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STS Wire 10/24/2017

In this Issue
  • Cary Cordova on "The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco"
  • An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
  • CCSRE Chautauqua | Thomas Mullaney | The Chinese Typewriter: A History
  • Nature Resistant: Tracking the Strange History of the Corpse Flower in the Nineteenth-Century
  • David Johnston, Duke University, Up, Up, and Away! Drones in Marine Science and Conservation
Cary Cordova on "The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco"

In The Heart of the Mission, Cary Cordova combines urban, political, and art history to examine how the Mission District, a longtime bohemian enclave in San Francisco, has served as an important place for an influential and largely ignored Latino arts movement from the 1960s to the present.  Home to Chileans, Cubans, Guatemalans, Mexican Americans, Nicaraguans, Puerto Ricans, and Salvadorans, the Mission never represented a single Latino identity. In tracing the experiences of a diverse group of Latino artists from the 1940s to the turn of the century, Cordova connects wide-ranging aesthetics to a variety of social movements and activist interventions. Using oral histories, visual culture, and archival research, she analyzes the Latin jazz scene of the 1940s, Latino involvement in the avant-garde of the 1950s, the Chicano movement and Third World movements of the 1960s, the community mural movement of the 1970s, the transnational liberation movements in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and the AIDS activism of the 1980s. Through these different historical frames, Cordova links the creation of Latino art with a flowering of Latino politics. Read more.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 5:15PM-7:00PM | Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Film screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power followed by audience Q&A with the film's directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, and producer Richard Berge.

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

Watch the trailer. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 7:00PM-8:30PM | CEMEX
CCSRE Chautauqua | Thomas Mullaney | The Chinese Typewriter: A History
Please join us on October 26th for our autumn quarter Faculty Research Fellows Chautauqua. This event will feature 2017-2018 fellow Thomas S. Mullaney (History) speaking about his recent book The Chinese Typewriter: A History. Professor Jonathan Rosa (Education) will moderate the discussion.
Chinese writing is character-based, the one major world script that is neither alphabetic nor syllabic. Through the years, the Chinese written language encountered presumed alphabetic universalism in the form of Morse Code, Braille, stenography, Linotype, punch cards, word processing, and other systems developed with the Latin alphabet in mind. This book is about those encounters -- in particular, thousands of Chinese characters versus the typewriter and its QWERTY keyboard. Thomas Mullaney describes a fascinating series of experiments, prototypes, failures, and successes in the century-long quest for a workable Chinese typewriter. Today, after more than a century of resistance against the alphabetic, not only have Chinese characters prevailed, they form the linguistic substrate of the vibrant world of Chinese information technology.  The Chinese Typewriter shows how this happened. Read more.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 4:00PM-6:00PM | CCSRE Conference Room, Building 360, Main Quad

Nature Resistant: Tracking the Strange History of the Corpse Flower in the Nineteenth-Century

Abstract: In the spring of 1818, British naturalist Joseph Arnold trekked into the rainforest outside of Padang, Western Sumatra, where he and his team of collectors discovered the "greatest prodigy of the vegetable world": Rafflesia arnoldi, the largest flower in the world, and perhaps the most repulsive. By mimicking the smell of rotting flesh, the so-called "corpse flower" attracts carrion pollinators attracted to its overwhelming stench and to its dark red, uncannily flesh-like body, speckled with pustular protuberances and undeniably animalistic weight. Even after swatting away the swirling flies and beetles, Arnold found himself unable to collect the flower—it rotted into a stinking mess by the end of the evening, and the naturalist feared that his colleagues back in Britain would never believe his account of the plant's size, smell, or appearance. Indeed, Rafflesiahas operated outside of the bounds of botanical study since its discovery. Resisting collection, preservation, description, and even cultivation—to this day—the plant has facilitated news methods of botanical communication, redefining the limits of natural history writ large. 

By focusing on a single species of plant and following its transformation across media, I will examine the role of materiality—or lack thereof—in the history of collecting, preserving, shipping, illustrating, and describing plants. Rather than following a strict chronological history of the discovery of Rafflesia, we will explore its life history in several material forms, both as an individual and as burgeoning species: as text, as herbarium specimen, as illustration, as wax model, and, ultimately, as conceptual, monstrous object. Read more.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 4:30PM-6:00PM | History Building Room 307
David Johnston, Duke University, Up, Up, and Away! Drones in Marine Science and Conservation
The primary goal within the group is to better understand the relationship between microorganisms and Earth surface evolution. Our work ranges from geologically rooted questions, where we aim to track the onset or environmental expression of different metabolic processes and follow atmospheric/oceanic oxidation, through to modern processes and environments (such as experimental work with extant organisms, purified protein, work in the modern ocean water column, and early diagenesis in marine sediments). Read more.

Friday, October 27, 2017 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Hopkins Marine Station, Boat Works Lecture Hall

Walt Disney Company Technology Management Rotation Program Associate – July 2018 
We are looking for energized individuals who have an innovative mind-set and are fueled by a passion for technology to join our leadership development program. The Disney Technology Management Rotation (TMR) program provides the opportunity for technologists with advanced degrees to gain valuable work experience providing leadership, management and oversight to the design, development, delivery, operation, and implementation of high-priority technology solutions across The Walt Disney Company (TWDC). Read more.
Policy Analyst at Education Trust West in Oakland
The Education Trust–West (ETW) works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps.
The Policy Analyst conducts policy analysis and research for ETW; supports the development of memos, letters, and publications; collaborates with colleagues to develop policy positions that will advance educational equity in California; and represents ETW in policy discussions and stakeholder meetings. The Policy Analyst is a member of the P-12 Research and Policy team. Read more.
Gotoco Summer in China Program
Gotoco is a social enterprise focused on increasing interaction and exchanges between university and college students and one of the world’s oldest civilisations. We aim to be the go-to company for students looking to learn about the world and further their personal and professional development.
We believe the best way to learn about a country is through immersion —hanging out with locals and trying everything a country has to offer. Capitalising on the summer months from May to September each year, our summer in China programmes make China accessible and provide a unique opportunity to experience Chinese culture firsthand. Read more.
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