A careful study of the past helps us better understand the present. History as an academic and professional discipline continually looks for the best ways to help us understand times, people, and places very different from our own.

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Apply for the 2015-2016 Jack Kilfoil Memorial Scholarship in History (updated on 4/5/2016)

The Jack Kilfoil Scholarship in History was created by the family and friends of a pioneer member of the History Department at CSUDH. Dr. Kilfoil came to Dominguez Hills in 1968 and devoted virtually his entire teaching and professional career to his students and the development of programs in his areas of interest and expertise. He was dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education and prepared his students for graduate work and careers in history. He was especially interested in the history of the American West, economic and business history, local and community history, and archival work. His students were actively involved in research, published inventories of local government archives, and participated in professional conferences.

AMOUNT OF AWARD: The Selection Committee will award three scholarships: one for $500, one for $300, and one for $200.

ELIGIBILITY: Current students -- All students currently enrolled as history majors at CSUDH are eligible to apply. New students -- Community college and high school students who certify that they intend to declare themselves as history majors upon entering CSUDH are also eligible to apply.

Students who have received a Kilfoil Scholarship previously are ineligible.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Applicants will be assessed based on their overall academic record, a writing sample, and a personal statement explaining how their education in history advances their career goals.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICANTS: All application materials must be typed. Applications must include:

1. A CSUDH Scholarship Application Form, available at the Financial Aid Office or on-line at:. http://www4.csudh.edu/Assets/CSUDH-Sites/Financial-Aid/docs/2015-16-Scholarships/CSUDHGeneralScholarApp2015-16.pdf
          a. Note: On item #11, please indicate the number of units in which you intend to enroll in Fall 2016.
2. The names and contact information of two references (professors or high-school teachers) who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic potential. Include full name, title, place of work, address, phone number and e-mail address for each reference. No letters are required.
3. A sample of the applicant’s historical writing (e.g., a research paper or analytical essay from a history course).
4. A set of transcripts for all college or high school coursework (non-official transcripts accepted).
5. A one-page personal statement outlining the applicant’s career aspirations and explaining how a history education facilitates the attainment of these goals.

Submit all materials to the History Department Office (LCH A-342), C/O the Jack Kilfoil Memorial Scholarship Selection Committee. Applicants who wish to submit applications by mail should contact Mr. Miguel Terán López for instructions at 310-243-3328.

DEADLINE: Completed applications must be received by Monday, April 11, 2016 at 5pm.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF AWARD: The JKMS Award will be announced at the 8th Annual History Graduation and Honors Celebration & Vernal Equinox Party on April 26th, 6:00-8:00pm in the Loker Student Union Ballroom A and via the History email list.

History Department Coordinator Receives Staff Award of Excellence

History majors,

Our Administrative Coordinator, Miguel Terán López, has been awarded the 2015-2016 Staff Award of Excellence for promoting student success. Miguel earned this award by demonstrating a deep and sincere commitment to the university and its mission. He not only provides excellent service to the faculty and staff of the History Department, he also serves as a volunteer mentor to a number of campus organizations that support under-represented minority students. ...I do not know anyone who displays more Toro pride than Miguel does. Please join me in congratulating him on this outstanding achievement.

Best regards,
C. Monty

Miguel Teran Lopez wins Student Success Award

'Not Anymore' Mandatory Training

This is a reminder that all CSUDH students must complete an online training designed to prevent sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, stalking, bullying and alcohol and drug abuse. The training is called Not Anymore, and it is intended to empower students to protect themselves and others. You may access the training by clicking this link (csudh.edu/NotAnymore). Please give the training your full attention so that you can learn what to do to keep our campus safe. Students must complete the training before they will be allowed to enroll in Spring 2016 classes, and registration begins on October 19. So, don’t delay.

Dr. Monty

Not Anymore

History Club News

Thanks to everyone who came out for our history social this past Sunday at Cabrillo beach! We had current and former students attend (it was the night of a very rare lunar eclipse, which we were able to watch really well from our spot on the beach)! We eventually found a bbq site to grill, some of us played beach games and even ventured in to the water...but mostly we had a good old-fashioned time sitting around, eating and chatting. A great way to ring in... the new academic year! If you missed the event this year, make sure you make time for it in 2016!

