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JB Shank

Entangled Ways of Knowing

History professor J.B. Shank believes there is not just one correct way to understand the world. Shank emphasizes this in his historical research, studying artistic ways of approaching science, and vice versa. “Historically, the arts and sciences were not opposites, they were very much entangled,” he says.
Erika Lee

The Fear of the Stranger

History professor Erika Lee studies xenophobia, and asserts that American immigration laws don’t have to be drawn from a place of fear or hatred. “We needed to have an honest, brave conversation about the democratic values on which the country was founded,” she says.
Erika Lee

The Politics of Distraction

Erika Lee, a professor of history and director of the Immigration History Research Center, is interviewed by PBS about recent comments made by President Trump. "...remarks by the president and the division that it has caused points to a much larger, deeper problem in the United States," she says.
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.

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