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Fall 2012

     The Time Lines Newsletter is printed annually and is distributed to Department of History alumni and students. To access previous years' editions, click here.  The newsletter is offered exclusively in .pdf format. (To read .pdf documents, you must have Adobe Acrobat. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat free of charge.)  

Department Facebook

     The department has created a Facebook page, “History Department, The College at Brockport,” to keep students and faculty alike informed of departmental events. Some of the information  displayed on the page include student and faculty success, departmental lectures, and information about upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

  • Dr. John Bradley will give this year's Maynooth lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 pm in the New York Room in Cooper Hall. His talk is entitled "Why Study History?" The lecture will discuss the question of why we study history. Why bother? Is it not all over? Past. Gone. What relevance can it have to modern life? In particular, the lecture will look at why the study of the middle ages and ancient times is significant.
    • John Bradley is a senior lecturer in the Department of History, National University of Ireland--Maynooth. An archaeologist by training he has conducted excavations on many sites in Ireland ranging in date from the Mesolithic (c.4500 BC) to the present, He is a specialist in Irish urban studies, particularly relating to the Middle Ages (c.500--c.1500 AD). He has published ten books and over 100 research papers in national and international journals.

Annual Events

     The department hosts four annual lectures.  Three of these, the Synnestvedt Memorial Lecture, the Maynooth Lecture, and the Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture bring outside scholars to the College for an evening lecture.  The fourth lecture features the Kutolowski Departmental Fellow.  This is an award that helps support the research endeavors of a tenured faculty member in the History Department. Each year, the Fellow presents the results of his or her research in a talk held in the Spring.  

     We also hold an annual celebration of student scholarship and a separate ceremony where our faculty highlight the accomplishments of our graduating seniors.  Department faculty members have also been active in organizing conferences.

     For information on previous events and conferences, click here .


Time Lines Archives

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Events Archive

Recent Conferences:

New York Conference on Asian Studies , Oct. 1-2, 2010.

Recent Lectures:

2013 Synnestvedt Lecture: "Living with Lynching: African American Drama and Citizenship," given by Koritha Mitchell, Ohio State University

2013 Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture: "Moral Panics: Youth, Sex, and Forced Labor, Yesterday and Today," given by Dr. Anthony Marcus, John Jay College of the CUNY

2012 Maynooth Lecture, "Domestic Violence during the Little Ice Age in Europe" given by Dr. David Lederer, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

2012 Synnestvedt Lecture, "Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women Radicals, the Cold War, and Twenty-First Century Global Democracy" given by Dr. Erik S. McDuffie, University of Delaware.

2012 Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture: "Reading, 'Rithing, Rhythm, and Romance: Southern Girls and Sexual Politics" given by Professor Susan Cahn (University at Buffalo)

2012 Kutolowski Departmental Fellow talk given by Dr. Anne Macpherson.

2011 Maynooth Lecture, "Fashioning Irish National Identity: the contribution of Irish émigrés in early modern Europe," by Dr. Marion Lyons, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

2011 Synnestvedt Lecture, "Exile and Errantry: Cuban Insurgents in the late-nineteenth century," by Dr. Dalia A. Muller, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Last Updated 10/17/13


Department hosts NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2014

History major Amy Freeman publishes article on Eastman Dental Dispensary in the D&C

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama interviewed by Yomuiri, Japan's major national newspaper.

Dr. Ken O'Brien has been named a SUNY Provost Fellow for the 2013-2014 year.

Dr. Bruce Leslie has been made a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.




The Robert Marcus lecture will be on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 pm in the New York Room in Cooper Hall.