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18th Annual Unity Conference, April 16-17

Posted on April 16, 2014

The 18th Annual Unity Conference “Our Historia: Latina/os Making History” will take place April 16-17 at the CMU.

The conference begins Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. with a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Jason Ruiz, University of Notre Dame, titled, “Americans in the Treasure House: What the History of Travel to Mexico Can Teach Us About Our Historia.” Read the rest of this entry →

Henry Chan publishes book on modern Chinese historiography

Posted on February 25, 2014

Henry Chan, history, authored the intellectual biography of Stanford-educated Chinese historian Zhang Yinlin (1905-1942), and co-edited his writings in three volumes. Titled “Complete Works of Zhang Yinlin,” the book was written  in Chinese and published by Qinghua University, Beijing, China.

Talk on John F. Kennedy by Steve Hoffbeck delivered at Detroit Lakes Public Library

Posted on December 04, 2013

Prof. Steve Hoffbeck, History Department, delivered a talk about “John F. Kennedy: Death and Remembrance” at the Detroit Lakes Public Library on Nov. 19 to explain the man and what happened 50 years ago, using eyewitness accounts and best analysts.

Hoffbeck noted how the Kennedy Assassination changed us as a nation. A panel discussion followed Hoffbeck’s presentation.

History Club Movie Night tonight

Posted on November 20, 2013

The History Club is hosting a movie night Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in King Hall 110. They will be showing “Viva Zepata,” and it’s the 103rd anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.

History Club movie showing

Posted on October 23, 2013

The History Club is presenting a showing of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in King Hall 110. Snacks will be served.

MSUM historian pens murder-mysteries

Posted on October 14, 2013

Story by The Forum about Gerald Anderson, MSUM European history teacher.

By: John Lamb, INFORUM

David Samson / The Forum. Gerald Anderson is a mild-mannered history teacher by day, but away from campus, he writes murder-mysteries. His featured sleuth, Ottertail Sheriff Palmer Knutson, is modeled after the author, and Palmer’s wife, Ellie, after Anderson’s own late wife, Barbara Thill Anderson. She was an accomplished artist, and her painting entitled “River of the Sun,” background, is one of Gerald's favorites.

FARGO – Gerald Anderson follows an old adage for authors: Write what you know.

Well, sort of.

He admits he doesn’t know much about murder – a key element to his murder-mysteries.

What adds intrigue to his mysteries, however, is that Anderson, a teacher of European history at Minnesota State University Moorhead, incorporates history lessons into each of his page-turners.

“I like to have a theme to educate the reader, whether they want it or not,” he says with a smile.

Anderson’s latest, “The Unicorn Murder or Victoria’s Revenge,” examines the history of the British crown as the royal bloodline is called into question.

His other books examine to increasing impact of casinos on Indian reservations (“Murder in Bemidji or Paul’s Bloody Trousers”), environmentalism (“Pecked to Death or Murder under the Prairie Chicken”), the fallout from 1960s radicalism (“Murder under the Loon”) and campus politics (“Death Before Dinner”).

Perfectly polite, Anderson explains he doesn’t glorify violence and only uses it to further a story along. With the exception of one book, there is only one murder in each of his thrillers.

“It has more to do with character development and a puzzle than it does violence,” he says. Read the rest of this entry →

The Constitution and What It Means to You

Posted on September 24, 2013

‘The Constitution and What it Means to You’

Join the lecture, ‘The Constitution and What it Means to You,’ Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. in Comstock Memorial Union, Room 205.

Richard Henderson, Assistant Federal Public Defender and Moorhead State College alum of 1975, will talk about how our understanding and interpretation of the Constitution continues to have an impact on the lives of ordinary people, 226 years after it was written. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM graduate credits teachers with boost to academic excellence

Posted on May 17, 2013

Joshua Gates will graduate from Minnesota State University Moorhead with cum laude honors, a summer internship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and a scholarship and stipend that put him on track for a master’s degree. Dave Wallis / The Forum

By: Helmut Schmidt, INFORUM

MOORHEAD – In just a few short years, the arc of Joshua Gates’ academic life has gone from meh to marvelous.

Gates’ identity at Mayville (N.D.) High School was as a football, basketball, track and baseball standout. But that didn’t transfer to the classroom.

He had a 2.5 grade-point average and was 47th out of a graduating class of 54 in 2009, he said. His college placement test scores were borderline.

Most subjects were tedious to Gates, but he loved history and has wanted to work in museums since he was a child – perhaps even the Smithsonian Institution, he told people. Read the rest of this entry →

Sign up for History of the United States to 1877 summer online course

Posted on April 26, 2013

Need a LASC 5 course? The History Department is offering H-121: History of the United States to 1877 as an asynchronous on-line course this summer. But you have to hurry as space is limited-one section is almost filled and the second section needs more people to run– and summer course cancellation happens on tomorrow, April 26th. If you were considering H-121 you need to sign up today or you will loose your chance! Hurry, don’t hesitate, the time is now!

Annette Morrow to present as part of Tri-College History Lecture Series

Posted on April 23, 2013

Dr. Annette Kleinkauf Morrow will present a lecture entitled “Searching for Perpetua: A Research Topic and Travelogue” April 25 at 7 p.m. in CB 109. This lecture is part of the Tri-College History Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Business tycoon subject of lecture on MSUM campus

Posted on February 04, 2013

Historian and Pulitzer prize-winning author T. J. Stiles tells the story of Cornelius Vanderbilt in a lecture in the Science Lab Lecture Hall on the MSUM campus Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. The lecture is titled “One Man’s Empire in Every Man’s Republic: How Cornelius Vanderbilt Helped Create Big Business—and Start an Argument We’re Still Having Today.”

