Rebel Lawyer, Rebel Citizen

Thursday Apr 25 2019   6:00 PM
The Presidio  100 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA  map

For many Japanese Americans whose WWII destiny was altered by his righteous indignation, Wayne Collins is remembered as a “hero” and fiery advocate, the lone lawyer to stand up for their rights. Joining in conversation on what it takes to be a rebel are his son Wayne Merrill Collins, historian/author Charles Wollenberg, and psychologist Satsuki Ina, whose father was imprisoned in Department of Justice camps and whose citizenship was restored through Collins’ efforts. In what ways, did allyship serve to shift the negative current?

Rebel Lawyer: Wayne Collins and the Defense of Japanese American Rights by Charles Wollenberg presents the key cases pertaining to the World War II incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry and the trial attorney who defended them. For Fred Korematsu, Iva Toguri (alias Tokyo Rose), Japanese Peruvians imprisoned in the United States, and five thousand Americans who renounced their citizenship under duress, Wayne Collins made a somewhat unlikely hero. An Irish American lawyer with a volatile temper, Collins’ passionate commitment to the nation’s constitutional principles put him in opposition not only to the United States government but also groups that acquiesced to internment such as the national office of the ACLU and the leadership of the Japanese American Citizens League. Through careful research and legal analysis, Charles Wollenberg takes readers through each case and offers an understanding of how Collins came to be the most effective defender of the rights and liberties of the West Coast’s Japanese and Japanese American population.

Charles Wollenberg, author of Rebel Lawyer: Wayne Collins and the Defense of Japanese American Rights (Heyday, 2018), is the former Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of History at Berkeley City College. He is co-editor with Marcia A. Eymann of What’s Going On? California and the Vietnam Era (University of California Press, 2004) and author of Marinship at War: Shipbuilding and Social Change in Wartime Sausalito (Western Heritage, 1990) and Berkeley: A City in History (University of California Press, 2008).

Wayne Merrill Collins is a personal injury lawyer, scholar and educator. When his father passed away, he took over many of the cases his father was working on at the time.

Satsuki Ina, born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center, will serve as moderator. Through the efforts of Wayne Collins, her parents’ citizenship was returned to them in 1957.

This program is held in conjunction with Then They Came For Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, a special multimedia exhibition featuring imagery by noted photographers commissioned by the U.S. government’s War Relocation Authority, including Dorothea Lange and Clem Albers, along with photographers Ansel Adams, Toyo Miyatake and Paul Kitagaki, Jr., as well as a range of artifacts from the period.

Free, but registration required; click here for more info.

Foucault in California at J. Michael’s Books

Thursday Apr 25 2019   7:00 PM
J. Michael’s Books  160 E Broadway, Eugene, OR  map

Join David Wade and Colin Koopman (associate professor of philosophy, University of Oregon) for a night of philosophy and fun!

About the book

In The Lives of Michel Foucault, David Macey quotes the iconic French philosopher as speaking “nostalgically…of ‘an unforgettable evening on LSD, in carefully prepared doses, in the desert night, with delicious music, [and] nice people.’” This came to pass in 1975, when Foucault spent Memorial Day weekend in Southern California at the invitation of Simeon Wade—ostensibly to guest-lecture at the Claremont Graduate School where Wade was an assistant professor, but in truth to explore what he called the Valley of Death. Led by Wade and Wade’s partner Michael Stoneman, Foucault experimented with psychedelic drugs for the first time; by morning he was crying and proclaiming that he knew Truth.

Foucault in California is Wade’s firsthand account of that long weekend. Felicitous and often humorous prose vaults readers headlong into the erudite and subversive circles of the Claremont intelligentsia: parties in Wade’s bungalow, intensive dialogues between Foucault and his disciples at a Taoist utopia in the Angeles Forest (whose denizens call Foucault “Country Joe”); and, of course, the fabled synesthetic acid trip in Death Valley, set to the strains of Bach and Stockhausen. Part search for higher consciousness, part bacchanal, this book chronicles a young man’s burgeoning friendship with one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers.

Foucault in California at City Lights

Tuesday Apr 30 2019   7:00 PM
City Lights Books  281 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA  map

Join Foucault in California foreword writer, Heather Dundas, and David Wade for a night of philosophy and fun! More info here.

