76 Contributors to 50th Anniversary Journal Issue “Becoming a Polytechnic”

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The Humboldt Journal of Social Relations (HJSR) celebrates 50 years of publication with the release of the 2023 issue “Becoming a Polytechnic.” Issue editors seeded multidisciplinary conversations that wrestle with pressing local and regional problems as the university embraces its new identity as the third polytechnic in the California State University system.

With contributions from 76 Humboldt faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members, the work sets the stage for creative, forward-thinking scholarly collaborations and educational visions that have been signatures of Cal Poly Humboldt. The articles include a range of topics including the arts, traditional ecological knowledge, literacy, wildfire management, energy, sea level rise, nursing and teacher education, and the history and future of cannabis. The issue is dedicated to Samuel P. Oliner, who in 1973 founded the journal. Oliner was a professor of sociology at Humboldt who published and spoke internationally on research on altruism inspired by his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. 

Community members are invited to celebrate at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, May 5 in room 317 of the Cal Poly Humboldt Library. The event is scheduled concurrently in the library with the 10th Annual IdeaFest, which showcases the research and creative work of more than 400 Cal Poly Humboldt students, faculty, and staff members. Through support from the Humboldt Sponsored Programs Foundation, limited complimentary hard copies of the 2023 HJSR issue will be available for free at the journal reception. 

The Humboldt Journal of Social Relations is a peer-reviewed, free online journal housed in the Department of Sociology at Cal Poly Humboldt.

The cover of the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 50th Anniversary Edition
The cover of the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 50th Anniversary Edition.