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Greetings all! Every semester we produce an edition of the newsletter primarily dedicated to registration and advising. Please read the contents carefully: you will find many of your registration and advising questions answered. 

And please plan to attend the History Advising Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 20 at 3:15PM in B109. An additional meeting will  be held for evening students on Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 PM in T111.  Bring your guidesheets and questions and receive advising on the spot.

Do not forget to check the website (www.kean.edu/~hist) frequently, "like" us on facebook, and follow us on Twitter @KeanHistory!

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

You will not be able to register for classes until you have your advising block removed. To have this block removed, you can either attend one of our pre-registration advising meetings (see below) or schedule an appointment to meet with your advisor. See below for details and ALWAYS BRING YOUR GUIDESHEET TO ADVISING MEETINGS AND APPOINTMENTS!

(PLEASE NOTE THAT KEAN-OCEAN STUDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED SEPARATELY ABOUT THEIR ADVISING/REGISTRATION SCHEDULE.)

PRE-REGISTRATION ADVISING MEETING

The Department of History will hold its pre-registration advising meetings on Thursday, March 20, 3:15 PM in Bruce 109 and at 6:30 PM in Townsend 111. Faculty members will be on hand to conduct advising, answer your questions, and remove advisement blocks. Please bring your GUIDESHEETS (up-to-date, please), program evaluations and/or degree audits (from KeanWise), and your questions! If you need a clean GUIDESHEET, download one from the department website. Click here for GUIDESHEET.

If you cannot attend the meeting, you need to schedule an appointment with your advisor. To do so, first check his/her office hours on KeanWise, then send him/her an email to schedule an appointment.

When you meet with your advisor, bring your GUIDESHEETS (up-to-date, please), program evaluations, degree audits, and any other relevant information.
 

Have questions about advising?

Start with Advising FAQs:

Please be aware that you can find answers to most of your advising questions on the History Department FAQs posted on the department webpage.  Try looking here first before you see your advisor.
 

Why do I have a hold on my account?

 

See University Academic Advisement Policy:


All undergraduate students will be required to receive academic advisement prior to registration. This advisement will be provided by the student’s faculty adviser.  An academic advisement hold will be placed on the student’s account until they have met with their advisor. Students can access their first major advisor information by logging into their KeanWISE account and clicking on the link Search Office Hour by Faculty/Advisor Name. (This link will only provide you with your first major advisor information.)
 
Students admitted into the following programs (EEO, EPIC, Passport, and Spanish-Speaking) will have an additional hold placed on their account. Students in these special admit programs are required to contact their respective program for removal of this hold prior to registration.

Students with a second major or content area will have a second major advisement hold placed on their account until they have met with their second advisor.  

History Teacher/Cert?

You will need to seek advising and have advising blocks removed by BOTH your history advisor AND your education advisor.  
 
All history/teacher certification majors should seek education advising from Professor Jerry Weiner in Hutchinson J334E.  He can offer advising and information you need about required education courses and fieldwork.  Please consult KeanWise for Professor Weiner's office hours.  He may be reached by email at jweiner@kean.edu, or by phone at 737-4009.
 
Specific Education advisors:
 
Grades 9-12: Dr. Linda Costanzo Cahir, J-334, lcahir@kean.edu
Grades 5-8: Dr. Frank Osborne, J-334, fosborne@kean.edu
Grades K-5: Prof. Patrick Ippolito, J-330, pippolit@kean.edu
Bilingual Ed: Dr. Gail Verdi, J-330, gverdi@kean.edu
Special Ed: Dr. Barbara Lee, J-317, blee@kean.edu
 

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification: Dr. Ethel Eaddy, J-102 eeaddy@kean.edu and www.kean.edu/~pbtc

 

When can I register?

 
To find out, follow this link to the registrar's "system availability" schedule.   
 

Have basic questions about registration?

 
Try the "Preparing for Registration" page on the registrar's website: 
 


Fall 2014 Courses by Category

Below you will find Fall 2014 history courses listed by category.  For a complete list, remember to consult the department website at http://history.kean.edu/courses.
 

