Research and Resources

During the school renaming exploration process, the citizens advisory committee will be exploring the namesakes of current and any prospective namesakes. Below, find some of the resources that have guided the discussions and decisions of the citizens advisory committee.

Special presentation by historian Dr. Philip Ethington of USC

Summary video

In this 3-minute video, you can watch the final slides of Dr. Ethington's presentation, in which he summarizes his presentation. Please visit the links below to watch the full presentation if possible.

Presentation background

At the citizens advisory committee’s first meeting on September 30, many members of the committee requested more information about the histories of school namesakes. To accommodate this request, Wiseburn secured a guest speaker who could explore the history of namesakes in depth and with context during the November 4 meeting of the committee.

Dr. Philip Ethington is a Professor of History, Political Science, and Spatial Sciences in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Chair of the History Department, and Faculty in Residence of New North Residential College, at the University of Southern California. With his knowledge of historical figures and interest in nomenclature, Dr. Ethington delivered an informative and engaging presentation to the committee.

Recommended Readings

About Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo:
About Juan Bautista de Anza:
  • Juan Bautista de Anza: The King’s Governor in New Mexico (Norman: The University of Oklahoma Press, 2015), by Carlos R. Herrera.
  • Forgotten Frontiers: A Study of the Spanish Indian Policy of Don Juan Bautista de Anza, Governor of New Mexico 1777-1787 (Norman: The University of Oklahoma Press, 1969), edited and translated by Alfred Barnaby Thomas.
  • The Commanche Empire (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), by Pekka Hämäläinen.
  • "Juan Bautista de Anza: Son of the Frontier" via California Frontier
About Richard Henry Dana, Jr.:
  • Two Years Before The Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea (1840), by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (Available via Project Gutenberg)
  • "Beyond Brahminism" via Harvard Magazine
  • Richard Henry Dana, Jr. by Robert L. Gale
About Peter Hardeman Burnett
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