Friday Features - July 17, 2015

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Friday Features
July 17, 2015

Tesdahl to present ‘Lessons of the Fox Wars’ on WPT

Dr. Eugene Tesdahl, assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a specialist in early American, Native American, and women’s history, will present “Lessons of the Fox Wars, 1712-1737” on Tuesday, July 28 at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, located at 30 N. Carroll Street in Madison, Wis., from 12:15-1 p.m.

The lecture, televised on Wisconsin Public Television, is part of the informal “History Sandwiched In” lunch-and-lecture series hosted by the Wisconsin Historical Museum.

In his lecture, Tesdahl will discuss what the Fox Wars reveal about imperial North America and the rich colonial history of Wisconsin.
In the early 18th century, Wisconsin was contested ground. The French viewed the Pays d’en Haut (Upper Country) as part of their North American empire. Native peoples – including the Potawatomi, Ojibwe, Kickapoo, Menominee, Sauk, Sac and Meskwaki (Fox) – contested this claim.

Tesdahl will explain how French officials aimed to exterminate the Meskwaki Nation and what this attempted genocide reveals about imperial North America, the significance of Native peoples and the rich colonial history of Wisconsin.

“The Fox Wars and Native American contributions to the American story figure centrally to the way I teach North American history at UW-Platteville,” said Tesdahl. “Many students enter my courses unaware of the complexity of early American history here in Wisconsin. They leave understanding the ways in which native nations and French, British, Canadian and American players cooperated and conflicted beginning in the seventeenth century.”

There is no charge for the lecture, but those who attend are encouraged to make a donation of $2 per person. Attendees should bring their own lunch. For more information about Tesdahl’s lecture, go to the Wisconsin Historical Museum website.

For more information about “History Sandwiched In,” go to

The Wisconsin Historical Museum, located on Madison’s Capitol Square, has four floors of changing exhibit galleries, permanent exhibits and a museum store. For more information about the Wisconsin Historical Museum and its programs, call 608-264-6555 or visit

Photo by Megan Clausen.

Students address Board of Regents

Two University of Wisconsin-Platteville students addressed the UW System Board of Regents at its July 9 meeting in Madison, Wis.

Brian Rivers, a senior civil engineering student and secretary of Engineers without Borders, UW-Platteville chapter, delivered a student perspective during the board’s in-depth discussion on the UW System’s role in developing global leaders. The UW-Platteville chapter has worked in Ghana, Africa, for the past eight years building culverts, bridges and – most recently – a primary school building that will house 250 students. Rivers discussed how the experience on the trips he took with the group impacted him academically, professionally and personally. “It is a really great opportunity to take what you learned in the classroom and apply it and come back with a wider and deeper breadth of knowledge,” said Rivers.

Joseph Sigwarth, UW-Platteville senior business administration major and vice president of the student body, addressed the Board of Regents regarding the importance of student shared governance on the UW System campuses. He detailed the origin of UW Student Representatives, a group consisting of the student presidents and vice presidents from the 26 UW System campuses that meets throughout the year with staff from UW System administration.

“In the last three years, we’ve had this upward trajectory,” said Sigwarth. “We’ve been building steam and that’s why we’re here today, to continue building steam, to continue having student representation, and continue having student reps here; having a voice, having a part, and quite honestly just doing things for students – the 180,000 of us – across the state.”

Agreement signed with Quzhou University in China

Representatives from Quzhou University in Quzhou, China were on campus recently to sign a general memorandum of understanding with University of Wisconsin-Platteville officials. The agreement highlights a variety of topics including joint research; faculty exchanges for purposes of research, lectures or symposiums; student exchanges for purposes of study or research; dual degree or joint-degree programs; English language programs or exchange of information consistent with applicable copyright laws.

UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields and Hu Wei, president of Quzhou University, signed the agreement.

UW-Platteville currently has more than 20 partner institutions in more than 15 countries including China, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Peru, England, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Australia and the Fiji Islands. More than 100 UW-Platteville students study abroad each year. Approximately 150 international students study at UW-Platteville each year.


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