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Lecturer Emil Guillermo Criticizes ICE Sting
DIVERSE ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- Emil Guillermo, a journalist and commentator, writes for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. He is an adjunct professor in Journalism at San Francisco State University. He wrote this opinion piece for Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

“True, the [University of Farmington] scam was set up during the Obama years. But things didn’t get nasty until the Trump administration.

“The Obama administration generally worked through jails and prisons to focus on the bad immigrants. The Trump administration, however, has been more into large scale local raids and sweeps, unsettling those living their quiet lives as tax-paying members of their respective communities. They were people who may not have been documented, but they were productive and law abiding who wanted to be a part of our nation. Instead of finding a way to allow them to live their lives, most were put through a torturous separation process and deported.

“The Trump approach has led to cities and states establishing sanctuary laws, which does not prevent ICE from doing its job. It only makes sure local and state enforcement stay in their own lanes with their activities and resources. Sanctuary is intended to make sure the locals keep their eyes on their own work. They have enough problems of their own than to do ICE’s job. Surely, ICE’s presence ICE doesn’t help local law enforcement (and I include campus police). ICE only creates a level of distrust, and then no law enforcement agency can do its job. Who in the community would call in a crime if they feared campus police would turn them in to ICE?”
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Professor Pahnke Advocates for Family Farmers in Green New Deal
EATER/CIVIL EATS -- In a letter sent to Ocasio-Cortez and other members of Congress, Holt-Giménez, Elizabeth Henderson of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, John Peck of Family Farm Defenders and Professor Anthony Robert Pahnke of San Francisco State University, called for “a just transition” to a system that “promotes agroecological practices that build soil carbon, protect air and water quality, and enhance biodiversity.” A Green New Deal, they added, “must include policies that enable family farmers to remain viable on their own land,” while “guaranteeing a living wage for all those engaged in the food/farm system.”
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Professor Dollinger Discusses His Book on 'Black Power, Jewish Politics'
BEFORE IT’S NEWS -- In the mid-’60s, with the rise of black nationalism (and what some describe as black anti-Semitism), “the once wonderful alliance dissolved and split. And since the mid 1960s, it’s been terrible.”

That, says historian Marc Dollinger, is “the accepted wisdom on how to understand Jewish participation in the civil rights movement.”

Except, Dollinger adds, that’s not really what happened.

He lays all this out in his new book, “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s.”

Dollinger, a professor at San Francisco State University, argues that much of our accepted knowledge about the interaction between black and Jewish communities is based more on myth than fact. He says uncovering the real story can teach all Americans a lot about privilege, historical memory and the way we construct our own stories.
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'We've Been Dogged by 40 Years of Bad Relations': Professor Karim Discusses Iranian-American Community
ASSOCIATED PRESS -- Many Iranian immigrants recall being taunted as children after Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage and held for 444 days. Today, many are separated from their relatives overseas by the Trump administration’s travel ban, which has made some Americans of Iranian heritage feel their standing is in question despite their citizenship status and longstanding ties to the U.S.

“In economic terms, it has been a pretty successful community, however, we have been dogged by 40 years of bad relations between the United States and Iran,” said Persis Karim, chair of San Francisco State University’s Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies. “People feel like their place in the U.S. has kind of continuously been under question, or not completely at ease, because of this bigger relationship between these two countries.”

After the revolution, many Iranian immigrants sought to distance themselves from the upheaval in their homeland by calling themselves Persian. The second generation, Karim said, has identified more often as Iranian-American to show pride in their heritage and their U.S. citizenship.
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Retrospective Exhibit by Instructor Lola Fraknoi Shows a Life Devoted to Art, Elders
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- These days, she teaches art through the Older Adults program at City College of San Francisco, including an art class for adults with memory loss, in which she uses the Art Kit. She also teaches collage and printmaking to older adults at San Francisco State’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

“I have spent most of my life giving to others, especially older adults,” she said. “All that giving has to have a portion of giving to oneself, or you get burned out. That’s where my artwork has come in.”

