The lecture is sponsored through the Jonas A. "Steine" Jonasson Endowed Lectureship at Linfield and is free and open to the public.
Robbins taught at OSU from 1971 to 2002. He is the author of numerous books including "Lumberjacks and Legislators: Political Economy of the U.S. Lumber Industry, 1890-1941," "Regionalism and the Pacific Northwest," "American Forestry: A History of National, State and Private Relations," "Hard Times in Paradise: Coos Bay, Oregon 1850-1986" and "Landscapes of Promise: The Oregon Story 1800-1940." He was co-editor of "Land in the American West" and editor of "The Great Northwest: The Search for Regional Identity." Two upcoming works are "Landscapes of Conflict: The Oregon Story 1940-2000" and "Oregon: Weaving People, Place, and Time."
Robbins has a bachelor?s degree from Western Connecticut University and a master?s and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He is on the editorial board of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. He previously served on the editorial board of the Pacific Northwest Quarterly and Pacific Historical Review. He has received numerous awards and honors including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers and a grant-in-aid from the American Association for State and Local History. He was named a Hoover Presidential Scholar by the Herbert Hoover Library Association. He has also won awards for the publication of best articles in the Journal of Forest History and Western Historical Quarterly and in 1997 he was named distinguished university professor, the highest honor OSU bestows on its faculty.
The Jonas A. "Steine" Jonasson Endowed Lectureship at Linfield honors Jonasson, professor emeritus of history, who was associated with Linfield for more than 60 years before his death in 1997. The endowment is used to bring in distinguished scholars and speakers in the area of history. Jonasson held the unofficial title of Linfield historian and wrote "Bricks Without Straw," a history of the college. For more information, call 503-883-2479.