Institute for Citizenship Studies

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The Institute was founded with a generous donation provided by the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma in the Spring of 2010.

Mission: The Institute’s specific tasks include: (1) to foster an ethos of constructive patriotism, public service, and civic engagement; (2) to assist the NWOSU Department of Social Sciences with the promotion of its annual departmental related events such as Constitution Day, the Cultural Heritage Lecture Series, the Presidential Lecture Series and other related innovative programs; (3) to defray the costs associated with guest speakers on campus who present on historical, social, economic and political matters; (4) to assist in the promotion of University-sponsored conferences concerning United States politics, economics, sociology and history; (5) to assist with the costs associated with various student-run organizations such as Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Alpha Theta and the Leviathan Society; (6) to promote the NWOSU Department of Social Science’s research efforts, including publishing activities and other initiatives designed to further the dissemination of knowledge within its respective departmental disciplines; (7) to serve as a depository of archival records and materials in digital and print formats; and (8) to engage in collaborative scholarship and other activities with other academic forums.

07/17/2020

NWOSU and the Department of Social Science's grad Poe Chanthanivong has received a promotion to Major in the U.S. Army. We are all very proud of Poe's accomplishments.

here is a link to a very interesting article in which our own Dr. Eric Schmaltz is cited as a source. He also has a gues...
03/19/2020
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here is a link to a very interesting article in which our own Dr. Eric Schmaltz is cited as a source. He also has a guest editorial om page two fd the publication.

http://www.ndhorizons.com/articles/85/germans-from-russia-heritage-society-celebrating-50-years-of-preserving-history.asp

In 1970, the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS) was established in Bismarck to preserve the history of the Germans from Russia who started immigrating to the United States and Canada to escape a variety of difficult problems in their homeland in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many settled....

03/15/2020

UPDATE: The following program has been rescheduled for June 13.

The Sod House Museum continues celebrating the 125th anniversary of the building of the Sod House on Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m., with a program focusing on its builder, Marshal McCully. Professor Jana Brown of Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) will present McCully’s family history, tracing his genealogy back to the pre–Revolutionary War era. Brown has worked with the Sod House Museum for several years as a volunteer. In the summer of 2019, she began researching the family history…

03/15/2020

Jana Brown just got word from the Sod Museum that her talk scheduled there next week (Sat., Mar. 21) is cancelled in view of current health precautions. They will try to reschedule it in a couple of months.

03/15/2020

Dr. Eric Schmaltz, Chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Co-Director of the NWOSU Institute for Citizenship Studies, will be giving the talk, “'A People on the Move' (Volk auf dem Weg): The German from Russia Legacy as Reflected in the American Dream," to the Golden Spread Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia at the Senior Citizen Center in Shattuck, OK, at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

03/15/2020

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) Department of Social Sciences and Institute for Citizenship Studies in conjunction with generous assistance from the Oklahoma Humanities Council proudly announce the annual Presidential Lecture Series for 2020. This year’s focus will be on Thomas Jefferson. The event will feature a private luncheon by invitation only from 11:00 AM until 12 Noon. At Noon the doors will open to the general public. This section of the program will consist of an actual radio recording of The Thomas Jefferson Hour Program. The audience will be treated to a private conversation between President Jefferson (portrayed by Clay Jenkinson) and the program’s two hosts. At 1:00 PM, the audience will be invited to ask questions of their own. The program will then conclude at 2:00 PM. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 31, on NWOSU’s Alva campus and is held on the second floor in the Ballroom of the Student Union Building. The event is free to all interested parties. The general public is invited to attend the section of the event held from Noon until 2:00 PM. For more information, please feel free to contact the NWOSU Institute for Citizenship Studies at (580) 327-8522 or email at [email protected].

12/12/2019
Black cowboys: Creole trail rides showcase growing culture

Northwestern history professor featured in articles by 3 major national publications

Dr. Roger Hardaway, professor of history at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently has been featured in articles published by three major national publications.

ROUTE Magazine asked Hardaway to discuss Nat Love, who was a 19th century working cowboy throughout the American West for several years.

USA Today interviewed Hardaway on general African-American cowboy culture from the beginnings of the western cattle industry through modern-day rodeo performances. The article focused on the interest that has been generated by the most successful popular song of the year, “Old Town Road” by rapper Lil Nas X. The article was not only available to readers of USA Today but also numerous affiliated major newspapers such as the Indianapolis Star, Shreveport Times, El Paso Times and Arizona Republic.

