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Volume 53, Number 13   November 7, 2005         

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Holocaust perspectives

Israeli author and child of Holocuast-survivor parents Savyon Liebricht will present "Writing about the Holocaust through the Perspective of the Second Generation" at 3:30 p.m. Monday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Jewish Studies Program's Academica Judaica series. It is co-sponsored by the the English and Creative Writing departments and the Israeli Consulate.

For details, please call ext. 8-6075.

Hapa filmmaker
Stuart Gaffney

Wei Ming Dariotis, assistant professor of Asian American studies, will speak on the work of queer Hapa filmmaker Stuart Gaffney in a talk titled "'My Race, Too, Is Queer': Bisexuality and Biraciality in the Work of Stuart Gaffney" from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building.

The event is part of the Ethnic Studies Brown Bag Series. For details, call ext. 8-1859.

Hannah Arendt and Iraq

Gail Presbey, professor of philosophy at University of Detroit, Mercy, will speak on "Questions Concerning the Founding of New Government in Iraq: Reflections on Arendt's Insights" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 391 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the Critical Social Thought Program; the Philosophy, Humanities and Political Science departments; and the Global Peace Studies Program.

iLearn basics workshop
Faculty are invited to attend a workshop on "Getting Started With iLearn" from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 9, in room 433 of the Library. iLearn is an online learning management system.

R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, to Noelia Mendoza at or ext. 8-6906.

Social justice
and the environment

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' lecture series on social justice and equity continues this week with a discussion on "Social Justice and the Environment" from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in the Humanities Auditorium, room 133 in the Humanities building.

Panelists include: Carlos Davidson, Environmental Studies; XoaHang Liu, Geography and Human Environmental Sciences; and Raquel Rivera-Pinderhughes, Urban Studies

For details, visit:

iLearn and online interactivity
Faculty are invited to attend a workshop on "Facilitating and Managing Online Interactivity with iLearn" from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 10, in room 433 of the Library. Successful completion of an introductory workshop on using
iLearn is required.

R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, to Noelia Mendoza at or ext. 8-6906.

Patti Smith reading

The Poetry Center presents a rare solo poetry reading by singer-songwriter Patti Smith at 9 p.m. Sunday at The Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St., San Francisco. Tickets are $25.

For tickets, call (415) 863-7576 or see:

All proceeds benefit the SFSU Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives.

Coming Up
Two lectures on
foreign literature

The fall 2005 Foreign Language Colloquium Series presents the following two lectures in on-going celebration of the Year of Languages:

Susanne Hoelscher, lecturer of German, will speak on "Waldmimir Kaminer: A Russian Writer in Postwall Berlin" from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in room 283 of the Humanities building.

Mohammad Salama, assistant professor of Arabic, will speak on "A Salary of Death: Badr Shakir al-Sayyab's 'Haffar al-Qubur' (The Gravedigger) and the Crisis of Modern Iraq" from 4:10 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in room 473 of the Humanities building.

Both presentations will be in English. For details, contact Midori McKeon at ext. 8-7413.

Wal-Mart documentary
The campus community is invited to a showing of the new Robert Greenwald film "Wal-Mart, the High Cost of Low Price" at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in room 133 of the Humanities building.

The screening is part of the Philosphy 440 "Ethics at Work" class and is sponsored by California State Employees Union and the Philosophy Department. A panel discussion follows the film.

Japanese tea ceremony
As part of SFSU's celebration of International Education Week, members of the campus community are invited to a Japanese tea ceremony Thursday, Nov. 17, in room 117 of the Humanities building. The ceremony, performed in the tradition of the Omote-Senke School of Tea, will be 50 minutes long. Sessions take place at 12:10, 1:10, 2:10, 3:10, and 4:10 p.m.

After a demonstration, traditional Japanese sweets and a bowl of freshly prepared maccha green tea will be served to participants. Admission is $3, payable at the door. Participants will be seated on tatami straw mats. Special seating in a western-style chair may be arranged upon request.

R.S.V.P. required. For details and reservations, contact Midori McKeon at or ext. 8-7431.

memorial event

The campus community is invited to a memorial event in honor of Greek American short story writer and novelist Helen Zeese Papanikolas at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in room 133 of the Humanities building. The event includes dramatic readings of her work accompanied by music.

For details contact, the Center for Modern Greek Studies at ext. 8-1892.

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Call for honorary degree nominations
The University's 2005-06 Honorary Degree Committee invites all members of the campus community to submit nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be conferred at commencement 2006 in the names of SFSU and the CSU. The nomination deadline is Monday, Nov. 28.

According to CSU guidelines, honorary degrees may be conferred for several purposes: to recognize "excellence and extraordinary achievement in significant areas of human endeavor" embodying the objectives and ideals of the CSU; to honor "meritorious and outstanding service" to the CSU or one of its campuses, the state, nation or humanity at large; or to recognize individuals whose lives and achievements exemplify "the CSU's aspirations for its diverse student body."

SFSU's past honorary degree recipients include Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller (2002), nationally known historian and scholar John Hope Franklin (1998), sculptor Ruth Asawa (1998), alumnus/actor/activist Danny Glover (1997), and Delancey Street co-founder Mimi Silbert (1993).

