Please note: This lecture will take place on the second Thursday of the month!
Meet the photographer and author of the book “In the Fields of the North / En los campos del norte”.
David Bacon is a California-based writer and photographer. He is the author of several books about migration: The Children of NAFTA, Communities Without Borders, Illegal People – How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, and The Right to Stay Home. His latest book is “In the Fields of the North” / En los Campos del Norte, co-published by the University of California Press (Berkeley) and the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Tijuana), which documents the lives of farm workers in photographs and narratives. Bacon was a factory worker and union organizer for two decades with the United Farm Workers, the International Ladies Garment Workers and other unions. Today he documents the changing conditions in the workforce, the impact of the global economy, war and migration, and the struggle for human rights. His photography has been exhibited in the U.S. Mexico and Europe, and his articles and photo essays have been published widely Hi-Noon Museum Lecture: "The History of California's Agricultural Labor".
Daniel Polk is a writer and anthropologist whose research focuses on water politics in the Southwest and Latin America. His current research looks at the history of water management in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys.
California agriculture is among the most developed and productive in the world, generating billions of dollars a year. The labor force, however, that drives this industry has long been poorly paid and socially marginalized. This talk will explore California farm worker history and how it fits in the broader history of agricultural development. From strikes in the 1930s to advocacy groups today, farm labor has evolved to changing conditions. This talk will look at how possibilities for fair work are tied to agriculture's history.
Bring your friends, or just bring yourself to our Lecture Series once a month. Speakers will present topics of special interest for high desert residents. The lectures start at 12:00 p.m. Admission is $ 5 or free for Museum Members/Sponsors. Beverages will be served.