The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation

Friday, May 3, 2019
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Harris Room (119 Moses Hall)
UC Berkeley

It's time to mark your calendar and place your book order for the final APHS meeting of the academic year. Our next session will take place at 12pm on Friday, May 3rd in the Harris Room (119 Moses Hall) of the Institute of Governmental Studies.

We are thrilled to welcome Miriam Pawel, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, New York Times contributing opinion writer, and independent historian. She will be discussing her recently published book, The Browns Of California. In it she offers a panoramic history of California and its impact on the nation, from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley, told through the lens of the family dynasty that led the state for nearly a quarter century. Pawel weaves a narrative history that spans four generations, from August Schuckman, the Prussian immigrant who crossed the Plains in 1852 and settled on a northern California ranch, to his great-grandson Jerry Brown, who reclaimed the family homestead one hundred forty years later. Through the prism of their lives, we gain an essential understanding of California and an appreciation of its importance.

Given budgetary constraints, it's imperative that we get an accurate head count for both lunch and book orders, with your book order reflecting a commitment to attend the seminar. With that in mind, if you plan on attending and need a copy of the book, please RSVP by filling out the following google form.

 Lunch will be provided - along with books (to be distributed a week or two in advance).  Hope to see you there.