July 2006 Archives

Sociology professors win award for article on diversity

U of MN sociology professor Douglas Hartmann, a member of the IHRC's Faculty and Student Advisory Council, and his colleague Joe Gerteis have been awarded the 2006 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award from the Political Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association for their 2005 Sociological Theory article, "Dealing with Diversity: Mapping Multiculturalism in Sociological Terms."

Old friends reunite to enjoy Czech roots

Donna Gabaccia, director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, said it is common for the children of immigrants to try to reconnect with their neighborhood in their later years. In New York, people who grew up in Brooklyn neighborhoods have created Web sites to connect with friends from their youth, she said. See article in Chicago Tribune, July 25, 2006

Summer intern helps with Finnish American collection projects

With gifts contributed to the IHRC’s Timo Riippa Fund for Finnish American Studies, the Center is hosting an intern from Germany for a 10-week stay that began July 17. The intern, Tanja Aho, was born in Finland but grew up in Germany and has dual Finnish/German citizenship. A student of Finnish and American studies at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald, Germany, she is working at the IHRC on a collection of poems and other writings by the Finnish-American author Terttu Kätkä.

July 4 Quiz in Star Tribune

So you think you know about immigration?
It's a frequent lament: If only Minnesota's newest immigrants were like Ole and Lena -- or Johann and Bertha -- who swiftly learned English, shunned government handouts and observed the same laws that so many of today's immigrants ignore. But don't believe stereotypes, say the folks at the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota.
Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/462/story/531837.html