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April 9, 2013

COURSE GUIDE

The Course Guide provides extended course descriptions and describes course details such as work load, grading, and exam format.

April 8, 2013

NEW COURSES - Fall 2013

  • HIST 3264 Imperial Russia: Formation and Expansion of the Russian Empire in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • HIST 3416 Imperialism and its Critics: Ethical Issues, Literary Representations
  • HIST 3492 Hinduism

Hist 3264 Imperial Russia: Formation and Expansion of the Russian Empire in the 18th and 19th Centuries
Instructor: Stavrou,Theofanis G (CLA Distinguished Tchg Awd; Morse Alumni Award)
Description: Interaction with Europe/Asia. Attempts at modernization/ reform. Emancipation of serfs/rise of revolutionary movements.

Hist 3416 Imperialism and its Critics: Ethical Issues, Literary Representations
Instructor: LORCIN,PATRICIA M.E.
Description: During the course of the semester this course will seek to answer the following questions: What ethical discourses form part of imperialist ideology? What ethical discourses form part of anti-imperialist activity? How successful is each group in subverting the ethical messages of the other? What role does literature play in promoting or subverting the ideologies and ethical issues related to imperialism and anti-imperialism? By examining different genres (novels, poems, memoirs, letters and orations) the class will explore the discursive power of literature and the ways in which it influenced or was influenced by social and political discourses and practices. It will explore how these different forms of communication served different personal, political, social and cultural agendas without forgetting their collective relevance. The focus on ethics will help to highlight the ambiguities and distortions that occur between ethical discourses and political, social and cultural practices. The concentration on different genres of literature will help students to understand that the boundaries between fiction and reality are often as blurred in memoirs and letters as they are in novels and poetry. The course is not about the imperialism as practiced by one particular power; nor is the approach strictly chronological. Rather it uses different episodes in the imperialist trajectory of a number of imperial nations to underscore themes that are relevant to the understanding of the ethical issues and literary representations connected to imperialism.

Hist 3492 Hinduism
Co-Instructors: Skaria,Ajay & Sawhney,Simona
Description: Development of Hinduism focusing on sectarian trends, modern religious practices, myths/rituals, pilgrimage patterns/ religious festivals. Interrelationship between Indian social structure/Hinduism.

April 5, 2013

MN/LOCAL HISTORY COURSES - Fall 2013

  • HIST 1000W / HIST 3000W sec 001 Visions of the Past: Twin Cities History
  • HIST 3837 Minnesota History

HIST 1000W / HIST 3000W sec 001 Visions of the Past: Twin Cities History
Instructor: Chang,David Anthony
Description: Twin Cities History surveys the dynamic history of the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan region. The course incorporates lectures, discussions, and multimedia presentations that focus on the area's diverse populations and cultures and on the economic, political, and social developments that have shaped the modern metropolis. The course is also intended to offer students first-hand encounters with the Twin Cities past and present; scheduled activities include visits to museums, historic sites, and area landmarks. Specific historical topics include: the development of the region's milling economy; immigration, ethnicity, and refugees in the past and present; the experiences and activism of American Indians in the region; prohibition and crime in the 1920s and 1930s; the 1934 Minneapolis Trucker's Strike; suburban growth and mall culture; and Twin Cities' music scenes in the late 20th century.

