Faculty Time Initiatives

The following faculty-centered programs are focused on the Common Experience for Faculty theme, time, and are aimed at fostering cross-disciplinary collegial community. If you have a program you wish to pursue related to the theme of time, and you do not see it listed below, please contact Mark Wheeler, [email protected], (Philosophy) or Arlette Baljon, [email protected], (Physics), the chief faculty organizers for the programming.

Common Experience (CE) Faculty initiative leaders, CE Faculty grant recipients and interested faculty should contact Jose Preciado at [email protected] to RSVP and verify lunch choices.

Event:

Location: AD 223
Date: Last Wednesday of each month (8/27, 9/26, 10/31, 11/28)
Time: 12:00-1:00 P.M.

Faculty Sponsor:

Arlette Baljon, Physics[email protected] 
Jose Preciado, Common Experience, [email protected] 
Mark Wheeler, Philosophy[email protected] 

Event:

Location: Student Union - Montezuma Hall West
Date: December 4, 2018
Time: 12:00 P.M.
 
Faculty Sponsor:
 
Tom Abram, Energy and Sustainability Officer, [email protected] 
Mark Wheeler, Philosophy[email protected]

Sense, feel, and perceive time at these four dance events. This series offers glimpses into the perspectives of dance researchers that include questions, perceptual frames, processes, and “products”, some made-in-the-moment, and others over years. 

LIVE Practice 
Location: ENS 200
Date: November 1, 2018
Time: 9:15-11:15 A.M.

A weekly group impovisation practice/dance research group that Humphrey and Seiters have been part of us for over a decade. This is an invitation to witness their time-based practice: 15 minutes of silence/stillness, 15 of solo prep/tuning, 15 of group prep/tuning, and 45 where they "make something" together. Radical, raw, relational. Fully colaborate. Never obey. Always LIVE.

Feeling 
Location: ENS 200
Date: December 6-8, 2018
Time: 7:30 P.M.

Directed by Jess Humphrey and Eric Geiger featuring piano faculty, Toni James and SDSU alumni Chloë Freeman, Zack King, and Nhu Nguyen. Feeling was born of research on the embodied nature of emotions and now feeds on music and dramas, both durational and enduring. *Post-performance discussion with artists. 

Why Not Sing
Location: ENS 200
Date: March 1-2, 2018
Time: 7:30 P.M.

Directed by Leslie Seiters, the foreground of this dance is one continuous event over time. Underneath this forward momentum is recursive structures using fragmentation, repetition, and jump cuts. We practice resonance, incongruity, and overwhelm. *Post-performance discussion with artists.  

Pause
Location: ENS 200
Date: TBA
Time: 7:30 P.M.

Choreographed by world-renowned experimental dance artist Deborah Hay. 

Co-choreographed and performed by Jess Humphrey, Leslie Seiters, and Eric Geiger. pause, emerges from the dancers’ embodiment of Hay’s Zen koan-like questions, poetic language or “dance librettos”, and stage directions. pause, renders their choice-making as visible and fleeting as the clarity of each movement made in relation to time, space, and one other. A brightened perspective within a pervasive stillness may hold you in place. *This performance will be followed by a post-performance discussion with the artists. 

Faculty Sponsors:

Mark Wheeler, Philosophy[email protected] 
Leslie Seiters, Dance, [email protected] 
Jess Humphrey, Dance, [email protected] 

Presented by Dance Faculty Leslie Seiters & Jess Humphrey in ENS 200 at SDSU.

SDSU faculty/student pairs are welcome to attend for free performance and post-performance panel discussion, organized by Professor Eve Kornfeld, on experiencing time in musical performance with SDSU’s Director of Orchestral Studies Michael Gerdes, oboist and PSFA Dean Donna Conaty, Professor Andrew Aziz (a music theorist), and Professor Eric Smigel (a musicologist). Faculty interested in attending with a student guest, please contact Mark Wheeler for two free tickets [email protected]


Event:

Location: SDSU Don Powell Theatre
Date: Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: 7:30P.M.

Faculty Sponsor:

Mark Wheeler, Philosophy[email protected] 

Evan Thompson’s research and teaching focus on cognitive science, the philosophy of mind, and cross-cultural philosophy, especially Asian philosophy in dialogue with Western philosophy and science. He is the author of Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy (Columbia University Press, 2015), Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind (Harvard University Press, 2007), Colour Vision: A Study in Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Perception (Routledge Press, 1995), and co-author of The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience (MIT Press, 1991/2016). 

Event:

Location: Aztec Student Union Theatre
Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 12:00P.M.

Faculty Sponsor:

Arlette Baljon, Physics[email protected]

 
Event:

Location: TBA
Date: TBA
Time: TBA

Faculty Sponsor:

Tom Abram, Facility Services[email protected]
Jose Preciado, Common Experience, [email protected] 
Mark Wheeler, Philosophy[email protected] 

 “Time and the Sacred”.  When anything feels sacred we make time for it. What is so Sacred about Time?  We envision a series of discussion to explore if and how sacredness influences the research questions we delve into and the discussions that we engage our students in.

Event:

Location: Various
Date: Various
Time: Various

Faculty Sponsor:

Arlette Baljon, Physics[email protected] 

"Sacred Time, Illness, Death and Meaning” a conversation with Ellen Beck
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
9:00-10:30A.M.

"Time, Poetry and Ritual” a conversation with Laurie Patton (zoom)
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
4:00-5:30P.M.

“Time and Academics” a discussion lead by Leslie Seiters (Dance) and Kurt Lindemann (Communication), and Marilee Bresciani (Interwork Institute)
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
9:00-10:30A.M.


