California Studies Dinner Seminars - Past Dinners

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Joanne Lafler, Author
Ms. Lafler will speak on her research on a new book on early 20th century Oakland.

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Richard Steven Street, Author of Beast of the Fields

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Peter Richardson, Author of A Bomb in Every Issue (A history of Ramparts Magazine)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Fred Turner Director, Undergraduate Studies, Assistant Professor of Communication, Stanford University 

Wednesday, February 18, 2008/9 (??)
Rick Mines,  Ph.D. Agricultural and Resources Economics (UC Berkeley).  Research Consultant on Immigrant Issues and Director of The Indigenous Farmworker Study and
Sandy Nichols, Ph.D. Geography (UC Berkeley).  Visiting Scholar on Migration and Sustainable Development, ESPM; and Research Associate with The Indigenous Farmworker Study, “"Mexican Indigenous Farm Workers in California Agriculture"”

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Randy Shaw, Author, Community Activist, and Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic in San Francisco, Speaking on his new bookCesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the Twenty First Century , published by UC Press

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Rick Wartzman, Director of the Drucker Institute, Claremont Graduate University
Speaking on his new book: In the Obscene Extreme:  The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck’s “ The Grapes of Wraths

Thursday, October 23, 2008
Frances Dinkelspiel, is an award-winning journalist and the great-great granddaughter of Isaias Hellman.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, People, San Francisco Magazine, San Jose Mercury News, and other venues.
Speaking on her new book: Towers of Gold:  How one Jewish Immigrant named Isaias Hellman created California  (St. Martins Press)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008  
Gray Brechin, Visiting Scholar, Geography Department, UCB, The Indispensable New Deal ”A Collaborative excavation of FDR’s public works legacy in California(and beyond)”

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Sarah Thomas, Graduate Student, ESPM Department, UCB “Tahoe Blues:  Private Rights, Public Amenities, and the Politics of Land Use Planning in the Lake Tahoe Basin”

Thursday, April 17, 2008
No dinner (California Studies Conference will be held at Berkeley City College, April 11- 13, 2008)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Philip Fradkin, Independent Author and Scholar
“Wallace Stegner and the American West” (new book from UC Press)

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Joshua Paddison,  PhD Student, History Department, UCLA
Anti-Catholicism and race in post civil war San Francisco”

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Charles Wollenberg, Chair of Social Science Department, Berkeley City College,
Berkeley, a city in history(new from Univ. of California Press)

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