Monday, December 12, 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016
The center opened its doors and welcomed a guest panel of St. Bonaventure faculty and staff along with a well-known student from the area to give a little insight into the St. Bonaventure way at an open house event. The open house highlighted the partnership that has recently developed between the two organizations.
The partnership agreement was signed in May which allows St. Bonaventure students and staff to access the Jackson Center archives. Also, history courses will be developed based around the use and analysis of the Jackson archives. A technological link will also be developed between the two entities, and an internship is being planned to help the Jackson Center increase its digital archive capacity.
Currently, Phillip Payne, history professor, is holding a historical methods course in which the students are using the archives.
"It's a small step," he said, adding it is a good way for the students to become involved in using the archives.
The panel featured Payne; Tim Kenney, athletic director; Pauline Hoffmann, Jandoli School of Communications dean; Taylor Rosenburg, admissions counselor; and Cameron Hurst, journalism major and graduate of Jamestown High School. Greg Peterson, Robert H. Jackson Center co-founder, moderated the panel and introduced the guests.
"We are so glad to have this open house with St. Bonaventure University," Peterson said.
He said he was thrilled to see that a portal to four-year education has been opened to downtown Jamestown.
Andrew Roth, St. Bonaventure University interim president, said he is excited to see the possibilities of the partnership unfold.
"It's a fascinating facility and absolutely rich in educational and intellectual potential if we can think our way through how to use the archives," Roth said. "I'd like to thank Greg for the evening, and I look forward to your visit to campus in week or so as we continue to figure out how to cooperate and collaborate with one another to enrich the life of the Southern Tier of Western New York."
Discussion from the panel ranged from the upcoming basketball season to how the partnership could offer a variety of opportunities for students and the community in the future.
Kenney said there is such a thing at St. Bonaventure called the "St. Bonaventure Bubble," that many people don't leave, but this partnership will encourage movement and sharing.
"We're looking to do more," he said.
Hurst said his experience at St. Bonaventure has been amazing and he is thrilled the partnership has come to his hometown. He said he can't explain the feeling that St. Bonaventure brings to his life.
At the end, the panelists offered one word that summed up why a student should consider attending St. Bonaventure University which included the words, "Opportunity, experience, faculty and community."
Payne said his thoughts echoed those of his colleagues.
"It's not just about the academics," he said. "You think about (the students) as people."
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
My name is Jacob Keenan and I am a freshman history major attending St. Bonaventure University. I am from East Aurora, New York which is up near Buffalo, I have an older sister, and am the first in my direct family to go to a four year college. I attended Iroquois High school where I did very well in history which when compounded with my interest in the subject compelled me to major in it. My favorite topic of study is world military history from 1700-1918 or colonial military history (Napoleon, Washington, Clausewitz, etc.) I am a member of Army ROTC along with fellow history major Will Zimmer, and also intend to pursue military career.
Monday, October 24, 2016
My name is Brendan Fischer. I am from a small town near New York City called Cornwall. In high school I played baseball and that was pretty much my life. I also coached a little league team in my town in my spare time during the season. I loved baseball my family and hanging out with my friends. The reason I chose to be a history major is because of my love for learning about the history if the world. I always had special interest in ancient world history and what took place in those times as well as ancient Greek and Roman mythology. I honestly don’t know what I want to do with a history degree but I knew that I wanted to further my knowledge of the history of the world.
My name is Joseph Gardner and I’m from a small town in upstate NY called Mexico. What made me want to be a history major was my love for history growing up. Living in central NY I was only a 15 min drive from a revolutionary war fort, Fort Ontario. Seeing history only miles from my house was so neat and mesmerizing to me. Perhaps this is the reason that my Favorite subject is the American Revolution I was also fortunate enough to visit the Louvre Museum in Paris, seeing all the things that I read about in textbooks and watched on History channel doubled my love for history. My future plan is to obtain a minor in secondary education and go on to teach US history or Global history to High Schoolers After that I plan to continue my education to eventually become a professor and teach in universities.
