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Rebel Imaginaries: Labor, Culture, and Politics in Depression-Era California

Jan 5, 2021


During the Great Depression, California became a wellspring for some of the era's most inventive and imaginative political movements. In response to the global catastrophe, the multiracial laboring populations who formed the basis of California's economy gave rise to an oppositional culture that challenged the modes of racialism, nationalism, and rationalism that had guided modernization during preceding decades. In Rebel Imaginaries Elizabeth E. Sine tells the story of that oppositional culture's emergence, revealing how aggrieved Californians asserted political visions that embraced difference, fostered a sense of shared vulnerability, and underscored the interconnectedness and interdependence of global struggles for human dignity. From the Imperial Valley's agricultural fields to Hollywood, seemingly disparate communities of African American, Native American, Mexican, Filipinx, Asian, and White working-class people were linked by their myriad struggles against Depression-era capitalism and patterns of inequality and marginalization. In tracing the diverse coalition of those involved in labor strikes, citizenship and immigration reform, and articulating and imagining freedom through artistic practice, Sine demonstrates that the era's social movements were far more heterogeneous, multivalent, and contested than previously understood.

Book cover: Black Market Business

Black Market Business, Selling Sex in Northern Vietnam, 1920-1945

Nov 10, 2020


Black Market Business is a grassroots social history of the clandestine market for sex in colonial Tonkin.

History Professor recognized for Outstanding Career Achievements in Teaching

History Associate Professor Recognized for Outstanding Career Achievements in Teaching

Sep 21, 2020


History Associate Professor recognized for Outstanding Career Achievements in Teaching.

History Professor meets with Cal Poly News: Ask an Expert: What is Juneteenth?

History Professor meets with Cal Poly News: Ask an Expert: What is Juneteenth?

Jul 14, 2020


History Professor meets with Cal Poly News: Ask an Expert: What is Juneteenth?

History Lecturer writes blog piece on "We Charge Genocide", Tropics of Meta

History Lecturer writes blog piece on "We Charge Genocide", Tropics of Meta

Jul 14, 2020


“We Charge Genocide”: A Historic Indictment of Anti-Black Violence in the U.S. Is as Relevant as Ever Today

Sexualities in the Works of Joss Whedon (Worlds of Whedon)

History Professor Publishes new book

Jul 14, 2020


History Professor Lewis Call publishes new book; Sexualities in the Works of Joss Whedon (Worlds of Whedon)

Molly Loberg

History Professor Earns International Book Prize

Feb 19, 2020


History Professor Molly Loberg was recently awarded the Hans Rosenberg Book Prize for her book titled “The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin: Politics, Consumption, and Urban Space, 1914-1945.”

Cal Poly Authors: Dr. Molly Loberg, The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin Politics, Consumption, and Urban Space, 1914–1945

Oct 1, 2019


Our next Conversations with Cal Poly Authors event is October 25, featuring Molly Loberg from History and Christian Anderson from World Languages and Culture, discussing her book, The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin: Politics, Consumption, and Urban Space, 1914-1945.  Light refreshments, as always, will be served.

Date: Friday Oct. 25 

Time: 10:00-11:30 am

Location: Kennedy  room 111H

For more information oh the event: https://lib.calpoly.edu/events/the-struggle-for-the-streets-of-berlin/

Film and Discussion -Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue

Oct 1, 2019


The History Department is sponsoring an exciting documentary film screening and filmmaker discussion next week that I hope you consider attending.

The film Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue examines the narratives surrounding the contentious issue of "comfort women," the sexual enslavement of Korean women during WWII.  Director Miki Dezaki will participate in a discussion after the screening of the film. For more on the film and the controversy it has set off, see this New York Times article.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6:10 to 9 p.m.

Where: 38-121

 

 

2019 History Graduation Reception

Apr 11, 2019


Please join the History Faculty and Staff in honoring our 2019 graduates!  The presentation and reception will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2019 in Spanos Theatre at 2 pm.  All family and friends are welcome - no tickets or RSVP are necessary.  Please contact cjeaton@calpoly.edu for additional information.

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