Conzen is Peterson Lecture Series Speaker at UW-River Falls

October 11, 2013—Kathleen Neils Conzen, Ph.D., Thomas E. Donnelley Professor Emerita of American History at The University of Chicago, will speak at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Thursday, Oct. 24, as part of the annual Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series. The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic River Theater of the University Center and will be preceded by a reception at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

Conzen's lecture, "German Immigrants, Transatlantic Ties and the Perils of American Pluralism, 1840-1940," will address the German immigrant experience to explore the links between migration processes and community formation, the construction and reconstruction of ethnic identities, the relationship between religious, ethnic, and regional cultures, and the political integration of immigrants into the national community.  

The lecture is one of many events at UWRF this year focusing on Germany as part of the global initiative of the university's strategic plan. The Year of Germany program uses a multidisciplinary approach in order to understand and appreciate other countries and cultures. 

Peterson taught history at UW-River Falls from 1954 until his death in 2005. Among the many courses he enjoyed teaching were those focused on the twentieth century, especially World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Peterson wrote ten books on Germany in the twentieth century, and devoted his scholarly life to issues surrounding war, peace and power.  

To honor the memory of Peterson and to address the vital issues of our time, the History and Philosophy Department established the series to emphasize the issues that were the focus of his academic life: war and peace, abuses and limits of power, and the struggle for democracy in the twentieth century. The series is funded by an endowment made possible by the generous donations of students, alumni, faculty and friends, collected over many years.  

Additional information on the Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series and this year's event is available at  For more information, contact or call 715-425-3164.

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