Fraknoi’s one-woman retrospective, currently at the Peninsula Museum of Art, displays her penchant for thoughtful exploration of the important themes in her life: as a woman, an immigrant, and the daughter of European survivors. Artistically, she expresses these preoccupations somewhat symbolically, in images such as “secret containers, lost keys, unfinished stories, old-world recipes, and fading memories … how much to hide and how much to reveal becomes a constant theme of my work,” her artist statement explains.
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Professor Smith Discusses Factor of Kamala Harris' Ethnic Background in Her Campaign
WASHINGTON POST -- Harris hasn’t tried to shape perceptions of her identity as much as she has simply accepted that most people see her as black, said Robert C. Smith, a recently retired professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University who specializes in African American politics.

“She has not used it politically,” Smith said. “She has not avoided it, she has just kind of said it and moved on: ‘I’m this, I’m this, I’m that, now let’s move on’ to talk about the death penalty or whatever is the issue of the day.”

Smith said Harris’s “blackness was never ambiguous” and she didn’t feel the need to trumpet it.
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Parodies, Imitations or Extensions: Professor Emeritus Jonathan Middlebrook Revisits a Writing Assignment
UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL -- Back in the day I earned a decent living by leading discussions of 19th and early 20th century American literature at a proletarian university (San Francisco State). In that day I’m recalling, the average age of undergraduates at State College (as it then was) was around 25 years, and I had just turned 30. My favorite classes were in the evening. Many of my students were off-duty cab-drivers, butchers, carpenters, vets, bar-maids, police and fire. ... They’d lived more than I had.
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Professor Belkin: Stop the Kavanaugh Court, Save the Progressive Agenda
CROOKED -- Aaron Belkin is professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University and director of Pack the Courts, an initiative urging Democrats to expand federal courts. He wrote this opinion piece with Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data for Progress and director of research and polling for Pack the Courts.

“Dramatic steps such as modifying Senate rules and expanding courts may seem draconian or risky. They could escalate a dangerous upending of norms and come back to haunt Democrats when they’re out of power,“ they write. “But even if we set aside questions surrounding the legitimacy of the 2000 election, the GOP Senate’s refusal to give President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee so much as a hearing, and the fact that the current judiciary has been shaped by two presidents who lost the popular vote, one of whom engaged in criminal conspiracies to cheat in his own election, add up to unprecedented affronts to the democratic process.”
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Professor Garcia-Castañon Discusses Kamala Harris' Presidential Campaign
KRON-CHANNEL 4 (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Senator Harris not wasting any time addressing the divide within the country. It's been a busy week for the senator.

Sunday she drew 20,000 at campaign launch rally in Oakland.

San Francisco State Professor Marcela Garcia-Castañon says that momentum is certainly building when it comes to Harris.

“Your starting to see her polish and refine the message for a broader audience beyond California, but the excitement is here because she’s our girl,” Garcia-Castañon says.

Harris launched her campaign well before Trump launched his campaign going into the 2016 election.

Garcia-Castañon says that will be a challenge.

“A year and a half is a long time.” she says. “You’re going to be the focus of everybody doing oppo research, everybody trying to tear you down, catch you in a ‘gotcha’ moment.”
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Professor McDaniel Comments on Kamala Harris' Presidential Campaign
THE GLOBE AND MAIL (TORONTO) -- Harris is also seen as the most promising candidate to marshal the African-American voters who helped elect Mr. Obama, but stayed home for Ms. Clinton.

“If you want to know what the heart of the Democratic Party is, it’s black women,” San Francisco State University political scientist Jason McDaniel said. “Although her ethnic background is biracial, she’s seen as a black woman and she’s well-positioned, people believe, to get some of that support.”
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Lecturer Heather June Gibbons Discusses Voice and Visibility in Poetry
CHICAGO REVIEW OF BOOKS -- Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection “Her Mouth as Souvenir,” winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize (University of Utah Press), and two chapbooks, “Sore Songs” (Dancing Girl Press), and “Flyover” (Q Avenue Press). A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has been the recipient of a Full Fellowship Residency from the Vermont Studio Center, the Pavel Strut Poetry Fellowship from the Prague Summer Program and the Harold Taylor Prize from the Academy of American Poets. She lives in San Francisco and teaches Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, the Writing Salon and as a Teaching Artist for Performing Arts Workshop, a youth arts education nonprofit.

