History was Made

And made well. The Eastern contingent of the “Making History” conference returned on March 11.

In was has become an annual affair, the four chairs of History Departments at Western, Central, Eastern and Southern hosted the second annual CSU “Making History” Conference. This year the conference took place at CCSU. As last year, both faculty and students presented their research papers and posters. Eastern’s Department of History was well-represented. Professor Thomas Balcerski presented a paper “Beards, Bachelors, and Brides: The Surprisingly Spicy Politics of the Presidential Election of 1856.” Professor Joan Meznar presented a paper on “Religion and Abolition of Slavery in Brazil.” Students Jacqueline Ray and Bethany Marion prepared a poster on “Samson Occom’s Life and Legacy;” Carl Kraus presented on “Colonial Norwich: Slave Society or Society with Slaves?”; Sabreena Croeau spoke on “The Detrimental Effects of the U.S. – Saudi Arabian Alliance,” and Christopher J. Morris presented a paper “Got a Donkey in the Crosshairs: The Partisan Anticommunism of Senator Joseph McCarthy.” Students Alaina Torromeo and McKenzie Korte, whose papers on colonial slavery in Connecticut were also in the program, were unable to participate in the conference.

Student and faculty presenters (L-R): Jacqueline Ray, Dr. Anna Kirchmann, Dr. Joan Meznar, Sabreena Croteau, Bethany Marion, Christopher Morris, Carl Krauss, and Dr. Thomas Balcerski

Student and faculty presenters (L-R): Jacqueline Ray, Dr. Anna Kirchmann, Dr. Joan Meznar, Sabreena Croteau, Bethany Marion, Christopher Morris, Carl Krauss, and Dr. Thomas Balcerski

In addition to the presenters and the Department’s Chair Dr. Kirchmann, several of the students from the History Club attended the conference. While at the conference, the Eastern group was glad to run into two recent history alumni, Bethany Niebank and Jared Leitzel, who are now graduate students in Central’s public history program.

Dr. Kirchmann commented: “‘Making History’ brings together both faculty and students in our four departments and while facilitating the exchange of academic knowledge, it helps us to get to know each other better. This year’s conference was a great event, which allowed our students to experience first-hand a professional conference. All our presenters did a fantastic job and I was very proud of them.”

Eastern Attendees at the 2016 Making History conference

Eastern Attendees at the 2016 Making History conference. From L to R, back to front: Dr. Ania Kirchmann, Jacqueline Ray, Sabrina Bell, Dr. Joan Meznar, Sabreena Croteau, Chris Morris, Carl Krauss, Dr. Thomas Balcerski, History alum Jared Leitzel, Sara Dean, Bethany Marion, Alexa Potter, and History alum Bethany Niebanck.

 

The Looooong History of the Syrian migration crisis

On February 22, 2016, Dr. David Frye (History Department) presented a talk “Walling out the World: The Long History of Long Walls” as a part of the Ethnicity/Migration program for Spring 2016.

Dr. Frye argued that although the potential utility of long border walls is currently being fiercely debated in both Europe and North America, border walls are not a new idea.  States have been constructing long walls as a means of limiting unwanted immigration since at least the third millennium BC—some two thousand years before the first forerunners of China’s Great Wall.

David Frye on whether walls make good neighbors

David Frye illustrates whether tables make good neighbors

Dr. Frye’s presentation was based on the book manuscript on the same theme, which he has recently completed.

Congratulations to Barnard awardees Quanece Williams and Sabreena Croteau

Eastern annually awards the Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award to two students who excel in both academic achievement and community service. Candidates must have at least a 3.7 GPA and a record of significant community service. The students are nominated by their respective universities and presidents.

This year’s recipients were both double majors in History and Political Science, Sabreena Croteau and Quanece Williams. Congratulations to both!

 

Quanece Williams, Barnard Scholar 2016

Quanece Williams, Barnard Scholar 2016

Sabreena Croteau, Barnard Scholar 2016

Sabreena Croteau, Barnard Scholar 2016

All bow before Team History

As predicted here, Team History did indeed vanquish its foes on the field of trivia. It was a close run thing, but the last few answers secured the victory, and allowed Team History to hold aloft the coveted 2016 ECSU College Bowl cup. And congratulations to Dr. David Frye for a well-officiated tournament.

