Alta Live: William Deverell Finds Francis

What happens when one of California’s greatest historians digs into his own family mystery?

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What happens when one of California’s greatest historians digs into his own family mystery? William Deverell, a noted history professor at the University of Southern California, took us along on a winding and suspenseful journey to find his long-lost great-uncle in this five-part series for Alta Serials, “Finding Francis.” Deverell joins Alta Live (at a special 1:30pm Pacific time start) to discuss his most personal assignment, reveal his thoughts on the disappearance of Francis, and answer our (many) questions about this Deverell family drama. Join us!

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About the guest:

William Deverell is the director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and a professor of history at USC. He is also the founding director of the USC Libraries Collections Convergence Initiative. He is a historian of the 19th- and 20th-century American West. His undergraduate degree in American studies is from Stanford, and his MA and PhD degrees in American history are from Princeton. He has published widely on the environmental, social, cultural, and political history of the West.•

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