University of San Diego: College of Arts and Sciences

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06/05/2024

On June 2, 2024, Mexicans elected their country’s first-ever woman president, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo.

Dr. Emily Edmonds-Poli, professor of political science and international relations, returned to “At the Edge of It All” to break down the election that had the largest voter turnout in that country. She discusses the magnitude of a woman being elected to lead Mexico, some of the political challenges she’ll face, and how she might tackle issues with global implications, especially Mexico’s relationship with the United States, as this country prepares to elect a new president of its own.

The "At the Edge of it All" podcast is offered in English and, when available, in Spanish. You can listen to the podcast episode below:
https://www.sandiego.edu/news/detail.php?_focus=92924

06/04/2024

The 2024 Alcalá Awards were presented to College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) students Janea McCoy (BA) 24’ and Hannah Hintermeister (BA) ’24. McCoy majored in Political Science and Hintermeister majored in Political Science and Spanish.

Annually, the Alcalá Award is given to two graduating seniors who “exhibit an exemplary commitment to the mission of USD.”

USD’s mission is a commitment “to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community and preparing leaders who are dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.” Read more below!

https://www.sandiego.edu/news/cas/detail.php?_focus=92856

Photos from University of San Diego: College of Arts and Sciences's post 05/29/2024

Some great snapshots from our graduate student graduation this past weekend at USD where students from the Environmental and Ocean Sciences Department, our Masters in International Relations students and those who earned an MFA in the Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program received their degrees! Congratulations to you all!

05/28/2024

Congrats to Dr. Chung for being one of the San Diego Business Journal's Asian Pacific Islander Leaders of Influence! USD Department of Communication

Photos from University of San Diego: College of Arts and Sciences's post 05/27/2024

Congrats to our fabulous graduates in the College of Arts and Sciences! You are amazing!

Psychology Alumna Jayden Kennedy Talks About Her Success in Real Estate - University of San Diego 05/23/2024

Jayden Kennedy graduated from the University of San Diego in 2018 with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in sociology. After graduating, Kennedy decided to continue her volleyball career at the professional level. Afterwards, Kennedy felt inspired to go into real estate after seeing, “the large amounts of wealth that many families of my peers at USD were able to create through real estate investing.” She now owns two homes at the age of 27, having bought her first at 25.

Kennedy feels blessed to have a job that does not feel like a job. She encourages people to follow their passion. She states, “too many people today chase paychecks but find themselves miserable, it’s not sustainable.” Instead she believes that if you work hard and do something you are passionate about, the money will follow.

Psychology Alumna Jayden Kennedy Talks About Her Success in Real Estate - University of San Diego Jayden Kennedy graduated from the University of San Diego in 2018 with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in sociology. After graduating, Kennedy decided to continue her volleyball career at the professional level. Afterwards, Kennedy felt inspired to go into real estate after seeing, “t...

Celebrating the Graduating Class of 2024: Davon Thomas 05/23/2024

Davon Thomas is graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Thomas grew up in Maryland and was in foster care until he was adopted in 1996.

“Growing up in the greater Baltimore area, specifically Edgewood, there is a lot of gang violence, drug use and a lot of things that would cause the normal person a high level of stress and anxiety,” said Thomas. “Having nine siblings, coupled with the stress of growing up in that environment, and being adopted from the foster care system – that all led me to want to have a better understanding of the human mind and pursue a degree in psychology.”

Watch the video below to learn more about Davon's story!

Celebrating the Graduating Class of 2024: Davon Thomas Davon Thomas is graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Thomas grew up in Maryland and was in foster care un...

05/23/2024

Bestselling Joy Luck Club author Amy Tan, discussed her new book, The Backyard Bird Chronicles, with Dean Norton at USD tonight.

Tracking the natural beauty that surrounds us, The Backyard Bird Chronicles maps the passage of time through daily entries, thoughtful questions, and beautiful original sketches. With boundless charm and wit, author Amy Tan charts her foray into birding and the natural wonders of the world in this fabulous new book. USD Humanities Center Warwick's

05/22/2024

Emily Edmonds-Poli, professor of political science and international relations at USD, joined "At the Edge of it All" to discuss Mexico holding the largest election in its history. On June 2, 2024, Mexicans will go to the polls to elect a new president, a new congress, nine governors, and over 20,000 state and local offices.

