UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, January 22, 2015: Chuck Wollenberg, “Save the Bay Part One: The Rise and Fall of the Reber Plan to Destroy San Francisco Bay”

With all due hubris, seminar moderator Chuck Wollenberg has scheduled himself as speaker for the next session. He will discuss the 1940s-50s controversy over John Reber’s plan to turn San Francisco Bay into two fresh water lakes and its connection (or lack thereof) to the Save the Bay movement of the 60s. Wollenberg teaches History at Berkeley City College and is the author of several works, including “Berkeley: a City in History” (UC Press).

The session is on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 7-9 p.m. at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way, just east of Telegraph Ave. Free admission and dinner. Contact Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu, 510-643-3012.

UC Berkeley California Study Dinner Seminar, Wednesday, November 19: Lindsey Dillon, “Can Your City Control an Atomic Accident? Nuclear Defense and its Toxic Legacies in San Francisco”

(Previously scheduled speaker Lauren Coodley has had to cancel due to illness.)

Geographer Lindsey Dillon will discuss the broad social implications of nuclear waste and radio active pollution at sites such as Hunters Point and Treasure Island. A Chancellor’s Post Doctoral Fellow in American Studies at UC Davis, Dr. Dillon is the author of several scholarly articles and a member of the California Studies Association Steering Committee. Her talk is based in part on her dissertation completed last year at UC Berkeley.

The session is from 7-9 p.m. at the UC Berkeley Institute for Labor Research and Education, 2521 Channing Way, just east of Telegraph Ave. | Free admission and dinner. | Please RSVP to Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu or 510-643-3012.

UCB California Studies Dinner Seminar: Tony Platt, ” What’s in an Icon?: The Political Journeys of Elizabeth “Betita” Sutherland Martinez” October 16, 2014

Tony Platt will speak on the long life and remarkable career of San Francisco-based writer and activist Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez on Thursday, October 16. Platt, who teaches at San Jose State, is the author of works on race, inequality, and social justice in American history. He has known Betita Sutherland Martinez for more than 35 years and will discuss her career and political activism stretching back to the late 1940s. The session is held at the UCB Institute for Labor Research and Education, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph) from 7 to 9 p.m. Free admission and dinner.
RSVP: Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu, 510-643-3012

UCB California Studies Dinner Seminar, Tuesday, September 16, 2014: Lincoln Cushing “Red All Over: Political and Countercultural Printshops of the San Francisco Bay Area”

The first dinner seminar of the 2014-2015 academic year will feature Lincoln Cushing, author, archivist, and activist speaking on socially conscious printshops in the Bay Area. Author of a book on social justice posters in the region, Cushing will discuss the shops that produced these powerful works of art. The session is from 7-9 p.m. at the UC Berkeley Institute for Labor Research and Education, 2521 Channing Way, just east of Telegraph Ave.
Free admission and dinner.
Contact Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu, 510-643-3012.

California Studies Dinner Seminar: Fall Schedule

Tuesday, September 16
“Red All Over: Political and Countercultural Printshops in the Bay Area”
Lincoln Cushing

Thursday, October 16
“What’s an Icon?: Political Journeys of Elizabeth (Betita) Sutherland Martinez”
Tony Platt

Wednesday, November 19
“Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Journalist”
Laura Coodley

The seminars are held at the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave), 7-9 p.m. Dinners free.

Contact: Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu, (510)643-3012.

California Studies Dinner: Dick Walker on The Atlas of California, March 18, 2014

Richard Walker, emeritus Professor of Geography at University of California Berkeley, will discuss his new book, The Atlas of California: Mapping the Challenge of a New Era (co-authored by Suresh Lodha and published by UC Press) on Tuesday, March 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Far from a traditional atlas, the book presents California’s present and future social, economic, and environmental conditions and choices through maps, charts, and interpretive essays.  The dinner seminar, sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and the Townsend Humanities and California Studies Centers, meets at the Labor Center Building, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.).  Free admission and dinner.

Please rsvp to Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu

California Studies Dinner: Josh Brahinsky on “Pulled Between Fundamentalist and Evangelical: Pentecostal Higher Education in Central California” February 19, 2014

UC Santa Cruz Ph.D candidate Joshua Brahinsky will discuss his research on California Pentecostal institutions and communities on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 7 to 9 pm.  In addition to his doctoral studies in the History of Consciousness at UCSC, Brahinsky teaches courses in the program and is a union activist and gypsy jazz musician.  The seminar meets at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.).  Free admission and dinner.

Please rsvp to Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berekeley.edu.

