On Thursday, May 5th, 2011, the History department held the fourth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Stevenson Fireside Lounge. Moderated by Alan Christy and Gildas Hamel, the event featured student presentations and a keynote address by Matthew Bokovoy '91.
Matthew Bokovoy - Utopianism: Humanities Education and Everyday Life
Matthew Bokovoy (Ph.D. History, Temple University, 1999; B.A. History, UC Santa Cruz, 1991) is senior acquisitions editor for Native American and Indigenous Studies and the History of the American West for the University of Nebraska Press. He is a former editor at University of Oklahoma Press and the Journal of San Diego History with nine years experience in scholarly publishing. He is the author of The San Diego World’s Fairs and Southwestern Memory, 1880-1940, (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005). He has been an exhibition consultant for the National Building Museum, Washington D.C. and the San Diego Historical Society. Bokovoy has taught the history of the American West and American Intellectual and Cultural history at University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Oklahoma State University, and University of Nebraska, Kearney. Bokovoy will draw upon his experience at UCSC to talk about the challenges that a humanities education presents to undergraduate students for transforming everyday life, and society and culture in our country. Topics to be covered will be the value of humanities training and research in seeking job opportunities and also other creative opportunities in the arts and culture; the speaker’s experiences in book publishing and a research community in American cultural history; the connection between research conceptualization and arts and music endeavors; and the prospects for young adults to transform their society positively as they assume leadership positions in the professions. It will conclude with a survey of public intellectuals who have expressed great utopian optimism for younger generations to overcome the limitations of the baby boom generation’s stewardship of the country.
Alan Christy is an Associate Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz. Alan’s research focuses on early modern Japan, modern Japan, history of social sciences, colonialism, and nationalism.
Gildas Hamel is a SOE Lecturer in History and Classical Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Gildas teaches courses on early christianity, genesis and the social world of Roman Palenstine.
Joshua Brett - Building the Heavenly State: The Taiping Construction of Moral, Social, and Political Order
Lillian Stoicheff - A Thousand Words: Using Caricature of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette to Interpret Public Opinion Surrounding the Monarchs, and How This Was Used Against Them
Sara Sladwick - Law and Administration in the Crown of Aragon and Castile: Effects of 13th Century Royalist Legal Reforms on Government, Economy and Society
Leila Thayer - Discovering and Rediscovering the Sicilian Mafia
Dillon Webster - Catalonia's Mediterranean Expansion: An Instance of Colonialism?