino has published one of the most detailed histories of the fall of Soviet Communism in the era of Gorbachev. Specializing in war and peace issues among the great states in the history of world politics, he is most familiar with the history of Russia. Professor D’Agostino is embarking on a world history of the U.S. era of globalization while also commenting frequently on world politics for Bay Area radio stations.
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Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble Performs for Change
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- On December 5, in Knuth Hall on SF State’s campus, the Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble will be performing a diverse range of music at its fall concert “Music of Resistance, Dignity and Solidarity,” starting at 7:30 p.m.

The event is put on by San Francisco State University’s School of Music and directed by John Calloway, who is a Music lecturer at State and founder of the ensemble. The ensemble has been given much critical acclaim. The band performs a range of musical styles from Latin America and the United States.
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SF Chronicle's Bay Area Movie Gift Ideas Include Professor McBride's Book on Ernst Lubitsch
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “How Did Lubitsch Do It?”: A critical appreciation by San Francisco State Professor Joseph McBride about the classic Hollywood director who practically invented the modern comedy and musical genres at the advent of sound. (Columbia University Press, $40)
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Professor Star Discusses Emily Brontë's 'Wuthering Heights'
BOOKS OF SOME SUBSTANCE (B.O.S.S.) -- Did you just stop at digging up her body? How crippling is your love?

In this episode, San Francisco State University Literature Professor Summer Star joins Nick and David for a rousingly dark conversation on Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights.” Is this story within a story within a story meant to be identifiable to anyone? Are those really ghosts? Is Heathcliff a critique of mid-19th century British class structure, a rotten bastard or simply one who loves and revenges harder than any made for TV adaptation can handle?

Like the cosmos, “Wuthering Heights” is vast. And inside us all.
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Professor Gross: How a Corporation Convinced American Jews to Reach for Crisco
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, THE SALT -- With the wave of European Jewish immigration in the early 20th century, this was a sizable market, and companies from Procter and Gamble to General Foods hired Jacobs to learn about these potential customers. And these interest went in both directions, as new immigrants were eager to Americanize.

“Once Jews are living in a world of nation-states, they’re trying to figure out how to be German and Jewish, or French and Jewish; [Here,] they’re trying to figure out how to be American and Jewish,” Rachel Gross, an assistant professor of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University.

Professor Rachel Gross says when holidays come around, we think about family, and what it means to be part of a particular story. And if those stories are shaped by food, and immigration, and even product placement, that's okay. It's what Hanukkah is, says Gross — “Not some biblical story, or the rabbinic stories that come later about miracles and oil. But getting together and eating latkes with your family or with your friends.”
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'Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles' in Little Theatre Chronicles Woman Immigration Story
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Director Terry Boero describes that the play incorporates not only themes of immigration and economic disparity, but a woman’s loss of innocence, relevant to the #MeToo movement.

“[The play] especially resonates during this year of chaos, evil, betrayal, and the stealing of dreams,” Boero said.

Boero describes the play as “an act of love, an affirmation of the suffering, the history and the dreams that have sucked millions of immigrants over our borders.”
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Global Museum to Teach Holiday Traditions at Final Event of Semester
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- “Students can drop in for a variety of activities, including an object spotlight where we pull objects from the collection not normally on view, crafts, and holiday decorating in our visible Global Lab,” said Paige Bardolph, director of the Global Museum.
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Alumnus, Award-Winning Comic Book Artist Opens Up Shop
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- San Francisco State has a Comic Studies program. It is taught by Eisner Award-winning Professor Nick Sousanis. Before there was a Comic Studies program SF State alumni found their way into the comic book world. SF State alum Joe Field graduated from BECA and now owns a comic book shop in Concord. SF State Creative Writing alum Kevin Apolis writes and creates the art for his own comics.
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A Tribute to Professor Dawn Bohulano Mabalon
SOUTH OF MARKET COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK -- At 46 years of age, Dawn Mabalon documented the rich Filipino-American history in California through her work as a professor and the many articles and books she published, especially “Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California” (Duke University Press, 2013), “Filipinos in Stockton” (Arcadia Publishing, 2008) and “Filipinos in San Francisco” (Arcadia Publishing, 2011).

Mabalon’s work is rooted in a decolonial perspective of the relationship between the U.S. empire and the Philippines as colonial subject, and in Filipino-American and Asian-American history, with a special interest in diasporic foodways. Her writing and works have strongly shaped and influenced Asian-American studies and activism in the United States. Her many awards include the President’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation (with the Little Manila Foundation), California Preservation Foundation, San Francisco State University Presidential Professional Development Award and the Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Excellence in College and University Teaching, among others.
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How a Town without Pity Shaped Creative Writing Assistant Professor May-lee Chai
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- It’s the kind of hellish and frighteningly real experience — which Chai chronicled in her memoir, “Hapa Girl” — that would conjure up certain expectations about what strain of fiction comes with Chai’s new book of short stories, “Useful Phrases for Immigrants,” especially in the Trump era.

“That was my ’80s,” says Chai, who lives in San Francisco and teaches Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. “And this is of course was the time when the media was very anti-Japanese. It was all: ‘Japanese trade war. Oh the Japanese are attacking us — economic Pearl Harbor.’ And I thought that we were past that. But now with Trump, I hear the same level of ugly, racist rhetoric.”

