Hello Admitted Students!The University of California, Irvine History Department consists of 36 faculty members. Last week we surprised a few of the professors during their office hours and asked them some questions. Here is what happened. 10:30am Professor David Fedman's Office Hours Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF How long have you been teaching at UCI?6 months!Has it been a wonderful 6 months?It has really been a wonderful six months.What courses have you taught this year?I have taught four courses. A lecture titled The Two Koreas and a lecture titled Japan's Modern Revolution from Samurai to Pokémon. And two seminars, one on the Global History of Air Raids and the other on the Politics of War Memory in East Asia.Any advice for admitted students?Come to UCI, it's a no-brainer...and take my classes when you arrive. Final question, where is your favorite place to eat near campus?My favorite would have to be Mendocino Farms. 11:00am Professor Laura Mitchell's Office Hours Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF SURPRISE! (we slowly backed away from the door as we realized Professor Mitchell was meeting with a student) 12:10pm Time to go to Professor Bob Moeller's office hours! Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF How many years have you been teaching at UCI?This is the end of my 28th yearWhat are some of the courses that you have taught?I have taught History of the Holocaust, a course the both deals with the Holocaust itself and the ways in which people have thought about the Holocaust since 1945. I teach a course on Hitler and the Germans, which looks in-depth at the National Socialist Movement and how Hitler came to power. I have also taught an upper-division seminar which focuses on the incredibly exciting cultural moment of the 1920s in Germany . In that course we look at movies, artwork and novels. Seminars like that are really great because there are only 18 students in each seminar. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF You have to talk about your pin collection.The pins! I am married to a Russian-Soviet historian who has retired, but has since been replaced by a fabulous Russian historian, Dr. Susan Morrissey (you should take all of her courses). The pins started because my wife was doing research in Moscow in 1981. I had a very short time to go to Moscow and I had very little money . When I got off the plane she said she had 30 rubles and I could either get one of those really nice fur hats or some "stupid pins". I fell in love with the pins, I spent my entire 30 rubles on them. I had a sort of starter set of maybe 100 and then friends of hers would bring me pins back from the Soviet Union. After the collapse of Communism in 1991 all of the people who had collected these pins began selling them on Ebay because they wanted to get western currency. I began purchasing the pins and now have a collection of 3,000 - 4,000 pins. 1:15pm Professor Steve Topik's Office Hours Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Do you want a Thin Mint?YesWhen did you begin teaching at UCI?I have been teaching at UCI since 1984. This is my 32nd year.What class have you taught?I have taught a lot of different courses. Right now I am teaching Latin American Revolutions, which compares the revolutions of Haiti, Mexico and Cuba. I am also teaching the World History of Coffee, which I teach every year. Next quarter I am teaching the History of Brasil and a course on the Mexican Revolution. Why is your nickname Mr. Coffee?I didn't know it was my official nickname, but I have been studying a world history of coffee for a long time. I use the movement of coffee from Ethiopia through the Middle East to Europe and eventually to the Americas as a way of understanding the growth of the world economy. Do you have any advice for admitted students who have not chosen UCI yet?I think that UCI is a very good place to come. I am saying that based on the fact that we have a lot of young professors who are very energetic, who have very interesting things they are studying and who are really eager to teach well and work with students. Final words from Professor Vinayak Chaturvedi to admitted students... Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Please come to the UCI History Department Open House on Friday, April 15th. To RSVP please contact us at (949) 824-8248.