Monday, December 19, 2016

Connecting With Teachers

Professors Megan Brankley Abbas and Justin Behrend visited Brighton High School on December 9 to talk with interested high school teachers. Department of History faculty regularly work with history teachers from across the Rochester area and Finger Lakes region, sharing ways in which some of the latest in historical research and innovative pedagogy can be made accessible at K-12 level.

Professor Abbas is a specialist in the history of the Islamic world, while Professor Behrend researches African-American history during Reconstruction.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Michael Oberg on WXXI's Need to Know

Professor Michael Oberg will appear on tonight's episode of WXXI's "Need to Know", where he will discuss the historical and political background of the Standing Rock Protests and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tune in to WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221 at 8pm on December 15.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Study Day Cookie Break!

It's getting to the crunch time of the semester—so if you're a SUNY Geneseo history major or minor, join us on Study Day to crunch some cookies and refuel!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Geneseo Alum Named Virginia Historical Society President

Congratulations to department alum Jamie Bosket (Class of 2005), who has been named the next president and CEO of the Virginia Historical Society (VHS).

The VHS, founded in 1831, is the official state historical society of the Commonwealth of Virginia and is one of the largest historical societies in the country. 

Jamie obtained a BA in History from SUNY Geneseo and an MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University. He has worked for almost ten years at Mount Vernon, the most visited historic site of its kind in the nation, where he has most recently been vice president for guest experience. He also serves on the boards of the Virginia Association of Museums and the Alexandria Historical Society.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Black Lives Matter: An Intergenerational Conversation on Fifty+ Years of Struggle (Oct. 25)

The panel "Black Lives Matter: An Intergenerational Conversation on Fifty+ Years of Struggle" will take place at SUNY Geneseo on October 25 from 4-7pm in the College Union Ballroom. It will be an intergenerational conversation on 50+ years of struggle, including 1960s Civil Rights Movement activists and contemporary activists in the broad Movement for Black Lives.


Dorie Ladner is a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) veteran, social worker, and lifelong activist.

A native of Mississippi, Ladner became involved with the Freedom Riders while still in her teens. In 1962, she was arrested for attempting to desegregate a Woolworth’s lunch counter. Ladner participated in every major civil rights march from 1963 to 1968, including the 1963 March on Washington, the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, and the 1968 Poor People’s March. Having earned a BA from Tougaloo College and an MA in Social Work from Howard University, she worked for many years as a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) in the emergency room of  D.C. General Hospital.

Colia Liddell Clark is an activist and politician, and a veteran of the civil rights, Black Power, and Pan African movements.

Also a native of Mississippi, Liddell Clark became involved in the civil rights movement through her work with the NAACP. She later worked with SCEF and SNCC; in Alabama, she was a field secretary for SNCC and later was appointed executive secretary of the organization. She served as special assistant to Medgar Evers.  She is a recipient of the Freedom Flame Award, and was inducted into the National Voter Rights Hall of Fame for her civil rights work.

Liddell Clark has taught at University of Albany, Union College, and the College of St Rose. She holds a BA from Jackson State University, and an MA from SUNY Albany.

Chanel Anita Snead is a member of Rochester Black Lives Matter. She works for B.L.A.C.K (Building Leadership and Community Knowledge) a grassroots collective created to empower the Black community through education, awareness, leadership development, cooperative economics, social media, and tactful action in an effort to combat the many disparities caused by institutionalized racism.

Adrian Elim is an activist and a member of Rochester Black Lives Matter and B.L.A.C.K. He received his BA in Film, Cinema, and Video Studies from the University of Rochester, and currently runs an independent advertising and production company.

Friday, October 14, 2016

"Homelands: Teaching and Learning on Native Ground": October 17

Part of Kanonshionni’onwè:ke tsi ionhwéntsare (Haudenosaunee Country)
in Kanien’kéha (Mohawk). [Source]

Professor Oberg will host this round table discussion as part of SUNY Geneseo's Cultural Harmony Week 2016. The panel will focus on the responsibilites and obligations that colleges and univerities have to Native American history and to contemporary Native communities.

Participants will include Kevin White, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Native American Studies at SUNY Oswego; Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Assistant Professor of Transnational Studies at the University of Buffalo; and Theresa McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Transnational Studies at the University of Buffalo. 

