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I <3 the Macalester History Department We are the History Department of Macalester College. We promote an interdisciplinary approach to history focused on the four core values of the college.

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09/29/2021
Join Professor Phillips who will lead a discussion on her new book "Staging Indigeneity" at a virtual History Book Club ...
09/21/2021

Join Professor Phillips who will lead a discussion on her new book "Staging Indigeneity" at a virtual History Book Club meeting. It's open to all!! More info here: shorturl.at/epFH2

Join Professor Phillips who will lead a discussion on her new book "Staging Indigeneity" at a virtual History Book Club meeting. It's open to all!! More info here: shorturl.at/epFH2

The latest "History is All Over" is here: https://www.macalester.edu/history/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/05/History...
05/21/2021

The latest "History is All Over" is here:https://www.macalester.edu/history/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/05/History-Newsletter-2020-Fall-Template.pdf

The latest "History is All Over" is here:https://www.macalester.edu/history/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/05/History-Newsletter-2020-Fall-Template.pdf

Professor Emeritus Jim Stewart has created a video series called “Jim Stewart’s Historical Tonic for Fragile White Folks...
11/16/2020
Jim Stewart’s Tonic for Fragile White Folks

Professor Emeritus Jim Stewart has created a video series called “Jim Stewart’s Historical Tonic for Fragile White Folks” to address the history of white supremacy in the U.S. Find them here:

Jim Stewart's Channel

Have you ever wondered how Macalester students celebrated Halloween 60 years ago? Or 130 years ago? Check out these exce...
10/30/2020

Have you ever wondered how Macalester students celebrated Halloween 60 years ago? Or 130 years ago? Check out these excerpts from the Mac Weekly from 1889 and 1958.

Celebrate Indigenous People's Days by reading an indigenous author or attending an online Indigenous People's Day celebr...
10/12/2020
Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

Celebrate Indigenous People's Days by reading an indigenous author or attending an online Indigenous People's Day celebration. For more ideas, see:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2020/10/07/indigenous-peoples-day-2020/?fbclid=IwAR2q0lA8l6L-QRfGonpSkoGS5a8D-6YrxJOjP5Ux25wZkUpm6Dseg9pXX34

Need even more ideas? Visit "Why Treaties Matter" (http://treatiesmatter.org/exhibit/) or "Hearts of Our People" that celebrates Native women artists and their work (https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/native-women-artists?fbclid=IwAR1YDIOzahmPnFsCf3SNr-OIo4O04w0OOJMRCcGvqmsmbE159aGLy0X9axI).

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists is the first major thematic exhibition to explore the artistic achievements of Native women.

06/08/2020
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The Spring History is All Over is here

This newsletter has been created under the unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of the effects of that crisis are reflected in the pages. Because the newsletter was prepared before the murder of George Floyd, it does not include news related to that or to the wave of responses that have occurred in the wake of that violence. This wound is very recent, and raw; and built on a long history of racism.

Our history chair, Linda Sturtz has written a letter about this moment in history, which I have attached. I have drawn on that letter for this message.

We, our department and the college, are embracing our duty to act. We began June with a new college President, Dr. Suzanne Rivera, who has said, "The college sits at the center of our nation's broken heart today. We must stand up and do something to repair it.” History, both the past AND the department, provide insight on ways to go forward. Linda Sturtz pledges the department will engage fully with what lies ahead, "making sense of the past in order to better understand and shape the perplexing present." We are together apart, or as Linda says, "The shared endeavors of our community, even when dispersed, helps sustain us all."



Please let us know if you have news to share in our next (Fall/Winter 20

06/08/2020

The Spring 2020 edition of History Is All Over, the Macalester History Department Newsletter is available now.

This newsletter has been created under the unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of the effects of that crisis are reflected in the pages. Because the newsletter was prepared before the murder of George Floyd, it does not include news related to that or to the wave of responses that have occurred in the wake of that violence. This wound is very recent, and raw; and built on a long history of racism.

The department chair, Linda Sturtz wrote a letter to our current students about this moment in history. I have drawn on that letter for this message.

We, our department and the college, are embracing our duty to act. We began June with a new college President, Dr. Suzanne Rivera, who has said, "The college sits at the center of our nation's broken heart today. We must stand up and do something to repair it.” History, both the past AND the department, provide insight on ways to go forward. Linda Sturtz pledges the department will engage fully with what lies ahead, "making sense of the past in order to better understand and shape the perplexing present." We are together apart, or as Linda says, "The shared endeavors of our community, even when dispersed, helps sustain us all."

