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Jeff Benedict ’91 shares insight into storytelling and making ‘The Dynasty’

Bestselling author Jeff Benedict ’91 presents ‘The Dynasty’ to his alma mater
Benedict gives master class on storytelling

Jeff Benedict ‘91 visited Eastern Connecticut State University on March 5 to discuss “The Dynasty,” his nonfiction book-turned-television docuseries about the New England...

Posted on March 06, 2024 by Noel Teter

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Warriors transcribe Black history at Douglass Day

This year’s Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon at Eastern Connecticut State University gave students, faculty and staff the opportunity to celebrate Black History month by transcribing historical...

Posted on February 22, 2024 by Elisabeth Craig

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Kirchmann publishes 'Polish American Voices'
Book recounts 400 years of Polish immigrant history

Professor Emerita Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann's new book, “Polish American Voices: A Documentary History, 1608-2020," compiles 145 documents of Polish American immigrants and...

Posted on January 10, 2024 by Elisabeth Craig

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3 ECSU Foundation gifts benefit history center, career services, STEP/CAP

Three programs at Eastern Connecticut State University — in Connecticut history, career services and summer transition — will benefit from recent gifts to the ECSU Foundation.

Posted on November 17, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

Eastern undergrads present research at liberal arts conference

Eastern represents at regional liberal arts conference

Fifteen Eastern Connecticut State University students made the long drive to Mahwah, NJ, on Oct. 27 to present their research on topics ranging from history to coding. The presentations at the...

Posted on November 07, 2023 by Marcus Grant

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Honors history students present at New England conference

The education of children in Japanese American relocation camps in the United States during World War II, and the threats posed to democracy by corporate interests near the turn of the 20th...

Posted on November 02, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

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Carenen gives history lesson on Arab-Israeli conflict

History Professor Caitlin Carenen presented on the historical context of the Israel-Hamas War during a heavily attended “flash talk” on Oct. 18 in the Science Building. Carenen...

Posted on October 24, 2023 by Michael Rouleau

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More high school students earn credits at Eastern with dual enrollment

A growing number of high school students in Connecticut are enrolling in courses that can earn credits at Eastern Connecticut State University under a dual enrollment program that recently received...

Posted on October 23, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

Box of Documents

History majors uncover lost relics in Willimantic Town Hall

Eastern history majors and members of the History Club uncovered centuries worth of historical documents in the top floors of the Willimantic Town Hall at the conclusion of the spring 2023 semester.

Posted on October 04, 2023 by Elisabeth Craig

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Teaching a book’s history reveals another story
Emily Todd co-edits collection of essays

Emily Todd, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, has always been drawn to studying literature and history. She has combined the two interests in her new book, “Teaching the History of the...

Posted on September 11, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

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History professor writes about New York City as the nation’s early capital

New York City’s brief tenure as the nation’s capital is the subject of an article by Thomas Balcerski, associate professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University, in the new...

Posted on June 01, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

Emiliano Villanueva and Scott Moore

2 professors win Board of Regents awards for teaching, research

Two Eastern Connecticut State University faculty were recognized for excellence in teaching and research by the Connecticut Board of Regents in its annual faculty awards.

Posted on May 30, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

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History website shows what Willimantic was like in 1910

The second phase of “Digital Windham,” a website created by historians at Eastern Connecticut State University went live on May 4 with new exhibits exploring what Willimantic was like...

Posted on May 16, 2023 by Lucinda Weiss

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Internships lend real-world experience in spring 2023

Nearly 100 Eastern Connecticut State University students completed internships in the spring 2023 semester. Students explored a variety of opportunities on and off campus that related to their...

Posted on May 01, 2023 by Molly Boucher

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Eastern hosts 'Humans and the Environment' symposium

Four Connecticut-based scholars described the ecological impacts and anthropogenic changes that humanity has had on the environment at a symposium at Eastern Connecticut State University on March 24.

Posted on April 05, 2023 by Jack Jones

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Eastern hosts Douglass Day 'Transcribe-a-Thon'

Most people are likely to recognize Feb. 14 as Valentine’s Day. However, there is another occasion to be celebrated on this date: the birth of civil rights and anti-slavery activist Frederick...

