Greetings all! Please check out the winter newsletter for announcements of and information about the many activities and events planned for the spring semester!
As you probably know by now, the History Department has moved to new quarters in Townsend 117. Note, too, that faculty phone numbers have changed, as well. For new numbers, see the department website at http://www.kean.edu/~history/faculty.html.
Come see our new offices at our Open House scheduled for Tuesday, February 22 at 3:00 pm in Townsend 117. Refreshments will be served, door prizes awarded. Mingle, eat, and then get answers to the question you have all heard from parents and friends--"So what are you going to do with a degree in history?" We will host a workshop addressing what you can do with a degree in history. Guest speakers will take your questions about history degrees and careers and graduate work in teaching, public history, law school, and graduate school.
Jonathan Mercantini, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of History, will present a lecture entitled "John Kean and the Constitution: New Documents from the Liberty Hall Museum Archive." The lecture will take
place on Tuesday, March 1 at 3:15 in the Carriage House, Liberty Hall.
Kean University will launch the new Asian Studies Degree Program with a Chinese New Year Celebration on February 10, 3:30 to 4:50 in the University Center Atrium. The celebration will feature entertainment as well as remarks by the Asian Studies faculty and President Dawood Farahi. The celebration will include a raffle and refreshments.
Mark your calendars--the pre-registration advising meeting, at which you can receive advising (and thereby have your history advising block removed), is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8 at 3:15 PM in HH113. As you prepare for registration, please revisit the "Degree Audit" feature on KeanWise--it lets you know what courses the registrar thinks you have taken (and still need). Bring your guidesheets, degree audit, and advising questions!
Please mark your calendars for two upcoming important and compelling events sponsored by Jewish Studies this spring.
First, 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.
On April 12, at 8 PM, also 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.
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.
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.
Need a clean guidesheet?
See the History Department website (www. kean.edu/~history) for guidesheets--and lots of other useful information!
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.
The symposium is free and open to the entire Kean and local communities. Classes are welcome!
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.”
Campus will be humming that day: Admissions is adding many more tours than usual (an information booth and sign up sheets will be set up in the atrium of the University Center), and Liberty Hall will be open for tours, with its special exhibit, “Stitches in Time.” Campus dining and Starbucks will also be open.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 email@example.com, or Mr. Terry Golway (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Liberty Hall, 908 737-7375989, and consult the websites: www.nhd.org and http://nj.nhd.org/ .
Please contact Aruna Mathura about upcoming KUHS events! KUHS is on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=46117492068&ref=ts. They meet every other Tuesday in the Department of History, and will be holding weekly bake sales on Thursdays this semester to support upcoming events. Do your part and 1)get involved, and 2)buy some cookies!