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Baruch College History Department is Featured at 124th Annual Historians Meeting

(New York, NY. January 11, 2010) The Baruch College Department of History was one of eight history departments nationwide spotlighted at the 124th annual meeting of the American Historical Association, held this year in San Diego, January 7-10.

The Baruch College department was chosen as exemplar of "best practices" in teaching history to undergraduates. The AHA considered five overarching themes in selecting the colleges to be spotlighted. This year’s themes were Achieving Excellence in Teaching Practice; Globalization Historiography; World Class Learning Environments; Curriculum Transformation; Digitalization and New Media in Teaching; and Historical Preservation.

Cynthia Whittaker, chairperson of the History Department, said she was delighted, but not surprised, by the selection of Baruch College. "The Baruch History Department is both productive and creative in its teaching as in its research. The faculty is made up of outstanding scholars who publish important work, and who are also deeply committed to engaging their students. Our students, in turn, discover the pleasures of history while acquiring a better understanding of global cultures and complexities."

At the opening keynote address of the AHA convention hundreds of attendees were shown a five-minute video about each of the eight history departments highlighted. The Baruch College video was self-produced by the History Department and in the coming weeks, it will also be presented on several dedicated cable channels, and on the Historians TV website ( where it will remain live for 12 months.

James McCarthy, Baruch College Provost, hailed the Baruch College History Department for its academic excellence and innovative teaching. McCarthy singled out the department’s "research-rich capstone course and unique internship opportunities." Baruch students, he noted, "have a chance to see that there is nothing ‘dead’ about history. It informs the present and animates the past."

Contact: Zane Berzins


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