Category: Seminars and Lectures

Susan Martin Speaks June 9 on Prehistory Copper Mining

Susan MartinArchaeologist Susan Martin to speak on prehistory copper mining June 9

Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (KUUF) will continue the monthly forum series on mining in the UP with a presentation by Susan Martin, Michigan Tech University professor emerita of archaeology, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Martin will speak on prehistory copper mining in this region. The early Native Americans lived primarily by fishing, gathering and hunting. They had great knowledge of the physical properties of materials they used.

Read more at Keweenaw Now.

Alum Marc Sanko in Malta

Sanko in Malta 2013Associate Professor Mary Durfee reports on a talk given by alum Marc Sanko, History ’11, in Malta. Sanko gave a very successful talk on his Master’s work about Catholicism and the Maltese Diaspora of Detroit at the University of Malta.

Photo, from left: Michelle Jarvie-Eggart, Melissa Martinie, Amanda Morley, and Marc Sanko.

Sanko received his MA at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and will be doing his Ph.D. at the University of West Virginia. Michelle Jarvie-Eggart received her BS in Environmental Engineering, an MS in Environmental Policy (from Social Sciences), and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering all at Michigan Tech.

Tumult and Tragedy in Calumet

Gary KaunonenTelling stories of the strike
Presentation describes process of building historical exhibit

Gary Kaunonen, project historian for “Tumult & Tragedy: Michigan’s 1913-14 Copper Strike,” spoke at the Keweenaw National Historical Park’s Fourth Thursday presentation at the park’s Calumet Visitor Center.

Kaunonen said besides himself, the creation of the exhibit included former Michigan Technological University archivist Erik Nordberg and graphic designer Mike Stockwell. There was also a nine-member “narrative committee.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Kurt Hauglie.

UP History Conference for June 2013

UP History ConferenceU.P. History Conference set

The Historical Society of Michigan’s 64th Annual Upper Peninsula History Conference will be held June 28-30, 2013 in Houghton. The conference is hosted and sponsored by the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections.

These are some of the events presented by people now or recently from the Department of Social Sciences:

One of the keynote speakers will be Professor Emeritus Larry Lankton, who will explore the duality of the Keweenaw in “A Special Sense of Place: Water, Woods and Winter.”

Social Sciences graduate student Valoree Gagnon will present “Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Tribal Fish Harvest: Change and Continuity.”

Social Sciences graduate student Erik Nordberg will present “Life Underground: Working in Michigan’s Copper Mines.”

Anthropology major Sawyer Newman will present “Chinese in the Copper Country and the U.P.”

Social Sciences graduate student Sean Gohman will present “The Cliff Mines and Archeology.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette.

Upper Peninsula History Conference Headed to Houghton County in June

Registration for the full event (including three meals, Sunday morning walking tour, and all regular sessions) is $119 for members of the Historical Society of Michigan and $149* for non-members. Admission for Saturday-only (which does not include the Saturday evening awards banquet) is $79 for HSM members and $109* for non-members. A discount on conference registration is available to Houghton County residents in honor of our host institution. For overnight accommodations, contact the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn at (888) 487-1700 and ask for the “Upper Peninsula History Conference Bock” to get the HSM rate of $60/night.

*All non-member rates include a one-year membership to the Historical Society of Michigan.

Read more at the Historical Society of Michigan.

Norman Presents on Water without Borders

Water Without BordersEmma S. Norman (SS) was invited to present a paper at the Canadian Water Resources Association meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia on her forthcoming book, Water without Borders: Canada, the US and Shared Waters (University of Toronto Press). She also coordinated a panel discussion related to the transboundary water governance, in recognition that 2013 is the UN Year of Water Cooperation.

From Tech Today.