California Studies Dinner: Tomas Sandoval on “Latinos at the Golden Gate” Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Tomas Summers Sandoval, Professor of History at Pomona College, will discuss his new book, “Latinos at the Golden Gate” on Thursday evening, January 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.  The book, published by University of North Carolina Press, covers the history of Spanish-speaking people in San Francisco from the Gold Rush to the present, with particular emphasis on the evolution of the Mission District barrio.  The Seminar is held at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.).  Free admission and dinner.

RSVP to Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu.

California Studies Dinner Seminar: Spring 2014 Schedule

Thursday, January 16  TOMAS SUMMERS SANDOVAL, Pomona College, on his new book, “Latinos at the Golden Gate”

Wednesday, February 19  JOSHUA BRAHINSKY, UC Santa Cruz, on “Pulled Between Fundamentalist and Evangelical: Pentecostal Higher Education in Central California”

Tuesday March 18  DICK WALKER, UC Berkeley, on his new book, “The Atlas of California”

Thursday, May 15  PATRICIA WAKIDA, author and editor, on her Los Angeles Atlas Project

UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521` Channing Way, 7-9 p.m.

Free admission and dinner

Contact Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkleley.edu

California Studies Dinner: Bob Cherny on Victor Arnautoff, November 14

Professor Robert Cherny will discuss his forthcoming book,”Victor Arnautoff, 1896-1979: Art and Politics on Three Continents” at the UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar on Thursday, November 14.  Cherny will trace Arnautoff’s incredible career, from an officer in the White Russian Army to a leading muralist in San Francisco in the 1930s to a secret Communist Party member and outspoken defender of artistic freedom during the McCarthy era.  Cherny is a professor of History at San Francisco State University and author of several books and articles.  The seminar is held at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.) from 7 to 9 p.m.  Free admission and dinner.  Contact Myra Armstrong to RSVP: zulu2@berkeley.edu.

Victor Arnautoff: "City LIfe"  (Coit Tower, SF)

Victor Arnautoff: “City LIfe” (Coit Tower, SF)

California Studies Dinner: Glenna Matthews, “The Golden State in the Civil War” October 16

Glenna Matthews will discuss her recent book, The Golden State and the Civil War: Thomas Starr King, the Republican Party, and the Birth of Modern California, at the October 16 session of the UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar.  According to the Journal of American History, the book’s “retelling of a familiar story in an unfamiliar setting greatly enhances our understanding of the Civil War.”  Dr. Matthews is a Laguna Beach author and scholar who has formerly taught at UC Berkeley and Stanford.  The seminar will be at the university’s Center for Labor Research and Education, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley from 7 to 9 p.m.  Free admission and dinner.  Contact Myra Armstrong at zulu2@berkeley.edu.

California Studies Dinner Seminar: Peter Richardson on the Grateful Dead, Sept. 19

family-dog-skeleton-roses-i8832Peter Richardson will discuss his forthcoming book on the history of the Grateful Dead at this fall’s first U.C. Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar on Thursday, September 19.  Richardson is an editor at UC Press, a lecturer at San Francisco State, and author of books on Carey McWilliams and Ramparts Magazine.  His current work is based on extensive interviews and research at the Grateful Dead Archives at U.C. Santa Cruz. You can read some of Richardson’s thoughts on the Dead, music, and California culture here. The talk will be at the U.C. Center for Labor Research and Education, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, 7-9 p.m.  Contact Myra Armstrong to reserve a spot: zulu2@berkeley.edu.

MONSTER STORM: 1861-62 FLOODS AND THEIR LEGACY TODAY

Marcia Eymann, Sacramento City Historian, and Dale Cox, U.S. Geological Survey, will discuss the past effects and future implications of the most damaging California flood and storm season on record.  The talk, part of the UCB California Studies Dinner Seminar series, will be on Thursday, March 21, 7-9 p.m. at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way Berkeley (just east of Telegraph Ave.)   Admission (including dinner) free.

RSVP: Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu

IMAGES OF THE PACIFIC RIM: AUSTRALIA AND CALIFORNIA 1850-1935

Author Erika Esau, formerly of the Australian National University, Canberra, will discuss her recent book on the cultural links between Australia and California on Wednesday, February 20, 7-9 p.m.  The talk is part of the UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar series and is held at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley (just above Telegraph Ave.).  The event, including dinner, is free.

RSVP: Myra Armstrong, zulu2@berkeley.edu.

