History News and Events

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    UC Santa Cruz establishes new Center for the Middle East and North Africa

    December 5, 2019

    A new interdisciplinary Center for the Middle East and North Africa, directed by associate professor of history Jennifer Derr, will focus on the culture, history, and politics of the region.

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    Campus conference to honor renowned late UC Santa Cruz historian Hayden White

    October 24, 2019

    UCSC will present a conference in honor of the influential late historian on November 1-2 at the Merrill Cultural Center. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines will participate in an effort to channel the vital, open-ended, iconoclastic spirit of White, professor emeritus in the History of Consciousness Department.

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    'A Conversation about Oliver Sacks' to feature alumnus Lawrence Weschler and Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich

    October 16, 2019

    Celebrated writer and UC Santa Cruz alumnus Lawrence Weschler will join Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich for a public conversation about the late neurologist and acclaimed author Oliver Sacks on October 21, at 7 p.m. in the Music Center Recital Hall.

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    Study Abroad for History Majors

    October 1, 2019

    Join advisers from UCSC Study Abroad and the History Department for a special presentation. Learn about the many UCEAP programs available, the application process, and how to get started!

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    Tales of brutality and survival

    September 23, 2019

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead enthralled a Santa Cruz crowd with stories from Nickel Boys, his new bestselling novel based on the horrifying true story of a notorious reform school in the Florida Panhandle.

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    Study Abroad for History Majors

    September 19, 2019

    Join advisers from UCSC Study Abroad and the History Department for a special presentation. Learn about the many UCEAP programs available, the application process, and how to get started!

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    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead to read from his new novel

    August 29, 2019

    Colson Whitehead became a literary phenomenon after the publication of "The Underground Railroad" in 2016, a work of speculative fiction about a young woman who escapes a life of slavery on a Georgia plantation and heads north on a subterranean train...

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    Fall Department Welcome

    July 26, 2019

    Kick off the new school year by connecting with your History Department faculty, staff, and fellow students! Fall Welcome is an excellent opportunity to learn about the exciting history courses, events, and research opportunities available to you this year.