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    Research and Teaching Pedagogy Seminar Series

    This seminar provides a forum for both full time and part time faculty in the Department of History and Anthropology to present their research in progress and teaching pedagogy to the campus community. The mission of this seminar is to foster awareness about the research interests among faculty within the department, improve communication about areas of teaching and scholarship, facilitate collegiality across disciplines, and encourage collaborative research opportunities. Presentations will take place once per-month from 1:15-2:15 pm on Wednesdays in HH 342.

    If you would like to present in the series, please email Prof. Hettie Williams.  

    Moderator: Prof. Hettie Williams

    Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Calendar

    Presenter: Prof. Melissa Ziobro, Department of History and Anthropology
    Title: "Fort Monmouth and WW I"

    Date: 9/28/16
    Time: 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
    Venue: Monmouth University Library Room 206

    Abstract: The name "Monmouth" has been synonymous with the defense of freedom since our country's inception.   Named for the brave Soldiers who gave their lives just a few miles away at the Battle of Monmouth Court House in 1778, Fort Monmouth was the site of some of the most significant communications and electronics breakthroughs in military history. From its inception during WWI through its closure in 2011, Fort Monmouth's Soldiers and civilians, with the support of the local communities, worked tirelessly to develop technologies and field equipment to protect U.S. forces and enable their victories.

    During WWI, the Army charged Signal Corps Soldiers trained at the base with establishing communications on the front lines of Europe. At the same time, those back on post in NJ made significant strides in the areas of aviation, combat photography, pigeon training, meteorology, and radio intelligence. The neighboring communities took an active role in sustaining these men. For example, the June 6, 1917 Red Bank Register  reported local farmers gearing up to supply large quantities of "straw, hay, oats, and cordwood" to the initial cadre of Soldiers descending upon the site. The June 26, 1918 post newspaper, the Dots and Dashes , shared, "Among the first women workers in the camp (at the "Y;" pictured below) were Mrs. John H. Parker, of Long Branch, and Mrs. J.B. Greenhut, and others associated with them. They did much to relieve the unpleasantness of camp life under such hard conditions."

    Fort Monmouth


    Presenter: Dr. Hillary Delprete, Department of History and Anthropology
    Title: "Bringing Life to Your Smile"

    Date: 10/24/16
    Time: 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
    Venue: HH316

    DelPrete teethAbstract: Dr. DelPrete will discuss her new project on sexual dimorphism of deciduous teeth, and explore the meaning of this sexual dimorphism. She will be discussing the type of information that we can gather from teeth and how that information can provide insight into the lifestyle of a population. In addition, she will discuss the difference between gathering data on radiographs compared to actual deciduous teeth.


    Presenter: Dr. Adam Heinrich, Department of History and Anthropology
    Title: "'Zooarchaeological Research into Upper Delaware"

    Date: 11/21/16
    Time: 1:15-2:15 pm
    Venue: HH316

    Zooarch in Upper DelawareAbstract: Analyses of faunal assemblages dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are able to show how domestic livestock and wild fauna were managed, collected, and consumed by colonial and post-colonial New Castle County, Delaware farmers and their laborers. Animal species, their numbers, and butchery marks on their bones reveal identities, possible coping strategies, and cuisine in rural Delaware. The faunal remains are also able to provide some data that can allow the identification of changes in husbandry practices in this very dynamic period.


    Presenter: Professor Matthew L. O’Brien, Department of History and Anthropology
    Title: "’The Viperous Bratt:’ Animosity And Amity Between James I and The Archdukes"

    Date: 12/13/16
    Time: 1:15-2:15 pm
    Venue: HH342

    James IAbstract:In a dispatch written in early May 1624, William Trumbull would write to James I that he had done "all possible endeavors" to complete the tasks commanded by the king and to perform his "bounden duty in discovering the Printer and Authors of a damned  e  infamous Libell intituled Is: Casauboni Corona Regia…generally thought…to be the viperous bratt, of that impudent perfidious Pedant Ericyus Puteanus." Scholars have only begun in recent years to mine libels and slanderous verse for what these works may tell us about early modern political culture.  Corona Regia  is a libel that proves fruitful for examining the reception of accusations of sodomy against James I. I will examine Trumbull's reaction to the libel, specifically, how his attempt to obtain justice for James hinged upon the restoration of amity and neighborliness between the king and the Archdukes in whose lands the libel first appeared.


