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Faculty Speaker Series: Listening to Silence, Hearing Absence: "Reconstructing Chinese Railroad Workers' Lives"

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Wed, March 14, 2018
06:00PM - 08:30PM
La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology
9420 Athena Circle, La Jolla CA 92037
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Registration Period:
$15 SCSD members, $20 general; early bird discount until Feb. 1
Mr. Mark Broido

Join us for a winter speaker event featuring Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Stanford professor of Humanities and of English.


Listening to Silence, Seeing Absence: The Challenge of Reconstructing Chinese Railroad Workers' Lives


Chinese workers played an essential role in completing the western portion of the first transcontinental rail line, and in helping Leland Stanford acquire the immense fortune that he later used to found the University.  What work did they perform?  What experiences did they have in driving the line through the Sierras?  What happened to them after the completion of the line?  Learn about this international effort to recover their history from the co-directors of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford.

Light dinner provided.


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