Greetings all!  Please read the first newsletter of the Fall 2013 semester for details on upcoming events.  And please watch for the Registration/Advising edition of the newsletters coming next week.

We are delighted that so many of you are engaged in doing original research, presenting your work to the Kean and larger public, and going on to graduate programs in History.  Please read below to see where their degrees in history have taken some of your classmates!

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


Please plan to attend one of the History Advising Meetings scheduled for Thursday, October 10 at 3:15PM in Hennings Hall 113, and Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30PM in T111.  Bring your guidesheets and questions and receive advising on the spot.

Writing Workshops

The Department of History will continue to offer writing workshops this semester.  In addition to the workshops on writing, citing, and footnotes (November 12 and December 5), the department will now offer specialized workshops to help students focus on different aspects of their schoolwork. First- and second-year, as well as transfer, students are particularly encouraged to attend.  But all are welcome!  Scheduled workshops include:
October 7: "How to Take an Essay Exam," Dr. Mayer, 3:15-4:30 PM, T111
October 15: "How to Read Effectively," Dr. Nicholson, 3:15-4:30 PM, T111

November 12: Writing Workshop, 3:15-4:30 PM, T111
December 5: Writing Workshop, 3:15-4:30 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://history.kean.edu/resources/how-to-cite-sources-research.


2013 Siegel Prize Awarded to John Lestrange

2013 Dr. Martin Siegel Prize, a Special Merit Award for Excellence in Researching and Writing an Original Work of Historical Scholarship, was awarded to John Lestrange for his analysis of the historiography of the holocaust.  
The prize, which carries with it a monetary award, was presented to John at the Phi Alpha Theta induction ceremony held on April 16, 2013.


Abigail Petritsch Wins PAT Paper Award

Abigail Petritsch received an Outstanding Paper Award at the 2013 Pennsylvania East Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference held at Bloomsburg University for her paper "Joan of Arc:  Just Words and Actions."  Abigail is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in medieval history at Catholic University.

Phi Alpha Theta Inducts New Members

The Omega Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, inducted 61 new members this spring.

Initiation ceremonies were held at Kean Ocean on 8 April 2013, and at Kean in Union on 16 April 2013.

 Dr. Christopher Bellitto delivered lectures entitled "Ancient Greece and Rome Meet Revolutionary New Jersey" at both events.

History Students at Kean Research Days 

A number of students in History presented their work at Kean University Research Days held in April.  Some presented posters of their research, while others participated in panel discussions.  

Students presenting papers include members of the “Just War” Student Panel: The Thirty Years War, Enrico Basso; The Irish Republican Army, Erin McGreevy; The Trials of Joan of Arc, Abigail Petritsch; and members of the MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Student Panel, "Forgotten Conditions of Genocide," Robert Venezia, Marguerite Romano and Holly Bein.  

Students presenting their work on posters include Andrew Cowan, "The Experience of Woodbridge Township, NJ During the American Revolution," Nat Friedlander, Bill Horlacher, Brady Dupre, "The Discovery of America," and Craig Judge, Mike Grohowski, Robert Muller, "Lenape Migration Project."


History of the Book Symposium at Kean

This fall, Dr. Brian Regal is offering a new course on the history of the book.  To officially launch the course, the Department of History is hosting a symposium on October 22 from 11AM until 4:30PM in the Carriage House at Liberty Hall.  The symposium features a number of panels exploring different kinds of book history, as well as a round table discussion on the book in the digital era.  See the schedule below:

Making Books/Making Culture:  

The History of the Book at Kean University

Carriage House, October 22


11AM-12:15:  The Culture of Print in Early New Jersey

Brian Regal, “Early Printing in New Jersey”

Elizabeth Hyde and Christopher Bellitto, “The Book List and Library of William Livingston”


12:30 PM:  In Translation, or Writing and Printing across Cultural Boundaries and Experiences

Sue Gronewold, “Pilgrim’s Chinese Progress”

C. Brid Nicholson, “Gods, Wives, and Islam:  Anti-Mormon Pamphlets in 19th-Century America.”

Dennis Klein, “Witnesses and the Word: The Post-Traumatic Account”


