Exploring Central Valley Memories: Visual Anthropology (Spring 2016)

Description: The discussion is anchored in the principles of visual anthropology, a sub-discipline of cultural anthropology where visual elements (photographs and ethnographic films) help clarify, represent and archive cultural knowledge. At the heart of this discussion is the question: how do we create an infrastructure to visually explore, document, and disseminate diverse cultural knowledge? Lecture/Discussion: Steve

Working Class Culture in the Central Valley (Spring 2016)

Description: Dorothea Lange, the Great Depression’s most famous photographer, and her husband, Paul Taylor documented the plight of California’s dispossessed, culminating in 1939 in American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion.” The Common Ground Faculty Cohort will read Jan Goggan’s scholarly work on California’s developing New Deal narrative and discuss her take on this photographic expose of immigrant suffering

Cultural Clashes: Hispanic Immigration & Assimilation (Spring 2016)

Description: This discussion centers on the cultural challenges faced by Latinos in the Central Valley. Historical challenges between immigrant populations, with status quo community identity, and current issues will be examined. Lecture/Discussion: Alex Saragoza, Professor of History, Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley.  Ma Vang, UC Presidents Postdoctoral Fellow, Assistant Professor, UC Merced. Foundational

Visions of Central Valley Culture: How Local Arts & Films Portray Valley Life

Description: This discussion centers around the way cultural identity is represented and enhanced through works of art, film, and other expressions. Key Questions: Who has the authority to decide what constitutes a primary work of cultural production that aids in the formation of collective identity? What is the relationship between a need for community identity and

Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition and Political Philosophy

Description: This seminar will explore notions of democratic citizenship, civic virtue, and civic republicanism in the context of the multicultural of the Central Valley.  We will consider the following issues:  How do different interests and identities clash, negotiate, and accommodate each other within the context of a modern liberal nation state? How do community-based notions of

Know Your Place: Concepts of Home and Identity in the Central Valley

Description: This topic focuses on home, identity and belonging as well as the different ways that “place” is and can be conceived.  This will lead us to engage in this idea of what our “place” in the Central Valley means, through the written word, images, and other kinds of representations. Events LECTURE: February 18, 2015 from

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