Summer conference on Fields of Conflict

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center here in Mashantucket, CT will be hosting the upcoming International Fields of Conflict Conference taking place the week of September 26-30, 2018. Fields of Conflict is a week-long, world renowned gathering of archaeologists, historians, students and vocational metal detectorists where presenters share the latest research regarding military history and battlefield archaeology.

They are currently soliciting undergraduate and graduate student to submit posters related to military history/conflict archaeology topics for inclusion in the conference. Conference Registration is also open at this time.

Click on the links below for details:

Pequot Museum FOC 2018 Student Posters

Pequot Museum FOC 2018 Registration

Congratulations to our New Honors Students

The History department once again recognized our outstanding majors by awarding them membership in a select group: Phi Alpha Theta, class of 2018. This History Honors society only welcomes the best junior and senior history majors, and our Eastern chapter hosted a dinner in their honor on April 5th. The event, which included a solemn candle-lighting ritual that probably dates back to the Freemasons, is a celebration of all the hard work and effort that these students have put into their studies. We expect big things of them in the future!

Honors inductees (left to right): Kenneth (Matt) Pulk, Taryn McCabe, Michael Theriault, Theresa Johnson, Christopher Ladd, banner with Ouroboros, Chelsea Dahmer, Cameron Noel, Erik Rosati, Gerry Denardi, Erica Davidson. Not pictured: Ryan Bridges, Sarah Brihan, Harrison Brooks, Michael Byne, Katerina Mazzacane.

At the same ceremony, this year’s Victoria Soto award was awarded to Taryn McCabe.

Taryn McCabe, winner of the 2018 Victoria Soto Award

Congratulations to all!


CSU History Conference at Western

In what has become an annual affair, the History Departments at Southern, Central, Eastern, and Western gathered for a now annual conference of students and faculty.  This year, the newly renamed CSU History Departments Conference convened at the Westside Campus of WCSU on Friday, April 6, 2018.

Despite the long drive from Willimantic to Danbury, Eastern was well-represented. Senior history major Ryan Bridges presented his paper, “Trump and Taylor: Not Quite Rough and Ready Presidents,” while next door, senior history major Vanessa Hill presented her paper, “Religion, Gender, and Culture: The Black American Experience.”  Through careful maneuvering, however, students and faculty managed to hear both papers.  Meanwhile, Joe White was asked to participate in a roundtable discussion on undergraduate research among history majors.  After lunch, Dr. Bradley Davis co-facilitated a lively roundtable on “New Directions in Vietnamese History: Recent Work from Three CSU Historians.”

Student presenters Joe White, Ryan Bridges, and Vanessa Hill

Dr. Meznar commented: “Once again Eastern students impressed with the high quality of their research and the professionalism of their presentations.  A special thank you to Dr. Thomas Balcerski for his many roles, including faculty mentor, photographer, and van driver.”

The Eastern Contingent. Sanderce Sweeney, Dr. Joan Meznar, Joe White, Ryan Bridges, Vanessa Hill, Sharifa Lowen, Margaret Conroy, and Dr. Thomas Balcerski. Not Pictured: Dr. Bradley Davis.


All left having learned something new and with the hope that the conference would reconvene next year (at Southern).

Digital History Lab now operational

It’s taken a few years, but Eastern’s History department is proud to finally have our very own Digital History Lab. What’s a Digital History Lab, you ask? It’s a room with computers and specialized software reserved for History faculty and majors, it’s located in Webb 408, and it will be the centerpiece for the department’s efforts to incorporate more digital tools into our curriculum. We already offered the first section of HIS 386: Introduction to Digital History last fall, and will make it a regularly-scheduled course starting in Fall 2019. In the meantime, you can look forward to an increasing number of fancy maps and visualizations in your courses. So stay tuned.

A YouTube video showing the lab in action can be seen here.

Congratulations to last Spring 2017 seminar paper winners

Congratulations to the authors of the best seminar papers in Spring 2017:  

Joseph DeMarco for his work on Jefferson, Adams, and the Question of Tripoli.

Joe DeMarco with award

Joe DeMarco with award

And, Adam Murphy for “A Professor’s Experience in Indonesia: Examining the Partnership Between University of Kentucky and Bogor Agricultural College, 1957-1966.”

Adam Murphy with award

Adam Murphy with award