Rolle, a distinguished scholar of California history, is uniquely qualified to address this topic. A professor emeritus of American history at Occidental College and presently a Research Scholar at the Huntington Library, Dr. Rolle has published some twenty books, among them California: A History (1963), now in its sixth edition. Rolle received his doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has been decorated as Cavaliere: Ordine Merito by the Italian government, and has won the Commonwealth Award for non-fiction.
Professor Rolle's lecture is first in the series Native Americans in the 21st Century sponsored by the Rose Institute for State and Local Government at CMC.