California Studies Seminar: Patricia Wakida on “The Los Angeles Atlas” May 15, 2014

Author Patricia Wakida will discuss her forthcoming book, The Los Angeles Atlas, on Thursday, May 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.  A former staff member of the Japanese American National Museum and Heyday Books, Wakida’s publications include, Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience.  Her new book is an innovative  study of  L.A. geography and society.  The talk will be at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.).  Free admission and dinner.

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2014 Steinbeck Festival Comes to Oakland


2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s stunning protest novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Join the Steinbeck Center and three artists for an evening of stories and thoughts on the themes of environmental disaster, the dispossessed, and dissent.

Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
Location: HOLY NAMES COLLEGE, Valley Center for the Performing Arts (3500 Mountain Blvd. Oakland, CA 94619)
Pricing: FREE and open to the public

Join us for a special preview of the 2014 Steinbeck Festival! This year the National Steinbeck Center celebrates the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath by convening a national dialogue, seeking out the stories of individuals struggling against many of the same challenges so poignantly represented in this classic work: financial insecurity, widespread unemployment and foreclosures, drought and other environmental crises.

To gather contemporary stories of resilience and migrations in hard times, curators from the National Steinbeck Center commissioned a talented group of artists to retrace the Joad family’s journey.

* P.J. Palmer, Filmmaker and Videographer

* Octavio Solis, Playwright and Director

* Patricia Wakida, Writer and Linoleum Block-Print Artist

Come hear from this diverse group of artists—along with curators from the National Steinbeck Center, as they discuss the continuing relevance of The Grapes of Wrath for a globalizing world as well as what they learned along the trek from Oklahoma to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally California. You may also get a sneak peek of artworks resulting from this project! Don’t miss out: this is the only Bay Area preview before the Festival heads east to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

This Steinbeck Festival preview is presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute and the Peace & Justice Club at Holy Names University. Special thanks to our promotional co-sponsors: HNU Integrative Studies Across Cultures (ISAC) program and Intercultural Peace & Justice Studies program; Mills College English program; St. Mary’s College History program and International Area Studies program.

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

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