Hello history enthusiasts! If you're interested in food history, check out the Dublin Gastronomy Symposium which will ta...
05/20/2020
Dublin Gastronomy Symposium 2020 | Symposia/Conferences | Technological University Dublin

Hello history enthusiasts! If you're interested in food history, check out the Dublin Gastronomy Symposium which will take place next week. You can "attend" any session via zoom. The theme of the symposium is "Food and Disruption" which sounds quite timely considering the crisis of the food system caused by COVID-19. Here is the link: https://arrow.tudublin.ie/dgs/?fbclid=IwAR1G2fEMJBxPkIiecuXhP36kp5mBF91Y1gtZHILerPAfO7nLtR_6_W81zgI

The next Dublin Gastronomy Symposium will take place 26th May to 27th May, 2020. This is a feast of scholarly papers, lively discussion, networking and some great dinners.

05/11/2020

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05/11/2020

Congratulations to our graduating seniors!

Bringing Our World to Students’ HomesTaking our Spring Sampler visits online, Professor Ernie Capello, current students ...
04/30/2020
Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Online Meetings, Screen Sharing - Zoom

Bringing Our World to Students’ Homes
Taking our Spring Sampler visits online, Professor Ernie Capello, current students Michelle Armstrong-Spielberg and Irene Schulte, and alumnus Will Theriac '16, provided an introduction to the department for admitted students. See it here:
https://macalester.zoom.us/rec/play/u5wqIev7qG03HNGSuQSDBPctW9W1K6-shCkWrvQIzU-8UXNVNwD0NOcQMeqSdQ8Vl_Pp7Xpe_hpuXwex?continueMode=true

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Professor Capello was spotlighted in the AHA magazine (Perspectives).  https://www.historians.org/publications-and-direc...
04/16/2020
AHA Member Spotlight: Ernesto Capello | Perspectives on History | AHA

Professor Capello was spotlighted in the AHA magazine (Perspectives).
https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/april-2020/aha-member-spotlight-ernesto-capello

Perspectives Daily AHA Member Spotlight: Ernesto Capello Matthew Keough | Apr 16, 2020 Ernesto Capello is a professor of Latin American history at Macalester College. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and has been a member since 2004. Alma maters: BA, Vassar College, 1996; PhD, University of Texas....

And now, for a little Peepspective...Throughout History, Peeps have Overcome.View the PeepsShow SlideShow and learn how ...
04/15/2020

And now, for a little Peepspective...
Throughout History, Peeps have Overcome.
View the PeepsShow SlideShow and learn how Peeps of the past have managed adversity.https://www.macalester.edu/history/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2020/04/PeepsShow-SlideShow.pdf

CONTEST with PRIZES!Registration for fall classes begins April 20. Normally, the History Department hosts a lunch to pre...
04/13/2020
Fall 2020 Class Schedule

CONTEST with PRIZES!
Registration for fall classes begins April 20. Normally, the History Department hosts a lunch to present our course offerings. But since this time lunch is off the table, we've cooked up something a little different; a contest with prizes! There are two steps to participate:
1. See History's fall course schedule here: https://www.macalester.edu/registrar/schedules/2020fall/class-schedule/#HIST
2. and then Take the History Fall Course Offering Quiz to have a chance to win a prize! Find the quiz here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeybs__XNacRhdfgvhM4izwxhfUX-PjLbuqZIcwb3NK4iqJ4Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Good luck on the contest, on managing all your life and learning from afar, and on choosing your classes.

Wishing you well,
Herta, and the Historians

Home Campus Registrar Class Schedules and Registration Fall 2020 Fall 2020 Class Schedule Fall 2020 Class Schedule Fall 2020 Class Schedule - updated April 13, 2020 at 12:30 PM This is a snapshot of the class schedule and enrollment information, updated hourly during business hours. American Studies...

Studying Humanities at Macalester takes us where we want to go. Classics Professor and History's Old Main 3rd Floor-mate...
04/09/2020
Meet Our Professors

Studying Humanities at Macalester takes us where we want to go. Classics Professor and History's Old Main 3rd Floor-mate Beth Severy-Hoven backs it up in this video.

Welcome, Class of 2024! The entire Macalester community is looking forward to meeting you in person but until that time, join us here to learn more about our departments and classes. Professors are connecting from their homes, labs, and offices to give a preview into your coursework at Macalester. S...

Same job, new office. Working from home, I miss regular contact with my Mac family, but do prefer the abundance of blue ...
03/31/2020

Same job, new office. Working from home, I miss regular contact with my Mac family, but do prefer the abundance of blue and sunshine in my kitchen today. Heart, Herta

History inspires!
02/24/2020
Why Polio Still Exists

History inspires!

Ikran Sheikh-Musal ‘20 is working to eradicate the disease in a handful of countries through her Mellon Mays grant.

One of our student workers is helping students and faculty at Mac raise money for Wuhan. Respirators are out of stock in...
02/12/2020

One of our student workers is helping students and faculty at Mac raise money for Wuhan. Respirators are out of stock in Wuhan and other Chinese cities. Members of the Chinese student body at Macalester are starting a fund to raise money to buy respiratory masks and protective suits through Cintas, which will be immediately delivered back to Wuhan with the help of the Alliance of Minnesota Chinese Organizations (AMCO). To ensure these masks will be delivered to hospitals, they will be received by family and community members of Jennifer Yang '22. Please consider donating if you can.

