Wesley Dick

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Professor
U. S. History

Office: Robinson Hall 213
Phone: 517/629-0348
Email:

 

Education

  • Whitman College, B.A., history (1961)
  • University of Washington, M.A., history (1965)
  • University of Washington, Ph.D., history 1973

Teaching Experience:

  • University of Washington, 1961-1968
  • Albion College, 1968-Present

COURSES TAUGHT IN RECENT PAST
  • American Dreams & Realities
  • A Sense of Place: Albion & the American Dream
  • U.S. History Since 1877
  • America in Crisis: Great Depression, World War II, & Cold War
  • 1960s
  • Environmental History

ACADEMIC AWARDS
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Ford Foundation Cooperative Teaching Fellowship (1960-2)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowships
  • (1973) (1977) (1984) (1988)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship (1998)
  • Council on International Educational Exchange Environmental Program, China (1999)
  • U.S. Department of Energy Summer Seminar Fellowships (1978) (1979) (1980)
  • American Historical Association/American Political Science Association Fellowship (1983)
  • Albion College Students’ Choice Award (1997)
  • Albion College Arthur Anderson Teacher of the Year Award (1997)
  • Albion College Richard Baird Excellence in Teaching Award (2000)
  • Designer of National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Grant for Interdisciplinary
  • study of the community of Albion, Michigan—awarded for 2003-2004; renewed for 2004-2005.
  • Director, (NCUR)/Lancy Initiative Grant (2003-2005)

