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Upcoming Events

Same-Sex Marriage: How Has the Supreme Court Decision Changed Us?

SJSU Constitution Day, presented by the College of Social Sciences, Sep. 17, 2015 6:00-7:30, Engineering 285

Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but how did this issue get to the Supreme Court and what does it mean to equality in America? An expert panel and the audience will explore:

  • What does the Constitution say about equal protection under the law?
  • How does religion become part of this discussion?
  • What are current challenges to the ruling?

CyberSecurity and SJSU:
Possible Futures

A discussion of The Circle by Prof. Dave Schuster, Psychology, Sep. 28, 2015, 1:30-3:00, MLK Library 225

What are some of the latest advances in countering international hacking? How is SJSU contributing? What will cybersecurity be like in the future—will it be anything like what is depicted in The Circle? Join Prof. Schuster and representatives from Silicon Valley Big Data and Cybersecurity Center for some fascinating answers.


Literary Visions of the Future:
Technology, Society, and the Pursuit of Happiness

A discussion of The Circle by Prof. Matt Spangler, Communication Studies, Oct. 8, 2015, 4:00-5:30, MLK Library 225

How does The Circle compare to other powerful novels that warn of problematic futures, such as 1984, The Handmaiden’s Tale, or A Clockwork Orange among others? Any particularly pertinent lessons to be learned as it is set right where we live? Join Professor Spangler to hear his reflections and share your responses.

Walt Jacobs, dean of CoSS

Dispatches from a New Dean

A Blog by Walt Jacobs, Dean of CoSS

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Dr. Walter R. Jacobs  View the dean’s profile.