History

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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month occurs in March every year, with International Women’s Day occurring on March 7th. Starting with the passage of  Pub. L. 97-28 by Congress in 1981, the celebration started as Women’s history week with the said week starting on March 7th. Within a few years, the passage of  Pub. L. 100-9 changed this […]

Alumni Spotlight!

Alumni Spotlight, Dr. Bernard Powers Bernard Powers graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1972 with a History major and Philosophy minor.  Dr. Powers is currently the Director at the Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston, and Professor Emeritus of History for the College of Charleston. As the director of the Center for the Study of […]

Alumni Spotlight!

Alumni Historian Spotlight – Dan Kallgren Our next alumni spotlight goes to Dr. Dan Kallgren who graduated from Gustavus in 1986 with a major in history and a minor in music and is currently an Associate Professor of History and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Dr. Kallgren teaches classes on U.S. […]

Alumni Spotlight!

  Alumni Historian Spotlight – John Holt Dr. John Holt graduated from Gustavus in 1970 with a history degree. He went on to receive his MA in History and Phenomenology of Religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and his Ph.D. in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago in Chicago, […]

History Department DeNault Winners!

The History Department is pleased to announce the winners of the annual DeNault prize for outstanding essays in History. This year we are honoring three students who are all History majors. Lucy Dolan is a junior with a major in history and a minor in religion. She is being honored for her essay “Memory and […]

Alumni Spotlight!

Author, Lillie Ortloff, History Major, ‘22 My name is Lillie Ortloff and I am a junior history major at Gustavus.  I serve as the student lead worker in the History Department. Over the next semester, the student workers in the Department will be highlighting history alumni who have gone into careers as historians, some as […]

A Look into Black History Month, in the Past and the Present

Author: Kelsey Walock, History Major Federally recognized in February since the 1970s, Black History Month celebrates and notes African Americans’ contributions to history and society, often recognizing aspects of history that may have historically been overshadowed. However, the concept goes as far back as 1926. Carter G. Woodson, a Black historian, proposed “Negro History Week” […]

A Closer Look at Greg Kaster’s “Learning for Life @ Gustavus” Podcast

Written by Kelsey Walock, Current History Major at Gustavus The jazz opening of Gregory Kaster’s “Learning for Life @ Gustavus” podcast immediately directs the audience’s expectations to a lively hour of conversation on liberal arts. In the podcast’s trailer, Kaster describes a desire for a “series highlighting the diverse and creative work and thinking that […]

Congratulations Class of 2020 History Majors!

Congratulations Cass of 2020 History Graduates! In honor of our graduates, we’ve put together some information about our senior majors. Some of them shared memories and thoughts about their time at Gustavus. As a department we are so proud of their hard work over the last four years, and especially this final semester that brought […]


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