Reminder: Register on-time

Just a friendly reminder for students to register on time. Low-enrolled courses may be cancelled before late-enrollees have an opportunity to sign up. See your History advisor if you have any questions.

This is particularly true for intersession courses, including summer courses. We still have spaces available this summer in:

  • HIS 116 Intro to World Civ (Dr. Davis)
  • HIS 230 Western Civ to 1500 (Dr. Frye)
  • HIS 253 U.S. Environmental History (Dr. Eves).
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Congratulations to Miles Wilkerson and Bethany Niebanck for presenting at Eastern’s student research conference this past weekend.

CREATE presenters Bethany Niebanck and Miles Wilkerson

Miles presented “Nunca Olvide: Reframing Historical Discourse on Cuban Exile Terrorism”, while Bethany presented “The Harp, the Stars, and the Dollar: Irish Immigrants and their Motivations for Fighting in the Union Army during the American Civil War.”

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NEHA 2015 or bust!

Ian Carey, Kyle Donovan, Melissa Zablonski, and Dr. Roland Clark travelled to Worcester State University on Saturday for the New England Historical Association’s semi-annual conference. Melissa presented a paper entitled “The Pension Widow: Defining the Criteria for Women in the Revolutionary War Pension Process,” which met with enthusiastic acclaim from a large audience. The paper is based on Melissa’s Honors thesis, which she wrote this year under the direction of Prof. Barbara Tucker.

Student attendees at NEHA 2015. From left: Ian Carey, Kyle Donovan, Melissa Zablonski.



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Phi Alpha Theta induction dinner

Congratulations to the 2015 inductees of Eastern’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honors Society!

Eastern PAT inductees

Front row from left: Quanece Williams, Bethany Niebanck, Sister Kateri Ludick, Annie Chozick, Lauren Grenier.
Back row from left: Kyle Donovan, Morgan Considine, Emily Komornik, Richard Ashley.

Inductees not pictured: Sabreena Croteau, Talia Erris, Hannah Mamaclay, Melissa Ann Rodgers, and Connor Walsh.

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CREATE Student Research Conference this weekend (4/17-4/18)

Come this Friday and Saturday to Eastern’s annual showcase for student research.

History majors Miles Wilkerson (Cuban exile terrorism) and Bethany Niebanck (Irish immigrants in the American Civil War) will be presenting their papers on Saturday.

More info (including program) here.

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Where did the idea of fried mozzarella sticks come from?

The History club held another successful Trivia Night in the Student Center on Thursday, April 9, 2015. With roughly 30 people in attendance, challenging questions, and plenty of fried mozzarella sticks, a great time was had by all.

Not a mozzarella stick to be found

(Bonus trivia answer: the idea of fried cheese sticks dates back to c. 1400 France.)

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History Alumna Saundra Catalina working for Habitat for Humanity

Saundra Catalina has recently updated us on her career following her graduation from Eastern with a History/Social Science degree. In an email addressed to Dr. Kirchmann, Saundra wrote: “Right after graduating I did a couple of years of AmeriCorps with Habitat for Humanity. Some of my assignments were behind the scenes event planning, fundraising, and creating new volunteer programs. After that I did construction for a couple of years with Habitat in Washington, D.C leading volunteers on site and in my spare time working with the office staff to increase our connection to the communities we were building in. I moved to Denver, Colorado about a year and a half ago as an Assistant Manager of one of Denver’s Habitat for Humanity ReStores (if you haven’t been to one it’s like a Home Depot thrift store that raises funds for Habitat).  Just two weeks ago I was promoted to Manager of one of our ReStores here in Denver. My goal is mostly to gain experience managing others.  I’m looking forward to learning a lot from this new position.” Congratulations, Saundra, and please keep in touch!

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Upcoming: Latin American & Caribbean Studies Conference 4/24

Friday, 24 April, Eastern will be hosting a conference on faculty research in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Faculty from many departments will be presenting their research findings, including our own Dr. Meznar. You can find the conference program here: LACSConferenceProgram.

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Upcoming: Night in Asia event, 4/14 8-10 PM

Eastern’s Asian Cultural Society will be hosting a “Night in Asia” on Tuesday, April 14th from 8-10 PM in the student center lobby.


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Reminder: University Career and Internship Fair tomorrow (April 1)

Be sure to check out Eastern’s Career and Internship Fair tomorrow, from 10-2 in the Sports Center Gym. Details here.

History-specific internship opportunities are also posted on this blog, under the Internships category.

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