Contact: Jef Findley
Berkeley Public Library presents local historian Chuck Wollenberg on Berkeley’s response to World War II, in a series of three lectures on Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck), in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room. June 1st will be Ruth Kingman, the Fair Play Committee and the Japanese-American Internment. Ruth Kingman was a pioneering Berkeley political activist and one of the few people who took effective action against the “relocation” of Japanese-Americans. June 22 will be Codornices Village and the African American Migration to Berkeley. Codornices Village, which is now UC Village Married Student Housing, began in World War II to house shipyard workers in Richmond. The final lecture on June 29th will be Lawrence & Oppenheimer: the Atomic Bomb and the Beginnings of Big Science. UC Professors Lawrence and Oppenheimer were the driving forces behind the Manhattan Project which produced the world’s first atomic bomb. Chuck Wollenberg is a celebrated Berkeley historian and teacher at Berkeley City College. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library (www.berkeleylibraryfriends.org). For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6142. For accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TTY (510) 528-1240, http://berkeleypubliclibrary.org.