Wednesday, April 20, 2016

History Club hosts Trivia Night

On April 7th, the St. Bonaventure History Club hosted Trivia Night at Cafe La Verna. Over thirty participants from the campus community came to test their knowledge on several different history topics, including St. Bonaventure history. A special thanks to Professor Dr. Horowitz for being the MC of the event!

Dr. Horowitz asking the tough questions. 

A full house at Cafe La Verna.

Trivia champions Eddie, Jason & Tom. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Minecraft Generation

 Last semester we played around (get it?) with Minecraft in Intro to Public History.  The New York Times Magazine piece The Minecraft Generation is an interesting look at how people interact with the game and what they learn from it.  I also like that the author places Minecraft in a historical context of children playing to learn.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Fall '16 Course Offerings

Next fall semester we're offering some interesting courses of note.  Dr. Schaeper is offering a special topics course in European History, Dictatorships and Democracy.  That is certainly a topic of some relevancy.   Dr. Robbins is offering History 401:  Colonial American History, always a fascinating topic especially during an election year as politicians evoke America's origin story.  Professor Dalton's Modern China class will be interesting, especially given the role China plays on the world stage.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Digital History returns to Cemetery digital map project

We're back at the SBU Cemetery project.  It's a work in progress that has been somewhat hampered by the weather.  We finally got something resembling a nice day and headed up to the cemetery to plot locations.  Next week we're talking about big data, maps, and, time allowing, georeferencing.

Summer 2016 Courses

This summer we're expanding our online courses.

Summer Session 1 we're offering
Payne, History 207:  Sports in American Society
Payne, History 475:  World War II
Dalton, History 360:  World History to 1450
Dalton, History 361:  World History since 1450

The two world history classes fulfill the Clare College World Views requirement.  History 207 is a survey of the social and cultural history of sports from the colonial times to the recent past.  History 475 covers the Second World War from a variety of perspectives.

Summer Session 2 we're offering
Robbing, History 201:  United States History to 1865
History 201 is the first half of the U.S. history survey and fulfills the Clare College Western World requirement.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Trivia Night with Dr. Horowitz sponsored by the History Club

The History Club on campus will be holding a trivia night Wednesday April 6th, in La Verna at 7pm. The trivia will include five rounds of general history, geography, sports, pop culture, and St. Bonaventure history and teams of three will be competing for prizes. The prizes are gift cards to Randy's, Domino's and Applebees. The trivia night will be hosted by the honorable Dr. Horowitz. Don't miss out on the fun and pass the news of this great event to your friends.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

#Bonas Payne talks about new book, importance of thinking about history

Feb 24, 2016 |
By Julia Mericle, ’17
A new book by St. Bonaventure University history professor Phillip Payne, Ph.D., frames the story of the 1929 stock market crash within the booming New Era economy of the 1920s and the bust of the Great Depression. 
Cover of Phillip Payne's new book 'Crash!'“Crash! How the Economic Boom and Bust of the 1920s Worked” was released by Johns Hopkins University Press in December.
The book by Payne, chair of the Department of History, discusses the topic of speculation in economics, specifically explaining the 1929 stock market crash.
Payne said the idea for the book originated when he was talking to an editor at an American History Association meeting about the launch of a new series called “How Things Worked.” The meeting was shortly after the stock market crash in 2008, and Payne said his students were shocked so he talked about it in his classes.
The book is intended for an undergraduate audience and aims to make complicated stories understandable, according to Payne.
“A lot of effort went into making this book accessible, a book you can pick up and read without a deep knowledge of economics or politics,” Payne said.
Kevin Sidoran, a senior biochemistry major, is in Payne’s “United States History since 1865” class this semester.
“Dr. Payne is a storyteller,” Sidoran said. “He is able to segue almost any discussion or side comment, however irrelevant, to what we are covering in lecture, and he always pulls in little tidbits of background info to make the larger ideas more tangible and coherent.” 
Payne said he noticed many students are not interested in the topic of speculation in stock market crashes, but that it has real impact on their lives.
In the 19th century, bankers were just about the only ones following the stock market, according to Payne, but now the stock market is increasingly part of the economy.
Payne said he tells young people they need to think about history, especially in the turbulence of the modern economy, where people move from job to job. 
A major takeaway from the book, according to Payne, is that to get to that level of speculation, to get to where the economy gets blown up, people have to forget it happened before and convince themselves the current time is different.
“In 1929, they convinced themselves the stock market was a money making machine and it was never going to crash,” Payne said. “In 2008 they convinced themselves of this again.”
Payne said we are still dealing with many of the issues discussed in his book in the current presidential election, such as fallout from the 2008 crash and transitions taking place in the economy with technology and globalization.
In addition to Payne’s interest in economic history, his areas of research include Warren G. Harding and exploring how popular culture is shaped by politics and vice versa. He is the author of “Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy,” released by Ohio University Press in 2009.
Learn more about Payne and the history department via the blog

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