World War II and the West It Wrought

May 3, 2017 – May 5, 2017

9:30 am

See details below for exact dates and times.

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building, 366 Galvez Street Map

Sponsored by:
Bill Lane Center for the American West

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

Ongoing every day from May 3, 2017 through May 5, 2017.
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building, 366 Galvez Street Map

Open with Free Registration


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