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Volume 55, Number 5   September 10, 2007         

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Spy lit
In a Sept. 2 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, David Hellman, collection development coordinator at the J. Paul Leonard Library, reviews "Tree of Smoke" by Denis Johnson. He writes, " 'Tree of Smoke' is a distinctly literary type of spy novel and political thriller, owing more to John le Carré and the Bible (from which it draws its name) than to Ian Fleming and 'The Bourne Identity

In the spotlight: LGBT studies
Sociology Professor Jennifer Reck and Human Sexuality Studies Program Director Gilbert Herdt commented in the Aug. 31 San Jose Mercury News on the growth of LGBT studies across the nation. The article cited SF State as "one of the first U.S. universities to plumb the scholarly potential of gay lives."

Reck stated that, despite the growth of LGBT studies, the area is still not widely accepted in academia -- even in the liberal San Francisco Bay Area. "I had advisers [at UC Santa Cruz] actually tell me I shouldn't study this area because it would not make me marketable for the future," she said. "Luckily, I had others that were very sympathetic, who said, 'If we never study these areas, how are things going to change?'"

Herdt commented that LGBT studies are becoming more diversified, delving deeper into the issues of race and gender. "It is no longer just about being 'LGBT,' per se."

Backpacks for all
Recreation and Leisure Studies Assistant Professor Nina Roberts is quoted in a Sept. 2 San Francisco Chronicle article on increasing use of public lands among urban dwellers and ethnic minorities. "There's a myth in the broader community that ethnic minorities don't like outdoor areas, that they don't care about nature," Roberts said. "That's untrue." Roberts said some of the biggest impediments are access to the gear and knowledge needed for certain outdoor activities, and for newcomers, understanding English-language signs and American rules about use of public lands.

For more media coverage of faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs, see SF State in the News.

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