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  1. 1 Get Updates from the Department of History by Text Message!
  2. 2 You asked for it, and now here it is:We are introducing the use of “Remind,” a texting app, to send you announcements.You opt in by texting a code to us.  We won’t see your number; you won’t see ours.  But you will get the latest info.Regular text messaging rates apply.To sign up, Text @KeanHist to 81010It is that easy!To keep informed of events continue to monitor our other social social media networks.  See live links at the bottom of the page!Twitter: @KeanHistoryFacebook: Kean University Department of HistoryWebsite: http://history.kean.edu/Instagram:  @kuhistRegistration for Winter and Spring 16 classes is now open for all Kean Students.  Many course sections are close to full and we may be required to cancel other courses that you want because of low enrollment in the near future.  Thus register today to ensure that you and your classmates can get the courses you want.If you still have an advising hold make an appointment to see your advisor to get your hold lifted.For more information about Winter and Spring offerings, see the Advising Newsletter  https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/2014-advising/
  3. 3 Registration Continues!
  4. 4 Join the History Honors Program! 
    1. 4.1 Information Session: Tuesday, November 24 at 3:15pm in Townsend 111
  5. 5 Register for Exciting New History Courses! 
    1. 5.1 Hist 4305: The Atlantic World in the Long Eighteenth Century Hyde and Mercantini
      1. 5.1.1 Hist 3305: Pre-1900 Black History, Perkiss
      2. 5.1.2 Hist 4000: Digital Humanities, Perkiss
      3. 5.1.3 Hist 4000 Special Topics: Historic Preservation
  6. 6 Mark Your Calendars
  7. 7 History Internships Available!
  8. 8 Travelearn Course:
    1. 8.1 Genocide in A Multinational Context:  
    2. 8.2 Travelearn Course on Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Vietnam
  9. 9 Apply to the Masters of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies by December 1st!
  10. 10 Going to China Workshop, December 3rd 
  11. 11 Asian Studies Program Get Together on November 19th
  12. 12 Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun at Liberty Hall
  13. 13 Christmas Programming at Liberty Hall!
    1. 13.1 Christmas Tours start November 27
      1. 13.1.1 Toys for Tots Collection
      2. 13.1.2 History Happy Hour: Christmas Traditions

Get Updates from the Department of History by Text Message!

You asked for it, and now here it is:
  • We are introducing the use of “Remind,” a texting app, to send you announcements.
  • You opt in by texting a code to us.  We won’t see your number; you won’t see ours.  But you will get the latest info.
  • Regular text messaging rates apply.
To sign up, 
  • Text @KeanHist to 81010
It is that easy!


To keep informed of events continue to monitor our other social social media networks.  See live links at the bottom of the page!


Instagram:  @kuhist



Registration Continues!

Registration for Winter and Spring 16 classes is now open for all Kean Students.  Many course sections are close to full and we may be required to cancel other courses that you want because of low enrollment in the near future.  Thus register today to ensure that you and your classmates can get the courses you want.

If you still have an advising hold make an appointment to see your advisor to get your hold lifted.

For more information about Winter and Spring offerings, see the Advising Newsletter  https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/2014-advising/

Join the History Honors Program! 

Information Session: Tuesday, November 24 at 3:15pm in Townsend 111

Joining the History Honors Program gives you the opportunity to engage in high level discussions with other talented students in the History Honors Seminars.  You will also join the team and work on the Nancy Thompson World War II Scrapbook.  This project will give you the opportunity to complete original research and to present your work at Kean Research Day and at Regional and National Conferences.  We have several exciting events planned for Spring 2016 and beyond and we would like you to be a part of this special project.


Please join Dr. Hyde and Dr. Mercantini, along with some of the current and former Honors Students on Tuesday November 24 at 315 in Townsend 111 to learn more about the program and to discuss course scheduling for Spring 2016.  If you can't make this meeting but would be interested in learning more about the program, contact Dr. Hyde or myself to make an appointment with us.

Register for Exciting New History Courses! 

Hist 4305: The Atlantic World in the Long Eighteenth Century
Hyde and Mercantini

Examines the Atlantic World in the Long Eighteenth Century, with a focus on the movement of peoples, goods, and ideas in the Age of Revolutions. The course will draw heavily upon primary sources in and related to Liberty Hall for case studies of the broader themes under investigation.

Counts towards Comparative Thematic, American, or European requirement

Hist 4000 Special Topics:   Ireland: Famine, Genocide, and Revolution Nicholson

This course will explore in depth the question of the Irish Famine and how it fits into a conversation on genocide. The class will also explore the Irish Revolution on its centennial, looking at the longer term impact of the famine in terms of culture and commemoration.

Counts towards European requirement

Hist 3305: Pre-1900 Black History, Perkiss

In this black history seminar, we will work together to examine the history and memory of black life at Kean. From the Revolutionary period at Liberty Hall, to the creation of Newark Normal School in 1855, to the move to the Union campus in the 1960s, the Kean community has engaged with issues of race and racism for more than 250 years. Using the university's special collections as well as primary sources from other local archives, students in this class will work to build an institutional history of race relations at Kean, trying to tell the story of the dynamics of race and power at the school.

Counts as American requirement

Hist 4000: Digital Humanities, Perkiss

In this public history course, students will use a set of oral history interviews conducted by Kean students to develop a digital walking tour of Hurricane Sandy. We will begin by thinking and reading about the ethics and politics of disaster tourism. From there, we will consider the stories of the storm that we want to tell, and how we can do that effectively using the oral history interviews. By semester's end, we will create a visual and audio experience of the storm that visitors and community members can use to reflect upon one of the most significant natural disasters in the history of New Jersey.

