Archieve of Past Events

Riley_Scholarship Series    March 23, 2017 Event flyer

Amnesty International Campaign - Write for Rights

The Humanities Department, under the direction of Prof. Shannon Rose Riley, department chair, held 2 Write for Rights sessions with students from Humanities 1A of Prof. Gregory Smay and American Studies 179 of Prof. Scot Guenter.  A total of 95 letters were written.

Amnesty International, according to their website, "is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all."  (

To join us in this letter writing campaign visit the Humanities Department in CL 419 Conference Room and write one or more letter in defense of those who have been deprived of their rights. Information about who to write to and writing materials are provided.

Humanities Department Faculty in the Spartan Daily News:

RELS 99 Dissects Life and Death in different religions

Erin Enguerro, Humanities Honors alumna and Humanities minor, to be recognized in the 54th Annual Honors Convocation

Students of AMS 159, Nature and World Culture, taught by Prof. Pfeiffer, makes the news in Al Jazeera  (pdf)

The New York Times

The Opinion Pages| Op-Ed Contributor

Don’t Turn Away From the Art of Life

Guest Lecture: "New Light on Old Chinese Temples in CA" March 16, 7pm (pdf)

Fall 2015 CA100W Class-Sponsored Event: "I Scream for Ice Cream"(jpg)

2015 Humanities Fink Scholarship Announcement (jpg)

PHOTO Contest (pdf)

Scot Guenter: 2015 Distinguished Service Award


STEM Careers in Silicon Valley: What Is It All About

February 26, Thursday in CL 412 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Special guests working in STEM careers and SJSU faculty will host this informational meeting.  

  • What STEM work possibilities are there?
  • What is the role of general education in STEM careers?
  • Diversity and cultural awareness?

This event is sponsored by the African-American and Chican@-Latin@ Student Success Task Forces and organized by the Department of African-American Studies and the Humanities Honors Program at SJSU.

New Scholarships and Endowments

Feb. 2, 2015

The Lawson Family has established a new $150,000 endowment to award scholarships to students in the Humanities Honors Program.  This is in addition to the Lawson endowment.All of these were made possible with the help of Prof. Cynthia Rostankowski, coordinator of the Humanities Honors program.

Chair Chris Jochim met with Prof. Ray Chen, EE Department Chair, Dean Lisa Vollendorf,  and representatives of the Avatamsaka Buddhist Lotus Society (ABLS, Milpitas and Taipei, Taiwan) to receive $30,000 to support the study of Buddhism.  The draft MOU states: "The endowment will support faculty doing research as well as students studying Buddhism in courses related to humanities, philosophy, religious studies, or related fields as well as support programming related to Buddhist studies, including Hua-yen [Avatamsaka] studies (such as public lectures, symposia, purchase of books, and other activities)."

Cooperative activities already began this past weekend, Jan. 31, with three SJSU faculty and one from the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS, Berkeley) doing a panel on Buddhism in America (Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese Americans) for an international conference at the ABLS center in Milpitas.  Prof. Jochim convened the panel; Prof. Todd Perreira was one of three excellent presenters, along with Prof. Hien Do (Asian American Studies, SJSU) and Scott Mitchell of IBS.


FlyerCA Languages Film Fest flyerChinese Couplet flyer

Cervantes Anniversary11th HumHonors Reunion 2015HUM Club Pizza Party Oct 2015
Check from AvatamsakaBuddhist Lotus SocietyIndonesian Literature 9.29.15


Honors Homecoming, Oct. 3, 2014, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.



San Jose State University, in conjunction with Humanities Dept. and Prof. Jeanine Pfeiffer,  hosted The Buffalo Field Campaign Road Show Monday September 22,2014 at the Martin Luther King Library, room 225 at 7:00 p.m. Campaign Coordinator and Co-Founder, Mike Mease gave a talk about the Yellowstone Buffalo and the campaign to rally for the Buffalo Bill of Rights. The public was invited to join in this talk and learn of ways to get involved.  Please visit and visit the Buffalo Field Campaign Facebook page for more information.

Press Release (DOC)

Stories and Songs for the Last Wild Buffalo flyer (PDF)
Facebook-Buffalo Field Campaign San Jose, CA Road Show 2014


The 9th US-Japan Future Forum
"The Future of High-Speed Rail in the U.S."
- Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Shinkansen 

The US-Japan Forum held “The 9th US-Japan Future Forum” on Friday, September 19, 2014 at BBC 202. Keynote speeches were delivered by the chair of the California High Speed Rail Authority and the Vice Chairman of the East Japan Railway about the high-speed rail systems in each country. The speeches were followed by a panel discussion.

In attendance were the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco, current and emeritus Executive Directors of the Mineta Transport Institute, Deans and Professors of San Jose State University and students and academia from 12 universities in Japan. Students at the forum presented talks on innovative ideas for the future of high speed rail from the point of view of the environment, economy, safety, and the next generation technology.

Organizer: US-Japan Forum, Co-organizer: SJSU - Humanities Dept.
Participating universities and students: Iwate Univ., Tohoku Univ.,Chiba Univ., The Univ. of Tokyo, Tokyo Instutute of Technology, Tokyo Dental college, Takushoku Univ., Kyoto Institute of Technology, Shiga Medical Univ., Shimane Univ., The Univ. of Tokushima, Fukuoka Institution of Technology, and San Jose State University.

Supporters: Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japanese University Network in the Bay Area.

Event Flyer (PDF)
US-Japan Forum website

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New Curriculum: HUM 177A-HUM 177B  Advanced Honors in Integrated Science, Social Science and Humanities

The Humanities Department is pleased to offer an upper division Honors Program designed for students of all majors beginning in Fall 2014.  This year-long course will fulfill SJSU Studies areas R, S, and V by taking one six-unit course in the fall and another three-unit concluding course in spring.  This is a team-taught course sequence and the group of three professors works with its cohort of students over a one-year period. 

To be a part of HUM 177A-HUM177B, Advance Honors, students must meet certain qualifications as follows:

1- successful completion of all lower division core general education courses (39 units);

2- all-college GPA of 3.0 or higher;

3- passing the Writing Skills Test (WST);

4- enrolling in the 100W, Area Z requirement for the major, concurrent with HUM 177A.

To get more information, e-mail, or phone Prof. Cynthia Rostankowski at 408-924-4508 or visit her at Clark Hall 441.



May 2014 Commencement Ceremony at Spartan Stadium

HUM Grads Marching 5.2014Graduating StudentsHigh Fiving Graduates3 Grad StudentsGrads with Prof. McCraw
Prof. Rostankowski and StudentsSeated Graduates


Humanities Club at SJSU - Career Panel Discussion

April 23, 2014  Clark Hall Fishbowl Conference Room

      Group Picture Career Panelists 
Discussion with Panelists

Shot of Career Panelists


Discovering Kwan Yin: Boddhisattva of Compassion With Sandy Boucher

April 23, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
King Library, Room 255
Sponsored by Dr. Chao-te Lin Endowment for Buddhist Studies & Humanities Department


Film Screening of "The Wisdom Tree"

THURSDAY, APRIL 24th, 2014 @ 6:00PM  
ENGR 189, San Jose State University
One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192
Sponsored by:  Department of Humanities, SJSU
Supported by:   Philosophy Club, Physics Club & Humanities Club
Admission to the film screening is free for the SJSU students, staff and faculty (bring your ID!) and $10 for all others (tickets will be available at the door).



 Retirement Celebration for Prof. Richard Keady (2013)

Collage_Retirement Party for Keady