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Futures of History Conference 2016

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.

Please view the complete program and schedule here

FoH History Challenge Competition (Breakout Session #1, Thursday, 2/25, 11am & 2:50pm)

Teams of 2 to 5 people are invited to take part in the FoH History Challenge.  Kicking off on Thursday with Breakout Session #1, the competition will ask teams to develop a 3-minute, 2-slide oral presentation directed at potential sponsors/funders for a community-involving history engagement (activity, event, resource) that addresses the question “Does history matter?” Teams will make their presentations to the FoH attendees and a panel of judges during the second day of the conference.  If you wish to participate please bring a laptop or tablet.  You may organize a team ahead of the conference (UCLA vs UCI, anyone?).  More information will be available at the conference and details can be found here.



Please RSVP by February 12, 2016

Event app

We'd like to announce that Futures of History: Discussions, Demonstrations, Displays has a free, official app. You can download the free official Whova app for our event. 
After downloading, sign up on Whova with the email address that you used to RSVP for our event, or sign up using your social media accounts. If you are asked to enter an invitation code to join the event, please use the following invitation codefutures


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.

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


Participants are invited to enjoy continental breakfast starting at 8:15AM 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.


Carnesale Commons is located at 251 Charles E. Young Drive West.

Parking is available in Lot 7 at 336 Charles E. Young Dr. N. Parking permits are required at all times and should be placed on the driver’s side of the car dashboard. The daily rate is $12. Cash or Bruincards payments only. Carpooling is encouraged.

Parking permits may be purchased from parking attendants who will be stationed at the entrance to Parking Lot 7 from 7:30AM to 9:30AM both days or at a UCLA information booth. The closest booth to Parking Lot 7 is at 221Westwood Plaza. Hours of operations are Thursday, 7AM–5PM and Friday, 7AM–12PM.



From the 405 Freeway SOUTH: Exit Sunset Blvd. Proceed east on Sunset Blvd. Enter the campus by turning RIGHT onto Westwood Plaza.

From the 405 Freeway NORTH: Exit Wilshire Blvd. WEST. Turn LEFT immediately onto Veteran Ave. Turn RIGHT onto Sunset Blvd. Enter the campus by turning RIGHT onto Westwood Plaza.

2) PARK: Lot 7

From Westwood Plaza, turn RIGHT onto Charles E. Young Dr. N. Parking Lot 7 will be on your LEFT.

Purchase a parking permit from an attendant between 7:30AM and 9:30AM. Place permit on your car dashboard so that it is visible through the driver’s side of the windshield.

If you are arriving later, please proceed to the information booth at 221Westwood Plaza to purchase a parking permit.

Cash and Bruincard payments only.

3) WALK:

From parking Lot 7 proceed to Charles E Young Dr. N. Turn LEFT and follow the sidewalk to Carnesale Commons (on the right, just past the bike racks). Enter through the main lobby of Carensale Commons and take the stairs or elevator to the Palisades room on the third floor.


UCLA Guest House
330 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-2923
Rates starting at $177-$188

Limited on-site parking, laundry facility, free wireless Internet, free campus shuttle, free medical center shuttle, and standard hotel amenities.

E-mail reservations to:

Hotel Angeleno
170 N. Church Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 476-6411
Rates starting at $172

Complimentary shuttle to/ from UCLA, complimentary valet parking, complimentary wireless internet, complimentary nightly wine hour in the lobby, indoor restaurant, heated pool and jacuzzi, fitness center, and standard hotel amenities. All rooms have balconies.

Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard
11461 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 476-6571
Rates starting at $195 - $239 (with UCLA discount)

Complimentary shuttle to UCLA, free wireless Internet, day spa, heated pool, restaurant, indoor lounge, and standard hotel amenities.

Hilgard House Hotel
927 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 208-3945
(800) 826-3934
Rates starting at $172 (with UCLA discount)

Free wireless Internet, free parking, and standard hotel amenities.