Yet Chai’s book never veers into the territory of spectacular experience — the kind that she lived and that she worried would be newly inflamed through the 2016 election season’s discourse. To be sure, Chai did put the book together as a sort of “active resistance” to what she heard from Donald Trump during the presidential primaries. But the eight stories in “Useful Phrases for Immigrants,” each centered on either characters in China or the Chinese American immigrant experience, largely revolve around more quotidian occurrence.
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In 1978, Professor Sally Gearheart Joined Harvey Milk to Debate Briggs Initiative
THE ADVOCATE -- Gay rights icon Harvey Milk was memorialized in the January 11, 1979, issue of The Advocate. This is a portion of his obituary.

Milk — along with San Francisco State University speech instructor Sally Gearheart — debated John Briggs on television. He went to Chicago to campaign for a gay candidate running for a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives.

But Milk also realized that a gay public official had to deal with a whole range of issues. In doing so, he felt he could help straight citizens learn to trust and respect gay people. Noted Milk, “I’m showing people here that the gays are involved with taxes, and dog shit, and Muni, and everything else. So that when people say ‘Hey, you know it doesn’t matter if a person is green with six heads.’”
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Journalism Professors Call for Increased Diversity in the Media
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- On November 14 the SF State Journalism Professor Jon Funabiki and past Journalism Professor Bruce Koon formed a panel discussion to talk about the history of the Kerner Commission report and how racism still affects us to this day.

Funabiki said the commission found that the root of these riots came from an explosive mixture of poverty, poor education, slum housing and police brutality caused by “white racism.”

The commission believed that biased coverage from an all-white media was one of the major underlying problems of race relations. The report highlighted the lack of adequate representation among the people assigning, reporting and editing media coverage.

In a diverse newsroom, different perspectives would occur, which could provide a more accurate version of the truth, according to Koon.

“You can’t tell everyone’s story when you don’t have everyone in the room,” said Koon.
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Professor McDaniel Comments on Ranked-Choice Voting
THE DISPATCH (COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI)/ASSOCIATED PRESS -- Jason McDaniel, associate Political Science professor at San Francisco State University, told The Associated Press in June that his research shows ranked-choice voting increases the rate of ballot errors and disqualifies ballots, particularly among lower-income residents.
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Professor Mark Linenthal Testified in Allen Ginsberg 'Howl' Trial
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- Linenthal’s father, Mark Linenthal, was a poetry professor at San Francisco State University. “He testified in the ‘Howl’ trial,” in which Lawrence Ferlinghetti was accused and found not guilty of obscenity for publishing Allen Ginsberg’s poem.

“He stood up for what he valued, free speech and for art,” Peter Linenthal said, beaming. “He argued that to call it obscenity was to take a narrow view; rather, it changed the expectations for what a poem could be, which I thought was a nice way to put it.”
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Lecturer Sue Englander to Discuss Briggs Initiative for 40th Anniversary
BAY AREA REPORTER -- Veterans of San Francisco's progressive community will take a look back at the Briggs initiative, which was defeated 40 years ago this month, during a special edition of “The Michelle Meow Show” at the Commonwealth Club Thursday, November 29, at noon at the club’s offices, 110 The Embarcadero.

Gay former state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), historian Sue Englander, and lesbian activist and former police commissioner Gwenn Craig will be in conversation with Michelle Meow and John Zipperer.

Englander is a lecturer and historian at San Francisco State University and also teaches at City College of San Francisco.
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Professor Dollinger Speaks at Memorial for Author Rabbi Edward Zerin
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Attendees who offered words of tribute included San Francisco State University Jewish Studies Professor Marc Dollinger, Jewish Community Library director Howard Freedman, novelist Michael Lavigne, Rabbi Beth Singer of Congregation Emanu-El and Jewish LearningWorks CEO David Waksberg.
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Professor Mabalon to Receive Pinay Empowerment Award from Los Angeles Nonprofit
BUSINESS WIRE/ASSOCIATED PRESS -- The 46th annual gala, whose theme is “Cultivate – Collaborate – Celebrate,” will honor community leaders who have contributed to improving the quality of life for Pilipinos. This year’s honorees include Councilmember Rachelle Arizmendi of the City of Sierra Madre; philanthropist Jennifer Boyd, co-founder and CEO of Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation; business leader Raissa Gerona, chief brand officer of REVOLVE Clothing and co-founder of Alliance Apparel Inc.; actress/influencer Asia Jackson; and the late Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Fil-Am community champion and historian, whose family will receive the Pinay Empowerment Award on her behalf. Mabalon served as a professor of history at San Francisco State University and co-founder of the Little Manila Foundation, before her untimely passing in August.
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Can SF Mayor Forge Allies with Board of Supervisors? Professor McDaniel Discusses
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- While having so many swing votes could lead to a sense of unpredictability, Jason McDaniel, a Political Science professor at San Francisco State University, said it could also lead to a more cooperative board that’s willing to compromise with one another.

“It will be up to them (the board) on an issue-by-issue basis to decide where they want to govern,” McDaniel said. “It becomes more about alliances and coalition building. ... If you think of it in terms of left versus right, it gets very, very confusing.”

The outcome of the races put into question how many allies Breed will have on the 11-member board when it comes to fulfilling key parts of her agenda, such as building more Navigation Centers and adding homeless services in parts of the city aside from the Tenderloin, the Mission and Bayview-Hunters Point.

But the fact that the candidates who are likely to win didn’t run on an “anti-Breed” platform is perhaps a sign that she will be able to forge connections on the board, McDaniel said.

