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.

Fall 2016 Speakers:

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 —
Documenting and Preserving Landmarks of San Francisco LGBTQ History
Donna Graves

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 —
From Mission to Microchip: a History of the California Labor Movement
Fred Glass

Thursday, November 17, 2016 —
Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute
Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus


Spring 2017 Speakers:

Thursday, January 19, 2017 —
Right Out of California: the 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism
Kathryn Olmsted

Thurday, February 16, 2017 —
The Bracero Legacy Project
David Ruanova and Ignacio Ornales

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 —
The history of BART
Mike Healy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 —
The 1968 San Francisco State Student Strike
Bill Issel

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 Emeritus, 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:
Margaret Olney
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
University of California, Berkeley
2521 Channing Way # 5555
Berkeley, CA 94720-5555
(510) 643-8140

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