News Archive

Videos of recent History Department events can be found on here.


Professor Joseph A. Palermo was interviewed about the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by George Skelton of the Los Angeles Times; by John Wilkens of the San Diego Union Tribune; and by Pablo Ximenez de Sandoval of El Pais, the largest circulation Spanish-language newspaper in the world.;

The University of California Press web publication, Boom California, published Professor Palermo's article on the 50th anniversary of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination (June 2018).

Professor Palermo was also interviewed at the California State Archives discussing the evidence held there relating to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy for a television segment by producer and director Ben Parry of Optomen TV (United Kingdom & Canada) on June 7th, 2018 (the show will air in October 2018).

Professor Palermo appeared on a panel held at the Sacramento Public Library on June 5th 2018 discussing the 50th anniversary of the RFK assassination hosted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, Jack Ohman, of the Sacramento Bee, and with Marc Grossman, who is a labor union activist who worked with Cesar Chavez for 25 years.

Guns Panel Flyer

Guns and Gun Violence in America

A free discussion series devoted to historical investigation of contemporary topics

Monday, April 23, 3-4:15 pm
Hinde Auditorium, University Union

Dr. Paula Austin, Sacramento State, History
Dr. Khal Schneider, Sacramento State, History
Dr. Christopher Towler, Sacramento State, Political Science

Dr. Rebecca Kluchin, Sacramento State, History

Rock and Roll Flyer






photographing Disaster Flyer

Photographing Disaster:
History and Images of Violence

5:30-7:30 p.m. | Tuesday, April 10 | Riverside Hall 1015
Three talks and a discussion moderated by
Professor Michael G. Vann, Department of History


  1. “Circulation, Spectacle, and Lynching Postcards” Alison Dean, Ph.D., University of California Santa Cruz
    Dr. Dean will present her research on images of atrocity, ranging from lynching postcards to photographs from Abu Ghraib prison.
  2. “Stateless - The Plight of the Rohingya: A Photographer’s Account” Andrew Stanbridge, Professional Photographer
    Andrew Stanbridge will discuss his experiences documenting the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in Mynammar in 2017.
  3. “Near and Distant: A study in the experience of war through the work of August
    Sander and Alexander Gardner” Benjamin Donaldson, Yale University School of Art
    Ben Donaldson will speak on the experience and depiction of violence on the battlefields of the American Civil War.

Symbols of Resistance Flyer

The History Department is presenting the documentary "Symbols of Resistance" on the history of the Chican@ Movement, Thursday, March 8, 5-8pm in the Hinde Auditorium.  A discussion with History and Ethnic Studies faculty will follow.  Please join us!

  Vicki Ruiz Flyer


Keynote Speaker Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz
Tuesday, February 13th, 5:30 – 8pm,
Global Lounge, Library Breezeway


Graduate Student Presentations, 5:30 – 6:45pm

Christine Kennedy-Santos, “Parteras of New Mexico and the Professionalization of Obstetrics”
Kate Smith, “Performing New Womanhood: Gender, Race, and Identity in the Early Twentieth Century”
Moriah Ulinskas, “Reframing the Picture: Mining the Oakland Planning Department’s Photography Collection for New Narratives on Redevelopment”
Eric Wagner, “Remembering Rebels: Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera from 1916 to 2016"

Keynote Address, 7:00-8:00pm

"Why Latino/a History Matters To U.S. History"
Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz, Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies, UC Irvine

Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz, past president of the American Historical Association, National Humanities Medal recipient, and path-breaking scholar of Chicano/Latino history, has contributed to the reshaping of U.S. women’s history, labor history, immigration studies, and the history of U.S. West.


LGBTQ History: An Interactive Workshop with Dr. Jennifer Selwyn

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Historical Perspectives on America in Crisis series continued:

Charlottesville and Beyond: Why Are Historical Monuments Controversial? (Friday, October 27, 2017)

Moderator: Dr. Rebecca Kluchin, Sacramento State, American Women’s History

Panelists: Dr. Paula Austin, Sacramento State, African-American History
                 Dr. Anne Lindsay, Sacramento State, Public History
                 Dr. Khal Schneider, Sacramento State, Native-American History 

Watch YouTube video of the Charlottesville panel.

Russian-American Relations in the Age of Trump: Is It Really So Bad? (Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017)

Moderator: Dr. Aaron Cohen, Sacramento State, Russian History
Panelists: Dr. Peter Davies, Sacramento State, Political Science
                 Dr. Alexander Yur’evich Petrov, Senior Research Fellow, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Watch YouTube video of the Russian-American Relations panel.

History Major Jose Guzman at the McNair Scholars Research Symposium

Jose's project: "Manufacturing Criminals: NAFTA's Connection to the Mexican Drug Cartels"

Greek Junta Conference

Greek Junta Conference

Dr. Lagos on TV!

