Fall 2019
Tegeder-Berg Society Inaugural

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
6-8:30 p.m.
  Jax Café, 1928 University Ave, NE, Minneapolis

CSB/SJU History alums, students, and faculty are now working to launch the Tegeder-Berg Society.  You have the chance to mold the Society from its start. Together, we will promote the study of history as a means to understand the present and thus shape the future as well as create a space for History alums to connect with each other and mentor current and prospective students.

Ken Jones “Removing Presidents”

Professor Ken Jones
History Department, CSB/SJU

In all of U.S. history, Congress has taken serious steps toward removing only four presidents, including three in the late 20th century (Nixon, Reagan and Clinton). In each case, they applied a section of the Constitution that is relatively ambiguous on what justifies such a drastic action. If we examine the context, causes and results of each case in detail, what can we learn about how this power to remove a president actually functions? Perhaps this understanding can illuminate the current debate over trying to remove our current president.

Spring 2020
Tegeder-Berg Society Lecture

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Kieran's Kitchen, 117 14th Avenue NE, Minneapolis

Derek Larson"Earth Day +50: The Legacy of the 1960s-1970s American Environmental Movement"
Professor Derek Larson
History/Environemtal Studies, CSB/SJU

The publication of Rachel Carson’s environmental alarm bell Silent Spring in 1962 is often credited with launching the modern environmental movement by warning about the impacts of chemical pesticides on natural systems. Eight years later the first Earth Day celebration, held around the nation on April 22, 1970, drew millions of participants and extensive media coverage as citizens demanded action to address the obviously decaying environments around them. In its wake a wide range of new laws protecting environmental quality were passed, including the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act. But within a decade the popular environmental movement had fractured and a backlash against “excess regulation” began to erode its accomplishments. As the 50th anniversary of Earth Day approaches we will look back on the legacy of the environmental movement and its impact on the American environment, considering how this history might inform contemporary debates over how to respond to the challenge of global climate disruption in the 21st century.