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21st Annual California Studies Conference

California Studies Association in partnership with the Oakland Museum of California, presents the CSA Annual Conference 2011

Food Fights: Popular Struggles Beyond California Cuisine

Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, 2011 Oakland Museum of California

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California has been a historical epicenter to successive revolutions in what we eat, where it comes from, and how it is produced and marketed—from the rise of agri-business and growers’ co-ops during the late 19th/early 20th century to the turn to health food in the 1970s to today’s slow food and food justice movements.  This event brings together activists, scholars, community leaders, and the broader public to explore food as a fulcrum of political and social change over time.  Sessions will focus on three themes:  Food Justice, Organizing the Food Chain, and Agri-Culture.

Food Fights: Popular Struggles Beyond California Cuisine
High Resolution Graphic | Graphic by Lincoln Cushing

April 1, 2011
Paired event: April Ful Night hosted by the Oakland  Museum
Friday, April 1, 6–9 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Standard welcomes the public to a communal meal inspired by Egypt’s national dish, Ful (pronounced “fool”), and presents a social experience inspired by Egypt’s revolution and the populist uprisings throughout the Middle East. This experimental art project explores the meal as a forum for Middle East communities to gather with others in a large and intimate museum setting to exchange feelings and ideas on the spirit of liberation welling up half way around the world. FREE. Spaces are limited.

April 2, 2011

Food Fights: Popular Struggles Beyond California Cuisine

Conference hosted by the California Studies Association
Saturday, April 2, 2011 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California

Sasha Abramsky, journalist and author of Breadline USA
Carey McWilliams Award recipient:  Maxine Hong Kingston, accepted by Malcolm Margolin of Heyday Press 

“The past and future politics of food movements”
Pam Peirce, SF Chronicle columnist and author of Golden Gate Gardening; 
Julie Guthman, UC Santa Cruz, author of Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of 
Organic Farming in California; Navina Khanna, Field Director, Live Real.

Confirmed panelists include:
Armando Nieto, California Food & Justice Coalition | Heather Wooten, Public Health Law & Policy | Annie Shattuck, Food First | Nathan McClintock, UC Berkeley | Barbara Finnin, City Slicker Farms | Mark Medeiros, Veggielution | Jason Harvey, Oakland Food Connection | Shyaam Shabaka, EcoVillage Farm | Alison Alkon, University of the Pacific | Allison Jordan, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance | Margaret Reeves, Pesticide Action Network | Al Courchesne, Frog Hollow Farm | Richard Walker, UC Berkeley | Sylvia Schwartz, former Petaluma chicken rancher | Gordon Edgar, Rainbow Grocery Collective | Monica Finc, Berkeley Student Food Collective | John Curl, author/historian | Patricia Allen, UCSC Center for Sustainable Agroecology & Food Systems | Tony Alexander, UFCW Local 5 | Josue Arguelles, Young Workers United | Laura-Anne Minkoff Zern, UC Berkeley | Ildi Carlisle-Cummins, CA Statewide Farm to School Task Force | Jennifer Le Barre, Nutrition Service Oakland Unified School District | Chuck Davies, Cal Dining | Genna Lipari, Real Food Challenge | Tim Galarneau, UC Santa Cruz | Tendai Chiteware, SFSU | Louise Dyble, Michigan Technological University | Greig Guthey, CSU San Marcos | Favianna Rodriguez, Oakland community artist | Gail P. Myers, Farms to Grow, Inc. | Amara Tabor-Smith, Deep Waters Dance Theater
$40 general, $20 students/low-income; 
$35 general, $15 students/low-income for early registration by March 28 

Registration includes lunch and CSA membership, does not include access to Oakland Museum exhibitions.

Getting There

The Oakland Museum of California is located at 1000 Oak Street (near 10th St.).  Come to the the 10th St. entrance to register. 

Lake Merritt BART is blocks away and 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART is.6 mi away on Broadway, where several AC Transit lines connect. 

Driving directions can be found at  However, please note that the museum garage fills up early.   There can be stiff competition for nearby street parking, and most nearby spaces are coin metered ($2/hour).  Tenth Street southeast of Oak, next to Laney College, has unmetered street parking.

Media contacts
Lincoln Cushing
(510) 418-5193

Tom Izu
(408) 864-8986