History

November 8, 2022

Robina Quale Leach, professor emeritus of history, died Sept. 24, 2022, in Spring Arbor, age 91.

March 3, 2022

Following a pair of postponements—one due to technical issues; the other, a snowstorm—the Albion College and Albion communities came together March 1 at the Bohm Theatre.

January 21, 2022

The Albion history professor develops rich stories from photographs and film across the first half of the 20th century.

September 15, 2021

The historian with a passion for photography makes sure his classes are far more than snapshots of dates and facts, but a “human experience.”

June 24, 2021

From uncovering old documents to gathering oral histories from alumni, the Build Albion Fellow’s FURSCA project adds to her experience gained as a student employee in the College archives.

April 30, 2021

Albion College professor of history Wesley Arden Dick recounts a 2017 dinner conversation aboard an Amtrak train with Chloé Zhao, and how he and his wife, Leslie, were inspired by the filmmaker’s best director Oscar acceptance speech during the April 25 Academy Awards.

November 13, 2020

In partnership with two leading organizations championing the study of history, Albion joins eight other colleges—and is the only Midwest institution—offering a four-year $5,000 award to students declaring history as their major at the time of admission.

July 20, 2020

“Late Friday night, July 27, television programs were interrupted by the very sad news that Civil Rights giant John Lewis had died following a battle with cancer,” Dick writes. “My generation was introduced to John Lewis through his bravery and we followed his political career as a congressman from Atlanta, Ga. As a professor, one of my joys is telling his story to my history students.”

March 29, 2020

Lauren Bergeron, ’21, was one of just 60 students nationwide chosen to participate in the Council on Undergraduate Research’s “Posters on the Hill,” an event designed to showcase current student research for federal lawmakers and other government officials. Bergeron was further invited to the inaugural Johns Hopkins University Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium, a mega-event involving more than 500 students. While the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of both April events, she can take solace knowing that Albion is represented among the country’s top student research programs.

February 7, 2020

When Deborah Kanter, the John S. Ludington endowed professor of history and department chair, set out to complete her 20-year journey to chronicle Mexican Catholic parishes in Chicago, her goal was simple. “I wanted to write a book that friends could give their moms for Christmas,” she said. “I wanted to write a book for the general public.”