COMMUNITY & SERVICE AWARDS
  • Albion College Black Student Alliance Kwanzaa Committee Community Contribution Award (2011)
  • Inductee, Albion Multicultural Hall of Fame (2009)
  • NAACP Community Service Award for contributions to the goal of “equality and justice for all by
  • precept and example” (1988)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award for “commitment to making Dr. King’s Dream a reality”
  • (Albion Kwanzaa Youth Group) (1997)
  • Recognition “for commitment to the youth of Albion” by Albion Minority Program Services (1997)
  • Faculty Award: Michigan Campus Compact “in recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Community
  • Service Learning at Albion College” (2003)
  • NAACP President’s Award in recognition of “outstanding service and commitment to Human and Civil
  • Rights” (2004)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • 2013: “America in Search of its Conscience: History & Hope,” presentation for the Albion
  • community sponsored by the Albion Historical Society on participation in the 50th Anniversary
  • Commemoration of the March on Washington.
  • 2013: Participant at August 24th Commemorative March for the 50th Anniversary of the March on
  • Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech.”
  • 2013: Participant as representative of Albion Branch, NAACP at 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther
  • King, Jr.’s march and speech in Detroit—commemorative march and symposium.
  • 2013: Participant at Newseum, Washington, D.C. symposium commemorating 50th anniversary of the
  • assassination of Medgar Evers, featuring Myrlie Evers-Williams, Julian Bond, & Gwen Ifill (PBS).
  • 2013: Participant at Kent State symposium, march, and vigil, commemorating May 4, 1970.
  • 2013: Coordinated visit of MLK Convocation keynote speaker and Coy James Memorial lecturer, Dr.
  • Cleveland Sellers.
  • 2013: Coordinator and discussion leader for Black History Month film, “Scarred Justice: The
  • Orangeburg Massacre, 1968.”
  • 2013: Participant, “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps,” tour directed by Julian Bond.
  • 2013: Faculty Mentor for Center for Sustainability and Environment trip to New Mexico (May).
  • 2012: Invited as liaison for Judge Damon Keith, fall convocation speaker.
  • 2012: Invited speaker as part of Albion Branch, NAACP, for Black History Month at Coldwater State
  • Reformatory.
  • 2012: Coordinator and Discussion leader for Black History Month film, “Freedom Riders.”
  • 2012: Faculty Mentor, Center for Sustainability and the Environment trip to South Carolina.
  • 2012: Coordinator for Albion College CSE students and faculty seminar with President Cleveland
  • Sellers at Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina.
  • 2012: Participant, “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps of the Movement,” with Julian Bond.
  • 2012: Participant at “Malcolm X” forum at the Charles Wright African American History Museum.
  • 2012: Delegate to Michigan State NAACP Convention, Detroit.
  • 2011: Invited to give the Coy James Memorial Lecture, “Albion & the American Dream.”
  • 2011: Keynote co-speaker with Robert Wall for MLK Convocation: “In the Footsteps of Dr. Martin
  • Luther King, Jr.”
  • 2011: Invited to introduce Daoud Lecture, Steven Solomon, author of Water, The Epic Struggle for
  • Wealth, Power, and Civilization.
  • 2011: Coordinated Coy James Lecture with Phillip Mason, “Rum Running and the Roaring Twenties:
  • Michigan and Prohibition.”
  • 2011: Albion College Faculty Lecture: “Albion & the American Dream.”
  • 2011: “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps of the Movement,” Civil Rights tour with Julian
  • Bond.
  • 2011: Faculty Mentor for the Center for Sustainability and the Environment trip to Louisiana.
  • 2011: Albion Branch representative to NAACP conference on “Environmental Justice,” Detroit.
  • 2010: Participant, “Race to the South: From the Klan to Katrina,” Civil Rights tour with Julian
  • Bond.
  • 2010: Faculty Mentor for Environmental Institute to Oregon and Washington.
  • 2010: MLK Convocation Committee, featured speaker: Dr. Clayborne Carson, editor of the MLK
  • papers.
  • 2009: Witness to History: Participant, Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
  • 2009: Faculty Mentor, Environmental Institute trip: “California: Imperial Valley, Salto Sea,
  • Imperial Valley, Joshua Tree.”
  • 2009: “Following in the Footsteps: Civil Rights Tour with Julian Bond.”
  • 2009: Participant: NAACP Centennial Convention, New York City.
  • 2009: Invited by the Elkin Isaac Honors Symposium to introduce James Gignac (Sierra Club), as
  • the Alumni Speaker.
  • 2009: Coordinated Washington, D.C. First-Year Seminar trip with World War II theme—World War II
  • Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Museum of American History, U.S. Holocaust Museum,
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial.
  • 2009: Wrote columns for the Albion Branch NAACP Newsletter: “Making History: Campaigning for
  • Barack Obama in Albion, Michigan”; “New York City: The NAACP & Dorothy Height—Long Distance
  • Runner.”
  • 2009: Wrote “Brief History of Albion NAACP” for annual Freedom Fund Banquet.
  • 2009: Sabbatical, spring semester: “Albion, Michigan Goes to War.”
  • 2008: Appointed by Albion College President to committee for designing and implementing Albion
  • College Sustainability Initiative
  • 2008: “Civil Rights South: In the Footsteps of the Movement.” (Civil Rights tour of Georgia and
  • Alabama with Julian Bond, Professor History, U. of Virginia, civil rights pioneer, NAACP
  • Chairman)
  • 2008: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Florida Everglades
  • (Albion College Environmental Institute)
  • 2007: Participant, conference on “Environmental Justice and Diversity,” University of Michigan
  • 2007: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Chesapeake Bay
  • Watershed
  • 2006: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Appalachia (Smoky
  • Mountain National Park, TVA, Oakridge National Laboratory, and mountain-top removal site.
  • 2005: Published with co-author Jennifer Cook, “A Window on America: Bringing Home
  • Interdisciplinary Research” in CUR QUARTERLY (cover article)
  • 2005: Presentation with Leslie Dick, “A Sense of Place: Albion & the American Dream” to Michigan