With more eligible voters than ever before (including 2 million residing outside of Mexico), and for the first time ever, two female candidates leading the presidential race, Dr. Edmonds-Poli discusses how this round of elections has the potential to change the face of Mexican politics. Listen to episode in link below!
https://www.sandiego.edu/news/detail.php?_focus=92789

‎Yeah, I Got an F#%*ing Job With a Liberal Arts Degree: Episode 26: Dean Noelle Norton on Her Approach to the Humanities on Apple Podcasts 05/22/2024

Dean Norton joined Cal Poly Humboldt Dean Jeff Crane as he interviews a range of guests about the value of the liberal arts as a public good on his podcast.

This week's episode features a conversation with our Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. She received her BA from UCLA and her MA and PhD from UCSB, all in Political Science. This episode is a discussion between two Deans about "dean-ing," their experiences as professors and different ways the humanities can be approached on an institutional level.

Click below to check it out!

‎Yeah, I Got an F#%*ing Job With a Liberal Arts Degree: Episode 26: Dean Noelle Norton on Her Approach to the Humanities on Apple Podcasts ‎Show Yeah, I Got an F #%*ing Job With a Liberal Arts Degree, Ep Episode 26: Dean Noelle Norton on Her Approach to the Humanities - May 7, 2024

At the Edge of it All Podcast: Myths and Misconceptions About Mexico - University of San Diego 05/16/2024

“At the Edge of It All” was joined by Laura Calderón, program coordinator of Justice in Mexico, whose wide-ranging work examines violence, economics and the justice system in Mexico. She explained what some of the data tells us about the state of the country, and what it says about tourism and safety in Mexico.

The "At the Edge of it All" podcast is available below!

At the Edge of it All Podcast: Myths and Misconceptions About Mexico - University of San Diego “At the Edge of It All” was joined by Laura Calderón, program coordinator of Justice in Mexico, whose wide-ranging work examines violence, economics and the justice system in Mexico. She explained what some of the data tells us about the state of the country, and what it says about tourism and ...

Photos from University of San Diego: College of Arts and Sciences's post 05/16/2024

A wonderful end of the year party and celebration of 75 years of the College of Arts and Sciences as the Heart of USD. So many incredible awards given to our amazing faculty as well!

Tracing the rich history of lowriders in San Diego 05/13/2024

Lowriding is an important cultural and artistic expression for the Chicano community in San Diego and California. The San Diego Lowrider Archival Project dives into that local history.

Hear more from Dr. Alberto Pulido, Chair of USD's Ethnic Studies Department in his interview with KPBS.

Tracing the rich history of lowriders in San Diego The San Diego Lowrider Archival Project documents the historical and cultural significance of lowriders through photographs, memorabilia, art and more.

05/08/2024

This week, “At the Edge of It All” was joined by Wilnelia Recart González, assistant professor of biology, whose childhood in Puerto Rico inspired a life-long fascination with nature. She explained how taking a close look at plants or flowers can tell us so much about the world around us. She also talked about how climate change affects plants, and how that impacts what kinds of flowers and vegetation we see around our homes and when, and even how it impacts the food we eat.

Check out the episode below!
https://www.sandiego.edu/news/detail.php?_focus=92667

75th Anniversary for the College of Arts and Sciences at USD 05/08/2024

The College of Arts and Sciences, along with the University of San Diego, is celebrating a significant milestone in 2024—its 75th anniversary. It traces its beginnings to the visionary efforts of Bishop Buddy and Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Together, they founded the College for Women and, shortly thereafter, the College for Men, both rooted in the liberal arts tradition.

75th Anniversary for the College of Arts and Sciences at USD The College of Arts and Sciences, along with the University of San Diego, is celebrating a significant milestone in 2024—its 75th anniversary. It traces its ...

USD Professor of Psychological Sciences Receives Coveted “Prebys Research Heroes" Award 04/30/2024

University of San Diego Professor of Psychological Sciences Rachel Bl**er, PhD, was chosen by the Conrad Prebys Foundation's Board of Trustees to receive the "Prebys Research Heroes" Award. The award is a two-year, $500,000 research grant. Bl**er’s commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion makes her an ideal recipient of this outstanding award.