If you have not seen the episode that aired yesterday evening, Dr. Lagos did an amazing job helping John Stamos find his roots. Click on the link below to view the episode for free on TLC:

History Major Jalil Kochai Wins Arts & Letters' Dean's Award

Historical Perspectives on America in Crisis Discussion Series:

Historical Perspectives poster

Is This the Death of Democracy? Populism, Totalitarianism, and Fascism in Historical Perspective

Monday, February 20th, 12:00-1:00pm
The Global Lounge, Library 1000

Moderator: Dr. Mona Siegel

Dr. Sherry Fields (Modern Latin America),
Dr. Katerina Lagos (Modern Greece),
Dr. Jeffrey Wilson (Modern Germany), and
Dr. Michael Vann (Modern Europe and Southeast Asia)

YouTube video of event: 

American Immigration and Muslim-Americans in Historical Perspective

Friday, March 10th, 12:00-1:00pm
The Global Lounge, Library 1000

Moderator: Dr. Mona Siegel

Dr. Tom Clark (American Legal History),
Dr. Patrick Ettinger (American Immigration History), and
Mr. Hakeem Naim (Lecturer and PhD candidate in Modern Middle-Eastern History)

YouTube video of event: 

Women's Activism and Reproductive Rights in Historical Perspective

Thursday, April 13th, 12:00-1:00pm
Forest Suite, University Union

Moderator: Dr. Mona Siegel

Dr. Paula Austin (African-American and Civil Rights History),
Dr. Becky Kluchin (Histories of American Women and Reproductive Rights), and
Dr. Beth Slutsky (Histories of American Women and Radicalism)

YouTube video of event:


Guest Speaker: Trami Nguyen Cron

Wednesday, April 5

5:30-7:30 p.m. | Hinde Auditorium, University Union

Trami Nguyen Cron joins us for a Q&A and book signing for VietnamEazy, a novel about mothers, daughters and food. She is passionate about the emergence of the VietNow culture in America. As a Vietnamese-American, she created Chopsticks Alley as a platform for the younger Vietnamese generation to have a space to express their point of views about news, business, art, food and culture. She hopes this platform will also help to unite the Vietnamese Community all over the world.

"The Art of Executions and the Spectacle of Empire": Presented by Dr. Kim Wagner, Queen Mary University of London

Thursday, April 6

3-4:30 p.m. | International Programs & Global Engagement, Library 1001

During the election of 2016, Donald Trump told a story of how the Americans used bullets dipped in pig's blood to effectively fight Muslims in the Philippines a little more than a century ago - a story suggesting that the key to fighting radical Islam in the twenty-first century may be found in the lessons of America’s early imperial experience. While historians have been quick to dismiss the anecdote as fictitious, it is in fact more accurate than most would be prepared to acknowledge. At the turn of the twentieth century, the Americans did engage in a type of cultural warfare and the most surprising thing is that they had learnt it from the British and from British executions and practices of colonial violence in South Asia. This talk unravels the many layers of Trump’s story, and shows how cultural knowledge has in the past been weaponized within the British and American empires – to deadly, though perhaps not exemplary, effect.

Film Screening: Night Will Fall

Friday, April 7

2-4 p.m. | Eureka Hall 104

Night Will Fall tells the story of the liberation of the German concentration camps. Using remarkable archive footage and testimony from both survivors and liberators, it tells of the efforts made to document the almost unbelievable scenes that the allies encountered on liberation. The film explores how a team of top filmmakers, including Sidney Bernstein, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock, came together to make a film to provide undeniable evidence of what the Allies found, but the film was stopped in its tracks by the British Government and only now 70 years on, has it been completed. Each new generation deserves access to this evidence.

"Are We Gon’ Be Alright?: Race in the Trump Era. Jeff Chang in Conversation with Professor Michael G. Vann”

Friday, April 7

5:30 p.m. | Hinde Auditorium, University Union

Jeff Chang currently serves as the executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. He is known for his extensive work on culture, politics, the arts and music.  Video of the event.

"From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter," Visiting Scholar presentation by Professor Megan Ming Francis, Department of Political Science, University of Washington.

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Location: Orchard Suite, University Union

Black History Month & Women's History Month - Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power

Please join us to celebrate Black History Month and Women's History Month on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 5:00-7:30pm in the Global Engagement Lounge (Library breezeway). We will show Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power, learn about the Supreme Court confirmation process, examine the impact of Hill's testimony in Justice Clarence Thomas's hearing, and discuss intersectionality.

Discussion led by Professors Paula Austin (History) and Danielle Martin (Government).

Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power

Center for Sacramento History, Black History Month Speaker Series

The Center for Sacramento History, in association with the Sacramento History Alliance, is proud to present a special Black History Month Speaker Series event, Sweet Freedom's Plains: African Americans on the Overland Trails, 1841-1869 on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7pm at the Center for Sacramento History (551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd). Historian and CSUS Emerita Professor Shirley Ann Wilson Moore will speak about her recently public book on the westward migration story of black pioneers. Advance tickets are $15 each and available online only at With limited seating available, tickets are expected to sell out quickly.

Part of the Center's Speakers Series, this special evening is presented in partnership with the Sacramento History Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the Center through exhibitions, education, and program. The Center educates and enriches the public by collecting, preserving, and making accessible the region's vast cultural heritage. Founded in 1953, the Center for Sacramento History is administered by the City of Sacramento and is jointly funded by the City and County of Sacramento.

Sweet Freedom's Plains