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2nd Annual New Scholarship in Citizenship Studies Conference: Citizenship in Times of Crisis

Date and time

February 25, 2005

About the conference

Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Peter Irons, Peter Irons, a leading authority on the Supreme Court and constitutional litigation, keynotes this year's conference.


Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202


Keynote: Peter Irons

Irons, a leading authority on the Supreme Court and constitutional litigation and has written six books on the subject. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, War Powers: How the Imperial Presidency Hijacked the Constitution. In addition, Irons has contributed to numerous law reviews and other journals. He was chosen in 1988 as the first Raoul Wallenberg Distinguished Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Rutgers University.

He has been invited to lecture on constitutional law and civil liberties at the law schools of Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Stanford, and more than twenty other schools. In addition to his academic work, Professor Irons has been active in public affairs. He is a practicing civil rights and liberties attorney and was lead council in the 1980s in the successful effort to reverse the World War II criminal convictions of Japanese-Americans who challenged the curfew and relocation orders. He was also elected to two terms on the national board of the American Civil Liberties Union.


Time Event
8:30 a.m. Coffee
9:00 a.m.

Marc W. Kruman, Director, Center for the Study of Citizenship

Welcome and Introductions

9 - 10 a.m.

World War I and Citizenship

Great Test, Great War: The University of Wisconsin During World War I
Christine D. Myers, social sciences, University of Wisconsin German Enemy Aliens in the First World War and the Making of Modern American Citizenship, Christopher Capozzola, history, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Citizenship in War and Peace: The American Legion and Americanism in the Aftermath of World War I
Christopher Nehls, History, University of Virginia

10 - 10:30 a.m. Comments and Discussion: Sandra VanBurkleo, History and Law, Wayne State University
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Peter Irons, 2005 distinguished scholar-in-residence, professor emeritus of political science at the University of California, San Diego

Keynote address: Citizenship in Wartime

12 noon - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 - 2 p.m.

Colonialism and Citizenship

Citizen Sailors: The Role of British Naval Impressment in Defining Early American Citizenship
Denver Brunsman, History, Wayne State University

“Is This the Duty of a French Man?” Questioning Colonial Citizenship and Civic Duty in French West Africa, 1926-1950
Catherine Bogosian, History, Wayne State University

Citizenship in Times of Crisis: The Taiwanese Transition from Japanese Subjects to Chinese
Citizens, 1945-1947

Mike Shi-chi Lan, Division of Chinese, Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2 - 2:30 p.m. Comments and Discussion: Jerry Herron, Honors Program, Wayne State University
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Citizenship in Today’s World

Immigrants and Welfare Reform
Christina Gerken, Ethnic Studies, Bowling Green State University

Social Rights and Citizenship in Kyrgyzstan: A Communitarian Perspective
Vanessa Ruget, Political Science, University of Bordeaux, France

¿Nuestro País/Our Country?: Latinos, Citizenship and the Rhetoric of Political Engagement
Richard D. Pineda, Communication, University of Texas at El Paso

3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Comments and Discussion: Kevin Deegan-Krause, Political Science, Wayne State University
4:15 p.m.

Peter Irons