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CSUB History Forum Presents “The Grapes of Charity”

Picture of Gray BrechinThe California State University, Bakersfield History Forum presents “The Grapes of Charity: Excavating California’s Debt to Frank Roosevelt’s New Deal.” Speaker Dr. Gray Brechin, Historical Geographer and Director of the Living New Deal Project at UC Berkeley, will lead the discussion on Friday, April 18th at 3:30pm in the Albertson Room inside the CSUB Doré Theater.

The Living New Deal Project at UC Berkely is a national team effort to tally, map, and interpret the vast public works legacy of FDR’s initiatives to extricate the United States from the Great Depression. Its remains surround us but remain unseen — until now. Those projects together speak a lost ethical language of public health and public service that has much to teach us in the absence of that language. Dr. Gray Brechin will discuss the genesis and relevance of the project as it relates to John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. 

"Dr. Brechin's 'Living New Deal Project' has helped document and bring attention to the architectural legacy of the New Deal, both here in Calfornia and around the country,” said Douglas W. Dodd, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the CSUB Department of History.  “We look forward to hearing from him how the New Deal programs shaped Kern County in the 1930s." 

The event is free and open to the public. Regular parking fees apply. For more information, call the CSUB History Department at 661-654-3079.

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