Stephen Aron, Ph.D., a renowned scholar of U.S. borderlands and frontier history, will present the annual Bannon Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at Boileau Hall. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture. Parking is available at the Laclede Garage
A professor of history at UCLA, Aron also holds the Autry Chair in Western History at the Center for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.
At SLU Aron will discuss "As American as Apple Creek: The Hidden History of Missouri and Why It Matters."
Aron will use the state's earliest history - largely forgotten today - to explain the development of American history. In particular, the interaction between Whites and Indians in Missouri serves as a microcosm of what happened around the country.
For more information, contact the Saint Louis University department of history at (314) 977-2910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE ABOUT STEPHEN ARON: A prize-winning teacher and writer, Aron is the author of numerous books and articles, including How the West Was Lost: The Transformation of Kentucky from Daniel Boone to Henry Clay (1996) and American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State (2006), for which he won the Missouri History Book Award. Signed copies of American Confluence will be available for purchase at the reception
ABOUT JOHN FRANCIS BANNON, S.J.
John Francis Bannon, S.J., taught at SLU from 1939 to 1973, serving as chair of the history department for 28 of those years. A prolific and renowned scholar of the American borderlands, he authored 20 books and dozens of articles, essays, and reviews. His career exemplified the noblest ambitions of both academia and the Jesuit tradition.
ABOUT THE BANNON CHAIR
Established in 1983, the John Francis Bannon, S.J. Chair in History was made possible through a generous gift from Genevieve "Genie" Janes, a longtime friend of SLU. The endowment appropriately honors the contributions of one SLU's most distinguished and beloved scholars.