CONFERENCES | Woody Guthrie’s “Great and Crowded City”

CONFERENCES | Woody Guthrie’s “Great and Crowded City”

Folk singer Woody Guthrie famously roamed and rambled the country in the 1930s and ’40s, writing and singing about the downtrodden caught between the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. He also found inspiration in Los Angeles. On Sat., April 14, a group of scholars and musicians will gather at … Continue reading

CONFERENCES | Finding a New Place for the Frontier Thesis

CONFERENCES | Finding a New Place for the Frontier Thesis

Erik Altenbernd and Alex Young are just now completing their graduate coursework at UC Irvine and USC, respectively. They both study California and the American West, Altenbernd as a historian and Young as a literary scholar. Before diving into their dissertations they have been pondering the granddaddy thesis of them … Continue reading

CONFERENCES | Between Roy Ritchie and the Deep Blue Sea

CONFERENCES | Between Roy Ritchie and the Deep Blue Sea

Earlier this month, a group of historians gathered to give thanks to Robert C. Ritchie, the recently retired director of research at The Huntington. “The New Maritime History: A Conference in Honor of Roy Ritchie” paid tribute to a man who not only fostered great research but also conducted a … Continue reading

CONFERENCES | The Civil War Lives

CONFERENCES | The Civil War Lives

In her introductory remarks at the conference “Civil War Lives” this past weekend, co-convener Joan Waugh explained the objective of the presenters: “This conference showcases the importance of individuals—men and women, white and black, soldiers and politicians, unionists and confederates. We want to get at the big issues of the … Continue reading