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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News & Announcements

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6th Annual History Graduation Reception & Vernal Equinox Celebration

You are invited to the Sixth Annual History Graduation Reception & Vernal Equinox Celebration on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the Loker Student Union.  This event is designed to give the Department of History the opportunity to recognize its graduating seniors as well as the outstanding achievements by continuing History students.  The winners of the 2013-2014 Jack Kilfoil Memorial Scholarship in History will also be announced at the reception.  All students are welcome and are encouraged to bring family and friends.  Light food service (appetizers, cookies, cake and non-alcoholic beverages) will be provided. 

Please plan to attend in order to help the Department of History honor its graduates for all of their hard work and all of the sacrifices they have made!

Mark the date on your calendar – Thursday, April 17 from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the LSU.

See you there!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/232904613562580/

Asian & Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration 2014

History graduating seniors! The Asian & Pacific Islander graduation celebration will be on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. If interested in participating in the API graduation, please submit the application as soon as possible to the Multicultural Center located in the Loker Student Union room 110.  To access the application, click here.

Asian & Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration

Archimedes Palimpsest in Town - A Story of Ancient History Meeting Modern Technology

Lost & Found: The Secrets of Archimedes

Molina Healthcare is sponsoring the exhibit of the Archimedes Palimpsest titled, “Lost & Found: The Secrets of Archimedes” at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. This is a wonderful exhibit for history buffs and students.  The exhibit was originally developed by the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore and the showing at The Huntington Library will be its only one on the west coast.  The Huntington offers discounts for students.

Brief background about the manuscript: The 10th century codex was originally purchased at auction by an “anonymous billionaire”  who immediately handed it off to the Walters for conservation, imaging, and transcription.  Over the course of 12 years, some 80 scientists and scholars were able to retrieve the Archimedes text from the book. This discovery of the Archimedes material combined with the story of the technology used to bring back the lost text without harming the book is an example of ancient history meeting modern technology.  This is a great story along the lines of Indiana Jones, but it illustrates the possibilities brought to us by modern technological advances.

To learn more about the exhibit visit the Huntington Library website.

There is a great talk from a TED meeting that describes the book.  Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqtEppZmjfw

Great Summer Work Opportunity for History Majors!

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is accepting applications for their Getty-funded Curatorial Internship. Deadline to apply for this paid summer position is April 19, 2014.

...The Curatorial Intern at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site in Long Beach will have an opportunity to explore curatorial work at a mid-size museum; enhance research and communication skills; acquire experience planning and implementing exhibits and events; and work with a variety of volunteers and staff members. The intern will also participate in Getty-sponsored seminars and trips. More detailed information about this fantastic opportunity can be found on the attached position description, or by contacting Rancho Los Cerritos at (562) 570-1755 or tory.inloes@longbeach.gov.

This Getty-funded position stipulates that the intern be a resident of or attending college in Los Angeles County; be a currently enrolled undergrad who has completed at least one semester of college; be of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent, and be available for full-time employment for 10 consecutive weeks between June 10 and August 22, 2014.

To view job announcement click here.

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 am a Fullbright Research Award finalist for France. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas.  The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards. Five research awards are available for scholars to spend 5 months in France. http://www.cies.org/Fulbright/

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/


The Washington D.C. CSUF Internship program information session flier [PDF]

Attention History Majors and Minors: Other Majors and Related Disciplines WELCOMED!

Are you graduating soon? Do you have a passion for the study of History? Are you interested in a career as a professional historian? Do you envision graduate study as part of your future but do not know where to begin?

Then Save-The- DATE for the History Department Graduate School Workshop with special guest speaker, Professor Matt Luckett, ABD Western History/ US History at UCLA. Bring your lunch and come ask hard-hitting questions about graduate school and graduate study in History in a safe and supportive environment. “Why did you go to graduate school?” “Where do I go? What will it cost? How long will it take? What’s the process? What is a dissertation? How do I transition from CSUDH to graduate school”?

Professor Luckett promises NO QUESTION TOO SMALL.

Day: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 11:30-12:45 pm

Location: LCH A348 English Conference Room (next to History office).

RSVP: Seats are limited so RSVP Dr. Chris Monty (cmonty@csudh.edu).
See you there and remember to bring you lunch!

Kate Fawver


Excellence Earns Christopher Monty 2013 Lyle E. Gibson Distinguished Teacher Award

Christopher MonteCalifornia State University, Dominguez Hills assistant professor of history Christopher Monty has a passion for learning and imparting the ability to learn, traits he considers the hallmark of teaching excellence. For such, and upon the recommendation of the Faculty Leaves and Honors Committee, he has been honored with the 2013 Lyle E. Gibson Distinguished Teacher Award...more

Greetings History, Majors and Minors,

We hope that you can attend this collaborative event to celebrate Black History Month. My students may attend this event for extra credit.

Wednesday, February 27, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. – University Theater

Black History

Performance: “Steppin’ Ahead! Dancers Breaking Down The Color Line.” Be entertained and learn about art forms that helped break down color barriers in the United States during the early 20th century. Presented by the dance, history and music departments, and produced by Rusty Frank, a dance historian and professional choreographer, the program will feature student performances in tap and Lindy Hop dances, and choral renditions of jazz songs from the 1910s to the 1940s, as well as a screening of film clips of the era’s dances.

Phi Alpha Theta, Tau Epsilon Chapter History students conducted research for and designed historical exhibits. The program is coordinated by Doris Ressl, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Dance Program; Sally Etcheto, Professor of Music; and Laura Talamante, Assistant Professor of History. Co-sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta and the Multicultural Center.

Best to all,
Dr. Talamante

Ericka VerbaThe History Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Ericka Verba has been awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Award for Faculty for her proposal, "A Biography of Violeta Parra (1917-1967), Chilean Folklorist, Musician, and Visual Artist."

Dr. Verba’s book will trace Parra’s prolific and versatile artistic trajectory across two continents in order to investigate how it simultaneously refracted and constituted cosmopolitan modernity in post-World War II Latin America and Europe.”

History Major and Minors:

Please contact Dr. Kate Fawver at kfawver@csudh.edu or 310.243.3328 if you need a permission number to enroll in HIS 300 - a core requirement for majors and minors. There is plenty of room right now in the course. If we do not have 18 or more enrolled, we will probably cancel the class. Unfortunately, in this time of budget squeeze, all low-enrolled courses will be scrutinized closely by the administration.

If you need to complete this class, I encourage you to contact Dr. Kate Fawver about enrolling today.

Same goes for those of you who need HIS 400 and HIS 490. Remember, low enrollments translates into a higher risk of cancellation.

Fellow history majors and minors,

Phi Alpha Theta will be hosting a game night on October 11th from 7 to 9pm in SCC 645. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The game itself will be a family feud/jeopardy hybrid, and of course there will be prizes. If you plan on attending, you are more than welcome to form your teams in advance. If you have any questions feel free to email Dr. Talamante (ltalamante@csudh.edu) or myself (natasharioux@yahoo.com).

Kate Fawver

Click here for more info [PDF]

The Rival Candidates: Electioneering and Politicians in California. The exhibition will run from the conventions until the inauguration (August 2012-February 2013).

The Rival Candidates Poster

Featuring materials from the Glenn Anderson Collection, the Juanita Millender-McDonald Collection, the Glenn Dumke Collection and other archival collections, the Rival Candidates focuses on national, state and local elections and politics mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, but also materials from the 2000s.

The purpose of the exhibition is to highlight the vast material the Archives holds on elections and politics.

Also included in the exhibition are newspaper headlines from major events involving presidents, political conventions during the 1940s and 1950s, the strange saga of cross-filing for primary elections in California, Juanita Millender-McDonald’s career, early minority congressional candidates, Presidential inaugurations, buttons, White House signing pens, campaign buttons and even White House Easter Egg Hunt eggs. The Archival collection of Glenn Anderson features an endless array of materials from the 1930s to the 1990s. Anderson (1913-1994) was the mayor of Hawthorne before he was thirty, a state assemblyman, co-founder of the State Democratic Council, Lt. Governor for eight years during the Pat Brown administration, and Congressman from the South Bay and Long Beach for 20 years. He helped fund the 710 freeway and the 105 freeway is named for him. Juanita Millender-McDonald (1938-2007) was a Congresswoman from the South Bay from (1996-2007), a state legislator and Carson City Council member. Dr. Glenn Dumke (1917-1989) was a history professor and dean at Occidental College, President of San Francisco State College and Chancellor of the CSU System from 1962 to 1982. Dumke’s papers are part of the CSU System Archives which are housed in the Archives at CSUDH.

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to view the exhibition and do research Monday-Friday 10-4 in the Archives on the South Side of the Library on the Fifth Floor. For more information call 310 243-3895 .

2012 Graduate School Fair - Participant List by Program [PDF]

Dear History Majors and Minors:

Recently, many of you have contacted the Department of History for advice on the Fall 2012 semester course offerings. Additionally, several of you have contacted individual faculty members for assistance with graduation applications from Spring 2012. We in the Department of History have accommodated all of the requests as efficiently as possible.

However, it is important that I remind all of you, both faculty and students, the Collective Bargaining Agreement does not approve of faculty members working without compensation. History faculty are under no obligation to meet with students during the summer for advising appointments or even respond to student emails (that are not related to summer classes).

In light of the difficulties facing new students and graduating seniors, I have made myself available today (2-5) and Wednesday (2-5). However, after July 15, I will be unavailable until August 20, 2012.

Sincerely, Kate Fawver , Chair

Dear History Majors and Minors:

Please note that the deadline to submit the Application for Award Degree for Fall 2012 is July 1, 2012. Dr. Kate Fawver’s summer office hours are MW 2-5 pm until July 15 and then they do not resume until August 15. Let us not wait until the last minute to complete this important step. Please stop by or make an appointment today at 310-243-3328. See attached [PDF].

Questions about whether or not you qualify for graduation for Fall 2012 or Spring 2013? Please check your account on mycsudh.

History Grads at Commencement, May 2011 Pictures

History's Third Annual Banquet, May 2011 Pictures

Congratulations to the spring 2011 Kilfoil Scholarship winners

1st place: Gloria Lopez
Second-place: Christopher Daley
Third-place: Michael Chartrand
Fourth-place: Nancy Buenrostro