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CSUDH History The Bulletin Article Voting!
“This life of democracy depends on young people participating in democracy and the first step to that is voting,” Dr. Kate Fawver a U.S. history professor said.

Democracy Class Vote 2018 Link CSUDH History

"If there is one thing we believe in America, we believe in government of the people, by the people, for the people.

But what if the people don’t show up? What if they don’t know how to show up because they haven’t learned how to be democratic citizens? They haven’t learned how to register to vote. They haven’t learned the best way to influence their elected representatives. They haven’t learned that they have power.

A healthy democracy needs well-informed, active citizens. But these citizens don’t just magically appear. People learn citizenship. They learn it, for example, as children when they go the polling place to watch their parents vote. They learn it advocating for an issue they care about with their neighbors. They learn it by doing it.

For a long time, many Americans didn’t just learn about citizenship from their families and friends, they also learned how to be democratic citizens in public school. Not anymore. In the last few decades, instead of expanding civics education, we have cut it and cut it. Today, only nine states require a full year of civics education. Ten states don’t require it at all. In 31 states, students only have to learn about our democracy for one semester. That’s about three and a half months to learn about something as important as our democracy.

The fault lies not with teachers, the principals, school boards, the superintendents or the school districts. The fault lies with those who sit at our state capitals and those who elect them — the American electorate. As testing for writing, reading, science and math have put increasing pressure on schools already suffering from budget cuts, teacher shortages, and dilapidated buildings, civics education — once seen as the very reason for public education — has been all but tossed out.

Thirty-six students per classroom in Nevada, schools without adequate heat in Baltimore, teachers’ walkouts and strikes in West Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina, Arizona, Kentucky and Oklahoma: These are just some of the issues students are dealing with in the classroom, not to mention the issues that impact their home lives. Yet, students haven’t been given the education to know that they have the power to change all of this.

The results are predictable. A mere 25 percent of high school students achieved a grade of sufficient on a national civics assessment test. Black and Latino kids from low-income households do significantly worse on the test than their white, middle-class peers. In other words, those who are most in need of advocating for resources are the least prepared to do so.

This lack of education translates into a lack of political engagement. With the exception of a few elections, youth voter turnout has steadily declined over the last 30 years. In local elections, the lack of youth participation is even more stark. In 2016 in 50 mayoral elections, the median voter age was 57!

We are short-changing our students and short-changing the future of our democracy. We need to do something about it.

That is why we at Rock the Vote and Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, with the support of American Eagle Outfitters, have launched Democracy Class, a free, nonpartisan curriculum on the history and importance of voting. Educators have the ability to extend the curriculum to teach additional lessons on modern-day voting rights, the importance of local elections, and a civics action class on an issue affecting the local community.

But this class does more than just teach kids about voting. Research has shown that when young people register to vote, they vote in high numbers. That’s why every student who participates in Democracy Class registers or pre-registers to vote.

More than 80 organizations across the country and school districts including Los Angeles and Philadelphia have committed to having the curriculum taught in more than 2,000 schools across the country the week of Sept. 17, which began on Monday with Constitution Day and is the week before National Voter Registration Day.

With nearly 160,000 students registering or pre-registering to vote, Democracy Class gives students and educators a way to participate and prepare for the civic holiday, but the class is available even after.

We’re committed to continuing this momentum and getting Democracy Class into more and more classrooms. We see this as the start of a broad movement to expand civics education across the country and empower the next generation of citizens to work together to create a more perfect union."

Carolyn DeWitt, president and executive director of Rock the Vote

Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance
(This was part of an article in the Washington Post by Valerie Strauss.)

L.A. as Subject Archives Bazaar 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Event is 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Volunteers needed from 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus

The Archives Bazaar-- brought to you by the L.A. as Subject Archives Forum & the USC Libraries-- is an annual event that features educational programming, film screenings, author panels, and exhibits of local historical and archive collections from universities, public libraries, community-based organizations, artists, and private collectors.

This opportunity is perfect for those interested in the fields of library science, archives, history, and the social sciences. Volunteers will be asked to staff exhibitor booths during breaks, provide general information to the visitors, assist with the special presentation events, and act as liaison between the exhibitors and main Archives Bazaar coordinators.

FREE PARKING and LIGHT REFRESHMENTS will be included for all volunteers.

* Be able to commit 3 hours on the day of the event
* Interest in Los Angeles history and documentation
* Enthusiastic

The 2017 Archives Bazaar Volunteer Program is being coordinated by members of the Los Angeles Archivists Collective (LAAC). A community driven group of archivists, librarians, students, information professionals, and others who have a strong interest in the archival field.

Click HERE to apply!

Laura Talamante CSUDH History News

Thai Thao Nguyen Sally Casanova CSUDH History on SRD '18

The Department of History would like to congratulate Thao Nguyen on his acceptance as a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar for 2018-2019!  The Sally Casanova Scholars program (http://www.calstate.edu/predoc/scholars/)  is a competitive program in the California State University system which helps connect students to scholars in their field and prepare them for doctoral programs. We are very excited to have one of our students selected this year!​

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, California State University Dominguez Hills honored the Department of History during 2018 Faculty Awards Reception.  Both Dr. Monty and Dr. Talamante received their 10 years of Service award.  The Faculty Awards Reception also included Faculty Awards that recognized excellence in teaching and outstanding achievement by our very own Dr. Talamante and Dr. Namala.


Historians Honored Monty Talamante CSUDH

President Hagan flanked by Dr. Talamante and Dr. Monty in celebration of 10 years of Service.

Talamante Award

Dr. Talamante accepting her Excellence in Service Award from Provost Spagna.

Namala Award

Dr. Namala receiving The Catherine H. Jacobs Outstanding Faculty Lecturer Award from Provost Spagna.