For those interested in public history, the Killingly Historical Society (and Genealogical Society) has openings for interns and volunteers. For internship credit at Eastern, check with Dr. Carenen.
On March 10, Dr. Carenen took a group of 15 students on a global studies field course to Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank. In Israel, students were able to visit the border between Israel and Lebanon, see the Golan Heights,
visit the Sea of Galilee,
climb to the top of Masada at sunrise, float in the Dead Sea,
visit Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem), meet with Druze in Haifa, and explore the Old City of Jerusalem. In Jordan, students visited the ancient Roman ruins of Jerash, explored the capital city of Amman, visited Petra
and spent the night in a Bedouin desert camp.
In the West Bank, students visited a Palestinian refugee camp,
a private school in Beit Jala, met with members of Combatants for Peace, visited Shephard’s Field and the Church of the Nativity. The course focused on exploring the boundaries of the Arab-Palestinian-Israeli conflict and students were able to visit with people from all sides of the conflict, learn about parts of the modern Middle East, and explore new geography!
The History department just learned that another former History faculty member passed away. Dr. Leon Sarin (online bituary here) taught at many different institutions, and at many levels, throughout his long career. He ended up at Eastern, teaching North American history until his retirement in 1994. He founded the Canadian Studies program here at Eastern, and spent 28 years educating several generations of Eastern students.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
During the PAT award dinner, a separate award was also given in memory of Eastern alumna and PAT member Victoria Soto ’08, an elementary school teacher who lost her life in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, CT. Every year since 2013, the History department presents the award to an outstanding graduating History/History-Social Science/History-American Studies major who is a member of PAT and is planning on pursuing a career in teaching. This year’s award was given to Elaine Hill.
Phi Alpha Theta, the national History Honors Society, was established in 1921 and now has over 400,000 members, from undergraduates History majors to History professors. At last week’s induction ceremony and dinner, the Eastern branch of PAT, Alpha Mu Alpha, was proud to welcome more than a dozen new members to that exclusive club. This year’s inductees include, from left to right: Samantha Normington, Alexa Potter, Andrea Slater, Adam Murphy, Alexandra Tynan, Elijah Trott, PAT banner (honorary member), Shannon Barillari, Zachary Loughead, Jared Kranc, Cassandra Morton, Taryn McCabe.
Dr. Stefan Kamola, Joseph DeMarco and Christopher Morris were also inducted, though unable to attend.
Congratulations to all for your hard work!
In case you missed it, the 2016 online issue of Eastern’s undergraduate history research journal, Germina Veris, is now available for perusal. Each year outstanding History students are invited by faculty to expand on their research projects and submit them to GV. After undergoing a blind peer review process, students revise their work and have it published.
Congratulations to Sara Dean, Lauren Grenier, and Abby Miner for their contributions!
History and Political Science double major Quanece Williams, who graduated from Eastern in May 2016, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to go to the Czech Republic. Quanece is the first Eastern alumna to ever be awarded a Fulbright. She will be leaving in August.
While at Eastern, Quanece was also a recipient of a Tucker scholarship from the History Department, and was a Barnard Scholar.
Congratulations, Quanece, and good luck!