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History Career Night on Wednesday, April 24 from 7-9 p.m. in Craven Lounge, Morris Hall, SUNY Oneonta -- All welcome!

  • A representative from the SUNY Oneonta Career Center will give advice about how to create a skills inventory and market the very real skills History majors acquire in order to land a decent job 
  • Come and attend break out sessions to discuss and hear brief presentations about careers in museums, teaching, the legal professions, activism and advocacy work, libraries, archives and more
  • All students welcome!

Contact Dr. Matthew Hendley at for more information.



History Department Awards Ceremony 2013

Wednesday, April 24 from 3:00 -5:00 p.m.

Le Café, Morris Conference Center


Departmental Awards

Academic Achievement Award: Emily Hunter

Ethel Ray and Ada Crippen Award: Peter Donaghy

Sam Caplen Service Award: Philip Hazard

Michael Wright Memorial Award: Connie Randall

Michael Wright Memorial Award: Matthew Strachman

Daughter’s of the American Revolution Award (DAR): Sara Howard

Redfield Essay Awards

Freshman/Introductory Essay Winner: Danielle Plank

Freshman/Introductory Essay Honorable mention: Megan Stoutz

Short Essay Winner: Kurt Nicolaisen

Short Essay Honorable Mention: Philip Hazard

Long Essay Winner: Emily Hunter

Long Essay Honorable Mention: Lawton Wakefield


With special thanks to Clio - The History Club for their support of this event


Uncovering Richard III

Join Drs Finin (English), Harper and Hendley for a symposium on King Richard III in History and Literature, followed by a presentation on the recent discovery of his remains beneath a car park in Leicester (UK)

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 at 3:30 p.m.

Alden Room, Milne Library, third floor

All welcome.

Contact Dr. April Harper at or Dr. Matthew Hendley at for more information.



Clio at the Alden Room

Join Clio - The History Club for a group internship at Milne Library's Special Collections and Archives at the Alden Room

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Alden Room, Milne Library, third floor

Contact Dr. April Harper at or Dr. Mette Harder at for more information.

With special thanks to Heather Beach (Milne Library) for inviting and hosting Clio.



Redfield Lecture Series

Dr. Shintaro Mizushima (Kinki University, Osaka, Japan) will present his work "Masculinity that Surpasses Homophobia: Male Homosocial Bonding/Bromance in the Beat Generation".

Thursdsay, March 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Alden Room (Milne Library)

This event is sponsored by the History Department and the generous support of the Maynard Redfield funds.

All welcome.



Archaeologist Alexis Mantha to give talk ‘Negotiating Funerary Practices: Inca and Spanish Colonial Occupations of the Rapayán Valley in the Central Andes of Peru’ and show documentary film Rapayan on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dr. Miguel Leon, Assistant Professor of History at SUNY Oneonta, has invited Alexis Mantha, an archaeologist who specializes on the Andes, to give a lecture on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 between 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. at Milne Library 318. There will also be a showing of the documentary film Rapayan, which focuses on the work of Alexis Mantha and his team.

Lecture: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 11:00 a.m at Milne Library 318

Documentary film Rapayan: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 5 p.m. at Red Dragon Theater





Dr. April Harper to give lecture entitled "The Medieval Coochi"

March 11, 5:00 p.m. at Hunt Union Ballroom

Dr. Harper will be speaking on classical and medieval scientific and cultural understandings of women's genitalia and the impact these theories have had upon modern understandings of women's bodies and sexuality.

This lecture is part of the SUNY Oneonta Women's and Gender Studies 'event "Welcome to Your Coochie: An Intimate, Multidisciplinary Peek at Female Naughty Bits" on March 11 at Hunt Union Ballroom

Please join Dr. Harper and the History Department for this lecture.



Internship opportunities at the Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers' Museum at Cooperstown, NY

The Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers' Museum at Cooperstown seek dynamic interns to work with program development and delivery in the Education Department. See link above for more information.



