Join the Thacher Gallery at USF in celebrating the extraordinatry exhibition "In Nature's Temple." Curator Fr. Tom Lucas and Historian, Writer and USF Alum, Kevin Starr will discuss the artworks and history on view in "In Nature's Temple: Early California Art and Ecology.
Fr. Thomas Lucas S.J. is the new rector of the Arrupe Jesuit Community at Seattle University. He is a former USF Professor of Art+Architecture and
director of the Thacher Gallery. Tom received his doctorate
in Theology and the Arts at the Graduate Theological Union,
Berkeley, CA, in 1992. He also holds degrees from the Pontificia
Università Gregoriana, Rome; Fordham University, New York; The
Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and Santa Clara University,
California. Lucas is an internationally recognized expert in Jesuit
art history, as well as a well-known liturgical designer and artist
with an international portfolio.
Kevin Starr received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from USF in 1962. He has taught at numerous California universities, including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Riverside, Santa Clara University, the University of San Francisco, and Stanford University. Starr served as California State Librarian from 1994 to 2004, when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger named him State Librarian Emeritus. He is the author of the ongoing multi-volume history of California collectively entitled "Americans and the California Dream". The first volume in the series, "Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915" was published in 1973. His most recent volume, which covers the period from 1950 to 1963, entitled "Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance" won the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for history.