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    Social Historian Andrea Davies on Relief and Recovery After the 1906 Earthquake

    Andrea DaviesApril 18 marks the 106th anniversary of the great 1906 Bay Area earthquake. Cardinal Conversations talked with Andrea Davies, MA '96, MA '03, PhD '05, director of programs and research at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research and author of Saving San Francisco: Relief and Recovery after the 1906 Disaster. Excerpts:

    What led to your interest in researching the 1906 earthquake?  

    My interest was sparked by my work as a San Francisco firefighter.  When I came back to Stanford to become a social historian, I really wanted to understand how people lived in the past. I wondered if a disaster could be a window into their lives. I studied with Estelle...

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    Posted by Ms. Karen Springen on Apr 2 2012 9:41AM | 0 comments

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    Historian Priya Satia on the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

    As the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches, war, technology and culture expert Priya Satia, '95, a Stanford associate professor of history and an American of Indian descent, reflects on the effects of the attacks, the importance of understanding others' historical experiences, and how 9/11 affects her own small children.

    By Karen Springen, '83

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    SatiaYour 3-year-old son is on a Department of Homeland Security blacklist because of his name, Kabir, which is Arabic for "great." Can you get him off the list?

    He can't be completely taken off the blacklist. The burden of proof is on me to call up the Department of Homeland Security and prove his innocence. He will be removed from that watch list and placed on a different watch list. He will be given a number, like a pin code, tha...

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    Posted by Ms. Summer Moore Batte on Sep 7 2011 12:35PM | 2 comments

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    Feminist Estelle Freedman

    In 1776, Thomas Jefferson & Co. signed the Declaration of Independence, saying “all men are created equal . . . with certain unalienable rights,” which included “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Unfortunately, the document – though admirable in many ways – left out women, African Americans, and other groups. Estelle Freedman, a history professor and award-winning teacher who co-founded Stanford’s Program in Feminist Studies, talks about what she thinks about feminism, gay marriage and the importance of the famous Fourth of July treatise. Excerpts:

    Moving beyond just the Declaration, what do you consider to be other great moments of American independence?

    I’ll start with the ways the Declaration of Independence has been redefined, appropriated and expanded. I can’t help but think about Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1848 rewrit...

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    Posted by Ms. Karen Springen on Jul 1 2011 3:53PM | 1 comments