Kathryn Reyerson teaches her students how to “think like a pirate.” Her course, Piracy in the Mediterranean: The World of Merchants and Pirates, explores cross-cultural interaction, global connections, and the identities of people who set out to sea during the Middle Ages.
Lara Schueth first explored her interest in history when she began taking classes that were focused on regions other than the US and Europe. Schueth has been awarded both the Talle Family Scholarship and the Barbara Newsome Liberal Arts Internship Award. These accolades have allowed Schueth to flourish not only in her studies but also in her volunteer work for a number of political campaigns.
Senior Niamh McIntosh-Yee is a double major in history and political science. A 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 gaining real-world experience in her field and possibly pursuing the public policy graduate program.
For these four students, history has been the perfect pairing with another discipline—or two! “I am really passionate about sharing stories with other people,” says 2019 graduate Lily Hart, who studied history, English, and creative writing. “To me, writing and history are extensions of great conversations.”
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.
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.
“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.
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.