President’s Annual Report

It was wonderful to see so many familiar and new faces at the SUNTA business meeting in San José, and special thanks to those who skipped the beginning of the Joint Sections Reception—which SUNTA is delighted to co-sponsor—in order to attend. We hope to see you again at the May SUNTA-SANA conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“Which Children Matter?”

The debate on immigration has recently boiled over, with border policy being brought front-and-center. This more recent attention and uproar was ignited by reports of children being separated from their parents at the United State’s southern border. Whether  images of children being detained or the chilling audio  of children crying out for their parents, these children triggered something intensely emotional for all sides.

Homo Roboticus

The term “robot” first appeared almost 100 years ago with the publication of Rossum’s Universal Robots (R.U.R), a science fiction play by the Czeck writer Karel Čapek. The play, a critique of emerging mechanization, takes up themes present in Marx’s The Fragment on Machines ([1857–8]1974).

Doubling Down on “Downtown” in Fresno, CA

Most urban general plans are ambitious pieces of legislation that reflect the dreams of city leaders. In Fresno, CA, ambitious plans manifest in big, splashy ways, as in a recent national headline that declared: “Come See the Future in Fresno, CA.” The geographic midpoint between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the City of Fresno is finally embracing its urban destiny after decades of being a sleepy rural town in the Central Valley.