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Volume 51, Number 27   April 5, 2004         

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Soprano appeal
An article in the March 5 edition of the Tahoe Daily Tribune discussed the appeal of the HBO show "The Sopranos." Stephen Ujlaki, chair of the Cinema Department, commented that the show was helped by being on HBO, which gives it high production quality and allows for more adult content. "There is [also] the universal appeal of the gangster who is sympathetic because we're privy to his problems, his family -- as in 'The Godfather' -- and everyone who is out to get him," Ujlaki said. "It's all in the point of view."

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Conflict of interest?
The San Francisco Chronicle's decision to pull a writer and photographer, both lesbians, off the paper's ongoing coverage of the same-sex marriage story in San Francisco prompted criticism from some quarters, reports the San Francisco Examiner in its March 19 edition. Gay activists in particular were unhappy about the move. John Burks, chair of the Journalism Department, agrees. "The people who know about it are the best people to write about it," said Burks. "[Gordon and Mangelsdorf] are very serious journalists; honest and straightforward about what they do."

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Where are the activists?
A March 21 San Francisco Chronicle article explored anti-war activism since the large demonstrations that occurred last year at the outset of U.S. action in Iraq. "Rather than everybody going to a peace march in San Francisco, they're going to their local city councils," said Philosophy Professor Ann Fagan Ginger. "The antiwar movement is now pervasive in other agendas."

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Beyond bars
" Teaching at San Quentin has revitalized my teaching at S.F. State," said Judy Breen, professor of English, in a March 29 San Francisco Chronicle article. "I'm doing things freshly and differently." Breen has been teaching English 101 to inmates at San Quentin for the past two years as part of a volunteer program. This spring she also recruited nine SF State students as teaching assistants for the class. They read the same works as the inmates and led small group discussions of the readings.

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Walking a path of hope
Lois Lyles, professor of English, discussed Alice Walker's The Color Purple March 29 on KQED Forum as part of its California Reading series. Lyles and Forum host and professor of English Michael Krasny, talked about (among other things) whether the novel has a happy ending. "I think while avoiding a kind of specious happy ending, the writer does direct us towards a different path -- the path of reconciliation, the path of hope, the path of love and unity within the African American family," said Lyles. "She shows the process for which that happens. She shows the hard work."

Listen to the Forum program. (media player required). NOTE: Forum programs are listed in chronological order. You may need to scroll down the page or link to the next page to find the March 29 program.

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