Steve Boilard, Executive Director, Center for California Studies

Welcome to the new Californiana blog!

The Californiana newsletter has transitioned from a quarterly publication to a blog. This is for two reasons:

First, it’s part of our larger effort to expand our communications through social media and other platforms. The way people consume information has continued to evolve since the days when we stuffed a multi-page newsletter into an envelope and had it hand-delivered to your mailbox.  This new blog format is more flexible, immediate, and accessible.

Second, the Center’s activities have expanded far beyond what can be condensed into a quarterly newsletter. As evidence, here are just some current news items from the Center:

  • We have partnered with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to launch a new Speaker’s Lecture Series. The first event took place October 8 at the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State Los Angeles. The second event will be at Sacramento State on October 13.
  • We have partnered with former Assembly Member Sunny Mojonnier on her project to do video interviews female former California legislators, funded by a generous grant from the California State Library.
  • Our 27th annual Envisioning California conference will be held Friday, October 7, in downtown Sacramento. This year’s theme is “Our Voices: Civic Engagement in California.”
  • We selected our 2016-17 class of Capital Fellows, who are beginning their orientation this fall.
  • The Center, in collaboration with the Education Insights Center, launched a new Education Policy Fellows Program. The first cohort will assemble for its first weekend meeting on October 21.
  • We have selected our 2016-17 Visiting Scholar, Richard Callahan, who will be conducting research on strategies for innovation in public health leadership.
  • The Center will soon be expanding its presence near the State Capitol. The Center for California Studies will have offices in the Sacramento State’s newly-acquired building in downtown Sacramento. (We will retain our office on Sacramento State’s main campus, as well.)

These only scratch the surface of the life of the Center, which involves many other activities, partnerships, and events. This blog offers a way for us to keep you updated frequently. Make sure you subscribe to this blog so that you don’t miss anything!

Thank you for your support of the Center and its mission. As always, I welcome your thoughts and feedback.