Introductory

HISTORY OF WESTERN CIV I

HISTORY WESTERN CIV II

WORLDS OF HISTORY

 

Comparative/Thematic History

PERSPECTIVES ON HISTORY

PUBLIC HISTORY II

HIST OF PSEUDOSCIENCE

FIRST WORLD WAR

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

HISTORY OF ALCHEMY

ATLANTIC WORLD

 

European History

MEDIEVAL EUR: HISTORY & CIV I

EUROPE IN THE 18TH CENTURY

NAZI ERA-GERMANY PRE-HOLOCAUST

RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

REFORMATION EUROPE

IRELAND: 1801-1977

REVOLUTIONARY/SOVIET RUSSIA

TSARIST RUSSIA

 

American History

US HISTORY TO 1877

US HISTORY 1877 - PRESENT

MODERN AMERICA THROUGH FILM

HISTORY OF NEW JERSEY

HISTORY OF SPORTS IN THE US

AMERICA IN THE 1960'S

AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN VIETNAM

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

US BECOME A SUPER POWER

CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION

MODERN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

 

Latin American History

COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA    

HISTORY OF THE CARIBBEAN

 

Asian History

MODERNIZATION OF CHINA & JAPAN

EAST ASIA TO 1600

WOMEN IN ASIA

 

African and Middle Eastern History

AFRICAN HISTORY TO 1885     

AFRICAN HISTORY SINCE 1885

ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION

MODERN ISRAEL

 

Seminars and Independent Study

HONORS SEMINAR IN EUROPEAN HIST

HONORS THESIS

SR SEMINAR IN HISTORY (WE)

FLD WRK & SEMINAR URB STDIES

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN HISTORY


Asian Studies

INTRO TO ASIAN STUDIES

CHINESE LITERATURE ACROSS MEDIA

INTERNSHIP IN ASIAN STUDIES

INDEPENDENT STUDY

BASIC CHINESE I

INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II

ADV CHIN. I



NEW COURSE ANNOUNCEMENTS



Hist 4305:  The Atlantic World in the Long Eighteenth Century

Dr. Mercantini and Dr. Hyde

This comparative/thematic course will use Liberty Hall, the Livingstons, and the Keans as a case study for examining the Atlantic World in the long eighteenth century, with focus on the movement of peoples, goods and ideas in the Age of Revolutions. 

Public History II: 
History and Memory

Dr. Perkiss

This course will examine the relationship between history - the empirical exploration of the recorded past - and memory - the ways that we understand and construct that past.  We will explore memory through a variety of different media - including oral history, films, literature, music, and monuments and memorials.  The semester will conclude with a multi-week Reacting to the Past module in which students will debate and discuss the construction of a national memorial to the veterans of the Vietnam War.
Hist 4305:  The Atlantic World in the Long Eighteenth Century

ADDITIONAL DEGREE PROGRAMS

B.A. in History, Honors Option

The Department of History is pleased to announce that it has launched its Honors Program.  
  • Are you considering graduate school? or law school?
  • Do you want your resume to stand out in applying for teaching jobs?
  • Do you want the opportunity to do original historical research?
If your answer to any one of the above questions is "yes," then you should strongly consider applying. Honors degrees tell graduate admissions committees and potential employers that you are a high achieving and hard working student and that you therefore deserve their consideration.
 
The History Honors Program has the same number of credit hours as the B.A. in history and requires no extra courses.  It entails taking Honors Readings Seminars in US, European, or World history as part of your upper level course requirements, completing an Honors section of Senior Seminar, and completing an Honors thesis in which you will be guided through the research and writing of a piece of original historical research.
 
Admission to the program is by application (click here for admission application and further information).  Eligible students should have a minimum GPA of 3.75 and have completed 12 credit hours in history.  Students whose GPA is lower than 3.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  If you have questions, email Drs. Mercantini and Hyde at honorshistory@kean.edu.

Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Not too early to start thinking about life - and a rewarding career -  after colleg
Consider a graduate program designed to inspire.

Consider a strong career in education, human rights, public policy, and other growing professional fields

 
The opportunities are impressive (28 degree candidates currently think so) 
  • An internship program with local, national, and international human rights agencies
  • An overseas study experience with guided visits to sites where genocide occurred
  • An opportunity to study human rights at our partner university outside London
  • An invitation to present your work at national and international conferences
 
You can start now, before you graduate
  • Register for ID 1800: The Holocaust, Genocide, and Modern Humanity. Earn history major credit at the 3000 level and get an idea about this exceptional graduate program.
  • Register for a graduate course in your senior year. Earn up to six credits to jump-start your masters degree
 
Here's how you can learn more:
  • Attend an information session:
    • Sunday, March 30, 12:30-3 pm at the Graduate College open house on the East Campus
    • Wednesday, April 9, 5:30-6:30 pm in East Campus, Room 125A
    • Tuesday, April 29, 6-7 pm at the Friends reception in the University Center Little Theatre (RSVP to jgurland@kean.edu)
  • Attend an event during Kean University's Genocide Awareness Month (April 1-30).
  • For details, visit grad.kean.edu/mahgs/calendar.
  • Read all about the program: grad.kean.edu/mahgs.
  • Email or call Dr. Dennis Klein, director: dklein@kean.edu / 908-737-0256

