News From the Department

Our 2017 newsletter (39th annual) is now online here and includes details about the upcoming banquet (Apr. 28) and the Wyman Visiting Professorship in History events (Mar. 28-30). 

A Philosophy/Geography panel discussion for the Year-of-Brazil - The Amazon: Wilderness, Technology & Society - was organized by Dr. Imtiaz Moosa and held on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 Presenters included Drs. Imtiaz Moosa, Walter Wietzke, John Heppen and Charles Rader. Full details here.

The 2016 Edward N. Peterson Lecture was held on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 and was 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" - was in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of American participation in World War I. All the details are here.

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.

Congratulations to the 2016 history scholarship recipients announced at the spring banquet. Recipients are listed here.

The 2016 History and Philosophy Banquet, held Apr. 29, 2016, set another attendance record! The keynote address, "Boy Scouts: The Complexity of Creating a Symbolic Icon," was presented by Dr. Kurt Leichtle, UWRF History Professor Emeritus.

Check out the History blog created by UWRF history alumna Kayla Friedlund - BEHIND THE FINE PRINT. Subscribe to get in on "History's inconspicuous details."

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

The 2015 Peterson Lecture Series, "From Hemisphere to Country: A Genealogy of 'America'" featuring Dr. Florencia E. Mallon of UW-Madison, is now available on video at University Place. We were most fortunate that Wisconsin Public Television and UW-Extension graciously offered to produce and publish a video of this event.

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

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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