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Career Planning?

If you are a current history student at Kean and you are not thinking about your career plans, you are already behind!  It is NEVER too early to start planning.  Start by doing 2 things:  1) consult our History Career Page and 2) do an internship at a local museum, historical society, archive, government, or law office for course credit--see Dr. Nicholson (cnichols@kean.edu) for more information!

Check out Kean Research Days this week!

 Make sure you check out your professors and classmates speaking at the following events this week at Kean University Research Days.

For a complete schedule and further information on Research Days visit:  http://research.kean.edu/

History highlights include:

Tues, April 25, 12:30 PM, STEM 307:  Alexander Hamilton at Liberty Hall.  Dr. Nicholson and Dr. Mercantini.

Tues, April 25, 3 PM, STEM 306.  Are Millennials Concerned About Genocide?  MGHS Panel including Drs. Klein, Esposito, Nicholson, Gronewold, and more!

Weds, April 269:30-11:30 AM, STEM Atrium and 6th Floor, Student Poster Sessions.

Weds., April 26, 3:15 PM, STEM 318, Student Panel:  World War II Scrapbook Project, Jessica DiFranco, Angelina Lysenko, and Leanne Manna.

For further information on Research Day, visit:  http://research.kean.edu/

Registration continues!

Special Instructions:
Registration is now open for all students with 35 or more credits and all Freshman.  Registration will be open for all current and incoming students starting Thursday April 20.  If you have not met with your advisor to have your hold lifted, please schedule an appointment to do so immediately.

For Summer: We have many sections of courses at all levels and in a variety of geographic areas and categories.  If you have a question about whether a course counts for a certain area please contact Dr. Mercantini or the course instructor.  

Many summer courses are listed as hybrid.  These courses will combine classroom and online instruction and will not have face-to-face meetings everyday.

For Online Classes:  A petition is required for all Kean students who wish to enroll in an online courses.  Currently we are offering HIST 3326 -- History of New Jersey -- online in Summer I and Summer II as well as in Fall.  If you are interested in taking HIST 3326 online, the petition is available in the Department of History from Mary Woubneh.  Please complete and submit the form. Online courses will be made available on the basis of need, with priority going to those students who are graduating and need the course to complete their credits and requirements.  We do expect, however to have additional seats for other students.  

For Kean-Ocean: There is a section of HIST 4990-K1 (Senior Seminar) to be held at Kean-Ocean in Summer I.  Also, for Fall, ID 4200 The Victorian Age is being offered at Kean-Ocean.  Students can take this course to fulfill a European History requirement or as a free elective or 'Additional Required Course'.

Senior Seminar:  Students seeking to register for Senior Seminar should send their Kean ID and the section of Senior Seminar for which they want to register to Dr. Mercantini.

For all students: Please register as soon as you are eligible.  This guarantees you the best selection of courses and times and prevents us from having to cancel courses due to low enrollment.

In addition to history courses, consider courses such as ID 1800, Phil 3313, and Asian Studies courses which can be used to fulfill History requirements or as Free Electives and 'Additional Required Coures' on your guidesheet.

Please contact Dr. Mercantini or Dr. Hyde with any questions.

Have Advising Questions?

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.

Advising Basics

You cannot register before you have received advising.  The Department of History holds pre-registration advising meetings. 

This semester they are scheduled for THURSDAY March, 16th at 3:15 PM (J100) and 6:45 PM, IN T111

Faculty members will be on hand to conduct advising, answer your questions, and remove advisement blocks. We cannot advise you effectively without the right information.  So 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 must 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.

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

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.


Are you History/Teacher Cert?


If you are enrolled in a dual degree program, you have two advisors and TWO advising blocks. 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?


Registration begins April 4.  Click HERE to go to the Registrar's "System Availability" page to find out when you can register.  

