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History Lecture Series

Life’s Uncertain Outcomes: Choice and Chance in Historical Context “A Family Story from Native California”

History Lecture Series

“Life’s Uncertain Outcomes” is a history lecture series that considers people’s lived experiences, and how historical circumstances and choices made by individuals and the decisions of others shaped the direction of their lives. William Bauer, PhD, a history professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a citizen of the Round Valley Reservation in Northern California, will focus on the period in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the United States incarcerated American Indians on reservations and circumscribed tribal sovereignty. These actions produced catastrophic population declines, poverty and political impotence. Using the history of the Wright family on the Round Valley Reservation, he’ll examine the ability of one family to navigate life on a reservation.

The series will continue with:

  • Feb. 8: David Livingstone, PhD, “War Criminals in Postwar Germany's Police Forces: The 1969 Case of Border Police Officer Wilhelm Radtke”
  • March 14: David Nelson, PhD, “Geisha Dreams, Love and Murder: The Life of Abe Sada”
  • April 4: Chris Kimball, PhD, “The Buck Stops Here: Harry Truman’s Improbable Path to the Presidency”

The free series is presented by History Department faculty and other experts.

Sponsored By
Cal Lutheran, the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library and Ventura County Library, and generously funded in part by a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation grant


David Nelson