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The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota released a free digital version of The Old Church on Walnut Street: A Story of Immigrants and Evangelicals , by Chris Price (UND DA in History 2013). It offers an intriguing historical view of immigrants and evangelicals in Grand Forks, North Dakota through the lens of a single, now-destroyed church building.
The UND History Workshop and Phi Alpha Theta hosted Dr. Mochoruk's annual CV Workshop on January 31, 2018. Participants learned how to construct their Curriculum Vitae and how to market themselves for graduate school or a job.
The 52nd annual Northern Great Plains History Conference met October 4 - 7, 2017, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Sessions were held on the UND campus and at the Grand Forks Ramada Inn. T
Congratulations to Dr. David Terry (M.A. in History, University of North Dakota; Ph.D., Western Michigan University) on successfully defending his dissertation, "Practicing Piracy: Violence, Identity, and Cultural Interaction in the Later Medieval Mediterranean."
Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Prescott, Winner of the Daughters of Colonial Wars Outstanding American History Teacher Award at the North Dakota state level and 3rd place at the national level.
Dr. Bill Caraher and the History department announce the publication of Defending History: The Graduates' Manifesto. Student authors Peter Baganz, Yonca Çubuk, Nicholas Graves, Joseph Kalka, Matthew G. Marsh, Janet Wolf Strand, and Susanne Watt wrote, edited and compiled this FREE digital book, which grew out of a UND graduate Historiography seminar. The book contains a series of essays that explore the intersection of the budget cuts at the University of North Dakota, the character of higher education in the 21st century, and the role of humanities and history, in particular, in the past and future of American life.
Congratulations to editor Dr. Eric Burin and contributors Dr. William Caraher and Dr. Cynthia Prescott on the publication of Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College (The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, January 2017). Download your FREE copy today!
Congratulations to Dr. Anna Peterson (M.A. in History, University of North Dakota, 2009; Ph.D. in History, The Ohio State University, 2013) for being the first American historian to receive the prize for the best and most innovative contribution to Historisk Tidsskrift (the Norwegian Journal of History) for 2015. Her article, "Single Mothers and Midwives Respond to the Castberg Laws, 1916-1940," explores the Castbergian Child Laws of 1915 proposed and written by Johan Castberg, 1862-1926, and Katti Anker Møller, 1868-1945.
Congratulations to Dr. Albert I. Berger on the publication of his new book, Life and Times of the Atomic Bomb: Nuclear Weapons and the Transformation of Warfare (Routledge Press, Feb. 2016).
Congratulations to Dr. William Caraher (editor and contributor) and Dr. Nikki Berg Burin (contributor) on the publication of The Bakken Goes Boom: Oil and the Changing Geographies of Western North Dakota (UND Digital Press, February 2016).
Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Culver Prescott on the publication of her article, "Representing the Ideal American Family: Avard Tennyson Fairbanks and the Transformation of the Western Pioneer Monument” in the Pacific Historical Review 85, no. 1 (February 2016): 110-42.
Congratulations to Robert Caulkins for being honored as the 2015 Gamma Sigma Alpha Outstanding Faculty Member.
Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Culver Prescott on the publication of “Pioneer Mothers for the New Millennium,” in Excavating Memory: Material Culture Approaches to Sites of Remembering and Forgetting, edited by Maria Theresia Starzmann and John R. Roby (University Press of Florida, February 2016).
Congratulations to doctoral student Daniel Sauerwein, whose chapter "The Native Way of War" was published in A Companion to Custer and the Little Bighorn Campaign , which was edited by Brad D. Lookingbill (Wiley-Blackwell, November 2015).
Congratulations to Dr. Caroline Campbell on the publication of her book, Political Belief in France, 1927-1945: Gender, Empire, and Fascism in the Croix de Feu and Parti Social Français (Louisiana State University Press, December 2015).
The Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections in the Chester Fritz Library and the Department of History again sponsored the annual Merrifield Competition, which recognizes the most outstanding student research which utilizes primary source materials held in Special Collections. This recognition is provided through a UND scholarship of $1,000. The deadline for the submission of papers was Friday, April 29, 2016.
Dr. Jim Mochoruk presented "Figures of Transition: Or how do we get here from there" on April 13, 2016.
