U.P. History and Culture Symposium Sept. 7

For nearly two decades, the Sonderegger Symposium at Northern Michigan University has celebrated the history, life and culture of the Upper Peninsula. The NMU Center for Upper Peninsula Studies will present the 18th installment on Friday, Sept. 7, in the Whitman Hall commons.

The daylong event will feature presentations given by 11 scholars from NMU and other institutions. It begins with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by an opening address from Robert Winn, NMU dean of Arts and Sciences, at 9 a.m. The schedule of presentations follows:

9:15-9:45 a.m. Mark Ruge, Juris Doctor and NMU Alumnus, “How the Upper Peninsula and Great Lakes Shipping Transformed the North American Economy.”

9:45-10:15 a.m. Robert Archibald, NMU Department of History, “Fish Farms: Environmental Outline History of the Upper Great Lakes’ Fisheries.”

10:15-10:30 a.m. Morning coffee break.

10:30-11 a.m. Fred Stonehouse, Marquette Maritime Museum president, “Sailing into Legend – the Most Baffling Shipwreck(s) in the Great Lakes!”

11-11:30 a.m. Camden Burd, University of Rochester and Grace Magnaghi Visiting Research Grant recipient, “In the Land of Hiawatha: Conservation and Literary Sociability in Northern Michigan.”

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Russ Magnaghi, NMU professor emeritus, “Overview of World War One in the Lake Superior Basin.”

12-1 p.m. Lunch Whitman Commons.

1-1:30 p.m. Jim McCommons, NMU English professor and Grace Magnaghi Visiting Research Grant recipient, “The Roosevelt Libel Trial.”

1:30-2 p.m. James Seelye, Kent State University Department of History, “Slovenes in the UP.”

2-2:30 p.m. Allie Penn, Wayne State University, “Female Agitators: The Women of the 1913-1914 Keweenaw Copper Strike.”

2:30-2:45 p.m. Afternoon coffee break.

2:45-3:15 p.m. Dan Truckey, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center director, “When Chicago Attacked the Piano: NMU Myth or Reality?”

3:15-3:45 p.m. Don Balmer, independent scholar, “The Yankee an Emigrant from Scotland.”

3:45-3:50 p.m. Closing remarks.

More information about the symposium can be found at www.nmu.edu/upperpeninsulastudies/sonderegger-symposium.

Prepared By

Kristi Evans
News Director