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UCR History Students Share Exciting New Research

This year over twenty History students, supported by twelve History faculty members, presented their research at the 2024 Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium. The symposium provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from all disciplines to share their research and creative activities with the UCR community. Over two hundred undergraduate students presented their emerging...
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NEW Graduate Student Award Opportunity!

The UCR History Department is pleased to announce the 2024 Kenneth Barkin Graduate Travel Award Endowed Fund which will allow students to consult archives in Europe. See the flyer for more details!
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The American Dream at the Edge of the Earth

At nearly 800,000 acres, Joshua Tree National Park could comfortably house the entire state of Rhode Island atop its sun-bleached terrain. Here, under skies that boast world-class stargazing once the sun sets, prehistoric-looking Joshua trees mingle with elephant-sized boulders that seem designed to convince you that yes, in fact, you very well might be on...
UCR History Students Share Exciting New Research

UCR History Students Share Exciting New Research

What do pirates, revolutionaries, deafness, museums, and gambling have in common? These were just some of the research topics History students presented at the 2023 Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium. The symposium provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from all disciplines to share their research and creative activities with the UCR community. Over...
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Fulbright awards will fund students’ research in Vietnam and Chile

Two UC Riverside doctoral students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Hays fellowships that will fund their research abroad. Sean Keenan, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in history, and Hannah Snavely, a fifth-year doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology, were notified on Sept. 23 that they were awarded Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad fellowships. Read Full Article
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CHASS Ph.D. student makes strides in her Latino studies educational journey

An homage to her family and future generations of Latino children encapsulates Daisy Herrera’s educational journey. A first-generation Chicana and current Ph.D. student at UC Riverside’s Department of History, Herrera is eager to move on to the next step of her path: a fellowship with the Latino Museum Studies Program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum...
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Bringing history alive at UCR Library

When Belen Cardenas, 20, a third-year English major, visited the UC Riverside Library Special Collections and University Archives to research Chicano history she had no idea how personal it would become. She and her classmates visited the Tomás Rivera Library as part of a summer class researching Chicano history. She ended up finding a personal...
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Dr. Shirley Weber, the CA Secretary of State, speaks on reparations in California

On April 29, Dr. Shirley Weber — California’s first African American Secretary of State — spoke to the UCR community about her efforts to create the first statewide reparations task force (CA-AB3121).
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UCR Gambles on Oral History

A large contingent of UCR’s History Department attended the 42nd annual Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) conference in Las Vegas, held April 1-3, 2022. SOHA California co-delegate Daisy Herrera led the effort, bringing UCR students, alumni, and Public History program director, Dr. Catherine Gudis, to their first SOHA conference. Their presentations offered different oral history...
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In Putin's vision for the world, a medieval narrative resurfaces

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given several explanations for his country's war on Ukraine, and some are more plausible than others. They include stopping NATO's advance towards Russia's borders, protecting fellow Russians from "genocide" or the baseless claim of "de-Nazifying" Ukraine. The top-ranking priest in the Russian Orthodox Church, meanwhile, has offered a very different...
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The missing piece about Putin and Ukraine

The public dialogue about the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been dominated by 20th-century historians and political scientists, according to UC Riverside Department of History Professor Georg Michels. Michels, who specializes in early Russian, Ukrainian, and Hungarian history, acknowledges the relevance of 20th-century history, including World War II analogies and Stalinist influences, in framing the...
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Internship Opportunity

Spring 2022. [HIST 198I] ***EARN CREDITS TOWARD YOUR B.A. *** Scan, record, & organize content from digitized newspapers in the Riverside County area, for articles about, or referencing cattle-raising on the reservations of the Mission Indian Agency, i.e. the Morongo, Soboba, Cahuilla, or Agua Caliente (Palm Springs) reservations, as well as Native people who worked...

Let's Respond Like Romans to the Jan. 6th Attack on the Capitol

In an essay published in Zocolo, UCR History Professor Michele Renee Salzman considers how we should use the example of the Romans to respond to the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Fifth senators took responsibility, accepted the punishment, and restored trust in government after the damaging sacking of Rome by the Visigoths and their...
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Historians of Africa Awarded Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Grant for “Unarchiving Blackness"

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has approved a grant of $225,000 to the University of California, Riverside to support a Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures titled "Unarchiving Blackness.” Jody Benjamin, an Assistant Professor in History, is the Principal Investigator of the project. Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi, also an Assistant Professor in History is a...

The Sterling Stuckey Lecture Series: Our First Year

The Sterling Stuckey Lecture Series: Our First Year The Sterling Stuckey Lecture Series grew out of conversations the UC Riverside History Department had in the summer of 2020 about race, racism, policing, violence, and the deep historical roots of our current political climate. In an effort to educate ourselves and develop better tools, vocabulary, and...

UC Riverside students’ art expresses coronavirus fears, struggles

In the History Class: "History, Memory, and Resilience" CHASS FIRST students were asked to think critically about their own role in history. For their final project, students had to design a memorial to "Being a Student During COVID." The 65 students produced innovative and thought-provoking pieces about their experiences, struggles, and enormous workload. Along the...

Rethinking the "Final" Project

HIST 110A: Colonial North America is a course that surveys North American history from the period of before European colonization through the American Revolution. The course covered many different peoples, spaces, and events. To encourage exploration of the Early American past, the final project pushed the students to think creatively. They had to design, develop...
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Excerpt: Strong Hearts and Healing Hands

In 1924, the United States began a bold program in public health. The Indian Service of the United States hired its first nurses to work among Indians living on reservations. In Strong Hearts and Healing Hands historian Clifford E. Trafzer shows how field nurses and Native people formed a positive working relationship that resulted in...
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“Willie Boy & The Last Western Manhunt”

"Once again, Cliff Trafzer has written a compelling historical narrative, offering an exciting, colorful, and authentic narrative about Southern California Indians. His take on Willie Boy and the posse that chased him is based on sound Indian accounts by Willie's family and those of William Mike--the man Willie Boy murdered. Jason Momoa adds to the...

History department lecture series explores new research on race

UC Riverside’s Department of History has launched a new lecture series aiming to spotlight new research on African American, African diaspora, and African history. Historians researching race, racism, and anti-racism are also among the upcoming speakers for the Sterling Stuckey Lecture Series, named for a prominent scholar of African American studies who taught at the...