With October right around the corner, we are moving on to our Halloween and Día de los Muertos themed activities. Please remember to put our "Games of the Dead" annual trivia game show on your calendar: Thursday, October 29, 11:30-12:45pm. Classroom still to be announced. Scott Aquiles will be our game master: thanks Scott!

Also coming up is the CSUDH-wide Dia de los Muertos celebration (November 2). More info to come, but Dr. Namala will be collecting student contributions for a history department altar. If you can/want to contribute beyond that, please let Dr. Namala know and she'll get you in touch with the main organizers. They are looking for helping hands!

Finally, and coming up quickly, is the CSUDH-wide Watts Rebellion Symposium (October 7-8). The full schedule is posted on the CSUDH website (http://www4.csudh.edu/watts/schedule/symposium/index): check it out and make sure to put some of the scheduled events on your calendar for next week! We hope to see lots of you there!


Dr. Talamante and Dr. Namala

Dia de los Muertos Skull

Majors Raul Rubio and Conor McGarry Receive LFSA Scholarship for 2015-2016

The Department of History has the pleasure to announce that Raul Rubio and Conor McGarry, both History majors, are recipients of the prestigious CSUDH Latina/o Faculty & Staff Association scholarship award for 2015-2016.  Congratulations to Mr. Rubio and Mr. McGarry!

Raul Rubio   Conor McGarry

Summer 2015 Advising Schedule

The Department of History will have an adviser available during the summer.  Dr. Chris Monty's advising schedule is as follows:

May 26-28 – 11am-4pm
June 2-4 – 11am-4pm
June 9-11 – 11am-4pm
June 15-July 12: no advising hours
July 14-16 – 11am-4pm
July 21-23 – 11am-4pm
July 25-30 – 11am-4pm
August 10-13 – 11am-4pm

Dr. Monty's office is located in LaCorte Hall, room A-317.  His telephone number is (310) 243-3469 and his e-mail address is cmonty@csudh.edu.

The History of Black Dance in America Juneteenth Celebration!

The Department of History is co-sponsoring The History of Black Dance in America Juneteenth Celebration! A show 10 years in the making, and an event 150 years in the making!

June 19th-21st, 2015
University Theater

TICKETS: www.HistoryOfBlackDance.org or call (800) 595-4TIX

HBDA 2015 

What is “The History of Black Dance in America”?
HBDA is a multi-media dance concert that showcases the contributions of African-Americans to popular American social dance from slavery to the modern era. It has been presented every year since 2011, and in 2015 was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Audiences are mesmerized by authentic renditions of dances such as Zulu, Work Songs, Cakewalk, Spiritual Dances, Shim Sham, Lindy Hop, Foxtrot, the African inspired Latin-American dances, and more. It is a family-friendly show that hopes to entertain as well as teach some little known history that every American should know. The 2015 performance also observes the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth.

What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19ththat the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”

New Report Finds U.S. History Majors Highest Earners in Humanities

By Robert B. Townsend

A new report, from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, on median salaries for undergraduate majors finds that history majors go on to earn fairly respectable salaries. Looking at the median salary for everyone aged 18 to 64 years old with an undergraduate degree in any one of 171 different fields, the report finds that history majors do the best in the humanities, and better than students in a majority of the other fields.

The report separates majors in U.S. history from the rest, and finds it makes a big difference. Students who majored in U.S. history earned $57,000, as compared to $50,000 for other majors in history. The average salary for U.S. history majors was 18.7 percent higher than the average for all the humanities. The average salary for other history majors was the second highest, and on a level only with art history and criticism. U.S. history is also quite high relative to most of the other fields in the survey (especially in fields outside of the scientific, engineering, and business fields).

The report also highlights a few other interesting pieces of information—a significant portion of the history majors (43 percent) went on to earn graduate degrees in history or another field. And a substantial number of history students went into business—one in five said they were in management positions, for instance, and over 15 percent in sales (see figure below).

For further analysis of the report see this article from The Chronicle, along with their interactive graphic. Inside Higher Ed also weighs in on the data, noting the surprising finding that “women and minorities clustered in low-paying fields with few opportunities for advancement.”

(Source of article, AHA Today: http://blog.historians.org/2011/05/new-report-finds-us-history-majors-highest-earners-in-humanities/)

"Viewpoints: California’s higher education systems need more cash, not more catchwords"

July 25, 2014

Sacramento Bee
By Susan Gubernat

California’s public higher education systems are plagued by years of funding cuts. Everyone knows that.

