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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May 19 at 1 PM
The "Primary Seat of Derangement," Tracing a Line from the Brain, to the Stomach, to the Sea
Ian Copestake will focus his talk on historical medical research in the 19th century that investigated links between mental illness, severe digestive complaints and the curative effects of the sea voyage. He looks in particular at the consequences of research on this topic by Dr. John Ware on the life and work of one patient of his, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Dr. Ian Copestake is editor of the "William Carlos Williams Review" and President of the William Carlos Williams Society. He is an independent scholar based in Frankfurt am Main.