Friday, September 19, 2014

Student clubs elect officers, plan events, welcome members

Jessica Todd,  Jordan Sieracki, Tyler Vanice, Carla Hernandez, & Zahra  Nayyeri with Constitution Day materials

The three student clubs housed in the History & Political Science Department--the History & Government Club, the Pre-Law Student Association, and the American Association of University Women Club--have elected new officers for the 2014-15 year and are welcoming new members. 

AAUW Club Co-Presidents Sierra Boerman and Dior Manning on Sept. 16
The clubs collaborated in a Voter Registration Drive at Daemen's Campus Fair (September 16 & 18) as part of Daemen's Constitution Day commemoration. Students also gave away free mini-Constitutions and administered a quiz with questions based on the Constitution as part of a competition for a gift card to the college bookstore. 

Jordan Sieracki and Jessica Mark (seated) answer questions about the clubs

The clubs are planning activities and programs for the year and welcome your ideas. If you are interested in joining one (or all!) of our student clubs, contact any of the club officers or faculty advisors listed below.

L-R: Jessica Todd, Jordan Sieracki, Tyler Vanice (standing), Jessica Mark, and Zahra Nayyeri

History & Government Club Officers
President:  Zahra Nayyeri
Vice-President:  Carla Hernandez
Secretary-Treasurer:  Jessica Mark
Public Relations Guru: Nigel Haynes
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Aakriti Tandon & Dr. Penny Messinger

Pre-Law Student Association Officers
President: Jordan Sieracki
Vice-President: Tyler Vanice
Secretary/Treasurer: Taqiyah Gibbons
Public Relations Guru:  Nigel Haynes
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lisa Parshall 
AAUW Club Officers:
​C​o-Presidents: Dior Manning and Sierra Boerman
Vice President for Bylaws: Briana Reid 
Vice Presidents for Programs: Jessica Mark and Kimberly Maende
Vice President for Membership/Public Relations: Maryssa DiFlavio
Secretary: Holly Turano and Briana Reid
​Treasurer: Amanda Popovich
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Penny Messinger

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

History & Politics Speaker Series: Dr. Regina Grol on "Transferred Trauma: The Second Generation"

Dr. Regina Grol addresses an audience in Wick Alumni Lounge

On 15 September, Dr. Regina Grol delivered an erudite and moving lecture on "Transferred Trauma: The Second Generation" to an audience of over 70 students, faculty, and community members. Dr. Grol's lecture is the inaugural event in this year's "History and Politics Speaker Series," which is sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science.

Dr. Wise (History & Political Science Dept. Chair) welcomes the audience

The event was co-sponsored by the Polish Studies Program and the Division of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Shirley Peterson (Dean of the Division of Arts & Sciences and Associate Professor of English) integrated Dr. Grol's presentation with her course, LIT 329 Imagining Trauma, and her students attended the lecture.

Dr. Shirley Peterson introduces Dr. Grol

Students, faculty, and community members in the audience

Dr. Regina Grol's presentation at Daemen focused on her most recent publication, SAVING THE TREMORS OF PAST LIVES: A CROSS-GENERATIONAL HOLOCAUST MEMOIR (Boston, Academic Studies Press, 2014).

Dr. Grol answering questions from the audience

Dr. Grol has taught Polish Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2007-2010) and is currently a Fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at the same university. Previously, she was a Professor of Comparative Literature at Empire State College, State University of New York and a visiting professor at Rutgers University as well as Hunter College of CUNY. She also directed the SUNY overseas program in Jerusalem (1982-1984).
A literary critic and translator of Polish literature, she spent the academic year 2001-2002 in Poland as a Fulbright research scholar. In addition to more than 70 critical essays, her publications include several bilingual poetry volumes, which she translated and equipped with critical introductions, including the anthology AMBERS AGLOW: CONTEMPORARY POLISH WOMEN’S POETRY 1981-1995 (Host Publications, 1996) and her translation of AND YET I STILL HAVE DREAMS by Joanna Wiszniewicz (Northwestern U. Press, 2004).
L-R: Dr. Andrew Wise, Dr. Shirley Peterson, and Dr. Regina Grol

Special thanks to Mr. Andy Golebiowski for permission to use his photos from the event.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Celebrating Constitution Day

The History and Government Club and the Pre-Law Student Association (PLSA) are celebrating Constitution and Citizenship Day!

