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Message to our graduates, our current students, and future Spartans! 

To all of our amazing students—and the faculty that have led you in this unprecedented time—the College of Humanities and the Arts wants to celebrate the astonishing things you did over the last ten weeks! Under a shelter-in-place, suddenly thrown online, especially in fields that count on the human connection, the physical presence of others for performance, and for the building of beautiful and useful things, you showed yourself so willing to meet these new challenges and expectations, and exceed them.

You and your faculty have accomplished not only creative, but astonishing student work. Help us celebrate a successful spring semester and the talented students and faculty who made it possible by visiting the links below! 

Here, you can see a dance performance by our University Dance Theatre students that integrates footage from practices and individual students working together online. Listen to this original choral piece, Eight of Swords, performed by our fantastic SJSU Choraliers and the Kirby Chamber Singers, here.

Our Art students were busy, online, interacting with the San José Museum of Art's exhibit celebrating Tommie Smith, one of two SJSU students who took a stand against racism and injustice at the 1968 Olympics, and who are memorialized by Rigo 23's powerful sculpture of them on that Olympic podium on SJSU's campus. You can see the online exhibit, ”Iconic: San José State Responds", here. You can also see two different exhibits by our Photography 120 students here and here. Our BFA Art Senior Show, along with other student work, can be seen here. And the BFA exhibition, Pivot.Point, showcasing work by BFA Digital Media Art students can be seen here.

Film and Theatre, like all of our departments, were amazingly adaptive to the shelter-in-place. When their performance of The Threepenny Opera shifted to being virtual, student actors accepted the challenge, using platforms like TikTok and Twitch.tv to work together remotely. See the trailer for Threepenny Opera, here. Film students also worked on a trailer, for horror video game, Timeless, and produced the very first short-film adaptation of the Steinbeck story, Breakfast. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the set design, here! And when our RTVF 135 film class couldn't use real people to film a bicycle safety video, they adapted by creating sets and actors out of Legos—check out the resulting Lego Stop Motion Trailer. Very creative! 

Our Advertising students finished up their class with their work on Instagram, here. And the Senior Shows for Graphic Design, Interior Design, Animation, and Industrial Design are all available for you to see online now. 

Students in English classes produced comics to reflect on major themes in their American Literature course, and our own Professor Mark Thompson produced these fun intros to his online lectures

Students in Humanities Honors courses chose an object from SJSU’s Library Special Collections and produced recorded speeches inspired by their object, discussing connections to their personal histories and current events. In other courses, students prepared speeches on the value of art in providing a perspective through which to view life, or brought 15th century poets and authors to life by making connections with eternal questions of personal growth. And for more contemporary issues in the scholar-athlete world, check out an essay from the Humanities senior seminar, and for thought-provoking queer art, see these student works.

Students in our introductory linguistics courses also explored their own linguistic histories and wrote linguistic autobiographies like this one.

Above are just a few examples of the fabulous work all of our students have been doing. Even though our classes were shifted abruptly online this semseter, students completed extraordinary work and we know they will continue to grow their creative talents in their future careers.

On behalf of the entire College of H&A: Congratulations to all of our 2020 graduates! We wish all of you the very, very best! 

 - Shannon Miller

   Dean, College of the Humanities and the Arts

 Dean Shannon Miller's Signature

 

 

 

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