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CSUN’s Whitsett Seminar, Lecture Provides Valuable Access to Graduate Students

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Carmen Ramos Chandler carmen.chandler@csun.edu (818) 677-2130

(NORTHRIDGE, Calif., Mar. 19th, 2012) ―

History graduate students from all over California will discuss topics ranging from the history of real estate education in California to publishing black queer periodicals in Los Angeles to homeownership resistance to military family housing at the seventh annual Whitsett Graduate Seminar and lecture on Thursday, March 22, at California State University, Northridge.

Brian Delay

The Department of History hosts this annual event to honor the memory of W.P. Whitsett and his pioneering role in the San Fernando Valley and to allow select graduate students to collaborate on discussions pertaining to California history. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Whitsett Room in Sierra Hall.

Brian Delay, professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley and author of “War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War,” will lecture at 7:30 p.m. on “So Far From God, So Close to the Gun Store: Borderlands Arms Trading and the Travails of Mexican History, 1810–1920.”

“The Whitsett Graduate Seminar has become an extraordinary institution since we started it seven years ago,” said Josh Sides, CSUN’s Whitsett Professor of California History. “It serves our graduate students very well by placing them into direct discussion with Ph.D. students from other schools.”

Sides said the graduate students get valuable feedback on their presentations from the seminar’s moderators, who are renowned history professors from universities internationally. This year, the seminar will welcome history professors from universities in California, Nevada, Wisconsin and Paris.

For more information and to RSVP, contact the CSUN Department of History at (818) 677-3566.


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