Public History opportunity, ye mateys!

For those interested in public history, you might consider checking out Discovering Amistad (, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing education on its tall ship, the Amistad, and in Connecticut classrooms. The mission of Discovering Amistad is for CT students and adults to learn about the history of the Amistad, and to explore themes that extend its story to the present day, including legal and social justice.

Discovering Amistad is looking for individuals to serve as educators, on board and in the classroom. Educators should have a knowledge of American history and be able to lead discussions of students of all grade levels on contemporary issues concerning race and justice. Some background in education is essential: college graduates, education students and retired teachers are encouraged to apply.

For additional information, as well as application materials, contact Discovering Amistad Education Committee co-chairs Stephen Armstrong or Bob King.

If you think computers aren’t just a fad

then you might consider applying for a certificate in Digital Public Humanities.

The Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, has created a fully online Graduate Certificate in Digital Public Humanities. The program trains students in the digital skills and tools that are increasingly essential to careers in education, public history, libraries, publishing and many kinds of government and non-profit work. This 15-credit program consists of three online courses followed by a remote internship with a unit of the Smithsonian Institution. Because it is both online and part-time, students can pursue it while working or attending another graduate program. The certificate can also be combined with our own History M.A. program.

For more information:

If this tickles your fancy, you should probably take Dr. Ostwald’s HIS 386 Introduction to Digital History this fall. As a Mason post-doctoral fellow whose office was in the temporary building that housed Mason’s Center for History and New Media, he can vouch for George Mason being the premier program in Digital History. They’re the people who brought us Zotero and Omeka, among many other digital projects:

Dr. Thomas P. Anderson Memorial Prize in History

The ECSU Department of History is proud to announce the establishment of the Dr. Thomas P. Anderson Memorial Prize in History for students attending Eastern. The prize is to be awarded by the Department of History to a graduating senior history major who has exhibited exceptional scholarly achievement in this field during his or her undergraduate years. The first recipient will be named in the Spring 2017.

Dr. Thomas P. Anderson was a professor in Eastern’s History Department from 1969 until his retirement in 1994, and served for many years as a chair of the department. He was also a distinguished scholar and expert in Latin American history.  He was named a Connecticut State University (CSU) Professor in 1990 and received professor emeritus status following his retirement. The Memorial l Prize was established in his honor by his family members.

Thomas P. Anderson

Thomas P. Anderson


Congratulations, again, to Team History for Victory

For the second year in a row, Team History won this year’s College Bowl tournament. In 2017 this required securing a victory over Team Economics.  The team consisted of History majors Sam Skene, Matt Putnam, Claire Tensa, and Kiera Morace and was coached by Prof. Balcerski.  The tournament was organized by our own Dr. David Frye.  Thank you to all who participated.


Team History celebrates another championship in the 2017 College Bowl tournament. From left to right: Prof. Balcerski, Sam Skene, Claire Tensa, Matt Putnam, and Kiera Morace.

And they say History never repeats.

So what does a History professor actually do when not teaching? Part 2

Funny you should ask.

Professor Scott Moore traveled to Prague in the Czech Republic from January 21-25, 2017 to attend a recent conference hosted by New York University, Prague.  The conference explored the complexity of bureaucracy in Central and Eastern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and included papers that covered a range of topics from the strategies used by Catholic monks to navigate the imperial bureaucracy of the Ottoman Empire to the way film producers maintained creative freedom under communism.  Professor Moore’s paper, “Resisting the ‘Constraining Net of Bureaucratic Form’:  Images of Educational Bureaucracy in Late-Imperial Austria” examined the tense relationship between teachers and educational administrators in Austria at the end of the nineteenth-century [Plus ça change…].  You can learn more about the conference at:

And now for a European-looking cityscape:

Castle Hill, Prague

Castle Hill, Prague

So what does a History professor actually do when not teaching? Part 1

Dr. Davis recently returned from Paris, where he presented a talk at the Institut National des Language et Cultures Oriental (INaLCO) and served as a member of a Ph.D. defense (soutenance) at the University of Paris (Diderot-VII). In the French system, graduate students seeking a Ph.D. have a lengthy public defense of their work, which is often well-attended and lasts several hours. Dr. Davis, along with Dr. Philippe Le Failler (University of Provence), was a pré-rapporteur  for the dissertation submitted by Johann Grémont, titled “Pirates et contrebandiers le long de la frontière sino-vietnamienne: une frontière à l’épreuve? (1895-1940)” [Bandits and Smugglers in the China-Vietnam Borderlands] Grémont successfully passed the defense and will formally submit his final dissertation soon.

Powerpoint: The International Lingua Franca

Powerpoint: The International Lingua Franca

While in Paris, Dr. Davis also gave a talk connected to his recent book at the INaLCO, “Entre refuge et liberté: la forêt, les Yao, les groups Tai-Kadai et les Viêt aux XIXe-XXe siècles” [Between Flight and Freedom: The Forest, the Yao, Tai-Kadai Groups, and the Viet in the 19-20th Centuries].