“Write about what you don’t know and what you don’t understand. Write about what confounds you,” Gibbons says. “Surprise yourself. Approach the writing of a poem as a process of discovering what you think and feel as you write.”
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Lecturer Kathy Zarur: For Roving, Well-Traveled Local, There's No Place Like Home
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- As an adjunct instructor and appreciator of art from ancient to modern, she’s revisited wide swaths of The City and criss-crossed its neighborhoods. Teaching an arts intro class and a specialty class in contemporary art from the Arab world at California College of the Arts (CCA) and at San Francisco State University, she’ll soon add a course at a third campus that emphasizes land and public art.

“I’m dedicated to serving young people. I teach because it’s important students learn to think critically,” she said. “ I think that’s the most important thing I teach in my classroom.”
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Professor Tuman Comments on Oakland City Council
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- The council president, on the other hand, has the ability to appoint members to key committee positions that guide the city’s agenda and policies in policing, housing, public works and community and economic development.

“We like to think we have a strong mayor but (most) everything has to go through City Council,” said Joseph Tuman, a San Francisco State University professor of political and legal communications and Oakland resident. “There’s a lot of political power there and the administration of city government is really more with the city administrator. In a lot of ways the council is certainly more powerful at the end of the day.”
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Professor Belkin Launches Campaign to Add Four Seats to U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON EXAMINER -- Aaron Belkin, a Political Science professor from San Francisco State University, and Sean McElwee, the social media influencer who authored the viral #AbolishIce hashtag, are behind the effort.

The duo accuses a shadowy cabal of “corporations and right-wing billionaires” of teaming up “to hijack American politics to allow a minority of voters to control all three branches of government.”
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Study Reveals Strength of Filipino Community Ties in San Francisco
SF STATE NEWS -- Filipino immigrants have come to San Francisco in multiple waves, settling near Chinatown as early as 1910, according to Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon. The 1930s saw immigrants moving to the Western Addition/Fillmore area, and through the next two decades they began settling in the South of Market neighborhood (now designated as a Filipino Heritage District called SOMA Pilipinas).

This study is part of a research symposium involving three other SF State professors: Professor of Political Science Ron Hayduk, Assistant Professor of Sociology Marla Ramirez and Assistant Professor of Political Science Marcela García-Castañon.
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Professor McDaniel Discusses SF Mayor's Bond Proposals for Housing, Earthquake Safety
THE BAY CITY BEACON (SAN FRANCISCO) -- “Breed campaigned on housing and homelessness, and many of her actions as Mayor have been focused on those issues,” said Dr. Jason McDaniel, a professor of political science at San Francisco State University. “In political terms, it seems unlikely that this proposal will generate much opposition, and it seems reasonable to expect that voters will support such a bond request. It will be difficult for Breed's progressive opponents to criticize this particular proposal.”

But, McDaniel noted, these bond measures also present an urgent opportunity for political consensus in an otherwise divided City Hall. “My research suggests that ballot initiatives that are placed on the ballot by the mayor are highly likely to be approved by voters, and even more so if the mayor and supervisors support the ballot initiative,” McDaniel said. “So if negotiations between the Mayor and the Board produce consensus support, it becomes more likely to be approved by voters.”
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Professor McDaniel Discusses Tensions Between Moderates, Progressives on SF Board of Supervisors
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “It’s an important symbol of possible division between the progressive faction of the board,” said Jason McDaniel, a Political Science professor at San Francisco State University. “It’s some indication that they may have to scale back some of their priorities if they don’t have a consensus approach within their faction.”

While distinction between San Francisco’s progressives and moderates has grown increasingly blurry over the past few years, the differences generally come down to specific issues: Progressive politicians tend to push for more affordable housing, more restrictions on tech companies and higher taxes. Moderates, on the other hand, tend to be pro-development and more business friendly.

“When you don’t have political parties, like in San Francisco, being able to maintain a coalition is harder,” McDaniel said. “On one hand, that could be a good thing ... but ideology is not a reliable way to keep a coalition together.”
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Professor McDaniel: Gov. Newsom Leads California Democratic Party to 'Muscular Liberalism'
THE GUARDIAN (LONDON) -- Some are already speculating that Newsom may be the most progressive governor in state history. But Jason McDaniel, a political scientist at San Francisco State University, said he sees Newsom’s push toward the left as less a personal evolution and more of one of the entire Democratic party.

