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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

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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.

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