HIST 3837 Minnesota History
Instructor: Stone,Paul Clois
Description: The long middle third of the 20th century was one in which Minnesota played a disproportionately powerful role in the political, social and cultural life of the United States. It was a period that saw the last years of authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis (the first American to win a Nobel Prize for Literature), and the early years of actor Jessica Lange and "the Artist" now, again, known as Prince, and the beginning of the era of the extremely influential local band The Replacements. The middle period of the middle century, the late Fifties and Sixties, was dominated by Minnesota journalists like Harrison Salisbury of the New York Times and Eric Sevareid of CBS, NAACP leader Roy Wilkins, Senators Eugene McCarthy, Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, Governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, U.S. Appellate Court Justice Gerald Heaney, former Governor and frequent Presidential candidate Harold Stassen and, especially, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. McCarthy became a prominent Presidential candidate in 1968 and Mondale Vice President in 1977 and a Presidential candidate in 1984. However, if there is one figure whose career, ambitions and influence more than any others defines this middle portion of the century it is Hubert H. Humphrey, 1911 to 1978. A native of South Dakota who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1939, Humphrey was both a teacher and a politician, ultimately Vice President between 1965 and 1969. By the time of his death from cancer in 1978 he had become both the respected and controversial face of a particular kind of Minnesota liberalism distinct in many ways from the optimistic liberalism of the New Deal and the pessimistic radicalism of the New Left. While this course explores the time, place (largely Minnesota) and numerous persons who were prominent in the Age of Humphrey it also focuses on Minnesota and the northern center of the United States during the Progressive Era (1880s to about 1917) and what we now think of as the Upper Midwest during the period from 1848 to 1893. These dates mark the period between Wisconsin's statehood (which prompted a drive toward territorial status, then statehood for Minnesota) and the national financial panic of the late 19th century. Of course, the Civil War took place between 1861 and 1865, and the importance of the state in that singular conflict is key to the course. Requirements are a mid term and final exam, a short three-page ungraded paper due the fourth week of class and a 12-page thematic paper due the last week in April. Grading is A-F and S and N. Auditors are also welcome. The course is mainly lecture (including guest lectures), with a moderate reading list but will also feature discussions, music and segments from films and television broadcasts. There will be field trips to the Minnesota Historical Society, the Mill City Museum and the James J. Hill House. Other individual and small group field trips are possible.

April 3, 2013

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.

Donna Gabaccia is one of the recipients of the 2013 University Outstanding Community Service Award

The University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Awards recognize faculty, staff, students, and University-affiliated community partners who, by devoting their time, talents, and expertise to serve the public good, have made significant, demonstrable, and direct contributions to society's well-being.

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 (Princeton University Press, 2012)

Immigration and Ethnic History Society's Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award is awarded for the book judged best on any aspect of the immigration history of the United States. "Immigration history" is defined as the history of the movement of peoples from other countries to the United States, of the repatriation movements of immigrants, and of the consequences of these migrations, both for the United States and the countries of origin. To be eligible for the award, a book must be based on substantial primary research, and must present a major new scholarly interpretation.

Elaine Tyler May has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013 by The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

The Guggenheim Foundation website offers the following description of her project:
"[Prof. May] plans to use the Guggenheim Fellowship to work on a new book project, "The American Quest for Security, 1960 to the present." In the last half-century, Americans across the political and economic spectrum have come to live by a pervasive belief that the world is a dangerous place and that individuals are responsible for their own protection. This preoccupation with personal security transcends culture wars and partisan politics, weaving its way tightly into the fabric of American society. The project explores how and why that culture of security emerged, how it changed over time, and its impact on how Americans pursue their daily lives, act politically, and relate to each other. Ultimately, this project is an effort to illuminate how individual citizens embraced or challenged security culture, and how American social, political, and cultural life changed as a result."

Kevin Murphy is a 2013 recipient of the UofM's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education.

Since 1998-1999, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to postbaccalaureate, graduate, and/or professional education. This honor is awarded annually to exceptional candidates nominated by their colleges in their quest to identify excellence in postbaccalaureate, graduate, and/or professional education. In addition to honoring individual faculty members, the award contributes to the improvement of postbaccalaureate, graduate, and professional education at the University by publicizing their work to serve as resources to the whole faculty.
Full list of award recipients

Kay Reyerson has been awarded the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies by the Medieval Academy.

The Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who have provided leadership in developing, organizing, promoting, and sponsoring medieval studies through the extensive administrative work that is so crucial to the health of medieval studies but that often goes unrecognized by the profession at large.

Barbara Welke has been named one of the new Distinguished McKnight University Professors.

Barbara Welke, History & Law Professor
Law and the Conditions of Freedom in Everyday Life
Professor Welke's pioneering interdisciplinary research traces the relationship between law and economy and legal selfhood and citizenship from the founding era of the United States through the development of a mass production, mass consumption economy in the twentieth century. Her work has provided a crucial foundation for understanding the relationship between power and abundance on the one hand and security and the character of American democracy on the other. Welke's research has been published by top university presses and journals and has had broad national and international influence.
Full list of 2013 Distinguished McKnight Professors