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SoCal History Conference Held At La Verne

For the first time, the University of La Verne Alpha Pi Nu Chapter will be hosting the 2024 Southern California Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honor society, on Saturday, March 16 in the Abraham Campus Center in La Verne. 

The conference, featuring American historian and distinguished alumnus David Hollinger ’63 as keynote speaker and student research on various topics including emerging history, women’s history, modern food history,  and other unique topics is  open to the public.  See conference schedule for details and if interested, please send email to Malissa Hernandez at

University of La Verne students and the community are invited to attend and support students during panels held from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers say that the public forum helps students build skills and the professional experience contributes to their resumes. 

Hollinger, who is the Preston Hotchkis Professor Emeritus of History at UC Berkeley and Member of American Philosophical Society and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is known for his research on American intellectual and American ethnoracial histories. He has been a Guggenheim and Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences fellow, a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, and past president (2010-2011) of the Organization of American Historians. His talk will be on the “The Defense of Japanese Americans in 1942: Why and How It Matters to Historians.”

History students are invited to submit individual papers and panel proposals before March 1. Awards will be given to the best Phi Alpha Theta undergraduate and graduate papers.