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"An Alternative History of the American West" Subject of Lecture at Pomona College

Historian Stephen Aron will deliver a talk entitled, "Can We All Just Get Along? An Alternative History of the American West" on Tuesday, March 6 at 4:15 p.m., at Pomona College in Mason Hall Room 5 (550 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont).

A professor at UCLA, Aron is chair of the Institute for the Study of the American West at Autry National Center. Among his awards is the 2007 Missouri History Book Award from the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Aron is the author of American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State (A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier) (2006), which was heralded by the Western Historical Quarterly as "Western history at its best." The Missouri Historical Review said the book was, "a real pleasure to read, the book adds considerably to the anthropological discussion about the degree to which invading people are successful in transplanting their culture and the degree to which they are transformed by the new environment and peoples they are invading."

An earlier book, How the West Was Lost: The Transformation of Kentucky from Daniel Boone to Henry Clay (1999), was praised by the Journal of the Early Republic as "a masterly account of the settlement and development of Kentucky from the late eighteenth century through the early nineteenth. This excellent book will be useful to all interested in the frontier."

In addition to the subject of his Pomona College lecture, Aron's current project is, The American West: A Very Short Introduction.

For more information, contact: or (909) 607-3075.

Pomona College, one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, provides its students with a challenging curriculum in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts, and an unsurpassed environment for intellectual inquiry and growth. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.