American Indian, Dutch Experiences to Be Topic
November 12th, 2012 | Oneonta Professor Emeritus of Anthropology William A. Starna will give an Alden Scholar Series Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. The lecture, titled “Of Different Worlds: American Indian-Dutch Experiences in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys,” will take place in the Alden Room on the third floor of the Milne Library.
To complement the lecture, the library will exhibit a selection of related books and articles, as well as artwork by Len Tantillo. The lecture and the reception that follows are free and open to the public.
A longtime student of the Iroquoian and Algonquian peoples of eastern North America, Starna has worked for three decades as a consultant to more than 20 American Indian tribes and the Native American Rights Fund on treaty rights, land claims and the federal acknowledgment process. He has written and edited numerous scholarly essays and several books, including, with Charles Gehring, Adriaen Van der Donck’s “A Description of New Netherland,” which will be available for purchase at the lecture. Starna’s most recent book, “From Homeland to New Land: A History of the Mahican Indians, 1600-1830,” is slated for publication by the University of Nebraska Press in early 2013.
Tantillo is an award-winning artist who was commissioned in 2005 to create a painting for a permanent exhibition on Dutch architecture in Colonial America in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2009, more than 50 of his original works were featured in a one-man exhibition, “Hollanders and the Hudson,” at the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, Holland.
Established last spring by a group of faculty and staff from the library and History Department, the Alden Scholar Series is a permanent lecture series focused on contemporary research. This event is presented by the Alden Scholar Series Organizing Committee in association with Milne Library. It is sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association with financial support from the Fund for Oneonta.



Matthew Hendley Presents Paper in China
September 7th, 2012 |

Matthew Hendley, Department of  History presented a paper entitled “Urban Renewal and Housing in Britain, 1945-1975” at a Fudan University Faculty Seminar in Shanghai, China on June 1, 2012.  Dr. Hendley’s paper formed part of a group of papers by international faculty which looked at the theme of urban renewal in China and Europe. His paper examined the British embrace of large-scale public housing after 1945 to aid slum clearance and re-house the urban population after bombing damage from World War Two. He highlighted the briefly held  enthusiasm in Britain for multi-storey tower block housing estates in the 1950s and 1960s. These estates initially promised speedy construction of mass housing at a seemingly low cost. However, by 1975, the technical weaknesses of these types of housing units and the social problems that emerged led to the end of this experiment in urban renewal.



Miguel León Presents Paper in Lima, Perú
August 28th, 2012 |

On Tuesday August 8, 2012 Miguel León, Assistant Professor of History, gave a paper in the Fifth National Congress of Peruvian History which took place in San Marcos University, Lima-Perú. The title of the paper is: “Local Politics in the Conchucos Region during the nineteenth century”. This paper is divided in two parts. First, it reconstructs the connections between the Conchucos political elites and its ties to the capital Lima and, second, analyzes the discourses of the Conchucos political elites on their visions of progress and development for the region. An important primary source for this paper has been the main limeño newspaper El Comercio in which the author has found a good amount of letters, communications and articles.



Matthew Hendley

Matthew Hendley Publishes Scholarly Article

April 2nd, 2012

Matthew Hendley (Department of History) has published the following scholarly article: “Cultural Mobilization and British Responses to Cultural Transfer in Total War: the Shakespeare Tercentenary of 1916”, First World War Studies [UK], Vol. 3, No. 1, March 2012, pp. 25-49. This article examines the important role the famous 16th and 17thcentury English playwright and poet, William Shakespeare, played in Britain’s experience of total war during the First World War. 1916 marked the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The Shakespeare Tercentenary occurred at a vital moment in World War One before the British propaganda effort was run directly by the British government and while the United States wss still neutral. Celebrations of this Shakespeare Tercentenary were held in Britain, the United States and Germany. This article argues that Shakespeare played a vital role in British cultural self-mobilization in total war as a symbol of Englishness. However, Shakespeare’s universality as a cultural symbol also made him a key figure of cultural transfer between Britain and other nations. Hendley argues that during the First World War, the cultural transfer of Shakespeare to the United States was warmly received by the British public, whereas the cultural transfer of Shakespeare to Germany was harshly criticized. In both of these ways, the cultural transfer of Shakespeare aided British cultural self-mobilization through inspiring ideas of friendship and enmity in the British public toward other nations.


