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Podcast – “Soul of California”

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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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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner: January 21, 2016, Ildi Carlisle Cummins “Unearthing Stories About California’s Agricultural Development”

Ildi Carlisle Cummins, director of the Cal Ag Roots Project at the California Institute of Rural Studies at Davis, will discuss the project’s work and perspective on Thursday, January 21 from 7-9:15 p.m.  Cal Ag Roots promotes an understanding of the state’s past agricultural development to encourage the building of a more environmentally sustainable and socially responsible future.

 

The session will be 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, 510-643-8140.

 


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar Spring 2016 Schedule:

Thurs. Jan. 21  Ildi Carlisle Cummins, California Institute of Rural Studies, on Cal Ag Roots: Unearthing Stories About California Agricultural Development.

Tues. Feb. 23  Natalie Mendoza, History Ph.D. Candidate, UCB, on The Good Neighbor Policy and Mexicans and Mexican Americans in Southern California During World War II.

Wed. Mar 23  Randy Shaw, Tenderloin Housing Clinic, on The History of San Francisco’s Tenderloin.

Tues. Apr. 19  Louise Mozingo, Landscape Architecture Department, UCB, on The Landscape Architecture of Silicon Valley.

Wed. May 18  Donna Graves, Public Historian, on Preserving the Sites and Heritage of San Francisco’s LGBT History.

All sessions are held at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.) 7-9:15 p.m.  Free dinner.

Contact Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu, 510-643-8140

 


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Parched: Dry Times in the Golden State — Oct 24!!

Join us next weekend  — Oct 24 — for a day of conversation and exploration into drought, water, policy, history, race, art and more! We’ll be at the University of San Francisco all day long and we hope to see you!

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PDF of schedule: CSA Drought flyerV6-1

USF campus map: usf-campus-map.PARCHED2015.RevOct21


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UCB California Studies Dinner Seminar: Kim Bancroft and Malcolm Margolin, “The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin” November 10, 2015

Kim Bancroft will discuss her recent book which is both a biography and oral history of Malcolm Margolin.  Malcolm will attend as well, just to make sure the discussion stays on track.  Kim is a teacher, writer, and editor whose publications  include an edited version of the autobiography of her great great grandfather, Hubert Howe Bancroft.  Malcolm has recently announced his pending retirement from Heyday Books, the remarkable institution he founded more than 40 years ago.  The session will be held on Tuesday, November 10 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 dinner.

Contact Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu, 510-643-8140.


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar: Frances Dinkelspiel “Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California” September 24, 2015

Author and journalist Frances Dinkelspiel will discuss her new book, “Tangled Vines,” on Thursday, September 24 from 7 to 9:15 p.m.  The book tells the story of the destruction by arson of more than $250 million worth of wine in a Vallejo warehouse in 2005, in the context of the long history of crime and violence in California vineyards, including those of the author’s great-great grandfather I.W. Hellman.  Dinkelspiel is the author of a Hellman biography and co-founder of the news website “Berkeleyside.”  The event will be 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, 510-643-8140

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