Upcoming Speakers and Events

Kevin DawsonUndercurrents of Power

History Forum: 

History Below the Waterline: Enslaved Salvage Divers and the Hinter-seas Production of Colonial Capital

Dr. Kevin Dawson, Department of History, UC Merced

Friday, February 22

3:00 PM, Dezember Reading Room

Walter W. Stiern Library

Professor Dawson's talk, drawn from his recent book, Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Cultures in the African Diaspora (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), will explore the remarkable untold history of the significance of aquatic culture in the African diaspora.  In discussing African aquatic traditions - from swimming to diving, boat making to surfing - and how they emerged within African diasporic communities, Professor Dawson will not only chronicle the experiences of enslave maritime workers, but will also traverse the waters of the Atlantic repeatedly to trace and untangle cultural and social traditions.


Co-sponsored by CSUB's Department of History, the Walter W. Stiern Library, and the ASI Instructionally Related Activities Program



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
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History Forum Speaker Series, 2018-2019

Fall 2018:

November 9:  Dr. Stephen Allen (CSU Bakersfield): "A History of Boxing in Mexico: Masculinity, Modernity, and Nationalism." Friday,  November 9, 3 pm, Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library

Spring 2019: