Civic Memory and Memorials in the American West


December 15, 2021

Historian Megan Kate Nelson joins Christopher Hawthorne, Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles, in a wide-ranging discussion of memory and memorialization in the West and Southwest. Part of the Third LA series, this conversation explores commemorative themes beyond the sites and histories that the Civic Memory project recently took up across greater Los Angeles.

This programming is brought to you in partnership with Third L.A.

  • Megan Kate Nelson is a historian and writer, with a BA from Harvard and a PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa. Her most recent book, The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West (Scribner 2020) was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in History. Scribner will publish her next book, Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America, in March 2022.

Stephen J. Pyne on The Pyrocene: How We Created an Age of Fire, and What Happens Next


December 14, 2021

Pyne and ICW Director William Deverell discuss Pyne’s most recent book, The Pyrocene: How We Created an Age of Fire, and What Happens Next.

Stephen J. Pyne presents a riveting perspective of how humans and fire have evolved together over time, and our responsibility to reorient this relationship before it’s too late. The discussion will draw on the historical relationship between humans and fire, its impact on our geological planet, and his view on the new geologic epoch.

This programming is brought to you in partnership with The Huntington and USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.

  • Stephen J. Pyne is a fire historian, urban farmer, and emeritus professor at Arizona State University. In a former life, he spent 15 seasons with the North Rim Longshots at Grand Canyon National Park. Among his recent fire books is Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America.

Close to the Ground: The Complex History of Outdoor Settlement in the American West


December 10, 2021

ICW hosts a wide-ranging discussion of the history of camping and tent encampments across the last 150 years in the American West. Historian Phoebe Young’s new book traces the history of camping back to the Civil War and forward to the rise of the Occupy Movement. She discusses her work with historian Josh Sides and Anthony Allman of Veterans Advocacy, who will discuss veteran encampments at the VA installation near UCLA. Moderating the discussion is Professor Marissa López of UCLA.

This programming is brought to you in partnership with Third L.A. and The Huntington Library.

  • Phoebe S. K. Young is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she focuses on the cultural and environmental history of the modern United States and the American West. Young received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. Her first book, California Vieja: Culture and Memory in a Modern American Place (University of California Press, 2006, published under her previous name of Phoebe S. Kropp), examines public memories of the Spanish past, the built environment, regional development, and race relations in Southern California between the 1880s and the 1930s. Her second book, Camping Grounds: Public Nature in America from the Civil War to Occupy (Oxford University Press, 2021), traces the hidden history of camping and the outdoors in American life that connects a familiar recreational pastime to camps for functional needs and political purposes. Elements of this project appeared in the Journal of Social History (Fall 2009), and Cities in Nature: Urban Environments of the American West, ed. Char Miller (2010). She is also the co-editor of an anthology entitled Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics (with Marguerite S. Shaffer, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), which includes a co-authored essay on “The Nature-Culture Paradox” and an examination of the Occupy Wall Street movement. She has received multiple awards and grants, including fellowships from the Henry E. Huntington Library, the Smithsonian Institution, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Professor Young seeks to support student learning at all levels and to advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History. At CU Boulder, she has received the Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Distinction in Teaching and Pedagogy and the Award for Teaching with Technology in Arts & Sciences.

  • Josh Sides is the Whitsett Professor of California History at CSU Northridge in Los Angeles. He is the author of several books including, most recently, Backcountry Ghosts: California Homesteaders and the Making of a Dubious Dream.

  • Anthony Allman served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, he attended UCLA and became a strong advocate for veterans’ causes. He helped established the Military Veterans Organization at UCLA, led an effort to give veterans priority enrollment, increased access to additional student services such as the Academic Advancement Program and spearheaded the creation of a Veterans Resource Office on campus. He also facilitated the introduction of the annual Entrepreneurship Boot Camp or Veterans with Disabilities at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In this interview, Allman shares with us the history, inspiration, and future of his advocacy efforts.