All the clever ideas – the silver bullets that will “save” us – collapse in the face of one simple fact. Nobody can deliver quality higher education on the cheap. We need to fund our state universities...

(For full text, click here.)

New Department of History Chair: Dr. Chris Monty

Dear History Majors and Minors:

I hope that this message finds you enjoying a productive summer.  I write to announce that my time as chair of the Department of History has come to an end and the new chair of History is Dr. Chris Monty, LCH A 317.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Monty for your advising needs via email (cmonty@csudh.edu), phone (310-243-3469) or in person during his Summer open advising hours (http://www4.csudh.edu/Assets/CSUDH-Sites/History/docs/2014%20Summer%20Advising%20Calendar.pdf).

Please also remember that the College of Arts and Humanities provides supplemental assistance to History majors and minors students if faculty are unavailable (http://cah.csudh.edu/ssc.htm).  The CAH Student Services Center is located at North Library Bldg., 5th floor, Suite 5090.

Thank you,

Kate Fawver

Congratulations to the History Graduates Class of 2014!

Department of History Group Picture

To view pictures from the 2014 Commencement Ceremony, please click here.

GEO 360: North America, Available in Fall 2014

History majors, if you want to take the Geography course GEO 360: North America, it will be available in Fall 2014. The class will meet on Wednesdays from 2:30PM-5:15PM.  Note that the frequency for this course is currently every other year (EOY), so the next time it will be offered will be in Fall 2016.  If you have any questions about the course, you can contact the instructor Dr. Ralph H. Saunders, Associate Professor of Geography in Department of Earth Science & Geography.  Dr. Saunders' e-mail is rsaunders@csudh.edu.

Department of Philosophy Inaugurates Academic Journal, Telos

Please join us in congratulating the Department of Philosophy on the inaugural publication of their academic journal Telos.   The History Department will be purchasing several copies that will be available for student checkout in the History Office (LCH A342).  For those of you who wish to review the electronic version, please follow the link: http://www4.csudh.edu/philosophy/.

Congratulations to Dr. Matt Luckett!

On May 1, 2014, CSUDH History lecturer Matt Luckett filed his dissertation with the Department of History at UCLA. The title of his dissertation is “Another Man’s Ride: Farmers, Ranchers, and Horse Thieves in Missouri and Nebraska, 1865 – 1890.” Please join us in congratulating Dr. Luckett on his exciting accomplishment and wishing him the very best.

Another Man's Ride

PowerPoint slideshow from Sixth Annual History Graduation Reception & Vernal Equinox Celebration

Graduation 2014 SlideshowTo view/download the PowerPoint slideshow from the 6th Annual History Graduation Reception & Vernal Equinox Celebration: click here.

Pictures from Sixth Annual History Graduation Reception & Vernal Equinox Celebration

Congratulations Graduates!

Pictures from the 6th Annual History Graduation Reception & Vernal Equinox Celebration are up!  Congratulations to the 2014 B.A. in History and Minor in History graduates, to the History graduates with University Honors, to the History graduates with Honors in the Major, to the new Phi Alpha Theta members, and to the winners of the Jack Kilfoil Memorial Scholarship in History 2013-2014!

To view all pictures of the event, please visit our Facebook page: Department of History at CSUDH

Fall 2014 Class Schedule

To view the Fall 2014 class schedule for the Department of History click here

You Can Now Follow the Department of History on Facebook!

The Department of History at CSUDH has a new Facebook page!  To keep informed on Facebook about upcoming events, news, announcements, and other items related to the department, make sure to “Like” our page.  Click on the following link to visit our Facebook page: Department of History at CSUDH.

Message from Dr. Laura Talamante

I will be a Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France in March 2014. Located in the villages of Ménerbes, in one of the most beautiful regions of Southern France, this 18th-century town house was purchased in 1944 by Pablo Picasso for Dora Maar, the artist and Surrealist photographer who was his companion and muse in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Maar (1907-1997) owned the house until her death, after which a resident of both Houston and Ménerbes bought and renovated the house to transform it into a retreat for writers, scholars, and artists. http://www.mfah.org/fellowships/doramaarhouse/fellowship/