Matthew Guariglia, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in May 2019, contributed another great article to The Washington Post‘s Made By History column. His article, titled “What the loss of the New York police museum means for criminal justice reform,” underscores the importance of NYPD historical records for both obtaining insights into the police force as well as highlighting silences. In particular, Guargilia emphasizes the utilization of the documents for exposing “the deep intellectual, scientific and legal justifications for criminalizing black and brown populations.”
Regan Miner, UConn History Major and class of 2013, was named part-time Executive Director at the Norwich Historical Society (NHS). Miner, a Norwich native, previously served as a consultant to the NHS during which she amassed over $120,000 in grant funding over the span of six months to restore the 18th Century Daniel Lathrop Schoolhouse, now home to the Norwich Heritage andRegional Visitors’ Center, to create the “Discover Norwich” exhibit, and to organize the Walk Norwich Self guided trails.
With a Master’s degree in public history from Central Connecticut State University, Miner also serves as part-time associate director at the New London County Historical Society. In 2016, she received the 40 under 40 Award and the Connecticut Governor’s Conference on Tourism Rising Star Award. In 2018, she added the Mimi Findlay Award for Young Preservationists to her list of accomplishments.
Rachel Roach, a member of the class of 2018 and a proud History major, shares below how African history classes with Professor Fiona Vernal shaped her college experience, research interests, and career path.
I am a double major in history and Africana Studies. Through my African history courses with Dr. Vernal, I have been able to explore the ways in which certain narratives marginalized the history of some groups when told solely through a European lens and the mainstream curriculum in most American high schools. Interdisciplinary training in History and Africana Studies has taught me to question sources and pushed me to explore how an analysis of race and class, ethnicity and gender can shift the usual lens we use to tell stories about the past. My history courses have also introduced to the public history. I have been able to conduct research in the oral history and photo archives at the Manuscripts and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Archives and participate in a major exhibit on South African history, Children of the Soil: Generations of South Africans under Apartheid. My training in history also afforded me the opportunity to secure an internship at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and to win an IDEA Grant through the Office of Undergraduate Research. With this grant I was able to create a Native American Mascot Database. I also hosted a symposium on the history of Mascots in partnership with Chris Newell Co-founder of Akomawt Educational Initiative, a majority Native owned learning resource/consultancy partnership aimed at social change through education. My majors have inspired me to pursue a career in public history. I hope to go on to obtain my masters in public history.
History will again participate in the Huskies Forever Alumni Weekend! We are excited to offer two interesting panel discussions!
“Humans and Animals in History” – faculty panel, featuring
The faculty panel will be followed by refreshments.
Professional Life After History – alumni career panel, featuring
This information will be updated as the event date draws closer. For more information about the events across campus that weekend and to register to attend, please visit huskiesforever.uconn.edu
History Department Events
Friday, October 9th
4 pm – 7:30 pm
Wood Hall Basement Lounge
To register for History’s event: https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/UCN/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=191630,
third event down, titled “History Alumni Panels, Reunion, and Reception.”
Please note event is “Free” but registration is requested to determine catering.
Order of Events:
4:00 – 5:00 Panel Presentation, “History Memory, and Justice,” featuring:
- Prof. Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor and Director of the Africana Studies Institute, Post Civil War African American History & 20th Century American Politics
- Prof. Alexis Dudden, Professor, Modern Japan, Korea, & Imperialism
- Prof. Bradley Simpson, Associate Professor, US Foreign Relations & Southeast Asian History
5:00 – 6:00 Reception and Social Time with Refreshments
6:00 – 7:00 History Alumni Career Roundtable, featuring:
- Terry Mayne ’75, Vice President / General Manager of Equisys Inc
- Philip Drouin ’77, Foreign Service Officer, Retired
- Michael McLinden ’82, Practice Director, Connelly Health + Wellness
- Lisa Cannella Stuart ’85, Non-Profit Development Operations
- Dan Breen ’98, Associate Professor of English and Department Chair, Ithaca College