  • Marissa López is Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, researching Chicanx literature from the 19th century to the present with an emphasis on 19th century Mexican California. She has written two books: Chicano Nations (NYU 2011) is about nationalism and Chicanx literature from the early-1800s to post-9/11; Racial Immanence (NYU 2019) explores uses of the body and affect in Chicanx cultural production. She just completed a year-long residency at the Los Angeles Public Library as a Scholars & Society fellow with the ACLS where she worked to collaboratively develop a mobile app, “Picturing Mexican America,” that uses geodata to display images of Mexican California relevant to a user’s location.

Distant Explorer: Alexander von Humboldt and California


November 17, 2021

The Prussian explorer Alexander von Humboldt is prominently featured across the California landscape: Humboldt Bay, Humboldt County, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and elsewhere. Yet despite his desire to do so, Humboldt never visited California or the region now known as the American West.

Nonetheless, California attracted Humboldt’s attention as the northern edge of the Spanish Empire and as the western border of the nascent American empire in the nineteenth century. His fascination with the region and his scientific significance help to explain all these cartographic references.

In this discussion with historian William Deverell, Dr. Sandra Rebok will offer scholarly perspective on Humboldt’s abiding and long-term interest in California, as well as California’s interest in Humboldt.

This programming is brought to you in partnership with the German Consulate General of San Francisco.

  • Sandra Rebok’s research focuses on exploration voyages, intellectual networks and transnational collaborations during the 19th century. She has over 20 years of experience in Humboldtian scholarship, she is the author of several books on Humboldt and the editor of three of his works in Spanish. One of her recent books examines his intellectual exchange with Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson and Humboldt, 2014), while her forthcoming monograph, Humboldt’s Empire of Knowledge, analyzes Humboldt’s position between the Spanish Empire in decline and the expanding United States.’s research focuses on exploration voyages, intellectual networks and transnational collaborations during the 19th century. She has over 20 years of experience in Humboldtian scholarship, she is the author of several books on Humboldt and the editor of three of his works in Spanish. One of her recent books examines his intellectual exchange with Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson and Humboldt, 2014), while her forthcoming monograph, Humboldt’s Empire of Knowledge, analyzes Humboldt’s position between the Spanish Empire in decline and the expanding United States.

Sarah Keyes on Regendering Western Dead

Gender, Landscape, and the West


October 27, 2021

Sarah Keyes and ICW Social Media Manager Jessica Kim discuss researching and writing about gender and landscape on the Overland Trail.

Keyes contemplates the role of cholera, death, and burial practices along the Overland Trail in reworking the landscapes of the American West. The discussion will include the crisis of care during the cholera epidemics of 1849 to 1854 and will delve into Keyes’ forthcoming book, American Burial Ground: A New History of the Overland Trail.

  • Dr. Sarah Keyes is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Reno. She specializes in the 19th century U.S. and the history of the U.S. West with a focus on the environment, gender, and intercultural interactions between Indigenous peoples and Euro-Americans. Her current work explores these topics along the overland trails to Oregon and California in the mid-19th century.

Henry Knight Lozano on California and Hawai’i Bound: U.S. Settler Colonialism and the Pacific West, 1848-1959

Gender, Landscape, and the West


October 20, 2021

Henry Knight Lozano and ICW Director William Deverell discuss Knight Lozano’s book California and Hawai’i Bound: U.S. Settler Colonialism and the Pacific West, 1848-1959.

Knight Lozano articulates how the settler colonial discourses of Americanization that connected California and Hawai‘i evolved and refracted alongside socioeconomic developments and Native resistance. The discussion will draw on his framing of these events within broad contexts of U.S. territorial expansion, transoceanic settlement and tourism, and capitalist investment that reconstructed both the American West and the eastern Pacific.

  • Henry Knight Lozano is a Senior Lecturer of American History at The University of Exeter. His work explores questions of U.S. expansion, place promotion, and race, climate, and environment, with a particular focus on the United States’ tropical and semi-tropical frontiers – California, Florida, and Hawai’i.

