James Ronda, one of the country’s most respected Lewis and Clark historians, will give his final lecture of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial at WSU Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 203. He has titled his talk, “And In Conclusion… James Ronda Sums Up Lewis and Clark.”

Ronda, the H.G. Barnard Professor of Western American History at the University of Tulsa, has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his writing on western American history. He has authored eight books on Lewis and Clark beginning with Lewis and Clark among the Indians in 1984. Four of Ronda’s books appear on the selected bibliography list of the official Monticello Web site. Ronda was keynote speaker at the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial kickoff lecture held at Monticello January 17, 2003. Since then he has given hundreds of lectures across America from Harvard to small prairie schoolhouses.

“James Ronda is a marvelous, dynamic speaker and not to be missed,” said Washington State history professor Sue Armitage. “Many consider him to be the nation’s foremost Lewis and Clark expert so his appearance here is a rare opportunity for anyone interested in the Lewis and Clark Expedition,” said Armitage.