About the book

In The Lives of Michel Foucault, David Macey quotes the iconic French philosopher as speaking “nostalgically…of ‘an unforgettable evening on LSD, in carefully prepared doses, in the desert night, with delicious music, [and] nice people.’” This came to pass in 1975, when Foucault spent Memorial Day weekend in Southern California at the invitation of Simeon Wade—ostensibly to guest-lecture at the Claremont Graduate School where Wade was an assistant professor, but in truth to explore what he called the Valley of Death. Led by Wade and Wade’s partner Michael Stoneman, Foucault experimented with psychedelic drugs for the first time; by morning he was crying and proclaiming that he knew Truth.

Foucault in California is Wade’s firsthand account of that long weekend. Felicitous and often humorous prose vaults readers headlong into the erudite and subversive circles of the Claremont intelligentsia: parties in Wade’s bungalow, intensive dialogues between Foucault and his disciples at a Taoist utopia in the Angeles Forest (whose denizens call Foucault “Country Joe”); and, of course, the fabled synesthetic acid trip in Death Valley, set to the strains of Bach and Stockhausen. Part search for higher consciousness, part bacchanal, this book chronicles a young man’s burgeoning friendship with one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers.

Richard Schwartz at the Elkins Park Free Library

Wednesday May 01 2019   7:00 PM
Elkins Park Free Library  563 E Church Rd, Elkins Park, PA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for an illustrated talk on his book, The Man Who Lit Lady LibertyThe Man Who Lit Lady Liberty chronicles the life of actor M. B. Curtis, who achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, and who funded the lighting of the Statue of Liberty. Actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and murder suspect, Curtis reached the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues his story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

Free and open to the public.

Foucault in California at Powell’s on Hawthorne

Thursday May 02 2019   7:30 PM
Powell's Books on Hawthorne  3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR  map

Join Foucault in California foreword writer, Heather Dundas, and David Wade for a night of philosophy and fun!

About the book

In The Lives of Michel Foucault, David Macey quotes the iconic French philosopher as speaking “nostalgically…of ‘an unforgettable evening on LSD, in carefully prepared doses, in the desert night, with delicious music, [and] nice people.’” This came to pass in 1975, when Foucault spent Memorial Day weekend in Southern California at the invitation of Simeon Wade—ostensibly to guest-lecture at the Claremont Graduate School where Wade was an assistant professor, but in truth to explore what he called the Valley of Death. Led by Wade and Wade’s partner Michael Stoneman, Foucault experimented with psychedelic drugs for the first time; by morning he was crying and proclaiming that he knew Truth.

Foucault in California is Wade’s firsthand account of that long weekend. Felicitous and often humorous prose vaults readers headlong into the erudite and subversive circles of the Claremont intelligentsia: parties in Wade’s bungalow, intensive dialogues between Foucault and his disciples at a Taoist utopia in the Angeles Forest (whose denizens call Foucault “Country Joe”); and, of course, the fabled synesthetic acid trip in Death Valley, set to the strains of Bach and Stockhausen. Part search for higher consciousness, part bacchanal, this book chronicles a young man’s burgeoning friendship with one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers.

2019 Bay Area Book Festival – Day 1

Saturday May 04 2019  
  , Berkeley, CA  map

Booth location coming soon!

At 12:40 p.m. Laura Atkins, coauthor of Biddy Mason Speaks Up and Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, will be interviewed by a young person at the Young Readers Stage.

Richard Schwartz at the Richmond Museum of History

Sunday May 05 2019   2:00 PM
The Richmond Museum of History  400 Nevin Ave, Richmond, CA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his book The Man Who Lit Lady LibertyThe Man Who Lit Lady Liberty chronicles the life of actor M. B. Curtis, who achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, and who funded the lighting of the Statue of Liberty. Actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and murder suspect, Curtis reached the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues his story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

Free and open to the public; call (510) 235-7387 for more information.

