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Department Newsletter

Fall 2014

     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

  • October 8, 2016 - Synnestvedt Lecture, Dr. Leigh-Anne Francis, The College of New Jersey, "Bad Little Black Girls:  African American Women, Mass Incarceration, & the Remaking of White Spremacy."
  • October 28, 2016 - Maynooth Lecture.  Dr. Filipe Ribeiro-de-Meneses, University of Maynooth, Ireland.  "Making Sense of Hitler's New Order: European neutrals, 1940-1944."  

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:

2014 Maynooth Lecture, "Why Maps In History?  Case studies from the Irish Historic Town Atlas" given by Dr. Jacinta Prunty, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

2014 Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture: "Turn anger, fear, grief into action:  ACT UP New York," given by Dr. Tamar Carroll, Rochester Institute of Technology.

2013 Maynooth Lecture, "Why Study History?" given by Dr. John Bradley, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

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 9/28/15


Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

History professor Jose R. Torre to direct NEH Landmarks Workshop for K-12 teachers. The Rochester Reform Trail explores Rochester’s nationally important antebellum reform history. This July, 72 K-12 teachers from as far away as California, Florida and Oregon will visit Rochester and learn why national figures like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony chose to live and work for social justice in Rochester, New York.


Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture, Thursday, 4/14/16, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Raymond Craib (Cornell University), Title: "The Cry of the Renegade:  The politics and poetry of subversion in Santiago, Chile"