Living New Deal brings New Deal art salon to Southern California in May & June

First New Deal Salon At the Huntington

With a grant from the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the Living New Deal will host a series of public conversations about the legacy of the New Deal. The five salons will be held at cultural institutions throughout California. New Deal scholars Harvey Smith, Gray Brechin, and Alex Tarr will discuss the Living New Deal’s ongoing efforts to document New Deal sites and record oral histories of those whose lives were touched by the New Deal. Please join us!Huntington Library

MAY 28, 2014

12-2PM

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT VERY LIMITED SPACE, PLEASE RSVP TO RSVP@LIVINGNEWDEAL.ORGTO RESERVE A SPACE AND LUNCH

 

Next stops… Long Beach, San Diego….

Long Beach Museum of Art

MAY 29, 2014

6-7PM, RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT PLEASE RSVP TO LISAM@LBMA.ORG

 

San Diego History Center

JUNE 2, 2014
6PM
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

Then: up to Sacramento….

 

Sacramento Historical Society

JUNE 24, 2014
TIME TBA

 

…and more coming soon!

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.

Gray Brechin to Speak on the Living New Deal in Southern California; July 23, 2011 in Long Beach

Gray Brechin, the Project Scholar at the Living New Deal Project at UC-Berkeley, will be giving at talk entitled “Excavating the New Deal in Southern California at the Long Beach Historical Society  at 3:00 PM, July 23, 2011. From the description of the talk:

The powerful earthquake that emanated from Long Beach six days after President Franklin Roosevelt’s inauguration in 1933 coincided with the kickoff of New Deal programs to lift the U.S. out of the Great Depression. A plethora of public works agencies soon put legions of the unemployed to work rebuilding and embellishing the wrecked schools of Long Beach and beyond. They did far more than that, however, in a spasm of public building that left an indelible mark on Southern California and improved the lives of generations. Dr. Gray Brechin will show what lessons those public works have for us today if we would only see and understand them.

 

Details:

Long Beach Historical Society

3:00 PM, July 23, 2011

4260 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807

Gray Brechin on the Living New Deal

Last fall, in remarks at the FDR Library on the 75th anniversary of the WPA, Gray Brechin gave a speech focusing on the multifaceted impact of the New Deal, in which he highlighted the California Living New Deal project at UC-Berkeley’s Geography Department (of which Prof. Brechin a the founder) and efforts to expand it nationwide. From the speech:

The people responsible for building this invisible New Deal archipelago had a big idea: they believed they were building a civilization worthy of the name, a democratic civilization that would endure and be a beacon to the world then darkening with the fundamentalist ideologies of those times. They had no idea that we would let it fall into ruin because we were persuaded that we should not have to pay taxes, as, for example, the governor and university administrators are now doing at the University of California because (as they say) they have no alternative. The example of the New Deal shows that there is an alternative — it’s a matter of priorities.The people responsible for building this invisible New Deal archipelago had a big idea: they believed they were building a civilization worthy of the name, a democratic civilization that would endure and be a beacon to the world then darkening with the fundamentalist ideologies of those times. They had no idea that we would let it fall into ruin because we were persuaded that we should not have to pay taxes, as, for example, the governor and university administrators are now doing at the University of California because (as they say) they have no alternative. The example of the New Deal shows that there is an alternative — it’s a matter of priorities.

To read the whole speech, click here.

Gray Brechin Presents the Living New Deal Project: Talk and Bus Tour in San Francisco (July 28 and 29)

From graybrechin.net

As part of Laborfest, the massive, month-long program of events that includes a film festival, tours, lectures and discussions in the Bay Area, historian and author Gray Brechin, author of Imperial San Francisco and principle investigator on The Living New Deal Project, will be leading a discussion and a tour toward the end of July. Reservations are recommended.

July 28 at 3:00 pm: “The Living New Deal: Excavating the Public Landscape of the Great Depression”

In less than a decade, President Franklin Roosevelt’s various public works agencies radically transformed the United States, giving employment to and improving the lives of millions while setting the stage for the post-war economic boom. For the past quarter century, however, the New Deal’s ideological enemies have systematically rolled back and erased the memory of its epochal accomplishments without understanding how it profited them and continues to do so. Dr. Gray Brechin will discuss the Living New Deal Project – a statewide collaborative effort to document and map the physical legacy of the New Deal in California and to honor the surviving veterans. The Project will provide the foundation for a national inventory and for a discussion of the role of the public sector in a just society.

ILWU Local 6 Hall 255 9th St. near Howard, SF

July 29 at 10:00 am: WPA-PWA Bus Tour with Gray Brechin and Harvey Smith

Join Gray Brechin and Harvey Smith as they travel through history on a bus tour of historic sites built by unionized labor. You will learn about the major contribution workers made during the depression era of the New Deal program. They will discuss about 75 years of WPA.

Aquatic Park Next to Ghiradelli Square, SF

Co-sponsored by UTU Local 1741
Meet at the bottom corner of Aquatic Park Hyde & Jefferson

Reservation required: call (415) 642-8066

or by e-mail: laborfest@laborfest.net

Make reservation, then send $15 check to:

LaborFest, P.O. Box 40983, SF, CA 94140

(Sandwiches and drinks will be available on the bus.) Bus will be back at Hyde & Jefferson

Tour lasts about 5 hours