Next California Studies Dinner Feb. 15: Chuck Wollenberg speaking about Earl Warren and Japanese Internment

The next California Studies dinner will take place Feb. 15, 2012, in Berkeley; the speaker will be Chuck Wollenberg, Professor, Berkeley City College; the title of the talk is “Dear Earl:  the Fair Play Committee, Earl Warren, and Japanese American Internment.”

TIME & PLACE

Feb. 15, 2012
7 :00 p.m. – 10 :00 p.m.
Director’s Room, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing St.(just above Telegraph Ave).

The dinner is buffet style. Dinners are free, but a small donation is requested from those partaking of wine and beverages.

PLEASE RSVP by Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, to Delores Dillard, Department of Geography, 507 McCone Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA  94720-4740 phone (510)  642-3903 or FAX (510) 642-3370, or e-mail: deloresd@berkeley.edu

SAVE THE DATE: The next Calif. Studies dinner will take place Mar. 15, 2012; the speaker will be Patricia Wakida.

Next California Studies Dinner Jan. 18: Jan Goggans speaking about the work of Paul Taylor and Dorothea Lange

The next California Studies dinner will take place Jan. 18, 2012, in Berkeley; the speaker will be Jan Goggans, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, UC Merced; the title of the talk is “California and the Great Depression:  the work of Paul Taylor and Dorothea Lange” 

TIME & PLACE

Jan. 18, 2012
7 :00 p.m. – 10 :00 p.m.
Director’s Room, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing St.(just above Telegraph Ave).

The dinner is buffet style. Dinners are free, but a small donation is requested from those partaking of wine and beverages.

PLEASE RSVP by Monday, Jan. 16, 2011, to Delores Dillard, Department of Geography, 507 McCone Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA  94720-4740 phone (510)  642-3903 or FAX (510) 642-3370, or e-mail: deloresd@berkeley.edu

SAVE THE DATE: The next Calif. Studies dinner will take place Feb. 15, 2012; the speaker will be Chuck Wollenberg, Professor, Berkeley City College.

Next California Studies Dinner Nov. 17: Tony Platt speaking about Berkeley’s Role in the Looting of Native Gravesites

The next California Studies dinner will take place Nov. 17, 2011 in Berkeley; the speaker will be Tony Platt, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento; the title of his talk is “10,000 Skeletons in the Basement:  Berkeley’s Role in the Looting of Native Gravesites.” 

TIME & PLACE

Nov. 17, 2011
7 :00 p.m. – 10 :00 p.m.
Director’s Room, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing St.(just above Telegraph Ave).

The dinner is buffet style. Dinners are free, but a small donation is requested from those partaking of wine and beverages.

PLEASE RSVP by Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, to Delores Dillard, Department of Geography, 507 McCone Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA  94720-4740 phone (510)  642-3903 or FAX (510) 642-3370, or e-mail: deloresd@berkeley.edu

Next California Studies Dinner Oct. 19: Frank Gruber speaking about Convulsive Urbanism in 1950s Santa Monica

The next California Studies dinner will take place Oct. 19, 2011 in Berkeley; the speaker will be Frank Gruber, columnist for the Santa Monica Lookout News; the title of his talk is “The Destruction of the Belmar Triangle:  A case of convulsive urbanism” Mr. Gruber will discuss the destruction of an African-American community neighborhood through urban redevelopment in Santa Monica during the 1950s, to build the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

TIME & PLACE

October 19, 2011
7 :00 p.m. – 10 :00 p.m.
Director’s Room, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing St.(just above Telegraph Ave).

The dinner is buffet style. Dinners are free, but a small donation is requested from those partaking of wine and beverages.

PLEASE RSVP by Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, to Delores Dillard, Department of Geography, 507 McCone Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA  94720-4740 phone (510)  642-3903 or FAX (510) 642-3370, or e-mail: deloresd@berkeley.edu

Next California Studies Dinner March 16: Mary Ann Irwin and Robert Cherny speaking on Women in California Politics

The next California Studies dinner will take place March 16, 2011 in Berkeley; the speakers will be Mary Ann Irwin, Professor of History, Diablo Valley College and Robert Cherny, Professor of History, San Francisco State University; they will be talking about their new book California Women and Politics, From the Gold Rush to the Great Depression.

TIME & PLACE
7 :00 p.m. – 10 :00 p.m.
Director’s Room, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing St.(just above Telegraph Ave).

The dinner is buffet style. Dinners are free, but a small donation is requested from those partaking of wine and beverages.

PLEASE RSVP by Friday, March  11, 2011, to Delores Dillard, Department of Geography, 507 McCone Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA  94720-4740 phone (510)  642-3903 or FAX (510) 642-3370, or e-mail: deloresd@berkeley.edu