California Studies Association

The latest news, events, and perspectives from the CSA


Since it began in 1989, the CSA has been dedicated to creating public spaces where people with an interest in California can meet, discuss, and build meaningful solutions to our most pressing challenges. To meet that commitment, we host an assortment of regular activities.

California Studies Dinner Seminars
The California Studies Dinner Seminars is a forum for the discussion of California politics, economy, and society that meets once a month on the Berkeley campus. It brings together scholars, students, and specialists from around the Bay Area to hear speakers talk about new books, research and ideas of note concerning California. The series has been going strong for twenty years (with a predecessor going back thirty years!), and is the finest intellectual forum on California history, geography and public affairs in Northern California. See this page for the most current list of upcoming speakers.

Annual California Studies Conferences
Our annuals conferences are theme-based gatherings including panel discussions, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions of artistic works, and an awards ceremony.
See this year’s conference.
See our list of past conferences.

The CSA Blog and Website
In an attempt to create a digital version of the educational and creative spaces we create through our face-to-face gatherings, our blog welcomes any posts broadly related to California. Our more formal website is a continuing repository for some of our digital archives.