History major Sonya Beetham wins research grant to study Picasso

During the fall 2014 semester, Eastern Connecticut State University student Sonya Beetham ’15, a history major from Montville, received a project grant that supported her research into the life of Pablo Picasso. Titled “Pablo Picasso in Time and Place,” Beetham conducted her research under the mentorship of History Professor Roland Clark.

Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

“I am very excited about Sonya’s research project,” said Clark. “She has a solid grasp of how historians approach artists and their work, and her project draws together skills from a variety of disciplines. I am looking over Sonya’s shoulder while she is researching and writing her paper, and am learning a lot about Picasso and cubism in the process.”

In regard to her research topic, Beetham said, “The topic of ‘Pablo Picasso in Time and Place’ was first brought to my attention by Professor Clark, who developed in me an interest in artists and the social and political contexts in which they work. I wanted to continue to work with Professor Clark, so we created an independent study that allowed me to research some of the art he presented in his classes.” She continued, “Picasso was one of the first names that came to mind because of my lack of knowledge about him, as well as his primitivist and cubist works.”

“Having grants available for students to pursue research is crucial because it gives them access to unique sources, experts and archives that they cannot find anywhere else,” said Clark. “This sort of research helps develop skills that students like Sonya will use throughout their working lives.”

When asked about being selected to receive an Eastern project grant, Beetham said, “I was very excited when I found out I was chosen. I heard it was a very competitive grant; I was nervous just to submit my application, but I’m happy I did.”

Limited funds are available for Eastern students to help cover the costs of research or a creative activity project. These activities are defined at Eastern as “Original intellectual or creative contributions to the student’s discipline carried out in conjunction with a faculty mentor, culminating in formal review of that work through presentations, exhibitions and/or publications.”

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Eastern History alums report back: “There is life with a History degree”

Cody Guarnieri (’09) is vice president of the Hartford Rotary Club for the 2014-15 year and will be president in 2015-16. He practices criminal defense and civil litigation in the Hartford-based law firm Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP. Cody’s first son, Daniel, was born in July 2014.

 

Anthony Mendes (’09) received his master’s degree from Providence College in 2012. He now works at the college as an academic coordinator for student athletics, working with men’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s and women’s track and cross country, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and women’s volleyball. He is also working on a second master’s degree.

 

Alexander Cross (’12) accepted a position as an area coordinator at American International College in Springfield, MA, where he will be developing and implementing a comprehensive residence educational program for the main campus.

 

Aaron Meyers (’12) is the executive assistant to the chief information officer for Corporate Executive Board in Arlington, VA. “From studying abroad, to inspiring my move to Washington, D.C., the History Department at Eastern has equipped me with the know-how to succeed and the confidence to accept new challenges.”

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Internship opportunity at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum

Opportunity to intern at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum.

PDF link: Wadsworth Atheneum Summer Diversity Internship 2015

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Internship opportunity at Mashantucket Pequot Museum

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Jared Leitzel interns with Willimantic Textile and History Museum

Senior History major Jared Leitzel is completing a Spring 2015 internship at the Windham Textile and History Museum in Willimantic, CT.

Surrounded by History

Jared helped digitize and catalog a variety of documents and artifacts in the collections of the museum.

Intern Jared Leitzel digitizing sources at the Windham Textile Museum.

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Bethany Niebanck interns at the New England Civil War Museum

Located in downtown Rockville Connecticut, the New England Civil War Museum was originally a meeting room for the Union Civil War veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Burpee Post.  The veterans started the museum because they wanted to honor the memory of their comrades who had died.  They donated their personal wartime relics to put on display.  The veterans collected artifacts for the museum until turning it over to the Rockville Sons of Union Veterans Camp in 1929.  The New England Civil War Museum was officially opened to the public by the Rockville Sons of Union Veterans Camp in 1993.  While the museum is small in size, it is one of the longest continuously used GAR Halls in the country.

History Major Bethany Niebanck (’15) at the New England Civil War Museum

Eastern History major Bethany Niebanck is currently interning at the New England Civil War Museum for the Spring 2015 semester.  The work that she is doing includes cataloging documents and books for the museum records, researching individual Civil War soldiers and Civil War battlefields, writing posts for the museum Facebook page, and assisting with the setup of new exhibits.

Intern Bethany Niebanck (left) with former Eastern History major and Museum volunteer director Matthew Reardon (right).

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Welcome Dr. Balcerski!

Eastern’s History department welcomes Dr. Thomas Balcerski. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2014, and will be joining our faculty this fall. He will teach courses on early American and African-American history.

Dr. Balcerski in front of a sign commemorating the 1st Republican National Convention (1856)

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CSU Making History conference a success!

This past Friday three History majors and three History faculty from Eastern participated in the first joint-CSU “Making History” conference at Southern. Participants included Dr. Roland Clark, Ryan Blejewski, Sabreena Croteau, Margaret Kurnyk, Dr. Anna Kirchmann, and Dr. Dominic DeBrincat.

Presenters at Making History 2015. From left to right:
Dr. Roland Clark, Ryan Blejewski, Sabreena Croteau, Margaret Kurnyk, Dr. Anna Kirchmann, Dr. Dominic DeBrincat.

Their papers explored topics ranging from 18th century Connecticut to the Muslim Brotherhood in North Africa, from ritual and remembrance of events in World War II-era East Central Europe to Willimantic immigrants and baseball.

Making History 2015 student presenters: Sabreena Croteau, Ryan Blejewski, Margaret Kurnyk (left to right).

The program is available here.

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Making History: CSU Conference

On March 27, three history students (Ryan Blejewski, Sareena Croteau, and Margaret Kurnyk) and three faculty members (Dr. Clark, Dr. DeBrincat, and Dr. Kirchmann) will present their research at “Making History: CSU Conference,” the first joint conference of the four CSU history departments. The conference will be held at Southern Connecticut State University. 

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Congratulations History majors!

History major Melissa Zablonski’s research paper on the Revolutionary War pensions for widows (faculty mentor Dr. Barbara Tucker) has been accepted to the program of the conference organized annually by the International Journal of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and to the program of the New England Historical Association.

History major Ryan Blejewski’ research paper titled “A Massacre in Jedwabne: A Psycho-Historical Perspective in Trying to Understand the Events of July 10, 1941″ (faculty mentor Dr. Roland Clark) has been accepted to the program of the British Council for Undergraduate Research Conference, as well as to the program of the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

History major Kelsey Tuller’s research paper “From Mystery to Methodism: Untangling Legends of a Cult in Connecticut” (Faculty mentor Dr. Barbara Tucker) has been accepted to the program of the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

History major Bethany Niebanck will present her research paper “The Harp, the Stars, and the Dollar: Irish Immigrants in the Union Army during the Civil War” (faculty mentor Dr. Anna Kirchmann) at the CREATE undergraduate research conference at Eastern.

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