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Envisioning California Conference

The Envisioning California Conference, founded by the Center for California Studies in 1989, assembles Californians with particular insight into the bits and pieces of California's diversity of histories, cultures and philosophies, and the consequences of the diversity.  Our discussions attempt to analyze successes and failures in efforts to bring Californians together and to keep differences from breeding discord. We question what defines California, who Californians are, and where California is going.  We reach into the broad vistas of the California experience, from politics, ethnicity, and history to the arts, education and the environment.

28th Annual Envisioning California Conference
Crossroads: Homelessness in California
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria


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Past Envisioning California Conferences:

  •   Our Voices: Advancing Civic Engagement in California
  •   California's Liquid Gold: Brewing and Winemaking in the Golden State   (VIDEO)
  •   Moving On: Transforming Transportation in California   (VIDEO)
  •   Food for Thought: Current Food Trends and Policies in the Golden State, 2013   (VIDEO)
  •   Connected or Disconnected: California's Culture, Technology and Politics, 2012
  •   The Nonprofit Sector: Crises and Untapped Opportunities, 2011
  •   Sustainability and the California Dream, 2009
  •   California Imagined: The Arts of the Golden State, 2008
  •   Immigration in California: Conflict, Resolution & Transformation, 2007
  •   How Well Are We Preparing Our Young People for Life After High School?, 2006
  •   Retrofitting California: Rethinking Policy & Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future, 2005
  •   Refounding California: Envisioning the Future of State Governance, 2004
  •   Dynamic Diversity: Expanding the California Dream, 2003
  •   Envisioning a State of Learning: Moving California’s Master Plan for Higher Education into the 21st Century, 2002
  •   Our Year of Disconnect: The Power & Politics of Power in California, 2001
  •   E-Democracy and Initiatives: The Future of the California Republic, 2000
  •   Paths to California’s 21st Century, 1999
  •   California's Taxing Evolution: The Legacy of Prop. 13, 1998
  •   The House We Live In, 1997
  •   People, Landscapes and Visions, 1996
  •   Rumors of Peace: California's Defense Era and Beyond, 1995
  •   Bright Lights, Mean Streets: California as City, 1994
  •   Reassembling California, 1993
  •   Dancing on the Brink, 1992
  •   Charting Uncommon Ground, 1991
  •   The Diversity of Peoples and Regions, 1990
  •   Peoples, Land, Policies, 1989

Our Voices 2016

28th Annual
Envisioning California Conference
 Crossroads: Homelessness in California

OCTOBER 5, 2017 at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

About 40 million people call California home, but not all of them have a home to call their own. Homelessness has been a persistent problem in California’s communities, exacerbated by various forces and phenomena such as the great migration from the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill in the 1960s, and the collapse of the housing market in the early 2000s. Various policies responding to homelessness have been adopted by the state, individual communities, and the federal government – sometimes at cross purposes. Today, California finds itself at a crossroads on the homelessness issue, facing tough choices on housing subsidies, community and transportation planning, substance abuse programs, temporary shelter, and other policy questions.

This year’s Envisioning California conference is devoted to exploring this policy crossroads on homelessness. We hope you will join us for in-depth discussions with policy experts, local and state officials, advocates, critics, and other interested parties.

At the conclusion of the conference program, join us for a reception celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Center for California Studies, as well as milestone anniversaries of our Capital Fellows programs. Refreshments and drinks will be served. Program staff, alumni of the programs, partners and friends of the Center, and all other interested individuals are welcome.