Upcoming Speakers and Events

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The Four Chaplains Reconsidered: Race and Religion in the U.S. Military

Dr. Ronit Y. Stahl, Department of History, UC Berkeley

Friday, May 10

3:30 PM, Humanities Building 1107

Professor Stahl’s talk, drawn from her recent book, Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2017), will explore how religion and race intersected, collided, and challenged the military at mid-century. Examining a set of Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and African American chaplains, Professor Stahl will explain how they reflected the internal religio-racial classification system used by army chaplaincy during World War II, and how their story speaks to the ways through which the military has continued to grapple with racial diversity and religious pluralism.


This event is co-sponsored by CSUB’s Department of History and the ASI Instructionally Related Activities Program


Free and open to the public

*FREE parking in Lot A

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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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:  

February 22:  Dr. Kevin Dawson (UC Merced): "History Below the Waterline: Enslaved Salvage Divers and the Hinter-seas Production of Colonial Capital."  3pm, Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library

May 10:  Dr. Ronit Stahl (UC Berkeley): "Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America."  Friday, May 10, 3pm, Humanities Building Classroom