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June 17, 2014

Jean O'Brien, 2014 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!

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April 30, 2014

Ann Waltner, 2014 President's Award for Outstanding Service

Congratulations to Ann Waltner, who is a 2014 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service.

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March 31, 2014

Giancarlo Casale, Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

Giancarlo Casale has been named winner of this year's Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

The department's nomination recognized his success in the classroom, his integration of language study and study abroad, his activity as a public intellectual, and his service as DUS.

Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.

Congratulations, Giancarlo!

January 17, 2014

Jean O'Brien Named to Cobell Scholarships Board of Trustees

Jean O'Brien has been named to the Board of Trustees for the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund, a fund created by the Cobell Settlement to create opportunities for Native students to pursue education. She will be one of five trustees overseeing this fund of up to $60 million. Congratulations, Jeani!

December 6, 2013

Austin Mason, 2013 CGS/Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Austin Mason was awarded the Best Dissertation Award in the Humanities by the Council of Graduate Schools. Runner-up was our PhD alumna, Caley Horan (2012), now a lecturer at Princeton. Congratulations, Austin and Caley!

December 4, 2013

JB Shank, CLA Receives Mellon Grant for Premodern Studies

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the College of Liberal Arts a $600,000 start-up grant to develop the conceptual and programmatic foundations for a new Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World.

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November 29, 2013

Allen Isaacman receives Distinguished Africanist Award

Professor Allen Isaacman has been named the 2013 Distinguished Africanist Award from the African Studies Association. The award was created to recognize and honor individuals who have contributed a lifetime of outstanding scholarship in African Studies combined with service to the Africanist community. Congratulations, Allen!

September 3, 2013

Steve Ruggles Chosen to Lead Population Association of America (PAA)

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!

Learn more about the Population Association of America (PAA)

August 30, 2013

HIST 1909W Freshman Seminar Abroad: Understanding New Zealand: Re-imagining Kiwi Culture

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ATTENTION ADVENTUROUS FRESHMEN!

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

Please note you must apply for this seminar through the Learning Abroad Center first in order to obtain a permission number to register on OneStop. For more information, visit: http://www.umabroad.umn.edu/programs/fsa.php or contact Sarah at tschi066@umn.edu. Registration deadline is Sept 14. Financial aid and scholarships are available. FreshmanSeminar.StudyAbroad.HIST1909W.Fall2013.pdf

August 9, 2013

Minnesota State History Day - May 4, 2013

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

Congratulations to all History Day participants!

Click here for History Day - 2013 State Results

June 10, 2013

Guantanamo Public History Project

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:

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.

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February 22, 2013

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.

December 31, 2012

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.

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November 13, 2012

2012 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women's History to Ruth Karras

Congratulations to Professor Ruth Karras, who has been named co-winner of the AHA's 2012 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women's History for her book Unmarriages: Women, Men, and Sexual Unions in the Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).

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).

October 30, 2012

Erika Lee to receive 2012 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

Congratulations to Erika Lee who has been awarded the Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award in Humanities, Arts and Sciences for 2012 at the University of Minnesota.

Erika Lee received the award at the Celebrating University Women Awards Program on October 12, 2012.

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October 9, 2012

Prof. Jeffrey Pilcher's "Planet Taco"

Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food

Prof. Jeffrey Pilcher's new book, Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food, published September 2012 by Oxford University Press, is featured in the Fall 2012 issue of the UofM Alumni Association's MINNESOTA Magazine, and was recently profiled in a Washington Post article published on August 3, 2012.

September 27, 2012

SEARCH: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR in EARLY MODERN HISTORY

The Department of History, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in early modern history to begin in fall semester 2013.

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August 24, 2012

NAEd Spencer Dissertation Fellow for 2012-13: Emily Bruce

Emily Bruce has been selected as a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow for 2012-13 for her dissertation Reading Agency: The Making of Modern German Childhoods, 1770-1850.

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August 17, 2012

History's 2012-13 Fulbright Scholars

University of Minnesota announces 2012-13 Fulbright Scholars

The Department of History is proud to announce that 5 Bachelor level and 2 Graduate level Fulbright Scholarships have been awarded to History students. There were a total of 19 Fulbrights awarded for 2012-2013. Congratulations to all!

Bachelor level Fulbright Scholarships

Amy Conner, a 2012 alumna of the College of Liberal Arts and the University Honors Program, will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Croatia working with English students at the university level. Conner graduated magna cum laude and with high distinction this spring with majors in history, political science and Spanish studies.

