News Archive

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


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:

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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