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October 2019

History Associates Presents: Stephan Miescher’s Ghana’s Electric Dreams

October 5, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Faulkner Gallery, 40 E Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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History Associates will kick off the 2019-2020 year with a presentation by UCSB’s Professor Stephan Miescher titled Ghana’s Electric Dreams. It is based on his forthcoming monograph on the history of Ghana’s most ambitious development project, the Volta River Project and the Akosombo Dam, and their importance for the process of nation-building. It will include the showing of part of a documentary film based on Miescher’s research which was directed and edited by R. Lane Clark. The film visits sites affected by the…

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November 2019

UCSB History Associates present: What Was “Royalty” in Early Modern England

November 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA United States
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The wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in June 2016 stimulated a new round of interest in and curiosity about the concept of “royalness.” Visitors to the Karpeles Library asked such questions as “will Meghan Markle ever be considered a queen,” “who gives titles of nobility” (princes, princesses, dukes, earls, etc.), and “how did royals get there?” This talk will compare the powers and position of Queen Elizabeth I, her Tudor predecessors, and some of her Stuart successors. Elizabeth…

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June 2020

Van Gelderen Graduate Student Lecture: Sergey Saluschev, “Reluctant Abolitionists: Slavery, the Slave Trade and Abolition in the 19th-Century Caucasus”

June 27, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
CA United States

History Associates presents the seventh annual Van Gelderen Graduate Student Lecture, this year given by Sergey Saluschev. He will present on his dissertation topic, “Reluctant Abolitionists: Slavery, the Slave Trade and Abolition in the 19th-Century Caucasus.” This talk will focus on the slave trade in the Russian-ruled Caucasus between 1801 and 1917 and draws upon such primary sources as letters, petitions, slave sale deeds, and official correspondence. Although the tsarist state sought–at least rhetorically–to stamp out slavery in the empire’s…

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October 2020

Sarah Case, “The Woman Suffrage Movement: ‘A Century of Struggle'”

October 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom, CA

Join UCSB History Associates on Saturday, October 17 on Zoom for their first public lecture of the academic year. Dr. Sarah Case will survey the woman suffrage movement for the hundred years or so before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. Her talk will consider why the idea of women voting was so controversial in the nineteenth century, and examine how it became less so in the early twentieth century. Dr. Case will introduce some of the major activists…

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November 2020


Sheila Lodge, “Santa Barbara: An UNcommonplace American Town”

November 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom, CA

UCSB History Associates has partnered with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation to present a public lecture by former mayor Sheila Lodge on the topic of Santa Barbara history.  Lodge will discuss her book Santa Barbara: An UNcommonplace American Town about how Santa Barbara became the community that it is through planning. She will describe the many battles it sometimes took and the process that was developed to make the critical decisions. Because of her personal involvement in the struggles,…

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January 2021


Miroslava Chávez-García, “Migrant Longing”

January 10 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom, CA

UCSB History Associates has partnered with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation to present a public lecture by UCSB Professor of History Miroslava Chávez-García.  Drawing upon a personal collection of more than 300 letters exchanged between her parents and other family members across the U.S.-Mexico border, Professor Chávez-García recreates and gives meaning to the hope, fear, and longing migrants experienced in their everyday lives both “here” and “there” (aqui y alla). As private sources of communication hidden from public consumption and historical…

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March 2021


History Associates: Luke Roberts, “A Samurai Wife Divorces her Lout of a Husband”

March 6 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom, CA

Join the History Associates for an engaging presentation from UCSB History Professor Luke Roberts on a specific case that influenced gender roles in 19th-century Japan. Zoom link: ucsb.zoom.us/j/6855143149 Mori Nao, a young samurai wife in Japan, desired a divorce from her abusive husband in 1824. Legally a man could divorce his wife but a wife could not divorce her husband. Nevertheless, she persisted in the face of his adamant refusal to divorce her. Soon her relatives mobilized their social networks…

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8th Annual Van Gelderen Lecture: Sasha Coles, “The Great Silk Experiment: Silkworms, Mulberry Trees, and Women Workers in Mormon Country, 1850s-1910s”

March 14 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom, CA
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UCSB History Associates presents the eighth annual Van Gelderen Graduate Student Lecture, this year given by Dr. Sasha Coles. From the 1850s to the early 1900s, Latter-Day Saint (or Mormon) women in both rural and urban Great Basin settlements planted mulberry trees, raised silkworms, and attempted to produce silk cocoons, thread, and cloth of a high-enough quality to use and sell. By most measurements, they failed. Homegrown silk was time-consuming, onerous, and practically impossible to profit from, primarily due to…

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April 2021

What Really Happened at Waco?

April 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
https://ucsb.zoom.us/j/6855143149, University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 United States

The 51-day standoff between the FBI and David Koresh’s Branch Davidians ended in tragedy on April 19, 1993. A fire consumed the Branch Davidian compound during an FBI tear gas operation that morning, resulting in 75 deaths. To this day conspiracy theories about Waco continue motivating anti-government and other militia movements in the United States. Join us for an inside look at what really happened during the 51-day standoff between the FBI and the Branch Davidians, featuring former federal prosecutor…

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History Associates: Patrick McCray, “Making Art Work: Artists and Engineers in the Age of Apollo”

April 25 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom, CA

Join the History Associates this Sunday for an engaging presentation from UCSB History Professor Patrick McCray. Artwork as opposed to experiment? Engineer versus artist? We often see two different cultural realms separated by impervious walls. But some fifty years ago, the borders between technology and art began to be breached. In this talk UCSB history professor (and former engineer) W. Patrick McCray shows how in this era, artists eagerly collaborated with engineers and scientists to explore new technologies and create…

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