Social Science Lecturer Dean Wolfe Manders spoke about his new book, "The
Hegemony of Common Sense: Wisdom and Mystification in Everyday Life," on
KQED's Forum, hosted by English Professor Michael Krasny, on March 26.
While speaking about his book and the relationship between politics and
labor, he said that renowned historian Howard Zinn had formally endorsed
his book. "Howard Zinn said that he knew of no other work that explores
class and its relationship to popular consciousness in such a thoughtful
and incisive way," said Manders.
Mental illness and the Korean American community
On April 23, ABC-7's evening news aired a visit to Associate Professor
of Asian Studies Grace Yoo's AAS 380 course, Koreans in America. The
news feature included comments from the Korean American students on
the topic of how mental illness is treated in their community, in response
to the Korean American student accused of shooting classmates at Virginia
Families and careers
Robert C. Chope, professor of counseling, was the subject of a feature
interview in a recent issue of The Family Journal. Chope,
who is a licensed psychologist and family therapist and the author
Naked: Breaking Through the Emotional Limits that Keep You from the
Job You Want," stressed how much influence family life can have
on career decisions. "Jack London might have been a postal worker
and never been a writer had his mother not read through his journals
and discouraged him from working at the Oakland Post Office," he
said. "This exemplifies links between the family, our career expectations
and the emotional aspects involved in making our career decisions."
Gender study on 20/20
A groundbreaking study on gender nonconforming children by Caitlyn
director of adolescent health initiatives at the Cesar Chavez Institute,
was the basis of an hour-long feature on the topic by Barbara Walters
on ABC's 20/20. The program aired April 27.
Whitney Chadwick, professor of art, discussed the San Francisco Museum
of Modern Art exhibit "Picasso and American Art" on the May
1 edition of KQED's Forum. "Because of this sort of status that
Picasso assumes with the invention of Cubism ... there is before ...
Picasso and Cubism and after Picasso and Cubism and that cannot be
dismissed," she said. "So it demands a kind of engagement
and a sort of talking back in some way, and I think that's what we
see laid out on the walls of the museum right now."
Joe Tuman, professor of communication studies, discussed why U.S. presidential
candidates may opt to set up MySpace pages, in a story that ran May
17 on NPR's Marketplace. "It's a great place to recruit people
to work on your campaign. And it's an interesting place to think about
how you can do fundraising," he said. On the other hand, Tuman noted that MySpace pages emphasize what is already true -- that candidates
are judged less on platform and more as a commodity. "They're
packaged like products," he said. "And the prettier and more
appealing you can make something, the more likely you are to sell it."