UND History Workshop presented "Applying to Graduate School in the Humanities" on April 20, 2016.
History students Daniel Cooley, Evan Halbach, Austin Olson, and Jake Bourbon presented their research at the 2016 Scholarly Forum.
2016 Cyprus Research Lecture: "Frightening the Frightful: Grotesque Visages from Ancient Cyprus" by Erin Walcek Averett (Creighton University), March 3, 2016.
UND History Workshop: Erin Walcek Averett, “Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Digital Tools: Perspectives from the Field,” March 4, 2016.
Dr. Albert I. Berger spoke to the UND History Workshop on his new book, Life and Times of the Atomic Bomb: Nuclear Weapons and the Transformation of Warfare on February 24, 2016.
Dr. Birgit Hans presented "Day Schools on the Reservations in the Northern Plains between 1880 and 1920: Re-thinking American Indian Education." Wednesday, January 27, 2016.
Dr. Mochoruk led his annual CV Workshop on December 9, 2015.
Congratulations to MA graduate Richard Stenberg, Associate Professor of History & Political Science at Williston State College, who co-authored an article with retired Fort Union Park Ranger Randy Kane that appeared in the Fall 2015 edition of Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly.
The History Department mourns the loss of former History instructor and Doctor of Arts graduate Will Young, who passed away November 5, 2015.
The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota is excited to announce the publication of the first English translation of Karl Jakob Skarstein’s The War with the Sioux: Norwegians against Indians 1862-1863 (September 2015). Associate Professor of Norwegian Melissa Gjellstad and our own Danielle Mead Skjelver translated the text and Dr. Richard Rothaus and Dakota Goodhouse provided new introductory material. Associate Professor of History William Caraher serves as Director and Publisher of UND’s Digital Press.
Dr. Nikki Berg Burin led an Online Course Design workshop on November 18, 2015.
Phi Alpha Theta hosted a screening and discussion of the Academy Award-winning film Milk, a biography of California's first openly-gay elected official, on October 21, 2015.
Cynthia Prescott led a UND History Workshop on "Networking" on October 14, 2015.
Nikki Berg Burin presented “Sex and Slavery in North Dakota: Past and Present” at the 2015 Historians Against Slavery Conference at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Congratulations to Dr. Gordon Iseminger, who was awarded the Joseph S. Height Literary Award by the Germans from Russia Heritage Society for his essay, “German-Russian Doughboys from McIntosh County, North Dakota, in World War I.
Applying to Law School information session Thursday, September 10, 2015, 3:30-4:30 in O'Kelly 221.
Applying to Graduate School information session Thursday, September 3, 2015, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the History Student Lounge (O'Kelly 236).
Congratulations to Nathan Rokke, who was recently accepted to the Viking and Medieval Norse Studies program at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.
Congratulations to Aimee Duchsherer for defending her M.A. thesis, “’A Picture Terrible in its Significance’: Interracial Relationships and Methods of White Social Control in the Early Twentieth Century.”
Congratulations to our own Tom Harlow, who won a UND 2015 Summer Doctoral Fellowship to support his research and the writing of his dissertation, “Beyond the Holy Trinity: Intersections of Politics, Class, Race, Evangelicalism, and the Social Gospel in the Mission Formation of the YWCA, 1906-1945.”
“How to Teach the Big Ideas: Role Playing as a Pedagogical Tool” – Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12 p.m. in O’Kelly 228. Free pizza and drinks provided by the History Department!
Cynthia Prescott will appear on TLC’s
Who Do You Think You Are? on April 5. Dr. Prescott, an expert on gender in the American West, guided actor and director Tony Goldwyn on his search to learn about his maternal ancestry. Premieres April 5, 2015 at 10/9c on TLC.
On Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 12:30-1:30 in O’Kelly 228, Andrew Reinhard of the American Numismatic Society will lead a discussion about careers in publishing and other career paths outside academia.
From 4-6 p.m. on April 9, 2015 at the Gorecki Alumni Center, the Cyprus Research Fund presented a viewing of the documentary Atari: Game Over, accompanied by a round table discussion by the team of archaeologists who excavated the worst video game ever made. An interactive exhibit of Atari consoles and games was available courtesy of the Working Group in Digital and New Media.
