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CONFERENCE: Water and Politics in Southern California, Loyola Marymount University (Sat. Oct. 4)

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From: H-California 

4 OCTOBER 2008

Conference Website:

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) will host a conference examining the vital
resource of water in Southern California politics and history, on 4 October
2008. Scholars from throughout California will examine current water policy,
historical sources crucial for the study of water in Southern California,
and case studies in water management and use. LMU's Department of History,
the Charles Von der Ahe Library, and the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
are sponsoring the conference. Funding for the conference was provided by
the Haynes Foundation.


The conference is free to the public.  The deadline for pre-registration is
19 September 2008; on-site registration the day of the conference is also
possible. Only those persons who have registered for the conference by the
deadline will be provided lunch.

LOCATION: 1000 (Ahmanson) University Hall, Loyola Marymount University, Los
Angeles, California

CONTACT INFORMATION: Dr. Clay Stalls, Department of Archives and Special
Collections, Von der Ahe Library, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles,
CA 90045.  310-342-3968. E-mail:  Please see website
<> ) for

DIRECTIONS TO LMU: For directions to the campus of Loyola Marymount
University and a campus map, please consult:

PARKING: Parking is available on levels P-2 and P-3 of University Hall, the
location of the conference. Enter the campus at the Lincoln Boulevard and
LMU Drive entrance and proceed to the guards' kiosk for parking


4 October 2008

8am-8:30am: Registration

8:30am. Welcome: Dean Michael Engh, S. J., Bellarmine College of Liberal

9am-10:30am. Session I: Archival Resources

1. Dr. Paul Soifer, Consulting Historian, Department of Water and Power
Historical Records Program. "The Aqueduct, St. Francis, and Mulholland: The
Records at DWP."

2. Paul Wormser, Director, NARA, Laguna Beach, California. "Documenting the
Federal Government's Role in Native Americans' Water Rights."

3. Linda Vida, Director, Water Resources Center, University of California,
Berkeley. "Primary Source Collections for the Study of the History of Water
in Southern California."

Commentator: Dr. Peter Blodgett, H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of
Western Manuscripts, Huntington Library

Chair: Dr. Errol Stevens, Independent Historian and Consulting Archivist

10:45am-12:15pm. Session II: History of Water in Southern California

1. Eliza Martin. Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, University of
California, Santa Cruz. "San Diego's El Capitan Dam and the Politics of
Indian Removal, 1910-1932."

2. Peter Reich, Professor of Law, Whittier Law School. "Manuscript Case
Files and the Subversion of Judicial Opinions: The L.A. River Cases."

3. Dr. Andy Strathman, Instructor, Department of History, University of San
Diego. "Water, Land, and Suburbanization in San Diego County."

Chair: Dr. Bill Deverell, Director, Huntington-USC Institute on California
and the West

Commentator: Dr. Abe Hoffman, Professor, Los Angeles Valley College

12:15pm-1:15pm. Lunch

1:30pm-2:30pm. Keynote Address

Speaker: Dr. Steven Erie, Associate Professor, Department of Political
Science, University of California, San Diego

Chair: Dr. Nick Rosenthal, Assistant Professor, Department of History,
Loyola Marymount University

2:45pm-4:30pm. Session III: Water Policy

1. Dr. Joseph Reichenberger, Professor, Civil Engineering, Loyola Marymount
University. "Groundwater Management in the San Gabriel Valley - A History of
Political Cooperation."

2. Dr. John Walton, Professor, Department of Sociology, UC-Davis. "Western
Times and Water Wars Twenty Years On."

3. Dorothy Green, president of Heal the Bay. "Managing Water: Avoiding
Crisis in California."

4. Dr. David L. Feldman, Chair, Department of Planning, Policy and Design,
School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine. "Preventing the
Repetition, or What Can LA's Experience Teach Us About Contemporary Urban
Water Disputes Elsewhere?"

Chair: Dr. Janet Fireman, Editor, California History

Commentator: Dr. Sarah Elkind, Associate Professor, Department of History,
San Diego State University


5pm-7pm. RECEPTION at the Charles Von der Ahe Library for conference
participants and Loyola Marymount University attendees and their guests.
Attendees will also be to view the Library exhibit on the Owens Valley,
which includes rare photographs of the Owens Valley water wars of the 1920s.

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