Writing Workshops:

February 2:  “How to Read Effectively,” Dr. Nicholson,

3:15 PM-4:30 PM, T111


February 21:  “How to Write a History Paper,” Dr. Kong,

3:15 PM-4:30 PM, T111

China in the World:  Fashion

This year's "China in the World" Symposium explores "Cutting-Edge Fashion" and features a fashion show!  Save the date:  March 29, 3-6 PM, 6th Floor STEM Building.


February 26, 11 am: Meet the director/a neighborhood lecture by Dr. Dennis Klein: “Can Societies Move Forward After Mass Violence?,” Ethical Culture Society in Teaneck, NJ
March 15: "Object Authority," a presentation by Jane McAdam Freud on her artistic installation referencing the remarkable collection of ancient sculpture collected by her great grandfather and the cultural legacy of Freudian psychoanalysis. The “Thing” – the instructional elements of objects, she observes – evokes awe and rebellion at the same time. Cosponsored by Kean University’s Jewish Studies Program, Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Department of Fine Arts, and Art History Program. 7:30-9 pm/Miron Student Center Little Theatre.

Brown Bag Lunch Discussions

This spring the Department of History continues its Brown Bag Lunch informal discussions with faculty on career matters.  Bring your lunch and questions to the following:

  • February 16:  Brown Bag Lunch:  What to do with a History Degree?, 12:30 PM, T111
  • April 13:  Brown Bag Lunch:  Internships,12:30 PM 

In the meantime, you can and should consult the extensive career resources compiled for you on our website:  https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/department-of-history-career-resources-what-to-do-with-a-degree-in-history/

Kean to Host National History Day

On March 18, Kean University will welcome hundreds of area middle school and high school students competing in the regional National History Day competition.  

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Using History to Understand Trump’s America

A Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Department of History, Kean University

Join Kean History faculty for a series of talks exploring how the study of history can inform our understanding of contemporary American politics, together with a revival of our "Banned Book Club" discussion of Orwell's 1984.


 February 13:  “Do Walls Work?”

Drs. Frank Argote-Freyre and Christopher Bellitto

 12:30 PM, Gateway Building Kean Ocean


 February 24:  “Immigration and Religion in Trump’s America”

Drs. Frank Argote-Freyre, Christopher Bellitto, and C. Brid Nicholson, 12:30 PM, CAS 106


 March 1:  “Asia in Trump’s World,”

Drs. Sue Gronewold and Xurong Kong

11 AM, Little Theatre, Miron Student Center


 March 21:  “Thinking with History in the Trump Era,”

Drs. Dennis Klein, Jonathan Mercantini, and Brian Regal,

2 PM, Little Theatre, Miron Student Center


March 23:  George Orwell’s 1984:  A Banned Book Read

3:15 PM, T111

Happy Hour at Liberty Hall

History Happy Hour at Liberty Hall Museum

Have a drink with your friends at Liberty Hall Museum! Enjoy happy hour beer & wine as you sip, snack and socialize!  Takes place the last Thursday of every month, each evening showcases a different topic featuring mini exhibits demonstrations, games, trivia & more! January 26—Vintage Wines ; February 23—Where in the world is...the Kean family? ; March 30— Ladies of Liberty Hall ; April 22— Celebrity sightings—history edition!  Admission is $25 per person, $20 for museum members and Kean Alumni/Students. Must be 21 years and older. Reservations required. Purchase tickets by visiting www.kean.edu/libertyhall

Upcoming 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. 


In 1922, Newark State Teachers College student athlete Camille Sabie sailed to Paris to compete in the International Feminine Sportive Federation Games.  She won a gold in the 100-yard hurdles and bested her own world record.

In 2016, Kean University students are writing her history.  

And you, too, can 

How?  By enrolling in one of our many classes featuring original research. 
Or by doing an internship!  

Employers value real work experience.  Get that work experience while earning 3 course credits towards your history degree by doing an internship.  

The Department of History offers 3 course credits (Hist 4991) for students who complete internships in museums, archives, and historical organizations.  Internships provide professionally valuable experience--and they look great on resumes!  

We have placed interns at Liberty Hall, in the Kean University Archives and Special Collections, at the U.S.S. Battleship New Jersey, at the Museum of the American Gangster, and Macculloch Hall, and more! 

For more information, please contact Dr. C. Brid Nicholson, Internship Coordinator, in the Department of History at cnichols@kean.edu.