February 7, 1996 Cultural Historian Kevin Starr To Lecture at the Library of Congress on March 27

Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189

Kevin Starr -- historian, journalist, and State Librarian of California -- will speak on "California Libraries, Culture, and Dreams" at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Sponsored by the Center for the Book, Dr. Starr's talk is free and open to the public.

"We are fortunate to have Kevin Starr as a speaker in our series of programs about libraries and American culture," said Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole. "His prodigious historical knowledge of California and practical experience as a writer and library administrator give him a unique perspective on this topic."

Kevin Starr is probably best known for his ambitious, multivolume cultural history of California. Published by Oxford University Press, the books thus far are: Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915 (1973); Inventing the Dream: California Through the Progressive Era (1985); Material Dreams: Southern California Through the 1920s (1990); and Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression in California (1996).

Mr. Starr was appointed State Librarian of California by Governor Pete Wilson in 1994. He served as City Librarian of San Francisco from 1973 to 1976. He currently divides his time between his home in San Francisco, the State Library in Sacramento, and Los Angeles, where he is a professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Southern California. He was a daily columnist for the San Francisco Examiner in 1977-83 and currently is a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1969 and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of California in 1974.

The Center for the Book was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries and to encourage the study of the role of books in society.


PR 96-022
ISSN 0731-3527