The College of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Symposium (CLAGS) at the University of Nevada, Reno is an interdisciplinary graduate conference designed to increase dialogue and knowledge across, but not limited to, the liberal arts and between institutions, offering participants an opportunity to broaden their research and develop professional relationships. The symposium offers a window into cutting edge academic research by pursuing debates on humanity and the humanities. In a joint effort to not only define but also innovate conversations of the liberal arts, the humanities and the construction of interdisciplinary study, the conference panels discuss humanity, the human and the inhumane to provide perspectives on the material and bodily effects of critical pursuits. The symposium has grown into a three-day event featuring an art exhibit, poetry readings, musical performances, documentaries, workshops, social events, and a wide range of scholarship. The 2015 symposium had 100 presenters from 38 different universities across 34 disciplines and featured Dr. Eric Lott of CUNY as our keynote speaker.


The UNR History Graduate Student Association (UNR-HGSA) is a vehicle to provide material, professional, and social support for all history graduate students. The UNR-HGSA is committed to nurturing a supportive community within the history department, to advocating for the needs of all history graduate students, to facilitating communication among all history graduate students and with the wider university community, to organizing social events in the Reno/Tahoe area, to offering public service opportunities in the Reno/Tahoe community, and to providing the professional development workshops.

Social events are designed to give history graduate students and their significant others a much needed and deserved break from the grind of graduate school. We seek out activities that highlight the best parts of the Reno/Tahoe area.

The workshops are designed to be support group for history graduate students to help them survive and thrive at UNR. The workshops are open for all history graduate students. The writing workshops help graduate students with their prospectus, thesis, dissertations, research papers, or articles. The professional development workshops help to demystifying the processes of graduate school and becoming a historian. Topics include passing comps, attending conferences, conducting research, and finding a job.