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  1. 1 Welcome Back!  Come Make History@Kean
  2. 2 Welcome to the Fall 2016 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. 
  3. 3 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.Email us at KUHist@kean.edu for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter.  "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @KeanHistory and Instagram KuHist And by text!  See below for details
    1. 3.1 Get Updates of History Events by Text!
  4. 4 Writing Workshops, Fall 2016
  5. 5 Thinking about What to Do with Your History Degree?
  6. 6 Internships in History
  7. 7 Career Workshops and Resources
  8. 8 Upcoming Information  Session on Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kean
  9. 9 Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Information Session - Attention Seniors:  Learn about Kean's fast growing and influential graduate program with proven career opportunities in teaching and human rights. Attend our dedicated information session on Wednesday, November 2 at 5 pm in Kean Hall 130. For spring semester admission, applications are due December 1. Contact Dr. Klein, program director, to answer your questions: dklein@kean.edu.
  10. 10 Plan Ahead for Summer 2017
  11. 11 Ongoing Exhibit at Liberty Hall
  12. 12 Congratulations to 2016 History and History/Teacher Cert Grads!
  13. 13 Colin Scotti is Recipient of 2016 Martin Siegel Prize
  14. 14 Omega-Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta Congratulates New Inductees
  15. 15 Department of History Recognizes Graduates of Honors Program
  16. 16 Mark Your Calendars

Welcome Back!  Come Make History@Kean

Welcome to the Fall 2016 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. 

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.


  • Email us at KUHist@kean.edu for more information or to subscribe to our newsletter.  
  • "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @KeanHistory and Instagram KuHist 
  • And by text!  See below for details

 

 

Get Updates of History Events by Text!

You asked for it, and now here it is:
  • We are introducing the use of “Remind,” a texting app, to send you announcements.
  • You opt in by texting a code to us.  We won’t see your number; you won’t see ours.  But you will get the latest info.
  • Regular text rates apply.
To sign up, 
  • Text @KeanHist to 81010
It is that easy, so sign up now.

Writing Workshops, Fall 2016

The Department of History will continue to offer its writing workshops.  Come to the following:

September 20:  Writing Workshop:  “How to Read Effectively,” Dr. Nicholson, 3:15 PM, T111

November 15:  Writing Workshop:  “How to Write a History Paper,” Dr. Klein, 3:15 PM, T111


Thinking about What to Do with Your History Degree?

The options are limited only by your imagination.  Consider for example the 2016 Kean University Commencement Speaker, Brandon Stanton, creator of the "Humans of New York"  photo blog.  He proudly described his own B.A. in History in his commencement address. (Watch his address here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcGoceAVeDk)

Check out this personal testimonial from the American Historical Association about how David Glenn uses his B.A. in History while working as an oncology nurse.  Click here:  http://blog.historians.org/2016/08/thinking-like-a-historian-in-scrubs-how-i-use-my-ba-in-history/

Or consider the eloquent and powerful argument made for the study of the liberal arts, broadly, and history, more specifically, by historian and President of Harvard  University, Drew Faust, to students the United States Military Academy at West Point. President Drew Faust President Faust makes a strong case for the relationship between leadership and a deep training in the liberal arts, and she calls on students at West Point to lead using the values and skills acquired through an education in the liberal arts and humanites:  "Lead on behalf of each other. Lead on behalf of the nation. Lead, also, on behalf of the liberal arts—of the traditions of human experience and humane insight that they represent. Recognize the importance of the attributes they have given you, mark their presence in your lives, advocate for them in the lives of others. Keep your own Iliad under your pillow. Be the world’s best force for the humanities—and thus for human possibility."  For the full text of her remarks, click here:  http://www.harvard.edu/president/speech/2016/to-be-speaker-words-and-doer-deeds-literature-and-leadership

Inspiration and imagination of the sort given above are important,  but so is practical experience.  To gain that experience, the Department of History offers internships in History.  And equally important is practical information--career advice, resources, and workshops.  Read below for more information.

Internships in History

Wondering what to do with your degree in history? Wondering how to improve your chance of a position in teaching? Then the Department of History has an answer for you! We offer 3 course credits (HIST 4991) for students who complete internships in museums, archives, historical, organizations, as well as municipal and political offices and organizations.

 

Internships are frequently available on campus at Liberty Hall and in the Kean University Research Library and Collection.

 

This summer students have worked at the archives in Kean, in Plainfield, and in Morristown. We have been contacted by Historic Societies and Sites throughout New Jersey who are eager to work with interns.  We have a number of local history societies who are anxious to have Kean students work with them on a variety of projects.

 

The Department of History can provide assistance in identifying internship opportunities at places like the Battleship NJ, Maccullough Hall, Westfield Historical Society, Twin Lights Historic Site, First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, NJ State Archives, Union County 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.


Career Workshops and Resources

This year the Department of History will offer a series of "Brown Bag Lunch" discussions with faculty in the Department of History on career choices, options, and planning.  Watch your email for the announcement of times and topics.

