CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 5, 1999
Rohrbough to speak about Gold Rush at second annual
UI Global Scholar Lecture
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Malcolm Rohrbough, UI professor of
history, will be the featured speaker at the second Annual Global Scholar
Lecture Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Mercantile Bank Atrium in downtown
Iowa City. Rohrbough's lecture is entitled, " 'Qu'est-ce qui se passe ici?'
The French and the Americans meet in the California Gold Fields, 1849-1855."
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments
will be served at a reception following the lecture. The event is co-sponsored
by UI International Programs and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC)
with assistance from Mercantile Bank.
Rohrbough, the recipient of the second Global Scholar
Award, will discuss his research, which was funded by the award. Rohrbough's
research focused on the social influences of French involvement in the California
Gold Rush. As a Global Scholar, Rohrbough analyzed two separate dimensions
of the French participation in the California Gold Rush: experiences within
France, where the vision of America that emerged both fascinated and appalled;
and experiences in the gold fields themselves, where the French joined in
close-knit communities against the systematic discrimination of American miners.
Rohrbough studied the social impacts of French involvement
in France and California and resultant changes in interactions between the
For more information, call Tina McRee at 335-0368 or Martine
Kintziger at 335-1436.
The UI Office of the Provost administers the Global Scholars
awards. These awards provide an opportunity for tenured faculty members, with
established records of teaching and research, to orient their work in relation
to significant global themes. The awards are intended for scholars who have
not previously engaged in international research or whose past research has
focused primarily on a single country or cultural area.
Recipients of the Global Scholar award are released from
half 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