Trivia Night!

Join us for our first event of the semester

Back by popular demand, it’s time for another Trivia Night! All are welcome to attend and show off their history prowess, as well as get to know other students interested in History. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 6th

VLSB 2030

8 – 9:30 p.m.


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Hosted by the OCF

Society News

Your New 2018-2019 Officers!



Stanley Shiau

Stanley Shiau is a fourth-year double major in History and Conservation & Resource Studies with a minor in Forestry. He is well-versed in WWII history and trivia and has a field of concentration focusing on the influence of the two world wars in society. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering, photography, cinematography, and hiking.


Fallon Burner
Vice President

Fallon Burner is a third-year History major with a concentration in the Atlantic World and would like to acknowledge the Ohlone people on whose land she is able to earn her degree. She is focused on balancing main-stream historical narratives by re-focusing the lens on the perspective of Indigenous people and women, particularly the Huronne-Wendat people of Canada and the tribes which were part of the Powhatan Confederacy in Virginia. Having grown up in Yorktown, Virginia, history has always played a huge role in her life. Her first career was as an actor/singer/dancer, choreographer, and circus artist, and she still likes to dance, act, and sing when she gets a chance! If you attended any History Department events in the last year you’ve probably seen her in her unofficial capacity as undergrad department events maven.



Cait Cady
Activities Director

Cait Cady is a senior studying political science and history. She is passionate about American political history, particularly the evolution of Congress and political parties during the tumultuous 19th century. She currently works for Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and is an editor for Clio’s Scroll, Berkeley’s undergraduate history journal. Outside of school, she has worked on numerous political campaigns in her home state of Arizona and spent last summer interning for the legislative affairs department of the National Grange in Washington DC.


Danielle Santos
Public Relations Director

Danielle is a rising senior majoring in history, with an emphasis on U.S. foreign policy and Cold War politics. She is particularly interested in how the study of history intersects with child welfare, psychology, and the law. Danielle has done research on the legal history of child welfare institutions at Berkeley Law and is excited to start a new year of research for the J.D. program this Fall. She currently works at CPG Immigration Law Group in Oakland and enjoys traveling with her daughter and exploring the outdoors with friends. Danielle looks forward to sharing her love of history with the UC Berkeley community and hopes to bolster Phi Alpha Theta’s presence on campus.


Andrew Selvo

Andrew Selvo is a Junior studying History at UC Berkeley, with a current emphasis on East Asia and in particular Japan. He also interns at the Northern California office of Asia Society and is teaching a DeCal on the history of Iceland. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and friends, including watching movies and eating out.


Geraint Hughes

 Geraint (pronounced Jer-rant) is a third-year History and Global Studies double major. He hopes to go either into International Relations or become a history professor. His favorite time and place to study is the Roman Empire (Ancient Greece being a close second), with a dash of modern geopolitics on the side—although he will voraciously read anything on any time or place. He also particularly loves winning historical strategy games (electronic and tabletop), and generally being a nerd. When not buried in schoolwork, he can be found buried in sci-fi/fantasy novels or looking for good places to eat throughout the Bay.


Society News

Recruiting Officers for 2018-2019!

Phi Alpha Theta is in need of Officers for the 2018-2019 school year. The positions available are as follows:

Vice President
• Must be an individual in their Junior year at Cal as they will take over PhAT when the current President graduates next Spring.
• S/he will work closely with and assist the current President in order to learn how the society is run and ensure a seamless transition to the 2019-2020 school year.
• Expected to attend all large events such as Grad/Undergrad Luncheon and History Faculty Dinner.

• Maintain a membership roll and assist any other officer who needs assistance.
• Perform routine clerical and administrative functions when the situation arises.
• It is a “Jack-Of-All-Trades” position and requires the individual to be familiar with several different aspects of how PhAT operates.

• This individual will be in charge of budgetary needs for PhAT.
• Will be responsible for allocating funds, organizing fundraisers, keeping track of funds available, purchase order requests, and working with our Activities Director in regards to our larger events.

Activities Director
• Lead in the development and implementation of engaging biweekly programmes (i.e. social events, educational events).
• Handle all event-planning for Lecture Nights (i.e. reaching out to professors and asking them to guest lecture).
• Attend events and be the monitor/MC so as to ensure events run smoothly.

Public Relations Director
• In charge of publicizing events and increasing our online presence in order to bring more exposure to PhAT.
• Will be responsible for our Facebook page, Instagram account, coordinating with Leah to email the department
• Update the blog on our new website,

If you are interested in one of these positions, please fill out the following application before July 20th, 2018:

Please feel free to contact President Stanley Shaw with any questions or concerns!


Syria Then and Now: A Conversation with Professor Shwayri!


Join Phi Alpha Theta and Professor Shwayri for a conversation about Syria’s political and military history, and how the country’s past has shaped recent events. Our meeting will entail a brief presentation on the country’s history, followed by an open discussion with a visiting scholar in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Professor Sofia Shwayri, who is currently working on a manuscript entitled “The Spaces of the Syrian War (2011-present).” All are welcome to attend!
Feel free to bring questions and topics of interest.


Thursday. April 19th
7:00 PM
Dwinelle 254