The following is a list of upcoming events for the Fall semester of 2017. New events are added regularly, so check back often.

Check out our list of past events


Workshop on How to Craft a Statement of Purpose for Graduate School Applications (bring in a draft statement for feedback)

Wednesday, November 29th, 5:30-7 pm, Chavez 406A (Conference Room)

Students interested in graduate schools (law, medical, and other programs), study abroad programs, internships, and employment are encouraged to attend this faculty-led workshop to learn how to craft a well-rounded statement of purpose. Please bring with you a working statement of purpose (a draft is fine, but a fairly complete one is preferable). Learn from faculty what you should include in your personal statement. Even if you are not planning on applying to grad school in the immediate future, all are welcome to attend.



4pm, Main Entrance, Chávez Building

Welcome to the Future of the Past!

Join the Department of History as we officially celebrate our relocation to our new home in Chávez! An unveiling of the new department sign will be held at the main entrance of the Chávez building at 4pm.

Nibble on snacks with a vintage flavor as you reunite with old friends and get to know new ones! Reception will immediately follow the sign unveiling.

Reception at Chávez 406, following the sign unveiling.


How to Apply to Graduate School

Wednesday, November 8th, 5:30 pm, Chavez 406A (Conference Room)

Learn from faculty what to include in your personal statement, how to request letters of recommendation, what type of writing sample you may need, and other related matters. Even if you are not planning on applying to grad school in the immediate future, all are welcome to attend.


(CANCELED) Museum Trip at the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center, 564 South Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

Saturday, November 4th (Tour begins at 1 pm; arrive about 15 minutes early). Admission is free with a UA student ID.

Students interested in attending this tour must RSVP by Thursday, November 2nd. You may RSVP by sending an email through the Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/UAPhiAlphaTheta/

When you RSVP, please be sure to include your full name and email address in your email.

Students who require transportation assistance should indicate this in their Facebook email when you RSVP. This tour is student-organized and transportation is also organized by the students. If you do not require transportation assistance, plan on arriving about 15-20 minutes before the tour commences at the museum lobby. The Jewish History Museum’s website and further information can be found at:  https://www.jewishhistorymuseum.org/

All majors and minors are welcome!


Faculty Talk: Dr. David Pietz, “Writing a History of Extinction”

Wednesday, Oct 25th, 5:30 pm, Chavez 406A (Conference Room)

Dr. David Pietz will explore how he is developing a new project on the presumed extinction in the early 2000s of the Baiji, a freshwater dolphin of the Yangtze River.  Embedded in the contemporary discourse of the “sixth extinction,” Professor Pietz is formulating a way to write the history of extinction.  Some of the questions he is interested in include: Why do we care about animals, anyway? Why do we seem to care about some animals, and not others (at least not so much)? Do different cultures see animals differently (presumably yes). Why and how do we construct meanings about animals?

PAT-sponsored faculty talks provide an informal forum for student-faculty conversations about faculty topics of research. All students are welcome to attend, majors, minors, and friends alike. If a topic sounds interesting to you, please stop by!


Game Night! Come and Decompress after Midterms!

Wednesday, October 11, 5:30 pm, Chavez 431 (Conference Room)

Join us for a game night with faculty and students! All history majors, minors, and friends who like history are welcome. You do not need to be a formal member of the Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) organization to attend! Game selection will include Apples to Apples, Forbidden Island, Bananagrams, Clue, and many more.


Faculty Talk: Dr. Jeremy Vetter on Natural Disasters

Wednesday, September 27, 5:30 pm, Chavez 105

Professor Jeremy Vetter will be leading a riveting discussing on the history of natural disasters in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.


Game Night!

Wednesday, September 13, 5:30 pm, Chavez 431

Bring your favorite board games and join us for a faculty and student game night! All history majors, minors, and friends are welcome. Phi Alpha Theta membership is not necessary to attend! Game selection will include Apples to Apples, Forbidden Island, Bananagrams, Clue, and many more.


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