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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar: November 16, 2017, James Zarsadiaz “Asian Americans and the Appeal of ‘Country Living’: Suburbia”

On Thursday, November 16, Professor James Zarsadiaz of the University of San Francisco will discuss the establishment and growth  of Asian American suburban communities in the Los Angeles region since 1970.  The development of these communities has been a sharp departure from the traditional pattern of white, middle class suburbs and is an important component of California’s new social geography.  Dr. Zarsadiaz is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the university’s Yuchengco Philippine Studies Center.  He is the author of several articles that have appeared in The Journal of Urban History, American Studies, and in mainstream media, including the Washington Post, City Lab by the Atlantic, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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

Free admission and dinner.

Contact: Charlotte Rutty, charlotterutty@berkeley.edu

 

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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar: October 19, 2017, Gary Noy, “Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss, and Luck”

Gary Noy will discuss his new book, Gold Rush Stories, on Thursday, October 19.  The book, published by Heyday, goes beyond the usual local color treatment of the Gold Rush to discuss topics such as racial and ethnic conflict and environmental destruction.  A Grass Valley native, Noy teaches history at Sierra College and was the founding director of the college’s Center for Sierra Studies.  He is the author of three previous books, including the award-winning Sierra Stories.

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

For information, contact Charlotte Rutty at charlotterutty@berkeley.edu

 

 


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, September 14: Steve Early, “Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City”

On Thursday, September 14, Steve Early will discuss his recent book on the rise to power of the Richmond Progressive Alliance.  Pitted against the very deep pockets of Chevron, the city’s largest economic power and private employer, the community-based RPA won control of Richmond city government in a series of dramatic organizing campaigns and elections.  A Richmond resident, Early is a lawyer and labor activist, as well as a freelance journalist and author of four books.

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

RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/S49ntEtM0QtKO0se2.  For information, contact Charlotte Rutty, charlotterutty@berkeley.edu


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar Schedule, Fall, 2017

Supported by grants from the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the UCB California Studies Dinner Seminar will begin its 31st year this fall.

Fall Semester Schedule:

September 14: Steve Early, author of a new book on Richmond, “Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City”

October 19: Gary Noy, Sierra College on his recent book, “Gold Rush Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues”

November 16: James Zarsadiaz, University of San Francisco, “Asian American Settlements and Suburban Development in Post-World War II Los Angeles”

Although the spring schedule is not complete, it will include Rachel Brahinsky speaking on her new People’s Guide to the Bay Area and Sandra Nichols discussing her student-created Napa Valley Latino History project.

All seminar sessions are 7-9:15 p.m. at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley.  Free admission and dinner.

RSVP: Charlotte Rutty at charlotterutty@berkeley.edu


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, May 17, 2017: Bill Issel, “The 1968 San Francisco State Student Strike”

Dr. William Issel, San Francisco State emeritus Professor of History, will discuss the 1968 student strike, one of the seminal events of the sixties,  at the final seminar session of the academic year on Wednesday May 17.  Issel, author of many works on San Francisco political history, has studied the 1968 strike as both a scholar and a contemporary observer of the event.  Among other topics, he will discuss the role played by San Francisco’s Catholic hierarchy in ending the walkout.

We will also be celebrating the 35th anniversary of the California Studies Seminar on May 17.  Seminar founder Glenna Matthews will be on hand to discuss the program’s beginnings and heritage.  There are even unconfirmed rumors of a birthday cake.  The session will be at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.) from 7-9:15 p.m.  Free admission and dinner.  RSVP Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu


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U.C. Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, March 21, 2017: Michael C. Healy, “BART The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System”

Mike Healy will discuss his new book, an insider’s history of BART, on Tuesday, March 21 from 7 to 9:15 p.m.  A graduate of USC and former screen and radio writer and newspaper editor, Healy served as BART’s media and marketing director from 1971, ten months before trains began running,  until his retirement in 2005.  His book delves into Bay Area regional politics, culture,  and economic development as it seeks to describe and explain the evolution of BART.

The session will be at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Avenue).  Free dinner and admission.  RSVP Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu


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U.C Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar: Feb. 16, 2017 Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez and Daniel Ruanova, “The Bracero Legacy Project”

Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez and Daniel Ruanova discuss their multi-disciplinary project on Thursday, February 16, from 7 to 9:15 p.m.  Ornelas Rodriguez is on the staff of the Special Collections Department of the Stanford University Library and is a Ph.D. candidate in history at UC Santa Cruz.  Ruanova is an artist who lives and works in Tijuana and is the co-owner of the TJ in China ProjectSpace in that city.  Their project explores and preserves the heritage of the Bracero Program (1942-64), not only the pain and oppression, but also the hard work and and quest for social and economic mobility of the braceros themselves.

The session will be at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.)  Free dinner and admission.

RSVP: Margaret Olney, margaret_olney @berkeley.edu