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Meet TOE candidate Matthew Gilbert

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Graduate students are encouraged to meet and talk with TOE candidate Prof. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert on Thursday, November 13th.  Prof. Gilbert earned his PhD from UCR and is currently a tenured Associate Professor in American Indian Studies and History at the University of Illinois.  He is enrolled with the Hopi Tribe from the village of Upper Moencopi in northeastern Arizona. Centering his research and teaching on Native American history and the history of the American West, he examines the history of American Indian education, the Indian boarding school experience, and American Indians and sports. In addition to publishing articles on Hopi history and producing a documentary film — Beyond the Mesas — on the Hopi boarding school experience, he has authored a book entitled Education beyond the Mesas: Hopi Students at Sherman Institute, 1902-1929 (University of Nebraska Press, 2010). Furthermore, he is co-editor (with Clifford E. Trafzer and Lorene Sisquoc) of the anthology The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue: Voices and Images from Sherman Institute (Oregon State University Press, 2012).

The schedule for Thursday is as follows:

11:00-11:45am:  Graduate student session with Prof. Gilbert (History department library).
11:45am: Lunch at the Barn
1:30-3:00pm: Talk by Prof. Gilbert, “The Mother of All Waters: the Hopis and their historical relationship with the Pacific” (History department library).
5:00-6:00pm: Reception/Happy hour at The Spot Sports Bar & Grill in the UV.

Everyone in the department would like as much graduate student support and interaction with Prof. Gilbert as possible.  Please contact Bob Przeklasa or Seth Archer for more information.

Grad Students at Work: Petersen Automotive Museum

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Kristen Hayashi is spending her summer becoming immersed in the early history of the automobile and its influence on Los Angeles as part of a project to inventory objects on display in The Streetscape: The Car and the City in Southern California, an exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. This work is part of an inventory and deinstallation project that collection staff from the History Department at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is undertaking. As part of this project, Hayashi is inventorying objects that were selected for display when the Natural History Museum established the Petersen Automotive Museum as a satellite museum in the early 1990s. In this photograph, she is inventorying swages, hammers, and tongs—a small sampling of the diverse blacksmith tool grouping on display in the Breer Blacksmith Shop diorama within the Streetscape exhibition.

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Summer in Rome

Ph.D. candidate Colin Whiting at the Ara Pacis in Rome.

Ph.D. candidate Colin Whiting at the Ara Pacis in Rome.

After a year in Greece as a Regular Member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Ph.D. candidate Colin Whiting spent the last month in Rome as a teaching assistant for two classes taught in tandem (History 110/190) by Professor Michele Salzman.  Over the four weeks there, they visited a number of sites in Rome chronologically, starting with the victory temples dedicated by generals in the Roman Republic and ending with a tour of the excavations beneath St. Peter’s basilica.  They also had a chance to take day trips out to Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli and the town of Ostia, as well as a weekend trip to the bay of Naples to visit Pompeii.  Colin was responsible for preparing site plans and handouts for the various visits, delivering a number of site reports and reports on museum items, organizing public transportation options, and the usual grading, grading, grading. He says that it was a lot of fun (of course, he was in Rome!) and a lot of work with a great group of students. He’ll be back in California in August working on his dissertation (and undoubtedly missing the gelato).

Prof. Salzman and Colin atop Trajan's markets

Prof. Salzman and Colin atop Trajan’s markets

UCR students handling antiquities at the American Academy of Rome's study collection

UCR students handling antiquities at the American Academy of Rome’s study collection





GSA Conference Travel Grant Workshops

Have specific questions about getting funding to attend an upcoming conference? Wondering what a Conference Travel Grant is? Wondering what the GSA CTG process looks like? Want to know common mistakes to avoid so that you can improve your chances of being awarded a GSA CTG?

Come to our GSA CTG Workshops at the GSA office *(HUB 203*) to find out how to get funding.

*Feb 11th 1-2pm and Feb 13th 3-4pm*, join the CTG Coordinator as she answers your  questions and provides common mistakes and fixes so that you will be eligible for the maximum cap for your event.

Please RSVP by responding to the doodle poll below. Workshop seats will be limited to 20 students for one-on-one assistance with individual circumstances.

All questions can be directed to: Amanda James, CTG Coordinator, at