“Gavin Newsom used to position himself as liberal but somewhat moderate and acceptable to independent voters, so to speak, but that’s not necessarily where the Democratic party’s energy is right now,” McDaniel said. “I think he recognizes that. I think that shows he’s understanding the evolution of the Democratic party.”

McDaniel said he believes the California Democratic party is entering into a era of “muscular liberalism.”

“It’s not just about defending existing programs and maintaining them,” he said. “It’s about establishing new programs and new services that are responsive to modern needs. Paid family leave for six months is an example of that. Extending healthcare benefits to undocumented immigrants — that idea would have been hugely controversial 10, 15 years ago and now that’s barely generating a ripple.”

This era of muscular liberalism was made possible, McDaniel said, in large part because of the state’s response to the longtime Republican rule of Congress. The flexing is only heightened now because of Trump.
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Armenian Studies Association to Name Headquarters After Former Professor Vartan Gregorian
THE ARMENIAN MIRROR-SPECTATOR (WATERTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS) -- Gregorian has had a distinguished career as an academic, scholar, historian, philanthropist and visionary. Born in Tabriz, Iran, Gregorian received his elementary education in Iran and his secondary education at Collège Arménian in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1956, he entered Stanford University, where he majored in history and the humanities, graduating with honors in 1958. He was awarded a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford in 1964. Gregorian has taught European intellectual history and Middle Eastern history at San Francisco State College, the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Texas at Austin.
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Humanities Professors Birt, Nathan Consult on Historic Japanese Vase Found at Berkeley Restaurant
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- One of the SF State academics who got a look at the vase, Dr. Rodger Birt, had already been searching for the vase locally when another historian told him in 2018 that he believed it might be somewhere in the Bay Area. Dr. Birt, who is retired but is on the board of the San Francisco Historical Society, was eventually contacted by Torres about Spenger's piece. With Marvin Nathan, another retired academic from SF State, the two went to the Oakland auction house with a 19th-century photograph of the vase in hand.

“You hardly ever see cloisonné vases of this dimension,” Dr. Birt told SFGATE. “Walking around it, looking at it, it was easy to verify. Questions are always going to arise, (like) ‘Is this authentic?’ We had with us the photo taken in 1893 when it was in Chicago, and detail by detail it matched, 100 percent. There was no detail that didn't match the photograph.”

Dr. Birt and the historical society reached out to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco about the auctioning of the vase; they are hoping the museum considers bidding.
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Professor Michael David Lukas Wins National Jewish Book Award
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Lukas, an assistant professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, told J. that the news was “extra surprising and extra gratifying and also very welcome.”

His first novel, “The Oracle of Stamboul,” won the 2015 Anne and Robert Cowan Writers Award, presented by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. This is his first National Jewish Book Award.

“It’s a real honor to be among many wonderful people who won this year, and to be a part of this award that goes back to 1949,” Lukas said. “Looking at this long list of writers is humbling — to use an overused word.”

“The Last Watchman of Old Cairo,” which is Lukas’ second fictional portrayal of Jewish communities in the former Ottoman empire, imagines a Muslim family that served as security guards for more than 1,000 years at the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo. The synagogue holds a treasure trove of historical Jewish documents known as the Cairo Geniza, which Lukas researched for his novel.
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Professor Celine Parreñas Shimizu's New Film Explores 1932 Murder of Filipina
FEM EX FILM ARCHIVE (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ) -- In the past she has also taught at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University. However, she is currently a professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at San Francisco State University.

In this interview, UC Davis feminist film production student Amihan Ildefonzo Redondiez is in conversation with Celine Parreñas Shimizu, who is an old friend of Amihan's mother, Rachel Redondiez. Celine has collaborated with Rachel in the past on her films “Her Uprooting Plants Her” (1995) and “Super Flip” (1997).

“‘The Celine Archive’ is a documentary about a woman who was buried alive by her community in Northern California in 1932. She was a Filipina woman who was murdered by the Filipino American community at the time,” Shimizu says. “ ... It’s a story that has haunted many people including hundreds of students who discovered the story when they were undergraduates at SF State in 1994 through 1996, and they were very instrumental in making sure that the story got out. And so I’m investigating that story and I’m really centering the family because I don’t want it to be told just as a ghost story, which I think is very disrespectful to her as a real person and the sacrifices that she made. She has a family that continues to live through the intergenerational trauma of her death, she was essentially sacrificed by the community.”
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Professor McDaniel Discusses Role of SF Board of Supervisors President
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “A board president has a little more power and authority than a typical supervisor,” said Jason McDaniel, a political scientist at San Francisco State University. “A skillful board president can shape a lot of what happens in slightly more influential ways than other supervisors.”

