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UC Berkeley California Studies Seminar: Gray Brechin on the Cal Stadium, “A Monumental Memorial to Denial” September 12, 2018

In 1923 UC Berkeley built Memorial Stadium squarely on top of the Hayward Fault.  Nearly ninety years later, the university spent nearly a half billion dollars retrofitting the structure and adding a large athletic training facility.  On Wed. Sept. 12, Gray Brechin critically discusses these and other events in the stadium’s history.  Brechin is a research scholar in the UCB Geography Department and founder of the Living New Deal Project.  He is the author of several works, including the ground-breaking Imperial San Francisco.

The session is 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 to Christina McKay,

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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, 2018/2019 Schedule

For thirty years, the UCB California Studies Dinner Seminar has presented the work of authors, scholars, and observers of California history, society, and culture to knowledgeable university and community audiences.  Supported by grants from the university’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and the Townsend Humanities Center, the seminar meets at the Labor Institute, 2521 Channing Ave. just east of Telegraph Ave. from 7-9:15 p.m.  Here is the 2018/2019 seminar schedule.

September 12  Gray Brechin, UC Berkeley, on the Cal Stadium, “A Monumental Memorial to Denial”

October 16  Diane North, University of Maryland, on her new book “California at War: the State and the People During World War I”

November 15  Dick Walker, UC Berkeley, on his new book, “Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area”

January 17  Rachel Brahinsky, University of San Francisco, on her forthcoming progressive/radical guidebook to San Francisco

February 20  Joe Blum, photographer and former iron worker, on photographing iron workers building San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower

March 19  Bob Cherny, San Francisco State, on “The Party’s Over: Former Communist Party Members in the Bay Area”

April 18  Tom Dalzell, lawyer and historian, on his forthcoming book on the history of Peoples Park, Berkeley

May 15  Susan Anderson, African American Museum and Library at Oakland, on her forthcoming history of African Americans in California