The Chinese Massacre of 1871: Uncovering L.A.’s Anti-Asian History, and What We Can Do Today


October 14, 2021

Join Los Angeles civic and community leaders, activists, and historians as they discuss the long, dark history of anti-Asian thought and hate crimes in Los Angeles history. What is being done to address this history, how can we move forward productively, and what efforts are underway to properly memorialize the tragedies of our shared past?

This programming is brought to you by the City of Los Angeles, the Mayor’s Office, Los Angeles Public Works, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the Chinese American Museum, the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.


Molly Rozum on Grasslands Grown: Creating Place on the U.S. Northern Plains and Canadian Plains

Gender, Landscape, and the West


October 13, 2021

Molly Rozum and ICW Director William Deverell discuss Rozum’s book Grasslands Grown: Creating Place on the U.S. Northern Plains and Canadian Plains.

Rozum explores the two related concepts of regional identity and sense of place by examining a single North American ecological region over generations. The discussion will include her thoughts on gendered landscapes and the critical role of environmental awareness in both regional identity formation and a sense of place.

  • Molly P. Rozum is an Associate Professor and Ronald R. Nelson Chair of Great Plains and South Dakota History at The University of South Dakota. Rozum earned a B.A. in American Studies from The University of Notre Dame. She earned a M.A. in American Folklore and U.S. History from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

California’s Formerly-Incarcerated Firefighters: A Conversation with Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Reyes and Community Stakeholders


October 8, 2021

During the fire season of 2020 the prospects, hopes, and futures of California’s nearly 4,000 formerly-incarcerated firefighters were lifted with the passage of Assembly Bill 2147. Created during the Second World War, the California Conservation Camp Program has been a critical fixture of the state’s fire management apparatus. Despite their training and experience as part of California’s emergency management system, these firefighters have traditionally faced challenging career prospects with fire management agencies.

Assembly Bill 2147, authored by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Reyes, allows California’s nearly 4,000 formerly-incarcerated firefighters to achieve a career the fire-fighting profession. Majority Leader Reyes joined Esteban Núñez, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing, Anti-Recidivism Coalition and Edward Lopez, a firefighter at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to discuss this important legislation and their work with Bill Deverell.

  • Eloise Gómez Reyes is the Assembly Majority Leader. In 2016, Reyes was sworn in as a California State Assemblymember for the 47th Assembly District. She is the Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee and also serves on the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, Budget Committee, Judiciary Committee, Utilities and Energy Committee and Legislative Ethics Committee. In her first two terms Reyes championed bills and issues that increase equity and inclusion in vulnerable communities throughout the state. These efforts include AB 2147 which lead a national conversation on second chances for inmate firefighters giving them a pathway to expunge their records and pursue a career in firefighting. Eloise, a proud daughter of immigrants, has been a champion for her community throughout her career. Reyes graduated from Colton High School and received her A.A. from San Bernardino Valley College. She received her Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Southern California and then Reyes went on to earn her law degree from Loyola Law School.

  • Esteban Núñez is the Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing, Anti-Recidivism Coalition. As the son of a local activist and union organizer, Núñez was first introduced to civic engagement and activism at an early age. He served six years of confinement in California, yet used this time to think deeply, explore his past, and pursue a direction of greater purpose. Having thought long and hard about the ways in which his actions had impacted others, Nuñez works to change the misconceptions and negative stigmas associated with criminality as Director of State Advocacy for the Anti-Recidivism Coalition.

  • Edward Lopez is a firefighter at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Theresa Salazar on Curating Conservationists

Gender, Landscapes, and the West


October 6, 2021

Theresa Salazar and ICW Associate Director Elizabeth Logan discuss Theresa’s work cataloging the collections of conservationists Mardy & Olaus Murie and Adolph Murie & Louise Murie MacLeod for Teton Science Schools. With support from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Theresa lived and worked at the Murie Ranch in Grand Teton National Park in the summer of 2021. The discussion ranges from her observations of the Ranch to her thoughts on the contributions and legacies of Mardy and Louise – including the Wilderness Act.

