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BERKELEY CONNECT in HISTORY

The Berkeley Connect program opens up the extraordinary resources of the university to you: the extraordinary students on our campus. By joining, you will become part of a community of like-minded faculty, mentors, and students that will provide a supportive environment in which to exchange and discuss ideas and goals. Berkeley Connect will help you to make the most of your time at the university as you learn more about the major in History. We’re excited to get to know you!

About Berkeley Connect in History

At the heart of Berkeley are its undergraduates. We invite you to come and join our world-class faculty and our graduate students in lively conversation and discussions about both history and the Berkeley experience. Through Berkeley Connect in History, you will have the chance to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, meet the people you’ve always wanted to meet, and join an intellectual community second to none. Along the way, you will learn some of tricks of the historical trade, explore the Berkeley campus with a dedicated mentor, and meet a fantastic group of peers. Your Berkeley won’t be the same!

 

Program Description

The only requirement for joining Berkeley Connect in History is that you have an interest in the field of study. You do not have to be a major in order to participate! Undeclared freshmen and sophomores are welcome, along with entering junior transfers and juniors and seniors who have declared the major.Every semester, Berkeley Connect sponsors a wide range of activities and events for participating students. They include:

  • small-group meetings led by your mentor;
  • one-on-one meetings with your mentor;
  • special events, including informal lectures by professors and guest speakers, and panels on career options, graduate school admissions, and other topics;
  • and visits to Berkeley resources.

At the heart of Berkeley Connect is the relationship between you and your mentor. The Berkeley Connect mentors are advanced graduate students or recent PhDs in History, who are chosen both for their demonstrated commitment to undergraduates and for their scholarly achievement. They are dedicated to providing the kind of close-knit community and one-on-one attention that can be hard to find at a large university.

When you sign up for Berkeley Connect, you will join one of several small groups of participants in History. Your small group will be led by your mentor, and will meet every other week during the semester for an hour-long dinner discussion sessions. Discussions will focus on key intellectual issues as well as key skills you need to succeed in the major. Above all, the small groups will focus on building connections among students, so that each group becomes a supportive community for all participants.

You will also meet with your mentor one-on-one at least twice during the semester, once to get acquainted, and a second time just before Tele-Bears, to discuss your plans for completing your major. Your mentor also has office hours every other week, during which you are free to show up and ask questions, talk over your day or your week, discuss what you are learning in class, or just have an informal conversation.

 

Berkeley Connect Mentors

 

Camilo Lund-Montano Camilo Lund-Montano (Senior Fellow) recently received a PhD in History from UC Berkeley.

Where did you grow up?

Mexico.

Where did you go to college and what was your major?

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, History.

In a sentence or two, how would you describe your research?

The history of social movements and transnational networks of solidarity in the United States and Latin America.


Christopher BonuraChristopher Bonura (Senior Fellow) recently received a PhD in History from UC Berkeley.

Where did you grow up?

In New York and in Florida.

Where did you go to college and what was your major?

University of Florida. I majored in history and classics.

In a sentence or two, how would you describe your research?

I study ancient and medieval apocalyptic literature and ideas about the end of the world. I am particularly interested in the ways in which beliefs about the end of time reflected and helped shape political theory.


Semester Activities

Date Meeting Location Topic
January 21st and 22nd Group meeting 1 3205 Dwinelle Intro/Orientation
February 4th and 5th Group meeting 2 3205 Dwinelle Mental health, fatigue
February 10th–19th Individual meetings 2305 Dwinelle Getting acquainted
February 18th and 19th Group meeting 3 3205 Dwinelle History as a discipline
March 3rd and 4th Group meeting 4 3205 Dwinelle Studying and reading in college
March 17th and 18th Group meeting 5 3205 Dwinelle Writing as historians, citation styles
March 31st and April 1st Group meeting 6 3205 Dwinelle Faculty/mentor relationships
April 14th and 5th Group meeting 7 3205 Dwinelle How to use history
April 15th and 22nd Individual meetings 2305 Dwinelle Plans for the future
April 28th and 29th Group meeting 8 3205 Dwinelle History and current events/conclusion
TBA Field Trip TBA
TBA Career Panel TBA Berkeley History alums discuss careers

Berkeley Connect requires no homework assignments, papers, or exams. You are simply required to participate. What do we mean by participation?  For the two one-on-one mentoring sessions, we expect you to respect your mentor’s time by showing up promptly and prepared to engage in an honest conversation about your academic interests, goals, concerns, challenges, etc. The section meetings are designed to involve students in interactive discussions and activities. The more students share their ideas, opinions, and perspectives, the more valuable these sessions will be–for you and for your fellow students. We understand that some students are more comfortable speaking in group settings than others. We strive to provide ways for students to interact in pairs and small groups, and to contribute in various ways. You don’t have to be a frequent speaker in order to be an engaged participant; listening is also a powerful way of being present. We do ask that you give your fellow students your full attention, and that you commit to being an engaged member of the group, even if you do so quietly. This means, among other things, putting away all screen devices unless you’ve been invited to use them for a specific activity. Meeting these expectations will allow you to reap the full benefit of participating in Berkeley Connect, and make your presence a benefit to others.

Attendance policy: You are allowed to miss a maximum of two (2) meetings and still pass the course. This counts group meetings, individual meetings, field trips, etc. Nonetheless, you will get much more out of Berkeley Connect if you attend all meetings; there is no homework, meetings happen only about once every other week, and the schedule is designed to be accommodating for students.

Schedule

To find sections in the upcoming semester, search the Schedule of Classes for History 98BC (for first-year and sophomores) or 198BC (for juniors and seniors).To help you meet other students who share your experiences and perspectives, Berkeley Connect sections are designated as lower division (first-year students and sophomores), new junior transfers, and upper division (juniors and seniors), but you can enroll in any section that fits your schedule and credit requirements.

How to Sign Up

To participate in Berkeley Connect in History, you enroll in a designated section of History 98BC or 198BC (one unit, taken on a Pass/Not Pass basis). Many students chose to enroll for more than one semester. Participation is NOT restricted to declared majors.To sign up, enroll in a Berkeley Connect section when course registration opens.  Please see the Berkeley Connect sections listed above under “Schedule.”

**Read the schedule notes carefully—different sections are designated as primarily for lower-division (freshmen and sophomores), upper-division (juniors and seniors), or junior transfer students.

If you are interested in participating in Berkeley Connect, but course registration is not currently open, you can join the Berkeley Connect Mailing List, and you will be sent more details when the next semester’s information becomes available.

Contact Us

Please see our FAQs.  If you have additional questions about Berkeley Connect in History, please contact:  Camilo Lund-Montano  at camiloelund@berkeley.edu or Christopher Bonura at bonura@berkeley.edu.

You can also contact the central Berkeley Connect office  at berkeleyconnect@berkeley.edu or (510)664-4182.

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