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Video: Kevin Starr Honorary Degree Ceremony

Kevin Starr, the seventh State Librarian of California since the
beginning of the 20th century, was born in San Francisco in 1940. After
graduation from the University of San Francisco in 1962, Starr served
two years as a lieutenant in a tank battalion in Germany. Upon release
from the service, Starr entered Harvard University where he took his
MA degree in 1965 and his Ph.D. in 1969 in American Literature. He also holds the Master of Library Science degree from UC Berkeley and
has done post-doctoral work at the Graduate Theological Union. Starr
has served as Allston Burr Senior Tutor in Eliot House at Harvard,
executive assistant to the Mayor of San Francisco, the City Librarian of
San Francisco, and a daily columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.
He currently holds the rank of University Professor at the University of
Southern California in Los Angeles. The author of numerous newspaper
and magazine articles, Starr has written nine books, six of which are
part of his Americans and the California Dream series. His writing
has won him a Guggenheim Fellowship, membership in the Society of
American Historians, and the Gold Medal of the Commonwealth Club
of California.

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