To our first-year students, welcome to the Department of History at Kean University.  To our returning students, welcome back!  You will receive this electronic newsletter periodically over the course of the academic year.  We use it to inform you of upcoming events and registration information, among other things.  Please read it carefully. 


Additional resources for keeping track of all things history at Kean include our website, updated regularly, at http://www.kean.edu/~history, and our facebook page.  To locate the facebook page, go to facebook and search for "Kean History" or click on the following link:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kean-University-History-Department/157431547631762 and be sure to "Like" us!  You will find information about history related events and activities at Kean and beyond. 


Although the semester has just begun, it is already time to start thinking about registering for the spring semester.  The Department of History will hold its advising meeting on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 at 3:15PM in Bruce 109.  At this meeting, you will be able to receive advising and have your advising block removed.  So mark your calendars and plan to be there!


This year Dr. Bellitto will continue his formal exploration of "Just War" through "War and Peace:  the Kean University History Forum, 2011-2012.   This year's events will kick off on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30 in the STEM Auditorium.  Dr. Carol Gluck of Columbia University will discuss "When Did World War II Start?  A Pacific Perspective."  Her lecture will be followed with a comment by Dr. Laura Neitzel of Brookdale Community College.  Please plan to attend!


The Kean University Historical Society will hold its next meeting on Thursday, September 29 at 3:15 in the classroom in the Department of History (Townsend 117).  Members are busy planning events for the fall (Halloween) and spring (Black History Month, Women's History Month).  They are also exploring field trip options.  Get involved and join them at the next meeting!  Find KUHS on facebook, too!

MASTERS of ARTS IN HOLOCAUST and GENOCIDE STUDIES:  Learn more at Graduate College Open House, Sunday, September 25

Kean University's Masters of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is a program history majors might wish to consider. For several years we have been educating leaders for careers as global and social entrepreneurs, nonprofit policymakers, public affairs writers and journalists, human rights advocates, and as leaders in religion, government, and global corporations.

Focusing uniquely on genocide in comparative perspective by exploring these 20th century watershed events in Rwanda, Cambodia, Ukraine, Darfur, Armenia, as well as in Europe (the Holocaust and Bosnia), its main concern is to understand our world’s peoples and countries who endured extreme assault and now seek recognition as international players. The program's special relationships with the university's unusual Human Rights Institute and Holocaust Resource Center as well as with human rights organizations in New York City and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC - is making this program an attractive destination for promising graduate students.

On Sunday, September 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on the East Campus, students interested in learning more about this program can talk with faculty, graduates, and current graduate students - as well as receive details about admission procedures and scholarships from a new PowerPoint presentation - at the Graduate College Open House. Register today at grad.kean.edu. For inquiries, email Dr. Dennis Klein at maghs@kean.edu.

PRE-LAW Society at Kean

The new Kean University Pre-Law Society will hold its second meeting of the year on Tuesday, October 11, at 3:15 PM.  The meeting will include a workshop on the law school admissions process and will feature an admissions officer from Rutgers-Newark and a Kean University alumnus currently in his first semester at Cornell Law.  Location TBA.  Please contact Dr. Perkiss at aperkiss@kean.edu for more information.


Temple Trip to SRI Ganesh Temple ,Flushing Queens

The trip is scheduled for Oct. 6th 9:30– 4:00pm.   If you are interested, you should contact Dana at wangda@kean.edu.   For more information on the Asian Studies Program, see www.kean.edu/KU/Asian-Studies.
Please join the Asian Studies Program on October 6th,Thursday, to learn about Indian cultures. Now is fall festival time.  The Sir Ganesh Temple is specially decorated for the season. This free trip will include a tour of the temple with time to explore. Bring money to buy food. There is a restaurant with delicious food at the temple, with Indian, Chinese, Korean restaurants nearby.   

Please feel free to join the Chinese Table every Friday, 11AM-2PM, in Townsend 117 to make new friends, play Chinese games, and learn to speak Chinese.