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Upcoming Events:

  • Arlo Guthrie in Concert at the Historic Fox Theatre, April 9, 2014 – Bakersfield, CA
  • Kegley Institute of Ethics:  Cruz Reynoso, April 17, 2014
  • CSUB History Forum: Gray Brechin (UC Berkeley), "California's Living New Deal," April 18th, 2014
  • Marisa Silver reads from Mary Coin, California Writers Series, April 23,  2014,  7pm


"Was the Soviet Union a Proletarian Project? A Case Study of the Tatar Regional Party Committee, 1921-1941"

Speaker: Mark R. Baker CSUB, Professor of History

Time: Friday, 28 February 2014, 3:30 pm Place: Albertson Room, Dore Theater

Drawing from his extensive research in the archives of the former Soviet Union, Dr. Baker argued that the Soviet experiment may have started out as a proletarian (workers) project, but as the revolution morphed into a state, the attempts to make that state proletarian proved almost impossible to accomplish in a largely peasant country. Instead, the USSR became a multi-national, Affirmative Action Empire, promoting a diverse group of titular nationalities, including the group specifically under examination: the Tatars. Through an examination of the membership of the Tatar Regional Committee of the Communist Party, Dr. Baker charted the relative success of nationalizing (in contrast to the proletarianizing) the party.

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Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary

This year CSUB celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. Details ยป