Undergraduate Research Symposium 2013

April 30, 2013

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You’re invited! Join the History Department for the 2013 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Come learn about the exceptional research being conducted by history undergraduates, and hear the keynote address by alumna Anna E. von Gehr. 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.

Thursday, May 9th, 2013
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Stevenson Fireside Lounge

Keynote address:

Great. Now What?

AnnavonGehr PhotoAnna E. von Gehr, '99
Director of University Arts Development, University of Virginia

Anna von Gehr will review her path from History major to principal gift fundraiser and the ways in which she turned potential failures into opportunities for career growth and self-discovery. She will highlight the skills acquired during her undergraduate experience at UCSC, particularly those acquired as a History major, that remain a daily part of her work as a senior development officer at the University of Virginia.

Anna will review the types of work available to History majors in the Museum field as well as in public and private University development programs. She will highlight her own personal path to discovering Museum work and her eventual passion for principal gift fundraising. Lastly she will provide a broad description of development strategies currently used in University and Museum work, and the research skills needed to be an effective fundraiser in an increasingly complex environment. Learn more about Anna von Gehr here.

Faculty Commentators

Dana FrankDana Frank is a Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz. Her research interests include U.S. social history, labor history, working-class history, contemporary political economy, modern Honduran history and contemporary Honduras, and banana workers in Latin America.


Marc MateraMarc Matera is an Assistant Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz. His research interests explore gender and race in imperial Britain and the British Empire, especially colonial Africa and the Caribbean.

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 Dana Frank

Jeffrey Baron: Holy Meditations and Earthly Curiosities: Understanding Late Medieval Pilgrims to Jerusalem
Patrick Rubio: Millennial Missionaries and the Nahua Neophyte
Lauren Gregg: Science and Religion During the Enlightenment

Reception: 3:00-3:20 PM

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

Anna E. von Gehr: Great. Now What?

Reception: 3:50-4:00 PM

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

Moderated by Marc Matera

Joshua Swedberg: Discourse Within Crisis: The Creation of West Virginia
Alexandra Kurtz: Accountability and Prevention: An Analysis of Civilian Killings in the Korean War
Cory Schiff: The “Fortuyns” of Europe: Immigration and the Changing Politics of Europe


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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