Join us for Oral History Online Reading Series (Seeds of Something Different: An Oral History of UC Santa Cruz)

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Dear Colleages,

Our new OH book, Seeds of Something Different: An Oral History of UC Santa Cruz, is having a series of online readings to get the word out and encourage folks to join the Seeds community and pick up copies from our second printing, which is just now hitting the shelves at our beloved local Bookshop Santa Cruz. We also want to experiment with ways an oral history book can connect, build, and engage virtual community in this time. 


There will be 6 readings moving through the decades of history the book covers, one each Wednesday from June 10 to July 15 at 4:30 PST/7:30 EST, starting with the 60s and going forward from there. Myself and my co-editors (I'll be at 4 of the 6 events, including this first one) will be reading from the book, and each event will have different featured respondents, most of whom are featured narrators in Seeds who are major stakeholders from the spotlit era. We've designed the events so someone could join for all 6 and they'll progress throughout UCSC history, or can drop in for one a la carte and still get a self-contained experience. Each event will start with questions of local history, and will radiate out to different major nationwide questions of social history that were pressing and urgent then and now, including, over the 6 readings, racial justice, antiwar protest, feminist activism, LGBTQ+ history, broad questions of higher education and who it serves, and many other subjects.


Here's the first reading below. Please register if you'd like to join. 



Cameron Vanderscoff, Irene Reti, & Sarah Rabkin (Co-Editors)


UC Santa Cruz: A History of Creativity and Change

A live and participatory virtual event series featuring readings
from the new illustrated book
Seeds of Something Different:
An Oral History of the University of California, Santa Cru

Co-sponsored by the UC Santa Cruz Library and the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association, each session will feature co-editors of the book and special guest respondents, including some of UCSC's most beloved faculty and staff. The series is created especially for UCSC alumni, but all are welcome! We've designed the six-session virtual series so you can tune in for one reading, or join us for the decade-by-decade serialized journey through UCSC history.

Wednesdays, June 10–July 15, 2020, from 4:30–6 p.m. PST

Session 1

The Pioneering Era and the Rising Counterculture (1960s)

featuring the Library’s Regional History Project SEEDS team,

along with guest commentators Frank Zwart and Ed Landesman



Wednesday, June 10

4:30–6 p.m. PST