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The History Forum at CSU Bakersfield: A Chronicle 

What is the History Forum?

The History Forum started in 1999 and presents one speaker per academic quarter. Past topics have included the history of the Basque settlement in Bakersfield presented by Jeri Echeverria, Fresno State University provost and historian; the history of the California wine industry by historian Victor Geraci, oral history and the Chicano experience given by Mario Garcia, from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an analysis on pre-national, pre-modern Ukrainian culture and icons of the Last Judgment, John-Paul Himka, history professor at the University of Alberta (Canada).


3/10/00

Douglas Dodd, CSUB

"National Forests vs. National Parks: Bureaucratic Rivalry and the Preservation of Public Lands"

3/31/00

James Sefton and Frederick Kuretski, CSU Northridge

"History and Photography: A Journey Along California Highway 166"

5/12/00

Fredrik Logevall, UCSB

"Vietnam Reconsidered: Origins and Legacies of War"

10/6/00

John Maynard, CSUB

Book Launch of California: Golden Past, Shining Future

1/12/01

Miriam Vivian, CSUB

"The Christianization of Rome: Myths, Monuments and Martyrs in the Transformation of the City"

2/9/01

Charlotte Furth, USC

"Doing Research on the History of the Body: Representation and Experience"

4/27/01

Gonzalo Santos, CSUB

"Winning the War Against Oblivion: An Eye-Witness Account of the Historic Zapatista March to Mexico City"

6/1/01

Gordon Berger, USC

"Sumo: Mirror, Expression and Molder of Japanese Society"

11/16/01

James Meriwether, CSUB

"Zimbabwe: Todii, or What Shall We Do?"

1/11/02

Ken Manungo, University of Zimbabwe

"Zimbabwe Today"

3/1/02

Randolph Bergstrom, UCSB

"Courting Equality: Law and the Injuries of Race in Turn-of-the-Century New York"

4/12/02

Mario T. Garcia, UCSB

"Oral History and the Ethnic Subject:  Studies in the Chicano Experience"

4/26/02

John E. Wills, USC

"The Unconfinable Variety, Splendor, and Strangeness of the Human Condition"

5/17/02

Richard Orsi, CSU Hayward

"New Approaches to the History of the Southern Pacific Railroad in California and the West"

10/18/02

Alemseghed Kebede, CSUB

"The Historical Roots of Athletic Cult in Contemporary Ethiopia: The Long and Unfinished Quest for National Dignity"

2/7/03

Mark Baker, CSUB

"Rampaging Women, Cowering Police, Bazaar Riots and Moral Economy:  the Social Impact of the Great War in Kharkiv Province, Ukraine"

4/18/03

Jerome Kleinsasser, CSUB

"Another Look at Lawrence Tibbett: America’s First Crossover Artist"

11/7/03

Kindon Meik, CSUB

"Contested Space and Contested Voices:  The Hygienist Movement in Buenos Aires, 1871-1910"

2/20/04

Jeri Echeverria, CSU Fresno

"Bakersfield’s Boarding Houses: Hub of Basque Settlement"

5/21/04

Victor Geraci, UC Berkeley

"The Rise of Santa Barbara’s Wine Industry"

11/5/04

Constance Orliski, CSUB

"What Revolution? A Historical Look at China in the 21st Century"

5/13/05

Mark Baker, CSUB

"The ‘Orange Revolution’ as Social History:  What Happened in Late 2004 in Ukraine and Why?"

10/7/05

Daniel Lewis, Cal Poly Pomona

"Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo on Things Californian: A Chautauqua Presentation"

1/13/06

John-Paul Himka, University of Alberta

"The Titillating and Grotesque:  The Demise of Last-Judgment Icons in the Carpathian Mountains"

5/12/06

Douglas Dodd, CSUB

10/13/06

Birger Pearson, UCSB (Emeritus)

2/09/07

Miriam Raub Vivian, CSUB

5/18/07

Ronald Dolkart, CSUB

10/26/07

Peter La Chapelle, Nevada State College, Henderson

02/29/08

Thomas Meyer, CSUB

05/02/08

Terry Phillips
(KVPR radio)

09/19/08

Fr. David Orique, O.P., University of Oregon

02/27/09

Oliver Rink, CSUB

04/24/09

Lia Schraeder, Ph.D. CSUB

05/22/09

Becky Orfila, Elise Palos, Marie Poland, Peter Parra (CSUB M.A. students)

10/02/09

James Meriwether,
CSU Channel Islands

01/29/10

Bettine Birge,
University of Southern California

"Marriage and the law in China during the age of Khubilai Khan"

04/30/10

Dr. Jerome Kleinsasser,
Professor of Music at CSUB

"Lawrence Tibbett:  America's First Labor Leader for the Performing Arts"

10/14/10

Dr. Gabriel Gutierrez,
historian and Associate Professor of Chicano/a Studies, CSU Northridge

"'Amanzar': Historical and Cultural Readings of Victor Villasenor's Educational Journey in Burro Genius"

11/17/10

Dr. Mark Baker,
Associate Professor of History at CSUB

"Patron, Protege and Prophet: Mirsaid Sultan-Galiev, party disloyalty, and the 1923 'affair.'"

01/28/11

Dr. Robert C. Pavlik,
Environmental Planner and Historian California Department of Transportation

"Norman Clyde: Legendary Mountaineer of California's Sierra Nevada"

04/22/11

Dr. Erin Miller,
Associate Professor of History, Bakersfield College

"William Penn: 'A Faith that Overcomes the World'"

09/30/11

Dr. Mario T. Garcia, Professor of History and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Mr. Sal Castro, American educator and activist

"Blowout! Sal Castro & the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice"

10/14/11

Dr. Shiela Lloyd, Assistant Professor of English, University of Redlands

"No Exceptions: The Other Wes Moore's Challenge to Exceptionalism"
01/27/12

Dr. Lily E. Hirsch

"'Jewish Music' in Nazi Germany: Musical Politics and the Berlin Jewish Culture League"

04/13/12

Dr. Bradley Asher

"Cecelia and Fanny: The Remarkable Friendship between an Escaped Slave and Her Former Mistress"

02/11/12

Professor Oliver Rink (CSUB) and Nancy Rink

"The Lowell Mill Girls and America's Early Industrial Revolution"

02/01/13

William C. Tweed, Ph.D.
Sequoia National Parks Foundation

"The National Park Idea: An Historical Appraisal"

05/05/13

Dr. Patricia Cline Cohen,
University of California, Santa Barbara

"Rethinking Traditional Marriage in 19th-century America:
The "Marriage Reform" Movement of the 1850s"


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