When speakers and audiences connect

By RENA FRADEN Dean, College of the Pacific Those of us who teach or administrate, like, I imagine, many folks in other lines of “social . . . work” find ourselves all the time in front of audiences of various sorts. I am speaking about in the flesh audiences, not virtual ones, not reading audiences or…

Communication professor Qingwen Dong

Faculty awards and outreach

Recognition Qingwen Dong, Professor and Chair of Communication, received an award from the National Communication Association (NCA) for work he has done to organize conferences between educators and scholars in the United States and China. The Presidential Citation for Service was presented to Dong in November for “exceptional service as the co-chair of the NCA Task Force…

UC Berkeley Law dean gives talk on free speech on campuses

Pacific Legal Scholars hosted UC Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky who spoke on Pacific’s Stockton campus March 22, 2018 about free speech on college campuses. Chemerinsky’s message was that the Constitution requires that campuses allow even offensive and hateful speech. “Ultimately, we’re better off letting all the ideas and views be expressed than letting government officials…

AI and the cautionary tales we tell

By RENA FRADEN Dean, College of the Pacific A few weeks ago, College of the Pacific mounted our third annual X-Boundaries panel discussion. The aim is to bring professors from across the university together to discuss from their own particular disciplines and viewpoints a topic of universal interest. Our first was on terror: what to…

Shifting Gears: The Making of an Art Car

Six student artists from University of the Pacific’s Department of Art and Graphic Design over the winter transformed a 1982 BMW 320 into a work of art, following the same road paved by celebrated artists such as Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder and Roy Lichtenstein. Along the way, students learned about the rich history of the…

Transformative impact of art center visits

Faculty from College of Pacific’s Humanities Center and Media X program took 35 students to two San Francisco art centers on March 2, 2018 to expose students to exhibitions that deal with current social justice topics explored through contemporary art practice. Click on the image above to learn about the visit and the transformative effect…