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California Studies Dinner Seminars

The California Studies Dinner Seminars is a forum for the discussion of California politics, economy, and society that meets once a month on the Berkeley campus. It brings together scholars, students, and specialists from around the Bay Area to hear speakers talk about new books, research and ideas of note concerning California. The series has been going strong for twenty years (with a predecessor going back thirty years!), and is the finest intellectual forum on California history, geography and public affairs in Northern California.

Spring 2015 Speakers:

Thursday, January 22, 2015 —
Save the Bay Part One:
The Rise and Fall of the Reber Plan to Destroy San Francisco Bay

Chuck Wollenberg

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).

Thursday, February 19, 2015 —
Berkeley and the New Deal
Harvey Smith

Smith is president of the National New Deal Preservation Association and a member of the Living New Deal Project at UC Berkeley. His new book, "Berkeley and the New Deal" uses Berkeley as a case study for a discussion of the local impact and heritage of the New Deal in an American city.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 —
The Streets of San Francisco: Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950-1972
Chris Agee

Chris Agee, Professor of History at University of Colorado, Denver, will discuss his new book, "The Streets of San Francisco," on Wednesday, March 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. The book covers the police response to diverse ethnic and life style communities in San Francisco during the 1950s and 60s. Agee studies the exercise of police discretion and the contradictory liberal attitudes on police use of force during these decades of social change and political protest.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 —
Paradise Transplanted: Migration and the Making of California Gardens
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Professor of Sociology at USC, will discuss her new book, Paradise Transplanted, on Wednesday, May 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. Published last year by UC Press, the book is an innovative study of the links between southern California gardens and the region's patterns of multi-national migration and social and ethnic relationships.

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Director's Room, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just above Telegraph Ave)

The series is co-directed by Richard Walker (Professor, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley) and Charles Wollenberg (Berkeley City College, Berkeley), and is sponsored by the California Studies Center and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE). It is funded with the generous support of the IRLE and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Anyone interested in topics about the state of California is invited to attend these informal dinner gatherings. The dinner is buffet style. Dinners are free, but we ask for a small donation for beverages.

To attend PLEASE RSVP:
Myra Armstrong
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
University of California, Berkeley
2521 Channing Way # 5555
Berkeley, CA 94720-5555
(510) 643-3012

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