My name is Will Zimmer and I'm a freshman history major who is also in the ROTC program. I am from the small town of Lima which is south of Rochester. I went to Honeoye Falls-Lima High School. When I was five I learned about the Battle of Gettysburg and since then I have had a interest in history. My favorite topic in history is American History, but my main interest is military history. My plan at St. Bonaventure is to complete my four years of ROTC and have a military career.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
My Name is Jack Cassidy and I am freshman history major at St. Bonaventure this year. I live in Rochester, NY, and went to Penfield High School. I have always been interested in history and that interest expanded when I entered junior year and I met my history teacher. His passion for history really got me into the subject. I’m really interested in early American history because the events of the late 18th century and early 19th in America can be so relevant today. I also plan on minoring in Law and Society ultimately with the goal of going to law school.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Friday, September 2, 2016
For those in the Buffalo area, Dr. Payne will be participating in The People's Forum on the American Presidency at Daemen College. It is a panel followed by a public discussion. He'll be discussing Warren Harding (who else) but the event also includes Peter Onuf on Thomas Jefferson, Charles Lachman on Grover Cleveland, and John Milton Cooper on Woodrow Wilson. It promises t be a lively way to put the 2016 presidential election into historical context.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Monday, August 22, 2016
We're hosting a THATCamp on Oct 25. This is an outgrowth of the digital and public history projects we've been working on with Dennis Frank and the folks at the Friedsam Memorial Library. The web page up that we'll be adding more information as we go along. You can register for it here.
Because Dennis and I are involved and because we've been exploring gamification and game design in the classroom, we're kicking things off with a talk by Brian Mayer who is an educational game designer. You can see his work here.
A THATCamp is an unconference. The rules of an unconference are (1) have fun, (2) be productive, and (3) stay collegial. The rules explained:
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
There is a nice article in today's Chronicle, Why a College Should Teach Its Own History, that is worth reading. We don't teach a class on St. Bonaventure's history, but students in students who take public history, digital history and history internship often spend a lot of time working in our archives telling the history of Bonas. It's a great way to learn something about their school, do original research, and learn some of the skills of public and digital history.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
The Chronicle of Higher Education has an interesting piece on a subject we have been giving a lot of thought to - liberal arts majors and careers. In "Liberal-Arts Majors Have Plenty of Job Prospects, if They Have Some Specific Skills, Too" the point is made that gaining a few specific skills can greatly increase the chances of getting a good first job.
From the article:
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
James Grossman's op ed, "History isn't a 'useless' major," is worth a read. He is the executive director the American Historical Association. From the essay:
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Jason Damon was named the Ideal Bonaventure Man during commencement ceremonies over the weekend. Congratulations to Jason. Jason is well deserving of this honor. His presence in the classroom will be missed but we're sure he has a bright future.
From the press release:
"Damon is described by history professor Dr. Joel Horowitz as “an extremely pleasant and hardworking individual who cares deeply about the world, his university and his faith. He is also a very thoughtful individual who combines that with great intelligence and curiosity.”
Monday, May 16, 2016
Horowitz, professor of history, plans to retire after 27 years of teaching at St. Bonaventure. He credited his trip to Mexico during his undergraduate career at the University of Pennsylvania to his love of Latin American history, specifically Argentinian history.
“It’s intriguing because there are real parallels with the United States as a country of immigrants, and I actually see the United States moving into a political situation that resembles Argentina, which is not a good thing,” Horowitz said.
He said while he will miss his students most during retirement, academia will still be in his future.
“I’m planning to write. I’m going to Argentina in September for a while, and I got invited to give a paper and do some research,” Horowitz said. “Eventually [my family and I] are going to move to the Boston area, and my goal is to write. I’ve got at least another book in me.”
Horowitz said he most enjoys teaching seminar courses in Latin American history because, “you actually get to deal with the students in a real way.”
Friday, May 13, 2016
History Majors were again well represented at the Arts and Sciences Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exposition, a great event featuring some great work by our students. You can check out pictures (better than my humble pics) on SBU's Flicker account where you will see history majors showing off their work in the digital and public history classes.
The games from the public history class were available for inspections - and play! Below is a poster explaining the connection between the games and the Civil War research.
Our digital map of the cemetery, part II, as Carter Bunce (pictured below) and other students showed off our continuing development of that project.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
JAMESTOWN N.Y., May 5, 2016 — Grounded by similar principles, St. Bonaventure University and the Robert H. Jackson Center have signed an agreement to take advantage of each institution’s resources.
The collaboration will aim to enhance scholarly research, educational opportunities, advocacy, and expansion of Jackson’s legacy.
