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UCB California Studies Dinner Seminar, Wednesday, May 18: Chuck Wollenberg on “Rebel With a Cause: Wayne Collins and the Defense of Japanese American Rights”

The scheduled May 18 speaker, Donna Graves, had to cancel. With all due chutzpah, Chuck Wollenberg, the seminar convener, has scheduled himself as a replacement for the final session of this academic year. Wayne Collins was a San Francisco attorney who spent more than thirty years defending the victims of the World War II forced evacuation and incarceration. Among other cases, he was counsel for Fred Kortematsu and the 5000 Tule Lake prisoners who renounced their US citizenship. He also defended “Tokyo Rose.” In addition to his duties as seminar convener, Wollenberg teaches history at Berkeley City College and is an affiliated scholar at the California Studies Center at UCB. He is the author of several books and articles on California social history.

The session will be held 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. RSVP Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu


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Call for Submissions: California Historical Society Book Award

CHS and Heyday Books sponsor the California Historical Society Book Award for a book-length manuscript that makes an important contribution both to scholarship and to the greater community by deepening public understanding of some aspect of California History. Prize: $5000 advance and publication in both print and e-book formats by CHS/Heyday.

More information: http://www.heydaybooks.com/chsbookaward or http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/publications/bookaward.hmtl


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UCB California Studies Dinner Seminar, April 19: Louise Mozingo “Between Power and Appearance: The Landscape of the Silicon Valley”

Professor Louise Mozingo, Chair of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Urban Design at UC Berkeley, will give an illustrated talk on the landscape of the world’s most important hub of capitalist technological and industrial development. The session will be on Tuesday, April 19 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 Margaret Olney at margaret_olney @berkeley.edu


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Chuck Wollenberg on “Rebel With a Cause: Wayne Collins and the Defense of Japanese American Rights” Wed. April 27, 6 p.m. Berkeley City Club

For thirty years, attorney Wayne M. Collins waged legal battles on behalf of Japanese Americans victimized by government repression during World War II. Wollenberg will discuss Collins’s career in the context of today’s anti-Muslim prejudice and rhetoric.

Club members $5, nonmembers $10. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St. http://www.berkeleycityclub.com


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, March 23, 2016: Randy Shaw, “The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime, and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco”

Randy Shaw, longtime director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, will discuss his new book on the history of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood on Wed. Mar. 23 from 7 to 9:15 p.m. In addition to his housing activism, Randy is author of five books, editor of the online news site “Beyond Chron,” and founder of the Tenderloin Museum. The seminar meets at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.). Free admission and dinner. RSVP Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu


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Podcast – “Soul of California”

CSA colleague emeritus Richard Walker passes along this recommendation:SoulOfC.jpeg

The Soul of California podcast, launched over the 2015 summer, has included a number of California’s leading musicians, artists, architects, academics and advocates on a range of topics.

To close up 2015, podcaster Richard Dion put together a summary of some of the best stories and reflections thus far. This episode and previous episodes are available as a free download on iTunes here:
https://itunes.apple.com/de/podcast/the-soul-of-california/id1012858394?l=en
or here:
http://thesoulofcalifornia.libsyn.com/

Upcoming podcasts will include photographer Kevin Break on LA’s 6th street bridge and Tom Williams on writer Raymond Chandler, amongst others.


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, February 23, 2016: Natalie Mendoza, “Bringing the Good Neighbor Policy Home: Office of Coordinator of Inter American Affairs and Mexican Americans in Wartime Los Angeles”

Natalie Mendoza, doctoral candidate in History at UCB, will discuss a portion of her dissertation on FDR’s Good Neighbor Policy and its impact on Chicanos in the US on Tuesday, February 23rd from 7-9:15 p.m.  Ms Mendoza taught high school before returning to graduate study and has been active in projects linking the university with public schools.  The seminar session is at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.).

Free admission and dinner. RSVP: Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu

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