Prof. Ruggles Chosen to Lead Population Association of America (PAA)
Prof. Steve Ruggles has been chosen president-elect of the Population Association of America (PAA) He will be the first historian ever to lead that organization (more typically its presidents have been sociologists or economists). Steve will serve as PAA president-elect in 2014 and president in 2015.
This honor is recognition of the great work that Steve has done both in his own research and in supporting the work of other scholars through his work with the Minnesota Population Center. Congratulations, Prof. Ruggles!
The Department of History, the Learning Abroad Center, and Professor Evan Roberts are proud to offer a freshmen-only Fall semester/Winter break study abroad opportunity to learn about and visit New Zealand.
Attend class on the UMN campus beginning on September 30, 2013, and visit beautiful Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand from January 3-18, 2014. In New Zealand:
Explore Auckland, a multicultural city overlooking sparkling waters and Wellington, a cosmopolitan urban jewel with a bustling waterfront
Wander amidst native plant and bird life while tracing the extraordinary history of Matiu Somes Island, located in Wellington's stunning harbor
Learn about Kiwi society by meeting with journalists from the New Zealand Herald and visiting the Parliament to discuss the unique political system
On May 4, more than 1,000 students competed at National History Day in Minnesota, held on the U of M campus. They had advanced from among some 30,000 students participating statewide at schools that implement the program to provide structure (and outside support) for learning goals in history and language arts, says Tim Hoogland, History Day coordinator for the Minnesota Historical Society and U of M affiliated professor. Read more
In Fall 2012, the University of Minnesota participated in an innovative public history project: The Guantánamo Public Memory Project Travelling Exhibit and National Dialogue (GPMP), which originated at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience and was housed at the project hub at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights.
The GPMP brought together eleven universities to produce the physical and digital content for a traveling exhibit on the long history of the US naval station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. At Minnesota, Professors Jeani O'Brien and Kevin Murphy team-taught a course with twenty-eight students who produced an exhibit panel that addressed the questions "Can we close Guantánamo?" and "What are visions for Guantánamo's future?" as well as three innovative digital projects http://gtmoproject.umn.edu/.
In Fall 2013, Professor Kevin Murphy will offer a graduate course (HIST 5960 section 090/HIST 8960 section 090) linked to the project. Students will develop collaborative public projects that will be presented as part of The Guantánamo Public Memory Project Travelling Exhibit when it is installed at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul in February 2014. These projects will either address the history of the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo or explore Minnesota connections to Guantánamo, broadly defined, including the meanings and impacts of post-9/11 security and anti-terrorism policies in Minnesota as well as the connections between US immigration and citizenship policies and local refugee communities. Professor Murphy will work with students to identify collaborative partners as well as technological resources and expertise.
In this video from the Institute for Advanced Study, GPMP Director Liz Sevcenko discusses the project and the impressive contributions made by the U of M undergraduate participants in Fall 2012 semester of HIST 3001/AMST 3003.
This video features an Access Minnesota interview with Professors O'Brien and Murphy about the project:
Major Awards for History Profs. Kevin Murphy, Barbara Welke, Donna Gabaccia (2), Kay Reyerson, Elaine Tyler May
It has been a season for great honors and accomplishments for our faculty. Congratulations to all!
Donna Gabaccia is one of the recipients of the 2013 University Outstanding Community Service Award Donna Gabaccia has been awarded the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective. Elaine Tyler May has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013 by The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Kevin Murphy is a 2013 recipient of the UofM's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education. Kay Reyerson has been awarded the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies by the Medieval Academy. Barbara Welke has been named one of the new Distinguished McKnight University Professors.
2013-2014 NEH Fellowships for David Chang and Elaine Tyler May
Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May (American studies) and Associate Professor David Chang (history) are two of the three Minnesotans awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars for 2013-14. Tyler May's is for her project, "The American Quest for Security." Chang was selected for his project, "Native Hawaiian Perspectives on Imperialism, Colonialism, and Nationalism in the 19th Century." The award amounts are $50,400 each.
Talle Scholarship Recipient Gus Gleiter's video greeting from Egypt
Gus Gleiter, who is majoring in History and Communications Studies, received a Talle Family Merit Scholarship for Excellence in History for 2012-2013. His video greeting from Egypt was played at the Oct. 25 CLA Scholarship & Fellowship Event. In his short video, he describes his studies and experiences in Egypt, his future academic and career goals, and how the skills and knowledge from his CLA education will be used in pursuit of these goals, and he expresses his gratitude for the extraordinary opportunity provided by the Talle Scholarship.
To view Gus Gleiter's video, follow this link and click on the last thumbnail to the right of the big central rectangle viewer.
Given by the American Historical Association and named in memory of Joan Kelly, this prize is awarded annually for the book in women's history and/or feminist theory that best reflects the high intellectual and scholarly ideals exemplified by the life and work of Joan Kelly (1928-1982).
Film Screening: "Crime After Crime", Tuesday 10/16, 7:00pm
Women's Law Student Association (WLSA) presents a film screening and discussion of the award-winning 2011 documentary Crime After Crime.
Crime After Crime tells the dramatic story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. She was wrongly convicted of the murder of her abusive boyfriend, and given 26 years in prison.
Her story takes an unexpected turn two decades later when two rookie land-use attorneys step forward to take her case. Through their perseverance, they bring to light long-lost witnesses, new testimonies from the men who committed the murder, and proof of perjured evidence. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention to victims of wrongful incarceration and abuse, and becomes a matter of life and death once more.
Tuesday, October 16
University of MN Law School
7PM in Mondale Hall, Room 25
The film director, Yoam Potash, and an attorney featured in the film will both come for a Q&A session afterwards.