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

Course Offerings Summer I 2017

*Please note that several of these courses are HYBRID.  What is a HYBRID course?  It is a course that will be conducted in part face-to-face in the classroom AND in part online according to the schedule as outlined on the course syllabus. 
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT 

HIST 1062:(ONLINE) WORLDS OF HISTORY

FOUNDATION CORE 
HIST 2060:(HYBRID) WORLD CIVILIZATION I
HIST 2303:(HYBRID) US HISTORY TO 1877

COMPARATIVE/THEMATIC 
HIST 4320:(HYBRID) PIRATES AND THE ATLANTIC WORLD

EUROPEAN HISTORY 
HIST 4000:(HYBRID) SP TPCS: EUROPEAN COLONIALISM & THE WORLD (counts as European or World Area)

AMERICAN HISTORY 
HIST 3324:(HYBRID) AMERICAN WEST
HIST 3326:(ONLINE) HISTORY OF NEW JERSEY 
HIST 4320:(HYBRID) PIRATES AND THE ATLANTIC WORLD

MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY 
HIST 4121:(HYBRID) THE CRUSADES
HIST 4320:(HYBRID) PIRATES AND THE ATLANTIC WORLD

SEMINARS AND INDEPENDENT STUDY 
HIST 4990: SENIOR SEMINAR IN HISTORY
HIST 4991: FIELD WORK & SEMINAR IN URBAN STUDIES
HIST 4995: INDEPENDENT STUDY

MAHGS 
MAHG 5900: SP TPCS: "LARGE SCALE VIOLENCE AND ITS AFTERMATHS."

Course Offerings Summer II 2017

*Please note that several of these courses are HYBRID.  What is a HYBRID course?  It is a course that will be conducted in part face-to-face in the classroom AND in part online according to the schedule as outlined on the course syllabus. 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
HIST 1062:(ONLINE) WORLDS OF HISTORY

FOUNDATION CORE
HIST 2070:(HYBRID) WORLD CIVILIZATION II
HIST 2304:(HYBRID) US HISTORY 1877 TO PRESENT
 
EUROPEAN HISTORY
HIST 3242:(HYBRID) EUROPE SINCE 1870
AMERICAN HISTORY
HIST 3326:(ONLINE) HISTORY OF NEW JERSEY 
SEMINARS AND INDEPENDENT STUDY
HIST 4990: SENIOR SEMINAR IN HISTORY
HIST 4991: FIELD WORK & SEMINAR IN URBAN STUDIES
HIST 4995: INDEPENDENT STUDY
CHINESE
CHIN 1102:41 BASIC CHINESE II

Celebrating Achievement!


The Department of History is pleased to recognize the achievements and activities of our History students this spring!  See below for highlights!

Siegel Prize Awarded to Jessica DiFranco

The 2017 “Martin Siegel Prize for Excellence in Researching and Writing an Original Work of Historical Scholarship” was awarded at the April 18 Phi Alpha Theta initiation reception.  This year's prize went to Jessica DiFranco for her paper on her analysis of
Thucydides.  The prize was presented to Jessica by Alissa DiScala on behalf of Dr. Adrienne Siegel and in honor of her husband and former Kean University Department of History Professor Martin Siegel. 



Omega Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta Inducts New Members

On April 10, the Omega-Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, inducted new members at the Ocean campus.  New members must meet chapter requirements of having History as a first or second major, have achieved a 3.3 GPA, and completed at least 45 total credit  hours, at least 12 of which must be in History at Kean.  
Those inducted include 
Anastasia S. Baduini, Kevin Cabrera, Allison Crowley, Anthony M. DePaola III, Evan Donahue, Conner Effenberger, Mihalis Hrisafinis, Kaitlyn Ivanitski, Brian Kelly, Jillian Marie King, Jennie Kirwin, Patrick LeCras, Melissa Nadzan, Mary Beth Preyer, Joseph C. Proto III, Christine Rodgers, Zachary L. Rose, Nicole Seubert, and Steven Turner.  The evening concluded with a talk by Kean University Professor Xurong Kong on "“Lotus: Transformation Of Indian Padma to Chinese Lianhua.”