    Presenter: Prof. Hettie V. Williams, ABD, Department of History and Anthropology
    Title: "African American Students at Columbia University in the Early Twentieth Century and the Civil Rights Movement in the North, 1915-1954"

    Date: 1/25/17
    Time: 1:15-2:15
    Venue: HH 342

    Marion WrightAbstract: In the 1930s and 1940s, Columbia University became a place where blacks could secure degrees across many fields of knowledge including anthropology, medicine, psychology, chemistry, legal studies, education, history, and architecture. M. Moran Weston II, founder of Carter Federal Savings Bank, that eventually became the largest black financial institution in the nation, attended Columbia College in 1930, and Zora Neale Hurston secured a graduate degree in anthropology from Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Science from in 1935 where she worked with Franz Boas. Charles Drew, who most historians credit with developing the idea of the blood bank, acquired his degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia in 1940 the same year Kenneth Clark received his doctoral degree in psychology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Several African American specifically interested in the issue of race and education secured their degrees at Columbia University during the 1940s including Robert L. Carter, Marion Thompson Wright, Mamie Phipps Clark, and Constance Baker Motley. In fact, this particular cohort of black intellectuals trained at Columbia in the 1940s came to form the research and legal team that made up the legal defense for the plaintiff in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka Kansas .  Much of the historical writing on African Americans at Columbia University focuses on the 1960s but this paper considers African Americans and progressive education at Columbia in the early twentieth century including the role that these intellectuals played in the development of the Civil Rights Movement in the North.


    Presenter: Prof. Brooke Nappi, Department of History and Anthropology
    Title: "Teaching Sex/Gender Studies in the College Classroom"

    Date: 2/20/17
    Time: 1:15-2:15
    Venue: HH342

    GenderAbstract: Professor Nappi will discuss her years of experience teaching in the field of sex/gender studies through a discussion of her popular course AN 274: Anthropology of Sex and Gender.


    Presenter:Dr. Nancy Mezey, Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Title: "The 369 th  and WW II"

    Date: 3/22/17
    Time: 1:15-2:15
    Venue: HH342


    369thAbstract: Dr. Mezey will discuss her work in progress: a documentary in development concerning the all-African American regiment commonly known as the "369th" but also referred to as the "Harlem Hell fighters" during WWI. This current project has a specific focus on the "369th" in WW II.



    Presenter: Dr. Richard F. Veit, Chair, Department of History and Anthropology
    Title: “Fraud!  Rethinking the Incredible Vaux Collection of Adena (Native American) Artifacts from Bridgeport, New Jersey”

    Date: 4/25/17
    Time: 1:15-2:15
    Venue: HH342

    Woodruff MuseumAbstract: William Samson Vaux, Esq. was an enthusiastic 19 th  century collector of minerals, artifacts, and coins. Passionately interested in the sciences, and particularly archaeology and geology, he amassed an unparalleled collection of artifacts that he later donated to the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences.  Included in his collection is a group of extraordinary Native American artifacts purportedly unearthed "from a mound" in Bridgeport, New Jersey. Completely unlike other artifacts found in the state, they appeared to be associated with the ancient mound building societies that thrived in the Ohio Valley.  His contemporaries derided his finds as frauds.  This presentation reexamines Vaux's finds in light of current theories and understandings of Middle Atlantic prehistory.  It appears that Vaux's initial interpretation of the artifacts was likely correct; however, the presence of these unusual artifacts: pipes, ceremonial bifaces, and effigies in the Delaware Valley remains extraordinary.  Do they reflect ancient trade networks, the spread of religious belief systems, a currency of exchange, or are they souvenirs brought home to the Delaware Valley by far-travelling adventurers, you decide.