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Ken Smemo passes away

Posted on July 05, 2017

Kenneth Smemo, a long-serving faculty member at Minnesota State University Moorhead, passed away June 29 at age 86.

Please keep Ken’s family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.

A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Moorhead.

To read Ken’s full obituary, visit

MSUM new hires

Posted on June 15, 2017

Please join us in welcoming the following new employees to Minnesota State University Moorhead! Make sure to stop by their departments to say hello and let them know it’s a GREAT day to be a Dragon!

May 31, 2017

  • Joey Blackmore – Assistant Football Coach, Athletics

 June 5, 2017 

  • Thomas Reburn – Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Admissions

June 6, 2017 

  • Alannah Dosh- Adjunct Faculty, Psychology 

June 8, 2017 

  • Anneli Ryan – Adjunct Faculty, History, Languages, Critical Race, and Women’s Studies

Harris featured speaker at annual Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County meeting

Posted on May 01, 2017

Paul Harris, HLCRWS, will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County on Thursday, May 4. He will speak on the topic “Solomon Comstock: Gilded Age Politician.” As a state Senator, Comstock was responsible for the founding of Moorhead Normal School, now MSU Moorhead. His talk will draw on a research project that his students undertook in 2015. Contact HCSCC for more information.

Unruly Undies

Posted on April 27, 2017

Thursday, April 27 | 12-4 p.m. | Campus Mall

Students from the MSUM Experimental Printmaking class will be hosting a public printmaking intervention in the Great White Hall (event moved from the campus mall) on Thursday, April 27 from 12-4 p.m. All are welcome to screenprint feminist and anti-oppressive messages onto clean underwear during the event.

​There will be a limited supply of underwear to buy and print on. BYOU if you can! (Bring Your Own Underwear!)

This event is also sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies.  Read the rest of this entry →

WGS Colloquium Series Talk

Posted on April 07, 2017

Friday, April 7 | 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Women’s Center

“Medicating the Oppression with Alcohol: Is Alcohol a Liberation Strategy?” Presented by Dr. Claudia Murphy

See the event flyer for more information.

Women’s History Month film screening of ‘Antonia’s Line’

Posted on March 20, 2017

Monday, March 20 | 7 p.m. | LI 103

Please join us for a Women’s History Month screening of “Antonia’s Line.” This 1995 Dutch feminist film focuses on a Post-WWII matriarchal community.

Sponsored by the HLCRWS Department: History, Languages, Critical Race, and Women’s Studies.

The Duluth Model: A Feminist Approach to Domestic Violence Prevention

Posted on March 17, 2017

Thursday, March 23 | 3-4 p.m. | Women’s Center

Find information about the event on the event flyer.

Feminist Community Book Group

Posted on March 17, 2017

Thursday, March 23 | 6:30-7 p.m. | Inspire Lab

Reading Angela Davis’ “Freedom is a Constant Struggle.”

History Day judges needed

Posted on February 23, 2017

The West Central Minnesota Regional History Day is coming up next week, Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Comstock Memorial Union at MSUM. Attached is a flyer regarding History Day judging. We are in need of 35 judges this year for the event from 3 to 8 p.m. (FREE PIZZA FOR JUDGES!) If you are interested in being a judge please click the following link to the Minnesota Historical Society History Day Judge sign up form. If you don’t know what History Day is all about, you can find out more about it at mnhs.orgRead the rest of this entry →

MSUM to host West Central Region History Day

Posted on February 16, 2017

Thursday, March 2 | 4-7 p.m. | CMU Ballroom

MSUM will host the West Central Regional History Day Thursday, March 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom. It’s free and open to the public.

History Day is a co-curricular program that encourages young people to explore a historical subject related to an annual theme, which this year is “Taking a Stand in History.” Students make history come alive as their research leads to imaginative exhibits, original performances, documentaries, websites and papers in junior and senior divisions in seven categories.

