Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 30, 2015


The History Department Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event held each spring that recognizes the exceptional research 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 offers a forum for students, faculty, and the broader 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. This event is free and open to everyone!

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Stevenson 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).

Keynote address:

Eryn Brennan Photo

"The Eulerian Circles of Our Built Environment: Architectural History, Urban Planning, and Historic Preservation"

Eryn Brennan ('00)
Architectural Historian and Urban Planner

This discussion will briefly introduce the fields of architectural history, urban planning, and historic preservation and focus on how the intersection of these fields shape our built environment. Throughout history, the monumental buildings we construct reflect our political, educational, and religious aspirations. Similarly, the homes we build and inhabit reflect our social and cultural values. Collectively, the institutional and domestic buildings constructed at any given period of time represent the dreams, both failed and realized, of that specific culture. By examining a small handful of buildings, Brennan will illuminate the architectural historian’s role in interpreting the social, political, and cultural values of a particular moment in time. We will examine the macro urban form to understand how the buildings we construct and the natural environment define and shape our cities. Brennan will conclude with a brief discussion of how these disciplines form the foundation of the field of historic preservation, which strives to balance the tensions between differing generational values in order to determine what buildings and landscapes are saved, or not.

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 Juned Shaikh

Abigail Resenbeck: "'Legal Limbo': How the Bracero Program Gave Rise to Illegal Immigration and the Unintended Consequences that Followed"
Nicholas Watter: "Against the Monster: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers, Radical Detroit and the African American Struggle for Democracy in the Workplace"
Carrissa Anderson: “Why Bettie Page Was Investigated By the FBI”
Aidan Herrick: “Rock, Race, and Payola: The FBI and The Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’”

Break: 3:00-3:20 PM

Keynote Address - 3:20-3:50 PM

Eryn Brennan: "The Eulerian Circles of Our Built Environment: Architectural History, Urban Planning, and Historic Preservation"

Break: 3:50-4:00 PM

Student Presentations - 4:00-5:00 PM

Moderated by Maya Peterson

Noah Barrera-Stanford: “Jewish Folk Medicine from the Baal Shem Tov to An-sky and Beyond”
Christina Maerz: “The Renaissance of Italian Opera: the Politics and Culture of Risorgimento Opera in Rome”
Yessenia Moreno: "The Legend of the Amazons in the Americas"


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