But in the end, McDaniel, the political science professor, said, it’s important that whoever is elected can set an amicable tone with the mayor. While Breed has worked with Ronen, Mandelman and Yee in the past — Walton was one of the few candidates she endorsed to win in the November election.

“In general, San Francisco voters would probably be more approving of the idea of a bold president and board that can work with the mayor, rather than oppose her,” he said.
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'Anthem': A Poem by Lecturer Heather June Gibbons
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Few poets make their readers want to dance, but the rhythms in Heather June Gibbons’ “Anthem” achieve that goal. The poem’s authority partially comes from the way in which Gibbons has crafted her lines — very few of them end with punctuation, so they accelerate and gather power as we read along. Also, the poem is written in one sinuous sentence energized by a surplus of action verbs (dancing, singing, bobbing, vogueing, etc.). In addition to these pulsing rhythms, Gibbons’ poem makes the convincing argument that our bodies need music — even pithy pop music — to feel alive: “surge of blood / away from the brain … where we can have all the feelings.”

Gibbons is the author of “Her Mouth as Souvenir,” winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. She teaches at San Francisco State University, the Writing Salon and Performing Arts Workshop. She lives in San Francisco.
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Professor Mabalon's Children's Book on Filipino American Labor Leader Larry Itliong Is Published
TIMES OF NEWS (PHILIPPINES) -- Written by the late Dawn B. Mabalon, Ph.D., with Gayle Romasanta and illustrated by Andre Sibayan, “Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong” was recently launched after a year in the making and a successful fundraising campaign with the support of the community.

“Unfortunately, only a few Filipinos know the story,” Mabalon had said.

Mabalon came across Itliong’s story when she was writing her award-winning book, “Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o Community in Stockton.” She was doing research and writing the biography of Larry Itliong for the last three years.

“My way of honoring manong Larry’s sacrifices and the sacrifices of my family, who came over and worked the fields, is to tell their story,” Mabalon had said.
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Professor McDaniel Discusses Possible Impact of Ranked-Choice Voting in Maryland
WASHINGTON POST -- But researchers studying the system in San Francisco, where ranked-choice voting has existed for more than 20 years, and in Maine, which has used ranked-choice voting for some local contests since 2010 and tried it for a congressional race for the first time this year, say the benefits of ranked-choice voting are limited.

“Changing the rules isn’t going to necessarily change the outcomes,” said Jason McDaniel, a Political Science professor at San Francisco State University. “People should be aware of the limits and weigh those with the possible negative consequences.”
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Professor Monshipouri's Latest Book Is 'Inside the Islamic Republic: Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran'
THE FRIDAY TIMES (LAHORE, PAKISTAN) -- The post-Khomenei era has profoundly changed the sociopolitical landscape of Iran. Since 1989, the internal dynamics of change in Iran, rooted in a panoply of socioeconomic, cultural, institutional, demographic and behavioral factors, have led to a noticeable transition in both societal and governmental structures of power, as well as the way in which many Iranians have come to deal with the changing conditions of their society. This is all exacerbated by the global trend of communication and information expansion, as Iran has increasingly become the site of the burgeoning demands for women’s rights, individual freedoms, and festering tensions and conflicts over cultural politics. These realities, among other things, have rendered Iran a country of unprecedented — and, at times, paradoxical — changes. This book explains how and why.

Mahmood Monshipouri is professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University. He has published and edited a number of books, most recently “Democratic Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa: Youth, Technology, and Modernization.”
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Professor Tsygankov: Liberal 'Russophobia' in Washington Hurts U.S.-Russia Relations
WASHINGTON TIMES -- Andrei P. Tsygankov teaches politics and international relations at San Francisco State University. His most recent book is “The Dark Double: U.S. Media, Russia, and the Politics of Values” (Oxford University Press, 2019). He wrote this op-ed for the Washington Times.