The Once and Future Forest: The Mighty Redwood

Sunday May 05 2019   11:45 AM
David Brower Center - Goldman Theater  2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA  map

Ancient and mysterious as they are beautiful, the redwoods are an essential part of the California landscape. What are the inner workings of these giants, and what does the future hold? Save the Redwoods League and Heyday have produced a majestic, oversized, boxed book, The Once and Future Forest: California’s Iconic Redwoods, that showcases the grandeur of the redwood ecosystems, explores their history and significance, and looks toward a more ecologically informed future. Sam Hodder, executive director of the Save the Redwoods League, will moderate a conversation featuring contributors David Harris, writer; Greg Sarris, activist, author, and chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria; and David Rains Wallace, natural history writer and conservationist.

Priority tickets $10 each; click here for more info.

2019 Bay Area Book Festival – Day 2

Sunday May 05 2019  
  , Berkeley, CA  map

Booth location coming soon!

At 11:45 a.m. The Once and Future Forest contributors David Harris, Greg Sarris, and David Rains Wallace will be joined in conversation by Save The Redwoods League’s executive director, Sam Hodder, in the Brower Center’s Goldman Theater. More information and tickets here.

Storytime and Artists’ Reception at the Oakland Public Library

Sunday May 05 2019   4:00 PM
Oakland Public Library - Bradley Walters Auditorium  125 14th St, Oakland, CA  map

Join Michael Wertz, author-illustrator of ABC Oakland, and My City is Oakland author Kamaria Lofton for a storytime (with singing!) at 3:00 p.m. at the Oakland Main Public Library. At 4:00 p.m. there will be an opening reception for the exhibit of Kamaria and Michael’s work.

 

Free and open to the public.

Rattlesnake Wins Hummingbird’s Heart: A Word for Word Performance

Sunday May 05 2019   1:30 PM
The Marsh  2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA  map

Experience indigenous legends the way they were passed down—through oral tradition. Word for Word Performing Arts Company is an ensemble whose mission is to tell great stories with elegant theatricality, staging performances of classic and contemporary fiction. This performance features Native youth from Sonoma County presenting an adaptation of the story “Rattlesnake Wins Hummingbird’s Heart” from Greg Sarris’s collection How a Mountain Was Made, indigenous stories from Sonoma Mountain. How does a creature as lowly as Rattlesnake win the beautiful Hummingbird? What key does Rattlesnake possess? Come find out. Performance is 45 minutes, followed by discussion.

Sponsored by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Tickets available here.

Foucault in California at Pegasus

Thursday May 09 2019   7:30 PM
Pegasus Books Downtown  2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

Join David Wade and University of Puerto Rico Rio Pedras professor James Penner for a night of philosophy and fun!

Free and open to the public; more info here.

About the book

In The Lives of Michel Foucault, David Macey quotes the iconic French philosopher as speaking “nostalgically…of ‘an unforgettable evening on LSD, in carefully prepared doses, in the desert night, with delicious music, [and] nice people.’” This came to pass in 1975, when Foucault spent Memorial Day weekend in Southern California at the invitation of Simeon Wade—ostensibly to guest-lecture at the Claremont Graduate School where Wade was an assistant professor, but in truth to explore what he called the Valley of Death. Led by Wade and Wade’s partner Michael Stoneman, Foucault experimented with psychedelic drugs for the first time; by morning he was crying and proclaiming that he knew Truth.

Foucault in California is Wade’s firsthand account of that long weekend. Felicitous and often humorous prose vaults readers headlong into the erudite and subversive circles of the Claremont intelligentsia: parties in Wade’s bungalow, intensive dialogues between Foucault and his disciples at a Taoist utopia in the Angeles Forest (whose denizens call Foucault “Country Joe”); and, of course, the fabled synesthetic acid trip in Death Valley, set to the strains of Bach and Stockhausen. Part search for higher consciousness, part bacchanal, this book chronicles a young man’s burgeoning friendship with one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers.

Biddy Mason Speaks Up at the California Historical Society

Tuesday May 21 2019   6:00 PM
California Historical Society  678 Mission St, San Francisco, CA  map

Although a free state upon entering the Union in 1850, California was an important site for the struggle over the meaning of citizenship. The movement against slavery in California was led and financed by African Americans, and included at least two well-known court cases, the 1858 case of Archy Lee in San Francisco and of Biddy Mason in Los Angeles in 1856. This program will explore the actions of Biddy Mason and the community that surrounded her, revealing California’s origins in contradiction. Leader, midwife, and philanthropist, Biddy Mason invested in the future of Los Angeles and had an impact across the state.

