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    Women as History-makers in California

    W. R. SwagertyMar 12, 2012

    59th California History Institute
    University of the Pacific
    Preliminary Program 


    The 59th California History Institute symposium will look at the role women played in shaping California, from notable figures to immigrants. The symposium also will explore how females have affected the state's environmental movement. The symposium will start Friday with a field trip to the California State Museum and California Hall of Fame, where 120 notable women in the state will be discussed. The Suffragate movement also will be analyzed. Lunch will be provided.

    That will be followed Saturday by a series of roundtable discussions about women, including a look at the role the immigrant women played in California, especially Chinese female immigrants. There also will be a discussion on women and environmental justice. This is the second symposium since 1948 to focus on women in the Golden State's history.

     Since 1948, the University of the Pacific has hosted the California History Institute, established by Rockwell D. Hunt as a spring conference sponsored by the California History Foundation. The John Muir Center was created in 1989 to honor California's most famous environmentalist and founder of the Sierra Club. The University holds the John Muir Papers in its Library's Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections.  

    Friday, March 23

    • 9:30-3:45   Field Trip by coach to the California State Museum/California Hall of Fame; for-fee event limited to 50 passengers. Tour of "California's Remarkable Women" highlighting 120 notable women; and "Women and the Vote."
    • 4:00-6:00   Welcoming Reception, Grace Covell, Campus

    Saturday, March 24  Grace Covell Hall, campus

    • 8:30-9:15  Registration and Coffee
    • 9:15  Welcome and Introductions
    • 9:30  Historiography of Women in California History
      Edith Sparks, Senior Associate Dean, The College & Jessica Weiss, California State University, East Bay
    • 10:00-11:45  Women in Stockton's History
      Caroline Cox, Department of History, Pacific, Moderator
      Alice Van Ommeren  Stockton local historian
      Dawn Bohulano Mabalon,  San Francisco State University
      Emil Guillermo, Journalist
      Michael Wurtz, Archivist, University of the Pacific, Comment
    • 11:45-12:40  Lunch  (Buffet in Grace Covell)
    • 12:40-1:20 PM  Keynote
      Judy Yung , Emerita, American Studies, U. C. Santa Cruz
      Author of Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco (1995); Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present (2006); and (with Erika Lee) Angel Island:  Immigrant Gateway to America (2010)
    • 1:30-2:30  Student Panel on Women in California History
      Christiana Oatman, Pacific
      Devon Clayton, Pacific
      Michelle Khoury Santa Clara University
    • 2:45  Women and Environmental Justice 
      Alison Alkon, Department of Sociology, Pacific, Moderator
      Nancy Unger, Santa Clara University
      Tracy Perkins, U.C. Santa Cruz
      Teresa DeAnda, Central Valley Coordinator, California for Pesticide Reform
    • 4:30  What We Have Learned;  Jennifer Helgren, Pacific
    • 4:45-5:30   Reception


    University Faculty & Staff: $30 to attend paper sessions, the luncheon, and the receptions on March 23 and 24
    High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students: $25 to attend paper sessions, the luncheon, and the receptions on March 23 and 24
    General Admission: $40 to attend paper sessions, the luncheon, and the receptions on March 23 and 24.

    The field trip to Sacramento on March 23 is $40 for all attendees, which does not include lunch.

    For additional information please e mail: Juliann Hilton Email Link Email or call John Muir Center 209 946-2527

    Download the pdf Pre-Registration Form!

    Sponsored by: Conference Co-Organizers
    Department of History
    John Muir Center
    Holt-Atherton Special Collections
    California Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
    Ethnic Studies Program
    Gender Studies Program
    Rockwell Hunt Endowment
    R. Coke Wood Endowment
    Jennifer Helgren, Associate Professor of History
    Corrie Martin, Director, Women's Resource Center, Student Life
    Edith Sparks, Senior Associate Dean, The College
    W. R. Swagerty, Director, John Muir Center