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Arlo Guthrie in Concert at the Historic Fox Theatre

April 9, 2014 – The Historic Fox Theatre, Bakersfield, CA

A concert featuring the music of Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl era performed by Arlo Guthrie and his band.
Tickets will go on Sale Tuesday, February 4th, which may be purchased through the Fox Box Office or Vallitix

Click here to read Bob Price's article about Arlo Guthrie from the Bakersfield Californian.


Kegley Institute of Ethics presents "Sowing the Seeds of Justice" with Former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso

April 17th, 2014 @ 7 pm - Doré Theatre, CSU Bakersfield

Free to the public. As part of KIE's contribution to CSUB's year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's classic, The Grapes of Wrath, we are very proud to present Justice Cruz Reynoso, whose personal history exemplifies the struggles faced by so many who have walked in the Joad's footsteps. In his case, those struggles took him from poverty and toiling in the fields to sitting on the bench of the state's highest court. Justice Reynoso, now in his 80's, continues to fight for justice for all California citizens. See, for example, his recent challenge to the Obama Administration's Justice Department to review whether LA County's electoral boundaries violate the Voting Rights Act (see LA Voting Story). Justice Reynoso was also the subject of the 2010 award-winning documentary, "Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice," produced by Abby Ginzberg (see the trailer here). Like all KIE events, the lecture is free and open to the public, thanks to generous support from Kern Schools Federal Credit Union and San Joaquin Community Hospital. For additional information call the Institute at 661-654-3149.


History Forum featuring speaker Prof. Gray Brechin (UC Berkeley), "California's Living New Deal"

Professor Brechin will discuss the New Deal's impact on the state, and the Living New Deal Project to record and map surviving examples of New Deal buildings and landscapes.

April 18th, 2014, 3:30-5:00 pm


Suthat Pinruethal Lecture

Thursday, May 15, 2014 @ 4 pm – Performing Arts Building, room 101

Artist to discuss his work and projects on campus


Visiting Sculptor Series

Spring 2014 – CSU Bakersfield

Public sculpture and art installations. Currently three installations are planned:

  • “Route 66/No Okies” by Joe Barrington, Throckmorton, Texas
  • Weedpatch Campus” by Cameron Brian, Bakersfield—30 migrant workers’ houses on the grounds of CSU Bakersfield, based on research done by students; houses made of tin, wood, and canvas at 1/10th scale
  • Ceramic books with Steinbeck quotations randomly placed on campus.


The 10th Annual KIE Fall Lecture by Andrew Sullivan

October 1st, 2014 - Location and Time TBA

The conservative author, pundit and blogger extraordinaire. Mr. Sullivan's blog, The Dish is among the is among the most world's most widely read, in part because of his extraordinary intelligence and range of views. His talk will continue KIE's contribution to CSUB's Grapes of Wrath anniversary celebration.
Details will follow soon!


1930s Modernism in Architecture, Art, and Literature

October, 2014 – TBA

A celebration of Modernism in Bakersfield, highlighting the examples of Modernist architecture, art, and literature connected to the area. Site visits and events at architectural landmarks, such as the Richard Neutra houses of Patricia Leddy and David Coffey.


One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern

November, 2014

The Kern County community reads one book in the libraries, schools, and in the universities. CSU Bakersfield leads the effort by choosing the book and requiring it in First-Year Experience program. This year’s book will be Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario.
For more information, please visit:


Theatrical Performance of “From Dust Thou Art”

November 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th, 2014 – Doré Theatre, CSU Bakersfield

The CSU Bakersfield Theatre Arts Department presents a play by Peter Grego based on oral histories of Dust Bowl immigrants of the period.
Directed by Mandy Rees.


Cultural Legacy of The Grapes of Wrath. An Interdisciplinary Academic Conference

November 7th & 8th, 2014 – CSU Bakersfield

Academic conference including all disciplines from the arts and humanities (history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, communications, modern languages, linguistics, art, music, and theatre). Keynote and other featured speakers: Rick Wartzman (journalism), Susan Shillinglaw (literature), James N. Gregory (history), Peter La Chapelle (history), Daniel Goldmark (music), Dan Morgan (journalism). Click here to read Call for Papers.


Popular Orchestral Classics of the Dust Bowl Era: The Plow that Broke the Plains and Billy the Kid

November, 2014 – TBA

The Bakersfield Youth Symphony in concert featuring Aaron’s Copland’s ballet score, Billy the Kid (1938), and Virgil Thomson’s score to The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936) with a showing of Pare Lorentz’s film documentary. Selections will be introduced with historical commentary discussing the influence of Lorentz’s work on John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. Live music accompanying the film.