Past Public Presentations
- Guest Speaker, “Excavating Venice of America” || DouglasPlus: Conversation Event
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Part of the play development of “Venice of America” by Richard Montoya and Roger G. Smith. Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, Culver City, California.
- Featured Speaker, Manhattan Beach Public Library Lecture Series, Manhattan Beach, California
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
“African American Leisure, Southern California Tales and Bruce’s Beach”
- Featured Speaker, Los Angeles Breakfast Club, Los Angeles, California
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
“Hidden Stories of Santa Monica: Race, Real Estate and Remembrance in the Ocean Park Neighborhood, 1900s-1960s”
- Panel Speaker, Freshmen Assembly Lecture Series, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, California
Monday February 29, 2016
Remarks entitled “Reclamation of Forgotten Stories in the California Dream”
- Keynote Speaker, Santa Monica Conservancy Annual Meeting and Awards
Sunday, February 8, 2015
In my talk entitled “Diversity, Real Estate, and Remembrance in Santa Monica,” I discussed my research at a historical Jim Crow era, African American beach site and efforts to connect the public with a more inclusive & diverse southern California heritage. Casa Del Mar Hotel || Santa Monica, California.
- “White Wash” Documentary Screening and Discussion
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 3:00–9:00 P.M.
Jackie Robinson Arts & Humanities Lecture Series 2013–2014, Pasadena City College, California.
- The Jim Crow Era (1900s–1960s) Leisure Experience of African Americans in the Lake Elsinore Community of Riverside County (Invited)
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Riverside County History Symposium – In Riverside!
- “12 Miles North: The Nick Gabaldón Story” Documentary Screening and Discussion
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Pilgrim School Celebrates Black History Month 2014, Los Angeles California.
- Walking Tour Lecture, “Ocean Park Neighborhood Beach: Race, Real Estate and Remembrance,” Santa Monica, California (Invited)
Saturday, October 27, 2013
“What’s Out There Weekend Los Angeles,” The Cultural Landscape Foundation, October 26–27, 2013.
Past Conference Presentations
- African Americans and Landscapes of Leisure in Twentieth-Century California panel
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 9.45–11.15 A.M.
Paper presented: “Adventures of African Americans in Southern California Exurban Country Club and Subdivision Development in the Inland Empire During the 1920s”
Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, 110th Meeting, California State University, Northridge, August 3–5, 2017
- “Race and the Limits of Leisure: Black Travel and Tourism in the Age of Jim Crow” panel/ African American Leisure, Southern California Tales and Bruce’s Beach” Part 2 presentation, and “White Wash” Documentary film screening and discussion/Film Festival
October 5–9 2016
Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 101st Annual Meeting and Conference, Richmond, Virginia
- Baldwin Hills Village: Race, Community Associations, and the Ethnics of Preservation, part 2 roundtable
Roundtable discussion participant
Modernism Week programming, Palm Springs, California
- Baldwin Hills Village: Race, Community Associations, and the Ethnics of Preservation roundtable
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 4.30-6.15 P.M.
Roundtable discussion participant
Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) Conference, Los Angeles, California, November 5-8, 2015
- Plenary Session: White Wash Documentary Film Screening and Discussion: Race, Surfing and the Romanticized Beach Culture of Southern California
Saturday, July 18, 2015, 1.30–3.00 P.M.
Historian Alison Rose Jefferson and filmmaker Ted Woods introduced the documentary, and led a discussion afterward.
2015 Summer Regional Workshop, Organization of American Historians, Theme: Diversity in the American West, Glendale, California, July 17–19, 2015
- The Politics of Race, Gender and Recreation in Twentieth Century American Leisure Culture panel
Saturday, June 27, 2015, 9.00–11.00 A.M.
Paper presented: “Eureka! Race, Leisure, Subldivisions, Promoters and Gambling on the California Dream” Part 2
Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) Conference, Liverpool, United Kingdom, June 24–28, 2015
- The Politics of Play: Locating Race and Gender within American Leisure Culture panel
Friday, April 17, 2015, 1.30-3.00 P.M.
Paper presented: “Eureka! Race, Leisure, Subdivisions, Promoters and Gambling on the California Dream”
2015 National Council on Public History Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, April 15-18, 2015
- White Wash: Cultural Politics, African Americans, Surfing and the Romanticized Beach Culture of Southern California (“White Wash” Documentary Screening and Discussion)
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:50–12:20 P.M. 2014
Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, April 10–13, 2014
- Cultural Inclusion and Sustainable Heritage Conservation panel
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Paper presented: “Reclaiming Los Angeles County Beaches as Communities of Color: Recognition of History for Community Engagement and Social Action, Now, and in the Future”
2014 National Council on Public History Conference, Monterey, California, March 19-22, 2014
- Blacks in the North American West Panel and “White Wash” documentary film screening and discussion
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 1:30–3:30 P.Mand Saturday, March 16, 2013, 12:30–2:00 P.M.
2013 Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 13–16, 2013
- Rediscovered Places: Reclaiming a Forgotten Past
Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 2:00–3.30 P.M. 2011
California Preservation Conference, Santa Monica, California, May 15–18, 2011
- Essay and Other Works Panel, and Co-Conference Organizer
Friday, May 13, 2011
Black California Dreamin’ Conference
- Race, Place, and Tourism: Leisure Sites as Contested Sites panel
Friday, April 8, 2011, 8:30–10:30 A.M. 2011
National Council on Public History Conference, Pensacola, Florida, April 6–9, 2011