UND history workshop on “How to Teach the Big Ideas: Role Playing as a Pedagogical Tool.” Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at noon in O’Kelly 228.
The History Department is proud to announce its co-sponsorship of the 2015 International Studies Speaker Series. See here for more details.
History graduate students presented their research at the Scholarly Forum on Wednesday, March 11, 2015: Phi Alpha Theta/History Session. Participants included Deborah Lowder, Aimee Duchsherer, and Jonathan Hedeen
On March 25, 2015, Anne Kelsch spoke at the history workshop on "How to Teach the Big Ideas: Using Backward Course Design."
Lauren Kaplow spoke at the history workshop on "Rhetoric and rabble-rousers: popularis ideology in Late Republican Rome."
Alyson Leas, M.A., 2014, has accepted a position as the director of the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska. Congratulations!
February’s Entertaining History lecture featured Dr. Kimberly Porter of the UND History Department: “Ghost Towns of the Red River” at the Myra Museum, Sunday, February 15, 2015.
UND History Workshop on January 28, 2015: Dr. Sebastian Braun of American Indian Studies led a discussion of "Integrating Native Perspectives in History."
Congrats to Tom Harlow, who won the Best Graduate Student Paper Award at the 2014 Northern Great Plains History Conference. It is entitled, "The Conversion from Fundamentalism to Christian Socialists: The 1920 Student Revolt within theYoung Women's Christian Association."
Kim Porter received the Larry Rowen Remele Award for her outstanding work with the NGPHC and her contributions to the "vibrant intellectual atmosphere of the conference."
UND History Workshop on building and improving your CV held on December 10, 2014.
UND History Workshop on November 19, 2014 featured Tom Harlow speaking on "Reconceptualizing 'Organized Womanhood': Intersections of the Social Gospel, Ecumenicism, and Evangelicalism in Protestant Social Reform, 1870-1920."
UND History Workshop on "Conference Papers: From Proposal to Presentation"on Wednesday, October 22. 2014 in O'Kelly 228.
Kim Porter spoke on "World War I and the Prairie: TR's War Against Isolationism" at the 9th Annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium at Dickinson State University, September 25-27, 2014.
UND History Workshop on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 on "Applying to Graduate School and Law School."
Cynthia Prescott spoke on "Remembering Pioneer Women" on September 9, 2014 at the Grand Forks Public Library. The presentation is in conjunction with the "Land in Her Own Name" exhibit, and is sponsored by the Minnkota Genealogical Society.
Alyson Leas successfully defended her MA essay: "Deflating Rural North Dakota: Mechanization, Industrialization, and Depopulation in the Small Community." Congratulations!
Congratulations to Caroline Campbell, whose chapter, "Our Body Doesn't Have to be Ugly,": Physical Culture, Gender, and Racial Rejuvenation in the Croix de Feu," has just appeared in The French Right Between the Wars: Political and Intellectual Movements from Conservatism to Fascism, edited by Samuel Kalman and Sean Kennedy (Berghahn, 2014).
The History Department is proud to announce its annual Wilkins Lecture. William Harwood, a UND History Department graduate, spoke on "From a Writer's Perspective: My Life in the Foreign Service from Mogadishu to Moscow." Tuesday, April 1 at 7 pm in Education 7.
UND History Workshop on "How to Grade Effectively and Efficiently." Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in O'Kelly 228.
Bill Caraher (History) and Bret Weber (Social Work) gave a talk entitled, "A Global and Historical View on the North Dakota Man Camps," as a part of the inaugural semester of the new International Speaker Series, February 12, 2014 at the Backstage Project at the Empire Arts Center. Catered Reception at 6:30 and the talk at 7:00.
On February 16, 2014, at the Myra Museum in Grand Forks, Dr. Kim Porter presented a work in progress on the half dozen widows and bereft mothers from Grand Forks who traveled to France to visit their son's grave as part of a government-sponsored "pilgrimage" in the aftermath of World War I.
UND History Workshop Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at noon in O'Kelly 228, on how to write an effective CV. Participants workshopped several draft CVs. Free pizza and drinks!
Dr. Gordon Iseminger delivered an "Entertaining History" presentation at the Myra Museum, January 26, 2014, 2 pm. The topic was "The All-American Turkey Show: When Grand Forks, North Dakota, Ruled the Turkey Roost."
