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Humanities Collaboration in the Central Valley

Event Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Location: Levan Center for the Humanities, Bakersfield College 1801 Panorama Drive Bakersfield, CA


8:30-9:00 Coffee & Continental Breakfast @ Levan Center lobby

9:00-9:15: Opening Remarks by Jack Hernandez, Director, Levan Center for the Humanities & Oliver A. Rosales, Professor of History, Bakersfield College

9:15-10:15 Panel # 1: Kern County Archives & Cultural Resources Panel

  1. Chris Livingston, Archivist, California State University, Bakersfield, “Local History Archives @ CSUB & Project Development”
  2. Lori Wear, Curator, Kern County Museum, “Special Collections & Project Development”
  3. Ken Hooper, Faculty, Bakersfield High School, “Local Archives & Teaching Future Archivists”

Q&A (15 minutes)

10:15-10:25 Short Break

10:25-11:35: Keynote Presentation, Kristine Diekman, Professor of Media, School of Arts, California State University, San Marcos

Summary of Presentation: “Run Dry” is a story of small, rural California communities and their struggle to remain connected to the most precious of human resources – water. Run Dry is a collaborative digital media project that brings to life the stories of families who live without running water or without clean water in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The project brings together film, photography and personal stories that address the problems that these rural, low income communities face. Run Dry, a film project told through personal stories, investigates the significance of water and reveals the systems of power that govern water distribution. The projects addresses how water is accessed and resourced, what systems govern water resources, how they have developed over decades, and how they impact human well-being today.

11:35-12:45 LUNCH (Location TBA)

12:45- 1:00 Reassemble @ Levan Center

1:00- 2:00: Panel # 3: Valley in Focus: Recent Federal & State Grant Recipients Focused on the Central Valley

  1. Andrew Fiala, Professor, California State University, Fresno, “Religious Diversity and Pluralism in California’s Central Valley.”
  2. Dustin Knepp, Associate Professor, California State University, Bakersfield, “Crossing Borders, Making Connections: The Humanities and Ethnic Studies”
  3. Colin Rambo, Cultural Resource Management Technician, Tejon Indian Tribe, “Tejon Tribal Curation Facility”
  4. Oliver Rosales, Professor, Bakersfield College, “Beyond the Fields: Stories of Civil Rights and Social Justice in California’s Central Valley.”

2:00-2:30 Reflective Group Discussion: Future Directions for Humanities Collaboration