Author Gerald Haslam will return to Bakersfield for a pair of events to be held at Bakersfield College, where he studied in the mid-1950s and early 1960s.

"Homecoming: An Evening with Gerald Haslam" will consist of an inaugural event on Nov. 30 for BC's National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant, "Energizing Humanities in California's San Joaquin Valley," as well as a workshop the next day.

Haslam, a Sonoma State University professor emeritus who grew up in Oildale, will speak on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities. The gathering is sponsored by the NEH, BC Social Justice Institute and the Levan Center. The event is free and open to the public, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday, Dec. 1, there will be a workshop held for faculty in the Levan Center from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Haslam has published novels, essay collections and historical manuscripts about the Central Valley and its cultures. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine, KQED's California Report, the Sacramento Bee and other media sources.

For more information on either event, call 395-4011.

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