The 5th annual Cyprus Research Fund Lecture occurred on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at 4 pm in the East Asia Room. Dr. Sarah Lepinski presented on the Archaeologies of Decor: Interiors in the Roman East. This talk cut across boundaries of archaeology, art history, and traditional history by interrogating questions of ethnicity, domesticity, "decoration", craft, and and aesthetics.
Dr. Lepinski gave an informal presentation on "Materials, Methods and Meaning in Ancient Painting Practices" as part of the ongoing UND History Workshop series on Friday, January 24, 2014 in O'Kelly 228.
Dr. Gordon Iseminger will present on "The Hersey Bonanza Farm at Arvilla, North Dakota: So Much More Than a Bonanza Farm" at our first History Workshop of the year on Wednesday, September 25, at noon in O'Kelly 228.
Congratulations to Alyson Leas [MA] for her new position as director of the Polk County History Museum in Crookston, MN.
Congrats to Anna Peterson (UND MA History 2009), who recently accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Luther College in Iowa.
We would like to recognize Jim Mochoruk for earning the highest honor possible for a UND faculty member. He has been named a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor.
Congratulations to Tom Harlow, recipient of the 2013 Sandra Donaldson Award in Women and Gender Studies for the best research paper by a graduate student at UND.
Tuesday, April 16, 4 p.m. Dr. Michael Lansing (Augsburg College) spoke on the Non-Partisan League in North Dakota. His talk was titled, "New Visions of the Nonpartisan League" and took place in East Asia Room of Chester Fritz Library.
The next history workshop will take place Wednesday, April 17, noon in O'Kelly 228: Workshop. Dr. Michael Lansing will be leading an informal discussion on "Latest Trends in Northern Plains Historiography."
Congrats to Brita Endrud for being elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Well Done!
History Workshop: Wed., March 20, noon in O'Kelly 228, "Integrating Indian Studies into American History courses" – an informal discussion with Dr. Alan Shackelford (UND Indian Studies). Free pizza and soft drinks for all participants.
Nikki Berg Burin has been awarded the President's Advisory Council on Women Award (PAC-W Award) this year, which is given to an individual who has worked very hard to improve the lives of women. Well done!
Congrats to Ty M. Reese for his article, 'Controlling the Company: The Structures of Fante-British Relations on the Gold Coast, 1750-1821.' The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 41:1 (2013): 104-119.
Congratulations to Ty Reese, who published, "Wives, Brokers and Laborers: Women at Cape Coast, 1750-1800" in Jodi Campbell and Doug Catterall eds., Women in Port: Gendering Communities, Economies, and Social Networks in Atlantic Port Cities, 1500-1800 (Brill, 2012).
February 2013's History Workshop featured tips on how to promote yourself in cover letters, statements of teaching philosophy, etc.
Kim Porter presented a portion of her project on Henry Field to the History Workshop on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.
Congratulations to Cynthia Prescott for her chapter: "The All-American Eternal Family: Sacred and Secular Values in Western Pioneer Monuments" in We are What We Remember: The American Past Through Commemoration, ed. By Jeffrey Lee Meriwether and Laura Mattoon D'Amore (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012).
Congratulations to Caroline Campbell for her article, "Building a Movement, Dismantling the Republic: Women, Gender, and Political Extremism in the Croix de Feu/Parti Social Français, 1927–1940," which came out in French Historical Studies.
UND History Workshop on November 28, 2012 at noon in O'Kelly 228. Jim Mochoruk ran a workshop on how to put together an effective CV.
UND History Workshop, "Introduction to Grant Writing," took place November 14, 2012 at noon in O'Kelly 228.
Professor Dimitri Nakassis from the Department of Classics at the University of Toronto presented "Paupers and Peasants and Princes and Kings: Reconstructing Society in Late Bronze Age Greece" at 4pm, Oct 25, 2012. More information here.
UND History Workshop October 26 at noon in O'Kelly 228 featured Professor Dimitri Nakassis. The talk was entitled "Orientalist and Marxist Historiography of the Aegean Bronze Age".
Congratulations to Tom Harlow - Best Graduate Student Paper at the 2012 Northern Great Plains History Conference.
Congratulations to Bob Caulkins on passing his comps in Fall 2012! Well done!