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Nixon, Native Americans and the Atomic Bomb at UCR Graduate Student History Conference


Nixon, Native Americans and the Atomic Bomb at UCR Graduate Student History Conference

(May 22, 2000)

Nixon, Native Americans and the Atomic Bomb at UCR Graduate Student History Conference

Anthony R. Maravillas, a graduate student in history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will fly to Southern California over Memorial Day Weekend not to enjoy Disneyland, but to experience "Nixonland."

Maravillas is one of 35 graduate students spending their holiday weekend exploring a wide range of interesting topics at the Second Annual Southern California Graduate Student History Conference, Saturday, May 27, at the University of California, Riverside. His paper is "Nixon in Nixonland," about the Yorba Linda native who became President of the United States. UCR history department faculty will moderate the conference, which is free and open to the public beginning at 9 a.m. in room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building. Campus parking costs $3.

Topics include patronage in the days of Roman gladiators through more modern topics, such as the birth of the H-bomb, the textbook view of Native Americans, feminism and the Civil Rights movement, the politics of activism, among many others.

"One paper shows how the government used Navaho Indians as a radiation test group," said Amos Tubb, the UC Riverside graduate student who is organizing the conference. "Another group of papers talks about how badly the Irish and other white immigrants were treated when they first arrived in the U.S."

Once a small in-house affair, the magic of the Internet has made this conference an international resource for graduate students who want a venue to show their stuff.

"Last year we put up a notice about the conference on H-net, which goes to all the university history departments, and we were able to include several people from other states," Tubb said. "This year we did the same thing and we ended up with people from the East Coast and a graduate student from British Columbia."

Tubb said he is grateful that Robert "Roy" C. Ritchie, a scholar of early American history and currently the director of research at the Huntington Library, volunteered to give the opening remarks for the conference. Ritchie spent 23 years as a professor and later was associate chancellor at UC San Diego.

A partial list of presenters follows:

"Friends Who I am Obliged to Visit Contrary to My Inclination": Mapping the Visiting Networks of Women -- Kim Earheart, UC Riverside

The Location of Public Time: Turret Clocks, Pocket Watches, and Religious Politics in Berlin 1660-1787 -- Michael J. Sauter, UCLA

Encounter and Experience of a Carceral Landscape: A Prison in Popular Culture -- Elaine Jackson-Retondo, UC Berkeley

The Eighteenth-Century Origins of Male-Midwifery: Science, Gender, Class and Power -- Katherine Klein, UC Riverside

LBJ, Mexicanos, and the ESEA: The Politics of Education, 1965-1966 -- Ann Pfeifle, UC Riverside

Desiring the Undesired: The Mexican Press, and the United States Deportation and Repatriation Campaigns, from 1928-1935. -- Lore D. Kuehnert, UC Riverside

The Science of Marketing, Motivation Research, and the Business of Measuring the Interpreting Consumer Desire in Postwar America -- Bradley Queen, Boston University

At the Crossroads of Whiteness: Anti-Migrant Activism, Eugenics and Popular Culture in Depression-era California -- Pete La Chapelle, University of Southern California

The Sleepy Lagoon Trial: Synonym for Injustice and Racial Hatred -- Susan Sanchez, UC Riverside

Neo-Barbarians at the Gate: The Efforts of the Secretaries of the Redlands Chamber of Commerce to Shape Their City, 1905-1929. -- Ed Esau, UC Riverside

Casualties of the Cold War: America's Exploitation of Native Societies through Human Radiation Experimentation. -- Adam Hungate, UC Riverside Chain Reaction: The Tragedy of Atomic Governance -- Mary D. Wammack, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"Save our Fair City from the Red Menace:" A Look Into What Happens When the Media Doesn't Sit on the Sidelines. -- Shannon Hammock, UC Riverside

"Not a Black Thing?" Feminism and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement In Memoir and Memory -- Alisa Y. Harrison, University of British Columbia

Nixon in Nixonland -- Anthony R. Maravillas, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Belly and the Limbs: A Study of Patronage in the Early Roman Republic -- Tim Watson, UC Riverside


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