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Fifty Years Ago: Student Tom King Unearths Miwok Cemeteries in Madera County
MADERA TRIBUNE -- Tom King, archeologist from San Francisco State College and his crew, have unearthed two separate Miwok Indian cemeteries near the Buchanan Dam site. King said the discoveries have been especially helpful in revealing aspects of the Miwok culture.

“We can now tell their blood type and some of the diseases they died from,” said King. In the first three weeks of excavation, 16 bodies have been discovered. The expedition has also uncovered two dance houses. The project is to tie the Miwoks of the area with the Gold Rush and Spanish-American periods.
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6 days ago by sfstatelca
Sleep Disturbances Common in National Guard Soldiers After Deployment, Professor Lincoln Finds
PSYCH CONGRESS NETWORK/REUTERS HEALTH -- National Guard soldiers may be plagued with sleep problems when they return home from the battlefield, according to a small study.

For the new analysis, published online June 22 in Sleep Health, researchers first surveyed 928 veterans on National Guard bases in Hawaii and New Mexico who had been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia or other war zones. More than 90 percent were male.

All branches of military personnel are prone to having sleep issues after deployment, which means they’re also more prone to mental health problems. Military culture has a tendency to stigmatize servicemen and women who receive services for mental or behavioral problems,” lead author Martha Lincoln of San Francisco State University told Reuters Health in a telephone interview.

“We hope the impact of this research will be to add to the evidence base for military intervention and health policy so there can be upstream awareness of how insomnia is affecting people,” she said.
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15 days ago by sfstatelca
Throwback Thursday: Anthropology Department Investigates Historical Site on Chowchilla River
MADERA TRIBUNE -- Digging had resumed on the Chowchilla River at the Buchanan Reservoir site for Indian artifacts and the remains of early white settlements. Crews led by Tom King from San Francisco State said Tuesday that the Anthropology Department personnel are at work now in a probable cemetery site about three miles upstream and across the river from the burial grounds and house pits uncovered last year. A concerted effort will be made to investigate the dynamics of early Miwok Indian-White contact, according to King. The history of white occupation of the reservoir region will also be investigated.
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26 days ago by sfstatelca
Anthropology Lecturer Jeffrey Schonberg Discusses How Photographers Gain Access to Subjects
NIEMAN STORYBOARD -- Jeff Schonberg is a professor of anthropology and documentary photographer at San Francisco State University. He and his research partner spent 10 years documenting the lives of homeless drug users on the streets of San Francisco. He has also worked on projects involving the illicit drug economy, HIV and youth violence in the neighborhood where he lives in Oakland.

Schonberg tells his students that the same parts of themselves they use to build relationships in other areas of their lives can also be used to earn access. He explains that people sometimes emphasize certain aspects of themselves — age, gender, marital status, common interests, political views and so on — to relate to others whether they realize it or not. For many, finding a baseline common ground is a natural way to engage with new people.
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11 weeks ago by sfstatelca
From Dance Revolutionary to Hip-Hop Professor, Alum Halifu Osumare Stayed in Step with Times
SACRAMENTO BEE -- As a child, Osumare moved with her family from Texas to the Bay Area. She considers herself in part a product of that time and place. For example, she was a student at San Francisco State University in 1968 when students launched a five-month strike.

“A lot of my consciousness as a black person and as an artist was nurtured by the revolutionary ’60s in the Bay Area,” she said.

Osumare’s work eventually took her to Europe, where she founded her own “jazz ballet” company in Copenhagen. She learned from such luminaries as Katherine Dunham, Rod Rodgers and Alvin Ailey. Her mentors form a who's who of black modern dance in terms of both performance and philosophy.

“Dance is not just steps but the summoning of a larger consciousness plus the spirit and soul to communicate something,” she said.
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march 2018 by sfstatelca
Lecturer Niccolo Caldararo: Proposed Bill Won't Boost Affordable Housing
MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL -- Niccolo Caldararo is an Anthropology lecturer at San Francisco State University. He is a former member of the Fairfax Town Council.

“The logic here is that voters and property owners do not know how to handle democracy on the one hand or their own property environment on the other,” Caldararo writes in an op-ed.

“As a voter and a property owner, I think Senator Wiener, a former San Francisco supervisor, needs a lesson in civics.

“His legislation puts the fate of our towns in the hands of developers and bureaucrats and constrains property owners from protecting the value of the investment by voting for local representatives and by passing legislation (sometimes by initiative or referendum).”
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march 2018 by sfstatelca
Professor Soh's Research on Korean Comfort Women Cited in Ongoing Controversy
THE JAPAN TIMES -- In the award-winning books of professors Sarah Soh (San Francisco State) and Park Yu-ha (Sejong University), women initially offered various testimonies for working at comfort stations, such as supporting their families economically, escaping overbearing parents or deception by brokers. Some women experienced abusive conditions at comfort stations, others more supportive.

The authors note the complicity of family and neighbors in mobilizing women into brothels, and argue that survivors should freely share their diverse experiences. However, activists pressure survivors to publicly conform to the dominant narrative of Japanese villains and innocent Koreans. For instance, Kim Hak-sun was the first Korean comfort woman to come out publicly and was the model for the San Francisco statue.
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february 2018 by sfstatelca
Alum's Arrest Spurs Protests Outside San Francisco Hall of Justice
SF WEEKLY -- A local San Francisco artist, Davia Spain, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of domestic violence, battery and burglary — but her friends say it was all an act of self-defense.

Spain is a Bay Area native, who graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology. She’s worked at nonprofits LYRIC and BAVC, and is now a trans employment associate at the SF LGBT Center.

