Gain New Insights into Events, Leaders, & Communities
I think knowing one's history leads one to act in a more enlightened fashion. I cannot
imagine how knowing one's history would not urge one to be an activist.
--Historian John Hope Franklin (1994)
At Marist, history emerges not as a static body of knowledge but as an evolving conversation
about agency, community, and citizenship. Even as History department courses address major
events and world leaders, they also invite students to explore stories that have not yet been fully told.
Memorialization" (pictured above on visit to a Civil War battlefield)
or on "Witchcraft and Sorcery in Pre-Modern Europe," students are
encouraged to question prevailing historical narratives in light of
new evidence and arguments. Along the way, students enjoy the
opportunity to hear from national and international figures such as
documentarian Ken Burns (pictured below in a Q & A session at the
FDR Museum and Library with Associate Professor of History David
Woolner). In addition to rigorous attention to sources and lively
conversations within classes, students' work as History majors often
involves international study, visits to historical sites in the Hudson River
Valley, and hands-on work with previously unexplored archival sources.