Minnesota State University Moorhead expects approximately 150 students from area schools to participate in the West Central Regional History Day.  Read the rest of this entry →

Student poster exhibit on display at Moorhead Public Library

Posted on February 13, 2017

“Our Immigrant Neighbors,” a poster exhibit celebrating the contributions that a diverse immigrant population has made to our region, is currently on display at the Moorhead Public Library. The project is the work of Anthropology majors Amanda Cameron and Petra Gunderson and History majors Nehemiah Jensen, Brenna McKnight, Kevin Wander, and Nicole Teberg under the supervision of Professor Paul Harris.

Also on display is a photo exhibit by The World in Fargo-Moorhead, a community project to whose Facebook page the students also have contributed.

Women’s and Gender Studies Colloquium Series

Posted on February 10, 2017

Friday, Feb. 10 | 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Women’s Center

WGS Colloquium Series Presents: “A radical ethic: Witnessing as a framework for compassion and responsivity” by Dr. Sheila Marquardt, Associate Professor, School of Teaching & Learning, on Friday, Feb. 10 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Women’s Center (154 Bridges).

See the attached document for more information.

Harris presents paper at American Society of Church History winter meeting

Posted on January 10, 2017

Paul Harris, HLCRWS, presented a paper at the Winter Meeting of the American Society of Church History. His paper was entitled “Progressive Era Affirmative Action: The ‘Colored Bishop’ Campaign in the Methodist Episcopal Church.”

MSUM ‘Frontier Foundations: the History of Early Moorhead’ Exhibit Opening at the Hjemkomst Center Dec. 13

Posted on December 13, 2016

A traveling exhibit of 11 panels on Early Moorhead will be opening at the Hjemkmost Center on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The exhibit script was initiated by students in a History 390: Interpretive History course taught by Jayme Joos (Spring 2015) and then completed through a Legacy (Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund) grant awarded to Rinita Dalan and Jayme Joos (Anthropology and Earth Science) that covered additional research and writing by Jayme Joos and copyright permissions for the images. The panels were printed with funds from the Minnesota Historical Society.  Read the rest of this entry →

Norwegian Folk Musician Visits MSUM

Posted on December 09, 2016

Friday, Dec. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall

Fiddler Vidar Skrede will perform and talk about the art of the harding fiddle Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus. The event is free and open to the public.  Read the rest of this entry →

Injustice and Faith in America: Religious Responses to the WWII Japanese American Incarceration

Posted on November 02, 2016

Wednesday, Nov. 2 | 7 p.m. | Langseth Hall 118

Join us for the final speaker in the Fall 2016 Religious Studies Speaker Series on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Langseth Hall 118.

“Injustice and Faith in America: Religious Responses to the WWII Japanese American Incarceration,” presented by Dr. Anne Blankenship, Ph.D., Associate Director, Northern Plains Ethics Institute Department of History, Philosophy & Religious Studies, NDSU.


Women’s and Gender Studies Colloquium

Posted on October 20, 2016

Friday, Oct. 21 | 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Women’s Center

Please join us for the Women’s and Gender Studies October Colloquium Talk Friday, Oct. 21 from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Women’s Center.  Read the rest of this entry →

1066@950: Commemoration of the Battle of Hastings Oct. 14

Posted on October 10, 2016

Friday, Oct. 14 |4 to 6 p.m. | NDSU’s Barry Hall

On October 14, 1066, William of Normandy overcame Harold of England to change the shape forever of English history and the English language. In a cooperative endeavor to acknowledge this significant historical moment, Concordia College, MSUM, and NDSU present on Friday, October 14, 2016, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., 1066@950: Commemoration of the Battle of Hastings. Read the rest of this entry →

Introduction to Cultural Management Class to Present Program at Comstock House

Posted on October 03, 2016

Wednesday, Oct. 5 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Comstock House  Read the rest of this entry →

Women’s and Gender Studies Colloquium Talk on Friday

Posted on September 16, 2016

Friday, Sept. 16 | 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Women’s Center (Bridges 154)  Read the rest of this entry →

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