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Rohrbough named second UI Global Scholar

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Malcolm Rohrbough, University of Iowa professor of history, has received the second annual UI Global Scholar Award.

The Global Scholar Award was created in 1996 to provide tenured faculty members the opportunity to consider their teaching and research in relation to international trends. The award is given to scholars whose previous work has not focused on global themes, and who now seek to relate that work to international trends and processes. UI economics Professor William Albrecht was named the first Global Scholar last year.

Recipients of the award are released from half of their usual teaching, advising, administrative, and service obligations for two consecutive years. The award takes the form of a developmental assignment for one semester each year, part of which will be spent in one or more foreign countries. Up to two Global Scholar awards may be made annually for a total of four scholars in any given year.

As a Global Scholar, Rohrbough plans to analyze two separate dimensions of the French participation in the California Gold Rush: the experiences within France, where the vision of America that emerged both fascinated and appalled, and in the gold fields themselves, where the French joined in close-knit communities against the systematic discrimination of American miners.