Media Advisory

Campus memorial this Friday for Ronald Takaki, pioneer in race relations

Contact: Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944
yanwar@berkeley.edu

15 September 2009

ATTENTION: General assignment and minority affairs reporters and editors, and photo desks


 WHAT

A memorial gathering at the University of California, Berkeley, to celebrate the life and legacy of Ronald Takaki, professor emeritus of ethnic studies, who died on May 26 at age 70. Takaki was a preeminent scholar of U.S. race relations who taught the University of California systemís first black history course.

 WHEN

This Friday, Sept. 18, 1-3 p.m. A reception will follow from 3:30-5 p.m.

 WHERE

The memorial will be held at Chevron Auditorium, International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue (at Bancroft Way), Berkeley. The reception will be in the Ethnic Studies Library, Room 30, Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley. See campus map.

 WHO

Speakers at the memorial event will include members of Takakiís family and of the UC Berkeley Department of Ethnic Studies, as well as popular UC Berkeley history professor emeritus Leon Litwack. There will also be a video remembrance of Takaki. Ukulele music and the hula will be performed in honor of Takakiís Hawaiian roots.

DETAILS

Obituaries for Ronald Takaki can be found online at: