The Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) at Porterville College
is proud to host a presentation from
Gray Brechin, Ph.D.
Historical Geographer and Author, Visiting Scholar UC-Berkeley
Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin
(Earth Day Event)
Book signing to follow in Student Center
April 28th, 2017
Porterville College Theater
Like all great cities throughout history, San Francisco grew and flourished upon the conquest and exploitation of an expanding hinterland for the benefit of those who owned it. Among the first and richest of its colonies was the San Joaquin Valley whose environment and inhabitants paid a heavy price to build the opulent mansions of Nob Hill and the San Francisco Peninsula as well as the inherited fortunes of the leaders of the city’s High Society. Chief among those leaders were the owners of San Francisco’s major newspapers which have long shaped the thought their readers. As the last newspaper standing, the Hearst-owned San Francisco Chronicle continues to do so.
Dr. Gray Brechin is an historical geographer and architectural historian who has been writing and speaking about the environment for forty years. His late-life dissertation, Imperial San Francisco, spent 16 weeks on the San Francisco Chronicle’s best-seller list. He is the founder and Project Scholar of the Living New Deal, a nationwide collaborative project to identify, map, and interpret the public works legacy of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal based at the UC-Berkeley Department of Geography.
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Doors will be closed approximately 10 minutes after the start of the event OR when the theater has reached capacity. Due to safety regulations, once the theater is full no additional people can be admitted.