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Fall 2012

Sensing the City: An Exploration of San Francisco through Sight and Sound


Encountering History: Visual Culture and the Presence of Time at Fort Point

Tuesday, October 4, at 7pm, Presidio Bldg 920
A Lecture by John Zarobell

Wednesday, September 19 at 5pm
This lecture will discuss International Orange, a public art exhibition that employs contemporary art to interrogate and reflect upon our relationship to the history of Fort Point. Time is the method used by many of these contemporary artists to draw out the complexities involved in looking backwards and determining what this past might mean to us. International Orange will be open from 10:00am-5:00pm through September 30, 2012, and there will also be a guided tour with its curator, Cheryl Haines, on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, for individuals seeking more knowledge and insight regarding Fort Point and the exhibition.

Visualizing San Francisco: Exploring Signage & Public Spaces

Wednesday, October 3 at 6pm, Presidio BLDG 920
Lecture by Stacy Asher

Signage competes for attention, conveys content, and merges into identity. “Visualizing San Francisco: Exploring Signage & Public Spaces”, is an interdisciplinary seminar for new students at the University of San Francisco. Participants assess their place in public space by investigating the presence of words and images in the urban landscape.
 

The Bay Area Blues

Wednesday, October 10 at 6pm, Presidio Bldg 920
Lecture by Abrol Fairweather with Ronnie Stewart

Centered in the legendary 7th Street corridor of West Oakland from the 1940’s-70’s, the distinct blues music tradition known as “The West Coast Blues” has greatly contributed to the musical genre’s efforts of naming and understanding the deep injustices faced by African Americans in the U.S. This lecture will discuss the rich blues tradition in the Bay Area, and the efforts of The Bay Area Blues Society in preserving this important regional cultural resource for current and future generations of Bay Area residents.

Spring 2012

Shark Lectures by Dr. Sal Jorgensen and Dr. Brandon Brown

Presented by USF in Presidio in Partnership with Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary 

Thursday, May 3, at 7:45pm, Presidio Bldg 920

Dr. Sal Jorgensen, Research Scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Through electronic tagging, Dr. Sal Jorgensen and other scientists have discovered that white sharks along the California coast belong to a small and isolated population, traveling throughout the Northeast Pacific—even into San Francisco Bay! This information on the local white shark population size and distribution is relevant for effective management to safeguard this protected species. 

Dr. Brandon Brown, Professor of Physics, University of San Francisco Dr. Brandon Brown has studied the ability of sharks, skates and rays to detect electrical signals in the surrounding water. Sharks and their relatives use an electric sense to zero in on prey, aid their navigation, and even find potential mates. He has investigated the hydrogel in the electrosensor organs of sharks and used computer modeling to study their “electric sight.” 

Fall 2011

Restoring Wetlands for Climate Change at Crissy Field and Beyond

Tuesday, October 4, at 7pm, Presidio Bldg 920
Lecture by John Callaway

Despite the many important benefits that tidal wetlands provide, only a small percentage of historic San Francisco Bay wetlands remain. Major efforts are underway for large-scale wetland restoration across the Bay, and a major consideration for these projects is the potential effect of climate change, including projected increases in sea-level rise and potential changes in Bay salinity in the coming decades. Tidal restoration projects at Crissy Field and elsewhere in the Bay offer an opportunity to understand wetland restoration dynamics and provide insight for future restoration planning.

John Callaway, Professor at the University of San Francisco, received his Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University in 1994. Prior to his position at USF, John was the Associate Director of the Pacific Estuarine Research Laboratory (PERL) at San Diego State University.  At USF, John teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in introductory environmental science, applied ecology, wetlands, and restoration ecology. His research expertise is in wetland restoration, specifically wetland plant ecology and sediment dynamics. Recent research projects focus on the development of restored wetlands, including evaluations of the importance of plant species diversity and the role of physical heterogeneity in the development of ecosystem functions. His research includes projects in San Francisco Bay and Tijuana Estuary.This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, California Sea Grant, and other agencies.

Still Purple? California's Partisan Alignment in the Era of Obama

Tuesday, September 13th at 7pM, Presidio BLDG 920
Lecture by Corey Cook

Over the past decade a scholarly consensus has formed that California is neither a solidly red nor a solidly blue state. Indeed, Republicans have held the governorship for most of the state's recent history while Democrats have held the state legislature. But after Obama's historic landslide in California in 2008, and the 2010 election in which Democrats swept all statewide offices in 2010, it seems that California might be entering a new partisan era.

Corey Cook is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco and Director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. Prior to joining the faculty at USF, Professor Cook has taught courses in American politics at the University of Wisconsin, San Jose State University, Rutgers University, and San Francisco State University. His doctoral dissertation considers the impact of race and gender on political representation and explores the contemporary significance of identity politics. Cook has published academic articles in the DuBois Journal of Social Science Research on Race, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research. He has completed research projects surrounding the usage of Ranked Choice Voting in San Francisco and a manuscript about promoting civic engagement through community-based research. His current research focuses on election results and political geography in California. He teaches courses in American Politics specializing in political institutions, urban and state politics, and the dynamics of political representation.