Sunday, May 25, 2008, the Virtual Version of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, SDSU

When I am not out spelunking the cosmos in search of semiotic intrigue and the nefarious doings of stereotypes, I am the Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University--in my view, the best damned department of literature on the West Coast!

Calm down USC, relax Stanford, ease-up Berkeley, down-down Huskies!!!

We celebrated commencement yesterday, the first with me in the cockpit as Chair. To say there was turbulence is putting it mildly as rare Spring storms in SoCal made for havoc--at the last minute our 750+ croud was shunted inside to a 500-seat auditorium.  Can you say chaos? Angry familia? It all turned out ok with commencement speaker Oliver Mayer, from USC Theatre, nailing a hard and down graduation address.

Here's a little slide-show we put together to close the show for graduates and their families--it gives a nice visual/aural review of the cool things going down on Montezuma Mesa in San Diego. If you are thinking of graduate school and just not sure about the Ph.d., you should come check us out; and if you are an undergraduate who loves literature and cultural studies and is dissatisfied with your present digs, transferring into to SDSU is still a relative piece of cake.

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