Posted on February 16, 2023 by Noel Teter

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Eastern history professor presents on legendary Virginia witch

For centuries, stories have been told around Halloween in the Virginia Beach area about the mysterious and mischievous Grace Sherwood, the “Witch of Pungo.” Eastern Connecticut State...

Posted on November 07, 2022 by Noel Teter

Elizabeth Bartoshevich completes her digital history project.

2 summer research fellows study digital history and computational chemistry

Two Eastern students spent their summer’s completing research fellowships under close faculty mentorship. Senior History major Elizabeth Bartoshevich continued a digital history project...

Posted on August 31, 2022 by Dwight Bachman

Max Turner, Aspen Ben Azulay, and Vania Perez Gordillo

3 student papers awarded by Latin American and Caribbean Studies program
Papers investigate immigration and sexual diversity

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies program recognized three students in its 2022 annual Student Paper Awards. History major Max Turner ’22 won the top prize, whereas Sociology major...

Posted on July 26, 2022 by Dwight Bachman

Commissioner's Cup

Campus Briefs
Commissioner's Cup | 'Book of Queer' | College of Distinction

Eastern wins 5th consecutive Commissioner’s Cup; Eastern named a 2022-23 College of Distinction; Eastern names 2 permanent deans; Student wins NAACP scholarship; Historian Tom Balcerski...

Posted on June 17, 2022


Historian Tom Balcerski appears in ‘The Book of Queer’

Thomas Balcerski, professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University, appeared in the first episode of the Discovery+ mini-series “The Book of Queer,” premiering throughout...

Posted on June 08, 2022

Digital Windham

History Department presents ‘Digital Windham’
Project captures Windham’s history online

The History Department at Eastern Connecticut State University hosted its grand opening presentation of “Digital Windham” on May 4 in Webb Hall. Digital Windham is the flagship project...

Posted on May 17, 2022 by Michael Rouleau


Students reflect on spring 2022 internships

Eastern Connecticut State University students participated in both on-campus and off-campus internships during the spring 2022 semester. Internship locations ranged from Eastern’s Office of...

Posted on May 12, 2022 by Jacob Blain and Bobbi Brown

Abigail Donaghy in the show, the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Abigail Donaghy, an actress on the rise
Eastern student balances school with show business

Abigail Donaghy was 13 years old when her father brought her to an open audition in New York City that forever changed her life. Today, at 21, she is a full-time Eastern student who is managing a...

Posted on April 11, 2022 by Molly Boucher

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Student's research grant funds tobacco history documentary project

Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore Eugene Bertrand was awarded an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Project Grant by Eastern’s Provost and Undergraduate Research...

Posted on March 29, 2022 by Bobbi Brown

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Understanding the war in Ukraine
Professors Moore and Carenen lend historical perspective

Two faculty members from the Department of History at Eastern Connecticut State University provided historical context on the war in Ukraine in a flash talk presentation on March 2. Professor Scott...

Posted on March 03, 2022 by Michael Rouleau

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Campus Briefs

Sierra Club names Eastern a 'Cool School’; Eastern partners in AAC&U-sponsored open educational resources project; Big Read kicks off in October with program centered around...

Posted on September 27, 2021

Tom Balcerski

Balcerski’s presidential presentations reach audiences nationwide

Thomas Balcerski, associate professor of history at Eastern, is a highly acclaimed presidential historian, CNN contributor and author of “Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan...

Posted on September 22, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

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Eastern students teach of The Amistad’s journey to freedom
Partnership with Discovering Amistad serves Hartford-area middle, high schoolers

Eight students from Eastern Connecticut State University are working with Discovering Amistad this September and October, teaching Hartford-area middle and high school students about the famed...

Posted on September 21, 2021 by Michael Rouleau

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3 Eastern faculty receive Board of Regents Faculty Awards

The Board of Regents (BOR) for Higher Education honored three faculty members from Eastern Connecticut State University in its annual Faculty Awards program for the 17 institutions in the...

