Engraving of dancing people in 1919

In America, Nineteen Nineteen

Fri., Oct. 18, 2019 | 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Rothenberg Hall
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The year 1919 was a tumultuous one in American history. It was also the year that Henry E. Huntington created the institution that bears his name. This conference, designed around The Huntington's Nineteen Nineteen centennial exhibition, focuses on the social, cultural, and political events that provide a national and international context for Huntington's remarkable act of philanthropy.

Conference Schedule


8:30 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

9:30 a.m. - Welcome: Steve Hindle (The Huntington)

Introduction: Bill Brown (University of Chicago)
1919: Peace, Peril, Passion

10 a.m. - Session 1: Here and There 
Moderator: Nick Yablon (University of Iowa)

Erez Manela (Harvard University)
Averting Anarchy: The Domestic Origins of Wilsonianism

Peter James Hudson (University of California, Los Angeles)
1919: A View from the Caribbean 

12 p.m. - Lunch

1 p.m. - Session 2: Transformation

Moderator: Jennifer Watts (The Huntington)

Alison Isenberg (Princeton University)
Second-Hand Cities

Sarah Schrank (California State University, Long Beach) 
The American Body in the Modern Age 

3 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. - Session 3: Innovation

Moderator: Bill Brown (University of Chicago)

Richard White (Stanford University) 
Three Books that Reveal a Year 

Daphne Brooks (Yale University)
Blackface Broken Records: On the Eve of the Blues Feminist Experiment


9 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

9:30 a.m. - Session 4: History and The Huntington 
Moderator: Bill Brown (University of Chicago)

James Glisson (The Huntington) and Jennifer Watts (The Huntington)
A Founder and a Year: Curating a Centennial Exhibition

Natalia Molina (University of Southern California)
Silent Hands that Shaped The Huntington: A History of its Mexican Gardeners

11:30 a.m. - Lunch and viewing the exhibition "Nineteen Nineteen"

1 p.m. - Session 5: Aesthetics and Politics

Moderator: James Glisson (The Huntington)

David Lubin (Wake Forest University)
Mourning in America: Anti-Triumphal Art in a Postwar Age

Robert Gooding-Williams (Columbia University)
DuBois's Political Aesthetics: Beauty and White Supremacy in the Wake of the Great War

3 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. - Session 6: The Future of the Past 
Moderator: Jennifer Watts (The Huntington)

Kara Keeling (University of Chicago)
Historicizing Digital Currencies: 1919, Mediation, and Governance 

Nick Yablon (University of Iowa)
The League of Planets: Professor Albert Porta and the Apocalyptic Panic of December 1919

5:15 p.m. - Concluding Remarks: Bill Brown (University of Chicago)