leah halper gavilan college  



welcome to history 2!


if you want trinkets they are on the shore. but if you want real treasure you will have to dive deep into the ocean.
—sufi saying


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Check out this local historical event: author Dave Eggers (a prolific and wonderful fiction writer who also started 826 Valencia--google it!) has deep roots in Hollister and will speak about local history to the San Benito County Historical Society on Weds. Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum, 498 Fifth Street. You will also want to come see members of Gavilan's Women's History class present their research on local artifacts!


Come to Adafest, a celebration of the life of British computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, at the Computer History Museum on Sunday December 13, 200 years after her birth! Learn about her life and the history of modern computers. Adafest
Celebrate Computer Pioneer Ada Lovelace with A Day of Fun and Learning
Visit the Computer History Museum (CHM) on Sunday, December 13 to celebrate the 200th birthday of Ada Lovelace. Lovelace was an English mathematician and remarkable thinker. Unlike most people of her era, she understood that computers could do much more than calculate numbers, and she predicted many of the ways in which we use technology today. See Ms. Halper to sign up! In connection with CHM’s newest exhibit Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace (December 12, 2015–December 11, 2016), Adafest is part of the Museum’s year-long Lovelace celebration and furthers our ongoing initiative to highlight and honor women in technology.




I will accept late homework up to a week after the due date; if you have extenuating circumstances, let's talk. Please note that I usually put next week's HW on this page on Weds. so if you are in the TTh or Friday class, or running late, you may need to look at last week's on Past Homework page below--note DATES!

homework due

Week of Nov. 30

1. Finish your paper! Bring a good near-final copy to Rough Draft Clinic for feedback, or use the evaluation tool linked here to help yourself or have a friend or classmate help you.

Rough Draft Clinics: Monday Nov. 30, 2:15-4 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 1, 9:45-11 a.m. After Dec 1, I will be available on office hours only: Weds. 11:15-noon, Thursday 12:45-1:30.

2. Watch and outline the last of the Oral History Without Fears Series, linked here. This is due on Dec. 2, 3,and 4 along with your final draft of your paper, both paper version turned in at the beginning of class that day, and electronic version uploaded to Turnitin.com WITHOUT the Works Cited attached.

Next week, we'll read one last chapter in the textbook!


Thanksgiving Week of Nov. 23

1 Work on your research so you have a firm understanding of both your themes and their development in a chronological manner.

2. Then, before 30 November, do at least two interview sessions of 1.5 hours each with your informant--more sessions welcome. You will need to do more research to get to

3. Writing up your paper with your research. Bring another Rough Draft to RDC at any time below. Click the research page above to look at some models under History 2 Hall of Fame.


Rough Draft Clinics: Friday Nov. 20, noon; Monday, Nov. 23, 12:15-12:45; Tuesday Nov. 24 9:30-11 a.m., Weds. Nov. 24, 11:15-noon, 2:15-3:15; Monday Nov. 30, 2:15-4 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 1, 9:45-11 a.m. After Dec 1, I will be available on office hours only. .




Check out some new extra credit options to the right!






Attention all procrastinators and time-management-challenged students! Here are some resources for you!

Don't miss class! My History 2 classes are in SS 210, MW at 12:50, TTh at 2:30 and Friday at 9-12. So you can come to the OTHER class if you miss yours, and if not see me ASAP on an office hour--not just as class is starting, please!--when you return to school to go over what you missed and clarify homework expectations. We do a lot every day you're gone, so get the notes from a new or used friend?

past homework

(changes every Weds. so pay attention to dates!)