The River – world premiere production on California culture

The River, written by Richard Montoya and directed by Sean San Jose
Thursdays- Sundays April 11- May 4, 8pm, Intersection for the Arts, S.F.
For more information, click here

Prolific playwright Richard Montoya of Culture Clash collaborates with Intersection for the Arts resident theater company Campo Santo, and its co-founder Sean San José, to create The River. The play is part of Montoya’s larger series, “The Border Series,” that explores themes of identity, California and its people, and the many types of borders they encounter and cross.

California essay contest – call for entries

Stag Hunt Enterprises has announced their “Argonaut’s Challenge” – an essay contest exploring how current technologies might revolutionize specific opportunities within California’s bureaucracy. The best essay in each topic will win $1000 prize, get published in the inaugural Summer Stag Hunt, and earn a royalty share as specified in the Contest Agreement.

Desired subjects include quintessentially California issues, such as the Budget, CEQA, Education, and Water: “How might interactive GIS, data visualization and other information technologies be leveraged to transform California’s tangled water jurisdictions?”


The Berkeley Public Library presents three lectures by historian Chuck Wollenberg of Berkeley City College and the California Studies Association on Berkeley’s response to World War II.

Saturday, June 1, 2013, 2;00-3;30 pm:

Ruth Kingman, the Fair Play Committee, and Japanese-American Internment

Saturday, June 22, 2013, 2:00-3:30 pm:

Codornices Village and the African American Migration to Berkeley

Saturday, June 29, 2013, 2:00-3:30 pm:

Lawrence & Oppenheimer: the Atomic Bomb, and the Beginning of Big Science in Berkeley

Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck) 3rd floor Meeting Room


New Master of Arts in Urban Affairs in San Francisco



California Studies folks: There’s a great new MA program starting this fall at the University of San Francisco. Although the priority deadline has passed, USF is still recruiting for students to join the inaugural cohort; admissions will be rolling through the summer.  The fall term begins in August.

This is a two-year interdisciplinary masters with an emphasis on urban social justice. The program combines rigorous academics with an internship and applied research; community-engaged projects will contribute to and benefit from the vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area. See below for links to the program website.

The program is housed in the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, which has this to say about the new MA:

The MA in Urban Affairs Program is ideal for students who wish to become specialists in analyzing the challenges of 21st Century urbanism. The program leverages the advantages of its unique location in the San Francisco Bay Area – one of the most dynamic urban environments in the United States. Students have opportunities to develop practical research skills from extensive engagement in San Francisco and Bay Area cities.

The program includes:

  • Core courses in urban studies, public policy, and research methods
  • Elective courses offered by prominent practitioners in the field
  • An innovative community-based research requirement, which gives students direct experience in conducting applied urban research, analyzing policy alternatives and working with community-based organizations
  • capstone project and internship, where students develop expertise in particular areas of urban policy while building personal and career networks

More information is available on the USF website.

Gray Brechin Ph.D. Lecture – The First “Big Game” at Cal: John Galen Howard vs. Julia Morgan & Bernard Maybeck

Lecture hosted by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art – Northern California
Monday, May 13, 2013 – 6:00pm
The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco

Gray Brechin’s talk will illustrate University of California Berkeley campus architectural triumphs, such as the Hearst Greek Theatre, Hearst Mining Building, and Hearst Gymnasium, which were born from spirited competition between three of the Bay Area’s most distinguished architects.
For more information, see the ICAA-NC website.