“Today, the Kremlin continues to favor meetings and dialogue over Ukraine, Syria, nuclear and cyber issues, but it takes two to move the relationship forward. In the absence of reciprocal efforts, Russia will take more unilateral actions to protect its interests,” Tsygankov writes. “The likely results will include a nuclear-arms race in Europe, resumption of large-scale hostilities in Ukraine, and new provocative behavior in cyber space and other areas. Whether one likes Russia or not, it has demonstrated a sufficient resolve and asymmetric yet powerful capabilities to not yield to American pressures.

“Liberal Russophobia won’t succeed in making Russia to comply with American pressures, but it is likely to cause new, potentially more sever crises in bilateral relations. These relations are already extremely tense and are constrained by the countries’ different interests, deeply held mistrust, as well as by Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin’s incompatible claims of status and beliefs in great power nationalism.”
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Global Museum Holds First Holiday Event
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The Global Museum held their first holiday event on December 5 in the Fine Arts Building. The event celebrated holiday traditions from around the world and was open to anyone who enjoyed crafts. The Museum Studies Student Association set up their first pop-up gift shop for those who wanted to do some Christmas shopping.
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Advice from Professor Neely: Don't Bring Up Politics at Christmas Dinner
SF STATE NEWS -- SF State Associate Professor of Political Science Francis Neely says that practicing tolerance and staying away from touchy subjects is key if you want to break bread without busting chops (or having yours busted).

“It’s just like you avoid bringing up that time your relative got so drunk,” Neely said. “There’s stuff you stay away from, and politics would be one of them.”

Neely, whose research delves into how political identities are formed and political information processed, says Americans for the most part have a common set of beliefs. But that common ground can be easy to forget when social media feels like a battleground.

“Clearly, we have differences, but we always have,” Neely said. “The stories about how much we have in common don’t get absorbed as much. So when I go to my relative who I disagree with politically, I try to remember that we’re all trying to do our best, we’re all trying to survive and do well. A lot of that comes from the same place.”
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Lecturer Sue Englander Discusses Anti-LGBTQ Briggs Initiative on 40th Anniversary
BAY AREA REPORTER -- Sue Englander is a bisexual lecturer and historian at San Francisco State University.

“We were a new generation of how to conduct politics,” said Englander. “What we brought to the campaign should really be a template for future struggles. Proposition 8 in 2008, in which Californians voted to say that marriage was only between a man and a woman, did not have that kind of a campaign and it was voted in, so lesson learned. We wanted to promote the kind of grassroots, vital campaign that involves people and gets them invested in a political idea and a political community.”

Englander recalled handing out cards while she was canvassing. “The person you are talking to is a homosexual,” the card read. “And this is what a homosexual is. Please know that we are human beings, just like you.”

“We would give these cards out, door to door,” she said. “That year you could not turn around without seeing a speak-out, a rally, church meetings, Girl Scouts organizing for No on 6 — our tactic was ourselves, our organizing, our fresh way of doing things, and the communities that came behind us, which was unprecedented. It was a grand time for witnessing a gathering of support not just for this issue, but for the community, for the movement and for greater human rights in San Francisco. This campaign led to other types of movements, other types of initiatives.”
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Professor Todorov's Photo Capturing Unsettling California Scene Wins NatGeo Photo Contest
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Jassen Todorov photographed the cars from an airplane. The resulting image, titled “Unreal,” won him the grand prize in the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest. Todorov is an American concert violinist, flight instructor and professor of Music at San Francisco State University.

Todorov depicts the profound disorder lurking beneath the ordered surface of his image. The cars were dropped in the Mojave after Volkswagen recalled a half-million vehicles it manufactured between 2009 and 2015. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the cars were designed to cheat mandatory emissions tests.
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Professor Dollinger's 'Black Power, Jewish Politics' Named Among 2018's Best Jewish Books
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- This has been a great year for Jewish books, and I’m thrilled to share some of my favorites of 2018 in several areas of interest, helping to shine much-deserved light on books that haven’t always received the attention they deserve.

Marc Dollinger, a professor of Jewish studies at San Francisco State University, provides a corrective for some of the myths that have developed around the relationship of African Americans and American Jews in “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s.”
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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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october 2018 by sfstatelca
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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october 2018 by sfstatelca
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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october 2018 by sfstatelca
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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