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Whitsett Graduate Seminar and Whitsett Lecture at CSUN April 15, 2010

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The Department of History, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State University – Northridge will present the annual Whitsett Graduate Seminar and Whitsett Lecture, to take place on April 15, 2010.

From from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, the 5th Annual Whitsett Graduate Seminar in California History will showcase the strongest graduate work in a one-day seminar moderated by top scholars in fields related to California History. The seminar will include in-depth critique from the moderator and audience, who will have electronic access to the papers prior to the event. Lunch will be served.

At 7:30 pm, the Annual Whitsett Lecture will feature Dr. Thomas G. Andrews, former CSUN Professor and current Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Denver. The title of his talk will be, “Toward an Environmental History of Hubert Howe Bancroft’s Works: The Nature and Culture of an Audacious Western Enterprise.” Andrews’ first book, Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War, was awarded the 2009 Bancroft Prize and constitutes the first full-fledged environmental history of the labor struggle. There will be a reception following the lecture.

Location: Whitsett Room, 4th Floor, Sierra Hall, CSUN campusThe Whitsett Graduate Seminar and Lecture are free to attend. Parking is $6 at the Information Booth at Prairie Street and Darby Avenue.

Attendees should rsvp by April 10th by calling the History Department, 818.677.3566.

(Communication services (sign language, interpreters, notetakers, real-time captionists or assistive listening devices) will be available for this event. Requests for services must be submitted at least five (5) working days in advance.)


Whitsett Graduate Seminar

9:00-10:30 Politics and Law in San Francisco

“A Putrid Sore on the Body Politic”: Horseracing and Progressive Reform in the Bay Area, 1895-1911

Seth Lunine (UCB)

Little Pete, Chinese Americans, and the Law In San Francisco, 1870-1906

Daren Raspa (CSUN)

10:30-12:00 Reevaluating the Missions

Intimate Knowledge: Tools of Imposition and Resistance in Alta California, 1769-1830’s

Erika Perez (UCLA)

Locating Absence: The Forgotten Presence of Monjeríos in the Missions of Alta California

Chelsea Vaughn (UCR)

12:00-1:00 | Catered Lunch

1:00-2:30 California’s Rightward Shift

Chief Justice Rose Bird and the Politics of the Death Penalty: 1978-1986

Joseph Makhluf (CSUN)

The Speculum and the Cul-de-Sac: Suburban Feminism and NOW in 1970s Orange County

Christine Eubank (UCI)

2:30-4:00 New Directions in Environmental History

“The Homeland Starts Here”: Water Development in the Semi-Arid California/Mexico Borderlands

Eliza Martin (UCSC)

Before Black Gold: Petroleum in California Through the Advent of Industrial Oil

Jen Staver (UCI)


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