“Phoebe Apperson Hearst and the Transformation of Town and Gown” Chuck Wollenberg, Berkeley Public Library Saturday, June 7 2-3:30 p.m.

Dr. Chuck Wollenberg, Berkeley City College historian, will give the second talk in the Berkeley Public Library’s program “Berkeley and the Great State U” this Saturday.  The lecture/discussion will cover Phoebe Apperson Hearst’s major role in both the transformation of Cal from an undistinguished land grant college into a major university and the city’s transformation from a rural town into an integral part of the Bay Area’s urban core during the first two decades of the twentieth century.  The talk will be in the third floor community room of the main library from 2-3:30 p.m.

Berkeley and the Great State U: Episodes in Town/Gown History, Chuck Wollenberg at the Berkeley Public Library, May 24, June 7, and June 14

The Berkeley Public Library presents three free lecture/discussions by Dr. Chuck Wollenberg of Berkeley City College on the people and politics of city/university relations during significant eras of Berkeley History.  The sessions will be in the third floor community room of the main library from 2-3:30 p.m. on three Saturday afternoons:

May 24  Henry Durant and the Beginnings of Town and Gown, 1853-78

June 7  Phoebe Apperson Hearst and the Transformation of Town and Gown, 1896-1920

June 14  Mario Savio and the New Politics of Town and Gown, 1964-88

For more information, contact Jef Findley at jfindley@ci.berkeley.ca.us


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


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.”


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.

“Effect of Co-op on Berkeley’s Culture and Politics” – Discussion at the Berkeley History Center, Sept. 4

On Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at 3:00 p.m., the Berkeley Historical Society will be presenting a panel discussion as one of their “Co-Op Lectures” on the “Effect of Co-op on Berkeley’s Culture and Politics”.

Speakers will be Bob Schildgen, former Co-op News editor, Chuck Wollenberg, author and history professor, Bruce Miller, former Co-op board president in the 80s, and Linda Rosen, co-curator of the exhibit and BHS past president. Question and answer period to follow.  Admission free. Donations accepted.

The event will take place at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center Street, Berkeley

For more information, click here.

Charles Wollenberg Talks About Berkeley on KQED’s FORUM, Thur. Aug. 7

Chuck Wollenberg, author of the recent Berkeley: A City in History, showed up on Michael Krasny’s “Forum” this morning. Wollenberg is a founder of the CSA, a current member of the steering committee, a professor of history at Berkeley City College, and an eminent California historian. A great show on Berkeley’s history: from nuclear shelters to restrictive covenants, it’s all here. Get the book synopsis in a radio hour. Download the show here!

Here’s an article about the book in The Berkeleyan.

Preview an earlier version of the book at the Berkeley public library.

Here’s the UC Press page for the book.

Buy the book from amazon.