  • Archivists Association Conference for session entitled “History in the Classroom: Fostering
  • Relationships Between Students and Archives.”
  • 2005: Faculty mentor for environment trip with students and faculty to California (Yosemite
  • National Park, Hetch Hetchy, Mono Lake, Central Valley, Steinbeck Museum, Monterrey Bay, and Big
  • Sur)
  • 2005: Directed NCUR/Lancy student scholars who presented at National Conference for
  • Undergraduate Research in Lexington, Virginia
  • 2004: Directed 10-Week Summer (NCUR/Lancy) Interdisciplinary Seminar: “Boom, Bust, Recovery:
  • Explorations of Albion, Michigan—the Last Fifty Years.”
  • 2004: Coordinated & mentored NCUR/Lancy scholars who presented at National Conference for
  • Undergraduate Research in Indianapolis.
  • 2004: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Louisiana (New Orleans
  • and the Gulf)
  • 2003: Directed 10-Week Summer (NCUR/Lancy) Interdisciplinary Seminar: “Boom, Bust, Recovery:
  • Explorations of Albion, Michigan—the Last Fifty Years.”
  • 2003: Faculty Mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Chesapeake Bay
  • Watershed (Amish farms, Three Mile Island, Susquehanna River, and Eastern Shore)
  • 2003: Individual travel to Japan to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Memorials & Museums
  • 2002: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Southwest: Nevada, Utah,
  • Arizona (Yucca Mountain nuclear burial site, Zion, Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon, Hoover Dam)
  • 2001: Member of Albion College team participating in: “The Greening of the Campus” conference,
  • Ball State U., Muncie, Indiana
  • 2001: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Pacific Northwest
  • (Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier, Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River, Hanford Atomic
  • Reservation)
  • 2000: Coordinator for Albion College Symposium: “Environmental Activism for the New Millennium”
  • in honor of the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. keynote speaker)
  • 2000: Faculty mentor for environmental trip with students and faculty to Florida (Florida Keys,
  • Everglades, Florida Coast)
  • 1999: Member of Albion College team participating in: “The Greening of the Campus” conference at
  • Ball State University
  • 1999: Participant, Orion Society National Conference on Community Based Environmental Action,
  • National Conservation Training Center at Shepardstown, West Virginia.
  • 1999: Delegate to Chinese Environmental Conference with focus on the Three Gorges Dam Project on
  • the Yangtze River arranged through the Council for International Education Exchange in
  • cooperation with the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency
  • 1998: Fellow, NEH Summer Institute: “Environmental History and World History, 1500-2000,” U. of
  • California, Santa Cruz
  • 1998: Participant, “Green & Gold: California History Conference,” U. of California, Santa Cruz
  • 1996: Participant, “Watershed: Writers, Nature, and Community,” Washington, D.C. (sponsored by
  • the Orion Society, the Library of Congress, and Poet Laureate Robert Hass.)
  • 1994: Presented paper, “Dammed Salmon: Economy, Equity, Ecology, and Columbia River Dams in the
  • 1930s,” to conference on Power and Place in the North American West, Third Annual Symposium of
  • the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • 1994: Presented Commentator’s paper, “Resource Utilization Through History,” to “The Environment
  • Through World History” program for the World History Association Annual Meeting, Aspen Insitute,
  • Aspen, Colorado
  • 1990: Published “When Dams Weren’t Damned: The Public Power Crusade and Visions of the Good
  • Life in the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s” in Environmental Review
  • 1990: “Declaration of Interdependence,” Earth Week Symposium featuring David Brower
  • 1990: Hosted Cesar Chavez on campus for program on Farm Workers, Pesticides, and Social Justice,
  • including a viewing of the film, “The Wrath of Grapes.”
  • 1989: Chaired Workshop on “The Columbia and the Music of Woody Guthrie,” the classic documentary
  • film, American Society for Environmental History meeting, Evergreen State College
  • 1988: Delegate, “North American Bio-regional Congress,” British Columbia, Canada
  • 1988: Fellow, NEH Seminar, “The American West: Environment & History,” directed by Donald
  • Worster at the Mountain West Center for Historical Studies at Utah State University
  • 1986: Delegate to “Fate of the Earth Conference,” coordinated by David Brower (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 1986: Coordinated “A Declaration of Interdependence: Society, Environment, and the Land Ethic,”
  • A Symposium in honor of the Aldo Leopold Centennial (Gaylord Nelson, keynote speaker)
  • 1984: Delegate to “Fate of the Earth Conference,” Washington, D.C.
  • 1984: Fellow, NEH Seminar, “The Frontier & the Environment,” Indiana University
  • 1983: Participant, “Appalachian Life & Culture,” featuring Harry Caudill, author of Night Comes
  • to the Cumberlands and My Land Is Dying, Hindman Settlement School, Kentucky
  • 1982: Participant, “Energy Futures, Energy Implications,” National Science Foundation Chautauqua
  • Short Course with Amory and Hunter Lovins at the University of Iowa
  • 1982: Delegate, “Fate of the Earth Conference,” inspired by David Brower, linking environmental,
  • peace, and social justice groups at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City
  • 1980: Participant, “Energy Policy in the Southwest and the Native American,” USDOE Institute,
  • University of San Diego
  • 1978: Participant, “Indians and Ecology, “NSF Chautauqua Short Course with Clara Sue Kidwell,
  • MSU
  • 1978: Participant, “Energy, Conservation, & Public Health,” USDOE Seminar at Harvard School of
  • Public Health, Boston
  • 1977: Fellow, “American West: New Trends in Historical Interpretation,” NEH Summer Seminar, U. of
  • California, Davis.
  • 1973: Fellow, “Literature and the American West,” NEH Summer Seminar, U. of Oregon
  • 1973: “Visions of Abundance: The Public Power Crusade in the Pacific Northwest in the Era of
  • J.D. Ross and the New Deal,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington

