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Splash Biography

AIDAN PEARSON, Senior studying War and Repression.

Major: History

College/Employer: UC Berkeley

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:


My name is Aidan Scott Pearson and I am a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in History with a minor in Public Policy. I transferred to Berkeley in Fall of 2018 from Foothill Community College.

I currently study War and Repression in the Modern Age. I personally enjoy learning about historical interpretations of events after they occur. This stems from my belief that sometimes in history, regardless of the facts, individual perspectives will vary. For my senior thesis, I will be investigating historical accounts from the 1920s regarding German involvement in causing World War One.

My goals are to teach, work as a public servant, and/or run for a legislative office. I have served as a Pathways Student for the Federal Government since 2016.

I look forward to meeting you!

Past Classes

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X718: Transferring From a Community College in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 02, 2019)
Did you know that transfer students have a higher admissions rate to UC Berkeley than freshmen? Or that transferring can enable you to finish half of your bachelors for a fraction of the cost? Or that you can take your challenging lower division prerequisites in classes of 50 students instead of 500? In this class we will discuss an alternative, nontraditional educational route: completing the first two years of your bachelors at a community college before transferring to a four-year university. We will discuss the social, financial, and educational benefits and drawbacks of this approach based on our own experiences as brothers who both transferred to UC Berkeley. Please come with any and all questions you may have about community college, Berkeley, admissions applications, undergraduate research, and more!

O722: What is Corruption? in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 02, 2019)
In the current era, a difficult question arises, what is corruption? Legalistic and moral views are possible. In this class, we will examine and discuss differing views on corruption. Corruption is often used as a word to describe behavior that is perceived as immoral. We see it thrown out in the news by members of both parties regarding a variety of acts or behaviors that aren’t even technically illegal. Throughout history, various camps of ideology have been proposed for what the correct definition of corruption should be? In this class, we will consider if Machiavelli was right about Watergate and the different ways to define corruption. This class won’t teach the “best way” of understanding corruption, instead it will provide students with an opportunity to understand different frameworks of thinking. This class is thanks in large part to Professor Raphael Murillo who is teaching History 103B –Corruption. The link to that class is here:

X723: 2020 Democrats in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 02, 2019)
The current Democratic field has begun to solidify. We know for certain that Biden, Warren, Sanders, Harris, and Buttigieg have consistently stayed in the top of the polls. The question arises, who are these people? With a crowded field, many voters are overwhelmed by their choices offered this election cycle. We will examine how populism and impeachment has shaped the Democratic race. Additionally, students who will be 18 in the fall of 2020 will be shown how to register to vote.