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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, October 16, 2019: Peter Richardson, “Dream Interrupted: Kevin Starr at the San Francisco Examiner”

The late Kevin Starr was the most distinguished California historian of his generation.  In addition to writing a multi-volume history of the state, he served as state librarian and taught at USC.  On Wednesday, October 16, Peter Richardson discusses a lesser known chapter in Starr’s career, his role as a controversial, conservative columnist for the San Francisco Examiner during the late 1970s and early 1980s.  Richardson teaches at San Francisco State and is the coordinator of its California and American Studies program.  He is the author of several works, including “American Prophet, the Life and Work of Carey McWilliams” and “No Simple Highway, a Cultural History of the Grateful Dead.”

The session will be from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way (just east of Telegraph Ave.).  Free admission and dinner.

For information and rsvp form, contact Christina McKay at