ARTHUR C. VERGE, Ph.D.
Department of History
El Camino College
Ph. D. History – May 1988 – University of Southern California
M.A. History – March 1986 – University of Southern California
Masters in Public Administration – August 1982 – University of Southern California
B.A. History – June 1978 – University of California, Santa Barbara
A.A. Liberal Arts – June 1976 – Santa Monica College
1989 – Present Professor of History, El Camino College, Torrance, CA.
Co-Director of the “Vienna Summer Institute.” Salzburg and Vienna, Austria. 1992-2003
On-Site-Director for International Education and Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Warwickshire College, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Spring, 1991
California: A History 7th and 8th editions – with Andrew Rolle
(Wiley\Blackwell Publishing, 2015).
Paradise Transformed: Los Angeles During the Second World War
(Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1993).
“World War II” in A Companion to California History. William Deverell and David Ingler, eds. Blackwell Publishing 2008.
“Daily Life in Wartime California,” in The Way We Really Were: The Golden State in the Second Great War. Roger Lotchin, ed. University of Illinois Press, 2000.
“The Impact of the Second World War on Los Angeles,” in The American West: The Reader. Martin Ridge and Walter Nugent, eds. University of Indiana Press, 1999.
Santa Monica Lifeguards (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2007).
Los Angeles County Lifeguards (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2005).
Journal Articles –
“The Impact of the Second World War on Los Angeles,” Pacific Historical Review, University of California Press, vol. LXIII (August, 1994), pp. 289-314.
“From the Shores of Hawaii to the Sands of California: the Arrival of Surfing in Southern California.” Ventura County Historical Society Quarterly, vol 44, no. 3 (October 2000), pp. 4-8.
“George Freeth: King of the Surfers and California’s Forgotten Hero.” California History, vol. LXXX no. 2/3 (Summer/Fall 2001), pp. 82-105.
“The Scandinavian-Americans,” in American Ethics and Minorities: Readings in Ethic History, Worbel and Eula, eds., (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1991).
Short Biographies of George Freeth and Rev. Clayton Russell for the Bibliography of American History, Oxford University Press, 1999.
Book Review. Catalina Saga: An Historical Cruise Around Santa Catalina Island. By Richard and Marjorie Buffum (2003). Southern California Quarterly, Summer 2004, pp. 160-170.
Distinguished Faculty Award – El Camino College Presented at College Commencement on June 12, 2004
2002 Best Teacher Award – Easy Reader Newspaper
Presidential Leadership Award of Doane College Nebraska. Awarded by Doane College President Fred Brown, February 11, 1995.
Citizenship Award, Santa Monica Rotary Club;
Pastor’s Award for Christian Service, Saint Monica’s Parish.
El Camino College Excellence in Teaching and Research, Staff Development Award, 1993 and 1994.
John Randolph Haynes Research Grant – Southern California Historical Society. May, 2001.
ACTIVITIES – (Partial List) –
Speaker National Endowment of Humanities – “The Impact of the Second World War on Southern California,” Long Beach State, June 2015 and again in July 2016.
Community College Representative – The Los Angeles History Research Group. The Huntington Library, San Marino, Ca. September 2003 –2007.
Board Member – California History-Social Science Project, California State University, Dominquez Hills. October, 1993-2000.
Board Member – International Education Program, El Camino College – September 1991 – May 1997; 1999 – Present.
Faculty Advisor, International Student’s Club, September 1990 – May 1996.
Appointed as a Speaker on California History California Council of Humanities, October 1999.
Elected Executive Board Member – Los Angeles County Lifeguard Association, May 1994 – present.
Co-Founder of the Professional Lifeguard Foundation June, 1996. Co-Director to the present.
Ocean Lifeguard, Los Angeles County, 1974 – 2016. Awarded the “Bronzed Savage” trophy by the Los Angeles Lifeguard Association for 42 year of service – December 2016.
Elected Student Body President-1974, Saint Monica’s High School. Santa Monica, California.
FILM AND TELEVISION –
Appearances and commentary in “Waveriders.” BBC Productions, Joel Conroy, Director, 2009. (Best Documentary Irish Film Awards – 2009 and Best Documentary – Surfer Poll Awards, 2009. Best Film and Audience Award – Dublin Film Festival – 2009).
Appearances and commentary in “World War II: Breadlines to Boomtimes.” Volumes 1-3, Monterey Home Video, Monterey Film Company, 1994.
Appearances and commentary in “Women: First and Foremost.” Volumes 1-4, Monterey Home Video, Monterey Film Company, 1996.
Appearances and commentary on “Visiting with Huell Howser”. Interviewed on the history El Camino College. KCET Public Television. 1996.
Appearance on the “Suzanne Somers Show”. Interviewed regarding the history of the Los Angeles County Lifeguards. Shown nationally, October 28, 1994.
Appearances and commentary in “The Beach: A History.” The History Channel. June 2002.
Appearances and commentary in “L.A. Lifeguards.” Turner Broadcasting. June 1999.
Appearances and commentary in “From Tactical to Practical.” The History Channel. August 2004.
Organization of American Historians
California Historical Society
Historical Society of Southern California
Santa Monica Historical Society
Professional Lifeguard Foundation