April 16, 2010
UC Davis, The Lodge @ the Rec Pool

What are the roots of our crisis? What are its implications for Californians and the world? And what hope do we have for reforming our way out of it? Join us in Davis as we explore causes, consequences, and prospects for renewal.

California lurches through a severe global recession seemingly unable to address its emergency. Once a model of deliberative democracy, the state's various levels of government now work at cross purposes until the institutions barely function. State revenues are in such poor condition that the Golden State verges on inability to sell its bonds - - despite having the world's eighth largest economy. How did we get here? Might there be tools and materials for building a new future amidst the experiences, stories, and visions of our vast cultural kaleidoscope? Can the state renowned for self-renewal renew itself?

Co-sponsored by Boom: A Journal of California, the California Studies Association, the New America Foundation, UC Consortium for California Studies, and the Davis Humanities Institute, this conference is open to scholars, journalists, policy makers, activists, and members of the general public.

New! View recordings from the conference:
Lunch: "How to Fix a Broken State"
Keynote: "(re)Thinking California: Memory, Borders, and Place"