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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, March 17, 2020: Chris Carlsson,”Hidden San Francisco, a Guide to Lost Landscapes,Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories.”

The pre-eminent Left Coast City, San Francisco has a long heritage of radical political and social activism. But this important story is usually left out of the many commercial guidebooks on the city. Chris Carlsson more than makes up for this omission in his new work, “Hidden San Francisco,” a book that emphasizes themes of social, economic and environmental struggle and change. Carlsson is co-director (along with Lisa Ruth Elliott) of Shaping San Francisco, an institution dedicated to presenting information and multi-media discussions on the bottom-up history of the city. Carlsson is the author and editor of several works, including “Years That Shook the City: 1968-1978.”

The program is on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 7-9:15 p.m. at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Avenue). Free admission and dinner.

For information and rsvp form, contact Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu.


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, February 13, 2020: Ilde Carlisle-Cummins, “Politica del Mole/The Politics of Mole”

Ilde Carlisle-Cummins is director of the California Institute for Rural Studies, which sponsors research that promotes social justice and community sustainability in rural California.  She is also the program director of Cal Ag Roots, the institute’s effort to explain the diverse history and structure of California agriculture.  “Politica del Mole” is an Ag Roots project and podcast that studies the social and political implications of food consumption and diet and seeks to build a new community-oriented food movement.

The session is on Thursday, February 13 at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.), from 7 to 9:15 p.m.  Free admission and dinner.

For rsvp form, contact Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, January 15, 2020: Roland De Wolk, “American Disrupter: the Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford”

Railroad robber baron, governor, senator, university founder, Leland Stanford played many important roles in California history.  Roland De Wolk examines Stanford’s life in a new critical biography published by UC Press.  De Wolk is a journalist and historian who has written and reported for print, television, and online news sources.  He teaches journalism at San Francisco State and was a member of an “Oakland Tribune” team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake.

The session will be at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.), Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 7 to 9:15 p.m.  Free admission and dinner.

For information and rsvp form, contact Christina McKay at cristina.mckay@berkeley.edu.


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, November 14, 2019: Julia Flynn Siler,”The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Against Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown”

Julia Flynn Siler’s new book documents the fight against the trafficking of Chinese women and girls in San Francisco during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.  Siler emphasizes the role of both white and Asian women in the struggle against sexual slavery, telling their stories with a twenty-first century feminist perspective.  A journalist and author, Siler has written for Business Week and the Wall Street Journal.  In addition to “The White Devil’s Daughter,” she is the author of “Hawaii’s Last Kingdom” and “The House of Mondavi.”

The session will be on Thursday, November 14, 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.

For information and rsvp form, contact Christina McKay at christina.mckay @berkeley.edu


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, October 16, 2019: Peter Richardson, “Dream Interrupted: Kevin Starr at the San Francisco Examiner”

The late Kevin Starr was the most distinguished California historian of his generation.  In addition to writing a multi-volume history of the state, he served as state librarian and taught at USC.  On Wednesday, October 16, Peter Richardson discusses a lesser known chapter in Starr’s career, his role as a controversial, conservative columnist for the San Francisco Examiner during the late 1970s and early 1980s.  Richardson teaches at San Francisco State and is the coordinator of its California and American Studies program.  He is the author of several works, including “American Prophet, the Life and Work of Carey McWilliams” and “No Simple Highway, a Cultural History of the Grateful Dead.”

The session will be 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.

For information and rsvp form, contact Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu.

 


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, September 11, 2019: Kimi Kodani Hill, “Chiura Obata, an American Modern”

The late Chiura Obata was a prominent California artist and Professor of Art at UC Berkeley.  A Japanese immigrant, he was particularly well known for his paintings of the Sierra Nevada and of the Topaz, Utah camp at which he was incarcerated during World War II.  Currently he is the subject of a major retrospective exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.  According to San Francisco Chronicle art critic Charles Desmarais, he left “a body of work exciting and fresh even today.”  Obata’s granddaughter, artist and writer Kimi Kodani Hill, is the family historian and the author of Topaz Moon: Chiura Obata’s Art of the Internment.

The seminar meets on Wednesday, September 11, 7-9:15 pm at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.).

Free admission and dinner.

RSVP: https//irle.berkeley.edu/event/chiura-obata-an-american-modern/

Information: Christina McKay at christina.mckay@berkeley.edu