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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, April 18, 2019: Tom Dalzell, “The Battle for People’s Park, Berkeley, 1969”

Fifty years ago, the creation of People’s Park produced one of the most dramatic confrontations of the 1960s, pitting young advocates of social and cultural revolution against the forces of “law and order,” led by Governor Ronald Reagan.  Tom Dalzell discusses these remarkable events in his new book, “The Battle for People’s Park, Berkeley, 1969,” published by Heyday.  Author of the “Quirky Berkeley” books and articles, Dalzell is also a labor lawyer and elected business agent of IBEW Local 1245, representing blue collar workers at P.G.&E.

The session will be on Thursday, April 18 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.

Contact Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu for rsvp form.


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, March 19, 2019: Bob Cherny, “The Party’s Over: Former Communist Party Members in the San Francisco Bay Area”

Communist Party members were an important part of the Bay Area’s political left during the 1930s and early 1940s.  The eventual decline and fall of the party profoundly affected these individuals and the region’s leftwing politics.  Bob Cherny discusses these issues in his seminar appearance on Tuesday, March 19.  Now Professor emeritus, Cherny taught American History at San Francisco State for more than forty years.  Along with researching the life and times of labor leader Harry Bridges,  he has published several important works, including Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art (2017).

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

Free admission and dinner.

Contact Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu for rsvp form.