Boom Conversation: Three Orange Counties

Book September 2017 event details


This conversation is part of a Boom California brown bag lunch series, sponsored by the Pollak Library.

Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served.

  • Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: PLN 130

Known for beach cities, white flight, and amusement parks, Orange County is the third most populous county in California, and second most densely populated behind San Francisco. But what is Orange County today? How do we understand its place in California and the world in light of its complex past and present? And where is it going? Amid its various diverse political, economic, and ethnic compositions, how might Orange County literature be a meaningful guide?

Author, journalist, and English Professor Tom Zoellner (Chapman University), contributor to the recent anthology, Orange County: A Literary Fieldguide (Heyday) proposes three ways to start to understand the place. We'll have a response from Elaine Lewinnek (American Studies), co-editor of the forthcoming People's Guide to Orange County (UC Press). The conversation between panel and audience will be moderated by the Pollak Library Faculty Fellow and Editor of Boom California, Jason Sexton.

A Boom Conversation with:

  • Tom Zoellner (Chapman University)
  • Elaine Lewinnek (CSUF American Studies)
  • Moderated by Jason Sexton (Editor, Boom California)


The event is open to any and all who wish to attend so please feel free to bring your lunch and join the

About boom california

Published by University of California Press, Boom is a peer-review publication dedicated to inspiring lively conversations about the vital social and cultural issues of our time in California and beyond. It aims to be the place where the most serious discussions are happening about the world in California and California in the world.

Boom hosts these important and timely themed critical discussions that are academic yet public-facing, theoretical and practical, blending the approaches of interdisciplinary hybridity for engagement with California’s dynamic culture.

Come grab a drink, some hors d’oeuvres, and be part of the conversation among colleagues from different CSUF colleges responding to the issue in a moment where cultivating California values could not be more significant.

We’ll also provide future plans for Boom in its new online format, how it relates to your work, how to keep up and contribute.

Location & Floor Map

This program is being held on September 19, 2017, in room PLN-130 located in the First Floor North of Pollak Library.