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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