  • Theresa Salazar has been the Curator of The Bancroft Collection, Western Americana since July of 1999. In 2004, she took on the responsibility for the Latin Americana collections of The Bancroft Library and oversaw that collection for twelve years. She is responsible for acquisitions related to Western Americana, from the colonial period to the present. She regularly teaches students about conducting research in The Bancroft Library.

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History


May 26, 2021

On the evening of May 31, 1921, and in the early morning hours of June 1, several thousand white citizens and authorities violently attacked the African American Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the course of some twelve hours of mob violence, white Tulsans reduced one of the nation’s most prosperous black communities to rubble and killed an estimated 300 people, mostly African Americans.

Karlos K. Hill, Associate Professor and Chair of the Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma, presents a range of photographs taken before, during, and after the massacre, mostly by white photographers. Comparing these photographs to those taken elsewhere in the United States of lynchings, Hill makes a powerful case for terming the 1921 outbreak not a riot but a massacre. White civilians, in many cases assisted or condoned by local and state law enforcement, perpetuated a systematic and coordinated attack on Black Tulsans and their property.

  • Karlos K. Hill is an associate professor and chair of the Clara Luper Department of African and African-American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. He is a community-engaged scholar and historian of the history of lynching, racial violence, and their legacies in the black experience. Hill has helped create an infrastructure to help provide high-level training on teaching the Tulsa Race Massacre through the annual Tulsa Race Massacre Oklahoma Teachers Summer Institute. Several hundred Oklahoma educators have participated in the summer institute, impacting thousands of middle school and high school students. The next institute, coinciding with the centennial of the massacre, will be expanded to a full two-week professional development period, as well as a statewide Oklahoma Educator Institute offered in spring 2021.

Boyle Heights: How a Los Angeles Neighborhood Became the Future of American Democracy


May 19, 2021

Boyle Heights is an in-depth history of the Los Angeles neighborhood, showcasing the potent experiences of its residents, from early contact between Spanish colonizers and native Californians to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the hunt for hidden Communists among the Jewish population, negotiating citizenship and belonging among Latino migrants and Mexican American residents, and beyond. Through each period and every struggle, the residents of Boyle Heights have maintained remarkable solidarity across racial and ethnic lines, acting as a unified polyglot community even as their tribulations have become more explicitly racial in nature. Boyle Heights is immigrant America embodied, and it can serve as the true beacon on a hill toward which the country can strive in a time when racial solidarity and civic resistance have never been in greater need.

  • George J. Sanchez, professor of American Studies & Ethnicity and History, has served as Director of USC Dornsife Diversity since April 2008. He is responsible for ensuring that the USC Dornsife fundamental commitment to the benefits of a diverse USC Dornsife community is effectively translated into best practices in areas such as faculty recruitment and retention, graduate student programs, and undergraduate research experiences and advancement. He works with all College departments to address what the commitment to diversity means in various disciplinary settings. To ensure USC Dornsife efforts have an impact beyond the immediate community, he works with a variety of national organizations and foundations on the development of special programs and research agendas.

  • Julia Brown-Bernstein is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the department of History. Julia’s research examines the relationship between neoliberalism, citizenship, and belonging in the post-World War II era. Her dissertation is a history of the central San Fernando Valley as it underwent demographic shifts and economic restructuring from the 1970s to the early 2000s. It examines how immigrants not only made the region a transnational crossroads, linking communities from the Southern Cone to South Korea, but also how they shaped US political life and culture. Her work sheds light on how neoliberal policies of the latter twentieth century altered who belongs and what it means to be a citizen in a privatizing world.

    Julia’s article, “Under the Canopy: Finding Belonging at the San Fernando Swap Meet, 1976-2019” was published in the Journal of American Ethnic History fall 2021.

    Before pursuing her PhD, Julia was a public school teacher in the San Fernando Valley. She holds an M.Ed. from UCLA and a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.

