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U.C. Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, March 21, 2017: Michael C. Healy, “BART The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System”

Mike Healy will discuss his new book, an insider’s history of BART, on Tuesday, March 21 from 7 to 9:15 p.m.  A graduate of USC and former screen and radio writer and newspaper editor, Healy served as BART’s media and marketing director from 1971, ten months before trains began running,  until his retirement in 2005.  His book delves into Bay Area regional politics, culture,  and economic development as it seeks to describe and explain the evolution of BART.

The session will be at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Avenue).  Free dinner and admission.  RSVP Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu


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U.C Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar: Feb. 16, 2017 Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez and Daniel Ruanova, “The Bracero Legacy Project”

Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez and Daniel Ruanova discuss their multi-disciplinary project on Thursday, February 16, from 7 to 9:15 p.m.  Ornelas Rodriguez is on the staff of the Special Collections Department of the Stanford University Library and is a Ph.D. candidate in history at UC Santa Cruz.  Ruanova is an artist who lives and works in Tijuana and is the co-owner of the TJ in China ProjectSpace in that city.  Their project explores and preserves the heritage of the Bracero Program (1942-64), not only the pain and oppression, but also the hard work and and quest for social and economic mobility of the braceros themselves.

The session will be at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.)  Free dinner and admission.

RSVP: Margaret Olney, margaret_olney @berkeley.edu


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, January 19, 2017: Kathryn Olmsted “Right Out of California, the 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism”

Kathryn Olmsted will discuss her recent book, “Right Out of California” on Thursday, January 19 from 7 to 9:15 p.m.  Dr. Olmsted is Chair of the History Department at UC Davis and author of several books on American history.  Her latest work deals with the social and economic class conflicts in rural California in the 1930s and discusses the lessons learned by corporate conservatives during that decade that have been put into practice in our own times.

The session will be at the UCB Institute of Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.).  Free dinner and admission.

Contact: Margaret Olney, margaret_olney@berkeley.edu


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, November 17: Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, “Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute”

Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus will discuss their new book, which won the California Historical Society award for best new manuscript of 2015, on Thursday, November 17 from 7-9:15 p.m.  The book, published by Heyday, puts a San Francisco prostitute’s own story into the context of the city’s broad social and political history, as well as the history of progressive moral reform in early twentieth century U.S.  Crusading editor Fremont Older looms large in the narrative.  Ivy Anderson is a San Francisco writer focusing on the environment and radical history, and Devon Angus is an artist, activist, and historian, and is currently a graduate student in history at San Francisco State.

The program will be at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.).  Free admission and dinner.

Contact Margaret Olney, margaret_olney@berkeley.edu.

 

 


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, Oct. 19: Fred Glass, “From Mission to Microchip, a History of the California Labor Movement”

Fred Glass discusses his new University of California Press book on the history of organized labor in California on Wednesday, October 19.  Fred is Communications Director of the California Federation of Teachers and Instructor of Labor and Community Studies at City College of San Francisco.  His book is based in part on his 10-part video on California labor history, “Golden Lands, Working Hands.”  The talk will be at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.) 7-9:15 p.m.  Free admission and dinner.

Contact Margaret Olney, mararet_olney@berkeley.edu.


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UCB California Studies Dinner Seminar: Donna Graves, “Documenting and Preserving Landmarks of San Francisco LGBTQ History” September 13, 2016

Historian and cultural planner Donna Graves will kick off this year’s dinner seminars with a discussion of her project that seeks to identify, interpret, and protect landmarks of San Francisco’s LGBTQ history.  Donna has served as director of the Preserving California’s Japantown Project and is co-author of “Sento at Sixth and Main: Preserving Landmarks of Japanese American Heritage.”  She also has been project director of Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter Memorial and historical advisor to the Rosie the Riveter National Park.

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

Contact Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu


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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar Schedule, 2016-2017

Thanks to the generous support of the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the seminar will present the following sessions for the 2016-2017 academic year:

September 13  Donna Graves on Documenting and Preserving Landmarks of San Francisco LGBTQ History

October 19  Fred Glass on his new book, “From Mission to Microchip: a History of the California Labor Movement”

November 17  Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus on their new book, “Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast  Prostitute”

January 19  Kathryn Olmsted on her new book, “Right Out of California: the 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism”

February 16  David Ruanova and Ignacio Ornales on The Bracero Legacy Project

March 21  Mike Healy on his new book on the history of BART

May 17  Bill Issel on the 1968 San Francisco State Student Strike

All sessions will be at the IRLE Building, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley from 7 to 9:15 pm.  Free admission and dinner.

Contact Margaret Olney at margaret_olney@berkeley.edu