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October 8, 2008 > Studying the past for the sake of the future

Studying the past for the sake of the future

Internationally recognized scholar Ron Takaki comes to California State University, East Bay Monday, Oct. 13 for a free lecture. University President Mohammad Qayoumi will introduce the address, "America in a Different Mirror: Studying the Past for the Sake of the Future."

Takaki will explain that diversity has become America's "manifest destiny." Just as every Californian belongs to a minority, this will be true of the all Americans within the lifetime of today's students.

"Takaki is the nation's foremost multicultural historian - responsible for the American Cultures requirement at the University of California, Berkeley and taught the first Black Studies course at UCLA," said A. Fajilan, assistant professor of theatre and dance, and event organizer.

Many of CSUEB professors in Ethnic Studies, History, Anthropology and Sociology use his books in their courses, especially, A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, which will be republished in December 2008 with new chapters on refugees from Vietnam and Afghanistan, and on the recent waves of Mexican immigrants. The study will present the epic story of America from the 1607 founding of Jamestown to the beginning of the 21st century.

Takaki's other 11 books include, Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans, which has been selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best 100 non-fiction books of the 20th century.

Takaki, who has been described by the Los Angeles Times as a "minority Everyman, a rare hybrid, a multicultural scholar," has taught more than 20,000 students during his 34 years as an Ethnic Studies professor at the UCB. He also has received the Distinguished Teaching Award from his peers.

He has debated Nathan Glazer and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. on such issues as affirmative action and multicultural education, and in 1997, he helped President Bill Clinton write his major speech on race, "One America in the 21st Century."

Cal State, East Bay welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please call (510) 885-3118 at least two weeks in advance if accommodation is needed.

Campus parking is available in lots for $5 per day (machines take dollar bills, quarters).

Studying the Past for the Sake of the Future
2 p.m.
University Theatre
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward

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