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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, January 19, 2017: Kathryn Olmsted “Right Out of California, the 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism”

Kathryn Olmsted will discuss her recent book, “Right Out of California” on Thursday, January 19 from 7 to 9:15 p.m.  Dr. Olmsted is Chair of the History Department at UC Davis and author of several books on American history.  Her latest work deals with the social and economic class conflicts in rural California in the 1930s and discusses the lessons learned by corporate conservatives during that decade that have been put into practice in our own times.

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

Contact: Margaret Olney,


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Two new Bay Area-themed books

Explosion cover-sm.jpgTwo wonderful books were just published that each shed welcome light on the impact of the SF Bay Area – The Explosion of Deferred Dreams : Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965-1975 by Mat Callahan (PM Press), and Lavender and Red : Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left by Emily Hobson (UC Press). I happened to work with both authors, and am honored to have provided the cover and inside poster art from my archive.

LavenderAndRed-sm.jpgThese books draw from painstaking scholarship, persistent interviews with activists, and provocative analysis to reveal new truths about how our social movements emerged. Highly recommended, both.

-Lincoln Cushing, Docs Populi