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Faculty note: Voelker, Gurung co-present

David Voelker (Humanistic Studies and History), who begins his fourth year as co-director of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellow & Scholars program, co-led a workshop last week with Regan Gurung (Psychology and Human Development) at UW Faculty College called, “Reflective Discussion and Transformational Learning.” See the Faculty College 2016 page for details.

History Honor Society Induction

The National History Society inducted nine new initiatives into the Alpha Gamma Omega Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. This high honor recognizes students who show an outstanding performance in their history courses. This year’s inductees include: Katie Akerboom, Curtis Matthew Dassow, Sydney Johnson, Brigitta Jeannae Kaiser, Katelyn Krajewski, Scott Pamperin, Andrea N. Schroeder, Josephy Taylor and Gabrielle Ann Marie Zimmerman.

Faculty note: Sherman presents essay at Harvard

Heidi Sherman (Humanistic Studies) presented the essay (written with Arnold Lelis) “Gorm’s Travels to Gardariki in the 920s” at the invitational conference “Portraits of Medieval Eastern Europe” held at Harvard University April 8, 2016.  The workshop essays will be published in a collection for undergraduate medieval and world history students, which follows the volume, Portraits of Old Russia: Imagined Lives of Ordinary People, 1300-1745 (Rutledge: 2015).  The list of workshop papers can be found here.

Photos: Fugelsang ‘brilliant and hilarious’

We gave you plenty of heads-up to get to the John Fugelsang presentation March 29, a featured speaker in the Historical Perspectives Series. Prof. Harvey Kaye (History), reflected on the presentation. “He combined standup comedy (with brilliance and vulgarity that reflected the nature of American politics) AND smart intellectual analysis… At time John was hilarious and at times as serious as a historically informed academic, which, combined, afforded us a critical look at political humor.  Moreover, the Q&A was fabulous — our students made us all very proud of them! In fact the afternoon Q&A on the film DREAM ON was wonderful… John loved the questions and thoroughly enjoyed delivering his answers and reflections.” We have photos.

Faculty note: Lowery publications

Prof. J. Vincent Lowery

Prof. J. Vincent Lowery

The winter issue of the Journal of American History features an article by Vince Lowery (Humanistic Studies/History). The article, titled “‘Another Species of Race Discord’: Race, Desirability, and the North Carolina Immigration Movement,” explores the debate about North Carolina’s short-lived immigration program (1907-1909). Lowery argues that whites in eastern North Carolina, far from being immigration restrictionists, were more receptive to supposedly “undesirable” southern and eastern European immigrants capable of marginalizing or even replacing African American workers. Because of their appeals, the state legislature amended a bill granting these white immigration advocates greater latitude to recruit those foreign workers they deemed suitable.

Spinning off of this article, Lowery contributed “‘Rosy Cheeked Girl the Cause of It All': The English Teenager who Nearly Toppled the Southern Immigration Movement” to the blog “Immigration in the U.S. South” ( That post examines the federal investigation into the travels of an English teenager recruited to work in a mill in North Carolina’s Piedmont. The legal battle that followed resulted in a decision that favored industrialists’ labor needs over federal protections of American workers from foreign competition.


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