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The History Department is cosponsoring another awesome talk. This time it is for Women's History Month. Join Dr. Americo...
03/03/2021
Ancient Art as Primary Source: A Global Digital Art Exhibit

The History Department is cosponsoring another awesome talk. This time it is for Women's History Month. Join Dr. Americo for an interactive exhibit of art from the ancient world.

Join Dr. Maria Americo of the History Department for an interactive digital exhibition in celebration of Women's History Month

Associate Professor of History, Dr. Maria Americo, is known as the Jill-of-all-trades when it comes to pre-modern histor...
02/11/2021
ancient holy water vending machines & tech that does 1000 things and costs a ton (not your iphone!)

Associate Professor of History, Dr. Maria Americo, is known as the Jill-of-all-trades when it comes to pre-modern history at Saint Peter’s University. Back in September Dr. Americo took part in an interview with her colleague, Dr. Kate Leach, of Harvard University. Dr. Leach invited Dr. Americo to speak to her students about science in the Middle Ages and the connections between the Islamic world and European medieval medicine. Check it out!

Lecture 6, on pre-modern technology (astrolabes and volvelles), plus an interview with Dr. Maria Americo about pre-modern alchemy, astrology, astronomy, and ...

This is the second event hosted by the History Department as part of Saint Peter's University's Black History Month Prog...
02/11/2021
"Never Forget What They Did Here": Meditations on Mob Violence, Black History, Collective Memory, and Safeguarding American Democracy

This is the second event hosted by the History Department as part of Saint Peter's University's Black History Month Programming.

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12pm, Dr. John Johnson, Jr. will be contextualizing the January 6, 2021 mob attack on the Capitol in the long sweep of United States History with his talk "'Never Forget What They Did Here': Meditations on Mob Violence, Black History, Collective Memory, and Safeguarding American Democracy."

These events are cosponsored by the History Department, Africana Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Social Justice Program, the Center for Undocumented Students (TCUS), the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Muslim Students Association (MSA), Students for Peace and Justice, the Black Action Committee (BAC), Desi Club, the Latin American Students Organization (LASO), and Protecting and Respecting Individuality Diversity and Equality (PRIDE).

For more information about these events and other programming for Black History Month, or to get the Zoom link to join, contact Dr. Devin Heyward, Director of The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at [email protected].

Join us as Assistant Professor of History, Dr. John Johnson, Jr., contextualizes the January 6, 2021 mob attack on the Capitol in the long sweep of United States History.

As part of Saint Peter's University's Black History Month Programming, two History Department professors will be hosting...
02/11/2021
Lessons from Germany before the N***s: Race-based Nationalism and the Rise of a Demagogue

As part of Saint Peter's University's Black History Month Programming, two History Department professors will be hosting virtual talks.

On Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11am, classes are encouraged to join Dr. David Gerlach, Chair of the History Department and Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, for a discussion of race-based nationalism in Weimar Germany and its rise in the world today, titled "Lessons from Germany before the N***s: Race-based Nationalism and the Rise of a Demagogue." The conversation will continue into the noon hour for those interested.

These events are cosponsored by the History Department, Africana Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Social Justice Program, the Center for Undocumented Students (TCUS), the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Muslim Students Association (MSA), Students for Peace and Justice, the Black Action Committee (BAC), Desi Club, the Latin American Students Organization (LASO), and Protecting and Respecting Individuality Diversity and Equality (PRIDE).

For more information about these events and other programming for Black History Month, or to get the Zoom link to join, contact Dr. Devin Heyward, Director of The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at [email protected].

Join Dr. David Gerlach, Chair of the History Department and Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, for a discussion of race-based nationalism in Weimar Germany and its rise in the world today.

09/21/2020

Take a virtual walking tour of NYC and make stops at important locations in women's history! This virtual tour is brought to you by the New-York Historical Society and includes photographs and documents from the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.

09/17/2020
Saint Peter's University

Does anyone have a favorite amendment? Share with us in the comments which amendment to the Constitution you are particularly grateful for today. Happy Constitution Day everyone! 🇺🇸

In celebration of Constitution Day, the Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership and Muhammed Moueed Haider Mirza '23 created a video of members of the University community reading the Preamble to the United States Constitution.