Much of the grant will go toward helping Bl**er expand research opportunities for diverse students in her lab. “The idea is to foster diversity and inclusion in the sciences, especially in basic biomedical research. On one hand, the foundation is supporting my research, but in doing so they are really supporting my research students,” says Bl**er. “We want students from a variety of backgrounds going on to earn PhDs in psychology and neuroscience, but also going on to become doctors and nurses and other healthcare professionals, because diversity in all of those areas helps to reduce disparities in healthcare and to improve access to care.”

USD Professor of Psychological Sciences Receives Coveted “Prebys Research Heroes" Award USD Professor Rachel Bl**er receives a Excellence in Scientific Research Leadership grant which will support diverse student research in biomedical sciences.

Photos from University of San Diego: College of Arts and Sciences's post 04/29/2024

A beautiful evening in Founders Hall as the Religious of the Sacred Heart, members of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, alumni, faculty, University Advancement, and valued members of the college community gathered to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of USD and the College of Arts and Sciences at the annual Founder's Dinner. Guests joined Dean Norton in dedicating the new installation of the Rose Philippine Duchesne Hall archway and photo history in Founders Hall.

Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks Its Back 04/26/2024

Gallery Screening: May 6 through May 13 in the Humanities Center!

As part of the Humanities Center’s series on The Frozen Realms, the Humanities Center presents a weeklong showing of Braden King and Laura Moya’s remarkable film about the most westerly point in the United States: Dutch Harbor, in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. Accompanied by a memorable score of music by Michael Krassner and the Boxhead Ensemble, the film’s stark and haunting images capture the threatened way of life of a landscape described here as “the last place to go.”

Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks Its Back Gallery Screening: May 6 through May 13 As part of the Humanities Center’s series on The Frozen Realms, the Humanities Center presents a weeklong showing of Braden King and Laura Moya’s remarkable film about the most westerly point in the United States: Dutch Harbor, in the Aleutian Islands of A...

Wittgenstein and Anthropology | Faculti 04/26/2024

Check out this interview of Dr. Brian Clack on Wittgenstein!

Wittgenstein and Anthropology | Faculti Ludwig Wittgenstein's views concerning anthropology emerge predominantly from his notes on Sir James Frazer's The Golden Bough. Brian Clack discusses elements of Wittgenstein's work that might bear on anthropology.

Photos from University of San Diego Music Department's post 04/25/2024

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Research in Rewind: How Mussels Can Teach Us About Microplastic Pollution 04/22/2024

The impact of plastic pollution on marine ecosystems and its implications for human health is a growing concern. A recent study from Science states that more than 10 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year. A considerable amount of those plastics are microplastics: small fragments and fibers that come from manufactured or synthetic textiles, or the breakdown of larger plastic debris.

Julia Humphrey used her summer undergraduate research experience (SURE) to expand upon current studies looking at the effects of microplastics on marine ecosystems. To do this, she collected mussels from four different sites around Mission Bay to look for clues on what types of microplastics have infiltrated the region.

Research in Rewind: How Mussels Can Teach Us About Microplastic Pollution The impact of plastic pollution on marine ecosystems and its implications for human health is a growing concern. A recent study from Science states that more than 10 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year. A considerable amount of those plastics are microplastics: small fragments and fibe...

Prints and Pinot—Wine, Whistler and Printmaking Event at USD, a Huge Success 04/22/2024

The College of Arts and Sciences and University Galleries celebrated fine art and wine appreciation at Prints and Pinot on April 18, with over 100 guests. Prints and Pinot is one of the College of Arts and Sciences and University Galleries’ signature events highlighting the gallery artwork on campus and this semester’s special print exhibition, Glorious Harmony: The Kathryn A. and James E. Whistler Collection.

The Whistler exhibition, a significant part of Kathryn A. and James E. Whistler’s exceptional collection, featured prints by the renowned American artist James McNeill Whistler, adding a touch of artistic brilliance to the event.

Prints and Pinot—Wine, Whistler and Printmaking Event at USD, a Huge Success The College of Arts and Sciences and University Galleries celebrated fine art and wine appreciation at Prints and Pinot on April 18, with over 100 guests. Prints and Pinot is one of the College of Arts and Sciences and University Galleries’ signature events highlighting the gallery artwork on camp...

