Conference / Symposium

World War II and the West It Wrought

Sponsored by Bill Lane Center for the American West


May 3, 2017 – May 5, 2017
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
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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.


Wednesday, May 3

Keynote Lecture, 7-8 PM
When the Geography of Hope Became an Engine of War (separate registration)
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

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

Panel 3, 1-2PM
World War II, the Cold War, and Knowledge Economies of the Pacific Coast

Panel 4, 2:15-3:15 PM
Executive Domain: Military Land Withdrawals in the Wartime West

Panel 5, 3:30-4:30 PM
Paths Not Taken: State-Supported Child Care in California During and After World War II

Friday, May 5

Panel 6, 9-10 AM
How the Pacific World Became West

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

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

Lunch Plenary, 12:15-1:30PM
Richard White
Professor of American History
Margaret Byrne Professor of American History
Stanford University

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