About
Edward N. Peterson lecture logo

The lecture series honors the memory of Professor Ed Peterson, who taught at UWRF from 1954 to 2005. It addresses issues that were the focus of Dr. Peterson's academic life and are still relevant today:

  • war and peace,
  • abuses and limits of power,
  • the struggle for democracy in the twentieth century.


Edward N. Peterson taught history at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls from 1954 to 2005. Among the many courses he enjoyed teaching were those focused on the twentieth century, especially World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Professor Peterson wrote ten books on Germany in the twentieth century, and devoted his scholarly life to issues surrounding war, peace and power. To honor the memory of Ed Peterson and to address the vital issues of our time, the History and Philosophy Department established the Series to emphasize the issues that were the focus of his academic life:  war and peace, abuses and limits of power, and the struggle for democracy in the twentieth century.

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Contributions
may be added to the fund over time. Any questions may be directed to Zhiguo Yang, History and Philosophy Department, zhiguo.yang@uwrf.edumail, 715-425-3164 or UWRF Foundation Office, foundation@uwrf.edumail, 715-425-3505.

Giving Opportunities


Past Events

Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

On Stillness: European Political Fiction in the Age of Extremes
Professor Rudy J. Kosharlink, St. Olaf College

Photoslink by Kathy Helgeson
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Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Security Against Democracy: The Legacy of the Cold War at Home
Professor Elaine Tyler May
, University of Minnesota

Photos by Jens Gunelson
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Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009

Human Rights: A Revisionist History from the French Revolution to the Present
Professor Eric D. Weitzlink, University of Minnesota

Photos by Jens Gunelson
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Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

Joseph McCarthy and His Times: Fifty Years Later
Professor Richard Friedlink, University of Illinois at Chicago

Photos by Jens Gunelson
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The inaugural event:
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007

When 'Never Again' is a Cliché: The Complicated Role of Rescuers in Genocide
Professor Stephen Feinstein
, University of Minnesota and UWRF Professor Emeritus

Photos by Jens Gunelson
Press release

Dr. Stephen Feinstein (1943-2008), Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, directed the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies for the last ten years. A scholar of Russian and Soviet history, Professor Feinstein began teaching courses on the Holocaust at UW-River Falls. He taught and lectured on issues related to genocide throughout the world; he published numerous articles on holocaust and post-holocaust art, served as a curator for traveling exhibits and co-edited works on artistic memory of the holocaust. His book,Absence/Presence: Critical Essays on the Artistic Memory of the Holocaust,link was published by Syracuse University Press in 2005. The Center he established and directed until his death, hosts conferences, sponsors lectures and exhibits, and fosters research and scholarship on the holocaust and genocide.


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Image from mural by Garrett Bergmann, located in Wyman Education Building
The Lecture Series


To honor the memory of Ed Peterson
and to address the vital issues of our time and to emphasize the issues that were the focus of his academic life: war and peace, abuses and limits of power, and the struggle for democracy in the twentieth century.

The Series will be held annually on the UWRF campus. The funds that made the Endowment possible were generated by the generous donations of students, alumni, faculty and friends, collected over many years. Your continued support enables this valuable series to continue.

Co-sponsored by
• The Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series Endowment
• UWRF History and Philosophy Department
• UWRF College of Arts and Sciences

Launched—Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007
We were pleased to have Dr. Stephen Feinstein, UWRF Professor Emeritus and Director of the Center for Genocide and Holocaust Studies at the University of Minnesota, as the first speaker for the Series. Dr. Feinstein presented "When 'Never Again' is a Cliche: The Complicated Role of Rescuers in Genocide"

The purpose of the Lecture Series is in the Memorandum of Endowment Purpose: The purpose of the endowment will be to provide a sum of money annually to be used for a history lecture for the University community to honor the memory, teaching and research of Edward N. Peterson.

The lecturer should be an established scholar or thinker addressing a topic related to arenas that were the focus of Dr. Peterson's academic career: war and peace, abuses and limits of power, or the struggle for democracy in the twentieth century.

Our sincere gratitude to all who have contributed to the History Department Special Project Funds over the years and to those who continue to contribute to the Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series fund. It is your generosity that makes this series possible.