Eastern Hosts Historical Conference

Eastern faculty and alumni presenters gather at the NEHA book exhibit. (L-R) Miles Wilkerson ’15, Professors Anna Kirchmann, Jamel Ostwald and Joan Meznar, Dean Carmen Cid, and Professors Scott Moore, Caitlin Carenen and Thomas Balcerski.

Eastern faculty and alumni presenters gather at the NEHA book exhibit. (L-R) Miles Wilkerson ’15, Professors Anna Kirchmann, Jamel Ostwald and Joan Meznar, Dean Carmen Cid, and Professors Scott Moore, Caitlin Carenen and Thomas Balcerski.

Written by Anne Pappalardo

Eastern Connecticut State University hosted the New England Historical Association’s 99th Annual Fall Conference on Oct. 28 in the Betty R. Tipton Room in the Student Center.

The association is a regional affiliate of the American Historical Association and includes approximately 450 scholars who are employed in various positions related to history. It promotes scholarly interchange and seeks to enhance teaching and scholarship in history. While most of its members are college and university faculty, active participants also include graduate students, independent scholars, preservationists and museum-based scholars, historical society administrators and secondary school faculty.

Eastern History faculty who moderated or presented research included Professors Thomas Balcerski, Caitlin Carenen, Bradley C. Davis, Anna Kirchmann, Joan Meznar, Jamel Ostwald, Barbara Tucker and Scott Moore. Eastern alum Jim Loughead ’04 of Mansfield Public Schools was a discussant at a Teaching Social Studies roundtable and Miles Wilkerson ’15 presented “The Moral Treatment: On the Institutionalization of People with Disabilities in the Anglophone Atlantic, 1660-1860.”

Adam Murphy ’18 of Meriden presented “A Professor’s Experience in Indonesia: Examining the Partnership Between University of Kentucky and Bogor Agricultural College, 1957-1966.” Murphy’s major’s are Political Science and History and Social Science; he also has a minor in Asian Studies.