Friday, October 14, 2016

Today is the last day to register to vote for the November 8 presidential election!

Still haven't registered to vote?  It's not too late - here are your three options:

A. Register Online through the DMV:
1. Create an account at with your New York driver’s license, permit, or non-driver ID, 2. Sign in, select “Register to Vote”, and fill out the form. The DMV will automatically forward your completed form to your county board of elections for approval and processing.

B. Register by Mail:
1. Download and print the New York state voter registration form. 2. Fill out the form.
3. Mail the form - MUST BE POSTMARKED BY TODAY (OCTOBER 14) and received by your county Board of Elections no later than October 19. The mailing address for your county board of elections can be found on the back of the form or her. Erie County residents send to: Erie County Board of Elections, 134 W Eagle Street, Buffalo, NY. Blank Forms are also available for pickup in DS 139 - History & Political Science Department.

C. Register in Person: ​
You may also register in person at the DMV or the Erie County Board of Elections which is also open tomorrow, October 15. Please notethat due to a recent fire, in person voter registration has been temporarily moved from the Board of Elections on W Eagle Street to the Rath Building, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY, Room 230. To register in person please go to Room 230 of the Rath building.

You may check on your voter registration status here.

Still Waiting on your Voter Registration Card?

If you recently registered, your county board of elections will be sending your voter registration card in the mail. This may take several weeks. You do not physically need this card in order to vote on November 8. So, even if you haven't yet received your card in the mail, you should go to your polling place on November 8 -- your name will be in the voter registration rolls. If you do not know where your polling place is, you can check with your county board of elections. Erie County residents can look up their polling place by their street address here. You do not need ID, but it does not hurt to have some form of identification with you when you go to the polls.

The History and Government Club and Pre Law Student Association will be hosting a debate watching party on October 19 at 9:00 pm in the Wick Center (Den). Feel free to join us or stop by to share the debate experience. Light refreshments will be provided.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dr. Elizabeth Campbell Joins the History & Political Science Department

Dr. Elizabeth Campbell

By Elizabeth Campbell

I am happy to be a new member of the Department of History and Political Science.

I am originally from San Diego, California, and went to UC Berkeley as an undergraduate. I completed my PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle and was a post-doctoral associate at the University of Pittsburgh in the World History Center. During my PhD research I lived in Tunis, Damascus and Beirut.

I moved to Buffalo from the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, where I taught at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani for the past four years. The school was founded about ten years ago in order to bring American-style education to the region and instruction is in English. Students come from the Kurdish and Arab areas of Iraq. I taught world history, the history of the Middle East and history research methods. I hope to find ways to connect students at Daemen and AUIS, through joint online classes or research projects.

I am working on a Digital History project with students in Iraq and the library at UCLA that I will continue at Daemen. War and instability in the area have forced many people to leave their homes and the records of the ancient and recent history are in danger of being lost. In this project we collect documents and materials that people have in their homes, such as letters, diaries, pictures, maps, and records, and digitize them to preserve them and make them available to people in the region and to scholars.

My research focuses on the transition from the late antique to the early Islamic period in the Middle East. I am studying Christian monasteries and their role in the countryside of Iraq and Syria in this period using Arabic books about monasteries that describe their popularity as places to visit, enjoy their gardens, drink wine and sing poetry.

This semester I am teaching HST 105: Ancient World History and HST 225: The Indian Ocean in World History, which covers the connections and interactions between different peoples across the Indian Ocean world.

In the future I plan to teach classes on Digital History and Humanities that introduce ways of using digital resources for the study of history, mapping and visualizing information and creating local history projects, classes on the history of the Middle East, the Silk Road, the Mediterranean World, ancient Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. I worked for two years helping refugees from Iraq settle in California, and I hope to offer a service learning course working with refugees in Buffalo.

I look forward to meeting everyone this semester.