Posted on May 05, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

“Turn on the Light” by Karla Pacheco-Sahagun

21st CREATE conference available online
Virtual symposium showcases the best of student research and creativity

Eastern Connecticut State University’s 21st annual CREATE conference is being presented online for the second year in a row. CREATE stands for “Celebrating Research and Creative...

Posted on April 28, 2021 by Michael Rouleau

"Precision" art exhibition

Campus Briefs

Music students featured in Honors Recital and Award Ceremony; History students present at Phi Alpha Theta regional conference; Eastern Opera Workshop performs ‘Dido and Aeneas’ via...

Posted on April 21, 2021

Claire Lavarreda ’21 and Allen Horn ’21

History students present at Phi Alpha Theta regional conference

Eastern Connecticut State University history students Claire Lavarreda ’21 and Allen Horn ’21 presented their research at a virtual conference of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor...

Posted on April 16, 2021

Great Migration

VP Stacey Close outlines a history of the 'Great Migration'

“‘The Great Migration’ was not just a happy, cheerful group of people who wanted to exercise their mobility in the United States,” said Stacey Close, historian and vice...

Posted on March 25, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

Mobile pantry

Campus Briefs

Students volunteer at mobile food pantry; Eastern to offer in-person graduation ceremony for Class of 2020; Theatre student Capri Agresta accepted into grad program on full-tuition waiver; and...

Posted on March 25, 2021

David Canton

University of Florida professor discusses Black American history at Eastern

Eastern Connecticut State University welcomed David Canton, director for the African American Studies program and associate professor of history at the University of Florida, on March 17 to hear...

Posted on March 22, 2021 by Bobbi Brown

Elizabeth Regan

Mohegan tribe council member discusses the teaching of Native American history

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Art Gallery concluded its HEROINE-ITY exhibition on March 4 with a presentation by Elizabeth Regan (“Morning Deer"), vice chair and justice...

Posted on March 10, 2021 by Bobbi Brown

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Carenen publishes book on history of U.S. and Middle East

Caitlin Carenen, professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University and assistant History Department chair, has published a new textbook titled “An Introductory History of the...

Posted on January 25, 2021 by Dwight Bachman


Eastern's Balcerski emerges as media expert on presidential politics

The publication of History Professor Tom Balcerski's latest book coincided with the daily unfolding drama of the 2020 presidential election. Over the ensuing months Balcerski’s expertise...

Posted on January 06, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

Assistant Professor of History, Scott Moore

Education and state loyalty in Habsburg, Austria

How do countries with diverse populations cultivate common national goals and values? On Nov. 12, Scott Moore, assistant professor of history, shared just how in his new book, “Teaching the...

Posted on November 17, 2020 by Dwight Bachman


Students reflect on struggles, silver lining of pandemic

To help make sense of the “new normal” of COVID-19, English Professor Miriam Chirico and History Professor Anna Kirchmann used the spring 2020 semester as an opportunity for their...

Posted on June 02, 2020 by Dwight Bachman and Michael Rouleau


Eastern Joins New York Southeast Asia Network

Eastern Connecticut State University recently joined a partnership with the New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN), a multidisciplinary group of scholars at colleges and universities in New York,...

Posted on April 22, 2020 by Molly Boucher

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History Students Present at Phi Alpha Theta Conference

Four Eastern Connecticut State University History majors presented their projects at the history honor society’s Phi Alpha Theta New England regional conference on Nov. 23. The Phi Alpha...

Posted on November 23, 2019 by Bobbi Brown

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Eastern’s Stefan Kamola Discusses New Book ‘Making Mongol History’

Eastern Connecticut State University History Professor Stefan Kamola gave a talk on his recent book “Making Mongol History: Rashid al-Din and the Jami’ al-Tawarikh” on Oct. 25,...

Posted on November 01, 2019 by Bobbi Brown

Tom Balcerski

Balcerski Explores Relationship of Two 19th Century Politicians

As the nation heads towards the 2020 elections, observers have asked if America has ever elected a gay president. Some say yes. Others say no. Tom Balcerski, assistant professor of history at...

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Dwight Bachman