The Department of History, the College of Design, and the Minnesota Historical Society have teamed up to create an interdisciplinary, professional-oriented masters program in public history and heritage studies giving students the opportunity to gain hard experience in the field of public history.
Professor David Chang challenges persistent narratives about Hawaii’s past. “For too long, history has been written as if Hawaiians were passive observers of their own history, isolated from and uninterested in the outside world,” he says. In his new book, Chang aims to update our perspective on Hawaii’s past by presenting it through the eyes of the people who lived through it.
From small town Winona Historical Society to the Minnesota Historical Society, graduating senior Jane Sonneman is passionate about public history and archival work. She received the prestigious Chorn Family Scholarship for her commitment to being a societal storyteller.
Senior Alex Werndli recently conducted research in Morocco, where he used his history knowledge and Arabic skills to look at how French colonial agricultural policies affected Moroccan identities and communities.
Why do we memorialize? What is the function of a monument? A new course, A Campus Divided: Contested Histories from the University of Minnesota to Charlottesville, seeks to address questions like these by helping students understand and analyze concepts of memorialization.
“I never thought I’d have the opportunity to travel across the world studying and researching something that I loved,” says Donovan scholarship recipient Ellie Anderson. The scholarship allowed the history major to spend six weeks in Austria, conducting research on women, royal power, and enlightenment in eighteenth-century Vienna.
History doesn't just have to be taught in an academic setting. Professor Ann Waltner takes her classroom to the stage to help teach historical knowledge through the arts by illustrating the power of music and art in telling our collective historical stories.
Associate Professor Mai Na Lee is dedicated to preserving Hmong history. In doing so, she works diligently to ensure that its hidden stories are uncovered and shared. Drawing on her personal history as a Hmong refugee, she engages her students in this research and brings together professors from across the world to tell the untold stories of the Hmong diaspora.
From living in various countries as a child, to holding political positions in El Salvador, Paula Cuellar has seen it all. After completing three master's programs in the both the United States and in El Salvador, she looks to create change both domestically and abroad.
Longtime film buff, John Moret, was delighted to discover that his history major prepared him to understand the historical relevance of global cinema. Now film programmer for the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis, Moret curates movies of the past for audiences of today--something that he could not do without a sound historical perspective.
Undergradaute Tyler Boesch is driven to influence positive change in his local community. The Talle Scholarship winner is majoring in both history and global studies and is eager to bring an informed perspective into his volunteer work with New Americans. He finds that learning about other times and places helps him to understand and engage with people who live in his own city.
Donovan Scholarship recipient Michaela Bunke recently traveled to Vienna, Austria to study some of history’s most renowned intellectuals. Not only did she emerge from this experience with a greater understanding of her research topic, but she also found that her focus on this particular area of history actually reinforced a framework for comprehending global historical phenomena.
Former history and scandinavian studies undergrad Cedar Imboden Phillips is now the Director of Hennepin History Museum. Between Phillips and her co-workers, efforts to transform the museum and re-imagine its audience have brought new life into the long-established organization.
PhD candidate and Andrew Mellon Fellow, Jessica Arnett, has been traveling across the United States as she completes research for her dissertation on Alaskan Native sovereignty. Through the uncovering of primary sources, she has made interesting connections for a relatively unstudied part of American History.
Undergraduate Brianna Wilson had a unique opportunity to contribute to the national dialogue on incarceration through Professor Kevin Murphy’s fall semester class, Public History: Public Memory and Mass Incarceration. Through engaging dialogue, she brought two groups of people together over a thought-provoking conversation.