History Forum/Walter Presents: Professor Robert Cherny, "Communism and Anti-Communism in California during the 1930s"

September 25, 2014, 6-7:30 pm - Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library 

Professor Cherny, a member of the History faculty at San Francisco State University, is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer.


Kegley Institute of Ethics presents "Becoming an American: A Personal Story, featuring Andrew Sullivan 

October 1, 2014, 7 pm - Doré Theatre, CSU Bakersfield 

Conservative author, pundit and blogger extraordinaire.  Mr. Sullivan's blog, The Dish is among the 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.


Historic Sunset Camp - Past and Present

October 21, 2014, 1 pm - Beale Memorial Library 

The Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA, invites history buffs of all ages to a special presentation in the second-floor Tejon Room. Kern County Genealogical Society researchers will present the Dust Bowl story and history of the Weedpatch Camp of Kern County (also known as Sunset Camp), the migrant labor camp that inspired John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. This camp, looking much as it did in the 1930ís, may be seen to this day just a few miles South of Bakersfield. Learn more at this free historical program.  For more information, call 661-868-0701.


Bakersfield Built: 1930s Architecture

Opens Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Todd Madigan Gallery, 5-7 pm

Symposium, October 25, 2014, 9-11:30 am

Home Tour, October 25, 2014, afternoon

A celebration of Modernist architecture in Bakersfield.

New Visual Arts Building Ribbon-Cutting

October 24, 2014, 4:30 pm - CSUB campus.


Party in the Park, Alumni Event

October 24, 2014, 6-8:30 pm - CSUB campus.


Walter Presents - Jerry Stanley- CANCELED

October 28, 2014, 6 pm -- Dezember Reading Room in CSUB's Walter Stiern Library

Jerry Stanley will be reading and speaking about his famous children’s book "Children of the Dust Bowl."

One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern

October 30, 2014, 7 p.m. - CSUB Icardo Center

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 6, 7, 8 & 9, 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 6, 7 & 8, 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).  For complete information visit


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

November 23, 2014 – Doré Theatre

The Bakersfield Youth Symphony in concert featuring Aaron’s Copland’s ballet score, Billy the Kid (1938), and Virgil Thomson's score to Pare Lorentz's film documentary, The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936). Live music, narration, and commentary accompanying the film, highlighting the influence of Lorentz's work on Steinbeck's novel.