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Majors Elika Somani and Ben Trumble, at the East Side Freedom Library, with Professor Emeritus Peter Rachleff, and Orso ...
02/01/2020

Majors Elika Somani and Ben Trumble, at the East Side Freedom Library, with Professor Emeritus Peter Rachleff, and Orso the Library Dog, mentoring students for History Day.

12/30/2019
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“History is All Over”
The Fall 2019 edition of the History newsletter is available now.
Find it here:
https://www.macalester.edu/history/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/12/History-Newsletter-Fall-2019-2.pdf

Our fabulous seniors after the Capstone Conference! Congratulations!!
12/09/2019

Our fabulous seniors after the Capstone Conference! Congratulations!!

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Excitement is building for the Senior Seminar Conference. Keaton Belbas created a series of images to celebrate the occa...
12/04/2019

Excitement is building for the Senior Seminar Conference. Keaton Belbas created a series of images to celebrate the occasion. Two feature the senior seminar professors, Karin Velez and Linda Sturtz, and the third is the Capstone, of course!

The Spring course registration has begun! We're offering amazing courses next semester. Histories of pirates, festivals,...
11/20/2019
Class Schedules - History - Macalester College

The Spring course registration has begun! We're offering amazing courses next semester. Histories of pirates, festivals, encounters, indigenous peoples, tsars - you name it! https://www.macalester.edu/history/schedules/#Spring2020

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Please join us for the third Humanities Colloquium on Tuesday, Nov. 19, for a talk by Amy Sullivan, visiting assistant p...
11/18/2019

Please join us for the third Humanities Colloquium on Tuesday, Nov. 19, for a talk by Amy Sullivan, visiting assistant professor in the History Department. Amy’s title will be: "Women of Substance: A Story of Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange in the Land of 10,000 Rehabs."

The presentation will be held in the Harmon Room of the DeWitt Wallace Library. Lunch, generously funded by the Provost’s Office, is available at 11:45 a.m.; talk begins promptly at 12 p.m. No RSVP needed. All faculty and staff are welcome.

The "Revolutionary Russia and the Soviet Union" class did archival research in the Macalester College Archives today and...
11/14/2019

The "Revolutionary Russia and the Soviet Union" class did archival research in the Macalester College Archives today and examined the 1950s origins of the Russian Studies program at Macalester and other colleges in the Twin Cities.

Awet Weldemichael will give a talk "The Discourse on Somali Piracy" at the second Humanities Colloquium on Tuesday, Oct....
10/11/2019

Awet Weldemichael will give a talk "The Discourse on Somali Piracy" at the second Humanities Colloquium on Tuesday, Oct. 15. This year, Awet holds the HHH professorship in the History department as Hubert H. Humphrey Distinguished Professor of African History.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 11:45am-1pm
Where: Harmon Room, DeWitt Wallace Library

Lunch, funded by the Provost’s Office, is available at 11:45 a.m.; talks begin promptly at noon. No RSVP needed. All faculty and staff are welcome.

07/01/2019
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“History is All Over”
The Spring/Summer 2019 edition of the History newsletter is available now. This issue is especially packed with faculty comings, goings, and accomplishments.
Find it here:
https://www.macalester.edu/history/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2019/07/HIAOspring2019.pdf

And please let us know if you have news to share in our next (Fall/Winter 2019) issue.

Most of our faculty, at our "Very Accomplished Historian" mini-celebration, from left to right: Crystal Moten, Jess Pear...
03/07/2019

Most of our faculty, at our "Very Accomplished Historian" mini-celebration, from left to right:
Crystal Moten, Jess Pearson, Chris Wells, Karin Vélez, Katie Phillips, Herta Pitman (staff), Ernie Capello, and Linda Sturtz, and a silhouette of those who were not present.

New Brookwood Labor College, another inspirational tool for social justice, brought to you, in part, by Macalester Histo...
02/18/2019
New labor college launching this spring in St. Paul

New Brookwood Labor College, another inspirational tool for social justice, brought to you, in part, by Macalester History professor emeritus, Peter Rachleff. This is the work of his retirement; every day, unflagging in the quest to use history to make positive differences in the lives of people.

New Brookwood Labor College looks to build the labor movement of the future by educating workers into the working class.

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For our seniors on this day before graduation. You are historians. You know that pandemics come, and that they also go. This moment is just this once. It's a strange, but still wonderful, moment. We want you to find ways to have fun and enjoy it, and to be proud of your accomplishments. Those are worth celebrating in all the ways we can dream up. Celebrating you from the corner
Old Main was miserably quiet today without our students. I hope you are all sheltering safely.
What is Evan Soken '13 (History major) doing now? Please tell me. I don't use Instagram!