Another free virtual conversation available to our community: Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a conversation on "Memories...
09/16/2020
Memories, Myths, and Monuments: Confronting National Narratives

Another free virtual conversation available to our community: Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a conversation on "Memories, Myths, and Monuments: Confronting National Narratives" among Peniel Joseph (University of Texas in Austin), Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum), Jürgen Zimmerer (University of Hamburg), and Atina Grossmann (The Cooper Union).

How can countries reckon with racist histories of colonialism, slavery, and white supremacy and how they manifest in public space?

09/15/2020

Guess who just updated the Facebook password! Check back on our page often to stay up to date with events and programming available remotely for the fall 2020 semester! 😁

One of the unusually positive outcomes of the global pandemic is that so much intellectual programming is now free for s...
09/15/2020

One of the unusually positive outcomes of the global pandemic is that so much intellectual programming is now free for streaming online! Check out the AskHistorians Conference this week!

Stay well and keep learning!

It's the first day of the AskHistorians Digital Conference 2020: ‘Business as Unusual: Histories of Rupture, Chaos, Revolution, and Change’. Check out today's events, talks and panels here, and get ready for three days of excellent historical scholarship and discussion!

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/it5sbf/megathread_day_1_of_the_askhistorians_digital/

09/15/2020
YWCA Northern New Jersey

The History Department is excited to share that Dr. Christiane Warren, Adjunct Lecturer of History, was a featured speaker at the YWCA Bergen’s talk on the Centennial of the 19th Amendment.😃

Passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. Join YWCA CEO Helen Archontou, and Historian, Christiane Warren, Ph.D., and Senior Educational Consultant at Anna J Cooper, on the anniversary of this historic event as they discuss the struggles that took decades in order to achieve this important milestone for women. Also learn how to get yourself registered to vote (if you aren’t already) as well as checking your current voter status.

As I am sure you are aware, SPU always has a whole bunch of activities going on in February in order to celebrate Black ...
02/05/2020

As I am sure you are aware, SPU always has a whole bunch of activities going on in February in order to celebrate Black History Month. But it is not every year that we have a chance to go back so far into black history as we will be doing next week. On Thursday, 13 February at 2:30pm in the Digital Humanities Center (in the basement of the library) Professor Jonathan Brantley of the English Department and Dr. Maria Americo of the History Department will be leading a discussion about the Black Pharaohs of Egypt. Please join us!

To go along with our exciting announcement introducing our new travel course, here's a throwback photo of History alumnu...
01/22/2020

To go along with our exciting announcement introducing our new travel course, here's a throwback photo of History alumnus Patrick Farrell '19 on his trip to Greece in 2018. 😎🇬🇷🛫 Wanna come with us next spring, Pat? We'll save you a seat on the plane!

01/22/2020

🛫 Exciting news! The History Department will now be offering a new travel course to...

ATHENS, GREECE
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Dr. Maria Americo will be offering "Living Ancient History in Greece" in the spring of 2021. You’ll have a wonderful time exploring some of the most beautiful and engaging museums, monuments, and ancient and archaeological sites in and around Athens, Greece. If you think you would like to join us on a trip to the beautiful Mediterranean, be sure to leave room in your schedule for this great travel course opportunity. And for our seniors... alumni are more than welcome to join us on this trip!

Get your passports ready! ωραίο ταξίδι!

Yesterday, students gathered to hear Adjunct Lecturer in History, Christiane Warren, Ph.D., speak about the 30th Anniver...
11/14/2019

Yesterday, students gathered to hear Adjunct Lecturer in History, Christiane Warren, Ph.D., speak about the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Dr. Warren served as a civilian translator, attached to the 5/502nd Infantry Battalion of the U.S Army Berlin Brigade during the final years of the Cold War. She also spent part of her early years with relatives on both sides of the Iron Curtain during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was able to offer a unique perspective into the lives of Berliners living in both East and West Berlin during the time. Students learned about the construction of the wall, starting as just a barbed wire fence in 1961 up to the complex, concrete structure which came down in 1989. They also learned about the incredible adaptability of East Berliners to their new life under Communism after WWII and the bustling lifestyle of West Berliners during the same period.