B.A. in Asian Studies

Kean University Asian Studies graduates will gain an informed, global perspective, as well as expertise in Asia sought by employers in a wide range of professions including business, government, international companies and organizations, libraries and museums, media, non-profit organizations, education, and language teaching abroad. The federal government projects a high demand for graduates trained in "Critical Need Languages" such as Mandarin Chinese. With an Asian Studies degree from Kean, students will experience travel abroad and/or professional internships. 
You can major in Asian Studies or complete a minor in Chinese Studies.  For information, follow the links:
 
 
 
See Dr. Xurong Kong (xkong@kean.edu) for details.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Pope Joan: The History of a Myth

Tuesday, March 18th

12:30pm to 1:45pm

Hennings Hall 113

 

Dr. Christopher Bellitto, chair and associate professor of history at Kean, will explore the question, Was there really a Pope named Joan? The historical evidence says no—that the story is just a myth. But every myth has a history and the history of this particular myth can teach us a great deal about religion, gender relations, and depictions of women in faith and culture from the early Middle Ages to today.

 
 

 

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: THE USE AND ABUSE OF POWER

"ABRAHAM LINCOLN: THE USE AND ABUSE OF POWER"

Jerrold D. Goldstein, J.D.

Adjunct Professor of History, Kean University

March 25, 3:15 PM

Carriage House

 The discussion will center around Lincoln's use of the power of the Presidency to suspend the writ of Habeus Corpus throughout the country during the Civil War, resulting in thousands being arrested and imprisoned without warrants.  We will also address how Lincoln justified this conduct which allowed subsequent presidents to assume "war powers" beyond the Constitution.

HGS News

Help our graduate students take action on behalf of the marginalized and vulnerable in distressed regions of the world. Who better than graduate students in Kean’s acclaimed Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program? How do these students get this opportunity? Your contribution to the Genocide Awareness Internship Fund. Your support and our training and supervision is the perfect collaboration to promote human rights action and research.
 
 
 
Donate $25 or more if possible at keanlift.kean.edu. It's a great cause for our students, the human rights organizations that want them, and the vulnerable who desperately need their help. Click here to donate!

HGS Events

March 21: The 7th annual Kean University international conference of human rights along with the Human Rights Institute gallery exhibit on landmines. Free. Registration begins at 8:00 am in Wilkins Theatre. For details, contact Rebecca Posna, posnar@kean.edu.

 

March 24: “The Quest for the Humanities in Uncertain Times,” a webinar open to the public, guest presenter TBD. Log in at 1:45 pm ET for this free, go-minute, interactive video conference at http://kean.adobeconnect.com/march24 (if requested, click “guest” and then type in your name). Questions? Contact Dennis Klein, dklein@kean.edu.

 

March 30: Information session at the Graduate College Open House about the Kean Masters of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 12:30-3:00 pm on the East Campus. Refreshments. Questions? Contact Chad Austein, caustein@kean.edu.

 

April 1: Hannah Arendt, director Margarethe von Trotta’s 2012 film, with commentary by Roger Berkowitz; 5:30-7:30 pm film screening, 7:30-9:00 pm commentary in University Center Little Theatre. Continuing education credits available. Questions? Contact Emily Filardo, efilardo@kean.edu.

 

April 7: “Contested Genocides,” a workshop, especially for teachers, with Ruth Griffith; 5:30-9:30 pm in the Kean Hall Conference Center. Continuing education credits available. Refreshments. Questions? Contact Dr. Griffith, rgriffit@kean.edu.

 

April 8: Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story, an award-winning film about the diplomat who rescued countless refugees during the Holocaust era, with commentary by Olivia Mendes and Mordecai Paldiel; 7:30-9:00 pm in University Center Little Theatre. $10 suggested donation at the door. Continuing education credits available. Questions? Contact Rebecca Posna, posnar@kean.edu.

 

April 9: Information session about the Kean Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 5:30-6:30 pm in East Campus Rm. 125A. Questions? Contact Dennis Klein, dklein@kean.edu.

 

April 9: “Cinema as Haggadah for the Holocaust,” an illustrated lecture by Eric Goldman, 7:30 pm in Hutchinson Hall auditorium. $10 suggested donation at the door. Continuing education credits available. Questions? Contact Rebecca Posna, posnar@kean.edu.

