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Undergraduate Research in Arts and Humanities

Students in the School of Arts and Humanities enjoy a variety of opportunities to conduct research with their distinguished faculty. It’s a great way to dive deeply into the subject and also develops skills that can be used in any discipline.

Research Brings History to Life

Ledger attributed to NH surveyor Joseph Blanchard
Ledger attributed to NH surveyor Joseph Blanchard

Interns from the History Department teamed up with The Archives & Special Collections to transcribe and publish the Joseph Blanchard Property Record Ledger. The 84-page parchment-bound ledger is attributed to the New Hampshire surveyor Captain Joseph Blanchard and dates roughly from 1734 to 1756. This rare document contains property records relating to the colony of New Hampshire and serves as an insightful piece of 18th-century colonial American history. The transcription project will conserve, microfilm, and digitize the Blanchard Ledger and make it accessible to researchers. The collaboration between the History Department and the Archives & Special Collections provides more internship opportunities for students in the field of archives and public history.

Student Research Published Online

English and history major Brian Watson’s paper, "Crossdressing, Crossculture: Conceptions and Perceptions of Crossdressing in Golden Age Madrid and Tudor-Stuart London," was published in the fall 2012 issue of Metamorphosis, the Council on Public Liberal Arts College’s (COPLAC) online journal of undergraduate research. Brian’s research explores the issue of crossdressing as a common ground on which to explore Spanish and English cultures in three dimensions: on the stage, as a literary device, and as done by actual historical figures. Brian is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Intellectual and Cultural History at Drew University in NJ. Elementary education and communications major Anna Peterson’s paper, "The Role of Organizational Culture in Donor Recruitment at the American Red Cross," was also published in the same issue of COPLAC’s Metamorphosis. Her work looks at how government and the nonprofit sector in New Hampshire play a significant role in "preserving and enhancing the quality of life for NH residents." Anna is currently a permanent substitute teacher in the Merrimack Valley School District.

KSC Student Receives Research Fellowship

Jordan Chase
Jordan Chase

Jordan Chase was awarded one of the three available SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) grants for summer 2013. He will receive $4000 to work on his project, titled "Instrumentation, Orchestration, and Large-scale Composition."

Great Beginnings at Keene State College

Michelle Sigiel '10
Michelle Sigiel '10

For Keene State students, opportunities abound: study away; published work; independent study; and professional recognition, are just some of the achievements of our students.

Michelle Sigiel’s passion for history and political science have taken her far. When she was at Keene State, she had the distinction of being the first Holocaust & Genocide Studies (HGS) major in the first such undergraduate program in the country. She also majored in European history and political science.

Not only did she graduate with honors in 2010, she co-founded, with department chair Paul Vincent, the HGS honor society, ZXP (Zeta Chi Rho). She went on to earn an MA in history at the University of Vermont, focusing on the Holocaust in Germany, Poland, and Austria.

Michelle is currently one of 10 graduate students and PhD candidates that the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation (AJCF) chose to participate in the [Center’s Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program]( /bridge-to-history/). This powerful, three-week intensive fosters academic and personal growth and community activism as participants study the universal implications of the Holocaust. Along with program fellows, Michelle will visit four cities, explore southeastern Poland’s rich Jewish heritage, and meet with local Jewish and non-Jewish leaders.

Two independent-study photography students, Anastasia Dubrovina and Anne Johnson, have their work featured in the 2013 Magenta Festival in Boston.

"It’s been amazing working with these two and seeing them develop as young artists," said Assistant Professor of Art Jonathan Gitelson. "They are two of the most self-motivated students I’ve encountered in my teaching at Keene, and I’m so proud of their accomplishment. This is a big deal!"