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WA Distinguished Professors’ Lecture: A New History of Iowa

Time: Wednesday 15 May 2024, 13:15
Venue: Aula, Collegium Heliodori Święcicki
Speaker: Prof. Jeff Bremer (Iowa State University, USA)


Iowa is a small state in the middle of a huge country, known for farms, small towns, and cold weather. But Iowa’s story represents America as much as California or New York. A New History of Iowa explains the state’s importance, not just for agriculture but for the Civil War, the struggle for woman’s suffrage, and the battle for civil rights. Key aspects of U.S. history are also illuminated by Iowa’s past, from frontier settlement to the Great Depression. A New History of Iowa explains the state’s forgotten history and the neglected stories of its diverse inhabitants.

About the speaker:

photograph of a personJeff Bremer is a professor of history at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, USA. He specializes in U.S. history, especially the early republic period, Iowa state history, and social studies methodology. At Iowa State University, Jeff Bremer coordinates the teacher education program in history and social studies. In 2019, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Northeast Normal University in China. Jeff Bremer is the author of A Store Almost in Sight: The Economic Transformation of Missouri from the Louisiana Purchase to the Civil War (2014) and A New History of Iowa (2023), a comprehensive regional study of Iowa's history from the last Ice Age to the end of 2020. He is currently working on a new history of Des Moines.

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About the lecture series:

WA Distinguished Professors’ Lectures Series features internationally renowned scholars visiting the Faculty of English to share their research and professional expertise with the faculty and students.