September 17th, marks the 225th Anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.  Be sure to stop by the student clubs' table at the 2014 Campus Fair in the Wick Lobby on September 18th from 11:00-1:00 to receive a free pocket-sized Constitution, to register to vote, and for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Daemen College bookstore when you complete a mini-citizenship test. 

Our constitutional rights and liberties, including the right to vote and the right to free political expression, are precious. The celebration of Constitution Day is a great reminder not to take these rights for granted.

Be an Active and Informed Citizen. Register to Vote.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Students from Ingushetia Visit Daemen College

On September 10, a group of students from Ingushetia, Russia visited Daemen College. The visit is the result of a developing relationship between the Department of History & Political Science and the World Life Institute's Project Life War Orphans Rehabilitation Program. For more information on Project Life, click here:

Dena Adler and Linda Redfield Shakoor
Over the past year, Dena Adler and Linda Redfield Shakoor (World Life Institute's Program Director) have worked with Dr. Andrew Wise and Dr. Joseph Sankoh of the History & Political Science Department and Dr. Shirley Peterson (Dean of the Division of Arts & Sciences) to develop cultural exchanges and Service Learning opportunities for Daemen students.

The lecture by students from Ingushetia, Russia is the result of these discussions. Dali Kushtova, Liuba Ozieva, and Khava Gorchkhanova provided a fascinating lecture to students in Dr. Wise's HST/IND 345 Introduction to Russian Culture class. They also answered questions about the history and culture of their home region (Ingushetia is a republic located in the Northern Caucasus and is part of the Russian Republic), and their experiences while visiting the US for the first time.

L-R: Dali Kushtova, Liuba Ozieva, & Khava Gorchkhanova

Dr. Wise assisting Liuba Ozieva before the guest lecture

Audience attending guest lecture

After the lecture, Daemen students, faculty, and guests enjoyed a reception at Rosary Hall.

Dr. Shirley Peterson presenting gifts to visiting students

Rosary Hall Reception

Our guests from Ingushetia return home next week. As a result of this visit, plans are underway for continued contact and dialogue between Daemen students, especially members of the History & Government Club and English Club, and students in Ingushetia. This will initially focus on discussions about the history and culture of Ingushetia, including the works of Idris Bazorkin (1910-1991), who is widely regarded as the founder of modern Ingush literature. Bazorkin's "Ages of Darkness" was recommended by the students from Ingushetia, and an excerpt from his "Evening Prayers" was already included on the reading list for Dr. Wise's course.

Anyone interested in opportunities related to these cultural exchanges should contact Dr. Andrew Wise at

Anyone interested in Service Learning opportunities related to the Project Life War Orphans Rehabilitation Program should contact Dr. Joseph Sankoh at


Student Clubs--organizational meetings!

The History & Political Science Department is home to three student clubs--join us to plan activities for the year at our organizational meetings (keep reading for more information!).
H&G Club visits Old Fort Niagara in Spring 2014
  • The History & Government Club and the Pre-Law Student Association will be holding a joint organizational meeting on Tuesday, September 16, from 11:30 until 12:30 in DS235. We will be electing club officers and planning activities. Students from all majors are welcome to join both clubs.
  • The AAUW Student Club will hold a joint organizational meeting on Friday, September 12, from 11:30 to 12:00 in DS218. We will also be electing club officers and planning activities. The club is open to students from all majors.
Q: Which club should I join?

Members of the History & Government Club share a common interest in history and politics. In the past, this club has organized trips to historic sites (nearby and distant), sponsored events on campus, and met to socialize over shared interests.
The Pre-Law Student Association includes members who are interested in politics and law. The club's signature event is the Moot Court Experience at Academic Festival, but in past years the club has also sponsored events on campus (voter registration drive! Constitution Day activities!) and off campus.
The newly forming American Association of University Women (AAUW) Student Club focuses on gender equity, educational access for women and girls, and women's empowerment.

If you are interested but cannot make it to the meeting, please contact club advisors:
  • Pre-Law Student Association: Dr. Lisa Parshall ( )
  • History & Government Club: Dr. Penny Messinger ( or Dr. Aakriti Tandon ( ) 
  • AAUW Club: Dr. Penny Messinger (

H&G Club and PLSA host a party to watch election results in Nov 2012

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Welcome new students!

The History & Political Science Department extends a hearty welcome to our incoming majors. Below are photos from new student and transfer orientations sessions this summer.

 New Student Orientation, July 15, 2014
Orientation, July 17, 2014

Orientation, August 18, 2014