Tablescape, History and Philosophy Banquet 

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Friday, Apr. 29, 2016

Keynote speaker: Dr. Kurt Leichtle, UWRF Professor Emeritus
Topic: "Boy Scouts: The Complexity of Creating a Symbolic Icon"

University Center Ballroom

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

$26 non-students
$15 current UWRF students
Deadline for paid reservations: Friday, Apr. 22
Invitation - full details & menu


Printable dashboard permit - for Pay 2 Lot (south of University Center)

We have been allocated 30 free spaces in Pay 2 Lot. Those arriving after 30 free permits are in use, may purchase a permit at the pay station in the parking lot.

Free parking is also available on the side streets north of Cascade Avenue and possibly on 6th Street near the Power Plant.

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Awards presented at the banquet for:  

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History & Philosophy Essay Competition

Deadline—Friday, Apr. 8


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

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


Past banquets


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

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