Events

Fall 2021

Upcoming Tegeder-Berg Society Roundtable

Marriage Equality in Minnesota in Personal and Historical Perspective

October 11, 2021

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Spring 2021

Tegeder-Berg Society Role Playing Game
Partisan Politics, Insurrection and the Guillotine: Engaging Students Through Role-Play in the 21st Century Classroom

Beth WenglerHow has the history classroom changed in the last decades? Join the Tegeder-Berg Society and see for yourself as we recreate the partisanship and politics of revolutionary France. You’ll adopt the persona of an 18th century French legislator or member of the Parisian working class and experience the interactive pedagogy of our history classrooms. In your historical persona and as part of a political faction, you will team up with other alums, prospective students and current students to negotiate, scheme and argue for your vision for the French nation (and win the game) … all while trying to keep your head! As you play your role, you will learn how this participatory style teaches students not only about the past and how it relates to the present, but also the skills and habits of mind they need for successful careers and thoughtful citizenship.

Fall 2020

Tegeder-Berg Society Rountable
Are We Really Erasing or Replacing the Past?: A Roundtable on Monuments and Memory

History Faculty 2020Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd have prompted global debates about Confederate memorials and monuments to colonization. A common criticism of removing monuments is the fear that protestors are “erasing history.” But why are those monuments there in the first place, and who gets to decide how and where to commemorate the past? Join CSB/SJU History professors Brittany Merritt Nash, Elisheva Perelman, and Shannon Smith for a discussion on monuments and interpreting the past in Japan, Great Britain, and the United States. We will examine how communities are dealing with existing monuments and explore exciting new avenues of memorialization for a more representative society.

Thursday, October 29, 6 p.m. (Webinar)

Spring 2020

Tegeder-Berg Society Lecture (cancelled)
Earth Day +50: The Legacy of the 1960s-1970s American Environmental Movement
Professor Derek Larson
History/Environemtal Studies, CSB/SJU

Derek Larson

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.

Thursday, March 12, 2020
6-8:30 p.m.
Kieran’s Kitchen
117 14th Avenue NE, Minneapolis

Fall 2019

Tegeder-Berg Society Inaugural

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.

Removing a President: Some Examples from History
Professor Ken Jones
History Department, CSB/SJU

Ken Jones 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.

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

Contact the History Department
College of Saint Benedict
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Dr. Brian Larkin
Chair, History Department
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320-363-5226