As the spring semester begins, please take a few minutes to read this newsletter carefully. You will see that the calendar is already packed with interesting and important events that you will not want to miss!
If you are preparing your degree application and need to have your COMPLETED GUIDESHEET (which serves as the graduation checklist) signed, please make an appointment with Dr. Bellitto, Dr. Nicholson, or Dr. Gronewold. Please bring to your appointment your (updated and completed) guidesheet, program evaluation, and transfer equivalency documents.
Come join us for an open house and a discussion about what to do with your degree in history on February 2 at 3:15 in Townsend 117. Members of the faculty and Kean History alum will discuss career opportunities and how to prepare for them! See you there!
Dr. Xurong Kong, of the Department of History and Asian Studies, will deliver a lecture entitled "The Role of Historians in China."
In forthcoming newsletters, we want to highlight new resources available at the Kean University Library that might be of interest and use to you as historians. The featured resource this month is an online searchable database of New Jersey newspapers. You will see in the list below an impressive number of newspapers, access to which will be of great help to those of you conducting research and writing papers about eighteenth- and nineteenth-century New Jersey and American history. Luis Rodriguez, University Librarian, writes the following:
The Library is very pleased to announce that it is now providing access to more than 40 historic New Jersey newspapers (see below) via its New Jersey Historical Newspapers database. Access to these newspapers is available from on and off-campus.
As you can see, the database is strongest in coverage of the early 19th to pre-Civil War period. Coverage begins with the New-Jersey Gazette (1777 – 1786) and ends with The Trenton Evening Times (1883 – 1922), with much in between.
As best as we can tell, the only nearby libraries that offer these newspapers are the Princeton University and the New York Public libraries (as part of a nation-wide database). We welcome scholars from other institutions to come to the Kean Library to use the New Jersey Historical Newspapers database on site.
Interested in learning more about a graduate program designed to meet the demand for teachers and scholars knowledgeable about genocide in comparative perspective? Meet faculty, current students, and graduates of the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at our winter Open House, which will take place at 7 pm on February 1st in the Alumni House on the East Campus. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org by January 25th. For directions, visit www.kean.edu/directions.html.
Kean University will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an exhibit on the Civil War at Liberty Hall, and a series of lectures scheduled for this spring. The exhibit will formally open on Thursday, February 9 at 4 PM with a lecture by Dr. Frank Wetta. On February 28, 3:15 PM, Dr. Brian Regal will discuss the practice of medicine in the Civil War. His lecture will be followed on March 15 at 3:15PM by a lecture by Dr. Robert Mayer. All events will take place in the Carriage House at Liberty Hall. A description of the exhibit follows:
The Wounded & the Weary: 72 Hours in the Life of a Civil War Nurse
Not long after the Civil War broke out, Christine Kean Griffin, a 35-year-old widow from Elizabeth, volunteered to serve as a battlefield nurse with the U.S. Sanitary Commission. Mrs. Griffin was sent to Virginia in the spring of 1862 as the Union army embarked on its ill-fated Peninsula campaign.
As casualties poured into the Sanitary Commission’s hospital ship in early June, Mrs. Griffin and her colleagues saw first-hand the horrors of war. Her letters described a 72-hour span of ceaseless effort as nurses tended to wounded soldiers.
Liberty Hall Museum and Kean University will commemorate Christine Kean Griffin’s service, and the service of all Civil War nurses, in a new exhibit, “The Wounded & the Weary: 72 Hours in the Life of a Civil War Nurse.” The exhibit will be open from February to August 2012.
The exhibit will feature a re-creation of a bunk in a hospital ship and a nurse’s tent. A short video will explain the history of the battle and introduce the main characters. Copies of portions of Mrs. Griffin’s letters will be on display, along with artifacts conserved in Liberty Hall Museum, including newspapers from the Civil War era.
The exhibit is the latest collaboration between Liberty Hall Museum and the Kean University History Department. It is supported with funds from the New Jersey Historical Commission.
For more information in the meantime, contact Liberty Hall Museum at 908-527-0400 or visit the Museum’s website, www.kean.edu/libertyhall
Dr. Bellitto's exploration of the concept of "Just War" will continue with a symposium scheduled for March 29 and 30. The symposium examines "Just War" in context of historical and modern conflicts, including the Crusades, the American Civil War, and the modern Middle East. See below for the complete schedule.
Thursday-Friday, March 29-30, 2012
“Just War and Lasting Peace: Developing Ideas, Challenging Events”
Thursday, March 29, 2012
7:30-9pm, STEM Auditorium, Kean University
“Just War’s History and the Modern Middle East:
Global and Local Perspectives”
co-sponsor: Kean University Jewish Studies Program
Chair: Dr. Dennis Klein, Kean University
Keynote Address: “Can the Good Guys Win? Justice, Gaza, and Asymmetric Wars”
Dr. Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Friday, March 30, 2012
9:30am-1pm, STEM Auditorium, Kean University
9:30-11am “Just War and Jihad on Trial: The Past Faces the Present”
Chair: Dr. Christopher Bellitto, Kean University
Presentation: “The Crusades: Historical Lessons”
Dr. Jill Claster, New York University
Presentation: “Just War Today: Where Does the Discussion Stand?”
Drew Christiansen, S.J., America magazine
11:30-1pm Keynote Address
Chair: Dr. Jonathan Mercantini, Kean University
Keynote Address: “Was the Civil War a Just War? North, South, and New Jersey in the Middle”
Dr. Eric Foner, Columbia University, 2011 History Pulitzer Prize
We will continue to offer student writing workshops this spring. The spring workshops are scheduled for March 5 at 3:15 PM, April 2 at 7 PM, and April 3 at 3:15 PM. All workshops will be held in the classroom in Townsend 117.
February 2: What to do with a degree in history?
February 9: Civil War exhibit opens, 4 PM
February 13: Faculty Lecture: Xurong Kong, "The Role of Historians in China," 3:15 PM
February 23: FILM: The Conspirator
March 1: Hollywood Goes to War
March 13: Pre-Registration Advising Meeting 3:15 and 6:45 PM.
March 29-30: Just War and Jihad on Trial
April 17: Phi Alpha Theta book discussion
April 17: Timothy Snyder on Bloodlands
April 19: Phi Alpha Theta Initiation Reception
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. Note, too, that KUHS is on facebook. And go to KeanXChange to learn about upcoming events on campus and to see Kean history faculty discussing their research.