This event is an opportunity for the public to interact with scholars in a historical setting so that everyone can share information and learn more about the history of Southern California.
Daniel Lynch, Doctoral Candidate in History, University of California, Los Angeles
“Southerners, Californios and Southern California Secession”
Addressing the period of Southern California history from the Mexican-American War to the Civil War, Lynch will describe the efforts of two leaders—the Southerner Joseph Lancaster Brent and the Californio Andrés Pico—to preserve and adapt a social order that was relatively hierarchical compared to the rest of the state and bore a resemblance to that of the antebellum South.
Celeste Menchaca, Doctoral Candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
“Science and Leisure: Producing the San Gabriel Mountains, 1880-1910”
Celeste Menchaca’s presentation explores how the Los Angeles mountain resorts were promoted as bastions of modernity. Additionally, scientific institutions, particularly astronomical observatories, aided in the production of the San Gabriels as a site for technological innovation. The presentation traces the construction of the San Gabriel Mountains as a modern landscape and its role in the production of the proper national consuming subject.
Devin McCutchen, Doctoral Student in History, University of California, Los Angeles
“Conquistadors, Pioneers and Librarians: The Intellectual World of the Zamorano Club and Southern California’s Bibliophilic Elites of the 30s and 40s”
From their plush downtown club quarters the Zamorano Club helped popularize a version of the local Spanish and Mexican past that justified the region's shift to Anglo-American economic and cultural dominance. The club's membership was so uniquely eclectic and well connected that their particular views were institutionalized as Southern California's historical orthodoxy, a legacy which continues to shape the way that the region is understood by the world.
Moderated by John Macias, Ph.D. Adjunct History Instructor, Chaffey College
This special event is FREE, but seating is LIMITED.
Reserve your seat by calling 626-457-3048 no later than September 28.
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