Fall 2019

 

Maya Calendar

Mathematics of the Maya Calendar

Dan Munton

Monday, September 23, 2019 12 noon – 1 pm
Emeritus Hall, Newman Auditorium
Santa Rosa Campus
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One Maya Calendar generated much interest prior to the end of the 13th Bak'tun in December 2012. Now that we have finished "partying like its 12.19.19.17.19", we can examine more closely the mathematics of the intricate calendars of the Maya and the misinterpretations of Maya culture that led to the apocalyptic hysteria. Daniel Munton, SRJC Mathematic faculty, discusses the Tzolk'in, Haab, Long Count, and Lunar calendars and how they interconnect from mathematical, historical, and cultural perspectives and examines the Maya ideas regarding cycles and apocalypse.

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Linda Lau

Images of Work: Domestic Helpers in A Simple Life and The Second Mother

Linda Lau

Monday, September 30, 2019 12 noon – 1 pm
Emeritus Hall, Newman Auditorium
Santa Rosa Campus
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Domestic workers have played an important part in many cultures throughout history, yet their stories are not often told. Female film directors Anna Muylaert and Ann Hui break this tradition by bringing domestic helpers to the center of their films, The Second Mother and A Simple Life. Set in São Paulo and Hong Kong, the films portray the everyday life of live-in maids, who spend their days cooking, cleaning, and rearing children for their employers. Join us as we explore the significance of housework, race, and women in society today.

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Victor Villaseñor

In Conversation with Victor Villaseñor

Victor Villaseñor

Monday, October 7, 2019 12 noon – 1 pm
Emeritus Hall, Newman Auditorium
Santa Rosa Campus
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Author Victor Villaseñor will share anecdotes from an enduring writing career, spanning several decades and achieving high literary acclaim, including three Pulitzer Prize nominations. He will discuss celebrated novels, such as: Macho!, Rain of Gold, Thirteen Senses, Burro Genius, and others. Moreover, Villaseñor will assess the current landscape of literary arts and new directions of creative writing, storytelling, and authorship.

 

 


 

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The Art of Slow Visual Comprehension

Golbanou Moghaddas

Monday, November 4, 2019 12 noon – 1 pm
Emeritus Hall, Newman Auditorium
Santa Rosa Campus
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Slow Visual Comprehension

This lecture will cover her recent etching series that explores her research into Persian Miniatures and the symbolic language of images.

Her work is meticulous and filled with hidden images that invite the viewer to look closer. "I find it relevant to the slow process of etching and the significance of Persian Miniatures as my inspiration which are also created in slowness and require a keen eye for details in order to discover the hidden stories in each image."

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Mitchell Breitwieser

Making Walden: How Thoreau Went About It

Mitchell Breitwieser

Monday, November 18, 2019 12 noon – 1 pm
Emeritus Hall, Newman Auditorium
Santa Rosa Campus
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Walden is the well-known and much-loved story of Henry David Thoreau’s “life in the woods,” as he put it in the subtitle. The story of Walden itself, the book, is much less familiar, but equally intriguing, at least for me, because it shows the growth in Thoreau’s understanding of what had happened to him while he lived alone by the side of the pond during the years after he had returned to town. He knew from the first that what he considered to have been a great experiment had changed him for the better, reconciling him with his own life by providing a sense of direction, and he set pen to paper to encourage others to attempt to do something similar. But writing the book ended up taking eight years, running through seven drafts, as he attempted to keep pace with his deepening comprehension of what had happened within him during those two years of solitary self-exploration. I will try to tell the story of the book, and to persuade you that knowing that story will enhance your appreciation of the story that is told in the book.

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