The Accidental Geographer

A Podcast with Vincent Del Casino, SJSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

This podcast is designed to introduce you to the expertise of the faculty at San José State University, whose research, teaching, and commitments to community engagement bring life to this cutting-edge university. The "accidental geographer" is a play on words, an attempt to demonstrate that even for these accomplished scholars, life often creates opportunity out of “the accident.”

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Season 2

Episode 1—Dr. Alberto Rascón, Associate Professor of Biochemistry

In this conversation, we learn about Dr. Rascón's work and the research of his chemistry students. We also stretch beyond the world in the lab and discuss his journey as a first-generation student in the CSU.


Season 1

Episode 5—Soma Sen, Professor of Social Work

In this conversation, we learn about Professor Sen's work as one of the leading experts on the global HIV Aids epidemic, immigration, human trafficking and the ongoing stigma attached to living with a disease.

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Episode 4—Dr. Erica Buurman, Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

Together, they dive into the work of Beethoven and consider the various contributions his symphonies made in the music industry. If you think you know all there is to know about Beethoven, think again!

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Episode 3—Dr. Amanda Kahn, Professor of Marine Science at SJSU’s Moss Landing Marine Labs

The Accidental Geographer’s Vincent del Casino speaks with Dr. Amanda Kahn, who is one of the world’s leading experts on sponges, about the role sponges play in global climate change. 

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Episode 2—Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Sports, Society, and Social Change

Together they join in discussion on the growing field of sports and society studies and examine how it can be applied to much broader questions of race, identity, and politics in the United States.

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Episode 1—Dr. Marcos Pizarro, Associate Dean of the Lurie College of Education and Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies

Dr. Marcos Pizarro talks about his work in the field of K-12 education, Ethnic Studies pedagogy, and the future of teaching and learning in the university.

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Series Introduction