America's Newest History: The Nineties in Historical Perspective

Purdue University

Location: Boilermaker Room; France A. Córdova, Recreational Sports Center

355 N. Martin Jischke Drive


Day 1: Thursday, March 2nd

9:00-9:15- Opening Remarks: Kathryn Cramer Brownell and Dean Reingold

9:15- 10:45: Introductory Roundtable: The Perils and Possibility of Decadism

Bruce Schulman, Boston University. Let’s Talk about Me: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Decade.

David Farber, Kansas University. The ‘90s is When the '80s Gets Real.

Doug Rossinow, University of Oslo. The Short Sixties and the Long Eighties: Rethinking the Decades on the Way to the Nineties.

             Chair/Moderator: Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Purdue University

10:45-11:00: Break

11-12:30: The 1992 L.A. Uprising                                  

            Chair: Caroline Janney, Purdue University

Donna Murch, Rutgers University. Crack in Los Angeles: Policing the Crisis and the War on Drugs.

Max Felker-Kantor, Marian University. The City in Crisis: The LAPD, Mass Criminalization, and the Response to the 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion.

Jordan Camp, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University.  The Los Angeles Uprising and the Revanchist Nineties.

Comment: Jean Beaman, Purdue University

12:30-1:30: Lunch Break

1:30-3:00: NAFTA and the World Trade Organization Protests

            Chair:  T. Cole Jones, Purdue University

Paul K. Adler, Harvard University. Fighting SHAFTA, GATTzilla, and More: The Rise of the Fair Globalization Movement in the 1990s.

Eric Larson, University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth. “Grounding" Anti-Globalization: White Populism and Working Class Movements in the 1990s.

William Gray, Purdue University. From Sea Turtles to Seattle: How Anti-Globalization Protesters Chose the Wrong Target.

            Comment: Jennifer Foray, Purdue University

3-3:15: Break

3:15-4:45: Citizenship and Human Rights in a Global Era

            Chair: Yvonne Pitts, Purdue University

Jonathan Bell, University College, London. LGBT Politics as Poverty Politics: Health Care Access, HIV/AIDS, and the Dynamics of Homophobia in a Neoliberal Era.

Lisa Levenstein, University of North Carolina-Greensboro.  “American Women in a Global Movement": US Feminists and the Beijing Women's Conference of 1995.

Sarah Coleman, Southern Methodist University Center for Presidential History. Clinton, Congress, and the Battle over Immigrants’ Benefits, 1990-1997.

           Comment: Wendy Kline, Purdue University            

Day 2: Friday, March 3rd

9:00-10:45: Impeachment Roundtable: Partisanship and Polarization

Brent Cebul, University of Richmond

Nicole Hemmer, Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia    

Leah Wright Rigueur, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

            Chair/Moderator: Bruce Schulman, Boston University

10:45-11:00: Break

11:00-12:30: Politics, Popular Culture, and the Public Sphere  

            Chair: Randy Roberts, Purdue University

Anne Blaschke, College of the Holy Cross. “The Children of Title IX”: Popular Culture, Gender, and the Law in the 1990s.

Clayton Howard, Ohio State University. Gay and Conservative: A History of the Log Cabin Republicans.

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The New School. Selves of Steel: Hard Bodies and Soft Souls in the 1990s United States.

           Comment: Doug Rossinow, University of Oslo

 12:30- 1:30: Lunch Break

 1:30-3:00: Media Transformation in the Information Age   

            Chair: David Atkinson, Purdue University

 Lily Geismer, Claremont McKenna College. The Digital Divide: Clinton, Inequality and the Rise of the Internet.

 Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Purdue University.  From Enemy to Ally: Cable and the Clinton Administration.

Charisse L'Pree Corsbie-Massay. Syracuse University. The Politics of Personalized Media (VHS, Cassettes, and PCs): Change the Means of Production, Change the Public Sphere.   

          Comment: David Farber, Kansas University 

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