History was Made

And made well. The Eastern contingent of the “Making History” conference returned on March 11.

In was has become an annual affair, the four chairs of History Departments at Western, Central, Eastern and Southern hosted the second annual CSU “Making History” Conference. This year the conference took place at CCSU. As last year, both faculty and students presented their research papers and posters. Eastern’s Department of History was well-represented. Professor Thomas Balcerski presented a paper “Beards, Bachelors, and Brides: The Surprisingly Spicy Politics of the Presidential Election of 1856.” Professor Joan Meznar presented a paper on “Religion and Abolition of Slavery in Brazil.” Students Jacqueline Ray and Bethany Marion prepared a poster on “Samson Occom’s Life and Legacy;” Carl Kraus presented on “Colonial Norwich: Slave Society or Society with Slaves?”; Sabreena Croeau spoke on “The Detrimental Effects of the U.S. – Saudi Arabian Alliance,” and Christopher J. Morris presented a paper “Got a Donkey in the Crosshairs: The Partisan Anticommunism of Senator Joseph McCarthy.” Students Alaina Torromeo and McKenzie Korte, whose papers on colonial slavery in Connecticut were also in the program, were unable to participate in the conference.

Student and faculty presenters (L-R): Jacqueline Ray, Dr. Anna Kirchmann, Dr. Joan Meznar, Sabreena Croteau, Bethany Marion, Christopher Morris, Carl Krauss, and Dr. Thomas Balcerski

Student and faculty presenters (L-R): Jacqueline Ray, Dr. Anna Kirchmann, Dr. Joan Meznar, Sabreena Croteau, Bethany Marion, Christopher Morris, Carl Krauss, and Dr. Thomas Balcerski

In addition to the presenters and the Department’s Chair Dr. Kirchmann, several of the students from the History Club attended the conference. While at the conference, the Eastern group was glad to run into two recent history alumni, Bethany Niebank and Jared Leitzel, who are now graduate students in Central’s public history program.

Dr. Kirchmann commented: “‘Making History’ brings together both faculty and students in our four departments and while facilitating the exchange of academic knowledge, it helps us to get to know each other better. This year’s conference was a great event, which allowed our students to experience first-hand a professional conference. All our presenters did a fantastic job and I was very proud of them.”

Eastern Attendees at the 2016 Making History conference

Eastern Attendees at the 2016 Making History conference. From L to R, back to front: Dr. Ania Kirchmann, Jacqueline Ray, Sabrina Bell, Dr. Joan Meznar, Sabreena Croteau, Chris Morris, Carl Krauss, Dr. Thomas Balcerski, History alum Jared Leitzel, Sara Dean, Bethany Marion, Alexa Potter, and History alum Bethany Niebanck.