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George Washington Looks West

An Enduring Preoccupation

In this lecture, Professor Kevin Starr will place George Washington in the context of the relationship of the American colonies to the western frontier during the Colonial period. He will discuss such figures as Bishop George Berkeley, William Byrd, William Bartram, Thomas Jefferson, and others — and then focus in on Washington's own complex relationship to the frontier as surveyor, military officer, investor, president, and member of the Masonic Order. Featured panelists also include Douglas Bradburn, Founding Director of The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington and David Sloane, Professor of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.