Banquet tablescape - tiramisu

History and Philosophy Banquet

Bleeding hearts near Kleinpell Fine Arts clock tower

Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

University Center Ballroom

5:30 p.m. Social hour - appetizers - cash bar
6:30 p.m. Dinner & program

Details will be posted in February or March 2018

$27 non-students
$15 current UWRF students
Deadline for paid reservations: Friday, Apr. 21

Dietary restrictions? Please specify when placing your reservation or call us at 715-425-3164.

Now TWO ways to reserve:

  1. NEW! Time-saving, easy online reservation(s) at - We encourage you to give this new method a try :)
  2. Or by check payable to UWRF - mailed/delivered to: Sue Voelker, History 307 KFA, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 410 S 3rd St, River Falls WI 54022 (Be sure to include your current email address, if you have one.)

Invitation postcard - click here

Parking & directions

We have been granted free parking after all - in Pay 2 Lot (south of University Center). You must display this printable dashboard permit - and park in the section marked with "RESERVED" signs. Be sure to PRINT the permit for your dashboard.

By late afternoon, free parking may also be available on 6th Street and on the side streets north of Cascade Avenue. Read signs carefully for permit-required parking areas (lots and along streets). These are enforced 24/7 unless the sign specifies otherwise.

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Awards presented at the banquet for:  

Essay Contest logo

History & Philosophy Essay Competition

Deadline—Friday, Apr. 7


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

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


Past banquets


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

Photos - coming soon


Event photos - coming soon

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


Event photos (

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


Event photos (

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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Contact Us

History and Philosophy Department
307 Kleinpell Fine Arts Building
(715) 425-3164

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