Andrew Larkin, who earned his bachelor of arts in history with a minor in economics before graduating with distinction in December 2011 from the College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the United Kingdom to pursue a master's degree in history.

Michael McGarrah has been awarded a Fubright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain. McGarrah graduated from the College of Liberal Arts and the University Honors Program this spring summa cum laude and with distinction, earning a major in child psychology and minors in Spanish studies and history.

Tanya Wacholz is one of two U of M Twin Cities students awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany during the coming year. Wacholz is a spring 2011 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts with majors in history and German studies.

Emilia Witthuhn is the recipient of a Fulbright-affiliated Austrian Government Teaching Assistantship. Witthun is a 2008 graduate of College of Liberal Arts with a major in German studies and a minor in history.

Graduate level Fulbright Scholarships

Jesse Wolf Izzo, a Ph.D. student in history, will spend the academic year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

Melissa Kelley, a Ph.D. student in history, will travel to select German universities.

Continue reading for more information on each History student's Fulbright plans along with profiles of all 2012-2103 Fulbright winners.

July 18, 2012

Best Dissertation Award 2012: Caley D. Horan, History

University of Minnesota 'Best Dissertation' Awards for 2012

Arts & Humanities - Caley D. Horan, History
Advisers: Regents Professor Elaine Tyler May and Professor Lary May
Dissertation: Actuarial Age: Insurance and the Emergence of Neoliberalism in the Postwar United States
Current Position: Lecturer, Princeton University

Each recipient will receive an award of $1,000.

Congratulations, Caley Horan!

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June 21, 2012

Arthur "Red" Motley Award for 2011-12 to Prof. Saje Mathieu

The College of Liberal Arts has awarded to Saje Mathieu the Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award for 2011-12. The purpose of the award is to recognize faculty who are outstanding teachers of graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts. Congratulations Saje!

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June 12, 2012

NAISA Book Prize for Prof. Jean O'Brien

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) awarded Jean O'Brien its Best Subsequent Book Prize for her Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Congratulations Jeani!

May 17, 2012

Earl Lewis Elected Next President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have elected Earl Lewis (History Ph.D 1984 UofM) to be the Foundation's next President, effective March 2013.

Since July 2004 Lewis has been Emory University's Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs. He is also the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies. As Provost, Lewis is Emory University's chief academic officer, overseeing the educational policies and priorities of the University and appointments of faculty across the schools and divisions.

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April 23, 2012

Minnesota Population Center: 1940 Census Database Project

Prompted by the release of 1940 U.S. census data, the Star Tribune recently featured a front-page article about the Minnesota Population Center, highlighting the historical focus MPC's work and its plans for the 1940 census data.

From the Star Tribune article, "The Population Center is working with the genealogy website Ancestry.com to make the 1940 census accessible to the public by digitizing records so they are searchable."

In addition to the front-page story, MPC's work was referenced in the Star Tribune's lead editorial on the 1940 census

April 14, 2012

Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction [FEEGI], April 19-21

On Thursday, April 19, Kris Lane (Tulane University) presented "On the Mar del Sur: Early Spanish Trade in Pacific South America" to open the Forum for European Expansion and Global Interaction and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Center for Early Modern History. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the James Ford Bell Library.

The Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction [FEEGI] biennial conference will be held at the University of Minnesota on April 19-21, 2012. The conference is being held in cooperation with the Center for Early Modern History, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the James Ford Bell Library, which will be holding an exhibit on "Encounters in the Pacific Rim."

Kris Lane is the Frances V. Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History at Tulane University and the General Editor of the Colonial Latin American Review. He specializes in the colonial history of the Andes, mining, piracy, and global trade. Among other works, he is the author of "Gone Platinum: Contraband and Chemistry in Eighteenth-Century Colombia" (2011), The Colour of Paradise: The Emerald in the Age of Gunpowder Empires (2010), Quito, 1599: City and Colony in Transition (2002), and Pillaging the Empire: Piracy in the Americas, 1500-1750 (1998). Professor Lane received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota in 1996.

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March 1, 2012

LAURITSEN LECTURE, APRIL 5, 2012 - Sejanus: The Emperor Who Almost Was

Sejanus: The Emperor Who Almost Was

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Professor Edward Champlin
Cotsen Professor of Humanities and Professor and Chair of the Classics Department, Princeton University

Thursday, April 5, 2012
4:00- 5:30 p.m.
1210 Heller Hall
University of Minnesota West Bank

A reception follows Professor Champlin's talk.