2PM:  The Book as Object

Rose Gonella, “Beauty and the Book”

Lisa Nocks, “The Paratext of Science Fiction Magazines and Reader Response”


3:15 PM:  Roundtable:  Print and the Book in the Digital Age

Mia Zamora, discussion leader

Erin Alghandoor

Jonathan Mercantini

Lisa Nocks

The Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program (HGS)

For details about any HGS program, contact dklein@kean.edu

Program Events
October 23, 5:30 -6:30 pm, East Campus, Room 125A - HGS Information Session. Meet faculty, alumni, and degree candidates and learn about the program's exciting opportunities and professional prospects. Admission deadline for the spring semester is December 1. Applications at http://apply.kean.edu.

October 23, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Kean Hall 127 - Friends of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Reception. Degree candidates talk about the 2013 study delegation to Germany, Poland and Bosnia. Learn about other exciting HGS programs. For details, email Dr. Klein at dklein@kean.edu.

Kean to Host Lieutenant Governor's Debate

Kean University will host the New Jersey Lieutenant Governor's Debate on October 11 at 7PM in Wilkins Theater.  Tickets are required for entry.  For more information, contact Shane Derris at sderris@kean.edu.

Kean University Historical Society

The Kean University Historical Society, or the student history club, is already hard at work planning for a variety of events this fall.  All students are welcome to participate.  See their meeting schedule below:

10/8: Meeting (3:30-4:15 Willis Hall 215)
10/22: Meeting (3:30-4:15 Willis Hall 215)
11/5: Meeting (3:30-4:15 Willis Hall 215)
11/19: Meeting (3:30-4:15 Willis Hall 215)
12/3: Meeting (3:30-4:15 Willis Hall 215)

Kean University to Host Robert Sullivan

Robert Sullivan, author of My American Revolution:  Crossing the Delaware and I 78, will lead a discussion of "Writing New Jersey" on October 29 at 1:30PM.  Location to be announced.

Hurricane Sandy Commemoration

Join us to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy with a panel discussion on the impact of the storm in New Jersey's Bayshore region.  The program will feature Kean history students Mary Piasecki, Trudi-Ann Lawrence, and Brittany Le Strange, who have spent the past several months collecting interviews in Union Beach, Port Monmouth, and Keansburg, for the Staring out to Sea oral history project, which is working to document the storm and its aftermath. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is scheduled for October 29 at 3:15 PM in the Carriage House.

Mark your Calendars

October 7:  Writing Workshop, 3:15-4:30PM, T111 “How to take an essay exam,” Dr. Mayer

October 10:  Advising Meeting, 3:15-4:30PM, HH113

October 11:  Lieutenant Governor's Debate, 7PM, Wilkins Theater (by ticket only)

October 15:  Writing Workshop, 3:15-4:30PM, T111 “How to read effectively,” Dr. Nicholson

October 15:  Advising Meeting, 6:30PM, T111

October 22:  History of the Book Symposium, Carriage House, Liberty Hall

October 24:  History Matters:  Steve Berry, Writing Workshop, Liberty Hall

October 29:  Discussion:  Robert Sullivan, "Writing New Jersey," 1:30PM, location TBA

October 29:  Hurricane Sandy Commemoration, 3:15PM, Carriage House, Liberty Hall

November 5:  Halloween Lecture, “The Inquisition,” Christopher Bellitto , 3-4:30PM, CAS 106

November 12: Writing Workshop, 3:15-4:30PM, T111

November 14:  George Rable lecture, Location TBA

November 19:  Film Screening, "Revolution '67," on Newark Riots, 7 PM, Carriage House, Liberty Hall 

December 5:  Writing Workshop, 3:15-4:30PM, T111

Alumni News

William Chalmers is currently working towards his M.A. in History, with a specialization in Global History, at Seton Hall University.

Abigail Petritsch is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Medieval History at Catholic University of America.

Mason Lewis is currently enrolled in the St. John's University School of Law.

(Alumni:  keep in touch:  if you are attending graduate school, law school, or have landed that perfect teaching job, let us know at kuhist@kean.edu.)