Historical Research Workshop

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On Hiatus

Where’s the Workshop this semester?  

We are happy to announce that the department has responded to students’ desire for a methodology course and is piloting History 104: The Craft of History with Prof. Mark Peterson and several grad student instructors this semester.  Meanwhile, 3 of 4 facilitators are currently writing their senior theses.

What does this mean for the future of the Workshop?  

We’re not sure yet.  Depending on demand, Jonathan and Michelle may be offering another section in the Fall.  Pedro and I will be graduating in May.  It’s been a long journey since the Workshop began as an idea on a Google doc, and we’re pretty happy with what we’ve managed to accomplish in the intervening two years.

Interested in facilitating?

There’s no better way to learn something than to teach it.  Whether you’re already a research wunderkind or just finished taking the class, training to become a facilitator will hone your own research skills and make you super conscious about your own methodology.  Facilitating is an education in itself, but it’s particularly useful for those interested in academia, librarianship, or teaching.  The two most important qualities in facilitators are enthusiasm and an earnest desire to help others.  We’ll supply the rest (and 2 units of credit!).  Please contact me at cvilla100 AT berkeley dot edu if you are considering it.  The deadline for paperwork will be in early April.

TQR Statement

I am interested in land and land ownership in California, in conducting research on these topics I hope to get an insight into the Spanish conquest ideology, the reasons and justifications. In this process Friar Junipero Serra played a crucial…

Newspapers/ Microfilm

After searching the archives of the New York Times online for ‘Italian American’, limiting my results to the year 1941-42, I came across an article from March 4, 1942 entitled ‘Evacuation Area set for Japanese in Pacific States’. The article…

Online Databases

Browsing the list of online databases on lib.berkeley.edu I found a few that might be relevant to my topic: Italinemo, Historical Abstracts, Humanities International Complete (as well as the familiar JSTOR and ProQuest). Unfortunately only the latter furnished me with…

TQR Statement

Given that I am carrying on my research topic for a final paper a delayed and retroactive TQR is actually very useful. The current question I am working with is ‘What determined government policy towards Italian Americans during World War…

Final Reflection

I really enjoyed taking this class my first semester here. It really allowed me to learn about Berkeley’s resources and meet other people in the history department. I definitely learned more about how to construct research for undergrad. It was…

BAM/PFA Visit

I thought the visit to the BAM/PFA was a great trip! I had never been there before but had always passed by the building. I always thought it was an abandoned building or that it was some sort of jail.…

Final Presentation

I had a great research experience overall thanks to this decal. As a freshman, I found it extremely useful and I couldn’t have written a successful paper without it (okay, maybe I could have, but then again, maybe I couldn’t…)…

BAM/PFA visit

I really enjoyed the trip to the BAM/PFA, particularly the PFA. I was impressed by the collection at the BAM and Lynne’s knowledge and willingness to help, but as someone interested in film, I found the resources at the PFA…