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World War II and the West It Wrought

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to Friday, May 5, 2017 - 1:30pm
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building
Stanford University
366 Galvez St

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

Keynote Lecture, 7-8 pm

When the Geography of Hope Became an Engine of War

Timothy Egan
Location: Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 200

Thursday, May 4

Panel 1, 9:30-10:30 am

Enlisting the Laboratories: Science, Security, and the Transformation 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, 6-8:30pm — by invitation only

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 of 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

 

 

Registration

Register to attend all or part of the conference and keynotes

Event Sponsor: 
Bill Lane Center for the American West