Dear readers, the first ever UC Davis Graduate History Conference is only nine days away! I have attached a flier for the event to this post. The flier was composed by the two principle organizers for the conference, Lawrence Abrams and Kaleb Knoblauch. Over the past half a year or so, these two outstanding graduate students have worked tirelessly, and all at their own expense, to dream up, plan, and then put into action the first-ever graduate student conference with the History Department at UC Davis. This is a very big step for a top-tier department that certainly deserves its own annual conference, yet has not had one to date.

The inaugural graduate conference is called “Historians Without Borders, History Without Limits.” It is a two day event that will include panel presentations from roughly two dozen individual graduate students on topics like Race, Gender, Borderlands, Environment, War, Art, and Literature. I myself will be presenting a seminar project from my MA program in a panel called “Race and Culture in the Colonized Americas.” The paper is called “Who Ever Heard of a Black Caesar?” and it explores hidden meanings behind classical slave naming in the early-modern world. The conference will also include two special presentations, one by the UC Davis Humanities Institute and one by the Cross-Cultural Women’s and Gender History group; it will include a key note address by Emeritus Professor of History Clarence Walker. Also, breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days of the conference.

If you are in the area of the California Central Valley on the weekend of April 9-10, I hope that you will come out and join us for this highly anticipated event and hear about some of the great work that is currently being done by both graduate students at this premier research institution as well as by their esteemed guests from academic institutions across the country. Thanks, and I hope to see you there!

Poster for the UC Davis First Annual History Conference