  • Rachel Klein is a writer, dancer, and PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies & Ethnicity. She studies the expansion of the carceral state in the late 20th century through family separation and motherhood. Prior to USC, Rachel worked as a journalist for Salon, writing about criminal justice, race, and culture, and as a professional dancer with the Harlem-based dance company Forces of Nature. She organizes with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, a grassroots prison abolitionist organization, and volunteers with USC’s Prison Education Project.
  • Cassandra Flores-Montano is a doctoral candidate in the American Studies and Ethnicities program.

  • Kathy Pulupa is a doctoral candidate in the American Studies and Ethnicities program.

Labor and Laborers at The Huntington: A Work in Progress Discussion with Professor Natalia Molina


May 12, 2021

Natalia Molina, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, joins Institute director William Deverell for a discussion of her current research into the labor history of The Huntington. Focusing especially upon the Mexican workforce that has labored in the Huntington’s sprawling gardens for a century, Professor Molina delves deeply into the social and family history of multiple generations of Latino laborers. Join us as this talented historian talks about the questions she brings to this project. Who were these workers? Where did they come from? Where did they live? How can the institution honor their fundamental contributions to building, tending, and caring for The Huntington’s famed garden landscapes?

  • Natalia Molina is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Her research explores the intertwined histories of race, place, gender, culture, and citizenship. She is the author of the award-winning books, How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts and Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1940. Her most recent book is A Place at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant Nourished a Community, on immigrant workers as placemakers —including her grandmother—who nurtured and fed the community through the restaurants they established, which served as urban anchors. She co-edited Relational Formations of Race: Theory, Method and Practice, and is now at work on a new book, The Silent Hands that Shaped the Huntington: A History of Its Mexican Workers. In addition to publishing widely in scholarly journals, she has also written for the LA TimesWashington PostSan Diego Union-Tribune, and more. Professor Molina is a 2020 MacArthur Fellow.

West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire


May 5, 2021

Beginning in the 1840s, Southern slaveholders launched a series of campaigns to extend their political power across the American West. They passed slave codes in New Mexico and Utah, sponsored separatist movements in Southern California and Arizona, orchestrated a territorial purchase from Mexico, monopolized patronage networks to empower proslavery allies, and killed antislavery rivals. California, despite its constitutional prohibition on slavery, was the linchpin of their western program. Until the eve of the Civil War, white Southerners controlled the political fortunes of California, with a powerful base of support in Los Angeles. During the war years, large parts of the Far Southwest remained in the thrall of slaveholders. Even after the collapse of slavery, California continued to mimic many of the white supremacist strategies of the South. Kevin Waite brings to light what contemporaries recognized but historians have described only in part: The struggle over slavery played out on a transcontinental stage.

This programming is brought to you in partnership with the Research Department, The Huntington Library.

  • Kevin Waite, assistant professor of history at Durham University, is the author of West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire. He’s currently writing a history of the life and times of Biddy Mason, a Georgia slave turned California real estate entrepreneur. Funded by a four-year Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Waite and Sarah Barringer Gordon’s (UPenn) project website is

  • Alice Baumgartner is an assistant professor of history at the University of Southern California. Her first book, South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to Civil War, was named a 2020 New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.

  • Andrés Reséndez is a professor of history at the University of California, Davis. His forthcoming book, Conquering the Pacific: An Unknown Mariner and the Final Great Voyage of the Age of Discovery, focuses on the “Columbian moment” in the Pacific, beginning with the first expedition that went from America to Asia and back (1564-1565), thus transforming the Pacific into a vital space of contact and exchange.

In Conversation with Marie-Pierre Ulloa


April 21, 2021

Marie-Pierre Ulloa in conversation with ICW Director William Deverell. She talks about her new book Le nouveau rêve américain: Du Maghreb à la Californie, which explores migratory connections between North Africa and California in the second half of the twentieth century.

  • Marie-Pierre Ulloa is a lecturer in the Comparative Literature, and in the French and Italian Department, teaching French and Francophone cultural and intellectual history, with a focus on France and North Africa. She is a faculty affiliate of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, the Mediterranean Studies Forum, The Europe Center, and the Ehess in Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales).

    Marie-Pierre is the author of two books: Francis Jeanson, a Dissident Intellectual from the French Resistance to the Algerian War (Stanford University Press, 2008, also published in French and Arabic), and Le Nouveau Rêve Américain : Du Maghreb à la Californie (The New American Dream: From North Africa to California, CNRS editions, 2019).

    She is the co-founder of the Stanford Global Studies Summer Festival (2008) and the founder of the undergraduate short story contest (2014) sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies.

Revitalizing Cultural Fire Across California: A discussion with Indigenous leaders


April 9, 2021

Indigenous Californians have used cultural burns to mitigate wildfire spread, improve species abundance, and enhance resource quality since time immemorial. However, colonial fire exclusion policies and native land dispossession has hindered the application of cultural fire. As a result, California is experiencing wildfires of abnormal size and severity, and Indigenous communities are struggling to access fire-dependent foods, materials, and medicines critical to their livelihood and spiritual practice.

This programming is brought to you in partnership with the Cal State East Bay A2E2, C. E. Smith Museum of Anthropology, and Cal State East Bay.


Kathy Fiscus: A Tragedy that Transfixed the Nation


March 10, 2021

At dusk on a spring evening in 1949, a three-year-old girl fell down an abandoned well shaft near her family home in the quiet community of San Marino. Across more than two full days of a fevered rescue attempt, the fate of Kathy Fiscus remained unknown.

The region, the nation, and the world watched, read, and listened to every moment of the forty-eight hour rescue attempt by way of radio, newsreel footage, and wire service reporting. Because of the well’s proximity to the transmission towers on nearby Mount Wilson, the rescue attempt became the first breaking-news event ever to be broadcast live on television. The Kathy Fiscus tragedy singlehandedly proved the utility of live television news, proving that real-time television news broadcasting could work and could transfix the public. Media across the globe has never been the same.

In Kathy Fiscus: A Tragedy that Transfixed the Nation, USC historian William Deverell tells the story of the first live, breaking-news TV spectacle in American history. Deverell will sit down for a virtual conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Patt Morrison, before taking questions from the audience.

The programming is brought to you in partnership with Angel City Press.

  • William Deverell is professor of history and director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West at the University of Southern California. He is the author of numerous studies of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century American West, including Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past and Woody Guthrie L.A.: 1937 to 1941.

  • Patt Morrison is a longtime Los Angeles Times writer, columnist and podcaster who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. Her broadcasting work has won six Emmys and twelve Golden Mike awards. Both of her nonfiction books have been bestsellers: Rio LA, her book about the Los Angeles River, and Don’t Stop the Presses! Truth, Justice and the American Newspaper. She the first woman in nearly twenty-five years to be honored with the L.A. Press Club’s lifetime achievement award. Pink’s, the legendary Hollywood hot dog stand, named its veggie dog after her.

Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth-Century America


January 28, 2021

Writer and historian Sherry L. Smith discusses her new book Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth-Century America with ICW Director William Deverell, offering a deeply personal look at a dynamic period in American history.

  • Sherry L. Smith grew up in Northwest Indiana, a place tucked between Chicago’s cultural treasures and the natural wonders of the Indiana Dunes. Yet, the American West won her over as a subject of historical study and place to live.

    After undergraduate education at Purdue University, Smith moved to Seattle, enrolled in the University of Washington for her Ph.d., and has resided west of the Mississippi River ever since.  She is University Distinguished Professor of History (Emerita) at Southern Methodist University.  Her award-winning books include Hippies, Indians, and the Fight for Red Power and Reimagining Indians: Native Americans Through Anglo Eyes, 1880-1940, both published by Oxford University Press. Smith is a former president of the Western History Association and received the Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellowship at the Huntington Library, which supported research for Bohemians West. She has also been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, and Yale University.