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History of the California Dream, 1850-present

Liz du Plessis

 
9/14 to 10/5, Weekly on Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 PM (4 Sessions)
Santa Rosa Junior College, Emeritus Hall Room: 1597
Instructor: Liz du Plessis, PhD in U.S. History
 
The California of Americans’ historical imagination – of adventure, opportunity, and happiness –and the California of historical fact – with its struggles and hardships -- have had strikingly discordant effects on the larger American historical narrative from the mid-19th century to today. This course explores California’s mythology and historiography through artifacts of popular culture including films, songs, and journalistic sources as well as sources that reveal the gritty realities of fires, floods, earthquakes, migrant laborers, and gangs. The instructor holds a PhD in History and will present primary sources from digital archives, slideshow lectures, and film clips. The extensive writings of historian Kevin Starr will receive attention along with works by Carolyn Merchant and other environmental historians of the California region since 1850. 
 
Lectures will be followed by hands-on activities and group discussions to explore selected primary and secondary sources. Participants will have opportunities to play an active role in the course by sharing artifacts and ideas during in-person discussions and in online discussion forums. Multimedia and print materials will be made available online in advance of course meetings to support and extend discussion. Participants will learn not only about course topics but also how to find and interpret historical sources.
 

Santa Rosa Junior College discovery

A mystery and a piece of #SRJC history are coming to life! This morning, while supervising the removal of our old, nonfunctional flag pole on Analy lawn, Facilities Operations staff members were looking for what they thought would be a “time capsule” on top of the pole. Paul Bielen, Director of Facilities Operations, said that they found a sealed ball, as well as what appears to be a weather-damaged piece of paper, inside the tube holding the ball. Does the paper carry a message to us from previous generations? Library technician Amy Malaise is going to study the sheet and let us all know. via Santa Rosa Junior College.
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