Gray Brechin received a B.A. in Geography and an M.A. in Art History from the University of California at UC Berkeley. After a stint as a journalist and TV producer in San Francisco, he returned to the UCB Department of Geography in 1992 to get a Ph.D. His dissertation, Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin, was published in 1999 by the University of California Press and is now considered a classic of urban studies. In the same year, UC Press published his collaboration with photographer Robert Dawson, Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream. Dr. Brechin is the founder and Project Scholar of the Living New Deal, a team effort to inventory, map, and interpret the public works legacy of President Franklin Roosevelt’s innovative initiatives to lift the U.S. from the Great Depression. The project is sponsored by the UCB Department of Geography where he maintains an office. Its long-range goal is to create the first museum and study center of the New Deal’s vast but largely unknown accomplishments. Dr. Brechin is especially interested in what he calls the lost ethical language of New Deal public works and service and what that language has to teach us today.