“It’ll be harder for Breed to govern on the agenda she campaigned on,” McDaniel said. But “there is space for Mayor Breed to find areas of governance. ... It’ll be up to the mayor to see if she can forge allies.”
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Professor McDaniel Discusses San Francisco Election Results
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “I don’t think voters are thinking ‘anti-mayor’ when they vote in those elections. Not yet,” said Jason McDaniel, a political science professor at San Francisco State University. But “Her lack of ability to sway (voters) toward the candidates she desires shows that she will have to keep working at that. ... Her endorsement is not automatic gold.”
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KPFA's Apex Express Dedicates Entire Show to Professor Dawn Bohulano Mabalon
KPFA-FM, APEX EXPRESS (BERKELEY) -- Tonight, we dedicate the whole show to Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, a beloved academic at San Francisco State University. In addition to being a scholar, she was an activist who loved her hometown of Stockton, her Giants and her Warriors. The Filipino Women’s Network named her one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the world in 2013. Dawn passed away unexpectedly on August 10 this year and the impact of our community’s loss is still being felt.

“I’ve been so privileged to become a professor at San Francisco State and work with thousands of students over the last 13 years I’ve been a professor,” says Mabalon, who taught in the History Department. “In my lectures, bringing the story of Filipinos into the larger narrative of how I teach American history. But what we need is books to do that. I need to reach audiences that are beyond my classroom. And I especially want to reach young people. We need to get them interested and see themselves in American history at a very young age.”
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Professor McDaniel's Research Shows Ranked-Choice Voting Increases Rate of Ballot Errors
THE NEW YORK TIMES/ASSOCIATED PRESS -- Jason McDaniel, associate Political Science professor at San Francisco State University, says his research shows ranked-choice voting increases the rate of ballot errors and disqualifies ballots, particularly among lower-income residents.
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'Pericles' Excites Theatre Department
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The set for “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” boats lighting that adjusts throughout the show to embody different times of day. In the center of the stage are levels that look like they’re made out of stone that cast members perform on. Towards the back of the stage are modeled to look like masts of a ship, that is also used as a prop in the show.

“It’s one of the most beautiful sets that I’ve worked on, and that I’ve seen in general,” Afshar said.

Directing “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” brought Avery and his cast together.

“I love them all. They’re like my children now. They were willing to do anything we asked with commitment and joy. It’s been one of my most cherished experiences, period,” Avery said.
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SF State Jewish Community Mourns Mass Murder Victims
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Some students at the vigil shared their own anxiety over Pittsburgh and other anti-Semitic acts that hit closer to home.

“A few days later [after the Pittsburgh shooting] my synagogue in Orange County was vandalized,” said Ben Lieberman, who is majoring in Jewish studies. “My dad’s a security guard there too, which also scares me a little bit. I think the initial attack, plus the vandalism, made this a little more personal for me.”
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Election Watch Party Offers Political Science Students Expert Commentary
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The event offered students the opportunity to ask questions of Political Science professors, including Eissler, about the incoming election results and what they may mean for the newly divided government as the Democrats took a majority in the House of Representatives and Republicans dug in a deeper hold on the Senate.

“It’s good to see a lot of students engaging amongst each other, amongst the professors, about something that we’re very passionate about,” said Political Science major and graduating senior Isaac Cisneros. “Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat — it doesn’t matter — the point is you’re participating in a part of a democracy that we strive for for the last 200 years and I think that’s admirable in itself.
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Professor Hayduk Comments on Election of Gavin Newsom as California Governor
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- “Like a lot of politicians, Lieutenant Governor Newsom is watching the polls,” said Ron Hayduk, SF State Political Science professor. “And in California, like many other parts of the country, there are regions that are alarmed by some of the policies of Trump.”
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BECA-Produced Documentary Screens at Skyline College
SKYLINE VIEW (SKYLINE COLLEGE) -- Ortiz Cerda and Oscar Guerra, director of “Resist: Documenting the Undocumented,” ended the week of events by presenting the documentary which sought to reframe the Mexican immigrant image created by the mainstream media in the United States.

“In this project, I document the stories of two courageous and bright undocumented Mexican students living in San Francisco in order to shed light on their challenged history, their brave present and the uncertain days to come,” said Guerra in an article on the San Francisco Latino Film Festival website.

Following the screening, Ortiz Cerda took the time to explain where the idea for UndocuWeek came from.

“UndocuWeek stemmed from a combination of two things,” Ortiz Cerda said. “One, during my time at San Francisco State, I helped create their first UndocuWeek with the Undocumented Student Club, IDEAS and the Undocumented Student Task Force.”

Ortiz Cerda said the idea of a week of events regarding undocumented individuals would create awareness and share resources and support with San Francisco State’s undocumented community.
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Professor McDaniel Analyzes Election Results in San Francisco
MISSION LOCAL (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Haney trounced Johnson and Trauss by an eye-opening margin (much more on that later). There are 139,000 ballots left to count and, perhaps 10,000 to go in District 4 — but the lead for Mar “looks very solid to me,” notes SFSU Political Science Professor Jason McDaniel. In a crowded field, he continues, Mar “benefitted from the ranked-choice voting transfers.” So far, he’s pulled down more No. 2 votes from the candidate running a 1-2 campaign with Ho than she has.
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Professor McDaniel Discusses Provisional Voting
KGO-CHANNEL 7 (SAN FRANCISCO) -- “What California is doing is trying to extend the access to vote to as many people as possible,” said Jason McDaniel, associate professor of Political Science at SF State.

