Seniors, don’t forget to mark you calendars. Free food and awards.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
The next conference is planned to take place in the Spring 2018 at Western.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
And they say History never repeats.