Author Laura Atkins will discuss her new release, Biddy Mason Speaks Up, which was cowritten with Arisa White. Aimed at middle grade readers, the book explores Biddy Mason’s life and gives readers tools to speak up in their own communities. Susan Anderson is Director of Collections, Library, Exhibitions, and Programs at the California Historical Society and will present on slavery and resistance in California history.

About the Speakers:

Susan Anderson is California Historical Society’s Director of Collections, Library, Exhibitions, and Programs. Before joining CHS, Susan Anderson served as Interim Chief Curator at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Curator at UCLA Library Special Collections, and Managing Director of “LA As Subject,” an association of 200 archival institutions in Los Angeles County. She is the author of Nostalgia for a Trumpet: Poems of Memory and History, and has published widely on California’s African American past. Her most recent book, African Americans and the California Dream: A History, will be published by Heyday Books.

Laura Atkins is a children’s book author and editor. In addition to co-writing Biddy Mason Speaks Up (2019) with Arisa White, she co-wrote Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (2017), winner of several awards including the Carter G. Woodson Award and the Jane Addams Honor Award. She and co-author Stan Yogi have spoken to over 8,000 students at over 50 schools. She also wrote the picture book, Sled Dog Dachshund. Laura worked at Children’s Book Press and Lee & Low Books and freelances as a children’s book editor. With an MA in Children’s Literature and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Laura, based in Berkeley, is passionate about diversity and equity in children’s books.

Open to the public; $5 general admission/FREE for CHS members. Register here.

Historical Ecology Sail aboard the Historic Sloop Freda with Laura Cunningham

Saturday Jun 01 2019   8:00 AM
  , Sausalito, CA  map

Join A State of Change author-illustrator Laura Cunningham for a journey back in time aboard the oldest sailing yacht on the west coast. Freda was built when giant grizzlies roamed the bay shores dining on beached whales, tule elk herds grazed the bunchgrass hills, and millions of salmon migrated to the Sierra Nevada rivers. Encounter the Bay Area as it was 200 years ago and as it may have been in deep time with Laura as your tour guide.

This cruise complements Laura’s evening presentation, San Francisco Bay in the Past.

$35 per person; purchase tickets here. Dress in warm layers. Light snacks and water provided.

San Francisco Bay in the Past

Saturday Jun 01 2019   6:30 PM
Spaulding Marine Center  600 Gate 5 Rd, Sausalito, CA  map

Join us for a journey back in time when giant grizzlies roamed the bay shores dining on beached whales, tule elk herds grazed the bunchgrass hills, and millions of salmon filled the Bay. We’ll explore the Bay Area as it might have been before 200 years ago and into deep time with a presentation of Laura Cunningham’s artwork and book A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California.

This presentation complements the daytime cruise on Freda.

Admission by donation to benefit educational activities for youth at the Spaulding Marine Center; more info here.

Obi Kaufmann at Copperfield’s in San Rafael

Thursday Jun 13 2019   6:00 PM
Copperfield's Books  850 4th St, San Rafael, CA  map

Join Obi Kaufmann, author-illustrator of the #1 best-selling California Field Atlas, for a talk about his newest book, The State of Water. More details TBA.

Obi Kaufmann at Copperfield’s in Sebastopol

Friday Jun 14 2019   7:00 PM
Copperfield's Books  138 N Main St, Sebastopol, CA  map

Join Obi Kaufmann, author-illustrator of the #1 best-selling California Field Atlas, for a talk about his newest book, The State of Water. More details TBA.

Richard Schwartz at the Commonwealth Club

Monday Oct 14 2019   6:00 PM
The Commonwealth Club  110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA  map

The Circle of Stones author Richard Schwartz will speak to the Commonwealth Club about the amazing presence of ancient Native American life and villages that are still amongst us but unknown. The talk will take place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Kim Bancroft at the San Francisco Public Library

Sunday Nov 03 2019   2:00 PM
San Francisco Public Library  , San Francisco, CA  map

Kim Bancroft will speak at the San Francisco Public Library. More info TBA.