For several years, Lucius Aelius Seianus--Sejanus, as he is known in English--was the effective ruler of the Roman Empire, while the elderly Tiberius (reigned 14-37 CE)--proud, bitter, duplicitous--lived in retirement on Capri. As the second man in Rome, Sejanus accumulated unprecedented honors and powers; he was even worshipped as a god, and he ruthlessly removed all rivals on his bloody ascent.

On October 18, 31 CE, Sejanus sat in a meeting of the senate to listen as a letter from Capri was read out which, he was assured, would grant him the one power he lacked to make him the equal of Tiberius. To his utter astonishment, Tiberius' letter attacked him before the stunned senators. He was arrested, condemned and executed later that day, and for three days a mob abused his corpse before tossing it into the Tiber.

Sejanus is commonly portrayed as a two-dimensional monster, devoid of personality: lust for power is his only personal trait and the driving force behind his perpetual machinations.

Surely there is more to say than this.


Edward Champlin is the Cotsen Professor of Humanities and Professor and Chair of the Classics Department at Princeton University. Professor Champlin's publications include Fronto and Antonine Rome (1980), Final Judgments: Duty and Emotion in Roman Wills, 200 B.C. to A.D. 250 (1991), and Nero (2003). His teaching focuses on Roman social and cultural history of the Late Republic and Early Empire, a mélange of literary, legal, material, topographical, anosmatic, and most recently mythological and folkloric elements.

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February 6, 2012

IZUN/MIZAN: A Film and Dialogue Series

New Film and Dialogue Series Launches in Twin Cities

Designed for interfaith communities as well as college campuses, "IZUN/MIZAN: A Film and Dialogue Series" (*"Balance" in Hebrew & Arabic) will feature award-winning films that portray the complexity of the Israeli/Palestinian conundrum, followed by an in-depth, respectful dialogue guided by trained facilitators about the issues raised in the film and the conflict itself.

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Departments of History, German, Scandinavian and Dutch, Gender and Women's Studies and housed under the Center for Jewish Studies, Izun/Mizan will feature the film above plus two others on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

  • My So Called Enemy (http://mysocalledenemy.com/), Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, 5:30-8 p.m
  • City of Borders (http://cityofborders.com/), Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Precious Life (http://www.preciouslifemovie.com/ ), Thursday, April 19, 2012, 5:30-8 p.m.

Events are free of charge but donations will gladly be accepted at the door.

Dinner will be provided at the University of Minnesota Series.

There will also be a series planned at Macalester College later this Spring.

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January 30, 2012

Entrepreneur Scott Litman, B.A. '90, Raises Funds for Combat Veterans

1990 History B.A., Imaginet, Minnesota Cup, and Magnet 360 co-founder, and one of 200 Minnesotans You Should Know, Scott Litman "speaks about his volunteer efforts with a non-profit venture he helped launch and sustain: the Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund, which raises money for troops returning from overseas combat zones."

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December 19, 2011

David Chang, Finalist for ASA Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize

AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION AWARDS CEREMONY (2011)

The Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize was established in 2002
and is awarded annually for the best-published first book in American
Studies that highlights the intersections of race with gender, class,
sexuality and/or nation.

The 2011 prizewinner is Cynthia M. Blair, I've Got to Make My Livin':
Black Women's Sex Work in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago (University of
Chicago Press, 2010).

Finalist mentions go to:

David Chang, The Color of the Land: Race, Nation, and the Politics
of Landownership in Oklahoma, 1832-1929
(University of North Carolina
Press, 2010)

Kelly Lytle Hernández, Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol.
(University of California Press. 2010)

December 16, 2011

Evan Roberts Takes Freshmen to 19th Century Chicago

Students in Evan Roberts freshman seminar are immersing themselves in a different time and place -- 19th century Chicago.

Continue reading MN Daily: Students go back in time to 19th century Chicago

December 8, 2011

Caughey Western History Prize to Erika Lee

Western History Association has awarded the Caughey Western History Prize to Erika Lee for her book, Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America.

September 29, 2011

Mai Na Lee in the Chronicle of Higher Education

In March 2011, Mai Na M. Lee, an assistant professor of history at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, participated in a panel at a conference in Madison, Wisconsin titled "To Zomia or Not to Zomia," The panel topic was centered around issues raised by Yale University professor of political science and anthropology James C. Scott in his latest book, The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia (Yale University Press, 2009).

