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Tuesday, April 8,

HSSB 4020

Two Graduate Student Presentations on Cold War History:
Eric Fenrich and Zamira Yusufjonova

Zamira & Eric Come out and support your local grad students! Join CCWS on Tuesday, April 8th at 4pm for two scintillating talks by UCSB History Department grad students Zamira Yusufjonova and Eric Fenrich. Zamira's talk will be "The revival of the zhensovety: 1953-1964-How Khrushchev's regime affected the Muslim women of Tajikistan," while Eric will present his paper "Detente and Dissent: Apollo-Soyuz, Ruth Bates Harris, and the Rhetoric of Cooperation." Don't miss this exciting event!

Wednesday, March 5,

McCune Conference Room
(HSSB 6020)

“Cold War Film Series:The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming

winters Join CCWS on the evening of Wednesday, March 5th, for snacks, drinks, and a free screening of the hilarious Cold War spoof "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming"! This classic 1966 comedy stars Alan Arkin (in his film debut) as a wayward Soviet submarine skipper and Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, and long time Santa Barbara resident Jonathan Winters as the panicky Americans trying to thwart the Russian "invasion." The laughs begin at 7pm in the McCune Room (HSSB 6020). See you there!

Sunday, March 2


Kenneth Hough, "'Santa Barbara is in flames': The Battle of Santa Barbara and the Decline of the Japanese Invasion Sublime"

Hough The Center for Cold War Studies and International History (CCWS) will hold its winter workshop on Sunday, March 2nd. We will read and comment on a dissertation chapter titled "'Santa Barbara is in flames': The Battle of Santa Barbara and the Decline of the Japanese Invasion Sublime," by Kenneth Hough, history PhD student at UCSB and friend of CCWS. Ken's chapter discusses the 1942 shelling of Ellwood by a Japanese submarine and the subsequent phantom air raid in Los Angeles and how these two events were linked as the Battle of Santa Barbara and part of the moral panic of Japanese American subversion. This chapter is from his dissertation Rising Sun Over America: Friendship, Fascination and Fear in American Culture Encounters with Japan, 1900-1945 . This event will be held at Prof. Salim Yaqub's home. Delicious refreshments will be served!

Workshop attendees are encouraged to read Ken's article in advance. Attendees can contact Prof. Yaqub for the password to unlock the file and should also send their RSVP to Salim Yaqub (

Please join us for this exciting event!

Thursday, November 7

7 pm

Loma Pelona Conference Center

Badash Lecture Fund

Co-sponsored by
The Center for
Cold War Studies
Jacob Darwin Hamblin, Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism

Hamblin This year's Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Jacob Darwin Hamblin of Oregon State University. His talk will be drawn from his new and acclaimed book Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism. The talk will be held November 7, 7:00 pm at the Loma Pelona Conference Center on the UCSB campus. Parking is available in Parking Lot 23 near the UCSB Faculty Club.

When most Americans think of environmentalism, they think of the political left, of vegans dressed in organic-hemp fabric, lofting protest signs. In reality, the environmental movement-and its dire predictions-owes more to the Pentagon than the counterculture. In his talk, Professor Hamblin argues that military planning for World War III essentially created "catastrophic environmentalism": the idea that human activity might cause global natural disasters. This awareness emerged out of dark ambitions, as governments poured funds into environmental science after World War II, searching for ways to harness natural processes-to kill millions of people. Hamblin explains the history of how the Cold War coincided with and catalyzed the birth of modern environmental science. Along the way, we see how Cold War scientists, driven initially by strategic imperatives, learned to think globally and to grasp humanity's power to alter the environment.

Jacob Darwin Hamblin writes about the history and politics of science, technology, and the environment. He received his Ph.D. in History at UC Santa Barbara and is now associate professor of history at Oregon State University. He is the author of Oceanographers and the Cold War (University of Washington, 2005), Poison in the Well: Radioactive Waste in the Oceans at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age (Rutgers, 2009), and Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism (Oxford, 2013).

Thursday, November 7


HSSB 4020

Workshop: Jacob Darwin Hamblin, "The Nuclearization of Iran in the Seventies"

Prof. Hamblin will make a brief presentation and then lead a discussion of some of his recent scholarship. Workshop attendees are encouraged to read in advance Prof. Hamblin's article, "The Nuclearization of Iran in the Seventies," from the September 2013 issue of Diplomatic History.

A CCWS veteran, Prof. Hamblin will be happy to discuss, as well, his student years at UCSB and his subsequent experiences and accomplishments as a professional historian.

Attendees wishing to acquire a copy of the article should write to Prof. Salim Yaqub at

Wednesday, October 16


McCune Room
(HSSB 6020)


In this classic 1963 film, a school's civil defense warning system is activated, signaling the onset of nuclear war. The principal closes the school and instructs the teachers to escort the students to their homes. Amid mounting dread--made all the more haunting by the film's quiet, rural setting--the children try to come to grips with the looming catastrophe, and to make sense of a world that could unleash it.

After the screening, Kenneth Hough, a PhD student in history at UCSB, will lead a brief discussion about the film. Delicious refreshments will be served.

Duck & Cover

April 10th-12th

Call for Papers: 2014 UCSB/GWU/LSE International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War

UCSB_aerial.jpg The Center for Cold War Studies (CCWS) of the University of California at Santa Barbara, the George Washington University Cold War Group (GWCW), and the LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme of the London School of Economics and Political Science (CWSP) are pleased to announce their 2014 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, to take place at the University of California at Santa Barbara on April 10-12, 2014.

The conference is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to present papers and receive critical feedback from peers and experts in the field. We encourage submissions by graduate students working on any aspect of the Cold War, broadly defined. Of particular interest are papers that employ newly available primary sources or nontraditional methodologies. To be considered, each prospective participant should submit a two-page proposal and a brief academic c.v. (in Word or pdf format) to Salim Yaqub at by January 24, 2014. Notification of acceptance will occur by February 17. Successful applicants will be expected to email their papers (no longer than 25 pages) by March 17. The author of the strongest paper will be awarded the Saki Ruth Dockrill Memorial Prize of 100 to be spent on books in any form. The winner will also have an opportunity to publish his or her article in the journal Cold War History. For further information, contact Salim Yaqub at the aforementioned email address.

The conference sessions will be chaired by prominent faculty members from UCSB, GWU, LSE, and elsewhere. The organizers will cover accommodation costs of admitted student participants for the duration of the conference, but students will need to cover the costs of their travel to UCSB.

In 2003, UCSB and GW first joined their separate spring conferences, and two years later LSE became a co-sponsor. The three cold war centers now hold a jointly sponsored conference each year, alternating among the three campuses. For more information on our three programs, please visit the respective Web sites:

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Click here for GWCW

Click here for CWSP

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