Wednesday, October 18, 2017

gone


gone: David Lapan, Department of Homeland Security press secretary, resigned.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

gone


gone: Tom Marino, Trump's drug czar nominee, withdrawn from consideration.

Friday, September 29, 2017

gone


gone: Tom Price, Trump’s Health and Human Services secretary, resigned.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

gone


gone: Daniel Craig, Trump's nominee for the No. 2 spot at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), withdrawn from consideration.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

gone


gone: Andy Surabian, strategist under Steve Bannon and special assistant to Trump, resigns.

Friday, September 01, 2017

gone


gone: Keith Schiller, Trump's longtime bodyguard and current director of Oval Office operations, leaving the White House.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

gone


gone: William Bradford, Trump-appointee to lead the Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy, resigns.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

gone


gone: George Gigicos, White House director of scheduling and advance, fired.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

gone


gone: Andrew Hemming, White House director of rapid response and person in charge with circulating positive news articles to the press and to Trump, fired or resigned.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

food, culture, and storytelling (fall 2017)

ENVA 390: Food, Culture, and Storytelling
Tues & Thurs 4:35–6:20 pm, Education 104

Professor David Silver (dmsilver [ at ] usfca [ dot ] edu)
Office / hours: Kalmanovitz 141, Tues & Thurs 1–2 pm & by appointment

This course examines the interplay between food and culture with a focus on cultural diversity and environmental sustainability. Using the SF/Bay Area as our landscape and laboratory, students will explore multiple examples of food production, preparation, and consumption. A production class, students will translate their findings into stories – spoken, written, photographic, and multimedia – to be shared within and outside the classroom. No production experience necessary.

 
Calendar
Week 1
Tuesday, 8/22: Introductions and expectations.

Thursday, 8/24: Demo Day 1: “Everything I ate and drank yesterday” project – presented and discussed in class.

Week 2
Tuesday, 8/29: Read Kathleen Collins, “Julia Child and Revolution in the Kitchen,” from Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows (Continuum, 2009): 71-100.

Thursday, 8/31: Demo Day 2: Food celebrity project.

Week 3
Tuesday, 9/5: Read Sandra Cate, “‘Breaking Bread with a Spread’ in a San Francisco County Jail,” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies (Summer 2008): 17-24.

Thursday, 9/7: Demo Day 3: Lunch project.

Week 4
Tuesday, 9/12: Read selections from Diana Abu-Jaber, Trudy Condio, EL Cortés, Julie Dash, Louise DeSalvo, Elizabeth Ehrlich, Linda Furiya, Lucy Knisley, Jhumpa Lahiri, Andre Lorde, Paula Martinac, Jane Ormondroyd, Ruth Reichl, Leah Ryan, Ntozake Shange, Calvin Trillin, and Gloria Wade-Gayles.

Thursday, 9/14: Continue selections from Abu-Jaber, Condio, Cortés, Dash, DeSalvo, Ehrlich, Furiya, Knisley, Lahiri, Lorde, Martinac, Ormondroyd, Reichl, Ryan, Shange, Trillin, and Wade-Gayles. Also read: Bonnie Tsui, Shakirah Simley, Stephen Satterfield, Dakota Kim and Tunde Wey, “Why We Can’tTalk About Race in Food,” Civil Eats (June 27, 2017).

Week 5
Tuesday, 9/19: Demo Day 4: Food heritage project.

Thursday, 9/21: Cooking workshop at St Cyprians.

Week 6
Tuesday, 9/26: Read Vandana Shiva, “Manifestos on the Future of Seed” (2007): 76-102; and William Black, “How Watermelons Became a Racist Trope,” The Atlantic (December 8, 2014). 

Thursday, 9/28: No class. (David will be attending the Black Mountain College Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. We will pool these hours for two Thursday night community dinners (October 5 and November 2) at St Cyprian’s Church (Turk & Lyon).

Week 7
Tuesday, 10/3: Seed packet workshop in Gleeson Library. During class, we’ll take a field trip to USF Seed Library and meet Gleeson librarians Debbie Benrubi and Carol Spector.

Thursday, 10/5 Demo Day 5: Story Tell under the USF Sukkah. Also, as a class, we will attend the community dinner at St Cyprian’s from 6-8 pm.

Week 8
Tuesday, 10/10: Readings to be determined.

Thursday, 10/12: Storytelling Workshop with Sophia Lorenzi, Program Manager at Real Food Real Stories.


Week 9
Tuesday, 10/17: No class: Fall break.

