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In order to share this work with the public and the greater academic community, the Richards Civil War Era Center has partnered with the University of North Carolina Press to publish expanded versions of these talks. Richards Center Director William Blair serves as series editor.

The 2018 Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture Series


November 1-3, 2018

Genealogies of Citizenship: Hope, Fear, and Conquest in the Civil War Era


Stephen Kantrowitz pictureDr. Stephen Kantrowitz, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver three lectures on Citizenship and Civilization: A Ho-Chunk History of the Civil War Era for the 2018 Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture Series. Taking place on November 1, 2, and 3 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, the lectures are free and open to the public. This lecture series is sponsored by the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State through the generosity of an endowment by Steven and Janice Brose.


How did Native Americans shape the emergence of national citizenship in the 1860s, and how did national citizenship reshape Indian life? How were jurisdiction and allegiance in the Civil War era mediated by notions of “civilization”? Citizenship and Civilization explores these questions through the removal, diaspora, defiance, and creativity of Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk people, the settlers who sought to displace them, and the officials and politicians who oversaw the confusing and often violent world of the mid-nineteenth-century Midwest.

 All lectures will be held in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, Penn State, University Park

Thursday, November 1, 6 p.m.: Hiding in Plain Sight: Native Americans and the History of American Citizenship

Friday, November 2, 6 p.m.:  “The Habits and Customs of Civilization”: Citizenship and Belonging in the Ho-Chunk Diaspora

Saturday, November 3, 4 p.m.: Conquered Citizens: Ho-Chunks and Settlers in Post-Removal Teejop

Dr. Kantrowitz is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where his scholarship and teaching focus on race, politics, and citizenship in the long nineteenth century. His work includes More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889 (Penguin, 2012), which was a finalist for both the Lincoln Prize and the Frederick Douglass Prize; Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy (UNC Press, 2000), which won several scholarly awards and was a New York Times Notable Book; articles in The Journal of American History, Boston Review, and other periodicals; and an edited collection on the history of African American Freemasonry, All Men Free and Brethren (Cornell University Press, 2013). He has been a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and an OAH Distinguished Lecturer. He is currently a Senior Fellow at UW-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities.

Lectures are free and open to the public. 

About the Broses

Janice and Steve BroseSteven H. Brose is a 1969 honors graduate in political science from Penn State and in 2013 earned a Masters Degree in history from George Washington University. He received a law degree from Columbia University and has spent his legal career with the international law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., where he heads the Regulatory and Industry Affairs Department. His practice focuses on federal regulation of the energy industry, with particular emphasis on transportation issues for companies throughout the United States and Canada. He has served as an adviser to the governments of Ecuador and the Republic of Georgia, and assisted the World Bank in its effort to open the Russian oil pipeline network to foreign investment and access. Steve is the 2004 recipient of the Service to Penn State Award from the Liberal Arts Alumni Society and was designated a Centennial Fellow at the 2009 Centennial Celebration of the College of the Liberal Arts.  He recently finished serving as chair of the College's Development Council.

Janice Brose attended Penn State for two years before earning a bachelors degree in anthropology from The City College of New York. She later received an associates degree in nursing with certifications in Rehabilitation Nursing and Case Management. She is an avid birder and fond grandmother of two grandsons, one granddaughter, and two cats.

About the Lectures

The Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture and Book Series in the Richards Civil War Era Center was established in 1998 and originally supported a single lecture by a distinguished visitor. The Broses added to the endowment in 2001, allowing a distinguished lecturer to deliver three related lectures over three days. The Broses’ generosity also enabled the Richards Center to enter an agreement with the University of North Carolina Press, which publishes the lectures as part of a series of scholarly monographs with Richard Center Director William Blair serving as series editor.