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The Wandering Naturalist: Episode 42: The Rivers that Shape us… The Mississippi and How Geology Shaped its Use

Alum Matthew Cassady, Program Specialist with Minnesota Historical Society. Listen!


thewanderingnaturalist.libsyn.com Matt Cassidy, Program Specialist with Minnesota Historical Society joins us to discuss how the geology of the Mississippi River has shaped the way humans have used the river for the past 10,000 years.

Professor Michael Weis
is leading the London Program next year!

Let's Get Dressed Up: Fashioning Illinois 1820-1900

So very proud of alum Erika (Rozinek) Holst, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Illinois State Museum, who is seen in this wonderful video staging photographs for a calendar celebrating her upcoming exhibit, “Fashioning Illinois, 1820-1900.” It opens on March 21, 2020.

To order the calendar:


Fashioning Illinois, 1820-1900, opens March 21, 2020 at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Illinois. Follow along on the catalog photo shoot for a pre...

[12/19/19]   We learned today that a dear IWU History alum and educator, Jason Dennis '99, passed away yesterday. I am passing this along from another dear alum and his close friend, Jason Spoor-Harvey:

“I’m not usually one to post things like this in this space, but felt it important to share as my friend, Jason Dennis, meant a lot to a lot of people and many of whom I don’t necessarily know how to contact.

Jason Dennis passed away tonight due to injuries sustained in a car accident last Tuesday. He fought to stay here with us with all his strength but this was a contest he could not win. He passed away peacefully with his Dad, myself, and another friend holding him.

As soon as we know more information about services, we will pass along.”

Rest in peace, Jason. And your thoughts and prayers are with you, Jason Spoor-Harvey

This summer, Professor Michael B. Young retired after 49 years at IWU. At Honors Day in 1981, Young spoke to students about the importance of Liberal Arts in a free society in a talk titled "Another Brick in the Wall?":

“Our goal should be to produce people who can be productive workers and active citizens, but who will not work or vote without thinking, people who are familiar with a broad range of alternatives, who appreciate the complexity of issues, who are equipped with the analytical skills to make an informed choice and a moral conscience that will guide them to the right choice. In response to the we-don’t-need-no- education people, I would answer that it is ignorance, not education of the highest sort, that makes people susceptible to ‘thought control.’”

Dozens of alums - college professors, high school teachers, lawyers, judges, writers, social workers - responded to a call for memories of their time with Professor Young. His impact on three generations of them is inestimable. We will miss him.

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Behind enemy lines

Latest piece by alum Erika (Rozinek) Holst, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Illinois State Museum.


illinoistimes.com Feature,Small town boy,Behind enemy lines,Aftermath of the war,Postscrip

[07/06/19]   IWU History Alums:
Please check your inboxes and spam folders for an e-mail from Illinois Wesleyan University that went out on June 5, 2019. If you have any questions, contact me at [email protected]. April Schultz

[09/18/18]   Come see IWU students' Summer Research Showcase! Today from 4:00-5:30 pm in Beckman Auditorium, students will present their progress and/or final reports in the disciplines of English, history, Greek and Roman studies, math, psychology, philosophy, business, and astronomy. Be sure to stop by to support Brent Baughan, GRS and History double major! This is an IDES event sponsored by Greek and Roman studies.


Monuments aren’t museums, and history suffers when we forget that - Macleans.ca

“At their best, museums convey history in all its messy complexity, and encourage visitors to ask questions of the past, including how it’s being used to shape the present. Monuments, on the other hand, are blunt-force objects, and frequently discourage nuance, deliberately distorting the past to convey something in the present that may or may not be an outright falsehood. That’s not their fault; it is simply how they’re used.”


macleans.ca Opinion: Removing statues of controversial historical figures doesn't erase them from history—because recording history simply isn't the function of statues

Mike Weis in Barcelona, Spain, while the rest of us were back in the trenches taking a Department Photo.

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Our First Annual History Fest! Senior Seminar students this year experimented with a variety of multi-modal projects, from traditional research papers to a graphic novel. Please join us as we celebrate their work and a new History Department Pathways to Signature Experience curriculum.


IWU grad sees through the gore to tell medical stories

Alum Lindsey Fitzharris was interviewed by the Pantagraph about her award-winning book and her IWU education.


pantagraph.com BLOOMINGTON — From a self-described “strange child” who went from cemetery to cemetery with her grandmother “hunting ghosts,” Illinois Wesleyan University graduate Lindsey Fitzharris says she “grew up to be

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Google study shows qualities developed in study of history (& other humanities) are most important for employees: communication, empathy, critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, making connections across complex ideas. #StudyHistory

IWU Educational Studies

See great news, below, posted by Ed Studies, about our mutual alum in History Secondary Education, John Camardella.

One of our incredible alumni, John Camardella saw a need for a world religion course at his high school. This interest led him to create a wildly popular course at Prospect High School as well as to partner with Harvard's Divinity School and the National Council for Social Studies to develop World Religion standards and curricular resources. John stated in an email to our department, "I couldn't have done this work without my IWU undergrad." Thanks John! We are so proud of you and all the work our alum are doing! Read more in the article below.


Who is Joseph Lister? The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris

Alum Lindsey Fitzharris discussing her new book!

Order the book: http://amzn.to/2y6ComD Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_zfe2sYZ4Q 'A brilliant and gripping account of the almost unimagi...

History alum, Lindsay Fitzharris, is embarking on a national book tour for her upcoming work, “The Butchering Art,” to be released internationally on October 17.

Another terrific event sponsored, in part, by History.

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