Prof. Bergman Publishes Two Pieces

Prof. Jay Bergman’s recent contribution to a symposium on “One Hundred Great Ideas for Higher Education” appears in Academic Questions (Vol. 25, No. 4).  It is entitled “Require Western Civilization.”

In addition, his op-ed piece, “My Dinner with Mahmoud,” appeared in five newspapers in Connecticut this past November.

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Jennifer Wilkosz, an MA Graduate Student, Wins James Madison Memorial Fellowship

Jennifer Wilkosz, a Social Studies teacher at Berlin High School just won the James Madison Memorial Fellowship. Jennifer is a graduate student completing the MA in History. The fellowship is given to U.S. citizens who demonstrate a commitment to civic responsibilities and to professional and collegial activities and who qualify for admission with graduate standing at an accredited U.S. university that offers a qualifying master’s degree program. Fellows must be committed to teaching American history, American government, and/or social studies full time in grades 7–12. There is only one award for each state. Jennifer will attend the Foundation’s Summer Institute  in Washington, D.C. The centerpiece of the Institute is a graduate course, “The Foundations of American Constitutionalism.”

A History Department MA alumna, Beth DeLuco, won the fellowship in 2001. 

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Dr. Donald Rogers Leads Student Seminar on the Electoral College

Dr. Donald Rogers led a High School Student Seminar on the Electoral College on 17 December 2012. The Seminar met at the Statehouse and was broadcast on CT-N. Dr. Rogers led the students through four main questions during the discussion:

Why did the Founding Fathers set up the Electoral College?
How has it changed over time?
How effective has it reflected popular will?
Should it be changed?

You, and your students, can view the Seminar here:

http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/CTNplayer.asp?odID=8509

 

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Prof. Warshauer Wins First Annual Bruce Fraser Award

From the CCSU History Page:
As head of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission, Dr. Warshauer received the first annual Bruce Fraser Award from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History (ASCH). The Award was presented at ASCH’s annual conference at Connecticut College on Saturday, November 3. “The award is being given in recognition of the Commission’s extraordinary service over the past many months to spur public remembrance and understanding of Connecticut’s comprehensive engagement with the Civil War to exemplify the highest dedication to the standards Bruce Fraser instilled for a broad civic involvement with the promotion and preservation of Connecticut history.” Dr. Warshauer also won the New England History Teacher Association’s Kidger Award for outstanding contributions to research and teaching.
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M.A. Grad Wins National Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award!!

Central Connecticut State University, Berlin Public Schools, and the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies are proud to announce that Mr. David Bosso, Social Studies teacher at Berlin High School, has been named the National Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Teacher of the Year for 2012. The formal announcement was made at the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies Fall Meeting, held on October 26 at CCSU.

The NCSS Teacher of the Year qualifications include using “innovative and verified effective instructional strategies and techniques,” incorporating new scholarship into teaching, and demonstrating an “ability to foster a spirit of inquiry and the development of skills related to acquiring, organizing, processing, and using information and making decisions related to both domestic and international matters,” among others.

Writing on behalf of his nomination, Prof. John Tully, the President of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies and Associate Professor of History at CCSU wrote, “I know Dave’s work as a scholar, teacher, and fellow professional for the past five years. In every aspect of his work Dave exemplifies the highest qualities of excellence, dedication, accomplishment, and service.”

Mr. Bosso is currently a teacher at Berlin High School, where he has taught since 1998. He is also the 2012 Connecticut Teacher of the Year and the 2012 Berlin Public Schools District Teacher of the Year. He holds a Master’s Degree in History from Central Connecticut State University. In 2009, the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies awarded him the Excellence in Social Studies Education Award.

 

 

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Prof. Wolff’s Chapter to Appear in New Book

The editorial board of the University of Michigan Press has given the green light to the publication of Writing History in the Digital Age, a collaboration made possible by Kristen Nawrotzki and Jack Dougherty. It will include Prof. Wolff’s essay, “Historian’s Craft, Memory & Wikipedia.”

This entire project is a model of a new kind of digital scholarly collaboration. From the Writing History in the Digital Age site:

“Has the digital revolution transformed how we write about the past — or not? Have new technologies changed our essential work-craft as scholars, and the ways in which we think, teach, author, and publish? Does the digital age have broader implications for individual writing processes, or for the historical profession at large? Explore these questions in Writing History in the Digital Age, a born-digital, peer-reviewed, open access volume available online here and forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press for the Digital Humanities Series of its digitalculturebooks imprint.”

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New Book Approved for Prof. Tully’s Series

The Faculty Board of the University of Wisconsin Press has approved a contract for the third book in the “Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History” series co-edited by Prof. Tully.

Understanding and Teaching American Slavery will be co-edited by Lynn Lyerly of Boston College and Bethany Jay of Salem State University.

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Prof. Warshauer’s Latest Book Released in Paperback

Prof. Warshauer’s Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival has just been released in paperback.

From the Amazon site:
“Warshauer’s account puts political parties and questions about racial policy at the heart of Connecticut’s wartime history. I hope that every state’s commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War produces a study as good as this one.”Mark E. Neely, Jr., author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties

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Undergraduate Student working on Yale Indian Papers Project

Matt Ryan, who is doing a public history minor, is currently enrolled in Hist 492: Public History Internship. While taking Hist. 490 Senior Seminar: The Revolutions in the Atlantic World in Spring, 2012, he did archival research at the Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, CT. He decided that he would like to pursue a career in archives and is now working on the Yale Indian Papers Project: http://www.library.yale.edu/yipp/. “A number of institutions that have  significant New England Indian collections (Yale University, the Connecticut  State Library, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Massachusetts Archives,  and the National Archives of the United Kingdom) have organized into a  cooperative endeavor called The Yale Indian Papers Project to address these  problems by publishing an electronic database known as The New England Indian Papers Series.” Last week Matt did training in paleography, translating documents from the early 17th century, and he is learning archival processes while engaged in a very important historical project.  

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New Book in Prof. Tully’s Book Series with the University of Wisconsin

The Faculty Board of the University of Wisconsin Press has approved a contract for a new book in the “Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History” co-edited by Prof. Tully.

Understanding and Teaching Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender History will be co-edited by Leila Rupp of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Susan Freeman of Western Michigan University.

The first book in the Series, Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War, co-edited by Prof. Tully, will be published in 2013.

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