Cal State Northridge’s Department of History will showcase some of the strongest work submitted by graduate students on the topic of California history at a one-day seminar later this month at the university.
The 5th annual Whitsett Graduate Seminar in California History is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Whitsett room in Sierra Hall on the west side of campus located at 18111 Nordhoff St. in Northridge.
“We are delighted to have such a strong pool of graduate students from across the California, as well as two of our own, participating in the graduate seminar,” said Josh Sides, director of the Center for Southern California Studies. “It is a testament to CSUN’s ever-growing reputation as a top-flight destination for serious research and scholarship. And we are particularly honored to combine our event this year with the W.P. Whitsett Lecture program, which has brought leading historians to CSUN for more than twenty years.”
The papers chosen to be presented come from Eliza Martin, UC Santa Cruz, “‘The Homeland Starts Here’: Water Development in the Semi-Arid California/Mexico Borderlands”; Jen Staver, UC Irvine, “Before Black Gold: Petroleum in California Through the Advent of Industrial Oil”; Erika Perez, UCLA, “Intimate Knowledge: Tool of Imposition and Resistance in Alta California, 1769-1830’s”; Chelsea Vaughn, UCR, “Locating Absence: The Forgotten Presence of Monjeríos in the Missions of Alta California”; Seth Lunine, Berkeley, “‘A Putrid Sore on the Body Politic’: Horseracing and Progressive Reform in the Bay Area, 1895-1911.”; Darren Raspa, CSUN, “Little Pete, Chinese Americans, and the Law In San Francisco, 1870-1906”; Christine Eubank, UC Irvine, “The Speculum and the Cul-de-Sac: Suburban Feminism and NOW in 1970s Orange County”; and Joseph Makhluf, CSUN, “Chief Justice Rose Bird and the Politics of the Death Penalty: 1978-1986”
The best papers will receive special consideration for publication in California History, the quarterly journal of the California Historical Society and Southern California Quarterly, the journal of the Historical Society of Southern California.
The day will come to a close with the annual Whitsett Lecture at 7:30 p.m., which will feature Thomas G. Andrews, former CSUN Professor and current associate professor of history at the University of Colorado, Denver. The title of his talk is, “Toward an Environmental History of Hubert Howe Bancroft’s Works: The Nature and Culture of an Audacious Western Enterprise.”
Andrews’ first book, “Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War,” was awarded the 2009 Bancroft Prize and constitutes the first full-fledged environmental history of the labor struggle. A reception will follow the lecture.
Admission is free and includes lunch. The RSVP deadline is April 10. To RSVP, call (818) 677-3566.
For more information on the seminar or the Whitsett Lecture visit http://www.csun.edu/csbs/departments/history/index.html.