Undergraduate Research Symposium

May 01, 2014


The History Department Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event held each spring that recognizes the exceptional research being conducted by UC Santa Cruz history undergraduates. The symposium provides undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to share their research with a larger audience, as well as offering a forum for students, faculty, and the university community to engage in scholarly discussion. In addition, a UCSC history alumnus is invited each year to deliver a keynote address aimed at undergraduate research.

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Wagstaff Fireside Lounge (Stevenson 177)

Light refreshments to be provided. Guests are encouraged to attend all or parts of the symposium as their schedules permit (see schedule below).

Ian Sherr Photo

Keynote address:

"Writing History As it Happens: Daily Journalism From A History Major's Perspective"

Ian Sherr ('05)
Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Faculty Commentators

Grace Peña DelgadoGrace Peña Delgado an Assistant Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz. Her research examines the nationalism, citizenship, and identity construction of the North American borderlands.

Cynthia PolecrittiCynthia Polecritti is an Associate Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz. Her research interests include Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Italy; social, cultural, and urban history; ritual and popular devotion.

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 approximates.

Student Presentations - 2:00-3:00 PM

Moderated by Grace Peña Delgado

Marley Lix-Jones: Early British and American Anti-­Slavery Movements
Rebecca O'Neill: From Peoria to Peekskill: The American Legion, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Perversion of Paul Robeson
Trevor Stober: Our Struggle: Why the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Expelled Its White Members

Reception: 3:00-3:20 PM

Keynote Address - 3:20-3:50 PM

Ian Sherr: Writing History As it Happens: Daily Journalism From A History Major's Perspective

Reception: 3:50-4:00 PM

Student Presentations - 4:00-5:00 PM

Moderated by Cynthia Polecritti

Elizabeth Beard: Public Penance, Public Salvation: An Exploration of the Black Death’s Influence on the Flagellant Movement
Peter Nell: The Media, Corruption, Reform, & the Military: Nasserism and its influence on Gaddafi
Tobias Rushing: Afghanistan and Nation Building; A Failed Exercise in Cold War Strategy


The Wagstaff 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.

Cowell Map