10-10:30AM coffee, tea, and snacks
10:30-10:50AM Welcome by Matt Hooley, Visiting Fellow, UCLA Institute of American Cultures/American Indian Studies Center
11-12:15 Panel 1 Indigeneity and Decolonization Across Geographies
Moderator: Maylei Blackwell, UCLA
1-2:00 Keynote, Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez: “Borderlands Histories of Indigenous Exclusion” followed by Q&A
2-3:15 Panel 2 Challenging the Archive: Epistemologies of Islandness and Indigeneity in the Pacific
Moderator: Maile Arvin, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UCR
We will be providing lunch for attendees if they RSVP for the event. Please RSVP at IDRCsymposium2015@gmail.com with your name and RSVP in the subject of the email.
We invite all participants to attend a memorial service this evening for our colleague Professor Maria Elena Martinez from 4:00PM to 6:30PM at Doheny Memorial Library, University of Southern California.
ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT AND SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION OF THE AMERICAN WEST
Sandra Rebok, Spanish National Research Council
In spring 1804, after completing his famous five-year expedition through the Spanish
colonies in Latin America, Alexander von Humboldt traveled to the United States and was invited to meet with President Thomas Jefferson. The Prussian scientist and the 3rd President of the US discussed the Lewis and Clark expedition as well as Jefferson’s vision for the American West following the Louisiana Purchase.
Over the next fifty-five years, Humboldt developed a particular interest in the exploration
of this vast territory. Through personal and epistolary contact with expeditionary leaders and participants, such as John C. Fremont, Amiel W. Whipple, Balduin Möllhausen, Prince Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied, and Duke Paul Wilhelm of Württemberg, he was informed about the latest scientific work in the West. Humboldt would not only become an important European promoter of the exploration of the American West, but he would also exert remarkable influence through his wide scientific and other networks.
Once the largest military base in the American West and a vital center during the 20th century, Fort Ord is now decommissioned and slowly changing. The more than one million people who lived and worked at Fort Ord contributed to embedding the architectural remnants with layers of murals and evidence of their lives. Planet Ord is a multimedia art project that explores the contemporary experience and historical echoes of this abandoned city.
Documented by artist Enid Baxter Ryce in 2009, the Planet Ord project presents the contemporary landscape of Fort Ord, nearly twenty years after its closure, including thousands of graffiti murals painted by generations of soldiers, most of which have since been destroyed.
Enid Baxter Ryce is an artist, filmmaker and musician whose investigations explore the relationships resonating in places between ecology and hidden histories. Her works have exhibited at venues such as the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Location One, New York; Sundance, Park City; The Arclight Theater, Los Angeles; The Kunsthalle Vienna, The Arnolfini in London; the Director’s Guild of America; Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, and many others. Her work was featured in the Getty Museum’s retrospective of California Video, 1960-present. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union (1996), was a fellow at Yale University and received her MFA with a fellowship from Claremont Graduate University (2000). She is Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts and Environmental Studies and Chair of Cinematic Arts at CSU Monterey Bay. She lives and works on the former Fort Ord, with her husband Walter and their two children.
Seminar participants will interact with noted scholars, engage in pedagogy sessions, and read and dialogue about the essays in Empire and Liberty: The American West and the Civil War, which you will receive on the first day of the workshop. Registration includes free admission to the Huntington Library and the Autry National Center, and parking at UCLA.
Saturday, March 14th • 10 am to 2 pm • UCLA
Saturday, March 28th • 10 am to 4 pm • the Huntington Library
To register, please visit: https://commerce.cashnet.com/CENTERXEVENTS?itemcode=40070XE-HCO
Principal investigators Greg Hise (UNLV) and William Deverell (ICW and USC), along with project team members Kris Mun and Jessica Kim, as well as fifteen additional curators, are delighted to announce the launch of our collaborative online exhibit exploring "Form and Landscape" in the Los Angeles Basin. The project is drawn entirely from the Southern California Edison archive at The Huntington, and we are grateful to both the Huntington and the Getty, as well as numerous colleagues at each institution, who helped bring this project to completion. Please access the site at pstp-edison.com