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.
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.
Erika Lee, a professor of history in the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts and director of the University's Immigration History Research Center (IHRC), has been named one of 31 winners of a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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.
The University's Heritage Studies and Public History graduate program was recently awarded $350,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will use the grant to support its students with paid internships and scholarships.
Strikes can improve wages and working conditions, but history shows that more formal channels of negotiation are required to resolve the contradictions between society's reliance on public employees and its failure to value their labor.
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.