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!

History? It was made

A few years ago chairs of the History Departments at Eastern, Central, Southern, and Western decided to collaborate on organizing a joint conference, during which both history faculty and history students would present their research in order to increase our collaboration across campuses.

The collaborators (Department chairs Dr. Anna Kirchmann, Eastern; Dr. Troy Paddock, Southern; Dr. Katherine Hermes, Central)

The collaborators (Department chairs Dr. Anna Kirchmann, Eastern; Dr. Troy Paddock, Southern; Dr. Katherine Hermes, Central)

So far, such conferences were hosted by Southern (2015), and Central (2016), and were very successful. On March 24, 2017, Eastern welcomed the CSU Making History Conference on our campus. President Nuñez opened the conference and welcomed all the attendees to Eastern campus.

President Nuñez welcomes the attendees

President Nuñez welcomes the attendees

Attendees being welcomed

Attendees being welcomed

Close to 50 full time and part time faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students participated in the conference. The sessions took place in the Student Center and gathered a sizable, engaged audience.

Sizable engaged audience. How do we know they were engaged? Note the raised hands of both the speaker and the audience member front row.

Sizable, engaged audience. How do we know they were engaged? Notice that they are all looking at the front of the room, and note particularly the raised hands of both the speaker and the audience member front row.

Chair of the History Department Dr. Kirchmann commented, “All the presentations were well-researched and engaging. Faculty and students alike had a chance to network and to get to know their colleagues from other campuses. Everybody enjoyed talking history!”

And now for some posed and not-so-posed photos:

Eastern presenters: Top row from left: Dr. Stefan Kamola, Shayla Beausoleil, Jacqueline Ray,Abigail Allard, Alexa Potter, Gabrielle Archibald, Joseph White; bottom from left: Patrick Thompson, Joseph DeMarco, Hayden Judd, Rosie Welles, Dr. Scott Moore.

Eastern presenters: Top row from left: Dr. Stefan Kamola, Shayla Beausoleil, Jacqueline Ray, Abigail Allard, Alexa Potter, Gabrielle Archibald, Joseph White; Bottom from left: Patrick Thomson, Joseph DeMarco, Hayden Judd, Rosie Welles, Dr. Scott Moore.

Nametag? (Claire Tensa, Eastern)

Nametag? (Claire Tensa, Eastern)

Nationalism panel (From left: panel chair Dr. Bradley Camp Davis, Eastern; presenter Dr. Scott Moore, Eastern; presenter Joseph Demarco, Eastern; presenter Gabrielle Archibald, Eastern)

Nationalism panel (From left: panel chair Dr. Bradley Camp Davis, Eastern; Dr. Scott Moore, Eastern; Joseph DeMarco, Eastern; Gabrielle Archibald, Eastern)

Poster presentation: Alexa Potter, Eastern

Poster presentation: Alexa Potter, Eastern

Presenter Gabrielle Archibald, Eastern

Presenter Gabrielle Archibald, Eastern

Hand gestures make your point. Presenter Joseph White, Eastern

Hand gestures make your point. Presenter Joseph White, Eastern

Savages of the Sea poster, Eastern students

Savages of the Sea poster, Eastern students.

Presenter Rosie Welles, Eastern

Presenter Rosie Welles, Eastern

Poster: Patrick Thompson, Eastern

Poster: Patrick Thomson, Eastern

Dr. Stefan Kamola, Eastern; Dan Fischer, Southern

Dr. Stefan Kamola, Eastern; Dan Fischer, Southern; Emily Gebhardt, Southern

The next conference is planned to take place in the Spring 2018 at Western.

Public History opportunity, ye mateys!

For those interested in public history, you might consider checking out Discovering Amistad (http://discoveringamistad.org), 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:  http://to.gmu.edu/humanitiesonline.

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: https://rrchnm.org/what-we-do/.
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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.

Victory!

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.