Nominations, which are confidential, should be accompanied by a statement about the candidate and any other materials that would support the nomination. The committee will be meeting over the next several weeks. Label nominations "Attn: Honorary Degree Committee" and send them to the Academic Senate Office, room 551 of the Administration building.

International Education Week
The University will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 14-19 with a range of events sponsored by the Office of International Programs and other campus departments.

Stay tuned to CampusMemo for more details on the celebration, or for a sneak preview visit:

Meet the candidates for academic technology post
Three finalists have been selected for the position of director of academic technology. All members of the campus community are invited to attend a public forum for each candidate.

All forums will be from 4:10 to 5:10 p.m. in AV 36 (the basement of the Library).

Monday, Nov. 7: Judith Baker, executive dean of the Virtual College in the Open Campus, Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: James Phillips, director of educational technology services at University of the Pacific, Stockton.

Wednesday, Nov. 9: Glenda Morgan, director of academic technology initiatives, CSU Office of the Chancellor, Long Beach.

Candidates for Health Equity Initiative director
Three finalists have been selected for the Health Equity Initiative director position and will make on-campus visits. All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

Each candidate will present his or her vision for the Health Equity Initiative. This program is coordinated by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and works to enhance SFSU's capacity to obtain extramural funds to address existing health disparities through research, community intervention, curricular offerings and training programs.

Thursday, Nov. 10: Gopal Singh, senior epidemiologist/health care administrator at the Health Resources and Services Administration and Maternal and Child Health Bureau at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Singh's presentation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building.

Thursday, Nov. 17: Cynthia Gomez, associate professor in the Department of Medicine and co-director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at University of California, San Francisco. Gomez's presentation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in room 560 of the Administration building.

Thursday, Dec. 1: George Ayala, director of the Institute for Gay Men's Health. Ayala's presentation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in room 560 of the Administration building.

Be a Thanksgiving host
The Office of International Programs is seeking volunteers to host an international student or scholar for a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 25. Hosts may be families or individuals from the campus community who would like to share this holiday with a student from another country who is interested in learning more about U.S. culture and traditions.

To host an international guest, contact Ko Aoshima at or ext. 5-3512.

This month's Newsmakers include Sheila Tully, lecturer in anthropology, on rebuilding New Orleans; Corey Cook, assistant professor of political science, on John McCain campaigning on behalf of Gov. Schwarzenegger; a study by the Public Research Institute; Jeffrey LeRoux, lecturer in Psychology, on being scared; and Jules Tygiel, professor of history, on California's voter initiative process.

Read the Newsmakers:

Academic assessment survey
The University Academic Assessment Advisory Committee of the Academic Senate invites faculty to complete a three-minute Web survey on the effectiveness of undergraduate academic assessment activities.

A graduate survey will be conducted in the near future.

The deadline to complete the survey is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. It can be found at:

Physiological psychology discontinuance
The Academic Senate plans to hear a proposal to discontinue the master of arts degree in physiological psychology at its Tuesday, Nov. 15, meeting in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

The meeting will run from 2 to 5 p.m.

Graduate program review
The next step in considering the final report of the Task Force on the Sixth Cycle of Program Review is the review of the "Indicators and Criteria of Graduate Program Viability and Quality." The campus community is encouraged to carefully read this document and provide feedback online.

The document is available on the Academic Senate's Web site at:

Service learning nominations due
Members of the campus community are invited to nominate faculty, undergraduate students and partnering community agencies for the Office of Community Service Learning's community service learning awards.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. For award criteria and nomination forms, visit:

For details, contact Perla Barrientos at or ext. 8-3282.

CSU international opportunities
Tenured and tenure-track faculty are invited to apply for one-year resident director positions with CSU's international program. Positions for 2007-08 are available in China, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain and Israel (subject to position availability and program reinstatement).

In addition, the Wang Faculty Stipend provides an opportunity for faculty to contribute to business and personal relations between the United States, Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. The fund provides four $10,000 stipends for faculty.

The deadline for both opportunities is Dec. 1. For details, visit: or contact Johnetta Richards at ext. 8-7589.

Classes in the Collaboratory
Enhance student participation in class discussions, encourage critical thinking and collaboration, and promote active student learning by holding a class session in the Collaboratory. There are still times available this semester.

To reserve a session, contact Desiree Oliver at, ext. 5-3540, or stop by room 435 of the Library. For details and a registration calendar see:

Academic Senate Action

At its Nov. 1 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Heard a report from Professor Scott Patterson, chair of the University Promotions Committee;
  • Heard a report from Jo Volkert and Jim Kohn on the 2006-2007 enrollment management plan;
  • Heard a report from Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Marilyn Verhey on the name change from the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching to the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development;
  • Heard a report from Professor Sandra Radtka on an online evaluation of assessment activities project;
  • Approved the title change for the bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice to criminal justice studies;
  • Approved revisions to the bachelor of arts and minor in criminal justice studies;
  • Approved a revision to the academic master plan establishing a bachelor of arts degree in American Indian studies; and
  • Heard a recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee on the Draft Guidelines for the External Review of Graduation Requirements.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:

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