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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 Angeles.

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 Institute.

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.