HISTORY CLUB ACTIVITIES

On Saturday April 12th, History Club visited the PEZ Museum in Orange, Connecticut. Shawn Batchelder ’16 (president), Kelly Galligan ’17 (treasurer), Kim Avery ’14, and Elissa MacInnis ’17, were in attendance. The PEZ candy dates back to 1927 and was invented by Austrian Eduard Haas III. PEZ is actually an acronym for the German word for peppermint, “pfefferminz,” which uses the first, middle, and last letters of the word.  The Museum consists of several thematic displays, such as animals, sports, and Batman, a gift shop, and visual access to the factory. The PEZ Museum is a family-friendly activity and it was thoroughly enjoyed by the History Club.

History Club will also be hosting a trivia night on April 22nd with free food and prizes and a fundraiser later this month. The club meets every Tuesday at 3:30pm in the Student Center. For more information, contact us at historyclub@easternct.edu

 

 

 

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HISTORY MAJORS AT THE STUDENT RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Three History majors presented their research at the Eastern Student Research Conference on April 12, 2014.

Zachary Marotte (faculty mentor Dr. Jamel Ostwald) presented his paper “The Persistence of the Ancients: The English Army’s Gradual Adoption of Modern Military Theory, 1660-1728.”

Katherine Buyse (faculty mentor Dr. Caitlin Carenen) presented her paper “Muscular Evangelism: At the Crossroads of Sports, American Fundamentalism and Media.”

Lindsay Witkoski (faculty mentor Caitlin Carenen) presented her paper “Intellectual Origins of 20th Century Domestic Terrorism.”

Congratulations to the presenters and their mentors!

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CHECKING IN WITH OUR EMERITI FACULTY

Supported by a grant from the China and Inner Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, Dr. Catherine Lynch, emeritus, spent the fall semester of 2013 as visiting scholar at Nanjing University and at Shanghai’s East China Normal University in China. There she began work on her new project to transcribe, edit, and annotate a series of interviews she conducted over two weeks in 1980 with the prominent thinker and social activist, Liang Shuming (1893-1988). Before returning to Connecticut, Lynch signed a book contract to publish the interviews in Chinese with the Guangxi Normal University Press, one of the top academic presses in China.

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HISTORY MAJOR MILES WILKERSON PRESENTS AT THE PHI ALPHA THETA CONFERENCE

Miles Wilkerson presented his research paper at the Phi Alpha Theta NY Upper Regional Meeting at SUNY College at Oneonta on April 12, 2014. Miles’ paper is entitled “Nunca Olvide: Reframing the History of Cuban Exile Terrorism,” and his faculty mentor is Dr. Joan Meznar. The abstract of the paper reads: “Noting the alarming lack of English-language scholarship on the subject, this paper tackles the difficult issue of CIA-sponsored terrorism against Cuba. It raises the question: how did gusano terrorism affect political discourse and civil rights in Cuba? This article examines the historiography of Cuban-exile terrorism in the Hemisphere between 1959 and 1976, exploring the ways in which the Cuban government responded to this terror and how it affected Cuba’s citizens. It also investigates the evolution of Luis Posada Carriles, the “Bin Laden of Latin America”, and Orlando Bosch, two of the most active terrorists in twentieth century history. The author dissects numerous primary and secondary sources to prove this thesis, including declassified United States government documents, speeches by Fidel Castro, scholarly journal articles, and interviews with the victims of Cuban exile terrorism. In addition, the paper constructs a critical history of Cuban antiterrorism law in the style of Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish. This is done in order to better understand how Cuba’s government reacted to the terror attacks of Bosch, Posada and other CIA-backed terrorists. By analyzing the historical discourse surrounding this controversial topic, the author intends to clarify the power relationships that make up exile terrorism against the island nation of Cuba.”   Congratulations, Miles!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. CAITLIN CARENEN

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Caitlin Carenen for winning the Board of Trustees University Level Award for Research! In her letter President Nunez wrote to Dr. Carenen: “By blending your research and teaching, you model the ideal professor for a primary undergraduate liberal arts university.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH PANEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE WAY OF THE ELDERS: BUDDHISM AND THE LAO COMMUNITY IN CONNECTICUT, TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014, 1:00-2:00 P.M. JOHNSON ROOM, ECSU LIBRARY

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“HISTORY DAY IN CONNECTICUT” DISTRICT CONTEST AT MANSFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL

History students and Dr. Anna Kirchmann spent their Saturday, March 22, 2014, volunteering as judges for the “History Day in Connecticut” District Contest at Mansfield Middle School. From left: John Allen, Kristina Oschmann, Cecile St.Jean, and Dr. Anna Kirchmann, Department of History.

The theme for the 2014 History Day was “Rights and Responsibilities.” Participating students could present their research in several age groups either individually or as a group in a variety of categories, including papers, exhibits, websites, performances, and documentaries. The winners will compete on the state level and then on the national level.

Eastern History students attended a workshop to learn the judging rules and then worked in groups of three to assess the projects, interview their young authors, and offer them constructive feedback on how to improve their research and presentation. It was very inspiring to encourage passion for history among the students from many different schools in the region, whose projects were often ambitious and involved. Eastern History students found that they were well prepared to apply both their content knowledge and critical thinking skills in this hands-on experience. The event’s organizers appreciated Eastern students’ willingness to spend the last day of their Spring break helping with the event.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO PROFESSOR ANN HIGGINBOTHAM

Congratulations to Professor Ann Higginbotham who was named the outstanding thesis mentor for 2013 by the University Honors Program and to History major Sarah Bartosiak (class of 2013) whose thesis on “Women in the Irish Nationalist Movement” was named outstanding Honors Thesis.

 

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ESME RAJI CODELL

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