University Libraries & National Economic Education Month

October is National Economic Education Month. To honor this, University Libraries is spotlighting Matthew James, a current Stillman School of Business student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Quantitative Economics and Econometrics program.

Kayla Glynn, Business and Data Librarian, asked Matthew how his economic education has impacted his everyday life and how Walsh Library and Seton Hall University have supported his journey. After reading Matthew’s responses, maybe you’ll be inspired to pick an economics book from Walsh Library!

  1. Why did you choose your major?

Matthew’s original major was not Quantitative Economics and Econometrics but after his first economics class, with Professor Danielle Zanzalari, Ph.D., he realized that economics was a field he enjoyed learning about and a discipline he could excel at; the perfect combination. Matthew said growing up he “had a lot of questions. Not many answers, and I think economics has allowed me to answer a lot of those questions.” He encourages people to take economics classes because “Economics can help you in a conceptual way. But having the math to back it up to support it, I think it’s exactly what employers are looking for.”

  1. How have you experienced economic theory impacting your everyday life?

Matthew now works part-time helping his parents run their business and during COVID the landscape got very difficult. Despite the difficulties, Matthew explained that because of his economics background he understood “why things were happening, which was exciting for me at least.” Aside from work, Matthew values economics’ impacts in his everyday life because it has changed “the way that I make decisions” since knowing the concepts “can make you ask the right questions…”

  1. How has Walsh Library supported your journey?

Walsh Library has provided an environment where “everyone is being productive.” You can find Matthew studying on the 4th floor because it provides him with a quiet alternative to his dorm. Matthew explained that “the study rooms are my favorite part” because they offer a space that fosters learning.

  1. How has Seton Hall University supported your journey?

Matthew said that the most valuable resource at Seton Hall University are the people. He advises every student to build a relationship with professors in their program. Matthew has good reason for this advice since, as he explained, “the research that I’m doing now is a direct result” of the relationships he has built through his journey here at Seton Hall. Given his goal of achieving a Ph.D., building and maintaining relationships with colleagues in the field will no doubt be beneficial.

For more information on National Economic Education Month and Business resources please contact Kayla Glynn


Podcast: Historical Scholarship on Brazil and Japan – Dr. Anne Giblin Gedacht & Dr. Kirsten Schultz

We are happy to announce the latest installment of the University Libraries podcast series entitled: Zet Forward. This podcast entitled: “Historical Scholarship on Brazil and Japan,” features an interview with Dr. Anne Giblin Gedacht and Dr. Kirsten Schultz from the Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences at Seton Hall University. Each discusses their respective research and writing process along with related perspectives on their recently published books.

Giblin, Anne Giblin. Tōhoku Unbounded: Regional Identity and the Mobile Subject in Prewar Japan. Brill, 2023.

Publication Website (Brill)

Schultz, Kirsten. From Conquest to Colony: Empire, Wealth, and Difference in Eighteenth-Century Brazil. Yale University Press, 2023.

Publication Website (Yale University Press)

Anne Giblin Gedacht, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History at Seton Hall University has published in such academic centered journal articles as: Anne Giblin Gedacht, “The Girl from Wakamatsu: Narrative Afterlives of a Boshin War Refugee, 1868-2018,” Journal of Social History (Oxford University Press, Summer 2022): 1-24.  and Anne Giblin Gedacht, “Immobility through Motion: Historicizing Emigrant Regionalism in Japanese Proletarian Literature, 1929-1939,” Japan Studies Review vol. 26, (2022): 3-34, among other works of scholarship.

Dr. Anne Giblin Gedacht – Faculty Profile Page

Kirsten Schultz, Ph.D. is a Professor of History at Seton Hall University has published such titles and book chapters as: Atlantic Transformations and Brazil’s Imperial Independence,” In John Tutino, ed. New Countries: Capitalism, Revolutions, and Nations in the Americas, 1750-1870. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016 and Tropical Versailles: Empire, Monarchy, and the Portuguese Royal Court in Rio de Janeiro 1808-1821. 
Routledge, 2001
along with various academic centered journal chapters.

Dr. Kirsten Schultz – Faculty Profile Page

This podcast covers the work of both Dr. Anne Giblin Gedacht and Dr. Kirsten Schultz who have furthered the accessibility knowledge and awareness of topics related to Brazil, Japan, and Historical Scholarship along with their varied intersections in a historical and contemporary context.

You can find this podcast at: Podcast @ Seton Hall University.

Zet Forward is a podcast to celebrate authors and other individuals who are involved with projects for the benefit of Seton Hall University and the wider world.  The series began in February of 2022.

For additional information please feel free to contact us via e-mail at: University Libraries