Upcoming Workshop

UC Irvine Center for Engaged Instruction

 Spring 2017 Workshops and Colloquia

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What To Do When Students Give You the Silent Treatment

When: Monday, May 8, 2017, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: AIRB 1030

Some students do not like to participate in or contribute to class discussion no matter what. There are many reasons students give teachers the silent treatment. How can instructors and TAs engage such students without alienating them and disrupting the classroom environment? In this workshop, we will discuss challenges posed by quiet students as well as strategies to address them.

Upcoming Conference Presentation

Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) 

Annual Meeting – San Diego

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Queer Families, Intimate Labors, and Political Resistance during the Early Years of the AIDS Epidemic

When: Friday, April 28, 2017, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Town and Country Resort and Convention Center (Clarendon Room)

Chair and Commentator: Ellen Herman, University of Oregon

Beyond Bonds of Blood: Race, Gender, and Sexuality and the Making of Queer Families, 1974-2004

Kenneth Surles, University of Oregon

Queer Family Formation and Empowerment on the United States’ First AIDS Ward

Andrea Milne, University of California, Irvine

AIDS and the Silent Majority

Elizabeth Alice Clement, University of Utah




Upcoming Conference Presentation

Organization of American Historians (OAH) 

Annual Meeting – New Orleans



Circulating Responses to AIDS: Activism, Outreach, and Late Twentieth-Century Politics

Endorsed by the OAH Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession and the OAH Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Historians and Histories

When: Friday, April 7, 2017, 9 AM – 10:30 AM

Where: New Orleans Marriott (Room TBA)

Chair and Commentator: Dan Royles, Florida International

University Controlling AIDS Intervention: Racial Necropolitics and the Center for Disease Control’s HIV/AIDS Community Demonstration Projects

Kevin McKenna, University of Washington

“Almost Like One of the Staff”: The Contradictory Politics of Community Care on the United States’ First AIDS Ward

Andrea Milne, University of California, Irvine

From the Politics of Protest to the Politics of Care: AIDS Activism, the Ryan White CARE Act, and Non-Governmental Provision

George Aumoithe, Columbia University

An Epidemic of Resistance: AIDS Activism from Central American Solidarity to the Prison Boom

Emily Hobson, University of Nevada, Reno



Remembering Maggie

Maggie HATED going to the groomer, but oh did she love the result! She would come home, bows in her hair, and prance around fishing for compliments. We always let her keep the bows until they became untenable, because they inflated her canine ego so.

This morning I got on FaceTime in to say goodbye to my wonderful dog, Maggie, who lived at home with my family in Florida. When I saw her over Christmas she was as happy, as Maggie, as ever, but a fast-moving cancer made itself known shortly after I left. To be honest, she was with us several weeks longer than expected. I am devastated by her loss, but grateful for the decade-ish we had together, and the technology that allowed us to spare her further pain.

Maggie had many names, as all good dogs should. She was, among other things:

● The Goo ● Waggies ● Fluffdog Millionaire ● Gooey ● H.R. Puff N’ Stuff ● Goober ● Wags The Dog ● PuffDog ● Wagoobrious Fluffdog ● Wagstaff ● 

Even her tail had a name. It looked like a ponytail, and seemed to have a mind of its own, so we was affectionately called it The Pony. When Maggie was Pony-up, all was well in the world. Pony-down: not so much. Suffice it to say, today, I’m the one that’s Pony-down.

I’m writing this post because I wrote about Maggie way back when I first started this blog, in a post called “The Human Thundershirt”: you can read it here. It’s one of my favorites. She and all of the other puppers I mentioned in that post are now gone. In fact, my family has lost four dogs in four years. Maggie was the last of her generation, which makes her loss hurt all the more. A wonderful chapter has ended, and I miss all of my furry friends terribly.

Luckily, another chapter has begun. There are three new rescue dogs in our home, all acquired in the past two years (one of them just joined us last week!). They are cute and quirky and lovable—an exciting new chapter to be sure. Two of the three are still puppies, so the house will be as loud as ever when I go home for my next visit.

