The State of the State: Regional Writing About the Past, Present, and Future State of Planet California
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In this presentation, Dr. Norris will discuss his representation of the Oakland/Bay Area and California more broadly in his fiction and non-fiction writing. Norris’ novel The Confession of Copeland Cane (2021) takes place in a near future East Oakland battered by gentrification, environmental degradation, and a draconian police state. Meanwhile, the essays from his collection-in-progress Classroom California looks at the state from San Diego to San José through the lens of our vast community college system. Several essays in this collection have been published individually, including “One Coyote” and “A Complicated Relationship: How California’s Community Colleges Educate Future Police and Why Our Curriculum Needs to Change.” The essay-in-progress “Transparent California” begins from the claim that “California’s community colleges constitute vast, multiperspectival prism on to California” and then takes the reader on a cross-state journey where he meets with college presidents, professors, and students at several community college campuses.
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Community colleges, Class issues, Sustainability, Gentrification, Inequality
Civic and Community Engagement | Higher Education | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Social Justice | Sustainability
Norris, Keenan, "The State of the State: Regional Writing About the Past, Present, and Future State of Planet California" (2022). University Scholar Series. 50.