McDaniel says conditional votes and mail-in ballots while good could also mean we won’t know election results right away.

“It is possible because we’re making it easier for people to vote that it will take some time to know,” said McDaniel.
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Professor McDaniel Projects 'Historic' Levels of Turnout in Midterm Elections
KALW-FM, CITYVISIONS (SAN FRANCISCO) -- While the 2018 midterm elections are widely seen as a referendum on President Trump, Bay Area voters have plenty to focus on right here at home. After a much-lauded second act, who will replace Governor Jerry Brown? Will Senator Dianne Feinstein be re-elected? With more cars than any other state will California repeal the gas tax? We explore the biggest decisions facing California voters. Guests include Jason McDaniel, associate professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University.

“There are signals that we might see historic levels of turnout, and that probably bodes well for Democrats, though there’s no guarantee in certain battleground districts or states,” McDaniel says.
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Professor McDaniel Discusses YIMBY Movement
KCBS-AM 740 (SAN FRANCISCO) -- The on-going housing crisis in the Bay Area has created a formidable new movement of pro-housing activists: YIMBYs.

That’s YES in My Backyard ... and their push to elect Mayor London Breed in San Francisco marked them as a political force to be reckoned with.

For more on the YIMBY impact, KCBS Radio Anchor Curtiss Kim spoke with Jason McDaniel, an associate professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University.

“I do feel a lot of energy, where [politicians are] seeing this as a a pro-environmental agenda that can really lift all votes, so to speak,” McDaniel says.
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Professor Solomon Praises 'Warm Strength' of Giants Slugger Willie McCovey
SPORTS CENTRAL -- The Giants also gave him a Willie McCovey Day near the end of the 1977 season. If you were in San Francisco at the time, you’d have thought they were either crowning a king, celebrating a Nobel Prize for Lawrence Ferlinghetti, or electing and inaugurating Tony Bennett as the mayor. Even San Francisco State University professor of literature Eric Solomon got into the act.

“We all want to come to the edge of the Pacific,” Solomon said before the Candlestick Park throng, “find success when young, and discover success again, gain another chance before it's too late. In an era of hard, financially aggressive, contract-minded athletes, Willie McCovey seems free, kind, warm, the way we like to think of San Francisco itself, a bit laid back, no New York or Chicago, cities always on the make. Let New York have the brawling power of Babe Ruth, let Boston have the arrogant force of Ted Williams. Let us have the warm strength of Willie McCovey.”
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Professor Green Endorses Application Using Artificial Intelligence for Learning Chinese
PR WEB -- “Ponddy Reader is one of the most exciting AI-assisted language learning devices out there,” adds Frederik H. Green, Ph.D., associate professor of Chinese at San Francisco State University. “It's phenomenally sophisticated, amazingly user-friendly, and above all, incredibly fun to use!”
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Professor McDaniel Discusses 'Abrasive' YIMBY Movement
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- In San Francisco, four Board of Supervisors candidates are card-carrying YIMBYs: movement pioneer Sonja Trauss in District Six, Theo Ellington in District 10, Trevor McNeil in District Four and Nick Josefowitz in District Two.

“Politicians are taking the YIMBYs’ energy and running with it,” said Jason McDaniel, a professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University.

SF State Professor McDaniel said though the movement has matured, it remains “disruptive.”

“They don’t do things to make friends with the establishment,” he said. “They can be abrasive. They don’t apologize.”
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Professor Pahnke Discusses Brazil's Landless Workers Movement
SPUTNIK NEWS (MOSCOW), BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY -- We are joined by Anthony Pahnke, assistant professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University to talk about his new book, “Brazil’s Long Revolution: Radical Achievements of the Landless Workers Movement,” to talk about the dynamics, internationalism and anti-capitalism of the Landless Workers Movement (MST), and how the MST’s history of struggle could ground it against a reactionary government under the recently elected Jair Bolsonaro.

“Once families and the movement take the land, farmers tend to grow organic, sustainably farmed food and crops for local consumption,” Pahnke says. “They also try to set up schools that are run by the movement but that are financed by the Brazilian government. There have been thousands of schools set up throughout the country. We’re talking K – 12 and also higher education. ...

“In addition to providing education for historically marginalized people, the movement also tries to set up collectively owned and managed cooperatives where people work together. They have relatively equitable salaries and so on. ... When families occupy the land, they usually try to set up a clinic.”
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Professor Hayduk Comments on Voting Rights for Non-U.S. Citizens
FOX NEWS -- San Francisco is not the first place with such a measure. In Maryland, where an estimated 15 percent of residents are foreign-born, at least six cities allow noncitizens to vote in local elections.

In Massachusetts, the cities of Amherst, Cambridge, Newton and Brookline have advanced laws to allow noncitizen voting, but they cannot implement them because they need the approval of state lawmakers, who have not acted, said Ron Hayduk, an associate professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University who studies noncitizen voting laws.
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Professor McDaniel Discusses Voter Attitudes Toward Campaign Donors
THE BAY CITY BEACON (SAN FRANCISCO) -- “Basically, voters do not really care about the source of the money spending on ads,” said Jason McDaniel, a professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University. “News coverage and candidate discussion of corporate ‘big money’ donors to one candidate may reinforce prior beliefs,” he added, “so someone predisposed to think that [late San Francisco Mayor] Ed Lee was ‘bought and paid for’ by tech companies might have that belief reinforced. But they were unlikely to be an Ed Lee voter anyway.”