 

April 10 “Emerging Research in Holocaust and Genocide Studies,” the 2013-14 review of thesis research by candidates of the Kean University masters degree in Holocaust and genocide studies; 4:30-6:30 pm in the Human Rights Institute. Refreshments. Questions? Contact Rebecca Posna, posnar@kean.edu.

 

April 10: “Open Wounds from the Past: Repercussions of the 1937 Haitian Massacres,” a lecture by Edward Paulino; 7:30-9:00 pm in the Kean Hall Conference Center $10 suggested donation at the door. Continuing education credits available. Questions? Contact Rebecca Posna, posnar@kean.edu.

 

April 10-11: Master Seminar in Genocide Studies for college seniors and others. (For teachers, continuing education credits available.) Request details about the seminar and submitting abstracts (by March 1) from Rebecca Posna, posnar@kean.edu.

 

April 28: “The Quest for the Humanities in Uncertain Times,” a webinar open to the public, guest presenter TBD. Log in at 1:45 pm ET for this free, go-minute, interactive video conference at http://kean.adobeconnect.com/april28/ (if requested, click “guest” and then type in your name). Questions? Contact Dennis Klein, dklein@kean.edu.

 

April 28: Days of Holocaust Remembrance program and candle lighting ceremony, 6:45 pm in Wilkins Theatre. Questions? Contact Helen Walzer, hwalzer@kean.edu.

 

April 29: “Witnesses to Genocide: The Necessity and Impossibility of Representation,” a panel comprising graduate faculty in the Kean University masters degree program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies; 3:30-5:30 pm, Location TBD: confirm beforehand by emailing Rebecca Posnar at posnar@kean.edu Other questions? Contact Joe Cronin, jcronin@kean.edu.

 

April 29: “In Farsi for the Iranian People: A Book on the Holocaust,” a talk at the Friends of Holocaust and Genocide Studies reception by author Ari Babaknia; 6:00-7:30 pm, location TBD: confirm beforehand by emailing Rebecca Posnar at posnar@kean.edu. Refreshments. Questions? Email Dennis Klein, dklein@kean.edu.

 

April 29: “The Rwandan Genocide after 20 Years: The Question of Collective Responsibility,” a lecture by Mukesh Kapila, 7:30-9:00 pm in the University Center Little Theatre. $10 suggested donation at the door. Continuing education credits available. Questions? Contact Rebecca Posna, posnar@kean.edu.

 

April 30: “Narratives of Genocide Memory,” a panel comprising Kean University masters degree candidates in Holocaust and genocide studies; 3:30-5:30 pm in Kean Hall Conference Center. Questions? Contact Joe Cronin, jcronin@kean.edu.

 

 

 

New Exhibit at Liberty Hall

 
 
"Bon Voyage:  200 Years of Luxury Travel" opens April 1, 2014.  The exhibit features journeys taken by the Livingston and Kean families  between 1780 and 1950.

Writing Workshops

The Department of History will continue to offer writing workshops this semester.  Scheduled workshops include:
 
March 31: “Writing a History Paper,” 3:15 PM, T111
 
In the meantime, note that you can always get help with writing with the resources available on the Department of History website at http://www.kean.edu/~history/resources/workscited.html.

Mark your Calendars

March 18:  “Pope Joan:  The History of a Myth,” 12:30 PM, HH113

March 20:  Advising Meeting, 3:15 PM, B109

March 20:  Advising Meeting, 6:30 PM, T111

March 25: Lecture:  Abraham Lincoln, Jerrold Goldstein, 3:15 PM, Carriage House

March 27-29:  “From Colony to Identity,” Conference, Trenton

March 31: "Writing a history paper," Dr. Mercantini, 3:15 pm, T111

April 6:   HGS Stand Up to Genocide Fundraiser, Details TBA

April 8:  HGS Film Screening of Disobedience7:30-9:30 PM, UC Little Theatre

April 9:  HGS Lecture, Eric Goldman, “Cinema as Haggadah for the Holocaust,” 7:30-9:30 PM, location TBA

April 10:  HGS Student Lectures:  Emerging Research, 4:30-6:30 PM, Alumni House

April 10-11:  HGS Master Seminar on New Directions in Genocide Studies, Thursday 12-8 PM, Friday 9-4 PM, location TBA.

April 28:  Days of Holocaust Remembrance Program and Candle Lighting Ceremony, 6:45 PM, Wilkins Theatre

April 29-30:  ORSP Research Days, STEM

May 1:  Banned Book Club Event/End of Year Party, 3:15PM (Tentative)