Grating the Nutmeg

Podcast of 9/11 Lecture


Are you a member of the 9/11  generation? Do you wonder how 9/11 and its aftermath affected kids who  witnessed the terrorist attack on the U.S. 16 years ago? In this episode  CCSU history professor Matt Warshauer explores the 9/11 generation and  wonders about the next generation who will have no emotional connection  to it—right now half of high school students were born after 9/11. As  Warshauer notes, this is history still in the making. We thank  Matt Warshauer, Diane Smith, Bilal Sekou, Avery Eddy, Patrick  O’Sullivan, Avon Public Library, and The Old State house with audio  courtesy of CT-N, the Connecticut Network.


"That the Generations to Come Might Know Them"

Loss, no matter which side it comes from, is still loss.  The Civil War took a huge toll on America - as is the case with all war. The cost of freedom is steep.  Exposure to experiential learning  is so important because it puts the learner in the shoes of others and teaches compassion and understanding. As co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission, I worked with a huge array of people and organizations to better understand our Civil War history.  

James Garden Timelapse

Building beautiful gardens is another one of my passions.  At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what your political views are or your background.  Everyone enjoys beauty.  Fortunely, CCSU gets it and allows me to work with students to create awesome spaces at the university.  This one is named after F. Don James, president of CCSU from 1968-1987.  He is the ultimate gentlemen/scholar.  

9/11 Generation - Special Projects

9/11 Generation

9/11 is a pivotal moment in American History that has had profound effects on our society.  I've been working on what I call the 9/11 Generation, a unique group of young Americans who see the U.S., its government, and even democracy in profoundly different ways than previous generations.  My fascination is studying how such ideas impact our nation and the world.  9/11 was a turning point and we need to explore and try to understand it.  

Look at some of the videos my students have created for my classes to see what we are doing to better understand 9/11.  Will we always remember this tragedy?  If so, how will we think about it?  What does 9/11 mean for future generations?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The study of Civil War soldiers’ wartime experiences and the trauma they suffered is critical to a better understanding of the toll of war. This is all the more significant in the midst of America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the longest conflicts in this nation’s history, and the serious impact they have taken on the minds of our soldiers. I only came to fully understand the importance of this research after delivering the keynote address at the 2011 AMEDD Conference (U.S. Army Medical Department) Annual Conference, at the Connecticut National Guard Camp Niantic, when both soldiers and command staff expressed how imperative it was to be able to explain to young service men and women that psychological trauma from war has always been with us. While this may seem obvious to some, the reality is that the research and understanding is actually quite new and making the history available actually destigmatizes the detrimental effects of combat trauma for many soldiers.  Yet, I've been consistently blocked by the state of Connecticut from seeing 150 year old records related to this subject.  See the link below for more.

The American Dream

 Traditionally, Americans have sought to realize the American Dream of  success, fame and wealth through thrift and hard work.  Industrialization during 19th and 20th centuries has eroded some of the core conceptions of the Dream, replacing it with a philosophy of "get rich quick." A variety of  seductive but elusive strategies have evolved, and today the three  leading ways to instant wealth are large-prize television game shows,  big-jackpot state lotteries and compensation lawsuits. In this  article, Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut  State University, examines why so many Americans are persuaded to seek  these easy ways to their dream.  

Review from the American Studies Resource Center (2003)

Click on the button below to read my article.

9/11 Video Projects By My Students

The students are assigned a project: ask the public 4 simple questions about 9/11 and record their responses on what they remembered, how they felt, get their opinion on whether the response was appropriate, and if people will remember 9/11.

9/11 Video Series - Project 4

Where were you on 9/11 and what do you remember?