Thursday, August 17, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017


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

Thursday, August 10, 2017


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


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

Friday, July 21, 2017


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


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


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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


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


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


“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


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


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.

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.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

intro to media studies syllabus (spring 2017)

Introduction to Media Studies
Section 1: MWF 9:15-10:20 am
Section 2: MWF 10:30-11:35 am
Kalmanovitz 311

Professor David Silver
Office / hours: Kalmanovitz 141, MW, 1-2 & by appointment
Contact: dmsilver [ at ] usfca [ dot ] edu

This course introduces students to the field of media studies. Beginning with the printing press and ending with social media, students will examine various media developments and eras and begin to appreciate the complex interactions between media and larger cultural, economic, political, and social conditions.

Upon completion of this course, students will:
o   Be able to explain the key developments and social actors of media history;
o   Be able to explain how these developments were and continue to be embedded within key cultural, economic, political, and social conditions; and
o   Be able to read various media texts critically and creatively.

Course Costs
o   All readings will be emailed to you as PDFs or are available online for free.
o   Documentaries like The Sun Never Sets and Women in Comedy are available for free on Kanopy and Films on Demand via Gleeson Library’s web site.
o   For class on February 3, you are required to purchase one print version of the San Francisco Chronicle. It will cost between $1 and $1.50.
o   Finally, you are required, by April 7, to watch a film at a “movie palace” like San Francisco’s Castro Theater or Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater. General admission is $12. (Castro matinees are $9; Grand Lake’s cost $6.)

30% — Midterms (10% x 3)
20% — Exhibits (10% x 2)
20% — Group Exhibit (Trump’s First 100 Days)
30% — Homework, quizzes, and in class assignments

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.

Course Calendar
Mon, 1/23: Introduction, distribute syllabi.
Wed, 1/25: Read Ken Auletta, “Outside the Box: Netflix and the Future of Television,” The New Yorker, February 3, 2014.
Fri, 1/27: Read Mara Einstein, “Introduction: Why Ads Don’t Look Like Ads,” in Black Ops Advertising (2016), pp. 1-23.

Unit One: Words

Mon, 1/30: Read Michael Schudson, “The Revolution of the Penny Press,” in Discovering the News: A Social History of American Newspapers (1978): pp. 14-31, 196-7.
Wed, 2/1: Watch The Sun Never Sets: A Small Town Newspaper (2012, 55 mins) Video available on Kanopy via Gleeson Library. Watch selections, in class, from Stop the Presses (2008; 48 mins).
Fri, 2/3: Read, front to back, the Thursday, February 2 print edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. Observe everything. Bring entire paper to class and be prepared to discuss.

Mon, 2/6: Read Ellen Gruber Garvey, “Reframing the Bicycle: Magazines and Scorching Women,” in The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture, 1880s to 1910s (1996): pp. 106-134.
Wed, 2/8: Midterm 1 review.
Fri, 2/10: MIDTERM 1

Unit Two: Sounds

Mon, 2/13: Read Edward D. Miller, “David Bowie, Alladin Sane, and America,” in Tomboys, Pretty Boys, and Outspoken Women: The Media Revolution of 1973 (2011): pp. 83-118.
Wed, 2/15: Exhibit workshop
Fri, 2/17: POPULAR MUSIC EXHIBIT (to get ideas flowing, check out 60+ student exhibits from spring 2016 and 70 student projects from fall 2015)

Mon, 2/20: No Class: Presidents’ Day Holiday
Wed, 2/22: Read Susan J. Douglas, “Amateur Operators and American Broadcasting: Shaping the Future of Radio,” in Joseph J. Corn, ed., Imagining Tomorrow: History, Technology, and the American Future (1986), pp:  35-57.
Fri, 2/24: Read Michael Brian Schiffer, “The Radio Craze,” in The Portable Radio in American Life (1991): pp. 48-62.