The Robert H. Jackson Center is a non-profit dedicated to promoting liberty under law through the examination of the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson.
The center engages students of all ages, scholars, educators, national officials, and international dignitaries in analyzing contemporary issues of equality, fairness, and justice through the lens of Justice Jackson’s body of work.
The Jackson Center’s mission is to advance public awareness and appreciation of the principles of justice and the rule of law as embodied in the achievements and legacy of Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), U.S. Supreme Court Justice and chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials. Jackson grew up in Frewsburg, just outside of Jamestown, N.Y., where the Jackson Center is located.
The Jackson Center “envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail.” St. Bonaventure adheres to three core values: discovery, community, and “a strong belief in the goodness of life and the God-given worth of every individual.”
“Our partnership with St. Bonaventure significantly augments our ability to initiate dynamic program and exhibit offerings, informed scholarship and research, educated discourse, and innovative collaborations engaging an ever-broadening audience,” said Susan Moran Murphy, executive director of the Jackson Center.
“We are thrilled at this opportunity to share resources and work together with St. Bonaventure to develop further academic and experiential opportunities for undergraduates and students aspiring to university study,” she said.
Jackson Center and university officials began talks in fall 2015 to learn more about each other and their respective missions. Ultimately, officials realized they could utilize each institution’s resources and form an educational partnership.
“Partnering with the Jackson Center is a great opportunity for our students,” said Phillip Payne, Ph.D., professor of history at St. Bonaventure. “Not only do students get to study a pivotal historical figure, but they have the opportunity to do hands-on research and public history programming. We’re also looking to take advantage of technology to build an innovative partnership that will prepare our students for the world of the 21st century.”
Among the highlights of the agreement:
· St. Bonaventure students and faculty will have access to the Jackson Center archives, subject to donor restrictions and approval by the Jackson Center archivist, and the Jackson Center facilities to enhance education and scholarship associated with Jackson.
· History courses will be developed to include use and analysis of the archives of Jackson.
· The Jackson Center will take advantage of St. Bonaventure’s existing educational expertise in building public and digital history using the Jackson archives.
· St. Bonaventure students will utilize the Jackson archives to develop research projects and scholarly papers focused on Jackson and his legacy.
· St. Bonaventure and the Jackson Center will develop technological platforms to help link the two institutions. These initiatives will be directed by the Department of History, the archivist, library director, and the Office of Information Technology at SBU.
· Collaborative software will be utilized to digitally link the two institutions.
· Student work will be posted and shared with the Jackson Center.
· An internship will be planned to assist the Jackson Center in increasing its digital archive capacity.
· The university’s Friedsam Memorial Library will increase its archival capacity to accommodate the Jackson archival material, the ownership of which will be retained by the Robert H. Jackson Center, and academic research which results.
· A collaboration of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication with the Jackson Center will be explored.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
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
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.
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
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
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
From his essay:
Friday, February 5, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Adam Frank in "What is the Value of an Education in the Humanities," makes interesting points about this new world we live in. Not only has the economics of higher education changed, but we've reached a point where separating the humanities from technology isn't wise. He writes:
"The point: The old barriers between the humanities and technology are falling. Historians now use big data techniques to ask their human-centered questions. Engineers use the same methods — but with an emphasis on human interfaces — to answer their own technology-oriented questions." As you read the article he lists technologies, including GIS, that every student should know how to use.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
The current issue of Perspectives on History, the news magazine of the AHA, has a story on video gaming and history. In Backward Compatible: Gamers as Public History Audience Robert Whitaker discusses the prevalence of historical themes in video games and bridging the gap between gamers and historians with let's play videos in a project he calls History Respawned. Pretty cool.
Friday, January 29, 2016
at #Bonnies4Bonnies networking event
Alumni participating in Bonnies4Bonnies represent many major urban cities and an impressive mix of companies.
The CPRC will have representation from New York City, Washington, D.C., Buffalo, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Rochester and companies like SiriusXM, New York Life, Toyota, Nissan North America, Scholastic, Constellation Brands, Rohrbach Brewing Company, Fisher-Price and M&T Bank, said Ferman.
For more information about Bonnies4Bonnies, visit www.sbu.edu/Bonnies4Bonnies or contact Ferman at email@example.com.