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The department as a whole has won the Undergraduate Teaching Award of the College of Arts and Sciences. Its faculty, which includes two Distinguished Teaching Professors, has won numerous individual teaching awards. Find out what we can do for you and how you can best profit from our rich undergraduate offerings. Get to understand the requirements of the history History Major and Minor, and take note and advantage of the many prizes, scholarships and awards that the department is offering. These prestigious scholarships and prizes can help you pay your way through college at all levels of your career. And do not forget to check out the international history honor society, it offers recognition, conversation and friendship.
Students are encouraged to enrich their undergraduate studies in history through study abroad. Please consult the following link for Stony Brook and Stony Brook-affiliated programs for studying outside the United States.
It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of Professor Dominick Cavallo, a Stony Brook graduate who was Professor of History at Adelphi University. A native of Long Island, he received his bachelor and doctorate degrees from Stony Brook, his dissertation directed by William Taylor and Fred Weinstein. He published often, his first book was Muscles and Morals: Organized Playgrounds and Urban Reform, 1880-1920 by U. Penn Press, and he edited or co-edited many readers and collections. He taught at the University of Rhode Island, Howard University, and the University of Dayton before coming to Adelphi, as academic counselor, Dean of the University College, and Provost. But his interests, and home, always remained in history. He received Adelphi’s Professor of the Year Award in 2010 and was well known among his students as a caring and keen teacher. He will be missed by students, friends, and colleagues.
Summer Session II (July 11 – August 18)
Tiki torches at a luau; hula dancers wearing coconut bras and grass skirts; surf boards floating atop crashing waves; warm welcomes of aloha. Perhaps we automatically conjure up these images when we think of Pacific islands. Yet the history of Pacific islands and peoples is deeper and richer than these stereotypes suggest. The goal of this course, then, is to add historical perspectives to our common understandings of Pacific islands and peoples.
This course will cover the following topics: the origins of Pacific Islanders, including motives and methods for transoceanic voyaging and island colonization; the cultures and socio-political structures that Islanders developed in the centuries before European contact; European exploration of the Pacific, including the exchanges of people, biological resources, and ideas between Pacific Islanders and European sailors, traders, and scientists; the impacts of European and Euro-American missionaries in the islands; the experiences of Pacific Islander migrants who traveled abroad as sailors, laborers, explorers and diplomats; late nineteenth and early twentieth century European colonization projects and indigenous anti-colonial movements; the role of anthropologists and the American academy in redefining the Pacific; indigenous perspectives on World War Two; and finally, the current social, political, and environmental struggles facing Pacific Islanders today. Students are expected to do all readings, participate in class discussions, complete a few quizzes, and write three short analytical papers as well as a final paper.
This course has two objectives. First, as with any history course, it seeks to make you a better reader, writer, and therefore thinker. You will learn how to read arguments based on factual evidence, evaluate those arguments on the basis of that evidence, come to your own conclusions–to think critically and analytically–on important questions concerning that evidence, and express–that is, write–your evaluations persuasively. Second, this course attempts to make you an informed critic of American politics and diplomacy as it affects you today through an understanding of the past as prologue to the present.
Nature of the Course
The first portion of the course is dominated by the impact of the Cold War upon American politics and diplomacy. To an unprecedented degree the two were interlinked on a daily and popular basis. Special attention is given to the challenges of the 1960s to the American political and global orders, from the civil rights activists to Vietnamese communists. The collapse of that order from the Right during the Reagan years, the search for a new world order after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the challenge to that order posed most starkly by the events of 9/11 form the basis for the course’s later topics.
This course assumes a basic knowledge of American history since 1945. If you would like to bolster that knowledge, you should obtain a survey of American history, preferably American foreign relations, for this period. Some good titles would be Thomas Paterson, et al., American Foreign Relations (volume two), Walter LaFeber, The American Age (preferably volume two), or Robert Schulzinger, U.S. Diplomacy since 1900. These books are not required and therefore not available at campus bookstores. They can be obtained online or elsewhere. Another possibility is Robert McMahon, The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction. This book will be available in the campus bookstore, but it is not required either.
W.R. Smyser, Kennedy and the Berlin Wall
Herbert Schandler, America in Vietnam
Richard Rhodes, Arsenals of Folly
Peter Hahn, Crisis and Crossfire: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Second Chance
As a research project for my history of industrial hazards class (History 414), students created wikis on the history of some of Long Island’s hazardous waste sites, regulated under the EPA’s Superfund site. We’ve now converted the results into publicly available websites. Check it out if you are interested….