As always, the history department sponsored several public programs in 2014-2015. We co-sponsored both the 2015 Marquette University Graduate Student Humanities Conference, whose theme was “Oddities?: Exploring the Dynamics of Human Constructions,” and the Marquette University Undergraduate Humanities Conference.
Michael Donoghue hosted this year’s Klement Lecture on April 9, which featured Frank Costigliola of the University of Connecticut, who spoke on “From Cambridge Avenue to Containment: Milwaukee in the Diaries of George F. Kennan.”
Dr. Joseph A. Orser, of UW-Eau Claire, gave the first annual Phi Alpha Theta lecture. His talk was on "Siam's Twins and their American Families" (on nineteenth century Siamese twins living in the American South). The department also co-sponsored the Igbo Studies Association’s international conference at Marquette, which was organized by Chima Korieh and featured scholars from Nigeria and all over the United States giving papers around the theme “Ọganihu Igbo: Strategies for Development.”
The department organized a series of lectures during the fall of 2014 on “Legacies of the Great War: An Interdisciplinary Symposium at the War’s Centennial” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Co-sponsors included the Law School, the Gender and Sexuality Resources Center, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
The lecturers and their topics were:
“The Enduring Legacy of the Great War”
Julius R. Ruff, Marquette University
“The War After the War: Drawing Boundaries at the Paris Peace Conference”
Leonard V. Smith, Oberlin College (Casper Lecture)
“The Great War in Art”
Irene Guenther, University of Houston
“Their Hearts Remained at Home: Marriage and the Great War
Martha Hanna, University of Colorado
"A Crowded Hour: Milwaukee During the Great War, 1917-1918”
Kevin Abing, Milwaukee County Historical Society
Although public programming is primary means by which the department reaches out to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities, individual faculty members also engage the community:
Several faculty offered talks to schools and community organizations: Alan Ball was a guest speaker at the Eastcastle Place Retirement Community and a discussant at an event sponsored by the Daily Reporter/Wisconsin Law Journal. Lezlie Knox spoke on "The Babylon of the West? The Roman Church in the Later Middle Ages," at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church and "The European Village from the Perspective of "Old Europe" to the docents at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Tim McMahon delivered “Easter 1916” to the Friends of the St. Patrick Center, Milwaukee Chapter, and “Catastrophic Catalyst: The Great War and the Twentieth Century,” to the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. Phil Naylor reflected on "Okhi Day," for the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, while Wauwatosa, while Peter Staudenmaier gave “Coming to Terms with the Past in Contemporary Germany” at the Milwaukee Jewish Community Center, while Laura Matthew made a Presentation on the Tira de Sta Catarina Ixtepeji Codex (see illustration) at Milwaukee’s Mexican Fiesta.
In addition to officiating at mass and hearing confessions at several parishes in Milwaukee, Steve Avella led a workshop on doing oral history at Holy Family Parish in Fond du Lac. Oral history also featured in Alison Efford’s outreach efforts; her History of Immigration students collaborated with students at St. Anthony High School to collect stories of Milwaukee immigrants. She also presented on “German Milwaukee” during the “Doors Open Milwaukee” event. Jim Marten and Tom Jablonsky continued their work as Senior Editors (with colleagues at UWM) on the multi-year project, the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, while Phil Naylor remained involved with the History of Milwaukee Rock book project collaboration with Dave Luhrssen (a critic for the Shepherd Express) and Bruce Cole, curator of the Raynor Library’s Jean Cujé Milwaukee Music Collection. He was also a member of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Committee for Education and Public Programs.