Upcoming Speakers and Events


Latina/o Voting Rights and the Power of History: The Case of Kern County

Dr. Albert Camarillo

Leon Sloss Memorial Professor (Emeritus)

Department of History

Stanford University

Friday, October 12, 3 p.m.

Dezember Reading Room, Walter W. Stiern Library

As an expert witness in support of the plaintiffs in the recent U.S. District Court case, Luna v Kern County Board of Supervisors, Camarillo will provide historical and contemporary perspectives of why this federal Voting Rights Act case was so important for the growing Latina/o population in Kern County and in California.

This event is co-sponsored by CSUB’s Department of History, the Public History Institute, the Walter W. Stiern Library, the Kegley Institute of Ethics, the School of Arts and Humanitiesand, and the ASI Instructionally Related Acitvities committee.

CSUB Parking is $5 for those without a parking permit.

What is History?

As one of the oldest of the liberal arts, the study of history emphasizes the importance of reading widely and deeply in the sources of human civilization and develops in its students the skills of thoughtful analysis of evidence and effective communication.

History is also fun!  Truly understanding the past involves careful investigation and detective work. Reconstructing the past with limited (and often conflicting) evidence is an exciting challenge that often leads to the thrill of discovery.

The Department of History at California State University, Bakersfield offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in History.

The department also offers a program of study leading to a California Teaching Credential in Social Science and a Minor in History.

Please click on the links at left for more information about the History Department at CSUB.

Learn more about why you should study history. You may be surprised at some of the many famous people who studied history in their college days.

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Department of History

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA  93311-1022  

Phone: (661) 654-3079
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History Forum Speaker Series, 2017-2018

Spring 2018:

April 13: Dr. Sandra C. Mendiola García, (University of North Texas): "Street Democracy: Vendors, Violence, and Public Space in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico." Friday, April 13, 3 pm, Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library