Vanderbilt, whose many legacies include the founding of Vanderbilt University, was the richest man in America in 1877, according to Stiles, author of the award-winning biography The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. The book received the National Book Award in 2009 and the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2010.

The First Tycoon portrays Vanderbilt as a force who helped launch the transportation revolution, advance the Gold Rush, shape Manhattan, and invent American capitalism and modern corporations.  Read the rest of this entry →

Paul Harris was guest speaker at Plains Art Museum and featured on Point of View

Posted on January 28, 2013

The Journal of American History recently published a review by Paul Harris, History. Harris covered “An Unpredictable Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812-1920″ by Jay Riley Case. Harris also spoke on Martin Luther King Day at the Plains Art Museum’s celebration on King’s Life and Legacy and appeared as a guest on the KXJB show “Point of View.” Earlier this month, he attended the meetings of the American Society of Church History in New Orleans.

Steve Hoffbeck gives talk about Pearl Harbor attack at Moorhead Library

Posted on December 05, 2012

The Pearl Harbor Attack, Dec. 7, 1941, and Its Legacies is presented by Lake Agassiz Regional Library at Moorhead Library Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

Join Dr. Steve Hoffbeck, History, for a history of the Pearl Harbor attack. His talk will include the impact of the attack and how Minnesotans responded to the onset of World War II, sending soldiers to the battlefronts and enduring shortages and rationing of vital materials. Read the rest of this entry →

Spring break study abroad trip to Peru

Posted on October 18, 2012

Colonial Lima, the mysterious Nazca Lines, and mythical Machu Picchu highlight the spring break trip to Peru, part of HIST 337: Peru and the World. A LASC 8 class, HIST 337 students will spend spring break experiencing 8,000 years of the Peruvian past by visiting archaeological and historical sites. Peru is one of the world’s most fascinating countries, a mixture of Andean, European, Asian, and African cultures; it’s also a foodie’s paradise. Read the rest of this entry →

Sean Taylor returns to Norway to present on American studies

Posted on October 12, 2012

Sean Taylor, History, returns to Norway as a presenter at a conference on American studies held jointly by the American Studies Association of Norway and the Fulbright Foundation Oct. 19-21 at Østfold University College in Halden, Norway. Taylor is a member of a panel addressing tools of education, and will talk about role playing in the classroom. As a Fulbright scholar, Taylor taught American history to Norwegian college students at the University of Agder in Kristiansand last year. He also used the time in Norway to research medicine, health, and healthcare among Norwegian immigrants to the United States.

History Club Film Series presents “Rashomon”

Posted on September 20, 2012

The History Club Film Series presents Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” (1950) tonight at 7 p.m. in King Hall 110. An introduction to the film and discussion will be led by Nathan Clarke of the History Department. Refreshments will be served and all are invited!

Celebrate Constitution Day at MSUM

Posted on September 18, 2012

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Join us in celebrating Constitution Day Tuesday, September 18 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Center for Business Room 103. Judge Erickson will give a 45-minute presentation titled, “Mr. Madison We Have a Problem: This Constitution is Wonderful and All but We Can’t Agree on What it Means.”

He will discuss the four basic camps of constitutional interpretation: Read the rest of this entry →

Renowned educator Dr. James Loewen to present on campus

Posted on September 13, 2012

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Dragon Entertainment Group would like to extend an invitation to attend a presentation by renowned educator, Dr. James Loewen.

“Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong”
Author: Dr. James W. Loewen
Thursday, September 13 7:00 p.m.
MSUM Weld Hall Read the rest of this entry →

F-M native, MSUM grad working with animation company in Atlanta

Posted on September 06, 2012

MSUM grad Peter Gulsvig, right, stands with Tom Kenny, the voice of cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants, at this year’s Comic-Con.

By: Sam Benshoof, INFORUM

ATLANTA – When Peter Gulsvig talks about how he spends his days working with cartoons, even he still sounds a little surprised by it.

The Moorhead native and 2008 Minnesota State University Moorhead grad is now working as a key animator for Bento Box Atlanta, a cartoon production company.

But when he discusses what he does every day for his job, Gulsvig, 27, who majored in history in college, still can’t seem to quite believe his luck. Read the rest of this entry →

Steve Hoffbeck contributes chapter to a book on baseball history

Posted on September 05, 2012

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Steve Hoffbeck, History, contributed a chapter to a new book on baseball history entitled The National Pastime, 2012: Short But Wondrous Summers: Baseball in the North Star State, a June publication of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

The book, available on and other online booksellers, tells the history of baseball in Minnesota from the 1870s to modern times. Hoffbeck co-wrote a chapter, “On the Wrong Side of the Color Line in Minnesota: Pitcher John Donaldson,” with Peter Gorton, a baseball writer from Minneapolis. The chapter outlines the history of black baseball in Minnesota and then focuses on John Donaldson, the best left-handed African-American barnstorming pitcher of the pre-Negro Leagues era. Donaldson was a predecessor of the legendary Hall of Famer pitcher, Satchel Paige.

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