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Future of History Conference 2016

February 25, 2016 @ 8:00 am - February 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The Department of History at the University of California Los Angeles invites you to attend Futures of History, a conference aimed at empowering the next generation of historians. Through discussions with innovative leaders, demonstrations from a wide variety of professionals, and displays of new ways of conceptualizing the discipline, this event promises a bold new approach to the field of history and its many professions.

This gathering of students, faculty, alumni, and colleagues outside the academy is part of the American Historical Association’s Career Diversity for Historians initiative, funded generously by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As one of the four pilot sites for the initiative, UCLA Department of History is excited to facilitate conversations and collaborations that embolden emerging historians and amplify the relevance of history.

Invited panelists include Antoinette Burton, Professor of History & Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Kimberly Gilmore, Ph.D., Senior Historian; Vice President, Corporate Outreach at A+E Networks/HISTORY; and Lance Blyth, Ph.D., Command Historian, NORAD and USNORTHCOM, US Air Force.  Watch this space for more information.



Please RSVP by February 12, 2016

General Event Information 

Futures of History will be held on February 25–26, 2015 in the Palisades room on the third floor of Carnesale Commons. Breakout sessions will take place in Malibu, Venice, and Hermosa rooms on the second floor.

Day 1: Thursday, February 25

Check-in begins at 8:15AM in the lobby of the Palisades Room, 3rd floor.

The program commences at 9:00AM with opening remarks from UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor Scott Waugh and UCLA History Department Chair Stephen Aron.

In addition to panel sessions and other events, participants will be able to attend two breakout sessions of their choosing over the course of the day. Sign-ups for the sessions will be available in the lobby.

Day 1 will end with a light buffet dinner at 5:30pm and a Happy Hour for graduate students sponsored by the UCLA HGSA at 7:30pm.

Day 2: Friday, February 26

The program commences at 9:00AM with a panel discussion about AHA and other Mellon-funded career diversity initiatives.

Participants will take part in a guided workshop on imagining and actualizing their futures in history facilitated by UCLA Career Center staff.

Day 2 will wrap up with a general conversation about next steps to creating our shared futures of history, ending by 1pm.

Both days will feature multimedia displays of historians “in action” and poster sessions on innovative applied history projects.

Complete program available HERE

For more information, please contact foh@history.ucla.edu.

Social Program and Meals

Participants are invited to enjoy continental breakfast starting at 8AM on Thursday and Friday, as well as lunch and dinner on Thursday served in the lobby of the Palisades Room.

The HGSA invites graduate students for Thursday Happy Hour in Westwood Village.



February 25, 2016 @ 8:00 am
February 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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