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June 1 - David Bacon Book Release Party & Presentation
Art Annex, Room 107 (behind the Art Building), UC Davis Main Campus
, CA
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"Extraordinary portraits of farmworkers, their families, and communities."

California Institute for Rural Studies is very pleased to host Photo-Journalist David Bacon, author of the much-anticipated "In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte," on Thursday, June 1st, from 7-9pm, in the Art Annex, Room 107 (Behind the Art Building), on Hutchinson Dr, UC Davis Main Campus. (See map and directions at the bottom)

David will be will be presenting a slideshow, and sharing stories from the 10 oral histories in the book. There will be time for Q & A, and we will have copies of the book for purchase, which David will be signing. We are excited to also have special guests Dr. Don Villarejo, Founder & Director Emeritus of California Institute for Rural Studies, and Dr. Isao Fujimoto, UCD Professor Emeritus of Human Development & founder of the UCD Asian-American Studies Program at UC Davis, who have both been very influential on his work.

This special event is free & open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here, though no one will be turned away if not RSVPd in advance - it just helps us to plan accordingly, thank you!

This event is graciously co-sponsored by the UCD Department of Cinema and Digital Media, The UCD Center for Regional Change, the UCD Chicana/o Studies Department, and the Stories of Solidarity project.

About the book, In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte (University of California Press): Just released on May 1st, "In the Fields of the North" is a landmark work of photo-journalism. Activist & photographer Bacon documents the experiences of some of the hardest-working and most disenfranchised laborers in the country: the farmworkers who are responsible for making California Americas breadbasket. At 450 pages, it combines 302 haunting photographs with the voices of migrant farmworkers through 10 oral histories, who live and work throughout California, as well as in Washington State. Bacon offers three-dimensional portraits of laborers living under tarps, in trailer camps, and between countries, following jobs that last only for the harvesting season. He uncovers the inherent abuse in the labor contractor work system, and drives home the almost feudal nature of laboring in Americas fields.

Told in both English and Spanish, these are the stories of farmworkers exposed to extreme weather and pesticides, injured from years of working bent over for hours at a time, and treated as cheap labor. The stories in this book remind us that the food that appears on our dinner tables is the result of back-breaking labor, rampant exploitation, and powerful resilience  by real people, who lead full lives.

About David Bacon: David is a journalist and photographer whose work has documented the connections between labor, immigration, and the impact of the global economy on workers. He is the author of The Children of NAFTA, Communities Without Borders, Illegal People, and The Right to Stay Home. In addition to exhibitions of his photos across the United States, his work has also appeared in The Nation, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He was also featured in the movie Food Chains. David also has a blog, The Reality Check.

Advance Reviews for "In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte":
David Bacon renews and updates the progressive documentary tradition with these extraordinary, carefully chosen portraits of farmworkers, their families and communitiesA copy should be distributed to every member of the Legislature. Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz and Magical Urbanism

"David Bacon allows us to be there. Inside the temporary 'homes' created in cabins standing in the middle of nowhere. Homes that often become permanent by filling them with the workers' hope." -- Ana Luisa Anza, Editor, Cuartoscuro

"Bacon shows that workers are not just victims; they are purposeful, motivated to confront the injustices they face, and often successful in doing so. Their life histories, stories, and accounts make them far more than images on a page." Douglas Harper, President, International Visual Sociology Association.

Bacon captures the humanity of workers who work each day in demanding physical labor, in the hot sun, and for poverty wages. This is one of the few publications that captures the authentic stories of California farm workers, through their own voices and with the images of their living and working conditions. Kent Wong, Director, UCLA Labor Center

The political climate in America today makes the contribution of this work of great importance to academic scholarship and society at large. David Bacons photographs give voice to the invisible people that are essential to the fabric of society. He not only shows their struggles and importance to the nation but also gives a face to their humanity. Geir Jordahl, Director, PhotoCentral, Hayward CA


About California Institute for Rural Studies: CIRS is the only non-profit organization in California with a mission to conduct public interest research that strengthens social justice and increases the sustainability of California's rural communities. For 40 years, since 1977, we have focused on rural and agricultural issues, seeking sustainable solutions. Within these broad program areas we do essential work on rural health & housing, market barriers to farmers, fair labor practices, water use & policy, food insecurity & access, and more.

We encourage carpooling!

From 80 East/West, take the Old Davis Rd exit. Turn left on Old Davis Rd, and follow through the campus until you come to Hutchinson Drive. There is a large parking lot at that intersection on your right, Lot #10. You can park there. You will need to purchase a parking permit, which is $9 for the evening, and there is a dispenser in that lot on your left as you come in. As you walk out of that lot, walk straight down Hutchinson Dr, to the Art Building (approx 600ft), and walk between the Art Building and Wright Hall, to The Art Annex building. We will be in the large Rm 107.

There is a small parking lot at the Art Annex as well, Lot #6 (directions below), and you can also park there, but you will still need to get a parking permit, and the closest place to get that is Lot #10.

Driving directions to Lot #6/ Art Annex
From 80 East/West, take the Old Davis Rd exit. Turn left on Old Davis Rd, and follow through the campus until you come to Hutchinson Drive. Make a left onto Hutchinson, and then very soon make a left onto a small road called Cushing Way. Follow Cushing Way, and when you come to the Art Annex (look for signs), make a right into the lot. Again, you will need to get a parking permit for there as well, and the closest place to get that is Lot #10.

The day of the event, please call Sarah at 510-579-1008 if you have any issues.
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Art Annex, Room 107 (behind the Art Building), UC Davis Main Campus (View)
38.538392, -121.748416
United States


Arts > Visual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: California Institute for Rural Studies
On BPT Since: Jan 27, 2016
Sarah Cain
530-756-6555 ext19

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