Team History congratulates its opponents on a match well-played

Team History congratulates its opponents on a match well-played

The victorious members of Team History— Patrick Thomson, Karolyn Rkarriganjobes, Shawn Batchelder, and Matt Putnam—and faculty adviser Dr. Thomas Balcerski are all smiles after winning the 2016 College Bowl championship

The victorious members of Team History— Patrick Thomson, Karolyn Rkarriganjobes, Shawn Batchelder, and Matt Putnam—and faculty adviser Dr. Thomas Balcerski are all smiles after winning the 2016 College Bowl championship

 

Welcome Dr. Kamola!

The Eastern history department is happy to welcome Dr. Stefan Kamola to the fold. He is a scholar of Middle Eastern and Central Asian history, with a particular interest in the interaction of nomadic and sedentary societies.  He received a Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of Washington in 2013 for work on the Persian-language histories written for and about the Mongol conquerors of the Middle East in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.  Since then, he has held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Princeton Society of Fellows, where he has been researching the manuscripts of Persian historical works in collections across Europe and North America.  At Eastern, he will offer courses on pre-modern world history, Islam and the Islamic world, Inner Asian nomadism, and the history of Middle Eastern religions and cultures.

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Team History continues its domination

in the 2016 College Bowl competition. They’ve advanced from the first round after dispatching Biochemistry. Come watch them defeat Biology in the second round, Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 5:00 pm in the Student Center Theatre.

Team History members Shawn Batchelder, Matt Putnam, Karolyn Rkarriganjobes, and Patrick Thomson listen intently as ECSU Quiz Bowl moderator and history professor David Frye asks a toss-up question during round 1 of play.

Team History members (L to R) Shawn Batchelder, Matt Putnam, Karolyn Rkarriganjobes, and Patrick Thomson listen intently as ECSU Quiz Bowl moderator and history professor David Frye asks a toss-up question during round 1 of play.

Team History coach professor Thomas Balcerski enjoys a lighthearted moment with Professor Frye and ECSU alumnus and official scorekeeper, ECSU alum and History major Asa O’Brien (2002), before the start of the competition

Team History coach professor Thomas Balcerski (L) enjoys a lighthearted moment with Professor Frye and ECSU alum and official scorekeeper, Asa O’Brien (History, 2002), before the start of the competition.

Internship/Career week coming up in April

This April 4-7 is #Eastern2Career Week.
(For those non-traditional students, and faculty, that’s a ‘hashtag’ and not a ‘pound sign’. It’s a Twitter thing.)

The Center for Internships and Career Development has numerous activities planned, all of which are intended to help students find the career(s) of their dreams.

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Welcome Dr. Moore!

The ECSU History Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Scott Moore to the fold. He will be joining us this fall.

Dr. Moore has a Ph.D. in Modern European history from the University of Maryland, College Park, specializing in the history of the Habsburg Monarchy and its Successor State.  He is particularly interested in nationalism and identity formation in Central Europe and how these societies understand their past and form a sense of community.  His current research explores civic and patriotic education in Austria-Hungary on the eve of the First World War and the ways in which this civic education utilized the shared history of the state and existing regional and national identities to create loyalty to the Habsburg State.

He will be offering a variety of courses on Central/Eastern Europe, appropriately enough, here at Eastern.

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Mock GRE opportunity

For those interested in grad school, many fields require scores from the GRE: the Graduate Records Examination, created by ETS.

The Psychology Psi Chi Club is sponsoring mock GRE sessions where you can practice on the GRE. They are taken on a computer, and scores are provided at the end of the session. Proceeds go to the Rich Bronson Scholarship fund to defer the costs of graduate school for Psi Chi members. Payment is collected at the Mock GRE session.

Session 1: March 14th (Monday) in Science 115, 5-7 PM
Session 2: March 15th (Tuesday) in Science 115, 7-9 PM
Cost: $5.00 (bring exact change or check made out to “ECSU Psi Chi”).

Contact Dr. Jin via email (jinc@easternct.edu) to reserve a seat.