Southern California: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is excited to
welcome back cultural historian Kevin Starr. Five
years ago, Mr. Starr spoke at Claremont McKenna's
fortieth anniversary. He also presented a California
history series at the Athenaeum. He returns to launch a
series regarding the history and development of Los

Originally from San Francisco, Mr. Starr received his
Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has taught at
schools across the nation, including Harvard and the
University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his
teaching, he was a visiting scholar at the Hoover

As a cultural historian, Dr. Starr enjoys delving into
the social currents of the past. In a sense, history is
gossip about the past. His books are famous for their
encyclopedic detail about the people and the times. His
most recent work is titled Material Dreams:
Southern California Through the 1920's
(1990). With his deep
knowledge of the region's past, Mr. Starr will be the
perfect kick-off for this informative series.

Please join us for Mr. Starr's speech entitled
"Southern California: The Beginning of the End or the
End of the Beginning?" Dinner begins at 6:00 and
remarks commence at 7:00. Reservations can be made
by returning the appropriate form.