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History & Anthropology

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 over Zoom, with links provided with the speaker’s information.

If you would like to present in the series, please email Dr. Geoff Fouad.

Archive of past talks.

Moderator: Dr. Geoff Fouad


Fall 2021 Calendar

Presenter: Maryanne Rhett
Title: History Comics as Historiographic Archive
Wednesday, September 22, 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm on Zoom
Synopsis: Despite the long held assumption that comics in the classroom are a new thing, and that prior to the late 1990s/early 2000s they were vociferously banned in educational settings, the reality is that there is a long history of comics used to instruct. This works in progress discussion will bring to the table a selection of comics which can be generally grouped as “history comics,” from the nineteenth and early twentieth century; from the Anglophone world (largely the US and Canada) as well as Spain. Touching on the basic background of the works presented, it is the intention of the meeting to discuss and contemplate the various ways in which materials such as these can enrich our teaching and research agendas. If at all possible, please RSVP so that topically appropriate examples for the audience can be on hand.

Photo image of a "history" comic strip titled "High Lights of History" published in 1896

A “history comic” from the year 1896


A drawing of a snake wraped around a staff

A page from Harper’s Weekly on the US Army’s mission against the Ku Klux Klan

Presenter: Christopher DeRosa

Title: Bluecoats Against the Klan

Wednesday, October 27, 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm on Zoom

Synopsis: This talk features research from my planned final chapter of a history of the U.S. Army in Reconstruction.  The army had played a role in establishing Black voting in the former rebel states.  This part of the study concentrates on the missions army posts launched “beyond Election Day”: pursuing anti-Reconstruction terrorists and tax-evaders.  Despite a seeming victory over the Ku Klux in 1871, the army’s mission to support the biracial democracy it had helped foster ended in dismal failure.


Presenters: Race conference presenters

Title: Race conference presentations to replace Works in Progress in November

Friday, November 12, on Zoom

Further details to be determined.

For more details, please see the Interdisciplinary Conference on Race (Virtual Meeting) page.


Photo of Dr. Walter S. McAfee conducting work in the lab in 1946.

McAfee conducting work in 1946

Presenter: Melissa Ziobro

Title: Monmouth University’s Own Hidden Figures: Dr. Walter McAfee

Tuesday, December 14, 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm on Zoom

Synopsis: Since the U.S. Army’s inception, civilian personnel have proved invaluable in helping uniformed soldiers achieve their objectives, and have made vital contributions in their own right. One such civilian is Dr. Walter S. McAfee. This pioneering African American Army civilian scientist is perhaps most famous for his participation in Project Diana, which allowed man’s first “contact” with the moon in 1946. However, McAfee served the Army for 42 years, while also teaching and mentoring new generations of innovators and leaders right here at Monmouth University. His story is one of raw talent, perseverance, patience, and inspiration, yet few at the national level know his name. This talk will introduce the audience to McAfee, and explain how oral history interviews with Monmouth alumni are shining new light on his life, work, and legacy.