Thursday, 10/19: Read Rebecca Solnit, “Revolutionary Plots: Urban agriculture is producing a lot more than food,” Orion Magazine (July/August 2012); and watch Ron Finley, “A guerilla gardener in South Central LA,” TED Talk (February 2013). Also, read selections from Urban Food Stories blog.

Week 10
Tuesday, 10/24: Read Black Panther Party, “Free Breakfast for Schoolchildren Program” and “Free Food Program,” in David Hiliard, editor, The Black Panther Party: Service to the People Programs (University of New Mexico Press, 2008): 30-39.
Also, read selections from Urban Food Stories blog.

Thursday, 10/26: No class during normal class-time. Instead, we will attend, as a class, USF’s Performing Arts Department’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s Public Enemy at 8 pm.

Week 11
Tuesday, 10/31: Demo Day 6: Urban Ag/Urban Food project.

Thursday, 11/2: Story Tell workshop. Also, as a class, we will attend the community dinner at St Cyprian’s (6-8 pm) and stage a group Story Tell at the dinner.

Week 12
Tuesday, 11/7: Recipe-related readings to be determined.

Thursday, 11/9: Recipe workshop.

Week 13
Tuesday, 11/14: Read Michael Pollan, “Out of theKitchen, Onto the Couch,” New York Times Magazine (August 2, 2009); and Tom Sietsema, "At the heart of every restaurant," Washington Post (August 7, 2017).

Thursday, 11/16: Baking workshop at St Cyprians.

Week 14
Tuesday, 11/21: Watch Agnès Varda, The Gleaners and I (2000): 82 minutes. Read Wendell Berry, “The Pleasures of Eating,” in Robert Clark, editor, Our Sustainable Table (North Point Press, 1990): pp. 125-131.

Thursday, 11/23: No class: Thanksgiving.

Week 15
Tuesday, 11/28: Guest lecture: Eric Andraos, Sets Shading Lead at Pixar. Readings to be determined.

Thursday, 11/30: Demo Day 7: Gleaning project.

Week 16
Tuesday, 12/5: Dinner project.

There is no final in this class.

Grading
Demo Days (7 x 10 points each)        70
Class Participation                              30

Attendance Policy
Attendance is crucial. Missing class (or attending class unprepared) will significantly affect your final grade. If you do miss class, contact a classmate to find out what you missed and ask to borrow her or his notes. Then, do it again with a different classmate. After doing this, if you have questions email me.

Academic Integrity
Plagiarism is using another person’s words, works, and/or ideas without giving appropriate credit. Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic honor and personal integrity and can result in failing an assignment, being removed from this course, or even being asked to leave USF. Plus, it’s just lazy.

Rules
1. No late work accepted.
2. In class and on field trips, no drinking out of non-reusable containers.
3. On Demo Days, we will share our work. If you have no new work on Demo Day, do not come to class.

Please note:
On numerous occasions – 3 to be exact – class takes place outside of regular class-time. On 10/5 and 11/2, we will be attending the St Cyprian’s community dinner until 8 pm. On 10/26, class will meet at 8 pm to attend USF’s Performing Arts Department’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s Public Enemy. Please plan accordingly.

Monday, August 21, 2017

golden gate park (fall 2017)

ENVA 195: Golden Gate Park (First-Year Seminar)
Tues & Thurs 9:55–11:40 am, Lo Schiavo Science 303

Professor David Silver (dmsilver [ at ] usfca [ dot ] edu)
Office / hours: Kalmanovitz 141, Tues & Thurs 1–2 pm & by appointment

Golden Gate Park is a First-Year Seminar that explores the history, built environment, mixed uses, and popular narratives of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. As part of an accelerated writing seminar, students will read, research, write, and edit their ways through the park – with formal essays, informal reading responses, and significant contributions to Wikipedia. Through readings, class discussions, walks-in-the-park, and field trips, students will develop a broad and keen appreciation of Golden Gate Park.

 
Student Learning Outcomes
This course fulfills USF’s A2 Core requirement. As such, over the course of the term, you will develop capability in the following areas:
1.     Critical analysis of academic discourse: Students critically analyze linguistic and rhetorical strategies used in long and complex texts from a variety of genres, subjects, and fields. [Met primarily in essays 1 & 2 and in reading responses]
2.     Integrating multiple academic sources: Students incorporate multiple texts of length and complexity within a unified argumentative essay, addressing connections and differences among them. [Met primarily in essays 2 & 3]
3.     Academic research: Students develop sophisticated research questions and compose substantial arguments in response to those questions, incorporating extensive independent library research and demonstrating mastery of standard academic documentation modes. [Met primarily in essay 3 and Wikipedia project]
4.     Style: Students edit their own prose to achieve a clear and mature writing style in keeping with the conventions of academic and/or professional discourse. [Met in all three essays, in reading responses, and in in-class exercises]
5.     Revision: Students develop their own revision strategies for extending and enriching early drafts and for producing polished advanced academic writing. [Met in essays 2 & 3 and in Wikipedia project]

Course Texts and Costs
You are required to purchase Philip J. Dreyfus's Our Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco. We will begin reading it second week, so please purchase it immediately. All other readings are either free online or emailed PDFs. All field trip costs are covered by USF’s First Year Seminar Program.

Calendar
Week 1
Tuesday, 8/22: Introductions and expectations.
Thursday, 8/24: Read Chris Walker, “The public value of urban parks,” The Urban Institute (2004).

Week 2
Tuesday, 8/29: Read Philip J. Dreyfus, “Coyote’s Children,” from Our Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco, pp. 11-31.
Thursday, 8/31: Field trip to Golden Gate Park.

Week 3
Tuesday, 9/5: Read Dreyfus, “Urban Genesis,” Our Better Nature, pp. 32-49.
Thursday, 9/7: Read Dreyfus, “Urban Genesis,” Our Better Nature, pp. 50-66.

Week 4
Tuesday, 9/12: Read Dreyfus, “Greening the City,” Our Better Nature, pp. 67-86.
Thursday, 9/14: Read Dreyfus, “Greening the City,” Our Better Nature, pp. 86-101.

Week 5
Tuesday, 9/19: Essay 1 workshop.
Thursday, 9/21: Essay 1 due in class.

Week 6
Tuesday, 9/26: Prior to class, listen/read/walk with Marina McDougall, Alison Sant, Richard Johnson, and Kirstin Bach, “An Unnatural History of Golden Gate Park,” a 7-part guided podcast (Studio for Urban Projects, 2008).
Thursday, 9/28: No class.

Week 7
Tuesday, 10/3: Field trip to Golden Gate Park: In search for hidden water with guest lecturer/tour guide Joel Pomerantz, writer, natural history educator, and founder of Thinkwalks.
Thursday, 10/5: Read James R. Smith, “California Midwinter International Exposition – 1894,” from San Francisco’s Lost Landmarks (Word Dancer Press, 2005): pp. 111-126.

Week 8
Tuesday, 10/10: Read Barbara Berglund, “The Days of Old, the Days of Gold, the Days of ‘49”: Identity, History, and Memory at the California Midwinter International Exposition, 1894,” The Public Historian (Fall 2003): pp. 25-49.
Thursday, 10/12: Field/research trip to San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Main Public Library.

Week 9
Tuesday, 10/17: No class: Fall break.
Thursday, 10/19: Essay Two due in class.

Week 10
Tuesday, 10/24: Read Ray Oldenburg, “The Character of Third Places,” from The Great Good Place: Cafes, coffee shops, community centers, beauty parlors, general stores, bars, hangouts, and how they get you through the day (1989), pp. 20-42.
Thursday, 10/26: Read Robert C. Cottrell, "From the human be-in to the summer of love," in Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Rise of America's 1960s Counterculture (2015): pp. 195-216.

Week 11
Tuesday, 10/31: Field trip to Golden Gate Park.
Thursday, 11/2: Topic selection workshop.

Week 12
Tuesday, 11/7: Field trip to Golden Gate Park
Thursday, 11/9: Essay Three due in class.

Week 13
Tuesday, 11/14: Read “Golden Gate Park” entry on Wikipedia at least 2-3 times. Read and be ready to discuss both its content (the information it contains) and structure (its outline, components, links, sources, and style).
Thursday, 11/16: Read/complete Wiki Education Foundation, “Online Training for Students.” This includes creating a Wikipedia account and a user page.

Week 14
Tuesday, 11/21: Read “Evaluating Wikipedia,” “Editing Wikipedia,” “Using Talk Pages,” “Citing sources on Wikipedia,” “Avoiding plagiarism on Wikipedia,” and “Illustrating Wikipedia.”
Thursday, 11/23: No class: Thanksgiving

Week 15
Tuesday, 11/28: Wikipedia workday
Thursday, 11/30: Final Wikipedia contributions due in class.

Week 16
Tuesday, 12/5: Pizza party in the park.

This class has no final.

Grading
Essay 1                                   15
Essay 2                                   20
Essay 3                                   25
Wikipedia Project               20
Reading Responses            10
Class Participation              10

Attendance Policy
Attendance is crucial. Missing class (or attending class unprepared) will significantly affect your final grade. If you do miss class, contact a classmate to find out what you missed and ask to borrow her or his notes. Then, do it again with a different classmate. After doing this, if you have questions email me.

