More undergraduate research

Eastern History majors have multiple venues in which to show off their research chops. Just a few weeks after the CSU Making History conference, more History majors presented their papers and posters at Eastern’s annual CREATE conference.

What Goes Up Must Come Down? Sarah Brihan presents on the artistic undermining of the Berlin Wall

What Goes Up Must Come Down? Sarah Brihan presents on the artistic undermining of the Berlin Wall

Isabella Rossi presents her period dress as part of her paper, “The Elite Opulence of the Gilded Age: Creation of an 1876 Style Evening Gown.”

Isabella Rossi presents her period dress as part of her paper, “The Elite Opulence of the Gilded Age: Creation of an 1876 Style Evening Gown.”

Joseph White presents his paper, “The Foul Blot of Everlasting Shame: Why 18th Century American Patriots Told the Story of Benedict Arnold.”

Joseph White presents his paper, “The Foul Blot of Everlasting Shame: Why 18th Century American Patriots Told the Story of Benedict Arnold.”

Rosie Welles presents her paper, “‘The Mythic Rapist’: Destructive Sexual Dehumanization of Black Men in the New South.”

Rosie Welles presents her paper, “‘The Mythic Rapist’: Destructive Sexual Dehumanization of Black Men in the New South.”

Patrick Thompson explains his poster session, “Love is Love: The Rise and Fall of the Defense of Marriage Act.”

Patrick Thompson explains his poster session, “Love is Love: The Rise and Fall of the Defense of Marriage Act.”

Jaky Ray presents her poster session, “Samson Occom.”

Jaky Ray presents her poster session, “Samson Occom.”

Prof. Thomas Balcerski with student Rosie Wells; Prof. Scott Moore with student Joseph White.

Prof. Thomas Balcerski with student Rosie Wells; Prof. Scott Moore with student Joseph White.

Oh the Places You’ll Go – Middle East edition

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,

Golan Heights

Golan Heights

visit the Sea of Galilee,

Sea of Galilee (pre-swim)

Sea of Galilee

climb to the top of Masada at sunrise, float in the Dead Sea,

Where the floating is easy...

Where the floating is easy…

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

Rockin' in Petra

Rockin’ in Petra

and spent the night in a Bedouin desert camp.

Jordanian bedouin camp

Jordanian bedouin camp

In the West Bank, students visited a Palestinian refugee camp,

Palestinian refugee camp

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!

Another sad note

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.

Congratulations Victoria Soto Award Winner Elaine Hill

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.

Elaine Hill. 2017 Victoria Soto award winner

Elaine Hill. 2017 Victoria Soto award winner

Congratulations new Honor Society members

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. PAT 2017This 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!

Students Make History Too

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!

Congratulations to Quanece Williams

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!