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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 two countries.

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 countries.