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May 2019

Criminalizing Immigrant Families: Race, Gender, and Family Separations at the U.S.-Mexico Border

May 3 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Loma Pelona Conference Center, Loma Pelona Center
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

Race and gender have shaped the law, public policy, and the emotional and physical experiences of migration throughout history.  At the present moment, however, shifting patterns of migration and the current administration’s use of family separation as a deterrent has led to an intense struggle to define migration, the migrant, and the family. This conference explores these struggles on both sides of the border from historical and contemporary perspectives.      9:30: Welcome Addresses Charles Hale (Dean of Social Sciences,…

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Talk by James T. Sparrow, University of Chicago. “Boundaries of the Firm, State, and Nation: the Problem of Public Utility in the American Century.”

May 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sparrow is the author of Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government (2011) and co-editor of Boundaries of the State in US History (2015). His current projects include Sovereign Discipline: the American Extraterritorial State in the Atomic Age and New Leviathan: Rethinking Sovereignty and Political Agency after Total War. 

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Talk by April Haynes, University of Wisconsin: “‘Sold by her Own Desire’: Intimate Labor, Commodification, and Resistance in Female Intelligence Offices, 1810-1850.”

May 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
hssb 4041, University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States

Haynes is the author of Riotous Flesh: Women, Physiology, and the Solitary Vice in Nineteenth-century America (2015) and the forthcoming Tender Traffic: Intimate Labors in the Early American Republic. She is the chair of the Program in Gender and Women’s History at the University of Wisconsin.

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Talk by Doug Genens, UCSB: “From Farm to Tourist Trap: Tourism as a Rural Development Strategy”

May 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Genens, a PhD candidate in the UCSB department of history, is writing a dissertation on the varieties of rural development in the United States after World War II.

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Talk by Kathryn Sklar, Berkeley, CA: “The Social Origins of Minimum Wage.”

May 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
hssb 4041, University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, 93106 United States

Sklar, who taught history for many years at SUNY Binghamton, is author of Catharine Beecher: a Study in American Domesticity (1973) and Florence Kelley and the Nation’s Work: The Rise of Women’s Political Culture, 1830-1900 (1995), both of which received the Berkshire Prize. She has received fellowships from the Ford, Rockefeller, Goggenheim, and Mellon Foundations, as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Advanced Study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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