On April 18, the Omega-Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta inducted new members from our Union campus.  New members must meet chapter requirements of having History as a first or second major, have achieved a 3.3 GPA, and completed at least 45 total credit  hours, at least 12 of which must be in History at Kean.  Those inducted include Erin Bennett, Victor A. Bretones, Matthew Brudnicki, Nicholas J. Colantino, Jr., Johnny Colon, Robert
Concitis, 
Mark Dahmer, Jason DeRose, Robert Engler, Kristopher Fellin, Alecia Harrison, Jessica Ivins, Tyler Kerekgyarto, Eric Levy, Eric Lister, Marlene E. Mejia, Rian Palombo, Nicholas Pezzano, Sara Prado, Marilyn Raymondo-Sanchez, Juliana Reents, 
Alexander Reyes, Sarah Roberts, Tyler Santora, Megan Tobias, Korey Tomei, Matthew Wapelhorst, and Kevin Willey.  The students and their guests began the evening with a tour of "Brothers in Arms," the new World War I exhibit at Liberty Hall Museum.  The guest lecture for the evening was Hilary Buxton, Fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, who spoke on "Healing the Empire: Race, Rehabilitation, and British Colonial Soldiers in the First World War."


Kean Phi Alpha Theta Members Present at Regional Conference

On April 1, Kean Phi Alpha Theta members presented their research at the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference at Rowan University.  Jessica DiFranco and Leanne Manna spoke about their research on the Nancy Thompson World War II Scrapbook.  Angelina Lysenko presented work on the Ukranian Genocide.  And Steven Palivoda presented a paper on the history and historiography of medieval chivalry.

Honors Students Present "NSTC Goes to War" at MARAC

On Friday, April 21, Jessica DiFranco, Laura Hurley,  and Caitlyn Murphy, students in the
Department of History Honors Program, displayed their exhibit "NSTC Goes to War" at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in Newark, NJ.  The exhibit communicates the impact of World War II on the campus of Newark State Teachers College and shares how the student body
marac
 responded for calls to aid the war effort.  The exhibit was also displayed in the Dryfoos Gallery at the Nancy Thompson Library in November-December 2016.



















Genocide Awareness Month Continues

David Sontag Rieff, the author of In Praise of Forgetting, will be visiting Kean this Thursday at 7:30 pm in Kean Hall 127. The argument of the book is surely controversial (see below) but, in Rieff's hands, impossible to ignore. 

David Rieff on forgetting: In his book In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies, Rieff offers a persuasive challenge as to whether the age-long “consensus that it is moral to remember, immoral to forget” still stands in our contemporary era. What should we remember, what should we forget, and why? Do we need to reconfigure the way that we think about memory and its potential impact on issues such as reconciliation and healing in the wake of war? Is memory impotent as a social, political, or aesthetic tool? Rieff’s questions appear more pertinent than ever as wars and conflicts continue to rage in many parts of the world with no end in sight.  

The lecture is the culmination of week-long series events capping the university's Genocide Awareness Month - join us for the Rieff lecture and consider:

** "Are Millennials Concerned About Genocide," Tues. 4/25 at 3 in STEM 306

** "Rethinking Genocide Comparatively" plus "Museums of Conscience" plus "How Words Inspire Genocide," Wed. 4/26 at 2 in STEM 401

** Meet a witness to Kristallnacht and talk with a 3G who remembers the Ukrainian Holodomor, Thurs. 4/27 at 3 pm in the Human Rights Institute, Rm. 201

For information about degree programs:

Thursday, 4/27, for anyone interested in learning about - 
** A minor in Jewish Studies, 2:30 pm in the Human Rights Institute, Rm. 201

** A masters degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 6 pm in Kean Hall 130

World War I Exhibit at Liberty Hall

World War I Exhibit at Liberty Hall
New exhibit at Liberty Hall Museum - Brothers in Arms: Memories of the Great War

Liberty Hall Museum will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States entering with World War I an exhibit entitled, “Brothers in Arms: Memories of the Great War”, in which the museum will look at the service of Captain John Kean, his brother Congressman, Robert W. Kean, as well as their three Roosevelt cousins, George, John and Philip. The exhibit, using firsthand accounts from their letters and postcards sent home, as well as, photographs and personal objects, will allow visitors to walk in their footsteps as they were sent off to basic training in 1917 to fighting overseas on the front lines of Europe in 1917-18 to their return home in 1919. The collection at Liberty Hall Museum contains over 300 letters from John and Robert as well as their uniforms, military handbooks, maps, pictures, and commemorative pins, all of which will be on display in the exhibit.The exhibit opens on April 7, 2017 and will run through November 10, 2018. Tours run Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am - 3 pm, leaving every hour on the hour.  Admission is free for Kean University students & staff, $12 for adults, $10 for Kean Alumni and $8 for seniors and children. 

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