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Blake receives National Fellowship

Tresavoya Blake, a UW-Green Bay junior majoring in Democracy and Justice Studies and History, has been accepted into the National Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NUFP) offered by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). The goal of the NUFP program is to increase the number of historically underrepresented professionals into students affairs and higher education. Blake will spend the next year learning about various components of higher education from admissions to diversity and inclusion. She will also be eligible for various scholarships, professional development opportunities and internships. During this yearlong fellowship, she will be mentored by Dr. Justin Mallett, director of diversity. The NUFP fellowship is offered to only a select number of students throughout the United States and congratulations to Tresavoya Blake for being a recipient of this prestigious honor.

Faculty note: Boswell publication, presentation

An article by Caroline Boswell, associate professor of Humanistic Studies and History, was featured in a special forum on “Rethinking the English Revolution” in the Autumn 2014 issue of the Journal of British Studies, published by Cambridge University Press. The article, “Provoking Disorder: The Politics of Speech in Protectorate Middlesex,” explored how a 1654 ordinance against challenges, duels, and provocations gave non-elites the opportunity to pursue prosecution of threatening and abusive language as dangerous to society rather than to an individual. Boswell also recently presented the paper “Contesting Social Relations in Revolutionary England” at the National Conference on British Studies, held in Minneapolis. See an abstract of the British Studies article.

Faculty Note: Lockard publication

Prof. Emeritus Craig Lockard, formerly of History and Social Change and Development (now Democracy and Justice Studies) is proud to announce that the third edition of his college-level world history textbook, Societies, Networks, and Transitions: A Global History, was published this summer by Cengage. Since 2012, Lockard has also been writing the annual update on Malaysia for the Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook.

Faculty note: Lowery essay

Associate Prof. Vince Lowery (Humanistic Studies/History) recently contributed an essay to the Southeastern Immigration Blog. The essay, titled “Hugh MacRae, Southern Agriculture, and the Question of Selective Immigration,” examines MacRae’s advocacy of a more liberal US immigration policy in the 1920s.

History students get hands-on history lesson: Life as a Viking

top-longhouseStudents in Associate Professor Heidi Sherman’s History Capstone Seminar were given the chance to travel back in time when they visited a Viking-age replica farmhouse, called a longhouse, Sept. 12 and 13. The experience gave them the chance to smell the bread baking in a clay oven, hear the clang as a hammer smashes against a scorching-hot piece of iron, and feel the soft thread being woven in a loom just as it would have been hundreds of years ago.

The longhouse, owned by Owen and Elspeth Christianson, was built in 2011-2012 near Marshfield, Wis.

While at the longhouse, students made food following Viking-age recipes using only ingredients that could have been used in medieval Scandinavia. They were taught blacksmithing techniques and were able to create their own S-hooks out of steel. Students also took part in wire knitting, which was used to create chains for hanging jewelry, and learned to weave on different types of looms.

According to Sherman, several of her students who had gone on the trip last year stated it was the highlight of their college career. One of those students, Ryan Matsen, is now her teaching assistant and was able to go back on the trip this year.

“Of these activities that we were allowed to attempt my personal favorite would have to be blacksmithing as it was so unique to these trips and the fact that by the time we left everyone in the seminar had first hand experience at working metal in ancient ways,” Matsen said.

Many of the students involved in Sherman’s class will go on to be teachers, museum workers, and otherwise involved with the public. This opportunity gives students the chance to take a different approach to learning.

“They’ve got to be able to explain in an engaging way how people did things,” Sherman said. “One of the ways that people get involved and get excited about history is if they’re making something or if they’re doing hands-on things. So I thought it would be fun for the students to go through this process and to figure out how, then they can convert their learning into teaching other people down the road.”

After this experience, students will be creating their own experimental archaeology projects, such as making linseed oil from flax seed or trying to carve a rune stone. Sherman says that it’s not just about the concepts, but about the process they go through.

“I don’t care if the rune stone is perfect,” she said. “I care that the student learns the tools that they need, maybe how to write in runes… He goes through the process and documents it and what he learns from the process.”

The longhouse weekend has provided students with a way to learn about Viking culture that is unique to what they could have learned in the classroom.

“Overall I believe that these trips have been incredibly valuable to help the classes who went on them to gain a better understanding of the past through living like and replicating the processes of the ancient world,” said Matsen.
Story by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication

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 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014 Students in Medieval History Capstone Course visit traditional Viking longhouse, September 12 and 13, 2014
Photos by Associate Professor Heidi Sherman

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