Mon, 2/27: Read Susan Smulyan, “Toward National Radio,” in Selling Radio: The Commercialization of American Broadcasting, 1920-1934 (1994): pp. 11-36.
Wed, 3/1: Read Melvin Patrick Ely, “White Men, Black Voices,” in The Adventures of Amos ‘n’ Andy: A Social History of an American Phenomenon (1991): pp. 1-10.
Fri, 3/3: Guest lecture: Miranda Morris, KUSF General Manager. In preparation for Miranda’s visit, take some time to listen to KUSF. Also, watch Basile Inman's “Sister Lazarus" and Cristina Pachano-Lauderdale's “Rock N Swap." And then read Kevin Lozano's “Does College Radio Even Matter Anymore?Pitchfork, February 8, 2017

Mon, 3/6: To be determined
Wed, 3/8: Midterm review
Fri, 3/10: MIDTERM 2

Spring Break

Unit Three: Images

Mon, 3/20: Read Steven Lubar, “Pictures,” in InfoCulture: The Smithsonian Book of Information Age Inventions (1993), pp. 51-64.
Wed, 3/22: Watch John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, Part I (YouTube)
Fri, 3/24: Photography workshop

Mon, 3/27: William Boddy, “The Beginnings of American Television,” in Anthony Smith, ed., Television: An International History (1995): pp. 35-61.
Wed, 3/39: Kristen Hatch, “Selling Soap: Post-war Television Soap Opera and the American Housewife,” in Janet Thumim, ed., Small Screens, Big Ideas: Television in the 1950s (2002): pp. 35-49
Fri, 3/31: Susan J. Douglas, “Sex and the Single Teenager,” in Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media (1994): pp. 61-81.

Mon, 4/3: Class-generated readings on Reality Shows.
Wed, 4/5: Watch Pioneers of Television. / Game Shows (56 mins).
Fri, 4/7: By today’s class, you are required to have to watched a film at a “movie palace” like San Francisco’s Castro Theater or Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater. This is required. Also, read Laurel Hennen Vigil, “Why the Curtain Fell: During the Golden Age of cinema, Oakland and Berkeley boasted dozens of grand, historic movie palaces,” East Bay Express, December 16, 2015.

Mon, 4/10: Watch Women in Comedy (PBS, 2014: 54 mins).
Wed, 4/12: Read Andrew Marantz, “Ready for Prime Time: After twenty-five years as a road comic, Leslie Jones becomes a star,” The New Yorker, January 4, 2016, pp. 22-29; and Amanda Hess, “Asian-American Actors Are Fighting for Visibility. They Will Not Be Ignored,” New York Times, May 25, 2016.
Fri, 4/14: No class: Easter Holiday

Mon, 4/17: Guest lecture: Michael Robertson, professor of Media Studies and Journalism, USF. Readings to be determined.
Wed, 4/19: Midterm review
Fri, 4/21: MIDTERM 3

Mon, 4/24: Guest lecture: Danny Plotnick, director of Film Studies minor, USF. Readings to be determined.
Wed, 4/26: Exhibit workshop
Fri, 4/28: FAVE FILM EXHIBIT (here’s 62 student exhibits from last year’s class)

Mon, 5/1: Trump’s First 100 Days research workshop
Wed, 5/3: (continued)
Fri, 5/5: (continued)

Mon, 5/8: Trump group exhibit workshop
TUESDAY, 5/9: Pop-up group exhibit (“Trump’s First 100 Days”) in Thacher Gallery in Gleeson Library (here’s some examples from fall 2014’s #everydaymedia pop-up)
Wed, 5/10: End-of-the-semester party

There is no final in this class.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Former Fox News personality Monica Crowley was Trump’s selection for senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council. After CNN reported at least 50 examples of plagiarism in her book What the (Bleep) Just Happened? The Happy Warrior’s Guide to the Great American Comeback and Politico found more than a dozen instances of plagiarism in her PhD dissertation, Crowley took herself out of the running. Instead, she would "remain in New York to pursue other opportunities."