Wajahat Ali, Before Columbus Foundation board member, discusses origin and rise of Islamophobia with Washington Weekly

“In light of rising incidents of anti-Muslim bigotry, we decide to take a hard look at the root causes of Islamophobia in America and why it’s becoming more mainstream.

“Wajahat Ali, Journalist & Writer, Al Jazeera America and Rabia Chaudry, National Security Fellow, New America Foundation join Washington Weekly to chime in on the issue.”


The Daily Californian recaps the Oakland Book Festival including Before Columbus Foundation’s panel


“In the panel ‘Multiculturalism or Political Correctness?,’ pioneering Asian American novelist and UC Berkeley alumnus Shawn Wong described his experiences at UC Berkeley in the 1960s, a time when ‘no classes, no teachers, no credit’ existed for Asian American studies. Wong’s personal narrative speaks to systemic hurdles that distance ethnic minorities from the study of literature.”

SFGate highlights authors featured at the Oakland Book Festival


East Bay Express coverage of the Oakland Book Festival


“The Oakland Book Festival isn’t really about books. It’s about ideas — specifically, the ideas that resound throughout Oakland, and are echoed in similar cities across the globe. On May 31, for seven hours, the new annual event will occupy City Hall and Frank Ogawa Plaza. The hearing rooms and council chambers will fill up with authors, poets, activists, and philosophers discussing topics ranging from “Faith and Social Justice” to “Multiculturalism or Political Correctness?”

“Outside, authors and publishers will sell books, while children learn to make their own in workshops run by the Museum of Children’s Arts. Writers will give readings, and live music will emanate from the plaza amphitheater. At any given point in the day, there will be six events occurring simultaneously. And, like most gatherings staged at Frank Ogawa Plaza, the Oakland Book Festival will be booming with opinions.”

Oakland Book Festival features panel discussion presented by Before Columbus Foundation

Follow the link below to view the tremendous line-up at this year’s festival, Sunday, May 31st. One Day • Seven Hours
90 Writers • 40 Events 11AM – 6 PM Oakland City Hall & Frank Ogawa Plaza


Panel Discussion: MultiCulturalism or Political Correctness? (presented by The Before Columbus Foundation) with Lorna Dee Cervantes, Justin Desmangles, David Meltzer, Gundar Strads, Armond White, and Shawn Wong.

“Derelict Air”: A Celebration of Edward Dorn’s Uncollected Poems, May 20th

Friends, family and scholars of Black Mountain poet Edward Dorn gather for an evening of music, poetry, and conversation to celebrate his uncollected poems, published by the London-based Enitharmon Press. Bringing together over five hundred pages of work not included in Dorn’s recent Collected Poems (Carcanet, 2012), Derelict Air includes work from every phase of the poet’s five-decade career, from Beat poems of the early fifties to his nineties evisceration of neo-Roman America. In addition to reading from Dorn’s work, participants at the event will be reading and performing their own work. Copies will be on sale at the launch at a discounted price. – See more at: http://centerforthehumanities.org/program/derelict-air-celebration-edward-dorn%E2%80%99s-uncollected-poems

The Oakland Book Festival presents Before Columbus in Oakland: A Harvest of Multicultural Literature

The Oakland Book Festival presents Before Columbus in Oakland: A Harvest of Multicultural Literature
Justin Desmangles and Greil Marcus discuss multicultural literary work focused on the Bay Area and the role of the Before Columbus Foundation in its cultivation. Join us for what promises to be a vibrant and provocative discussion of our region’s fertile and imaginative literary culture.


UC Santa Cruz conference to honor visionary feminist philosopher Gloria Anzaldúa

The UC Presidential Chair in Feminist Critical Race & Ethnic Studies will present a conference on the work of feminist philosopher and writer Gloria Anzaldúa, April 10-11, at the Humanities Complex on the UC Santa Cruz campus.


Northwestern University hosts poetry symposium featuring Before Columbus founder

Victor Hernandez Cruz, a founding member of the Before Columbus Foundation, delivers the keynote.


Stanford Professor Michelle Elam covers James Baldwin in New Book

The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin, being published this month by Cambridge University Press, is one of the first comprehensive critical studies of Baldwin in over a decade and the first to present a full, interdisciplinary approach to his prolific output.