Further, McDaniel remained skeptical that independent expenditures have as much of an impact on elections as a candidate’s own fundraising efforts. “Some research indicates that PAC money is less effective in terms of electoral outcomes than small dollar individual donations,” he said.
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Meet Professor Aaron Belkin, The Man Trying to Convince America to Swell SCOTUS
POLITICO -- For more than 10 years, Aaron Belkin slowly and methodically worked to shift public opinion on “don’t ask, don’t tell,” chipping away at the hardened view that openly gay Americans had no place in the military.

When the law was repealed in 2011, the San Francisco State University Political Science professor felt vindication in his belief that an aggressive communications campaign can bring success to long-shot causes.

Now Belkin has a new target: the Supreme Court.

Belkin and fellow academic-activists have launched the 1/20/21 Project, which aims to add four seats to the Supreme Court soon after Inauguration Day after the 2020 election. Though Belkin said he isn’t looking for a partisan shift in the court and is instead taking back seats he claims Republicans stole, adding four seats could pave the way for an influx of progressive justices that could tip the high court way to the left.
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Professor Dollinger's New Book Addresses Black-Jewish Political Alliance
JEWISH CURRENTS -- In “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance” in the 1960s, Marc Dollinger, a historian in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, tells a very different kind of story. After scouring primary sources from the era, he finds that Jews not only anticipated the splintering of the great interfaith, interracial coalition years before it happened, they also acknowledged their responsibility for the split. What’s more, Jews benefited directly from it.
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Professor Quesada Gives Lecture on Student-Led Revolt in Nicaragua
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- James Quesada, an SF State medical and cultural anthropology professor, discussed the Nicaraguan uprising during an Oct. 17 anthropology department lunchtime discussion with students and faculty.

Quesada, who was in Nicaragua during the uprising, described streets filled with human blockades and manned barricades. Nicaragua’s people face a crisis as government troops clear out protest camps and roadblocks.

“We have people who have been tortured and killed in prison,” Quesada said. “We have a situation where people are hiding, and friends of mine that were part of the opposition have somewhat fled the country.”
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University of San Francisco Course Includes Readings by Professor Dollinger
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- The class, taught each Friday afternoon during USF’s fall semester, includes readings by authors from Louis Farrakhan to San Francisco State University Professor Marc Dollinger. Film screenings include “The Jazz Singer” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”
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Professor De Robertis: A 'Modern Giant' on East Bay Literary Scene
The East Bay is a notorious hub for the literary arts. Its literary ghosts don’t quite have the same cachet as San Francisco’s (Mark Twain, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Maya Angelou), but it’s damn close (Gertrude Stein, Philip K. Dick, Jack London, Ursula K. Le Guin). Most of those icons are long gone, of course. The literary world in general is not what it used to be. So where does this leave the East Bay in terms of literary fortitude today? If you’re a young writer looking for a literary community in Berkeley or Oakland, will you be disappointed?

Carolina de Robertis : Author of “The Gods of Tango” and other award-winning novels, she currently teaches Creative Writing at SF State University.
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Professor Belkin Leads Campaign to Expand Supreme Court, Federal Judiciary
SLATE -- The effort is run by Aaron Belkin, a political scientist from San Francisco State University, who has spent the last two decades tracking and influencing public opinion around “don’t ask don’t tell” and the ban on transgender service members.

“Democracy cannot work when a major political party steals courts, and that’s just what Republicans have done. The Republicans stole the courts and Democrats must ‘un-steal’ them,” Belkin says. “Yes, a robust national conversation about various reform options is needed. And yes, there is a strong case to be made for some of the options. But un-stealing the courts is the only viable path to nullifying and penalizing Republican misconduct. Expansion, in other words, is the only option that imposes a proportionate political penalty for theft.”
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For Most of U.S. History, 'Voting by NonCitizens Was the Norm,' Professor Hayduk Says
BUSTLE -- Noncitizens cannot vote in federal or state elections, as this is prohibited by federal law. However, this was not always the case. Newsweek reported that Ron Hayduk, a political scientist at San Francisco State University, said that from 1776 until 1926, 40 federal territories and states permitted noncitizens to vote in a myriad of elections, including those at the state and federal level. "For most of America’s history and in the vast majority of the USA, voting by noncitizens was the norm, not the exception," he told the publication. Hayduk added that he believes laws and perceptions about non-citizen voting changed after a surge in immigration in the early 1900s.
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Professor Hayduk: Noncitizen Voting Is Not Widespread in U.S. Because It's 'a Very Contentious Issue'
ASSOCIATED PRESS -- One reason so many cities in Maryland have enacted noncitizen voting laws is that municipalities are allowed to enact legislation and implement it right away, unlike other states, said Ron Hayduk, an associate professor of political science at San Francisco State University who studies noncitizen voting laws.

In Massachusetts, the cities of Amherst, Cambridge, Newton and Brookline have advanced laws to allow noncitizen voting, but they cannot implement them because they need the approval of state lawmakers, who have not acted, Hayduk said.

“Noncitizen voting is a very contentious issue, and that’s in part why it’s not more widespread,” Hayduk said.
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Forty States Used to Allow Non-U.S. Citizens to Vote, Per Professor Hayduk
AXIOS -- San Francisco is about to become the largest U.S. city to allow noncitizens, including undocumented immigrants, to vote in school board races, reports the Associated Press.