Yesterday, students gathered to hear Adjunct Lecturer in History, Christiane Warren, Ph.D., speak about the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Dr. Warren served as a civilian translator, attached to the 5/502nd Infantry Battalion of the U.S Army Berlin Brigade during the final years of the Cold War. She also spent part of her early years with relatives on both sides of the Iron Curtain during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was able to offer a unique perspective into the lives of Berliners living in both East and West Berlin during the time. Students learned about the construction of the wall, starting as just a barbed wire fence in 1961 up to the complex, concrete structure which came down in 1989. They also learned about the incredible adaptability of East Berliners to their new life under Communism after WWII and the bustling lifestyle of West Berliners during the same period.

10/24/2019
The Slurry Wall at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Here is another video featuring Chayanne Hyde. We're so proud of her work with the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

Join STEM in 30 host Marty as he learns about the slurry wall at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and what it represents. For more FREE teacher resources from th...

10/24/2019
A Walk Through the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

We are so proud to share with everyone this video from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. featuring one of our History alumnae, Chayanne Hyde. Chayanne works as a museum educator at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. She has often spoken about how her time at Saint Peter's prepared her for working in the museum. About her History degree she said, "When I came to Saint Peter’s I knew I wanted to major in history, but I didn’t have a clear understanding of what I could do with it. Throughout my four years of taking history classes, I learned how to find reliable sources, how to fact check everything, how to read and write to the best of my abilities, and much more. I also realized that there is no one thing you can do with a history degree. With my degree in history, I was able to join the museum education team at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. I still use everything I learned in my classes and really feel that if I didn’t get my Bachelor’s in history, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to work in this amazing place."

Thank you, Chayanne, for your role in keeping the memories of the victims alive through your work. We wish you continued success in all you do!

For students in middle school today the attacks on September 11th, 2001 are historic events. Take a walk with STEM in 30 host Marty through the 9/11 Memorial...

Sixth Annual Book Fair & Bake Off
10/15/2019

Sixth Annual Book Fair & Bake Off

A big thank you to all who came to the 6th Annual Book Fair & Bake Off in the department on Wednesday and made the after...
10/11/2019

A big thank you to all who came to the 6th Annual Book Fair & Bake Off in the department on Wednesday and made the afternoon so much fun! The winner of this year's Bake Off is Dr. Maria Americo, assistant professor of history, with her Gooey Cookie Brownie! Students were able to take home free history books on topics ranging from Medieval Islam to American consumerism in the 20th century. Books flew off shelves and baked goods flew off trays!

Way to go, Dr. Americo!🥳

We're so proud of department chair, Dr. David Gerlach, for a wonderful day of programming to open the new Center for Hol...
10/10/2019

We're so proud of department chair, Dr. David Gerlach, for a wonderful day of programming to open the new Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Saint Peter's University! Dr. Gerlach is Director of the Center. We're looking forward to years of excellent education, research, and service with him at the helm. Click through to see pictures from the opening!

Students from Dr. Gerlach's HS-123 Special Topics course, along with MSA and CHaGS donated 127 back packs filled with sc...
06/25/2019

Students from Dr. Gerlach's HS-123 Special Topics course, along with MSA and CHaGS donated 127 back packs filled with school supplies to Syrian refugee children. Here are some outtakes from their photo op! (Thanks, Dr. DeGruccio!) To read some more about their very successful service project, visit https://www.saintpeters.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/history/category/news/.
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Check out this familiar face with Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Cory Booker. It's our very own work-study Gine...
06/25/2019

Check out this familiar face with Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Cory Booker. It's our very own work-study Gineen Abuali! Looking good, Gineen! 😃

06/11/2019
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Actual footage of the Council of Nicea 325 AD! 😄 (Aka Dr. DeGruccio's HS-304 Rome & Christianity class!)