Photos from University of San Diego: College of Arts and Sciences's post 04/19/2024

An incredible night with Kathryn A. and James E. Whistler, University Galleries, faculty, staff, students and community members enjoying food, wine, interactive art, live music and Glorious Harmony: The Kathryn A. and James E. Whistler Collection at Prints and Pinot 2024! Hoehn Family Galleries University Galleries

Gospel Choir Festival 04/17/2024

Come to the Gospel Choir Festival this Sunday, April 21, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Camino Hall, Shiley Theatre at USD.

Join the University of San Diego Gospel Choir for a festival collaboration with the Colburn School Concert Choir and the MLK Community Choir of San Diego.

Admission is FREE! Register below!

Gospel Choir Festival Join the USD Gospel Choir for a festival collaboration with the Colburn School Concert Choir and the MLK Community Choir of San Diego.

Commemorating Exceptional Adjunct Faculty: The Perla and Jeff Myers Adjunct Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence 04/17/2024

Reflect on a time when a teacher positively impacted your life. Consider the attributes that defined their teaching excellence, such as "commitment," "compassion," or "effective communication." Indeed, teaching excellence merits acknowledgment and commemoration.

Dr. Perla Myers, professor of mathematics and executive director of the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education, strongly believes that adjunct faculty who enrich students’ academic experience at USD should be recognized and honored. In 2016, Drs. Perla and Jeff Myers established the “College of Arts and Sciences Adjunct Faculty Award for Exceptional Teaching Fund” to do just that—celebrate adjunct faculty who have demonstrated teaching excellence.

Drawing from her own experience at the University of San Diego, Dr. Perla Myers finds profound meaning in this award, having started as an adjunct faculty member 25 years ago.

Commemorating Exceptional Adjunct Faculty: The Perla and Jeff Myers Adjunct Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence Reflect on a time when a teacher positively impacted your life. Consider the attributes that defined their teaching excellence, such as "commitment," "compassion," or "effective communication." Indeed, teaching excellence merits acknowledgment and commemoration. Dr. Perla Myers, professor of mathema...

Assistant Professor Jennifer Tillman’s Research and Teaching Focuses on Disability Policies and Rights 04/17/2024

A devastating life experience led Assistant Professor Jennifer Tillman to pursue scholarly inquiry into philosophy and medical ethics.

As a teenager, her father died after organ failure. Grieving, Tillman asked his doctor why he wasn’t included on an organ donation list. The jaw-dropping answer: Her father’s life had been determined not important enough to save.

“That shaped the rest of my life,” says Tillman. “The question of how we treat people fairly will always be why I do this work. I don’t want that to happen to other people.”

Assistant Professor Jennifer Tillman’s Research and Teaching Focuses on Disability Policies and Rights A devastating life experience led Assistant Professor Jennifer Tillman to pursue scholarly inquiry into philosophy and medical ethics. As a teenager, her father died after organ failure. Grieving, Tillman asked his doctor why he wasn’t included on an organ donation list. The jaw-dropping answer: H...

Joanne T. Dempsey Memorial Lecture: Ayanna Thompson "The Future of Shakespeare, Race, and Performance" 04/15/2024

The Department of English welcomed distinguished Shakespeare scholar and theater practitioner Ayanna Thompson,PhD, to the University of San Diego on April 4, 2024, for the biennial Joanne T. Dempsey Memorial Lecture, “The Future of Shakespeare, Race, and Performance” held in the Manchester Hall Auditorium.

In attendance were generous donors Mr. and Mrs. William Dempsey. Bill Dempsey is the brother of the late USD Professor of English, Joanne T. Dempsey, for whom this lecture was created. The biennial lecture series brings renowned scholars of Renaissance drama, literature and culture to the University of San Diego.

Joanne T. Dempsey Memorial Lecture: Ayanna Thompson "The Future of Shakespeare, Race, and Performance" The Department of English welcomed distinguished Shakespeare scholar and theater practitioner Ayanna Thompson,PhD, to the University of San Diego on April 4, 2024, for the biennial Joanne T. Dempsey Memorial Lecture, "The Future of Shakespeare, Race, and Performance" held in the Manchester Hall Audi...

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About the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the core of the undergraduate academic experience at the University of San Diego. It delivers a values-based liberal arts education to all undergraduate students and prepares them to flourish in their pursuit of academic excellence and personal achievement.

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