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WELCOME BACK 2015-2016

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Academic Year 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. 

The Department of History is proud of our reputation, on campus and beyond, as one of the most active and engaged at Kean University. Whether it is showcasing student research at Liberty Hall Museum or the University archives; leading students on tours of historic sites around the region; or working with students individually to help you improve your writing and critical thinking; we are always eager to share our passion for history.

To keep informed of events as well as important information about registration and examples of how history is connected to our larger society, please join our social media networks.

Twitter: @KeanHistory

Facebook: Kean University Department of History


Instagram:  @kuhist


CHINESE TABLE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ASIAN STUDIES


Enjoy the fun and relaxing atmosphere with friends at Chinese Table 
Every Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30pm 
Townsend 111

MOON FESTIVAL

Come with your friends and classmates to have fun while knowing more about China. 
DATE: Sept 28
Time: 3:30-4:30
Location: University Center



HISTORY STUDENTS PRESENT RESEARCH ON NEW JERSEY CONGRESSWOMAN FLORENCE DWYER AT STATE HOUSE IN TRENTON

History students enrolled in Elizabeth Hyde’s history capstone course and C. Brid Nicholson’s women’s history course conducted original research on Congresswoman Florence Dwyer, whose papers are housed in the Kean University Archives and Special Collections.  The papers were brought to Kean University by Professor Gilbert Kahn of the Department of Political Science.  With the help of University Archivist Erin Alghandoor, the students found the experience incredibly rewarding. On May 18, in an event coordinated by Shane Derris of the Center for History, Politics, and Policy, the students presented posters on their research at the State House in Trenton. In addition to observing the Senate Committee on Education and the Senate, they personally presented their posters to a number of important guests, including State Senators Tom Kean and Raymond Lesniak, (see photograph above) as well as to the Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and experts from the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Edward J. Bloustein Center for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. The students proved to be outstanding ambassadors of Kean and wonderful advocates for public higher education in NJ.

HISTORY HONORS STUDENTS PRESENT ON NANCY THOMPSON WORLD WAR II SCRAPBOOK PROJECT 

Nine students in the Department of History Honors Program presented their original research on the Nancy Thompson World War II Scrapbook Project, giving posters and paper presentations at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference in Gettysburg, PA in April 2015.  Gabriel Kissoon, Stephanie Valente, and Christina Leedy (shown above) presented posters on their research.  Jonathan Cutler, Kevin Fette, Brie Gordon, Laura Hurley, David Lewis, and Colin Scotti all presented papers on the experiences of New State Teachers College students during World War II.


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE STUDIES PROGRAM

Attention aspiring and alert juniors and seniors! Kean's acclaimed graduate program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program - now home for more than 30 degree candidates, including graduate students from abroad - is meeting with students interested in knowing more about the program and when/how to apply. You are invited to an Open House on Sunday, September 27, 12-3 pm, on the East Campus. There will be refreshments! For a sneak peek, visit grad.kean.edu/mahgs. Feel free to call the director and department faculty member, Dr. Klein, for an appointment or more information.


         

KEAN UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS ANNOUNCES OPEN HOURS FOR RESEARCH 



The Kean University Archives And Special Collections Document of the Month!




UPCOMING EVENTS

September 17: Constitution Day Commemoration 12:30pm, Little Theater

The 2016 National Constitution Day program will feature two recent Kean alums, who will be speaking about their experiences working in fields related to constitutional law. Join us for this great professional development opportunity!

Discover Your Family History   

Every family has a unique story. Do you know yours?

The Kean University Archives and Special Collections will offer an informal “You 101” series this fall. Whether you’re the first generation or fifth, we’ll cover how to get started, stay organized, and help each other climb over brick walls.

Students who participate in all four seminars and create a basic family tree can enter a raffle to win $99 towards the DNA analysis company of their choice (Ancestry DNA, 23andMe, and Family Tree DNA cost $99, others are available for more $).

You spend your whole college career studying other people - study YOU, too!

All sessions take place in Library room L116.

September: Start
Monday, 9/21, 3:20-4:30

October: Homecoming
Monday, 10/19, 3:20-4:30
Thursday, 10/22, 12:30-1:30

November: Share and Learn
Monday, 11/16, 3:20-4:30
Thursday, 11/19, 12:30-1:30

December: Dig Deeper
Monday, 12/14, 3:20-4:30

Thursday, 12/17, 12:30-1:30

FACULTY LECTURE ON POPE FRANCIS

"Pope Francis: A Latin American Pope's Global Vision"

A Faculty Lecture by
Drs. Frank Argote-Freyre and Christopher Bellitto

Wednesday, October 7, 3:15 PM
Little Theater


The first Latin American pope in history is giving Catholicism a global face while he helps reinvent the relationship between the US and Cuba. Join our own Cuba expert and church historian for an exploration of this timely topic.

WRITING WORKSHOPS 

The Department of History will continue to offer writing workshops this semester.  Scheduled workshops include:

September 28: Writing Workshop, "How to Read Effectively," T111, 3:15. Dr. Nicholson.

October 22: Writing Workshop, "How to Take an Essay Exam," T111, 3:15. Dr. Mayer.

November 12: Writing Workshop, "How to Write a History Paper," T111, 3:15. Dr. Kong.

In the meantime, note that you can always get help with writing with the resources available on the Department of History website at http://www.kean.edu/~history/resources/workscited.html.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS 

September 17: Constitution Day Commemoration 12:30pm, Little Theater contact Dr. Perkiss.

September 19: Historic Preservation "Vernacular Architecture," Rm GLAB 524, contact Dr. Mercantini.

September 21: "You 101," Genealogy workshop: Getting Started. Erin Alghandoor, (9/21) 3:20, (9/24) 12pm, Library, Special Collections room.

September 28: Writing Workshop, "How to Read Effectively," T111, 3:15. Dr. Nicholson.

October 7: Faculty Lecture: "Pope Francis: A Latin American Pope's Global Vision," Drs. Bellitto & Argote-Freyre, 3:15. Rm TBA.

October 9: KUHS (Kean University Historical Society) trip to Museum of Jewish History, NYC. Contact, Dr. Perkiss.

October 22: Writing Workshop, "How to Take an Essay Exam," T111, 3:15. Dr. Mayer.

October 19 & 22: "You 101," Genealogy workshop: Homecoming. Erin Alghandoor, (10/22) 3:20, (10/22) 12pm, Library, Special Collections room.

October 29: Halloween Lecture "The Occult in China," Dr. Xurong Kong.

November 7: Historic Preservation workshop. "Getting your House (Museum) in Order," Rm TBA:   contact Dr. Mercantini.

November 12: Writing Workshop, "How to Write a History Paper," T111, 3:15. Dr. Kong.

November 16 & 19: "You 101," Genealogy workshop: Share and Learn. Erin Alghandoor, (11/16) 3:20, (11/19) 12pm, Library, Special Collections room.

December 14 & 17: "You 101," Genealogy workshop: Gig Deeper. Erin Alghandoor, (11/16) 3:20, (11/19) 12pm, Library, Special Collections room.