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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, May 15, 2019: Susan Anderson “African Americans and the California Dream, A History”

The first African American residents came to California during the Spanish colonial era.  Since then, Black people have played a major, if often overlooked, role in California history.  Susan Anderson discusses this heritage in her forthcoming book, “African Americans and the California Dream, A History.”  Anderson is Director of Library Services, Collections, Exhibitions and Programs at the California Historical Society.  She previously worked at the special collections departments at the UCLA and USC libraries and served as interim director of the African American Museum and Library Oakland.

The session will be on Wednesday, May 15 from 7 to 9:15 pm at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.).

Free admission and dinner.

Contact Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu for rsvp form.

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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, April 18, 2019: Tom Dalzell, “The Battle for People’s Park, Berkeley, 1969”

Fifty years ago, the creation of People’s Park produced one of the most dramatic confrontations of the 1960s, pitting young advocates of social and cultural revolution against the forces of “law and order,” led by Governor Ronald Reagan.  Tom Dalzell discusses these remarkable events in his new book, “The Battle for People’s Park, Berkeley, 1969,” published by Heyday.  Author of the “Quirky Berkeley” books and articles, Dalzell is also a labor lawyer and elected business agent of IBEW Local 1245, representing blue collar workers at P.G.&E.

The session will be on Thursday, April 18 from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way. (just east of Telegraph Ave.).

Free admission and dinner.

Contact Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu for rsvp form.


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, March 19, 2019: Bob Cherny, “The Party’s Over: Former Communist Party Members in the San Francisco Bay Area”

Communist Party members were an important part of the Bay Area’s political left during the 1930s and early 1940s.  The eventual decline and fall of the party profoundly affected these individuals and the region’s leftwing politics.  Bob Cherny discusses these issues in his seminar appearance on Tuesday, March 19.  Now Professor emeritus, Cherny taught American History at San Francisco State for more than forty years.  Along with researching the life and times of labor leader Harry Bridges,  he has published several important works, including Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art (2017).

The session will be from 7-9:15 p.m. at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.)

Free admission and dinner.

Contact Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu for rsvp form.

 


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, February 20, 2019: Joe Blum, “Honoring Labor From the Union Iron Works to the Salesforce Tower: From Black and White Film to Digital Images”

San Francisco photographer Joe Blum was a boilermaker, ship fitter, and welder for more than twenty-five years.  He was also an activist in the Boilermakers Union.  Many of his photos are of iron workers and other craftspeople working on such big Bay Area projects as the Zampa Memorial Bridge over the Carquinez Straits, the new east span of the Bay Bridge, and the Salesforce Tower.  His work has been widely exhibited, including at the Berkeley Art Museum and San Francisco City Hall.  His photos are also included in the Bancroft Library collection.  Blum’s seminar presentation will combine historical images with his own contemporary photography.

The session will be on Wed. Feb. 20 from 7-9:15 p.m. at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.).

Free admission and dinner.

Please contact Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu for the RSVP form.


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar: Rachel Brahinsky and Alex Tarr, “A People’s Guide to the S.F. Bay Area” January 17, 2019

Most guidebooks to the Bay Area all but ignore the region’s role as the leading Left Coast metropolis.  In contrast, Rachel Brahinsky and Alex Tarr concentrate on the region’s heritage of progressive politics, social activism, and cultural rebellion in their forthcoming “People’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area,” to be published by UC Press. The book will be a resource for both visitors and Bay Area natives.  Rachel is Assistant Professor and Director of the Urban and Public Affairs program at University of San Francisco and Alex is Assistant Professor of Geography at Worcester State University.  Both received their PhD in geography at UC Berkeley.

The session will be on Thursday, January 17 from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.).

Free admission and dinner.

Please contact Christina McKay at christinamckay@berkeley.edu for RSVP form.

 


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UC Berkeley California Studies Seminar: Richard Walker, “Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Downside of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area” November 15, 2018

The high tech boom has been a bust for many Bay Area residents.  Seminar co-convener Dick Walker discusses this and other contradictions of recent Bay Area economic history in his important new book, “Pictures of a Gone City.”   Professor emeritus and former Geography Department chair at UC Berkeley, Walker is the author of several ground-breaking works, including “The Country in the City: The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area” and “Conquest of Bread: 150 Years of Agribusiness in California.”

The session will be on Thursday, November 15 from 7-9:15 p.m. at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (one-half block east of Telegraph Ave.).  Free admission and dinner.

Contact Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu for RSVP form.

 


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UC Berkeley California Studies Seminar, Diane North: “California at War: the State and the People During World War I” October 16, 2018

Scholars have produced many works on the impact of World War II on California, but until now the state’s experience in World War I has been largely ignored.  Diane North fills this void with her new book, a comprehensive social history of the state during the Great War.  Dr. North, a former member of the Cal Studies seminar, is Professor of History at the University of Maryland University College.  She received her Ph.D. at UC Davis and has previously taught at San Francisco State.

The session will be at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.) on Tuesday, October 16, from 7 to 9:15 p.m.  Free admission and dinner.

RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/bM5AaoF8mGOXQeQm2