Flashback: Forty states had allowed noncitizens to vote in local and federal elections from 1776 until the 1920s, according to Ron Hayduk, a political scientist at San Francisco State University.
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Professor Chai's 'Useful Phrases For Immigrants' Explores Effect of Globalization, Class, Race on Family Dynamics
BUSTLE -- Chai, an assistant professor in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University and the author of 10 books, writes about the relationships between her characters with heartbreaking honesty. In “The Lucky Day,” Rose drives overnight to visit her mom in another state to wish her a happy birthday. Dealing with a serious illness and living with her son, Sam, her mother asks that Rose to take her to the races. In an unflinchingly intimate moment, Rose reflects on her mother’s temperament, her condition and her mortality:

This immediacy runs through many of the stories; Chai captures the love, frustration, anger, disappointment and more that seeps through these family relationships: There’s the woman who is trying her best to live with her in-laws until she can no longer bear it; there’s the young daughter reeling from the discovery of her mother’s affair; and there's the young boy who appears docile and humble in front of his grandpa but leads a very different life on the city streets. In many ways, these characters seem to lead double lives — but maybe that’s just what being part of a family is all about, according to Chai.
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Professor Chai Readies New Book, Tells Story on Becoming Writer
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The proposal for the collection of short stories came at an appropriate time when a particular presidential candidate was in the headlines for making dark remarks towards immigrants. “This was my act of resistance. I put it together in 2016 during the presidential primary. When a certain candidate started making really, really ugly anti-immigrant remarks,” Chai said.

In today’s political climate, it’s important to elaborate on issues that matter. “In today’s political climate, my writing vacillates between the necessity to maintain a political undertone,” said Andrea Garcia, a Creative Writing major.

Chai’s body of work has stemmed a lot from her endeavors and connections to her culture. Chai is a product of a refugee; her father fled to America during the Chinese Civil War to escape the madness. She took those experiences from her family and her own life as inspiration for her writing.
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Professor Tuman Comments on TV Advertising in California Congressional Races
LOS ANGELES TIMES -- “It’s not really logical to spend that much of your money on television advertisements — unless you’ve got money to burn,” said Joseph Tuman, a professor of legal and communications studies at San Francisco State.
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Professor Robert Smith Comments on Politics in Richmond
VALLEJO TIMES-HERALD -- Remember: this tactic was tried by Big Oil previously when Chevron spent $3 million to try and buy four city council seats in Richmond in 2014. It failed spectacularly. San Francisco State Political Science Professor Robert Smith wrote of the Richmond outcome, “This means that big money doesn’t always win, that ordinary people can defeat huge corporate power.”
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Professor Emeritus Robert Smith Comments on State Assembly Race in East Bay
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Robert Smith, a professor emeritus of Political Science at San Francisco State University, who closely watches East Bay politics, said that Beckles’ identity probably won’t help her.

“I don’t think voters in Richmond or Berkeley vote very much on racial or ethnic lines,” Smith said. “I think it’s always been more about ideology, and of course the district is majority white so I wouldn’t expect her to make a big deal of it.”
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Community Praises the Life of Professor Dawn Bohulano Mabalon
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Riana Youngken, a member of the Pinoy Educational Partnership at SF State, paid her respects to the late Boholano Mabalon at the event. “I personally have felt impacted by the work that she has done to preserve Filipino-American history,” she said.

From a classified genius to a lovable person, Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon will be missed dearly by those closest to her and even the ones who didn’t know her personally. Her legacy will continue to inspire the youth to give a voice to the voiceless.

“I think it is very necessary to see women like her because she just really broke the mold in many different ways of being a brown woman in her field. It’s important to see her face as a representative of Filipino-Americans,” Youngken said.
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Alum Jennifer McCabe Named Director, Chief Curator for Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
PHOENIX NEW TIMES -- “We’re really pleased to have Jennifer in this position,” says Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO for Scottsdale Arts. “She has tremendous skills and experience that will benefit the museum moving forward.”

McCabe has taught modern and contemporary art at Arizona State University, San Francisco State University, Mills College and City College of San Francisco. Before joining Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, she served as executive director and chief curator of the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco. She holds a master’s in art history from SF State, and recently completed her Ph.D. in art history at ASU.
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Professor Dollinger Parses, Challenges Black-Jewish Narrative
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Last week at Temple Sinai in Oakland, Marc Dollinger launched into a discussion of his book “Black Power, Jewish Politics” by saying he was about to “violate historical memory.”

By that, the San Francisco State Jewish Studies professor meant ripping apart the way American Jews remember their involvement in the civil rights struggle.

“The story [we tell ourselves] is, white Jews helped the blacks, then the blacks didn’t want us, so we turned outside the United States and the civil rights struggle to focus on the plight of Soviet Jews,” he told some 70 attendees.

Unfortunately, he said, that’s not the way things actually happened — and he wrote his book to offer a different narrative: his own.
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Cinema Students Filmed Documentaries This Summer in China
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Students always express how grateful they are for the experience they take away from this ‘bootcamp,’ which is more than a regular semester class could give them, according to Zhang.

“We had so much support when we were there, and each other. It’s a team effort, so you got to make sure to treat each other well, help build each other up and if you don’t, you’re just dragging everyone down,” said McKiernan, reflecting on the experience of being with the same group of people for three weeks.

The program is centered around documentary filmmaking; however, it is not exclusive to cinema majors. In past years, an anthropology major had participated, according to Zhang. An informational meeting and applications will be ready later this fall.

Zhang continues to organize this program because it challenges students to push their limits. Students leave the program feeling impressed at what they can achieve, and with the friendships and connections they formed.

