Why History Matters
Stephen Aron, Professor and Executive Director at Autry National Center
Research Interests: North American Frontiers and American West; Early National U.S.
Eric Avila, Associate Professor
Eric Avila is an urban and cultural historian of twentieth century America, emphasizing the historical intersections of racial identity, urban space, and cultural representation. His research on urban cultural history has won awards and prizes, including recognition of his 2005 Journal of Urban History article, "Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Film Noir Disneyland, and the Cold War (Sub)Urban Imaginary" as one of ten best articles in American history published in 2005. He has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Warren Center for Studies in American History and Stanford University’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, where he undertook research for his current book project, The Folklore of the Freeway: An Alternative History of Highway Construction in Urban America.
Robin Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History & Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History
Although trained as an American historian, Kelley's research and teaching interests range widely, covering the history of labor and radical movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; intellectual and cultural history (particularly music and visual culture); urban studies, and transnational movements.
Brenda Stevenson, Professor
Research Interests: United States, African American, Southern, U.S. Women and Family
Honorable Zev Yaroslavsky
Zev Yaroslavsky is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, representing the western part of Los Angeles County. He was elected to the board in 1994 and has been re-elected four times, most recently in 2010. He previously served on the Los Angeles City Council (1975-94) to which he was elected and re-elected six times. He earned an M.A. in British Imperial History and a B.A. in Economics and History, both from U.C.L.A. He is a graduate of Fairfax High School in Los Angeles.
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