News From the Department

The annual Peterson Lecture is Thursday, Oct. 20 and will be co-sponsored by the Wyman Visiting Professorship in History. The lecture - "Hold Up Your End! Class, Gender, and Ethnicity in U.S. World War I Posters" - is in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of American participation in World War I. We hope you will share this information and join us for the reception (4 p.m.) and lecture (4:30 p.m.). All the details are here!

Our 2016 newsletter (38th annual) is now online and includes details on the upcoming banquet and the Wyman Visiting Professorship in History events. Check it out here!

NEW! History blog by UWRF senior history major Kayla Friedlund - BEHIND THE FINE PRINT. Subscribe to get in on "History's inconspicuous details."

Our Spring 2016 event dates are set! See details about each at Events.

Visiting Assistant Professor John Ryan Fischer's book, Cattle Colonialism, is available on Kindle and scheduled for publication in October, 26, 2015 at Podcast via

A retirement celebration for Dr. Kurt Leichtle was held Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Many colleagues, alumni, students and friends stopped by to wish him well.

The 2015 History and Philosophy Banquet, Friday, May 1, 2015, was enjoyed by a record attendance of 58 alumni, students and department staff. The keynote speaker was Robert Entenmann, Professor of History, St. Olaf College speaking on "The Indigenization of Christianity in Late Imperial China: Chinese Catholic Priests Between Two Worlds." Details

The inaugural Wyman Visiting Professorship in History presentations, March 4, 5 and 6, 2015 were attended by more than 150 students and community members. Renowned environmental historian Professor Donald Worster, University of Kansas, spoke on "Wilderness: The Higher Altruism in American Environmental Values" and "Shrinking the Earth: From an Age of Abundance to an Age of Limits." Details

The 2015 History and Philosophy Newsletter is viewable online. It is the 37th annual edition of the tradition established by the late Dr. Ed Peterson as a means of staying in touch with our alumni and friends.

The 2014 Edward N. Peterson Lecture was held Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Dr. Xiaoyuan Liu, David Dean Professor of East Asian Studies & Professor of History at the University of Virginia presented "Himalayan Dominoes: China's Cold War and the Tibetan Frontier." This year's topic was chosen to be aligned with UWRF's Year of China. Watch the lecture video.

A panel discussion - Confucius' Ethics and Modern Perspectives - organized by Dr. Imtiaz Moosa, was held Wednesday, October 22, 2014. The audio is posted here. (A UWRF "Year of China" event)

Dr. Petkov's latest book was published in summer 2014. Coriolano Cippico: The Deeds of Commander Pitero Mocenigo, Kiril Petkov, ed. and trans., New York: Italica Press, 2104.

Scholarship recipients for 2014-15
(awarded April 2014)

2014 Essay Competition winners (awarded April 2014).

Dr. Stephen Feinstein's vast personal book collection is now available to the public. We are grateful to Dr. Feinstein's family who generously chose to donate this amazing collection. Most books in the collection can be sent to individuals who are unaffiliated with UWRF through regular inter-library loan channels. If interested, contact your local  library. Details here


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