Nate Garvis (BA '85, history) works with people who want to shape the future, but as a history major, understanding the past helps him understand the people he meets and places he visits now. A lover of learning, he is grateful for the "thirsty mind" and ability to see from different perspectives that his liberal arts education has given him.
Two graduate students from the Heritage Studies and Public History program, Denise Pike and Kacie Lucchini Butcher, have curated an art exhibit that reveals the history of racial segregation in Minneapolis.
Trying to make sense of the country’s latest debate over immigration is Erika Lee, a professor in the Department of History and the Asian American Studies Program, a Regents Professor and director of the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC). A faculty member since 1998, Lee has been working to connect US immigration history to contemporary conflicts over immigration and race erupting across the country and worldwide.
Regents Professor and Director of the Immigration History Research Center Erika Lee discusses the federal government's "zero tolerance" policy, and what is being done about thousands of children that have been separated from their parents at the border.
History Professor William Jones is featured in NPR's special 4th of July episode of The Takeaway. The theme of the hour was American Identity in the past, present, and future. Tune in at 14:00 to hear Jones’ interview on the origins of the term “working class” and what it continues to mean today.
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has given faculty member Erika Lee the distinction of Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies. The designation, granted this month, is the highest level of recognition given to faculty by the University.
The Department of History announced a $300,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to advance the research and training of grad students in American history. The award honors CLA alumnus Earl Lewis on retiring from his position as president of the Mellon Foundation.
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.
Katherine Gerbner, assistant professor of history, explains how the idea of 'whiteness' was created to keep black people from voting. "Recognizing the political oppression that lies at the root of whiteness can help us move forward," she says.