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Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Historian to Speak at Seventh Annual Lore Kephart Lecture Series Oct. 1 at Villanova University

Richard White

VILLANOVA, Pa. – As more and more attention is placed on climate change and the environment, Richard White, PhD, will examine a similar environmental crisis that the United States faced at the end of the nineteenth-century as the featured speaker at the seventh annual Lore Kephart ’86 Distinguished Historians Lecture Thursday, October 1 at 7 pm in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center at Villanova University.

Dr. White is a Pulitzer-Prize nominated historian and the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University. His Oct. 1 lecture is entitled “The Late Great Environmental Crisis of the Gilded Age: A Success Story.” He is the author of The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region (Cambridge University Press, 1991) which was a Pulitzer-Prize finalist and won the Francis Parkman Prize for the Best Book on American History, the Albert B. Corey Prize for US-Canadian History, the James A. Rawley Prize for the History of Race Relations, and the Albert J. Beveridge Award for Best English-language Book on American History.

Dr. White is also the author of Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and Making of Modern America (W.W. Norton and Company, 2012), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He is the principal investigator for the “Shaping the West” project in the Spatial History Lab at Stanford University, which explores the construction of space by transcontinental railroads during the late nineteenth-century. His areas of expertise include corruption in the Gilded Age, dependency and social change among Native Americans, and the history of the environment, including railroads, rivers and lakes.

He is a faculty co-director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West and the former president of the Organization of American Historians. Dr. White received a MacArthur Fellowship and was awarded a Mellon Distinguished Professor grant in 2007.

The Lore Kephart '86 Distinguished Historians Lecture Series was established in memory of Lore Kephart '86 through an endowment to the University by her husband Horace L. Kephart.