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Welcome to the 2016 Spring Semester at Kean University. The Department of History faculty and staff are excited to see familiar faces and to meet new majors, possible majors, and all of you who enjoy history. We have an exciting lineup of speakers, events and activities planned for the upcoming year and we hope you will join us. 


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Internships in History

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

For more information, contact Dr. Sue Gronewold ASAP at sgronewo@kean.edu.

New Course on Historic Preservation!

Still looking for a class for this semester? Interested in Historic Preservation? We will be offering Introduction to Historic Preservation this (spring 16 semester) after all. This will be a joint offering with the Michael Graves School of Architecture and include Kean Students and people from the Historic Preservation community. 

Sessions will meet on Thursdays from 6-830PM. 

Contact Dr. Mercantini via email for more information!

Global Terrorism Panel Discussion

The Department of History will host a discussion on "Understanding Global Terrorism?"  on Tuesday, February 16 at 3:30 PM in the Little Theater in the Miron Student Center.

The panel, led by Drs. Sue Gronewold and Xurong Kong, will include:

  • Dr. Brid Nicholson on the historical context of terrorism and the Middle East
  • Dr. Christopher Belitto on how the history of the Crusades has been invoked in discussions of conflict in the Middle East
  • Dr. Nazih Richani on the rise of ISIS
  • Dr. Larry Chang on defining terrorism

History Career Workshop

The Center for Career Development and the Department of History are offering a Career Workshop:

Monday, February 8, 2015 from 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm 

CAS 118 

A degree is history opens a diverse network of opportunities and career choices.  Our workshop this year is intended to help you think creatively about what to do with a history degree, and think practically about how to market the skills you have honed as a history major to potential employers.  All history and history/teacher cert majors should attend.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Did you know that Martin Luther King, Jr visited Kean University?  He did!  On Feb. 9, 1961, he visited our Union campus, then Newark State Teachers' College, and gave a speech entitled, “The Future of Integration” at the D’Angola Gymnasium. Fifty-five years to the day later, the Kean community will return to the gym to commemorate that event and honor Dr. King’s legacy.

A ceremony will be held in the D’Angola Gym Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.mto celebrate the historic visit and recognize Dr. King’s courageous contributions to the social justice movement.  All members of the Kean community and the public are invited.

Toy Exhibit and Symposium,Liberty Hall

Liberty Hall is currently displaying an exhibit of toys drawn from its collection.  And the Department of History is hosting an accompanying symposium on the history of toys and leisure time in American and world history.

Join us at the Carriage House on February 17 at 12:30 to tour the exhibit and learn about toys in history!  More details soon!


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.

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

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

Writing Workshops:

The Department of History continues its series of writing workshops.

Please note the workshop scheduled for February 22 at Kean Ocean!

February 22: “How to Read” Writing Workshop, Brid Nicholson, 3:15 PM, T111

February 22: “How to Read,” Writing Workshop at Kean Ocean, Chris Bellitto

March 15: “How to Write a History Paper,” Writing Workshop, 3:15 PM in T111

Mark Your Calendars!

January 26:  “Understanding Global Terrorism,” 3:15 PM-4:30 PM, Little Theatre

February 8:  Career Workshop II (Career Services):  “What to do with a degree in history?,” 3:15 PM, CAS 118

February 8:  Chinese New Year Celebration, Asian Studies, Time TBA

February 9:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Visit Commemoration, 3 PM, D'Angola Gym

February 17:  Symposium on Toys and History

February 22:  “How to Read” Writing Workshop, Brid Nicholson, 3:15 PM, T111

February 22:  “How to Read,” Writing Workshop at Kean Ocean, Chris Bellitto

March 13:  HGS International Conference on Contemporary Anti-Semitism, 9AM-6 PM, STEM

March 13:  HGS Information Session, Graduate Open House, 12 PM-3PM, East Campus

March 15:  “How to Write a History Paper,” Writing Workshop, 3:15 PM, T111

March 22:  Advising Meetings, 3:15 PM and 6:30 PM

April 5:  HGS Lecture:  Improbably Images:  School Photos in Holocaust Europe, 7:30 PM-9PM, Kean Hall Conference Center

April 7:  HGS Graduate Thesis Forum:  Emerging Research in Holocaust Studiess, 4:30 PM-6:30 PM, Human Rights Institute

April 8:  China in the World

April 8:  HGS Master Seminar on Post-Genocide, 9AM – 4PM, Human Rights Institute

April 13:  HGS Lecture:  Alexander Hinton on Transitional Justice in Cambodia, 7:30 PM-9PM, Kean Hall Conference Center

April 13:  HGS Information Session, 6 PM -7PM, Location TBD

April 26-27:  Kean University Research Days

April 27:  HGS Interview with Ian Buruma, 7:30 PM-9PM, Kean Hall Conference Center

May 6:  Honors Convocation

June 1:  Nancy Thompson World War II Scrapbook Day