Upcoming Speakers and Events

Dr. Mario T. GarciaFather Luis Olivares

Father Luis Olivares, A Biography: Faith Politics and the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles

Dr. Mario T. Garcia, Departments of Chicano/Chicana Studies and History, UC Santa Barbara

Friday, May 3

3:00 PM, Dezember Reading Room

Walter W. Stiern Library

Professor Mario T. Garcia will discuss his latest book, a biography of Fr. Luis Olivares.  A Catholic priest and a charismatic, faith-driven leader for social justice, Olivares was at the forefront of the powerful sanctuary movement in Los Angeles.  Beginning in 1980, hundreds of thousands of Guatemalan and Salvadoran refugees fled repression and violence in their homelands, seeking asylum in the United States.  They were rebuffed by the Reagan Administration, which supported the governments from which they fled.   In an effort to counter the Administration's policies, the sanctuary movement, which Dr. Garcia's talk explores, rose up t oprovide safe havens in churches and synagogues for thousands of these Central American refugees.


Co-sponsors: Office of the Provost; Social Science Program; School of Arts and Humanities; Walter W. Stiern Library; Kegley Institute of Ethics, Institute for Religion, Education and Public Policy; Latina/o Faculty and Staff Association; 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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M.A. in History, 2012

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, 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