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History and Philosophy Banquet

Our 2023 banquet has been CANCELED.

The department newsletter will be emailed and posted online by early April.

Parking & directions

Parking is available in Pay 2 Lot (south of University Center). A permit may be purchased at the parking lot pay station.

  • By late afternoon, free parking may also be available along the streets, including on the side streets north of Cascade Avenue.

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Awards will be presented at the banquet for:
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History & Philosophy Essay Competition

Deadline—2023 date to be determined


Hard copies only—in Dr. Kiril Petkov's mailbox

ELIGIBLE — All History, HIST-BFSS, and Philosophy majors/minors


Past banquets

Canceled due to Covid

Friday, Apr. 19

Keynote speaker: Dr. Samuel Gale, Adjunct Instructor of History, UWRF

Topic: Escaping Jack Johnson’s Shadow: Race & Sports in the 20th Century U.S.

About Dr. Gale

Friday, Apr. 20

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christopher Simer, Adjunct Instructor, UWRF

Topic: "20 Million Gas Masks: Britain and the Fear of the Bomber, 1919-1939"

About Dr. Simer

Friday, Apr. 28

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ryan Fischer, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, UWRF

Topic: "Cattle Colonialism: The Hide and Tallow Trade and the Making of the Trans-Pacific West"

About Dr. Fischer

Friday, Apr. 29
UC Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Kurt Leichtle, Professor Emeritus of History, UWRF

Topic: "Boy Scouts: The Complexity of Creating a Symbolic Icon"

About Dr. Leichtle

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Friday, May 1
UC Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Robert Entenmann, Professor of History, St. Olaf College

Topic: "The Indigenization of Christianity in Late Imperial China: Chinese Catholic Priests Between Two Worlds"

About Professor Entenmann

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Friday, Apr. 27
UC Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jill Zahniser, Independent Scholar

Topic: History, Memory, and Alice Paul

Alice Paul: Claiming Power

Scholarship recipients
Essay contest winners

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Friday, Apr. 26
UC Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tim Howe, Professor of History, St. Olaf College

Being a Good Shepherd: Athens, Eleusis, Delphi and the Environmental Politics of Ancient Greece

About Dr. Howe

Scholarship recipients
Essay contest winners

Friday, Apr. 20
UC Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joe Fitzharris, professor emeritus, University of St. Thomas

Topic: "Going to War with the 25th Wisconsin—in Minnesota! Post-Dakota Uprising Service in 1862"

About Dr. Fitzharris

Friday, Apr.29
UC Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: W. Thomas White, Ph.D., UWRF History and Philosophy

Topic: "James J. Hill and the Presidents: When Big Money Comes to Politics"

About Dr. White

Friday, Apr.23
UC Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Tim Ericson, past archivist at UWRF's Area Research Center

Topic: "The Prescott Project: Discovering Northwestern Wisconsin's First African American Community"

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Friday, Apr.24
UC Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Annette Atkins, Flynn Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History, Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict

Topic: "Making History? An Exploration of Remembering, Researching, and Creating the Past, Our Past." Dr. Atkins spoke about the function of history as well as its creation, using Creating Minnesota as a jumping off point and for examples. She drew listeners into thinking about their personal and our collective pasts and what that means.

About Dr. Atkins

MINNPOST article, Dec. 2007

Friday, Apr. 18
UC Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Peter Rachleff, Professor of History, Macalester College

Topic: "Unpacking History"—Dr. Rachleff opened his historical suitcase to reveal a song which connects Count Basie, Richard Wright, Paul Robeson and the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement.

About Dr. Rachleff

Our thanks

We are so grateful to all who have contributed to our Foundation funds over the years!

Gifts to the History Department Foundation fund, in particular, have enabled more students to attend the banquet by holding the student ticket price to an affordable rate, even as costs rise.

We are truly fortunate to have such dedicated and enthusiastic alumni and friends!

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