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World War II and the West it Wrought

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 9:30am to Friday, May 5, 2017 - 1:30pm
Stanford University

Open with Registration in April 2017

The year 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of America’s entry into World War II. Accordingly, the Bill Lane Center for the American West has sponsored a series of programs focusing on World War II’s impact on the American West, culminating with a two-day scholarly conference at Stanford University.

Timothy Egan, The New York Times columnist and author, will open our conference with an evening keynote address on May 3.

 

AGENDA

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Keynote Lecture, 7-8 pm

When the Geography of Hope Became an Engine of War

Timothy Egan

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Panel 1, 9:30-10:30 am

Enlisting the Laboratories: Science, Security, and the Forging of the High Tech West

Daniel J. Kevles
Stanley Woodward Professor of History
Yale University

Respondent: Cathryn Carson
Associate Professor of History
University of California, Berkeley

Panel 2, 10:45-11:45 am

The Business of the Border: The Economic Transformation of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands During World War II

Geraldo L. Cadava
Associate Professor of History and Latino Studies
Northwestern University

Respondent: Ana Raquel Minian
Assistant Professor of History and of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Stanford University

Panel 3, 1-2pm

World War II, the Cold War, and Knowledge Economies of the Pacific Coast

Gavin Wright
William Robertson Coe Professor of American Economic History
Stanford University

Respondent: Daniel Sargent
Associate Professor of History
University of California, Berkeley

Panel 4, 2:15-3:15 pm

Executive Domain: Military Land Withdrawals in the Wartime West

Jared Farmer
Associate Professor of History
Stony Brook University

Respondent: Louis Warren
Professor of History
University of California, Davis

Panel 5, 3:30-4:30 pm

Paths Not Taken: State-Supported Child Care in California During and After World War II

Rebecca Jo Plant
Associate Professor of History
University of California, San Diego

Respondent: Sandra Eder
Assistant Professor of History
University of California, Berkeley

Dinner Keynote, 6:45pm

Summoning Pearl Harbor

Alexander Nemerov
Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities
Department of Art and Art History
Stanford University

Friday, May 5

Panel 6, 9-10 am

How the Pacific World Became West

Mary L. Dudziak
Asa Griggs Candler Professor Law
Emory University School of Law

Respondent: Rebecca Herman
Assistant Professor of History
University of California, Berkeley

Panel 7, 10:15-11:15 am

Parables from the Forced Relocations of Native Americans and Japanese-Americans: How to Recognize the Complexity of Western Race Relations without Losing Your Audience

Patricia Limerick
Faculty Director of the Center of the American West
University of Colorado, Boulder

Respondent: Christian Paiz
Assistant Professor in Comparative Ethnic Studies
University of California, Berkeley

Panel 8, 11:15-12:15pm

World War II and the Reinvention of Government’s Role in the West: Security, Identity, Diversity, Rights—and the Birth of the Red-Blue Divide

Bruce Cain
Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Director, Bill Lane Center for the American West
Charles Louis Ducommon Professor in Humanities and Sciences
Professor of Political Science
Stanford University

Matthew Dallek
Associate Professor
George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management

Respondent: Jennifer Burns
Associate Professor of History, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Stanford University

Lunch Plenary, 12:15-1:30pm

Richard White
Professor of American History
Margaret Byrne Professor of American History
Stanford University

 

Event Sponsor: 
Bill Lane Center for the American West