Welcome Back

Greetings to all of our returning students and welcome to all those new to Kean and new to the Department of History!  If you weren't able to attend our Welcome Reception, do not hesitate to come by the Department of History for a copy of the History Major Handbook and to say hello.

We have a lot of programming scheduled for the fall semester and we expect to see you all very often!

"America, Now" Lecture Series:  DACA

Building on last spring's lectures series "Using History to Understand Trump's America," The College of Liberal Arts, now led by Acting Dean Jonathan Mercantini, is sponsoring a series of teach-ins on important current political and cultural issues.

The first of these is a panel discussion titled: "Dreaming of an Immigration Solution in the Trump Era:  What to do with DACA?"

The panel will be moderated by Professor Argote-Freyre.  

When:  Wednesday, October 4, 4:30 PM
Where:  Little Theatre, Miron Student Center

Welcome Art Historians!

The Department of History is pleased to welcome Professors Marguerite Mayhall, Jacquelyn Tuerk-Stonberg, and Lewis Kachur, as well as all Art History Majors and Minors to the Department of History!  Degree programs and courses remain separate, but administratively, we are now one.   

Art history students:  do consider history courses as a way to build historical understanding of the art you are studying.

And I would encourage all History majors to consider Art History as a minor.  If you think you would be interested, see below:

Art History Info Session, October 12

To learn more about the Art History Minor and careers in Art History, plan to attend the following information session:

Minor in Art History

Careers info session




Thurs 12 Oct 3:30-4:30

The Howe Art Gallery, 1st floor Vaughn Eames


Meet Faculty, Students & Alumni

Hear Presentations by Professionals in the Field

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  Food (lots of it) will be served

Come hungry, bring friends



World War I Exhibit Continues 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. 

Book Talk:  Mark Lender, Co-Author of Fatal Sunday:  George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle, October 19, 12:15 PM

Mark Lender, Professor Emeritus of History at Kean University and co-author of Fatal Sunday:  George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle, will discuss the prize-winning book about this important (and local!) battle in the American Revolution.

WHEN:  Thursday, October 19, 12:15 PM  

HGS Panel:  Can Genocide Be Prevented?

Can Genocide Be Prevented?

Two Views from Activists from Serbia and Uganda

October 18, 2 pm, Human Rights Institute


Srdjan Hercigonja


Bosch Foundation Fellow

 Srdjan Hercigonja is a junior researcher at the Belgrade-based Center for Comparative Conflict Studies. As an activist and scholar, his work is focused on conflict transformation, arts and politics in the context of post-conflict and postgenocide societies. During his fellowship this semester with theAlliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (Columbia University) he plans to develop a project that will focus on the ways in which victims of war crimes in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where no public recognition of atrocities has emerged, employ memory activism as a form of memorialization.


Lydia Mugambe


Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) Fellow

Lydia Mugambe is a lawyer from Uganda who was appointed in July 2013 as a Judge of the High Court in Uganda. Prior to this appointment, Lydia worked from 2005 to 2013 at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR). In addition, she was a participant in the Global Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention. During her fellowship this semester with the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (Columbia University) she will develop a project around women in northern Uganda who have suffered severe human rights abuses, including rape, during the over 10-year civil war affecting their community.


Sponsored by                                                      

Master of Arts in Holocaust & Genocide Studies




This Center for Interdisciplinary Studies event is cosponsored by the Jewish Studies Program in cooperation with Columbia University’s Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability and is part of the Kean University course Justice and Human Rights.

Mark your Calendars!

October 4: CLA Series, “America, Now:DACA,” 4:30, Kean Hall 127, Dr. Mercantini

October 9: Major/Minor Fair, 3:15 1st Fl CAS

October 12: Art History Info Session, 3:30-5pm, Howe Art Gallery, Vaughn Eames

October 19: Book Talk, Mark Lender on Fatal Sunday, 12:15 CAS 106

October 24: Advising Meeting, 3:15 (Bruce 109) and 6:30, T111 (Map Room)

October 24: Student for a Day

October 26: Annual Halloween Lecture, Dr. Tuerk-Stonberg, "Occult Talismans in the Ancient World," 3-4pm, Carriage House.

October 30: CLA Series "America Now: Anti-Semitism," 4:30 Hennings Hall 113.

November 7: Writing Workshop, "How to Write a History Paper," T111

November 14: Internship Workshop 3:15, T111