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June 24, 2021 - A new fund has been established to honor Philosophy Professor Dr. Imtiaz Moosa who taught at UWRF from 1989 until his unexpected passing in December of 2020. In tribute to the long-time Philosophy professor, the fund will provide financial resources for an annual contemporary philosophy and ethics symposium. You may support the Dr. Imtiaz Moosa Philosophy and Ethics Symposium Series by contributing online or by mailed check. Click here to give. To learn more about the symposium click here.

Apr. 30, 2021 - Our 2021 (43rd annual) newsletter has been published here and emailed to our alumni and friends list. Since there will be no banquet this spring (due to COVID), a postcard will not be sent. We plan for the banquet to return in spring of 2022 for which we will send a postcard as well as emails. We look forward to seeing you all again!

Jan. 2021 - Mrs. Ursula Peterson died on Jan. 27 in Madison, Wisconsin. She was the wife of Professor Emeritus Edward Peterson and a major benefactor of the Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series. Learn about this amazing "indomitable matriarch" - see funeral video, family Zoom meeting, slideshow of Ursula's life, and more - at son Michael's web page here.

Dec. 2020 - Imtiaz Moosa, Professor of Philosophy, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Dec. 12. Learn more about this unforgettable man - including how to contribute to the new Imtiaz Moosa Memorial Fund - at Remembering Dr. Moosa.

Mar. 26, 2020 - Due to COVID-19, all UWRF courses are being taught online from Mar. 30 through the end of spring semester, possibly longer if needed. Most faculty and staff are now working remotely, so during this time, email is the fastest way to contact us. We are all doing our best to create a fairly seamless transition to this new way of operating. The big down-side for the History and Philosophy Department has been the cancelation of our spring events, but hopefully next spring we'll be able to offer them again!

Our 2020 newsletter (42nd annual) has been published here.

An update from Noble Stockton, Professor Emeritus, can be found here.

The 2019 Edward N. Peterson Lecture enjoyed a record turn-out of standing room only! A fascinating lecture was presented by David Tompkins of Carleton College. Click here for more information.

The 2019 Wyman Visiting Professorship in History events (Apr. 3-4) were well-attended and headlined by William Cronon, UW-Madision. For details, click here.

With great sadness we report that Dr. C. Noble Stockton’s wife, Roseline "Ronnie" Stockton, died on Dec. 8, 2017. Her obiituary is located here. (See also Dr. Stockton's piece in our 2018 newsletter.)

A second podcast featuring Dr. Ryan Fischer, "Cattle Colonialism: An Environmental History of Early California & Hawai'i," is now online as of Nov., 2017. The first from 2016, is "An Environmental History of the Conquest of California and Hawai'i".

Dr. Kiril Petkov earned the Excellence in Advising Award for 2016. Award selections are based on student nominations. The award was stablished in 2002 by the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Student Advisory Committee.


With great sadness, we announce the death of Professor Emeritus Clyde C. Smith on Aug. 5, 2016. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at the Congregational Church in River Falls, WI. Details here.

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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