The History Department and History Club will host a History Majors Career Panel on Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. in the Honors Center (College Music Hall).
Students can expect an informative, two-hour presentation by a diverse group of history graduates. Law professionals, museum professionals, a high school teacher, historians and the Sojourner Truth librarian will speak about their backgrounds and how they entered their chosen professions. They will also give advice to history majors just beginning their career journeys.
“A degree in history gives students the skills to succeed in a variety of different careers, from law and government to teaching and library science,” said History Department Associate Professor and Chair Andy Evans. “History majors learn how to write, reason, and research, all in the service of making convincing arguments based on evidence. Our career panel is designed to give students concrete tips from former New Paltz history majors on how to get internships, interviews, and jobs.”
The Career Resource Center will be available to talk about the importance of experience in a field as well as give advice on graduate schools, resumes, and internships.
For more information, contact History Club Co-President Ashley Trainor at N02260450@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu.
Students in Prof. Andrea Gatzke’s ancient history classes recently staged a mock battle using ancient battlefield tactics. After reading ancient sources that described the techniques of the ancient Greeks and Romans, students recreated the formations used by ancient armies. Armed with cardboard shields and 10 foot plastic spears, they formed into phalanxes, pioneered by the ancient Greeks, and attacked each other in the wheeling motion described in the original documents. They also experimented with Roman formations called cohorts. You can see a video of the ancient Greek phalanxes attacking each other here:
The History Department welcomed three new colleagues during the past two academic years: Christopher Albi (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin), Meg Devlin O’Sullivan (Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), and Andrea Gatzke (Ph.D. Penn State). Among their other contributions, these new faculty members have added five new upper-level courses to the curriculum and expanded the department’s breadth and depth. They include courses on Latin American Environmental History and Crime and Rebellion; on Reproductive Justice in the United States and on Native American women; and a forthcoming class on Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World.
Susan Lewis, Associate Professor of History at SUNY New Paltz, recently launched a new blog, “New York Rediscovered: Intriguing Stories from the History of New York State.” As an expert in New York history and author of Unexceptional Women: Female Proprietors in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Albany, 1830-1885 (2009), Professor Lewis is particularly well suited to the task. She is currently writing a textbook on New York State history, and the items that appear in her posts come directly from her research. The blog highlights surprising stories and underappreciated vignettes from the history of New York, each of which reveals unexpected insights into the state’s varied past. A recent post, for example, considers the mysterious, boot-shaped memorial to Benedict Arnold in Saratoga, New York, on which his name never actually appears. The blog can be found here: