The Department of Culture and Communication delivers Cal Maritime programs in Arts, Literature and Culture, Writing, and Languages. Our courses enrich our students by building literary and cultural fluency, critical thinking and communication skills. Our faculty and students approach these activities with academic rigor, ethical commitment, and the global perspective that characterizes the maritime university.
Members of the faculty are dedicated to teaching and scholarly research in diverse fields such as environmental studies, maritime literature, oceanic studies, literary theory, rhetoric and composition, technical writing, film and new media. Our faculty are active in professional organizations and societies, and many are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their disciplines. Even as student-centered, teaching-focused professionals, C&C faculty actively publish and present their work throughout the world. Read about some recent faculty achievements here!
The Department of Culture and Communication is at the heart of social and cultural life on the Cal Maritime campus. With the library, we sponsor the annual spring Maritime Film Festival, and we support the Joseph P. Rizza Lecture as well as clubs, lectures, and discussions throughout the year.
Each year we recognize excellence in student writing with two awards, given to outstanding writers in C&C courses. Culture and Communication faculty regularly lead students in the International Experience program, learning in such important areas as France, Belgium, China, Japan, Taiwan and Viet Nam.
2015 Rizza Lecture Participants (L-R) Colin Dewey, Amy Parsons, Keith Collins (SFSU), Sarah Jessica Johnson (UCB), Sarah Crabtree (SFSU), Julie Chisholm.
2018 WRITING AWARDS
S.F. Maritime Park & Cal Maritime present
Blue Room Lectures
C&C Faculty lead series for second year
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July 21 at 1 PM
Whaler, Traitor, Coward, Spy: William Rotch, the Quaker Ethic, and the Spirit of Capitalism
William Rotch had the unusual distinction of being accused of treason four times by three governments in two decades. Sarah Crabtree's talk re-examines these explosive charges, asking whether his accusers were more upset about his troublesome religion or his thriving business. Rotch's opposition to war led him to explore new whaling grounds and fishy business practices, making him one of the wealthiest and most hated men in America.
Sarah Crabtree is an Associate Professor of History at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Holy Nation: The Quaker Transatlantic Ministry in an Age of Revolution as well as several articles on transatlantic travel in the Age of Sail. She is currently at work on a graphic history of William Rotch.