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AC-258915-18Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving InstitutionsKean UniversityMakeHISTORY@Kean: William Livingston’s World1/1/2018 - 6/30/2022$84,932.00Elizabeth HydeJonathan MercantiniKean UniversityUnionNJ07083-7133USA2017U.S. HistoryHumanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving InstitutionsEducation Programs849320849320

Development at Kean University of a new History Lab and undergraduate history curriculum focused on the life and times of William Livingston, first elected governor of New Jersey.

“MakeHistory@Kean: William Livingston’s World” is a three-year project to develop the Kean University Department of History curriculum around the concept of a History Lab. Using untapped archival resources and facilities of Kean, Liberty Hall Museum and the Liberty Hall Academic Center, undergraduates will generate a portfolio of original historical research to be shared with a broad public through talks, exhibits, websites, lesson plans, and other genres. Students will reconstruct and disseminate political, intellectual, and social worlds of William Livingston, first elected governor of New Jersey, signer of the U.S. Constitution, and builder of Liberty Hall, the estate on which Kean University now sits. The development of this curriculum writes an important chapter in American History, prepares history majors to compete in the 21st-century job market, and culminates in a 5-year BA/MA degree in History and Public Humanities.