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History Lecture Series

Pioneers and Pandemonium: Stability and change in Seattle history

Wed. Jan. 13, 2016      7:30 p.m.

Kane Hall 130, UW Campus

John M. Findlay

Professor, University of Washington

Introduction by Greg Nickels

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Like the city itself, histories of Seattle have oscillated between the cosmopolitan and the provincial. At different times they have described Seattle as a pioneer city, an aerospace city, a green city, and a wired city. John Findlay takes us on a closer look at the stories Seattle has told about itself, asking why certain stories were retold, while others were all but ignored.

Professor John FindlayJohn Findlay joined the UW Department of History in 1987. He teaches and researches about the Pacific Northwest and the North American West. His publications include a book called Magic Lands: Western Cityscapes and American Culture after 1940; a book called Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West (with co-author Bruce Hevly); and articles and chapters on the history of California Indian reservations, Nevada gambling, the University of Washington, Pacific Northwest regional identity, western American utopianism, western urban development, and Seattle’s world’s fairs. He is currently working on an overview of the American West between 1941 and 2001. He served as managing editor of Pacific Northwest Quarterly for eighteen years, as director of the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest for eight years, and as chair of the Department of History for six years.

Brought to you by the UW Department of History and the UWAA, Excavating Seattle’s Histories is series of lectures that explore Seattle’s remarkable past.

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