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.

History was Made

And made well. The Eastern contingent of the “Making History” conference returned on March 11.

In was has become an annual affair, the four chairs of History Departments at Western, Central, Eastern and Southern hosted the second annual CSU “Making History” Conference. This year the conference took place at CCSU. As last year, both faculty and students presented their research papers and posters. Eastern’s Department of History was well-represented. Professor Thomas Balcerski presented a paper “Beards, Bachelors, and Brides: The Surprisingly Spicy Politics of the Presidential Election of 1856.” Professor Joan Meznar presented a paper on “Religion and Abolition of Slavery in Brazil.” Students Jacqueline Ray and Bethany Marion prepared a poster on “Samson Occom’s Life and Legacy;” Carl Kraus presented on “Colonial Norwich: Slave Society or Society with Slaves?”; Sabreena Croeau spoke on “The Detrimental Effects of the U.S. – Saudi Arabian Alliance,” and Christopher J. Morris presented a paper “Got a Donkey in the Crosshairs: The Partisan Anticommunism of Senator Joseph McCarthy.” Students Alaina Torromeo and McKenzie Korte, whose papers on colonial slavery in Connecticut were also in the program, were unable to participate in the conference.

Student and faculty presenters (L-R): Jacqueline Ray, Dr. Anna Kirchmann, Dr. Joan Meznar, Sabreena Croteau, Bethany Marion, Christopher Morris, Carl Krauss, and Dr. Thomas Balcerski

Student and faculty presenters (L-R): Jacqueline Ray, Dr. Anna Kirchmann, Dr. Joan Meznar, Sabreena Croteau, Bethany Marion, Christopher Morris, Carl Krauss, and Dr. Thomas Balcerski

In addition to the presenters and the Department’s Chair Dr. Kirchmann, several of the students from the History Club attended the conference. While at the conference, the Eastern group was glad to run into two recent history alumni, Bethany Niebank and Jared Leitzel, who are now graduate students in Central’s public history program.

Dr. Kirchmann commented: “‘Making History’ brings together both faculty and students in our four departments and while facilitating the exchange of academic knowledge, it helps us to get to know each other better. This year’s conference was a great event, which allowed our students to experience first-hand a professional conference. All our presenters did a fantastic job and I was very proud of them.”

Eastern Attendees at the 2016 Making History conference

Eastern Attendees at the 2016 Making History conference. From L to R, back to front: Dr. Ania Kirchmann, Jacqueline Ray, Sabrina Bell, Dr. Joan Meznar, Sabreena Croteau, Chris Morris, Carl Krauss, Dr. Thomas Balcerski, History alum Jared Leitzel, Sara Dean, Bethany Marion, Alexa Potter, and History alum Bethany Niebanck.