Academic Integrity
Plagiarism is using another person’s words, works, and/or ideas without giving appropriate credit. Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic honor and personal integrity and can result in failing an assignment, being removed from this course, or even being asked to leave USF. Plus, it’s just lazy.

Rules
1. No late work accepted.
2. In class and on field trips, no drinking out of non-reusable containers.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

gone


gone: Carl Icahn, Trump's Special Advisor to the President for regulatory affairs, fired or resigned.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

gone


gone: Rich Higgins, director for strategic planning at the National Security Council, ordered to resign.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

gone


gone: Steven Groves, Chief of Staff to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, resigned.

gone


gone: Richard Staropoli, appointed by Trump to be chief information officer of the Department of Homeland Security, resigned.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

gone


gone: Michael Short, Trump's senior assistant press secretary, resigns.

Friday, July 21, 2017

gone


gone: Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary, resigns.

gone


gone: Mark Corallo, Trump’s legal team spokesman, resigns.

gone


gone: Marc Kasowitz, Trump's one-time lead of the legal team responding to the ongoing Russian investigations, steps down.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

gone


gone: Tera Dahl, deputy chief of staff at the National Security Council and a former columnist for Breitbart, leaves the NSC.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

gone


gone: Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., considered for an assistant secretary position at the Department of Homeland Security, rescinds acceptance.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Friday, June 02, 2017

gone


gone: George Conway, husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and under consideration for a high-level post leading the Justice Department’s civil division, withdraws.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Friday, May 05, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

gone


gone: Todd Ricketts, Trump’s nomination for Deputy Commerce Secretary, withdraws.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

gone


According to Salon, "Fox News has suspended its legal affairs commentator Andrew Napolitano after his uncorroborated allegation that former President Barack Obama used the U.K.’s spying operation to monitor President Donald Trump provoked an international incident."

Thursday, March 16, 2017

gone


Sid Bowdidge: fired.

As the Daily News reports, "A massage therapist with no apparent experience of energy policy was terminated from the Department of Energy after it was revealed that he had a habit of making racially charged social media posts about Muslims and former President Barack Obama."

Monday, February 27, 2017

gone


“After an extensive review process,” said Philip Bilden, Trump’s nominee for Navy secretary, “I have determined that I will not be able to satisfy the Office of Government Ethics requirements without undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family’s private financial interests.”

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

gone


Today, Andrew Puzder, Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, withdrew from consideration amid growing resistance from all Senate Democrats and a growing number of Republicans. His confirmation hearing was set to begin tomorrow.

Monday, February 13, 2017

gone


Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, resigned amid questions of competence and legality of his communication with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to the Trump Administration taking office. As CNN notes, “The sudden exit marks the most public display yet of disarray at the highest levels of the new administration, which has faced repeated questions over a slew of controversies and reports of infighting among senior aides during its first three weeks.”

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

community garden outreach syllabus (spring 2017)

Community Garden Outreach
Thursdays, 11:45 am – 3:25 pm & 5-9 pm on 1st Thursdays
Class location: USF Garden, Gleeson Plaza, & St. Cyprian’s Church (Turk and Lyon)
Twitter: @USFgarden / Instagram: usfgardenoutreach

Professor David Silver (dmsilver [ at ] usfca [ dot ] edu)
Office / hours: Kalmanovitz 141, MW, 1-2 & by appointment
TA: Santiago Delgadillo (sdelgadillo [ at ] dons [ dot ] usfca [ dot ] edu)

Course Description: Community Garden Outreach introduces students to ideas, skills, and practices in ultra-local, urban-based food production and distribution. Through readings, reflections, and discussions, students will explore various social, cultural, and economic issues around food, food production, and food distribution. Through cooking and preserving workshops, urban farm visits, monthly campus farmstands in Gleeson Plaza, and monthly community dinners at St. Cyprian’s Church, students will engage directly with community food practices.

Learning Goals:
  1. Develop practical skills in preparing, preserving, and distributing local, seasonal food;
  2. Design, implement, and administer the campus farmstand and St. Cyprian’s community dinner;
  3. Design and implement outreach methods to publicize class events; and
  4. Demonstrate effective and creative collaboration with class members and community partners.




 
Grading:
50%  Participation in and contribution to 3 USF Farmstands and 3 St Cyprian’s Community Dinners
10%   Recipe Project
20%   Family Cuisine Project
10%   Homework assignments and reflections
10%   Out-of-class volunteering

Farmstands and Community Dinners: The heart of this class is the campus farmstands and community dinners. Occurring three times a semester, the campus farmstand takes place in Gleeson Plaza. Students are responsible for all aspects of the farmstand, including organizing, publicizing, harvesting, gleaning, cooking and preparing the food, setting up, serving, cleaning up, and documenting. Also occurring three times a semester, the community dinners take place at St. Cyprian's Church (at Turk and Lyon) on the first Thursday evening of each month. Again, students are responsible for all aspects of the community dinner.

