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Past Events


Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

From Hemisphere to Country: A Genealogy of "America"
Dr. Florencia E. Mallon, Julieta Kirkwood Professor of History, UW-Madison

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Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Time, Space, and China's Tibetan Frontier in the 20th Century
Dr. Xiaoyuan Liu, David Dean Professor of East Asian Studies and Professor of History, University of Virginia

Brief biography of Dr. Liu

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Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

German Immigrants, Transatlantic Ties, and the Perils of American Pluralism, 1840-1940
Dr. Kathleen Neils Conzen, Thomas E. Donnelley Professor Emerita of American History, The University of Chicago

Photos by Kathy Helgeson
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Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

On Stillness: European Political Fiction in the Age of Extremes
Professor Rudy J. Koshar, St. Olaf College

Photos by Kathy Helgeson
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Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Security Against Democracy: The Legacy of the Cold War at Home
Professor Elaine Tyler May
, University of Minnesota

Photos by Jens Gunelson
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Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009

Human Rights: A Revisionist History from the French Revolution to the Present
Professor Eric D. Weitz, University of Minnesota

Photos by Jens Gunelson
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Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008

Joseph McCarthy and His Times: Fifty Years Later
Professor Richard Fried, University of Illinois at Chicago

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2007 The inaugural event

The inaugural event

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007

When 'Never Again' is a Cliché: The Complicated Role of Rescuers in Genocide
Professor Stephen Feinstein
, University of Minnesota and UWRF Professor Emeritus

Photos by Jens Gunelson
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Dr. Stephen Feinstein (1943-2008), Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, directed the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies for the last ten years. A scholar of Russian and Soviet history, Professor Feinstein began teaching courses on the Holocaust at UW-River Falls. He taught and lectured on issues related to genocide throughout the world; he published numerous articles on holocaust and post-holocaust art, served as a curator for traveling exhibits and co-edited works on artistic memory of the holocaust. His book,Absence/Presence: Critical Essays on the Artistic Memory of the Holocaust, was published by Syracuse University Press in 2005. The Center he established and directed until his death, hosts conferences, sponsors lectures and exhibits, and fosters research and scholarship on the holocaust and genocide.


The lecture series honors the memory of Professor Ed Peterson, who taught at UWRF from 1954 to 2005. It addresses issues that were the focus of Dr. Peterson's academic life and are still relevant today: war and peace, abuses and limits of power, the struggle for democracy in the twentieth century.

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Contributions may be added to the fund over time. Any questions may be directed to Zhiguo Yang, History and Philosophy Department, 715-425-3164 or UWRF Foundation Office, foundation@uwrf.edumail 715-425-3505.

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Sponsored by UWRF:

  • Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series Endowment
  • History and Philosophy Foundation
  • History and Philosophy Department
  • College of Arts and Sciences