History News and Events

Spring 2015 Senior Paper Presentations

Please join the history department on Wednesday May 13, 2015 from 7:00-8:30 on the second floor of Koren to hear seniors share the research they've spent many months or even years compiling and analyzing.

Here is the schedule of when and where students are presenting, as well as the title of their presentations:

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Emily England

Emily England shares her Newberry Library research

Emily England, '15, recently shared the essay "Searching for Lucy Parsons: A Racial Riddle" with the readership of the African American Intellectual History Society.  She began this research last fall semester at the Newberry Library in Chicago as part of their Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Research in the Humanities program. Emily is a history and anthropology double major with a museum studies minor at Luther College. We are so excited to share Emily's fascinating research into the myriad questions around Parsons identity, which will form part of the senior paper she will submit this spring. 

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Laurie Medford braving North Carolina's "hazardous conditions"

Laurie Medford '12 on her first year in graduate school

Many of us in Koren remember seeing Laurie Medford '12 ensconced in a corner, diligently working on her incredible senior project on Civil War soldiers from the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. She used Civil War Pension Files in the National Archives to examine heath issues of veterans as they aged.  We are thrilled, then, to share her progress on her journey toward her MA in History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Laurie was kind enough to write about her experiences at graduate school and offer some insights to future graduate students. She writes,

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Festus Cole

Visiting Professor Festus Cole has two articles published

In a bit of serendipity, Visiting Professor Festus Cole learned right after arriving at Luther that two of his papers in the publication pipeline had been published. Please see the abstracts below and look for the articles in your library databases!

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Scandinavian Immigration History display case

Displaying Scandinavian Immigration History

This fall Anna Peterson's Scandinavian immigration history class has included the study of material culture. Early in the semester, they visited a regional cemetery to analyze tombstones. One of the class's later assignments was to communicate a narrative of Scandinavian immigration using objects and images in a display case.

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