Matthew Hendley Publishes Scholarly Monograph
March 21st, 2012 |

Description: Hendley (History) has published a scholarly monograph titled Organized Patriotism and the Crucible of War: Popular Imperialism in Britain, 1914-1932 (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012).  This book, based on intensive archival research in Britain, is the first major study of the impact of the First World War on British popular imperialist and patriotic organizations.  Using insights from gender history and recent accounts of associational life in early 20th-century Britain, Hendley compares the wartime and postwar histories of three major patriotic organizations founded between 1901 and 1902: the National Service League, the League of the Empire and the Victoria League. He shows how the National Service League, strongly masculinist and supportive of militaristic aims, floundered in wartime. Conversely, the League of the Empire and the Victoria League — with strong female memberships, goals related to education and hospitality, and a language emphasizing metaphors of family, home and kinship — prospered in wartime and beyond into the 1920s. Organized Patriotism and the Crucible of War is a richly detailed study of women’s roles in Britain during the height of popular imperialism that makes an important contribution to understanding the continuities of Britain before and after the First World War.

More information about Dr. Hendley’s book can be found at the website of McGill-Queen’s University Press,



New History Lecture Series Established
March 20th, 2012 |

Description: the success of last year’s exhibit of the Diderot Encyclopédie in the Alden Room at SUNY Oneonta’s Milne Library, a group of faculty from the library and college’s History Department began working to establish a permanent lecture series focused on contemporary research. The result is the Alden Scholar Series, which will be launched on Thursday, April 12, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections Center and Archives on the third floor of the Milne Library.

Dr. Yuriy Malikov of the college’s History Department will deliver the inaugural address. He will speak on the topic of his recently published book, titled “Tsars, Cossacks, and Nomads: The Formation of a Borderland Culture in Northern Kazakhstan in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.” To complement his presentation, the library will exhibit texts, photos and other materials related to it. The lecture and the reception that follows are free and open to the public.

“After the success of the Diderot lecture, members of the library and the History department formed a group to discuss holding a permanent lecture series at the Alden Room,” said Dr. Mette Harder of the SUNY Oneonta History Department. “Our intention is to draw the campus’ and community’s attention to the diverse research projects that SUNY Oneonta faculty are conducting, as well as to celebrate the publication of faculty members’ new books in the ambient setting of the Alden Room.”

Provost Maria Thompson said she is looking forward to the Alden Scholar Series, and that it promises to be successful. “Scholarship is central to SUNY Oneonta’s mission, so it’s fantastic for us to focus squarely on that, and to share our passion for learning and teaching with greater Oneonta,” she said. “When the Alden Room reopened last year, the library and History faculty realized that they had something special. They’ve done a great job in pulling together a program to showcase our faculty’s talent in this comfortable, inviting space.”

More information about Dr. Malikov’s presentation and the Alden Scholar Series is available from Dr. Harder at (607) 436-3262 or



Dr. Ibram Rogers Awarded Siegfried Prize
November 20th, 2011 |

Description: Dr. Ibram Rogers
Dr. Ibram H. Rogers, assistant professor of history and Africana and Latino studies at SUNY Oneonta, has been awarded the 2011 Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence. Rogers will deliver the 17th annual Richard Siegfried Lecture, titled “Unknown Forerunners: Black Students and the Long Civil Rights Movement, 1935-1956,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Craven Lounge of the Morris Conference Center.

Admission to the event is free, and community members are invited to attend the presentation and the dessert reception that precedes it at 7 p.m.

A dissertation fellow at SUNY Oneonta during the 2008-2009 academic year, Rogers joined the college’s Africana and Latino Studies and History departments in a tenure-track position in fall 2009. He holds a Ph.D. from Temple University.

The Siegfried Prize, which is awarded annually, recognizes a non-tenured faculty member for outstanding academic achievement outside the classroom. The prize was made possible by gifts from alumni to the college in memory of theater Professor Richard K. Siegfried, who taught at the college from 1958 to 1995.



SUNY Oneonta Professor Receives Grant to Help Write Book
Sunday, February 6, 2011
By Tiina Lusi (

Description: Professor Miguel León of the History Department at SUNY Oneonta has received a grant from the Ancash Association commissioning him to write a book on the history of Conchucos, a region in the north-central highlands of Peru.

León’s book of approximately 250 pages will be used as the basis of three secondary-school textbooks that a publishing company will assemble with a commission from the Ancash Association, an organization supported by the Antamina mining company of Peru.
To read the full article on Her Campus, click here!



