PLEASE READ the spring newsletter for important information about advising and upcoming events! 
Don't forget to look for the Department of History on facebook at  "Kean University Department of History" (or search for Kean History) and "Like" us for announcements of upcoming events, interesting history news, and other juicy tidbits.  
And remember that many useful resources can be found on the department website:  www.kean.edu/~history! 


Pre-Registration Advising Meeting, Tuesday, March 8 at 3:15 in HH113
The Department of History will hold its pre-registration advising meeting on Tuesday, March 8 at 3:15 (HH113).  Faculty members will be on hand to conduct advising, answer your questions, and remove advisement blocks.  Please bring your GUIDESHEETS (up-to-date, please), program evaluations and/or degree audits (from KeanWise), and your questions!  If you need a clean GUIDESHEET, download one from the department website.  Click here for GUIDESHEETS.
If you cannot attend the meeting, you need to schedule an appointment with your advisor.  To do so, first check his/her office hours on KeanWise, then send him/her an email to schedule an appointment.
When you meet with your advisor, bring your GUIDESHEETS (up-to-date, please), program evaluations, degree audits, and any other relevant information.


Have questions about advising?

Start with Advising FAQs:
Please be aware that you can find answers to most of your advising questions on the new History Department FAQs posted on the department webpage.  Try looking here first before you see your advisor.

Why do I have a hold on my account?

See University Academic Advisement Policy:

All undergraduate students will be required to receive academic advisement prior to registration. This advisement will be provided by the student’s faculty advisor.  An academic advisement hold will be placed on the student’s account until they have met with their advisor. Students can access their first major advisor information by logging into their KeanWISE account and clicking on the link Search Office Hour by Faculty/Advisor Name. (This link will only provide you with your first major advisor information only)
Students admitted into the following programs (EEO, EPIC, Passport, and Spanish-Speaking) will have an additional hold placed on their account. Students in these special admit programs are required to contact their respective program for removal of this hold prior to registration.

Students with a second major or content area will have a second major advisement hold placed on their account until they have met with their second advisor.  

History Teacher/Cert?

    You will need to seek advising and have advising blocks removed by BOTH your history advisor AND your education advisor.  All history/teacher certification majors should seek advising from Professor Jerry Weiner in Hutchinson J334E.  He can offer advising and information you need about required education courses and fieldwork.  Please consult KeanWise for Professor Weiner's office hours.  He may be reached by email at jweiner@kean.edu, or by phone at 737-4009.


When can I register?

To find out, click here.



    Kean University has a new degree program in Asian Studies. Kean University Asian Studies graduates will gain an informed, global perspective, as well as expertise in Asia sought by employers in a wide range of professions including business, government, international companies and organizations, libraries and museums, media, non-profit organizations, education, and language teaching abroad. The federal government projects a high demand for graduates trained in "Critical Need Languages" such as Mandarin Chinese. With an Asian Studies degree from Kean, students will experience travel abroad and/or professional internships. 
    If you are interested in pursuing this new degree program, please contact Professor Xurong Kong in the Department of History.

Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair:  May 7, 2011 at Allaire State Park

The "Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair" is back after a year's budget-induced absence. 
If you are interested in exploring some of the many historic programs and organizations around the state, try vising the fair on May 7, 2011 at the Historic Village at Allaire in Allaire State Park, in Farmingdale, NJ.  Click here for more details! 


LECTURE:  Elizabeth Hyde, "Arboreal Negotiations"

Elizabeth Hyde, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of History, will deliver a lecture entitled “Arboreal Negotiations:  André Michaux, William Livingston, and the Cultural Politics of Trees in the Atlantic World.” 
The lecture explores the interaction of French diplomats and botanists with William Livingston, Governor of New Jersey and owner of Liberty Hall, in the 1780s as the French launched a formal botanical exploration of North American.  The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, March 24 at 3:15 in the Carriage House at Liberty Hall. 


        On Sunday, March 27, Kean University’s History Department along with Liberty Hall’s John Kean Archive of American History will host the Southern Regional competition for National History Day, a year-long non-profit educational program dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of history in elementary and secondary schools.  National History Day begins with regional competitions and moves onto state, then national levels. Last year approximately 700,000 students and 49,000 teachers were involved nation-wide. We expect that between 300 and 500 middle and high school students along with their parents, teachers, friends, and siblings will be on Kean’s campus that day for the southern NJ regional competitions (Seton Hall University sponsors the northern competition, and the state-wide contest is at William Paterson University. State winners proceed later in the spring to national competition in Washington DC).

