Celebrate with Boom in San Francisco on March 14!

From Boom, comes this announcement for a Bay Area event:

Boom will be in San Francisco on March 14. Come celebrate with us and our hosts Shaping San Francisco! And let us know what’s on your mind. On Friday, March 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., editor Jon Christensen and the Boom crew will be gathering with friends and readers in northern California for a lively party and discussion about the future with a cadre of our imaginative, insightful authors. Click here for details and a link to RSVP for this evening event at the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics at 518 Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District.

BOOM: A Journal of California publishes first issue

The University of California Press has announced publication of the first issue, dated March 2011, of Boom: A Journal of California. Subscriptions are available through, and a selection of articles is available on, the new journal’s website.

The Table of Contents of the first issue is the following:

Listening to Art Laboe | Susan Straight
Together in the airwaves

Talking with Tenants Together | Sasha Abramsky
When renters get kicked to the curb

Undocumented and Unafraid: Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix | Kent Wong and Matias Ramos
Remembering two DREAM activists

Religion by Lottery | Wade Clark Roof
At the crossroads in Mission Viejo

Interview with Randall Grahm | Carolyn de la Peña
Why we need risky wine; learning to let go

How to Fix a Broken State | Joe Mathews and Mark Paul
Remaking California government

Race and the Mythology of California’s Lost Paradise | Daniel HoSang
Initiating failure

Country Music’s California Heart | Jesse Drew
The surprising politics of a familiar sound

California Sueños | Josh Kun
Dreaming the other California

Backs to the Well | Michael Ziser
Water writes

Images from the Central Valley | Tracy Perkins and Julie Sze
Seeking environmental justice

Beyond Borders: Migration and the Next California: Symposium at UC-Davis, March 10

Boom: A Journal of California, UC Davis School of Law, the Gifford Center for Population Studies, the Center for Regional Change, the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, the Institute of Governmental Affairs, the Consortium for Women and Research, and the UC Davis Department of History, are co-sponsoring a symposium on March 10, 2011, about immigration and its impact on California. From the announcement:

For all the political upheaval concerning illegal immigration and border fences, international migration is likely to be a lasting feature of California society and politics. With this in mind, Beyond Borders: Migration and the Next California brings scholars, writers, and community organizers into a conversation about borders, the communities they divide, and the people who cross them. What has the U.S-Mexico border been in the past? And what might it become in the future? Can we find new ways of thinking about border futures in borders past? Kelly Lytle Hernández, author of Migra! The History of the U.S. Border Patrol, will deliver the keynote address: “Amnesty or Abolition? Race, Freedom, and the Future of the Illegal Alien in America.” Responses from Kevin R. Johnson, Dean of the UC Davis School of Law, Rubén Martínez, award-winning journalist, author, and performer, and José Padilla, Executive Director of California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., will follow. The symposium will also include a roundtable discussion moderated by Louis S. Warren and Carolyn de la Peña, co-editors of Boom: A Journal of California.

This conference is open to scholars, journalists, policy makers, activists, and members of the general public.


March 10, 2011
University of California, Davis
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

For more information, click here.