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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.
The links on the left explain our program and provide information about the department. Check this page periodically for announcements and news of interest to history majors.
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Message from Dr. Laura Talamante
I am a Fulbright 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 village 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Excellence Earns Christopher Monty 2013 Lyle E. Gibson Distinguished Teacher Award
California 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,
The 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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Rival Candidates: Electioneering and Politicians in California. The exhibition will run from the conventions until the inauguration (August 2012-February 2013).
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 .
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.
Happily, on August 20, 2012, advising hours will resume. We have many history classes that are still open and I encourage you to enroll as soon as possible.
Sincerely, Kate Fawver , Chair
Dear History Majors and Minors: See attached.
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.
Questions about whether or not you qualify for graduation for Fall 2012 or Spring 2013? Please check your account on mycsudh.
Congratulations to the spring 2011 Kilfoil Scholarship winners
1st place: Gloria Lopez