Published: Jan. 3, 2020

CAS Event
Wednesday, October 30, 1PM to 6:30PM
British and Irish Studies Room, Norlin Library
Please Register Below

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Center of the American West, the Center for Asian Studies, CU Art and Art History, and the CU History Department are hosting a conference exploring the issues of labor and transportation in the creation of the railroad.


1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Empire, Infrastructure, and Labor

Taylor Jaworski – Economics, CU Boulder

Patty Limerick – Faculty Director and Chair of the Board, Center of the American West, CU Boulder

Tim Oakes – Director of the Center for Asian Studies, CU Boulder

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. – Art and the Transcontinental Railroad

Screening: Chinese Ghost Story: A Dan Boord and Luis Valdovino film

Dan Boord – Professor Emeritus, Critical Media Practices, CU Boulder

Zhi Lin – Chair of the Painting and Drawing Program at the University of Washington

Stephanie Su – Art and Art History, CU Boulder

Luis Valdovino – Art and Art History, CU Boulder

William Wei – History, CU Boulder and Colorado State Historian

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. – Light Reception

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Working on the Railroad: Chinese Workers and America’s First Transcontinental Line - CANCELLED due to weather

Gordon Chang, Professor of American History & Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities, Stanford University, Athearn Lecturer

6:30 – 7:15 p.m. – Book Signing

Gordon Chang of Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad