Section: History Symposium


Keynote Speakers will be featured at lunches and at the Friday night Symposium Banquet.

Friday April 4, 2014    7:30-8:30 pm
The Keynote speaker for our Friday evening dinner session will be Dr. Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University, Newark. Dr. Murphy is the author of A Gathering of Rivers: Indians, Métis and Mining in the Western Great Lakes, 1737-1832 (University of Nebraska Press, 2000) and co-editor with Wendy Hamand Venet of Midwestern Women: Work, Community, and Leadership at the Crossroads (Indiana, 1997). She has just completed a book about Prairie du Chien and the fur trade families there in the 19th century. Her topic for this conference will be "Native Women, Canadian Men, and Land in 19th-Century Prairie du Chien"

Friday April 4, 2014    1:00 -2:00 pm
Our Friday luncheon speaker will be Dr. Patty Loew, Professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at UW-Madison. She is also a documentary film producer. She is the author of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal, (which has just come out in a 2nd edition), and Native People of Wisconsin. She is currently writing 7th Generation Earth Ethics, a collection of biographies of Native American environmental leaders. She is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. Dr. Loew was formerly a producer for WHA-TV (PBS) and co-host of In Wisconsin, a weekly news and public affairs program that aired statewide on Wisconsin Public Television. Her paper title is Dances with History: An Indigenous Approach to Recounting the Past.

Saturday April 5, 2014    12:30-1:30 pm
‘Dear Mrs. Griggs’: Women Readers Pour Out Their Hearts from the Heartland
Saturday’s keynoters are Dr. Genevieve G. McBride, Associate Professor of History at UW-Milwaukee, and Dr. Stephen R. Byers, Assistant Professor of Journalism at Marquette University. She is the author of On Wisconsin Women: Working for Their Rights from Settlement to Suffrage and the editor of Women's Wisconsin: From Native Matriarchies to the New Millennium.  He was a longtime editor at the Milwaukee Journal and one of the last editors of ‘Dear Mrs. Griggs,’ the topic of their new book about the impact of the advice column by Ione Quinby Griggs, a front-page “girl reporter” in Chicago who became a beloved, grandmotherly icon of Milwaukee for more than five decades -- and for generations of readers debating the issues of the day on the back page of the newspaper and, in their own words, telling the stories of women’s lives in a working-class city.

Footer Anchor