History

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 […]

What do I do with a History Major?

What do I do with a History major? Spring 2020 A group of Gustavus history alumni panelists were scheduled to arrive on campus this spring to share their experiences as history majors with current students.  One goal of the panel was to share the numerous career paths possible with a history major and what can […]

Gustavus History Professors featured in recent TV news story

On Wed April 22, 2020 KEYC News Now aired a story about living through history in the time of the pandemic. Gustavus history professors Greg Kaster and Kathleen Keller gave their perspectives on how this time period compares to crises in the past and how it might be studied in the future. You can watch […]

The History of the History (Department)

History academic assistants Ayushi Kalyani and Adam Johnson Note: The following post was created by History Department Lund-Davis academic assistants who researched the history of the department in the Gustavus College Archives. Photos by Ayushi Kalyani. Text by Adam Johnson. Everything, ultimately, has a history. Rocks, people, nations, ideals; if there is information, you can […]

Humanities Majors: Happy, Socially Useful, and Well-Compensated

Myth: Welders make more than philosophers. Reality: Happy, social useful, and well-compensated Humanities majors. The data are clear: Contrary to the distortions and in some cases outright lies circulating in our society about the Humanities and the traditional Liberal Arts, persons who major in those areas are not only well-compensated but also highly satisfied in their jobs. […]

James M. McPherson on “Why the Civil War Still Matters”

An interesting and timely interview with Gustavus’s own distinguished alum and leading historian of the Civil War, Prof. James M. McPherson. The interviewer, who writes and edits for History News Network (HNN) where the interview appears, mentions Gustavus. As McPherson notes, there was no Civil War history course when he attended. There is now, and […]

Meet the History Department Faculty: Professor Maddalena Marinari

Dr. Marinari is the most recent addition to the Gustavus History Department. Originally from Italy, she has a Ph.D in Twentieth-Century U.S. and Modern European history from the University of Kansas. Her colleagues already feel her presence as a major contribution. Her enthusiasm towards solving historical puzzles and interpretations make her an excellent professor and […]


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