But in the meantime, you can and should consult the extensive career resources compiled for you on our website:  https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/department-of-history-career-resources-what-to-do-with-a-degree-in-history/

This is the best place to start to think about career planning!  Time spent perusing its contents is time well spent.

                          https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kean-University-Department-of-History/157431547631762?sk=wall                                                          







Upcoming Information  Session on Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kean




Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Information Session - Attention Seniors:  Learn about Kean's fast growing and influential graduate program with proven career opportunities in teaching and human rights. Attend our dedicated information session on Wednesday, November 2 at 5 pm in Kean Hall 130. For spring semester admission, applications are due December 1. Contact Dr. Klein, program director, to answer your questions: dklein@kean.edu.









Plan Ahead for Summer 2017


Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies National Summer Institute, June 25-29: "Large-Scale Violence and Its Aftermaths." Students receive three course credits (Summer I) for participating. Student and faculty presentations invited (inquire at moyeb@kean.edu). Details to follow. 


Ongoing Exhibit at Liberty Hall



Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun


Our highly anticipated toy exhibit Toys through Time: The History of American Fun will encompass 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! Liberty Hall Museum wants young visitors to see the variety of toys children from long ago played with (no technology!) and for parents and grandparents to reminisce about their own childhood and some of their favorite toys or games they played with. Liberty Hall is the first museum in New Jersey to use augmented reality to enhance your experience in this exhibit! There are six posters within the exhibit that you can scan (similar to QR codes) using your smartphone or a Liberty Hall iPad that provides historical context or a 3D image in regards to the toy on display.  All you need to do is go to the app store on your phone and download the free app: LAYAR.  No smart phone? Don't worry! We have iPads for you to borrow so you can still experience this cool feature!

Tours takes place Monday - Saturday between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., leaving every hour on the hour.  Admission is FREE for Kean Students and Staff (please bring your ID). 

Congratulations to 2016 History and History/Teacher Cert Grads!


Class of 2016!

Colin Scotti is Recipient of 2016 Martin Siegel Prize

Colin Scotti  received the 2016 "Martin Siegel Prize for Excellent in Research and  Writing an Original Piece of Historical Scholarship."
 Colin received the award for an outstanding historiographical analysis of the biographies of Thomas Jefferson.




Omega-Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta Congratulates New Inductees

Union Campus Inductees:  

Shannon Berry, Ellyn Bissey, Kristina Cibikova, Caleb Dagnall, Matthew Degenhardt, Nicholas DeLucia, Martin Deutschman, Jessica DiFranco, Gissell Flores, Philip J Gallatta, Mark Glass, Frank Harpster, Ashley Kurbanoglu, Angelina Lysenko, Leanne Nicole Manna, Timothy Todd Mooney, Caitlyn Murphy, Morgan Nees, Anthony Nyers, Jonathan M Ortiz, Steven Palivoda, Marisa Romeo, Brandon Russo, Terrance Somesla-McMornell, Michelle Thompson, Thomas Trola, Andrew Yamakaitis

Ocean Campus Inductees:  Alyssa Aromando, Niles P Cavanuagh,
Harli 
Dickinson, Brooke Hogan, Michael T. Keane, Crawford King, Richard Liburdi, Amber Nilan, Anthony Rombardo, Ronald Signorino, Marian Smith, Hope Terrell, Nicholas Tomasso,  Ryan D. Von Duyne, Kimberly Zmudsky

Department of History Recognizes Graduates of Honors Program

The Department of History Honors Program congratulates seven more graduates from the program.  Pictured below, they were recognized at the 2016 Phi Alpha Theta Initiation ceremony.  Graduates include Shannon Berry, Kevin  Fette, Brianna Gordon, Gabriel Kissoon, David Lewis, Colin Scotti, and Stephanie Valente.  
















Mark Your Calendars

September 9:  Kean Day, 1PM-4PM, Cougar Walk

September 20:  Writing Workshop:  “How to Read Effectively,” Dr. Nicholson, 3:15 PM, T111

September 21:  Hispanic Heritage Month Event, 6:30 PM, Little Theater

September 22:  Constitution Day Commemoration, Carriage House, Liberty Hall

September 24: Kean Open House

October 1:  Homecoming

October 13:  Brown Bag History Lunch:  Thinking about Grad School? 12:30 PM, Location TBA

October 25:  Advising Meetings, 3:15 PM, HH113 and 6:30 PM, T111

November 1:  Halloween Lecture:  Jon Gruesser, Edgar Allen Poe (Location TBD)

November 3:  Brown Bag History Lunch:  What Else Can I do with a History Degree? 12:30 PM, T111? (Contact:  Hyde)

November 6: Open House

November 10:  World War II Exhibit Opening, Dryfoos Gallery

November 15:  Writing Workshop:  “How to Write a History Paper,” Dr. Klein, 3:15 PM, T111 (Contact:  Hyde)