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Visiting Speakers Series: Winter and Spring 2012

Another World is possible . . . in the Silicon Valley too . . .

The world is facing a number of interrelated challenges from climate change to poverty, from cultural inclusion to a sense of meaninglessness. A Mexican revolutionary organization called the Zapatistas has opened a new paradigm and helped many people get past a sense of hopelessness by declaring “Another World is Possible.”

Following that lead, this series asks:

  • What would it take to make the Silicon Valley into a sustainable community?
  • What are the cultural and political forces alive in the valley now that can be seen as the roots of that transition?

Join us for five events to discuss the possibilities . . .






Chris LepeEnvisioning a Sustainable
Santa Clara Valley

A panel led by Chris Lepe,
Silicon Valley Transform

What has led to the current unsustainable layout of our communities? What is currently being done to build more equitable, healthy, sustainable and vibrant communities? How can you help make these visions a reality? From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Hinson Campus Center, Conference Rooms A&B.


Jeff Duncan-AndradeGrowing Roses in Concrete:
Using Youth Culture Investment to Enrich Teaching and Learning

A talk by Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies at San Francisco State University

Duncan-Andrade presents a critical pedagogy for urban education and a way to connect with our youth. Duncan-Andrade has focused his work on developing effective methods to teach urban youth and shares this with teachers throughout the world. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Visual & Performaning Arts Center, Auditorium.



Elisa Marina AlvaradoUsing the Cultures of the Valley to Strengthen and Sustain Us

A panel discussion and performance by Elisa Marina Alvarado, Artistic Director of Teatro Visión, and
P.J. Hirabayashi,
Artistic Director P.J. HirabayashiEmeritus, San Jose, Co-founder of San Jose Taiko and Founder of Taiko Peace.

How have artists from Silicon Valley's Latino and Asian Pacific Islander communities used traditional cultural practices and art forms in creative ways to help their communities address critical issues they face? How can we use cultural practices to heal and strengthen our communities when facing hate, anger, and fear as with the recent case of Trayvon Martin? From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Hinson Campus Center, Conference Rooms A&B.



Elsa DavidsonEducation and Youth Aspirations
for the Future in Silicon Valley

With Elsa Davidson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

What factors influence the hopes and aspirations of Silicon Valley high school students and how do those hopes differ based on class and race? Davidson is the author of The Burdens of Aspiration: Youth, Schooling, and Inequality in Silicon Valley, that explored the world of two Silicon Valley high schools, one very affluent and mostly white and Asian, the other mostly working class and Latino. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Hinson Campus Center, Conference Rooms A&B.



Manuel CallahanApplying the Lessons of the
Zapatista Praxis to the Valley

A talk by Manuel Callahan, Universidad de la Tierra

An update on the Zapatista struggle in Chiapas and a review of the solidarity efforts underway as part of the opposition to what the Zapatistas call the 4th World War. The discussion also looks at how we might advance Zapatista-influenced politics here in the South Bay. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Hinson Campus Center, Conference Rooms A&B.

Funding provided by DASB Diversity and Events Committee. DASB funds for this series come from the DASB card registration fee. We strongly urge all students to support the DASB.

Events are wheelchair accessible. Sign language interpreter or other accommodations available upon request at least five business days before the event.

For more information, contact Tom Izu at 408.864.8986 or

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