Fireside Charla

When Adela de la Torre, Ph.D., became president of San Diego State University last year, she embarked on a listening tour involving hundreds of conversations and fireside chats (charlas) with SDSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. They shared stories of the university’s 121-year legacy as a catalyst for groundbreaking teaching, research, innovation, and creative activities. In Fireside Charla, President de la Torre shares those stories through casual conversations with diverse leaders and trailblazers who comprise the greater SDSU community. The topics range from aerospace to augmented reality, from SDSU history to innovative classrooms and learning experiences that are preparing the global citizens, compassionate leaders, and ethical innovators who will impact their communities and the world.

Fireside Charla Episode

May 1, 2019

#005 Charla - 9 Questions about Trip to Asia

SUMMARY: In this fun episode, inspired by her recent trip to Asia, SDSU student Ethan Garcia chats with the president about fun aspects of the trip and more serious topics like why international relationships are good for SDSU’s stature as a leading global institution, a key pillar in the president’s vision. Fireside Charla starts now!

Approximate running time: 16:40
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Fireside Charla Episode

May 1, 2019

#004 Charla on Transforming the Classroom: Meet Drs. James Frazee, Katie Hughes, and Harsimran Baweja

SUMMARY: President de la Torre chats with James Frazee, Senior Academic Technology Officer and Director of Instructional Technology Services at San Diego State University, and two of our most innovative educators, Dr. Katie Hughes and Dr. Harsimran Baweja, who share how they are transforming instruction and why we need to reinvent the classroom to educate the students that will become the leaders of the future.

Approximate running time: 32:05
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Fireside Charla Episode

April 1, 2019

#003 Charla with Jordan Evans on the Heart of Innovation

SUMMARY: President de la Torre has a conversation with NASA Deputy Director for Engineering & Science, Jordan Evans, who is a proud Aztec. Jordan leads engineers and scientists in exploring the universe at work, and also inspires students by mentoring through the Aztec Mentor Program here at SDSU. He talks about his notable participation in many space missions, including the Curiosity Mission which determined that Mars is indeed a habitable planet, and connects how he has grown from failure more than success throughout his journey.

Approximate running time: 27:38
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Fireside Charla Episode

March 1, 2019

#002 Charla with Seth Mallios on President de la Torre's Inauguration

SUMMARY: President de la Torre and Campus Historian and Professor of Anthropology Seth Mallios discuss the stories behind presidential inaugurations at SDSU, why they matter, and why we won’t want to miss the historic investiture of the first female president in the university’s 121-year history. Seth expands on the symbolic importance of this ceremony and celebration that brings the SDSU and larger community together.

Approximate running time: 23:30
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Fireside Charla Episode

March 1, 2019

#001 Charla with Dr. Adela de la Torre

SUMMARY: Just in time for Women’s History Month, SDSU Alum Perette Godwin chats with President Adela de la Torre about her trajectory to becoming the first female president of San Diego State University. Eavesdrop as de la Torre shares about the hurdles she's overcome to get here, the mentors who inspired her to press on, and what she hopes her vision for SDSU and this Fireside Charla podcast will accomplish as the university embarks on its next chapter of distinction.

Approximate running time: 38:10
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