Dr. Garrett Fagan to speak on “Staging a Bloodbath: Theatricality and Artificiality at the Roman Arena”


Dr. Garret Fagan, Professor of History and Classics at Penn State University, will give a guest lecture on Friday, March 28 at 3:30 in JFT 1010 entitled “Staging a Bloodbath: Theatricality and Artificiality at the Roman Arena.”  In the lecture, Dr. Fagan will explore the theatrical and artificial aspects of Roman arena games — the stage sets, equipment of the fighters, rules of play, etc — and consider what such features tell us about Roman attitudes toward the violence of the games and how spectators reacted to it psychologically.  The talk is sponsored by the Ancient Studies Program and the Department of History.  Refreshments will be provided by Major Connections.

Free Hearing Test for Students, Faculty & Staff

DSC03877Hearing loss is a very common problem that can significantly affect an individual’s ability to communicate. The Speech Language and Hearing Center (SLHC) here on campus provides full audiological evaluations at no cost for students, faculty and staff.  The evaluation takes approximately one hour and will be performed by a nationally and state certified audiologist. If you are interested, please call 257-3600 to make an appointment.

Statistics on Hearing Loss:

  • About 20 percent of adults in the United States, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.
  • 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
  • At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.
  • About 2-3 of every 1,000 children are hard of hearing or deaf
  • Estimated that 30 school children per 1,000 have a hearing loss.

Source: John Hopkins Medicine

Susan Lewis Elected to New York Academy of History

Professor Susan Lewis (History)

Susan Lewis

Professor Susan Lewis (History) has been elected a fellow of the New York Academy of History (NYAH).

“Professor Lewis’s election to the New York Academy of History is a much deserved honor, as well as an opportunity to promote the study of New York history through the unified activities of the Academy’s fellows,” said Stella Deen, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Elected fellows are historians, independent scholars, public historians, museum curators and administrators, educators, archivists and others with a record of achievement and publications. Membership is by invitation only.

Lewis, who teaches United States History, New York State History, and American Women’s History courses, has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, and published essays in edited collections from Ashgate, Rutgers, and SUNY Press. She is currently writing a college textbook on New York State history, “New York Rediscovered,” and an associated blog of the same name, hosted by the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO).

In 2011, her monograph “Unexceptional Women: Female Proprietors in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Albany, New York, 1830-1885,” won the Hagley Book Prize for the best book published in business history, broadly defined. In addition, Lewis, with her husband, Richard, professor of art at Marist College, is the co-author of a college art appreciation textbook, “The Power of Art,” now in its third edition.

Lewis has twice been the recipient of a Cunningham Research Residency at the New York State Library, and has also served as one of the judges for that award. She is the recipient of the 2007-08 Liberal Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year Award and the 2011 Liberal Arts and Sciences Excellence in Scholarship Award at SUNY New Paltz. Lewis has served on the Rosendale Library Board and the Board of Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz and is also a founding board member of Century House Historical Society in Rosendale.

She holds a B.A. in Art History from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in American History from Binghamton University.

– See more at: http://newspulse.newpaltz.edu/2014/03/12/susan-lewis-elected-to-new-york-academy-of-history/#sthash.ANsUnmfR.dpuf

History Majors Career Panel

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.

Ancient history students stage mock battle

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:


New Course Offerings from the History Department

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.

Prof. Susan Lewis launches blog on New York history


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: