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Kevin Starr (1940–2017) is rightly regarded as the dean of California historians. A 4th-generation Californian, the longtime state librarian and USC professor began publishing in 1973 a landmark series of volumes on the history of the Golden State. He spent the next forty years charting into the 21st century the growth and maturity of his beloved home. Among the many honors Starr received were the National Humanities Medal from President Bush and induction into the California Hall of Fame by Governor Schwarzenegger.


This event, held in conjunction with the release of Redemptive Dreams: Engaging Kevin Starr’s California, features contributors to the book as well as academics whose careers have benefitted greatly both from Starr’s research and generous mentorship.




William Deverell, USC Divisional Dean for the Social Sciences



Christian Grose, USC Schwarzenegger Institute



Jason Sexton, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability


Cid Martinez, University of San Diego


Megan Kendrick, Pepperdine University


Manuel Pastor, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity and Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change


Karin Huebner, USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study


Brie Loskota, former director, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture


Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times



Refreshments will be provided.

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