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SF State offers special lecture course
on ‘California: The Promise vs. Reality in the 2006 Election'



Matt Itelson
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


Faculty panels will discuss campaigns, major issues on Wednesday evenings Aug. 30 - Dec. 6

SAN FRANCISCO, August 21, 2006 -- Faculty experts at San Francisco State University will discuss a wide range of issues relating to the past, present and future of California -- including the state's upcoming gubernatorial and U.S. congressional elections -- on Wednesday evenings this fall beginning Aug. 30, in front of an audience of about 100 students and other community members.

The unique two-unit course, "California: The Promise vs. the Reality in the 2006 Election," is a lecture series designed to help the campus community and the public better understand elections, political campaigns and campaign issues. The course will explore the present-day realities of the "California Dream" and the future of the state in a national and global context.

Joel Kassiola, dean of SF State's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, moderates the course and all lectures. Kathy Johnson, coordinator of special projects for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Kassiola serve as facilitators.

The class will be held 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesdays from Aug. 30 to Dec. 6 in the Humanities Auditorium, room 133 of the Humanities building, at SF State. The SF State campus is located at 1600 Holloway Ave. (at 19th Avenue) in San Francisco.

On Election Night -- Tuesday, Nov. 7 -- the class will meet in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center for a special session in which the class will watch election returns on television, and faculty will provide real-time analysis.

Members of the general public and the media are welcome to attend any of the sessions.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Kassiola has offered a lecture-style class to students and the general public. Last fall's course focused on "Social Justice and Social Change: Race, Class, Gender, Disability, and Sexuality at Home and Abroad." In fall 2004 the course focused on the presidential race.

Graded on a credit/no-credit basis, the course can also be taken by non-SF State students through the College of Extended Learning at a reduced price of $150. For details, visit:

SF State is the only master's-level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls about 29,000 students each year and graduates about 7,000 annually. With nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields - from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies - the University's more than 150,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.

Calendar editors, please note:
WHAT: SFSU class and lecture series, "California: The Promise vs. the Reality in the 2006 Election"
WHEN: 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 30 - Dec. 6
WHERE: Humanities Auditorium, room 133 of the Humanities building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave. (at 19th Avenue), San Francisco


  • Aug. 30: "Framing the issues."
  • Sept. 6: "Recent California history." Panel includes Professors of History Jules Tygiel, Robert Cherny and Christopher Waldrep.
  • Sept. 13: "The Republican and Democratic visions." Panel TBA.
  • Sept. 20: "California economy: past and present." Panel includes Assistant Professor of Economics Anoshua Chaudhuri.
  • Sept. 27: "California history and demographics: migrations." Panel includes Assistant Professor of History Dawn Mabalon, Professor of History Abdiel Oñate, and Professor of Africana Studies Johnetta Richards.
  • Oct. 4: "The California Dream." Panel includes Professor and Chair of Creative Writing Maxine Chernoff, Lecturer in Humanities Peter Richardson, and Lecturer in English Harriet Rafter.
  • Oct. 11: "Infrastructure: highways and housing and the environment: Building for whom and for what?" Panel includes Assistant Professor of Geography and Human Environmental Studies Jason Henderson, Professor and Chair of Geography and Human Environmental Studies Nancy Wilkinson, and Professor of Urban Studies Richard LeGates.
  • Oct. 18: "Criminal justice and the prison system." Panel includes Associate Professor and Chair of Raza Studies Velia Garcia.
  • Oct. 25: "Preschool, K-12 education, after-school care and higher education." Panel includes Professor of Elementary Education Jane Bernard-Powers, Assistant Professor of Public Administration Sheldon Gen, and Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Development Carol Stevenson.
  • Nov. 1: "California in the global economy: The Pacific Rim." Panel includes Associate Professor of Political Science Sujian Guo, Assistant Professor of International Relations Jean-Marc Blanchard, and Assistant Professor of Economics Yanchun Zhang.
  • Nov. 7: Election returns with real-time analysis by faculty experts (in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center on campus). Panel includes Assistant Professor of Political Science Francis Neely.
  • Nov. 15: "Post-election analysis." Panel includes Professor Emeritus of Political Science Richard DeLeon.
  • Nov. 29: "Social movements for change in California: past and present." Panel includes Professor and Director of Labor Studies Brenda Cochrane, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Human Sexuality Studies Christopher Carrington, and Assistant Professor of Sociology Andreana Clay.
  • Dec. 6: "The realities ahead: Impact of the 2006 election at local, state and national levels." Panel TBA.

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