ICW Announces Two Successful Prescribed Burns with Sierra-Sequoia Burn Cooperative

November 7, 2023

On October 10th and November 4th, the ICW supported the Sierra-Sequoia Burn Cooperative in two successful prescribed burns at Forked Meadow and Camp El-O Win, both in Fresno County.

Prescribed burning is an important tool used to minimize fire hazards and the likelihood of uncontrolled future wildfires that would have the potential to induce significant air quality impacts on the local community. The objectives of SSBC’s burns also include the enhancement of Tribal cultural resources such as food-producing plants and basketmaking materials.

The Sierra-Sequoia Burn Cooperative (SSBC) is a collaborative partnership of four California Native American Tribes, the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, UC Cooperative Extension, several private landowners, fire practitioners, and historical and scientific researchers in Fresno and Madera counties. The SSBC partnership operates with funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the California Community Foundation, with additional support from the The Nature Conservancy and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

ICW Announces New Exhibit at Union Station: “Where You Stand: Chinatown 1880 to 1939”

October 2023
The ICW’s Union Station Installation in Partnership with Metro Art is now open!
In collaboration with historian Greg Hise and friends at the Chinese Historical Society of Southern CaliforniaThe Huntington, and USC Cinema, the Chinatown History Project blends historical research with creative website and augmented reality experiences to recover the neighborhood of the original Chinatown of Los Angeles.

Welcome to Eryn Hoffman as ICW’s new Operations Director

October 2023

ICW is excited to welcome Eryn Hoffman as Operations Director, supporting the exploration and scholarship of history and culture of California and the west. For the last 20 years, she has been deeply involved in K-12 education, with roles that have included history department chair and instructor, curriculum director, director of research, global programs director, and faculty mentor and professional development coach. 

ICW’s and USC Libraries’ California Wildfire Research Guide

September 2023

ICW is delighted to announce the West on Fire: California Wildfire Research Guide! Created in partnership with USC Libraries, the guide functions as a complement to ICW and USC’s West on Fire Project. Our primary goal is to provide a centralized network of scholarly and practical sources to those seeking information about wildfire in California.  Explore the guide: bit.ly/fireresearchguide as well as a helpful introductory video.

USC doctoral student Julia Brown-Bernstein awarded the inaugural Brooke L. Blower and Sarah T. Phillips Essay Prize

September 2023

ICW is thrilled to announce that USC doctoral student Julia Brown-Bernstein has been awarded the inaugural Brooke L. Blower and Sarah T. Phillips Essay Prize from the new Modern American History journal.

Stephanie Yi Begins Her Teaching Career

August 2023

The ICW team congratulates former Administrative Coordinator Stephanie Yi as she begins her new career in teaching this month. We are sad to see her go, but we are so excited for her and her future students.

Congratulations, Stephanie!

Stephanie Yi in a LASA t-shirt eating cake in a park.

Jessica Kim’s Promotion to Full Professor at CSUN

July 2023

Warmest congratulations to ICW Social Media Director Jessica Kim on her promotion to full professor at CSUN! Her scholarship, generous spirit, and thoughtfulness shine in her role at CSUN and in every one of her ICW posts.

A photograph of Jessica Kim (right) at The Huntington with her son (left).

July 2023

The ICW team wants to congratulate Bill Deverell on his appointment as Divisional Dean for Social Sciences, beginning in August. While remaining co-director of ICW, he’ll also bring his vision, energy, and creativity to this new role at USC.

Congratulations, Bill!

July 2023

ICW is delighted to announce the promotion of Associate Director Elizabeth Logan to ICW Co-Director, effective July 1!

“Elizabeth is critical to everything ICW is and does,” says Co-Director William Deverell. “Alongside her scholarly chops, Elizabeth is remarkably organized and strategically acute. Those are rare qualities to find in a single person.”