Event:

Location: TBA
Date: TBA
Time: TBA

Faculty Sponsor:

David Kamper, American Indian Studies, [email protected]
Margaret Field, American Indian Studies, [email protected]u

 
Event:

Location: TBA
Date: TBA
Time: TBA

Faculty Sponsor:

Walter Penrose, History, [email protected]
 

Event:

Location: TBA
Date: TBA
Time: TBA

Faculty Sponsor:

Brian Hu, Film Studies, [email protected] 
Mark Wheeler, Philosophy, [email protected]


Event:

Location: TBA
Date: TBA
Time: TBA

Faculty Sponsor:

Mark Wheeler, Philosophy, [email protected] 
Sthaneshwar Timalsina, Religious Studies[email protected]  


Event:

Location: TBA
Date: TBA
Time: TBA

Faculty Sponsor:

Vinod Sasidharan, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, [email protected] 
Jose Preciado, Common Experience, [email protected]

Wine, beer and a variety of appetizers will be provided. The event is hosted by the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA) and will serve as an opportunity to learn more about the Common Experience events planned for Faculty. To RSVP for the reception, please email the Common Experience Director Jose Preciado at [email protected] by September 24, 2018 at 12 noon. Please indicate any special needs in your email. 

Event:

Location: Faculty Staff Club Courtyard
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 4:00-6:00PM

Faculty Sponsor:

Arlette Baljon, Physics, [email protected] 
Jose Preciado, Common Experience, [email protected] 
Mark Wheeler, Philosophy, [email protected] 

SDSU faculty/student pairs are welcome to attend for free a performance and post-performance panel discussion, organized by Professor Eve Kornfeld, on experiencing time in theatrical performance with the play’s director, Professor Randolph Reinholz, and members of the cast. Faculty interested in attending with a student guest, please contact Mark Wheeler for two free tickets [email protected]

Event:

Location: SDSU Experimental Theatre
Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Time: 2:00P.M.

Faculty Sponsor:

Mark Wheeler, Philosophy[email protected] 

Faculty interested in reading and discussing Daniel Ellsberg’s new book before attending Ellberg’s SDSU talk on 2 October are encouraged to get in touch with Mark Wheeler ([email protected]) for a copy of the book and for information about the dinner party at which colleagues will discuss the book.

Event:

Location: Montezuma Hall
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 7:00 P.M.

Faculty Sponsor:

Mark Wheeler, Philosophy, [email protected] 
Pierre Asselin, History, [email protected] 

Monthly meetings to compare concepts of time in philosophy (Dōgen, Krishnamurti, Heidegger, Nietzsche) and in physics (Einstein, Bohm), examining both similarities and differences. 

Event:

Location: Arts & Letters (Room Tentative)
Date: First Wednesday of every month beginning on August 19, 2018.
Time: 11:30A.M. - 1:00P.M.

Faculty Sponsor:

Sandra Wawrytko, Philosophy/Asian Studies, [email protected] 

Faculty reading circle of The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy ,by Maggie Berg (Department of English at Queen’s University) and Barbara K. Seeber,(Department of English Brock Faculty of the Humanities).

This event is limited to 20 faculty. To participate, contact Eve Kornfeld or Michael Roberts via email for confirmation.

Event:

Location: Finch Conference Room (AL sixth floor, Dean's Suite)
Date: Friday, October 19, 2018
Time: 2:00-4:00P.M.

Faculty Sponsor:

Eve Kornfeld, History[email protected] 
Michael Roberts, Sociology, [email protected] 

Craig Callendar recently published a book titled “What Makes Time Special?”  Recent years have witnessed the development of truly interdisciplinary projects intended to bring insights from physics, cognitive psychology, decision theory, neuroscience, biology, linguistics, and other areas to bear on our philosophical understanding of time and temporal experience.  Callender’s novel and engaging contribution to this development is driven by a desire to understand the emergence of "manifest time".

Event:

Location: Biosciences Center Auditorium
Date: Monday, November 5, 2018
Time: 3:00P.M.

Faculty Sponsor:

Arlette Baljon, Physics[email protected] 

We plan to bring an interdisciplinary group of faculty together (physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, ….and more) to talk about these concepts.  For instance: what is the role of cause-effect in a scientific experiments versus an emerging network approach. Is time quantized (Planck time)? Do processes in nature occur intentionally or randomly? Is memory needed for an intentional change?  What is the role of time beyond ordering events? 

Event:

Location: Faculty Houses
Date: Third Thursday of every month (8/30, 9/20, 11/5, 11/29, 1/17, TBD, TBD, 4/11)
Time: 4:00P.M. - 7:00P.M.

Faculty Sponsor:

Arlette Baljon, Physics, [email protected] 

CETime Indigenous Perspectives CalendarA Lecture by Michael Connolly Miskwish
 
Indigenous belief systems were deeply rooted in understandings of natural cycles and balance in world view.  For the Kumeyaay in particular, the celestial calendar was central to understanding and honoring the world around us.  Michael Miskwish, a Kumeyaay Historian who has researched and written on Maay Uuyow, or Kumeyaay Astronomy, will present his understanding of the interrelationship of Maay Uuyow with traditional Kumeyaay lifeways and its' continuance into the present day.
 
Michael Connolly Miskwish is a Kumeyaay from the Campo Indian Reservation.  He has written and worked extensively on Kumeyaay history, traditional environmental knowledge and resource economics.  His work has been shown in the Museum of Man in San Diego, the Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. among many others.
 
CETime Indigenous Perspectives MiskwishEvent:
Location: SHW-011
Date: November 6, 2018
Time: 7:00 P.M.
 
Faculty Sponsor:
 
Kate Regan, American Indian Studies Department, [email protected]