History Undergraduate Research Symposium 2012

May 08, 2012

Original illustration by Hallie Torrey

You’re invited! Join the History Department for the 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Come learn about the exceptional research being conducted by history undergraduates, and hear the keynote address by alumnus Anthony Barbieri-Low. The event is free and open to the public. This is an opportunity not to be missed! Light refreshments to be provided. Guests are encouraged to attend all or parts of the symposium as their schedules permit (see schedule below).

Learn more about the annual History Department Undergraduate Research Symposium here.

Stevenson Fireside Lounge
Thursday, May 10th, 2012
2:00 - 5:00 PM

Keynote address:

"Start Reading from the Left Side of the Library Shelf….": The Pleasures and Perils of Undergraduate Research

Barbier-Low PhotoAnthony Barbieri-Low, '94
Associate Professor of History, UC Santa Barbara

This talk will recall the speaker's experiences writing an undergraduate thesis at UCSC in the early 1990's. Working in his newly chosen field of Ancient China, and with his primary advisor on leave, Barbieri-Low faced some interesting challenges in familiarizing himself with a complex field, working in secondary scholarship exclusively, and staking out new ground to make an argument. He will also explain how this experience shaped his subsequent career in Chinese History, and how he is still trying to answer the questions raised in his undergraduate research in his upcoming book. Learn more about Anthony Barbieri-Low here.

Faculty Commentators

Noriko AsoNoriko Aso is an Associate Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz. Her research interests include Japanese history, cultural studies, gender and history, race and ethnicity, colonialism, nationalism, Korean history, and popular culture.

Bruce ThompsonBruce Thompson is a Lecturer in History at UC Santa Cruz. Bruce teaches popular courses in European intellectual and cultural history, French history, Jewish intellectual and cultural history, the history of cinema, and of espionage, and environmental history.

Schedule of Events

Guests are encouraged to attend all or parts of the symposium as their schedules permit. Please note that start and end times are approximate.

Part I - Student Presentations - 2:00-3:00 PM

Moderated by Bruce Thompson

Elizabeth Morgan: Sacredness as Dialogue: Religious Exchange in Early Colonial North America 
Dylan McCarty: The Disenfranchised Culture of the Lower Literati: Wealth, Status, and Transcendence of Elite Culture 
Mary Wolff: Libertine Culture: Les Liaisons Dangereuses in Historical Context 

Reception: 3:00-3:20 PM

Part II - Keynote Address - 3:20-3:50 PM

Anthony Barbieri-Low: "Start Reading from the Left Side of the Library Shelf...": The Pleasures and Perils of Undergraduate Research

Reception: 3:50-4:00 PM

Part III - Student Presentations - 4:00-5:00 PM

Moderated by Noriko Aso

Isabel Callejo-Brighton: From Hunters to Stewards: Origins of the Conservation Mentality in the Literature of British Imperialism
Max Theiler and Rohan Shah: Fanon and Said: Colonial Perspectives on the Cold War.
Routes: The Routes Project


The Stevenson Fireside Lounge is located in Stevenson College, in the southeast corner of the campus core.

Those walking or arriving by Metro bus or campus shuttle can take the Crown/Merrill bus stop.

For those driving from the Main Entrance, stay on Coolidge Drive. Shortly after Coolidge turns left and becomes McLaughlin Drive, turn left at the second opportunity, following the sign for Stevenson College.

There are several options for parking. After passing the Humanities and Social Sciences facility, you can turn left into a small lot. Here there are some metered parking spaces, as well as parking for “A,” “B,” and “C” permit holders. If this lot is full, continue down the service road. There are several additional meters along the left side. You may also continue left and down a hill to several larger parking lots. The lot on the right has metered parking.

Those needing accessible parking spaces have several options. There are accessible spaces located in the Cowell Circle, and an additional space across the street in the small lot mentioned above.

Parking permits are required in most lots on weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Lot designations are subject to change; it is advisable to check the permit requirements posted at parking lot entrances when parking on campus.

One-day visitor permits may be purchased at the main entrance kiosk, or at the TAPS Sales Office located in the H Barn at the base of campus. Parking meters are posted regarding hours of enforcement.

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