On Sept. 4, 2011, Mai Na Lee was featured extensively in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education discussing the Zomia region and James C. Scott's book.
Chronicle of Higher Education: The Battle Over Zomia

August 31, 2011

Profs. Tracey Deutsch, Erika Lee, and Thomas Wolfe Honored

Prof. Tracey Deutsch has won the prize for the best book of 2010 awarded by the Association for the Study of Food and Society, for her book, Building a Housewife's Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century (University of North Caroline Press, 2010).

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Prof. Erika Lee has received the Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award for 2010-11 from the College of Liberal Arts.

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Prof. Thomas Wolfe has also won a significant honor this spring in the form of the Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award for teaching and advising.

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June 10, 2011

Graduate Studies - Major Milestones 2010-2011

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See full list of History Graduate Studies 2010-2011 achievements:

2011.Graduate.Major.Milestones.pdf

June 9, 2011

Congratulations to our 2010-2011 History Undergraduates!

On April 27, 2011, Dept of History Undergraduate Studies held the its annual celebration to acknowledge student achievement during 2010-2011. Congratulations to all!

Paper Prizes

Class of 1889 Memorial Prize for 2010
Awarded to exceptional research papers on any historical topic
• Kimberly Scriver, "Preserving Patriarchy: Young Women of the South and the American Civil War," --adviser Malinda Lindquist

George D. Green Prize for 2010
Awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate research paper in American History
• Kya Marienfeld, " 'Dr. Seuss vs. Daddy:' The National Implications of a Small-Town Conflict Between Logging and 'The Lorax' "--adviser Russ Menard

Howard Reinmuth Prize for 2010
Best major paper on a topic in European history.
• Matt Gulbranson, "Roman Manliness in Caesar's Civil War,"-- adviser Malinda Lindquist

Scholarships

Norman Moen Scholarship for 2011-12
Awarded to an exceptional CLA undergraduate to support the student's participation in a mentored public history internship
• To be awarded in early fall semester 2011

Hedley Donovan Scholarship for 2011-2012
Awarded to students to undertake an exceptional program of study, research or work
• Andrew Larkin, --"Franco-Cameroonian Economic Cooperation," -Anna Clark faculty sponsor
• Maria May, --"Artists and Dissidents Lives after October 1956 Hungarian Revolt," - Carla Phillips, faculty sponsor
• Joseph Whitson, --"Appalachian Music and Folklore," - Paul Stone, faculty sponsor

Talle Family Scholarship for Excellence in History for 2011-2012
Awarded to one outstanding undergraduate History major to support them during the senior year.
• Renae Rodgers


2010-2011 - History BA Degrees: HIST.BA.2010.2011.pdf

2010-2011 - History Major Dean's List: HIST.DEANSLIST.2010-2011.pdf

June 8, 2011

Bat of Minerva Interview with Prof. Jonathan M. Hall, University of Chicago

On Thursday, April 14, 2011, the Departments of History and Classical and Near Eastern Studies and the Institute for Advanced Studies presented the Frederick and Catherine Lauritsen Lecture in Ancient History

"Who's Who in the "Royal" Cemetery at Vergina, and Why it Matters"

Jonathan M. Hall (Ph.D. University of Cambridge, 1993) is the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Greek History in the Departments of History and Classics and in the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity (Cambridge, 1997), for which he was awarded the APA's Goodwin Award in 1999, Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture, (University of Chicago Press, 2002), which received the 2004 Gordon J. Laing Prize from the University of Chicago Press, and A History of the Archaic Greek World, ca. 1200-479 BCE (Blackwell, 2007), and has written numerous articles and reviews on the social and cultural history of archaic and classical Greece. His teaching is focused on Greek history, historiography, and archaeology. He was a recipient of the Quantrell Teaching Award in 2009.

While he was on campus for the Lauritsen Lecture, Prof. Hall participated in a Bat of Minerva video.

The Bat of Minerva is a regional cable interview show produced and directed by Peter Shea, who received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and has worked as an instructor at Gustavus Adolphus College and Minnesota State University in Mankato. For about 14 years, the Bat of Minerva has featured thoughtful people, including many scholars, talking about their life journeys, trajectories, stumblings. From these conversations, hints emerge about the landscape of the academy, the varieties of scholarly and thoughtful lives, and also about what kind of energy or passion or annoyance keeps people thinking and working, year after year.