“As a professor, as a teacher, this is something I like to do,” she said. “It feels like I’m changing lives and no other experience can compare to that.”
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Professor Martel Signs Letter Asking Israel to Lift Bar on U.S. Student
YAHOO! NEWS/THE GUARDIAN (UNITED KINGDOM) -- As academics from multiple disciplines at universities across the United States and across the globe, we are dismayed at the decision of Israel’s Ministry of Interior to deny entry to American citizen Lara Alqasem.

James Martel, professor, Political Science, San Francisco State University
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Must You Be Informed to Vote? Professor McDaniel Comments
BLOOMBERG -- I really enjoyed a conversation about voting sparked by HuffPost’s Ariel Edwards-Levy on Tuesday. According to one HuffPost/YouGov survey, she noted, older voters (those ages 65 and up) believe by a better than two-to-one margin that everyone should vote, while younger voters (those 18 through 29) say, by an equally decisive margin, that only well-informed citizens should vote. Political scientists took note.

And they were not happy with the youngs. Jason McDaniel of San Francisco State University said, “This is why I always try to puncture this particular myth that to be a voter requires being an ‘informed voter.’”
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Professor Michael David Lukas to Read at Stories on Stage Davis
DAVIS ENTERPRISE -- Lukas’ first novel, “The Oracle of Stamboul,” was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize.

A graduate of Brown University and University of Maryland, Lukas is a recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Elizabeth George Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler and Georgia Review.

He lives in Oakland and teaches at San Francisco State University.
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Professor McDaniel Moved to San Francisco for the Politics
CURBED SF -- Jason McDaniel, a Political Science professor at San Francisco State University, had a similar trajectory, noting San Francisco’s wonky side as an added bonus.

“I knew I would be leaving Los Angeles the moment I accepted the job offer from San Francisco State University. It was a moment of great relief and pride, plus more than a little anxiety,” McDaniel says. “I had lived most of my adult life in Los Angeles, and had become very involved in the social and political life of my local community. Moving from a place where I was tightly integrated into the community to a new city where I had no friends was a daunting prospect. And yet, I also experienced feelings of pride in the knowledge that I was moving to SF in order to become a professor who focused on local politics in such a great city.”
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Former Instructor Reese Erlich Explores 'Iran Agenda' in New Book
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) --Erlich began his journalism career in 1968 as a research editor and staff writer for Ramparts, an investigative reporting magazine based in San Francisco. He taught Journalism for 10 years at San Francisco State University and Cal State East Bay, and in 2005 traveled with actor and filmmaker Sean Penn to Iran.
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Professor McDaniel Comments on SF Mayor's Appointment of Ombudsman at Municipal Transportation Agency
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Jason McDaniel, an associate professor of political science at San Francisco State University, was optimistic about the letter. To him it shows the mayor is willing to work collaboratively with Reiskin.

“This is partnership,” McDaniel said. “This is, ‘We’re doing something together.’ She’s using her influence to have a hand in the direction of the department, but she also has some ownership over what happens.”
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Former Professor Larry Clark's Film 'As Above, So Below' Screens at Pacific Film Archive
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- California Newsreel’s short documentaries “Black Panther” and “San Francisco State on Strike” are two of the films in the BAMPFA series “1968 and Global Cinema,” October 19 – November 29.

Also on the program are a series of silent shorts made during strikes and protests in France by Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Philippe Garrel and others. It also includes “The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan – Summer in Sanrizuka,” Shinsuke Ogawa’s documentary about a student and laborer fight against eviction. And will feature former San Francisco State University Professor Larry Clark’s post-Watts riots drama “As Above, So Below.”

Clark will be on hand on November 14 to discuss his film with Ra Malika Imhotep and Jamal Batts, UC Berkeley doctoral students and members of the Black Aesthetic curatorial collective of black visual culture.
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Professor Kaplan Served as Consultant for 'Oslo' at Marin Theatre Company
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- While working on the production, Minadakis called on consultants to share their points of view about the Oslo Accord. Among them were Eran Kaplan, professor of Jewish studies at San Francisco State University, and Omar Dajani, co-director of the Global Center for Business and Development at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.
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Lecturer Heather June Gibbons Releases Collection of Poems
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- After eight years of working toward her book release, Heather June Gibbons, an SF State Creative Writing professor, debuted her first full-length book, “Her Mouth As Souvenir,” during a reading at The Poetry Center on campus last week.
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Leslie Wong to Retire from SF State Presidency
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Wong, president since 2012, was traveling and unavailable to talk to J., but other figures connected to the university offered comments.

“It’s been a challenging four years for Jewish life on campus,” said Marc Dollinger, a professor of Jewish studies and a frequent critic of Wong’s.

He and other observers of the campus climate at SFSU say that anti-Zionist sentiment at the school has more than once crossed the line into anti-Jewish acts and expression, and that the administration response was tepid.
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Karen Korematsu Makes Momentous Visit to SF State
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Fred Korematsu, bravely opposed the forced internment of Japanese Americans during WWII in 1942, bringing his argument that the government’s actions were unconstitutional all the way to the Supreme Court.

His daughter pointed out how little has changed all these years later.

“Back then we called it ‘military necessity.’ Now we call it ‘national security,’” she said. “So, beware of all those euphemisms that we were using then and now.”

Karen Korematsu was at SF State after accepting history professor Marc Stein’s invitation to participate in the university’s annual Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference.