April 7, 2011  


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ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The Milne Library at SUNY Oneonta will host an exhibition of French philosopher and writer Denis Diderot’s 18th Century masterwork, Encylopédie, from Monday, April 11-Thursday, May 6. Theevent will celebrate the re-opening of the library’s Alden Room.

A ribbon cutting and exhibit reception featuring a guest lecture entitled “The 18th Century Book Trade & the Encyclopédie” by Dr. Thierry Rigogne of Fordham University will take place in the Alden Room at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. Admission to the exhibition, reception, and lecture, is complimentary, and community members are invited to attend.

Encyclopédie was a towering editorial achievement, including nearly 75,000 entries contributed by many of the era’s most important authors, including Jean-Jaques Rousseau, Voltaire and Montesquieu. More than 4,000 complete collections of Encyclopédie were manufactured during its first press run, an enormous number of copies for its time.

Publication of Encyclopédie began in 1751 and continued through 1759, at which time the French government halted production becausesome articles were considered radical. Support from a handful of sympathetic nobles allowed work to continue in secret, and by 1772 Encyclopédie’s original 28 volumes were complete.

The compendium became wildly successful commercially and is recognized as the embodiment of Enlightenment thinking. Historians cite Encyclopédie’s challenge of Catholic teachings in scientific matters and disambiguation of political power and intellectual reason as key factors ininciting the unrest that led to the French Revolution.

SUNY Oneonta’s version of Encylopédie was published between 1777-1780 and consists of 39 volumes that were acquired in the 1960s. It was the first mass-market edition of the Encyclopédie and remains among the most significant titles in the library’s collection.

“Our Encylopédie is certainly a cherished holding here at Milne,” said exhibition organizer Dr. Mette Harder, assistant professor of modern European history at SUNY Oneonta. “We are delighted to have such an occasion to share this rare and historically valuable work.”

Additional information about the Encylopédie exhibit or the Alden Room re-opening celebration can be found by contacting event organizer Dr. Harder at or (607) 436-3262.

For more information about the College, please call the Community Relations Office at (607) 436-2748 or send e-mail to Hal Legg, Director of Communications.



April 21, 2010  

ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Dr. William Ashbaugh, Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the SUNY College at Oneonta, has been awarded the College’s 2010 Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence. Dr. Ashbaugh will deliver the sixteenth annual Susan Sutton 5Smith Lecture, a presentation entitled “Contesting Japanese Traumatic War Narratives through Television Animation: Space Battleship Yamato and Mobile Suit Gundam,” on Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Craven Lounge of the Morris Conference Center. Admission is complimentary, and members of the community are invited to attend the presentation.

A recipient of the 2008 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, William Ashbaugh joined the SUNY Oneonta faculty in 2001. He holds a doctorate in history from Temple University and a master’s in Asian history from San Diego State University. He taught previously at San Diego State, California State at San Marcos, Drexel, and Penn State. At SUNY Oneonta, Dr. Ashbaugh has developed and taught history courses on Japan, China, India, and American foreign policy, and he teaches courses on World War II and the Cold War.

Earlier this year, Dr. Ashbaugh was awarded an international Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and conduct research in Kyoto, Japan. As part of his assignment, he will teach courses on U.S. Foreign Relations and the Cold War through Film to graduate students in the new Global Studies program at Doshisha University in Kyoto.

Dr. Ashbaugh is the author of the extensive section on East Asia in the three-volume “Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global and Medieval Life and Culture,” which was published in 2009.
Created to recognize faculty achievement outside the classroom, the Susan Sutton Smith Prize for Academic Excellence is named in honor of the late SUNY Oneonta professor of English. The prize is made possible by an endowment created through the generosity of Dr. Thomas Smith and Mrs. Mary Smith in memory of their daughter, Susan, and in honor of her commitment to academic excellence. The recipient of the prize is chosen from nominations submitted to a committee of faculty and administrators.

The Susan Sutton Smith Lecture will cap a day of events recognizing academic excellence at the College. At an awards breakfast, Dr. Ashbaugh will receive the Smith Prize, and students with grade-point averages of 3.9 or above in the fall semester will be recognized with gift cards to purchase textbooks at the College store. The events and the student awards are made possible by the generous gifts of SUNY Oneonta alumni to the 2009-10 Fund for Oneonta.

For more information about the College, please call the Community Relations Office at (607) 436-2748 or send e-mail to Hal Legg, Director of Communications.