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.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

This Thursday there’s a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in the UCR Rivera Library.

October 16th, 10am-4pm, room 403 in the Rivera Library (4th floor)

I’ve always wanted to get more into Wikipedia, and over the last week or so I finally started editing and adding information. Through the digital humanities group DHSoCal I learned about the work of Adrianne Wadewitz, who was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental College. Sadly though, she passed away recently.

This video from Wadewitz’s Wikipedia page is really great for showing why faculty and students should become active Wikipedians:

And if you’re interested in coming, send me an email and we can head over there together:

Brown Bag Talk – The Digital Imaginary

Join us for the first “Brown Bag Dissertation Talk” of the 2014-2015 academic year!

Tuesday, October 14th in the History Department Library, 12-1pm

Beginning in the fall quarter, we will come together once a month to eat lunch and listen to our PhD candidates discuss their dissertation projects. These events will give us a chance to come together and learn more about each other’s work, as well as provide valuable presentation experience for graduate students.

This first talk of the series is by Steve Anderson, a PhD candidate working on his dissertation titled, “The Digital Imaginary: Mainframe Computers from the Corporate Basement to the Silver Screen, 1946-1968.”

Steve’s contact info
twitter: @sgahistory


Conference Practice Talk: Jeno Kim

Graduate student Jeno Kim will be presenting a paper at the annual conference of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) in New Orleans titled:

Catastrophe in Catholic Reformation Avila: Medieval Responses to the Plague Outbreak of 1519
(abstract below)

A practice presentation is scheduled for this Monday, October 13th, at 6:30pm in the History department library, HMNSS 1303.  Prof. Head has offered to provide light refreshments (i.e. pizza or something similar).  Come and help Jeno prepare for his upcoming conference talk.


News of an outbreak of plague reached the Castilian city of Avila in June of 1519, prompting the municipal authorities to quickly shut the city gates in order to prevent any possible contagion from entering.   As the epidemic continued to wreak havoc on Avila for the following six months, residents utilized time-tested rituals to quell the catastrophe and to relieve the wrath of God.  Through the veneration of miraculously unearthed relics of San Segundo – the first bishop of Avila – and the exposition of a desecrated host in Corpus Christi processions, the faithful embraced specific forms of late medieval piety and tradition in Avila.  Reactions to the outbreak facilitated the continued presence of a tactile, ocular, and sense-oriented faith rooted in the Middle Ages.  The enduring legacy of these medieval practices is of notable importance given that since the late fifteenth century, the Spanish Crown and Church avidly sought to eliminate unsanctioned rituals and any perceived threats to Catholicism, as indicative by the establishment of the Spanish Inquisition and the Expulsion of the Jews.  In this context, this paper reassesses the spiritual atmosphere of the early stages of Catholic Reform in Castile by examining how an outbreak of plague in 1519, acting as an exogenous shock, revitalized medieval rituals.

For more information on the SCSC:

Talk and Book Signing: Vermont’s Proper Son – October 2nd

Dr. Richard Hanks, the author of the book, is an alum of our department.  The book signing and author talk will take place during the Riverside Arts Walk.  Also during the Arts Walk, Cahuilla bird singing will take place outside in honor of the new exhibit that was curated by a number of our grad students.  The information, below, is from the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.

Vermont’s Proper Son: The Letters of Soldier and Scholar Edwin Hall Higley, 1861-1871

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014  (During Riverside Arts Walk)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ages: Best suited for teen and adults. All children (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult (18+).
Book: Dr. Richard Hanks’s book will be on sale in the Museum Gift Shop. Cash/Credit Card accepted.

“Vermont’s Proper Son: The Letters of Soldier and Scholar Edwin Hall Higley, 1861-1871” follows the life of Edwin Hall Higley who served as 2nd lieutenant in the First Vermont Cavalry during the Civil War. During the war, Higley wrote several letters to close friend Calvin Day Noble, a bulk of which concern his time in various battles in Virginia. Noble eventually moved to Riverside in 1874, bringing the letters with him. The Riverside Metropolitan Museum acquired the letters in 2000 as a part of the Samuel Cary Evans, Jr. Collection. The transcriptions for all the letters concerning the war are printed in full.  In addition to serving in the Civil War, Higley later became a professor of German and Greek  and was on the staff of Groton School in Massachusetts when he died.

For more information: