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Western Jewish Studies Association Conference

Register for Western Jewish Studies Association Conference



Western Jewish Studies Association

Conference Information

March 29 - 30, 2020

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Registration will close on March 6th, 2020

Conference Registration: 9 AM on Sunday, March 29 at UNLV Student Union.

Registration includes one dinner and two lunches.

Panels begin at 10 AM on Sunday March 29 and end on Monday at 4:15 on Monday, March 30

Paper Length: Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes.  If you are on a panel with 4 presenters, your paper will be scheduled in a longer time slot (105 minutes).

All sessions will be held in smart classrooms with digital projectors, computer connections, and sound systems. 

Conference Hotel: Hyatt Place, 4520 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV.  Phone: 1-702-369-3366.  Breakfast, airport shuttle, and shuttle to Planet Hollywood are included in your room cost.

Special Scheduling Requests: Although it is difficult to accommodate everyone’s request, email me if you have a scheduling conflict that you cannot avoid.  

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Airlines to fly to Las Vegas: Alsaka, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, Interjet, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit, Sun Country, United, Virgin Atlantic, and Westjet.


They Came by Station Wagon: The Jews of Southern Nevada

Sunday, March 29

6:30PM-7:30PM - Banquet

7:30PM-8:30PM - Keynote

Student Union, Room 208


            Keynote Speaker, Barbara Tabach         Keynote Speaker, Michael Green

Barbara Tabach is an oral historian and project manager for the Oral History Research Center at UNLV University Libraries.  Among the projects she has been involved with are: Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage ProjectThe Latinx Voices of Southern NevadaThe African American Experience of Las VegasRemembering 1 October, and Boyer Early Las Vegas.  Whether as an oral historian, a consultant, author, editor, or teacher of memoir writing, Barbara promotes oral history and shows others how memories are as intrinsically valuable as any material wealth. 

Michael Green is an associate professor of history at UNLV. He is the author of several books on the Civil War and on Nevada history, including Nevada: A History of the Silver State (2015), and co-author of Las Vegas: A Centennial History (2005). He has published a history of the Las Vegas Jewish community in The Peoples of Las Vegas (2005) and a biography of Hank Greenspun in The Maverick Spirit: Building the New Nevada (1998), as well as numerous articles about the community and state. He writes "Nevada Yesterdays" for KNPR and is executive director of Preserve Nevada and of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.