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.
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.
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.
The Immigration History Research Center has taken the lead in creating a public syllabus on the history of immigration to the US. The hope is that ordinary citizens can better understand the complexities--and myths--of our immigration past and present.