Today, though, I’m not thinking about the new chapter. I’m reflecting on Maggie, and all the ways she brightened my life over the past ten years. Thanks, Mah Goo, for letting me be your Human Thundershirt. It was an honor, a privilege, and above all else, it was a real pleasure. 


This picture is from my first summer home from graduate school. I had been away for eight months, still the longest time I have ever gone without seeing my family. It was awful. When I finally returned home (apparently quite tan) Maggie was so excited to see me that she tired herself out, and promptly melted. This remains my all-time favorite picture of her.

“The Six Million Dollar Scholar” is the personal blog of Andrea Milne, a Ph.D. candidate in modern U.S. History at the University of California, Irvine. To get the story behind the blog’s name, click here.

Upcoming Conference Presentation

Epidemics: The SHAPES of Global Disease

(Socio-Historical, Artistic and Political Expressions and Epidemiologies)

An Interdisciplinary Conference

Aids HIV Virus


When: Friday, February 23-25, 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: California State University Fullerton, Steven G. Mihaylo Hall 1308

This talk sketches the circumstances—medical and social, local and national—that necessitated the creation of the world’s first dedicated AIDS ward. It is within that context that the foundational argument of my dissertation, A Caring Disease, lies: that the fact of the Ward 5B’s creation, and the intimate labor performed by its nurses, must be understood as radical political activism. In the context of a highly stigmatized epidemic, the nurses’ nontraditional approach to patient relations were as much a form of political messaging they were forms of care and empathy. Informed by a queer, feminist ethic, the ward was always and already a politicized space, as was (and is) the model of AIDS care its nurses pioneered. Finally, I demonstrate that the space the nurses created—and the kind of care they provided—was contingent on the patient population, and, accordingly, representative of larger social and political stratifications within the City of San Francisco.




A Different Kind of Love Story


This morning I saw something on my Facebook feed I’ve seen a gajillion times before: a cut and paste list. I never complete the things myself, but I am not particularly opposed to them either. This particular list was specifically for couples, because single people aren’t nearly alienated enough on Valentine’s Day.

I don’t know why, but today a switch flipped, and I realized I had something to say about my current relationship. 

I filled out the survey and posted it one my Facebook wall, thinking little of it. This evening, I discovered that my honesty spoke to a lot of people. Like, a lot of people. This is a weird way to return to the blog after such a prolonged silence, but hey… I’m graduating in four months, and the world is on fire. Now is not the time for perfectionism. Indeed…

It’s time to stop being polite, and start getting REAL.


In honor of Valentine’s Day, couples: Make this your status and answer honestly!

Who’s older?

I am. Dissertation turned two this month.

Who was interested first?

I was. I found it packed in fifteen boxes in the San Francisco Public Library and decided to take it home, after two weeks of tepid romance.

More sarcastic?

That’d be me. Dissertation isn’t allowed to be sarcastic, what with all the dead people in it.

Who makes the most mess?

Dissertation makes a mess of me and I make a mess of it.

Who hogs the remote?

I do. Dissertation doesn’t like competing for attention.

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Spends the most?

I followed Dissertation merrily into debt.


Depends on the day.

Most common sense?

Definitely Dissertation.

Do you have any children?

Dissertation IS my children. Wrap you head around that!

Did you go to the same school?

I guess, technically, yes?

Who is the most sensitive?

I am. Dissertation enjoys watching me cry.

Red heartWhere is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?

The edges of sanity.

Who has the worst temper?

I do… Dissertation is pretty apathetic about being terrible.

Who does the cooking?

I cook, and eat, for both of us. Which is why I don’t fit in my clothes right now.

Who is the neat freak?

Depends on the chapter and my stress level.

Who is the most stubborn?

Dissertation. Rigid expectations, arbitrary deadlines, and definitely HATES it when I think outside the box.

Bouquet of red roses with decorative heart. St Valentine's conce

Who wakes up earlier?

Dissertation gets up and stares at me until I deal with it.

Who picks where you go to dinner?

I do, which is why I don’t fit in my clothes anymore.