Counts as American requirement

Hist 4000 Special Topics: Historic Preservation

This course will provide a foundation for understanding preservation issues, ideas, and public policy.  Class will be based on discussions and analysis of historic preservation history, principles and practices; partnerships between government, non-profit preservationists and the public.  It will also cover career opportunities in the field of historic preservation and an overview into the dating, categorization and examination of architecture.

Mark Your Calendars

December 9: " The Confederate Veteran in History, Film, and Memory" at the Toms River Civil War Round Table. The address deals with the of meaning of the Civil War to Southerners, as well as the current controversy over the display of the rebel flag. 7 p.m. in the Conference Room next to the Ocean County College Bookstore.

December 14 & 17: "You 101," Genealogy workshop: Gig Deeper. Erin Alghandoor, (11/16) 3:20, (11/19) 12pm, Library, Special Collections room.

History Internships Available!

The Department of History offers 3 course credits (Hist 4991) for students who complete internships in museums, archives, and historical organizations.  

For Spring 2016, the Kean University Archives and Special Collections, under the direction of University Archivist Erin Alghandoor, seeks 2 interns to help with the following collections:

  • NJ and Rare Books: confirm titles in KU Library Catalog and arrange in call number order on shelves
  • Florence P. Dwyer: help arrange and describe photographs
  • NJ History Collection: add titles to list
  • Grand Army of the Republic Collection: file papers accordingly and create finding aid
  • Newspapers: create an index of titles in student papers (1926 - present)
  • The Papers of William Livingston Microfilm: create an item level description of material
In addition, we have been contacted by Historic Societies and Sites throughout New Jersey who are eager to work with interns.  The Department of History can provide assistance in identifying internship opportunities at places like the Westfield Historical Society, Twin Lights Historic Site, First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, NJ State Archives and many more.

Internships provide professionally valuable experience--and they look great on resumes!

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

Travelearn Course:


Genocide in A Multinational Context:  

Travelearn Course on Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Vietnam


Sponsored by the Masters of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies this course will take an interested group of mature students to sites of alleged genocides in three Asian countries: Cambodia, Bangladesh, Vietnam.For more information: Contact Dr. Sue Gronewold at sgronewo@kean.eduCosts: $3,650* includes: Airfare to/from Asia, air travel within Asia, hotels and special meals, visas, local guides, lectures by specialists, all entrance fees

Course: MAHG 5025-Travelearn: Genocide in A Multinational Context
Travel Dates: March 4-15, 2016
In these three countries, we will:

• Visit mass killing sites
• See the moving memorials that have been erected
• Attend ongoing tribunals in both Bangladesh and Cambodia
• Get acquainted with the splendors of their historic civilizations, and modern metropolises in all three of these fascinating countries.
• Hear from scholars, witnesses, and survivors about their experiences and how they are healing themselves and their countries

Apply to the Masters of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies by December 1st!

The Spring semester application deadline for Kean's acclaimed Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is December 1st. Extensions possible with permission from the director at dklein@kean.edu. Find the application at https://apply.kean.edu. For more information about the program, visit grad.kean.edu/mahgs or email Dr. Klein.

Going to China Workshop, December 3rd 

The Asian Studies program and Center for International Studies will offer a workshop on "Going to China" which will prepare you with everything you need to know to study overseas in China.

Center for Academic Success Room 112 on December 3rd. 

Asian Studies Program Get Together on November 19th

On November 19th, about 20 faculty members and students from Asain studies gathered together, Alex Desrivieres who is minor in Chinese studies performed a Chinese tune "new songs for herdmen" with sax. and Dr. Jiantian Wang, an Associate Professor of math at Kean, performed Erhu, a traditional Chinese musical instrument.

Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun at Liberty Hall

Liberty Hall's highly anticipated toy exhibit Toys through Time: The History of American Fun encompasses five rooms in the museum and will have interactive and hands-on features. The collection ranges from about 1850 to 1950 and will include board games, dolls, trucks, rocking horses, puppets, doll houses and so much more! This fun-for-all-ages exhibit will also be the first time a New Jersey museum will use “augmented reality” technology to enhance the visitor experience. Students at Kean University’s Robert Busch School of Design created six augmented reality posters that will be displayed throughout the exhibit. When viewed through a smartphone or tablet camera using a free app, the posters reveal the additional content. The museum will have iPads available for visitors without access to a smartphone or tablet. The Toys Through Time exhibit will also give visitors a chance to play. Not only will visitors get the chance to view all of these amazing toys, the tour will conclude in an interactive playroom where they will be able to play with reproduction vintage toys, some of which they saw in the exhibit. Toys Through Time will be up through July 2016.

Program Time: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tours leave every hour; Last tour leaves at 3 p.m.)

Program Admission: Kean University Students, Faculty & Staff are Free (with ID)

Christmas Programming at Liberty Hall!

Christmas Tours start November 27

Liberty Hall will transform the first floor of the museum into a time machine where visitors will journey through five festively adorned rooms to discover the decorative styles of the 1910s - 1950s! Tours areMonday - Saturday, with tours leaving every hour between 10 am - 3 pm. Free for Kean students/staff, $10 for adults, $8 for Kean Alumni & $6 for seniors & students.

Toys for Tots Collection

Liberty Hall Museum is accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for children ages 1 - 17 for their annual Toys for Tots Drive. Donations can be dropped off at the Visitor's Center (blue house) at Liberty Hall Museum until Tuesday, December 15th.

History Happy Hour: Christmas Traditions

Thursday, December 10 from 7 - 9 pm

Have a drink with your friends at Liberty Hall Museum while you sip, snack and socialize while learning some fun history facts! Ever wonder where some of the holiday traditions come from? Hear all about them and get into the holiday spirit with us! Must be 21 years or older to attend. Admission includes drinks, snacks, trivia and time to mingle. $25 per person. Reservations required, call 908-527-0400.