Dude, this sounds like a great class

Two, in fact.

The History department is offering two summer courses for 2017, for those of you looking for some extra credits on an interesting topic:

Dr. Carenen is offering HIS 362: Hot Wars in the Cold War, offered from 31 July-18 August on MWF from 9:00-4:15 PM:
After World War II, two great superpowers emerged that would challenge each other for total global domination. Despite a massive arms race and the introduction of nuclear weapons, the United States and the U.S.S.R. never entered into direct armed confrontation. They almost did, though. And they used other nations as proxies in their colossal struggle against each other, particularly in Asia. In the half-century that marked the Cold War, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. engaged in warm and hot wars that affected millions of people around the globe and altered all aspects of life for the citizens of many nations, including their own. This course will briefly examine the origins of the Cold War, the nearly hot interruption of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the hot wars of Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan. Counts as a History elective or LAC Tier 2 Individuals and Societies.

Dr. Davis is offering HIS 116: Intro to Modern World History, meeting 5-17 June, MTWR from 12:00-3:20 PM:
An intensive version of HIS116, this course introduces students to the major themes and problems of world history since 1500, with an emphasis in interconnection, global exchange, and long term environmental and human change in the non-US Americas, Eurasia, and the African continent. Topics include the world silver trade, European imperialism, Islamic empires, revolutionary socialism, nationalism, and the global history of products such as rubber, coffee, opium during the nineteenth century. We will also consider the changing role of world history for historians. Readings include Roberts Marks’ Origins of the Modern World and multiple primary sources. Students will be evaluated through essays, short quizzes, and class participation. Satisfies a Tier I LAC requirement


C-SPAN American History TV comes to Eastern!

On Thursday, November 12, 2015, Professor Balcerski’s HIS 120: Early American History to 1877 class was filmed by C-SPAN American History TV for their program “Lectures in History.”  Professor Balcerski delivered a lecture entitled “The Political Culture of the Antebellum Congress.”  The lecture will eventually air on television (date TBD) and the show’s web site at URL: http://www.c-span.org/series/?lecturesInHistory

Professor Balcerski lectures to his HIS 120 class for C-SPAN American History TV.

Debate over Manifest Destiny

In HIS 241: The American Frontier, students debated the question: “To what extent was manifest destiny inevitable?”  Divided into two larger teams—either “For” or “Against” the question—each side was asked to work in smaller groups to prepare key points of supporting evidence.  From these smaller teams, two spokespersons were chosen (nicknamed “Lewis and Clark”) to participate in the debate, with one sub-group each offering an opening statement of five minutes, a rebuttal of two minutes, and open-ended debate of five minutes.  Professor Balcerski scored the debate.  Each side offered compelling commentary on the historical questions of expansion of the American nation, the process of frontier settlement, and the removal of Native Americans.  While both sides faithfully defined their views, Professor Balcerski awarded the win to the “Against” team.  Both sides left with smiles on their face, as seen in the photo taken after the debate.

Students who debated pose for the camera in the American Frontier class


History majors from HIS 400 seminar in American History toured the Windham Textile and History Museum in Willimantic. The tour was led by the Museum’s Educator and local historian Beverly York. Among other things, the group had a chance to see the upcoming exhibit on the work clothing, which will soon be open to the public. Over the years many history majors held their internships at the museum, contributing greatly to a number of permanent exhibits there. Eastern’s History Club also volunteers at the museum.