Program Introduction

Historians are always asking these questions:

Chelsea Denault, '12
Chelsea Denault, '12, studied for a semester at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

How did people live in the past?
What forces and factors shaped their lives?
How did their choices shape the world we live in today?

The History Department at Albion College seeks to foster creative and analytical thinkers who are interested in questions of how human societies change over time.

History students learn to discern the institutional, ideological, and material conditions that shape the ways in which people interact with one another, whether in the context of a given society or across societies. They learn that prevailing historical explanations are themselves subject to questioning and refashioning, and they become aware of how different explanations influence present-day perceptions.

By analyzing primary and secondary sources and by communicating the results of their analysis in compelling, cogent prose, students also learn to become active participants in the writing and critiquing of history itself.

We hope you continue to explore our department offerings, and please contact us if you have any questions.

Scholarships and Awards

The Albion College History Department is endowed to award a number of scholarships and prizes to outstanding history majors, from sophomores to graduating seniors.

2014-15 Scholarship & Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following award recipients!

The Phillip H. & Shirley Kennedy Battershall Scholarship in History 
Chris Herweyer, '17

Michael W. Grice '63 Memorial Scholarship in History
Corey Wheeler, 18
Rachel Zawodny, '18

Morris-Eldridge-Pierce Sophomore History Scholarship
Travis Brady, '17
Evan Kneisel, 17
Cayla DuPuis, '16

Rammelkamp Junior Award in American History
Mary Vecellio, '16
Andrew Mattson, '16
Shelby Fox-Purrier, '16
David Herron, '16
Macallister Steffenhagen, '16

Rammelkamp Award in American History
Lauren Dever, '15

2013 - 14 Award Recipients

Julian S. Rammelkamp Award in American History was awarded to Chris Blaker '14.

Phillip H. & Shirley Kennedy Battershall was awarded to Chris Herweyer '17.

Patrick Buck '15, Alexandra High '15, and Scott DesRosier '15 received the Julian S. Rammelkamp Junior Scholarship in History.

Mary Vecellio, '16 and Macallister Steffenhagen, '16 received the David Morris-Eldridge Pierce Sophomore History Scholarship.

Shelby Fox-Purrier '16  received the Michael W. Grice ‘63 Memorial Scholarship in History.

2012 – 13 Award Recipients


The Julian S. Rammelkamp Award in American History was awarded to Katherine Sexton '13.

Logan Woods '14, Kevin (Dong Keun) Rhee '14, and Nathaniel Arndts '14 received the Rammelkamp
Junior Scholarship.

The Philip H. and Shirley Kennedy Battershall Scholarship, in conjunction with the Ford Institute
awarded Salaina Catalano '14.

Mary Vecellio '16 received the Morris-Eldridge-Pierce Sophomore History Scholarship.

Patrick Buck '15 was awarded the Michael Grice Memorial Scholarship in History.

Our 2011-12 Recipients

The Julian S. Rammelkamp Junior Scholarship in History was awarded to Michael Albani, Rebecca Kosticak, Desirae Salswedel, and Katherine Sexton. Michael is writing a novel, Truly a Crime, that explores mountaintop removal in Appalachia, delving into the region's history and people. Rebecca is preparing to apply to law school. Des will explore a career in museum work. Kate looks forward to a summer research project, supported by FURSCA, on "Beaver Island: Conflict and Community, 1812-2012."

Nathaniel Arndts received the Phillip H. and Shirley Kennedy Battershall Scholarship, in conjunction with the Ford Institute. This summer he will intern at the Albion District Library's local history collection.

The David Morris-Eldridge Pierce Sophomore Scholarship in History was awarded to Salaina Catalano. She will intern at Senator Carl Levin's office in Washington, D.C. in summer 2012.

Logan Woods received the Michael W. Grice '63 Memorial Scholarship in History. A future teacher, Logan will co-teach with an instructor at Albion Senior High as part of the College's "Maymester."

Dong Keun (Kevin) Rhee has been awarded the Stone Memorial Scholarship. Kevin is exploring a possible career in medicine.

The History Department also congratulates ...

Chris Blaker, '14, (center) with Professor Wes Dick (right)Chris Blaker, who received a FURSCA grant to study "World War II: Citizen Soldiers Tell Their Stories." He will use oral history to focus on the war from the perspective of enlisted men and junior officers rather than the senior officers and politicians. (Blaker is pictured at right with World War II veteran Eugene Yehl, left, and Professor Wes Dick.)

Heather De Bari, who will enter the Second World War in Europe MSc Program at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Prior to that, Heather will undertake intensive Russian language study at Middlebury College.

Justin DeHondt on admission to Western Michigan University for graduate study in Medieval History.

Chelsea Denault, who enters Loyola University Chicago's dual Ph.D. program in Public History and American History. This summer as the Simmons Graduate Intern for the Education Department at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Chelsea will work with high school teachers and college professors to create rubrics utilizing the museum's collections and the Village.

Casey Monahan on admission to Brandeis University's MA program in History.

Kris Polk, who will pursue a Master's of Science for College Student Development and Counseling at Northeastern University in Boston.

Maria Smith on admission to the University of Michigan's School of Information. She will specialize in Archives and Records Management (in the Master of Science in Information program).

Melissa Tallis on acceptance to the University of Pittsburgh for a Master's degree in Library Science.

Albion College history professor Geoffrey Cocks with his new book.The State of Health: Illness in Nazi Germany

Geoffrey Campbell Cocks

Join the History Department as Professor Cocks reads from and discusses his new book, analyzing the experience of illness in German society under National Socialism.

This event will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 4:15 p.m. in Bobbitt Auditorium. There will be a reception following.

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