        After an early morning assembly at Wilkins Theater with President Farahi and Dr. Mark Lender welcoming the participants, the day will be filled with the display of exhibits in Downs Hall and the judging of submissions in four other categories (performance, documentary film, papers, and websites) in CAS and University Center. All five categories are further divided into two divisions (junior for middle school students and senior for high school), and they all address the theme of the year: “Diplomacy and Dialogue in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”

        We will need lots of student volunteers to work as assistants at the information booth and other sites around campus. If you are interested in volunteering, please phone the history department at 737-0250 or email Dr. Gronewold (sgronewo@kean.edu), with SUBJECT LINE "NHD Volunteer" right away! Co-curricular transcript credit will be granted—“National History Day Volunteer” would look great on your resume! Many of the events will be open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Sue Gronewold in the History Department in T117, 908 737-0250/5, email sgronewo@kean.edu, or Mr. Terry Golway (tgolway@kean.edu) at Liberty Hall, 908 737-7375989, and consult the websites: www.nhd.org and http://nj.nhd.org/.

A FILM:  "A Film Unfinished"    

    On March 31 at 6:30 PM, "A Film Unfinished" will be screened in the STEM auditorium.   
The film, based on the 1998 discovery of outtakes from the Nazi propaganda film Das Ghetto 0f 1942, will be followed by a panel discussion with the film's director Yael Hersonski, author Michael Berenbaum, and Dr. Dennis Klein.  The event is part of the Jewish Studies Program's "Spring Visiting Scholar Series."  Admission is free, but a donation of $10 is suggested.

SYMPOSIUM:  Where is the World . . .?

     To formally launch its new GE history course, HIST 1062, “Worlds of History,” the History Department of Kean University will hold a symposium, “Where in the World?” on April 7 and 8.  
The event will kick off on Thursday, April 7, with a reception  from 6:30-7:30 in the Carriage House at Liberty Hall, followed by a lecture at 7:30.  The lecture, entitled “Where and Why is World History?” will be delivered by the renowned scholar Dr. Jerry Bentley of the University of Hawaii. He is the founder of the World History Association and author of many books and textbooks on world history, including Traditions and Encounters, the textbook used in History 1062.
The lecture will be followed by an open discussion led by a panel of Kean History Department faculty.  
The symposium will continue on Friday, April 8, starting with light international snacks from 9-9:30 a.m., also in the Carriage House, to be followed by an exploration of the relationship between local history and the world, first with a panel of Kean students with international ties who will address “Where in the World is Kean?” from 9:30-10:30. From 10:30-11:30, William Schroh, curator at Liberty Hall, will discuss “Where in the World was the Kean Family?” along with Susan Garino of Liberty Hall who will bring in examples from the current exhibit, “Stitches in Time.” Following a lunch break of international foods available for purchase, the symposium will continue at 12:30 with Dr. Paul Mattingly of the Elizabeth Historical Society discussing “Where in the World is Elizabeth,” and Dr. Sue Gronewold of the History Department and Dr. Linda Epps of the New Jersey Historical Society wrapping up the day by discussing the world class presence of Elizabeth’s own Singer Sewing Machine factory from the late 19th century until the 1970s.

LECTURE:  "The Lost:  The Search for Six of Six Million"

    On April 12, at 8 PM, in the STEM auditorium,
renowned author Daniel Mendelsohn will deliver a lecture entitled "The Lost:  The Search for Six of Six Million" about his search for six relatives who perished in the Holocaust.  The event is part of the Jewish Studies Program's "Spring Visiting Scholar Series."  Admission is free, but a donation $10 is suggested.

Need Help Writing Papers?

Please note that the Department of History has a new resource on its website to help you write your papers.  In particular, the writing guide offers advice on organizing your papers, working with quotations, and formatting footnotes!  Please familiarize yourself with this document--you will see the results in your paper grades!  Click here for the History Department Writing Guidelines.