The Council of Nicaea 325ad (2019)
Arius dropped his gloves!

Michael
06/11/2019

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Noble in his senior presentation, getting into the nitty gritty!

Did you know?The Sawczuk Conference is named in honor of Professor Konstantin Sawczuk, Ph.D. '56 who taught at Saint Pet...
04/11/2019

Did you know?

The Sawczuk Conference is named in honor of Professor Konstantin Sawczuk, Ph.D. '56 who taught at Saint Peter's College from 1964 until his untimely death in 1981.

Photo of the 11th Annual Sawczuk Conference Program in 1987 celebrating the Bicentennial of the Constitution, courtesy of the SPU Archive.

Yesterday, the History Department held its 43rd Annual Sawczuk Conference. Two students presented research completed dur...
04/11/2019

Yesterday, the History Department held its 43rd Annual Sawczuk Conference. Two students presented research completed during the fall semester in their senior capstone course, the Tuleja Seminar, the theme of which was U.S. Urban History. Gurcharan Noble Singh presented his paper entitled "South-Asian Transnational Identity and Immigration to the United States" and Christian O'Neal presented his research on the question "How Effective Was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for Blacks in New York City?" Dr. John Johnson, Jr., instructor of the Tuleja Seminar, made a guest appearance and presented his work "That God don't have to leave for the highway: Postwar Liberalism, Urban Renewal, and Community Underdevelopment in Newark, New Jersey." Congratulations to our seniors! We're so proud! 😄

Yesterday, our very own Dr. John Johnson, Jr. gave a lecture as part of the the Saint Peter's University celebration of ...
02/21/2019

Yesterday, our very own Dr. John Johnson, Jr. gave a lecture as part of the the Saint Peter's University celebration of Black History Month. His lecture entitled "Every Ghetto, Every City: Exploring Themes in Black American Music" looked at the way popular music in the 1960s and 70s portrayed life for African Americans living in the ghetto and discussed how one defines that term. The lecture drew a full house. Great job, Dr. J! 😄

If you're interested in learning more with Dr. Johnson, be sure to register for his fall 2019 elective "Black History through the Novel."📖

Congratulations to senior Brittanie Fils and junior Giovana Burgess-Humes who were inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the Na...
12/12/2018

Congratulations to senior Brittanie Fils and junior Giovana Burgess-Humes who were inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, last week. Brittanie and Giovana were invited to join ΦΑΘ based on their ability completed at least 12 credits of History courses and 90 credits overall, while maintaining a 3.3 GPA in History and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Congrats on this exceptional achievement, ladies!
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https://www.wfdd.org/story/art-music-provides-hope-time-horror-scott-e-blumenthals-novel-kissCheck out this interview on...
12/05/2018
The Art of Music Provides Hope in a Time of Horror in Scott E. Blumenthal's Novel The Kiss

https://www.wfdd.org/story/art-music-provides-hope-time-horror-scott-e-blumenthals-novel-kiss
Check out this interview on 88.5 WFDD (NPR Winston-Salem, NC) with Scott E. Blumenthal, author of The Kiss. Then, come join us this afternoon at 3pm in the History Department to take part in the new Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Reading Group! 📖

Scott E. Blumenthal's debut novel is captivating, beautiful, and heartbreaking. Set in Rovno, Poland at the outset of World War Two, The Kiss follows three young musical prodigies who form a trio so talented and revered that their music and identities become that which myths are made of. Their music...

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The Council of Nicaea 325ad (2019) Arius dropped his gloves!
Noble breaking his research down for the people!
Noble in his senior presentation, getting into the nitty gritty!
Let's extend a hearty congratulations to Alexandra Ruiz, Class of 2018, for her acceptance into graduate school at Seton Hall University. In the fall, she will begin studying in their Graduate History Program. She intends to study Medieval and Renaissance Europe. In the future, Alexandra would like to pursue her doctorate in Medieval History and become a university professor so she can share her love of learning with others. Congratulations, Alexandra, and best of luck at Seton Hall!😀🎉 Here she is practicing her lecture skills at last year's Sawczuk Conference!👩‍🏫