Wednesday, February 22, 2017
For generations historians have adopted a very narrow narrative of colonial America, one that privileged events related to the American Revolution and the formation of the United States. Steve Hackel will discuss that narrative but also introduce a more recent set of ideas and events that help us to see what this narrative excludes and how the early settlement of California can contribute towards are understanding of the vastness of Early America.
Born and raised in California, Steve Hackel earned his B.A. at Stanford University and his Ph.D. in American History from Cornell University with specializations in early America and the American West. He now teaches at U.C. Riverside.
Within the larger field of early American history, Hackel's research specializes on the Spanish Borderlands, colonial California, and California Indians. He is especially interested in Indian responses to colonialism, the effects of disease on colonial encounters, and new ways of visualizing these processes through digital history.
Hackel has published a biography on Fray Junipero Serra, the principal founder of California's mission system, and a monograph on Indian life in the California missions, as well as numerous essays. He is the general editor of the Early California Population Project and the Project Director for the Early California Cultural Atlas. He co-curated the Huntington Library’s international exhibition, “Junípero Serra and the Legacy of the California Missions.”