Update, 1pm: The Public Defender’s Office states that the charges against Spain will be dropped.
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january 2018 by sfstatelca
INTE 5340 - Weekly Reflections of an Analog Woman in a Digital World: Case Study #1 - - Anthropology for Everyone models for me what a living, breathing course can look like. When I look back to when I taught Drugs and Behavior and Intro Psych, I see the classes I taught as boring and lifeless. We as a class didn't create our own stories together, and we lost the opportunities to make connections. I really like how well-integrated all the various media for each lesson and challenge are on the website. And the more I dig into this site, the more I am personally challenged​ to design my classes to have more of an open pedagogy behind them and being okay with my classes being in the "beta" stage every week.
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january 2018 by twwoodward
Distortion and Fuzz Cause a Buzz in SF State's DesignSpace
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Light took an anthropological angle on the pedals as his knowledge about them developed. “Guitarists fetishize these pedals, in the sense that they’re viewed as mythical or powerful,” Light said. “They connect some people with their guitar gods.”

The mystique surrounding pedals is what led Light to focus his exhibit on “the guitar effects pedal as cultural artifact.” He wanted to show the history and diversity of guitar effects pedals, as well as the collecting obsession, which meant compiling a suitable collection of pedals and writing informative descriptions. Light said the most difficult part of the curation was securing all 63 pedals that ended up on display, most of which are borrowed directly from manufacturers.
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november 2017 by sfstatelca
Research by Professor Soh Finds Up to 200,000 World War II Victims of Human Trafficking
CURBED SF -- On Friday the city dedicated a new public art installation honoring World War II’s “comfort women”—the crude term given to civilians, from countries like China and Korea, taken prisoner and forced to work at brothels serving Japanese soldiers.

A 2001 paper by San Francisco State University Professor Sarah Soh for the Japan Policy Research Institute estimates that between 50,000 and 200,000 women were the victims of human trafficking during the war.

“The Japanese government has steadfastly maintained that the San Francisco Peace Treaty and various bilateral agreements between Japan and other nations have settled all postwar claims of compensation,” writes Soh.
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september 2017 by sfstatelca
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september 2017 by wotek
Alum Maureen Erwin: Why Use the Term 'Antifa'?
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- Names matter. When I was a cultural anthropology student at San Francisco State University, we weren’t making comparative analysis between cultures anymore. Influenced by critical theory and French postmodernism, anthropology turned inward, asking what it means to compare, define and represent “others,” including the inherent power in words, naming and how power is reinforced as their usage evolves.

“Hegemonic discourse.” Often, we assume that word meanings and usages evolve organically, overlooking times when there is more to the story.

Make no mistake: Trump’s spin team is intent on conflating peaceful groups with acts of violence. And by stripping their individual group names, they erase any reference to values.
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august 2017 by sfstatelca
Recent Grad Saliem Shehadeh Discusses Struggles for Justice at SF State
MONDOWEISS -- Saliem Shehadeh has a Master of Arts in Anthropology from San Francisco State University and Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and is a Diaspora Studies graduate student assistant. He wrote an op-ed piece discussing a lawsuit alleging anti-Semitism on campus.
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july 2017 by sfstatelca
World War II 'Comfort Women' Included Citizens of Numerous Asian Countries, SF State Research Finds
DAILY MAIL (LONDON) -- The term “comfort woman” comes from the Japanese euphemism “jugun ianfu,” which refers to women, of various ethnic and social circumstances, who became sex slaves for the Japanese troops before and during World War II.

Military brothels existed across the Asia Pacific region in areas occupied by the Japanese forces.

The women forced to work there were forced to have sex with up to 50 Japanese soldiers a day as they were raped and sexually assaulted during the second World War.

Though around 80 percent were Korean, women from Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Burma and the Pacific islands were also used as comfort women, according to a San Francisco State University report.
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july 2017 by sfstatelca
Alum Richard Oakes Featured on Google Doodle
HEAVY.COM/COED.COM -- Native American activist Richard Oakes is the subject of today’s Google Doodle. May 22, 2017, would be his 75th birthday. Oakes is best known for creating one of the first Native American studies departments in the nation, and leading an occupation of Alcatraz Island in the late 1960s.

While in attendance at SFSU, however, Oakes grew discontent with the courses that were being offered, and joined forces with an Anthropology professor to expand the curriculum to include Native American studies.

He developed the outline for what would go on to become one of the first Native American studies programs in the nation, which encouraged other American Indians to enroll in San Francisco State University, according to the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center. This increasing awareness among the community, coupled with Oakes’ increasing interest in activism and equality, eventually led to the famed Alcatraz protest in 1969.
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may 2017 by sfstatelca
SF State Policy Cancels Under-enrolled Courses
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- According to interim Provost Jennifer Summit, whose office is in control of course scheduling, the practice of terminating “under-enrolled” classes was stated in a memo from 1983, which defined under-enrollment as less than 13 students enrolled in lower division courses, 10 in upper division and five for graduate classes.

“By closing low-demand courses, we try to redirect the funding so we can offer more high-demand courses for the students who need them,” said Summit. “It’s an inexact science, but we’ve recently adopted an analytics platform that will allow us to do a more accurate job predicting student course demand so we’ll know how many sections of which courses to offer long before they appear on the schedule.”Summit stated in an email that the University does not keep a list of classes that have been

Summit stated in an email that the University does not keep a list of classes that have been canceled.

While it is difficult to predict how many students are going to enroll in courses, professor Lucia Volk says that class enrollment criterion has shifted away from determining the value of a course by its content to an evaluation of enrollment figures only. In Volk’s opinion, this change in policy led to a “practice of canceling classes that were deemed ‘under-enrolled.’”

“It led to situations where courses were pulled the week before classes started,” said Volk. “Professors were reassigned last minute…and lecturers lost the courses they had prepared to teach (and the income they expected to get).”
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may 2017 by sfstatelca

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