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German immigrant experience talk on Oct. 24

Kathleen Neils Conzen

Kathleen Neils Conzen, Thomas E. Donnelley Professor Emerita of American History at The University of Chicago, will speak at UW-River Falls on Thursday, Oct. 24, as part of the annual Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series.

The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic River Theater of the University Center and will be preceded by a reception at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Conzen’s lecture, “German Immigrants, Transatlantic Ties and the Perils of American Pluralism, 1840-1940,” will address the German immigrant experience to explore the links between migration processes and community formation, the construction and reconstruction of ethnic identities, the relationship between religious, ethnic, and regional cultures, and the political integration of immigrants into the national community.

To honor the memory of Peterson, who taught history at UWRF from 1954-2005, and to address the vital issues of our time, the history and philosophy department established the series to emphasize the issues that were the focus of his academic life: War and peace, abuses and limits of power, and the struggle for democracy in the twentieth century.

Additional information on the Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series and this year’s event is available at

For more information, contact or call 715-425-3164.