The Bat airs at midnight between Saturday and Sunday on Minneapolis/Saint Paul regional channel 6, serving the Twin Cities metro area. Over the years, many IAS collaborators, fellows and guests have been "batted" and their conversations with Peter can be viewed in their entirety.

May 13, 2011

Prof. Fischer, 2010-11 Morse-Alumni Award for Undergraduate Education Recipient

Kirsten Fischer, 2010-11 Morse-Alumni Award for Undergraduate Education Recipient

Watch Kirsten's award presentation and comments here.

Each year, the University community honors its best teaching professors with the Morse-Alumni Award for Undergraduate Education and the Graduate-Professional Teaching Award. The Alumni Association is proud to financially support the awards and to host the annual awards ceremony.

May 6, 2011

Austrian Academy of Sciences Honors Prof. Cohen

On April 15, 2011, members of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Philosophical-Historical Section, elected Professor Gary Cohen a Corresponding Member of the Academy.

The Austrian Academy of Sciences is the leading organization promoting non-university academic research institutions in Austria. More than 1100 employees carry out extensive research projects. Highly qualified researchers from Austria and abroad are included among the members of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and guarantee the "community's" excellence in the sciences and the humanities.

March 15, 2011

IAS Interview Series: Japanese Environment and Nuclear Power

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is doing a series of interviews this week with people who study the Japanese environment and nuclear power.

Brett Walker is a professor of History and Philosophy at Montana State University and is one of the leading environmental historians of Japan.
Brett Walker Interview

Later in the week, we'll have interviews with people who have been reading Japanese-language environnmental blogs.

February 14, 2011

Profs. Welke, Matar Named a Scholar of the College in the College of Liberal Arts

Barbara Y. Welke, University of Minnesota professor of History and professor of Law, and Nabil Matar, University of Minnesota professor of English and professor of History have been named as a Scholar of the College in the College of Liberal Arts for the three year period 2011-12 through 2013-14.

Award recipients will be honored at a presentation on Feb. 16, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. in the Cowles Auditorium of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

More info on Welke and Matar

January 31, 2011

IAS talk by Ragui Assaad on current events in Egypt

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On Tuesday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m., the IAS presented "Youth Movements and Revolution in Egypt" - A talk by Ragui Assaad, a professor at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Watch Video of Talk and Q / A session

January 25, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education Features MPC Data with Interactive Census Map

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The Chronicle of Higher Education's article, Census Data Show Rise in College Degrees, but Also in Racial Gaps in Education, features this interactive map making use of historical U.S. Census data provided by the Minnesota Population Center's National Historical Geographic Information System.

Chronicle Census Map

January 19, 2011

Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project at U Bookstore - Monday, Jan 24, 4pm

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Members of the Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project will discuss their work in Queer Twin Cities on Monday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union.

The Twin Cities GLBT Oral History project--a collective organization of students, scholars, and activists devoted to documenting and interpreting the lives of GLBT people, presents a collection of essays on Minnesota's vibrant queer communities, past and present.

Queer Twin Cities is a rich blend of oral history, archival research, and ethnography that uses sexuality to chart connections between people's lives in Minnesota. This collection delivers a critical analysis of local history and community, and fills a glaring omission in the culture and history of Minnesota. Contributors include Kevin P. Murphy, an associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota, and Jennifer L. Pierce, a professor of American studies and the former director of the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota.

More information:
UofM Events Calendar


January 12, 2011

Minnesota 2.0: Facebook gives researchers insight into young immigrants

Minnesota2.0.jpg"Minnesota 2.0," a new digital archive created by the U of M's Immigration History Research Center, used Facebook to examine how first and second generation immigrants deal with the challenges they face in everyday life. Center director Donna Gabaccia says the conversational nature of social media makes "Minnesota 2.0" a unique historical snapshot of young immigrant life in the 21st century.

Visit the Minnesota 2.0 website
Read more from MPR about the Minnesota 2.0 project
Learn more about the Immigration History Research Center

November 9, 2010

Hy Berman on "Minnesota's Deadliest Blizzards"

Premieres Thursday November 11 on PBS/TPT channel 2

tpt's Mary Lahammer tells the history of three deadly Minnesota blizzards along with meteorologist Paul Douglas, climatologist Mark Seeley and historian Hy Berman. 1880s's Laura Ingalls Wilder blizzard, 1888's Schoolchildren's Blizzard and 1940's Armistice Day Blizzard are all brought back to life.

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