Kevin White was born and raised in the Rochester/Geneseo area and is a citizen of the Akwesasne Mohawk nation. He received a BA in Philosophy from SUNY Brockport, and an MA and PhD in American Studies from the University of Buffalo. His research focuses on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) studies. 

In Spring 2017, Professor White will be visiting research chair in trans-border studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario as part of the Fulbright Canada program. He blogs at Meandering Mohawk.  

Alyssa Mt Pleasant is a citizen of the Tuscarora nation. She completed her undergraduate studies in history at Barnard College, before going on to obtain an MA in History, and a PhD in History and American Indian Studies, from Cornell University.

Professor Mt Pleasant is currently at work on a book entitled, After the Whirlwind: Haudenosaunee People and U.S. Settler Colonialism, 1780-1825. This microhistorical study focuses on the Buffalo Creek reservation in western New York State, and the strategies employed there for developing and sustaining the new community during the upheaval of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. 

Theresa McCarthy is a citizen of the Onondaga nation. She earned a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Symbolic Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario, and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from McMaster University.

Professor McCarthy's recently published book, In Divided Unity: Haudenosaunee Reclamation at Grand River (2016) explores community-based initiatives that promote Haudenosaunee traditionalism and languages at Six Nations of the Grand River.

The discussion will take place from 3:30-5:00pm, October 17, in the College Union Ballroom. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

"What Can You Do With Your History Degree?": October 12

Thanks to everyone who attended last night's "What Can You Do With Your History Degree?" alumni event, particularly our speakers Katie Smart ('10), Alexandra Tramposch ('09), and Jamie Bosket ('05). It was great to get a glimpse of the smart, purposeful things that SUNY Geneseo history alums are doing with their lives, and we are grateful to Katie, Alexandra, and Jamie for taking the time to return to campus and share their experiences and expertise with our current students.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Geneseo History Alumni Event: October 12

Please join the history department on Wednesday, 12 October, as we welcome some alumni back to campus. They will be participating in a panel discussion entitled "What Can You Do With Your History Degree?", where they'll share career advice and inspiration in an informal and supportive setting.

The event is open to all, whether you're a history major or minor, or considering becoming one! Join us at 7pm in Bailey 102.


Katie Smart (Class of 2010) graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a BA in History, and went on to earn an MA in History from the University of Houston. 

Katie is the Publicist and Exhibits Coordinator for Duke University Press. She manages marketing and the social media presence of this publishing nonprofit, which includes publicising over fifty academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

Jamie Bosket (Class of 2005) obtained a BA in History from SUNY Geneseo and an MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University. 

He now works as the Vice President for Guest Experience at Mount Vernon, the historic home of George Washington. There he helps to manage a large and dynamic team of 200 paid staff and 400 volunteers. Jamie is also a board member of the Virginia Association of Museums.

Alexandra Tramposch (Class of 2009) earned her BA in History and Business Studies from SUNY Geneseo before going on to the University of Michigan to earn an MA in Educational Studies with a specialisation in the historical and sociological foundations of educational policy. 

Alexandra presently works as the Director of Strategic Marketing and Strategy at the Nardin Academy, a private Catholic elementary and high school in Buffalo. She previously served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Niagara University.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Geneseo History Major Todd Christensen and the SNCC Digital Gateway Project

Todd Christensen, who graduated from Geneseo in 2015 with a history major, is working on the SNCC Digital Gateway (SDG), a collaborative project involving the SNCC Legacy Project, Duke University, and Civil Rights Movement scholars. At Geneseo, Todd completed a history honors thesis on Freedom Schools in the Civil Rights Movement, with support from a Geneseo Summer Fellowship. He also worked as an intern with the Algebra Project in Boston, with support from a Ambassador fellowship and as an intern on One Person, OneVote, a pilot project and predecessor to the SDG, which was launched in March 2015. At the time, Christensen reflected, “The work on OPOV has given me a new sense of what history really is. The website tells the story of black voting rights through the lens of the ordinary black people in the Deep South during the early 60s, who put their lives on the line to fight for first-class citizenship.  These people, who are almost always missing in history textbooks, both in high school and college, served as the backbone of grassroots movements for black political power.  And having the chance to work with Duke and the SNCC legacy Project in being able to tell their stories has taught me a lot about the power of regular people doing extraordinary things.”