Daniel Walker Howe (keynote speaker) is Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University in England and professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. His book, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848, won the Pulitzer Prize in History for 2008, and is now being translated into Chinese and Korean. He grew up in Denver and took his PhD at UC, Berkeley. He spent his teaching career at Yale, UCLA, and Oxford. He is now “emeritus” at both UCLA and Oxford, but continues his research, writing, and lecturing. Professor Howe has also written four other books, as well as fifty articles for scholarly journals and The New York Review of Books, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal. He was historical advisor to the History Channel TV series America: the Story of Us. He lectures for both academic and general audiences all over the country; in the spring of 2011 he was visiting professor at Wofford College, South Carolina. He has been married for fifty-two years to Sandra Howe, a special education teacher at Birmingham Community Charter High School in the San Fernando Valley. They have a daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren, including one in middle school.