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Portrait of Niamh McIntosh-yee

A Chance to Challenge Herself

Senior political science and history major Niamh McIntosh-Yee explains how she incidentally became a history major. Recipient of the Wolfberg Scholarship through the political science department, McIntosh-Yee discusses the invigorating feeling of being recognized after putting in so much hard work. She looks forward to graduating and gaining some real-world experience in political science or possibly pursuing the public policy graduate program.
Portrait of Lily Hart.

Scholarship Supports an Aspiring Writer

Majoring in history and English and minoring in creative writing, Lily Hart talks about the importance that scholarships have played in her educational journey. Further, her involvement in the Family History Club on campus has been revolutionary in developing her writing and presentation skills. Believing that writing and history stem from great developments of communication, Hart looks forward to publishing some of her own history pieces one day.
Portrait of Dana Queen.

Embracing the Unknown

Dana Queen’s variety of earned scholarships have allowed her to develop her deep interest in history. Additionally, Queen’s learning abroad experience in York, England taught her to embrace the unknown. Now in her last semester, she looks forward to finishing her degrees in history and anthropology.
Portrait of Brent Imholte

Yelling for History

The Yelling for History club was founded by a group of students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities who took HIST 3053 Ancient Civilizations: Rome with Loren Cowdery in spring 2018. The group mixes roleplaying, history, public speaking, debates, reenactment, politicking, and much more into games that are inherently designed for learning by doing.
Portrait of William Jones

Connecting Past & Present

“We tend to forget how central employment is to our lives. It doesn’t just shape who we are at work; it shapes who we are outside of work,” says Professor William Jones about his research on public sector employment. The relationship between employment and inequality is one that has persisted through history.
Portrait of David Chang.

Changing the Narrative: Hawaiian History from Hawaiian Perspective

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.
Ann Waltner standing near Coffman Memorial Union

Performing History

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.
Professor Mai Na Lee

The Stories Untold

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.
Portrait of Paula Cueller against brick wall.

The First to Listen

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.