Out-of-class volunteering: Each student is required to make at least three visits to an urban farm or food-related event in the city. We will talk more about this but in general students visit the urban farm during work days, work in the farm for about two hours, and write a one page reflection about your experiences. Possible urban farms include: Alemany Farm, Garden for the Environment, and Tenderloin People’s Garden. Students can also volunteer at USF’s Stress Less Day (February 28) and the Earth Day Seed Swap at San Francisco Public Library (on April 22).

Attendance Policy: Missing class, or attending class unprepared, will significantly affect your final grade. If you do miss class, contact a classmate to find out what we discussed in class and ask to borrow her or his notes. Then, do the same with a second classmate. After this, if you still have questions about missed material, visit me during office hours or email me.

Course Rules
1.    No late work accepted.
2.    No drinking out of non-reusable containers during class, during farmstands, and during community dinners.
3.    Unless extremely necessary, stay off your phones during class.





 
Course Calendar
Thursday, January 26: Class and individual introductions. Food icebreaker. Tour USF Garden. Make a salad. Review syllabus. Homework: Visit a Farmer’s Market, preferably the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market on Saturday, to assess what makes a successful farmer’s market. Compile your observations into a one page reflection and bring to class on February 2.

Thursday, February 2: Discussion: What makes a stall at the farmer’s market good or bad? What’s a farmstand? What kind of farmstand do we want ours to be? Tour G05. Visit USF Seed Library and meet Gleeson librarians Debbie Benrubi and Carol Spector. Harvest for evening cooking workshop. Evening (5-9 pm): Cooking workshop and group dinner at St Cyprian’s. Dinner guests: Bruno Peguese, Senior Warden of St. Cyprian's Church; and Rev. Thomas Jackson, Vicar, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church. Homework: farmstand preparations, harvest/cook/coordinate with your team for next week’s farmstand.

Thursday, February 9: USF Farmstand 1. Class meets at Gleeson Plaza. After farmstand, we will have a brief visit from Lauren White, a representative from the HECUA Internship Program in Tuscany (“Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Justice in Italy”). Homework: Listen to TED Radio Hour, “The Food We Eat” (52 minutes), NPR.

Thursday, February 16: Recipe workshop. Homework: Readings on seeds and seed libraries distributed in class.

Thursday, February 23: Seed packet design workshop with Maren Salomon, Debbie Benrubi, and Carol Spector. Class meets near the USF Seed Library in Gleeson Library.

Thursday, March 2: Class meets at St. Cyprian’s to cook and prepare community dinner. Evening (5-9 pm): Community Dinner 1. Homework: farmstand preparations, harvest/cook/coordinate with your team for next week’s farmstand.

Thursday, March 9: USF Farmstand 2. Class meets at Gleeson Plaza.

Thursday, March 16: No class: Spring Break

Thursday, March 23: Mexican food and culture workshop with Josah Perley, owner of small-scale taco business, Tacoschani. Homework: Read Melati Citrawireja, “Deepa Natarajan: Ethnobotanist and natural fabric dyer,” Berkeleyside, November 9, 2015; and selections from John Keay, The Spice Route.

Thursday, March 30: Chai and spices workshop with Deepa Natarajan.

Thursday, April 6: Class meets at St. Cyprian’s to cook and prepare community dinner. Evening (5-9 pm): Community Dinner 2. Homework: Read Sandra Cate, “‘Breaking Bread with a Spread’ in the San Francisco County Jail,” Gastronomica, Summer 2008, pp. 17-24.

Thursday, April 13: Baking workshop. Guest baker: Samantha Blackburn. Class meets at St Cyprian’s kitchen. Homework: farmstand preparations, harvest/cook/coordinate with your team for next week’s farmstand.

Thursday, April 20: USF Farmstand 3. Class meets at Gleeson Plaza. Homework: Family cuisine assignment.

(*** On Saturday, April 22, there will be an Earth Day Seed Swap at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. The USF Seed Library is a co-organizer of this event and all CGO students are required to attend and participate in it.)

Thursday, April 27: Family Cuisine Project due in class.

Thursday, May 4: Class meets at St. Cyprian’s to cook and prepare community dinner. Evening (5-9 pm): Community Dinner 3. Homework: final reflection assignment.

Thursday, May 11: Last-day-of-class potluck party in USF Garden.

This class has no final.