Who wears the pants in the relationship?

Definitely Dissertation. I’ve been in its thrall since the moment we found each other.

How long have you been together?

Since February 2015. Never thought I’d have so many sadomasochistic experiences in such a short time. Mind you, I’m not complaining.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Dissertation. I love you. Please don’t hurt me.Silhouette of the heart of  gesture of hands

“The Six Million Dollar Scholar” is the personal blog of Andrea Milne, a Ph.D. candidate in modern U.S. History at the University of California, Irvine. To get the story behind the blog’s name, click here.

Upcoming Speaking Engagement

American Association of University Women  (AAUW) Annual Fundraiser

La Palma/Cerritos

Palm trees at Santa Monica beach. Vintage post processed. Fashion, travel, summer, vacation and tropical beach concept.

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Where: The Home of Carol and Bob Douglas

The La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be holding its Annual Fund fundraiser, the International Delight Luncheon at the home of Carol and Bob Marsh. Members will be preparing a variety of delicious and delightful international dishes. A donation of $25 per person is requested to benefit the AAUW Fund which supports Advocacy and Fellowships for graduate women. Guest speaker for the day will be Andrea Milne, an AAUW American Fellowship recipient who is working on her Ph.D. in History at U.C. Irvine. She is a Senior Pedagogical Fellow and Historian of HIV/AIDS activism. She will be discussing her dissertation which examines the advocacy work performed by nurses who founded the first U.S. AIDS ward.

Upcoming Speaking Engagement

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Branch Meeting

Palm Desert

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When: Saturday, February 11, 11:30AM

Where: Marriott Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert, CA

Guest speaker Andrea Milne is a twentieth century U.S. historian whose work sits at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and medicine. Her primary focus is the history of HIV/AIDS; Milne’s dissertation looks at the nurses who formed the first AIDS ward in the United States. She’s also written on activism performed by women interned at the Carville National Leprosarium in the 1940s 50s, and 60s. A Senior Pedagogical Fellow at UC Irvine’s Center for Engaged Instruction, Milne is passionate about teaching, and mentors aspiring academics and instructors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. When she is not doing academic work, Milne works as the Research Assistant for Nate DiMeo’s Peabody Award-nominated history podcast, The Memory Palace. She also writes for several history blogs, and maintains a personal blog on her website, www.andreamilne.com.


Upcoming Workshop

Course Design Certificate Program

UC Irvine Center for Engaged Instruction

Brain Flourescent Light Bulb

Facilitator: Andrea Milne, Senior Pedagogical Fellow

When: November 10, November 17, and December 1, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on each day

Where: UC Irvine, AIRB 1030


This certificate program covers the foundations of successful course design. Participants will practice “backwards, integrated course design” by establishing goals for student learning and aligning assignments and assessments with these goals. Participants will leave this program with a certificate in course design, a syllabus for a course they may teach in the future, and strategies for teaching that course. Participation in all (3) sessions, plus the completion of a syllabus are required to attain the certificate.

Intended for graduate students and postdocs, but open to all instructors.

Upcoming Speaking Engagement

“Feminism in Contemporary Culture” presented by the Feminists of UCI


When: Tuesday, May 24 6-8 PM (followed by dinner)

Where: UC Irvine, Steinhaus Hall 134

Twitter Hashtags: #UCIFeminists #SocialJusticeIsNotCancer #FeminismIsNotCancer #CancerIsCancer

Milo Yiannopoulos (known for his inglorious work with Breibart and Gamergate) is coming to the UC Irvine campus to give a talk in which he posits that feminism and social justice are “cancer.” The UCI Feminist Illuminati is a grassroots response to the sexism, racism, and homophobia that this event represents. This evening of talks by UCI graduate students and faculty will celebrate contemporary queer and feminist activism at and beyond our campus. When we’re done smashing the patriarchy with our formidable collective intellect, we’ll have pizza!


“The Six Million Dollar Scholar” is the personal blog of Andrea Milne, a Ph.D. candidate in modern U.S. History at the University of California, Irvine. To get the story behind the blog’s name, click here.