“There is timeliness aspect of the Korematsu case being in the conversation this year,” Stein said. “And … Japanese American internment is always of interest because for many of us, it just stands as a horrible example of injustice and racism and the use of national security to justify unequal treatment.”
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SF State President Leslie Wong Announces Retirement
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Wong focused strongly on fundraising, expanding outreach to alumni living abroad, according to a campus statement. With money from his “Bold Thinking” campaign, the campus added new scholarships, built a health center, renovated the gymnasium, jump-started the athletic program and constructed its first new academic building — “Liberal and Creative Arts” — in 25 years.
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Professor Astren Steps Down as Department of Jewish Studies Chair
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Fred Astren has retired as chair of the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, but will continue to teach courses at SFSU for one semester a year for the next five years. Astren, 65, is writing a book on Mediterranean Jews in the early Middle Ages; as a scholar, he has focused on Jewish history under Islam, Jewish-Muslim relations and the Karaite Jewish sect.
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Professor Joe Hawley: The Enigma of Highway 128
ANDERSON VALLEY ADVERTISER -- The Enigma of Highway 128 — Who, you may have wondered when passing by, is this superman of terra cotta, ceramics, metal and glass? None other than Mr. Joe Hawley, Professor of ceramics at San Francisco State University. The beautiful property site is a perfect setting for his large terra cotta clay and mixed-medium works. Gently sloped and laced with old oaks, it reaches a confluence, a high point that looks out over the distant wilderness.

Joe found it two years ago after a three-year search. He moved from San Francisco, where he has considerably lightened his responsibilities as an instructor; he is semi-retired, professor emeritus. The need to move was hastened by the mass eviction of the artists of the Doelger Art Center in Daly City where he had a studio. So much large, heavy and delicate art and equipment was transported north, the move most have proved a logistical nightmare.
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Professor Hogarth Helps Bring Playa Magic to SF Symphony’s 'Rite of Spring'
48 HILLS (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Wise also secured the talents of Hogarth and his musical-director wife Jeannie Psomas. Hogarth is a professor of Music at San Francisco State and fills in at the SF Symphony as a trumpet player, and Psomas has played clarinet with the symphony and teaches as well. All three—Wise is a flutist—met as students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Other symphony members and associates joined in, as well as players from around the world, to make an orchestra of 35. “A lot of people volunteered, but when they saw the score, they gracefully bowed out,” said Wise with a laugh.

Wise said the Rite was also appropriate for Burning Man because first-timers—including conductor Hogarth in 2017—are called “virgins,” and traditionally have to lay down and make dust angels on the playa as a symbolic ritual. Hogarth added, “Burning Man is all about existing in a different community and making beauty out of this barren landscape. And I think Rite of Spring does that. It’s a very intense, raw piece, and it’s maintained that intensity for more than a century.”
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'Superman' No. 1 Issue Included in New SF State Comic Book Archive
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS-- The Comics Studies minor is less than a year old and saw its first five graduates walk the stage in May. The program, taught by Assistant Professor Nick Sousanis, explores why comics are culturally important and how they can express ideas visually.

Rue stressed that comics represent the oldest form of human communication through pictures. She praised the comic studies students for pursuing a form of storytelling that is constantly evolving.

“You are at the forefront,” Rue told the class. “You are the ones who will break the barrier between symbolic and written language.”
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Larger-than-Life Sculptures Shape Career of Professor David Kuraoka
PBS HAWAII -- Growing up barefoot and carefree in the wild outdoors of Kaua‘i, no one predicted David Kuraoka would find his calling in the confines of a ceramics studio.

Even after becoming a widely celebrated ceramics artist, he managed to straddle two very different worlds: his job as an art professor at San Francisco State University and summers spent in the vast wilderness of Kalalau Valley on Kaua‘i’s Nā Pali Coast.
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Professor Cannon on the Resistance and Joy of 'A Raisin in the Sun'
THE CRITERION COLLECTION, THE CURRENT -- Sarita Cannon is an associate professor of English at San Francisco State University, where she teaches 20th-century American literature. Her writing has appeared in African Voices, Journal of Popular Film and Culture, the Black Scholar, Ethnic Studies Review and MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.

“Focusing on how the members of one black family living on the South Side of Chicago after World War II respond to receiving a ten-thousand-dollar life-insurance check after the death of their patriarch, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ engages with many issues that remain salient for African American people nearly two decades into the 21st century,” Cannon writes. “Hansberry draws attention to gender, class, and generational tensions within black communities, relationships between African Americans and Africans in America, competing definitions of progress and success, and the ways in which structural racism affects the everyday lives of black people.”
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Professor Pahnke: Bad Farm Policy Contributes to Disasters
FINGER LAKES TIMES (GENEVA, NEW YORK)/PROGRESSIVE MEDIA PROJECT -- Anthony Pahnke, an assistant professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University, is vice president of the Family Farm Defenders; Jim Goodman is an organic dairy farmer from Wonewoc, Wisconsin. This column was written for the Progressive Media Project, which is run by The Progressive magazine, and distributed by Tribune News Service.

“Good farm policy works for rural people by stabilizing prices, encouraging the growth of rural communities and helping farm families deal with natural disasters,” Pahnke writes. “This last point is particularly relevant now, as fires rage in the West, drought grips much of the South, and tornadoes, hurricanes and floods destroy communities around the country.

“Yet instead of creating sensible farm policy that could lessen the effects of climate change and keep farmers on the land, our government promotes environmentally and economically disastrous overproduction.”
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