Hardaway appears throughout a documentary film produced by the Christian Science Monitor and is featured on the publication’s digital issue. The film looks at “trail rides” by modern-day African-Americans that occur regularly to commemorate the contributions of black cowboys to American history. Participants ride horses on excursions that last from one to several days. The documentary is available for viewing on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omwZUUN2tj4.

“One of the more interesting topics I have researched is that of African-American cowboys,” Hardaway said. “That was the focus of each interview I had with these three publications.”

This is not the first time that Hardaway has been asked to discuss his research in major media productions. In 2017 he was quoted as an expert on black cowboys in the Smithsonian and Pacific Standard magazines, and in 2018 he was featured on a radio documentary produced by Switzerland’s national radio network. He has also been cited as an authority on African-Americans in the American West in numerous other publications including the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Los Angeles Times, Milwaukee Independent, Grand Forks Herald and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

One of Hardaway’s journal articles about African-American cowboys was recently reprinted in a book published by the University of Oklahoma Press. Another has been prominently displayed for several years on the website of the Public Broadcasting System in conjunction with its series called “Texas Ranch House.”

Hardaway, who has been a Northwestern faculty member since 1990, is often cited as an expert on the history of African-Americans who have lived in the American West. He has written three books and several journal articles on the subject. In addition, he has presented relevant papers at several academic conferences in both Europe and North America.

Picture a cowboy. You'll probably think of young men with wide-brimmed hats and spurred boots riding through a dusty frontier town. You probably don’t pictur...

Northwestern Oklahoma State University
12/12/2019

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Dr. Roger Hardaway, professor of history at #NWOSU, recently has been featured in articles published by three major national publications. Congratulations! http://bit.ly/35dSAzx

11/20/2019

Dr. Roger Hardaway, professor of History at Northwestern Oklahoma State University
(NWOSU), has recently been featured in articles produced by three major national
publications—USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, and ROUTE Magazine.
Hardaway, who has been an NWOSU faculty member since 1990, is often cited as an expert
on the history of African Americans who have lived in the American West. He has written three
books and several journal articles on the subject. In addition, he has presented relevant papers at
several academic conferences in both Europe and North America.
“One of the more interesting topics I have researched,” Hardaway said, “is that of African
American cowboys. That was the focus of each interview I had with these three publications.”
One of Hardaway’s journal articles about African American cowboys was recently reprinted in a
book published by the University of Oklahoma Press. Another has been prominently displayed
for several years on the web-site of the Public Broadcasting System in conjunction with its series
called “Texas Ranch House”.
An editor from ROUTE Magazine, which is available for sale at major media outlets and is
offered free to visitors in thousands of American motel rooms, asked Hardaway to discuss Nat
Love who was a nineteenth-century working cowboy throughout the American West for several
years.
USA Today interviewed Hardaway on general African American cowboy culture from the
beginnings of the western cattle industry through modern-day rodeo performances. The article
focused on the interest that has been generated by the most successful popular song of the year,
“Old Town Road” by African American rapper Lil Nas X. The article was not only available to
readers of USA Today but also numerous affiliated major newspapers such as the Indianapolis
Star, Shreveport Times, El Paso Times, and Arizona Republic.
Finally, Hardaway appears throughout a documentary film produced by the Christian
Science Monitor and featured on the publication’s digital issue. The film looks at “trail rides” by
modern-day African Americans that occur regularly to commemorate the contributions of black
cowboys to American history. Participants ride horses on excursions that last from one to
several days.
This is not the first time that Hardaway has been asked to discuss his research in major
media productions. In 2017 he was quoted as an expert on black cowboys in the Smithsonian
and Pacific Standard magazines and in 2018 he was featured on a radio documentary produced
by Switzerland’s national radio network. He has also been cited as an authority on African
Americans in the American West in numerous other publications including the Dallas Morning
News, Seattle Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Los Angeles Times, Milwaukee Independent,
Grand Forks Herald and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University
10/08/2019

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Dr. Eric Schmaltz, chair of the department of social sciences at Northwestern, recently presented at the Prairie Village Museum in Rugby, North Dakota.

A generous grant through Humanities North Dakota made it possible for the museum to host this public forum. http://bit.ly/2pT4Q8Z

Dr. Mason Aaron, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the NWOSU Institute for Citizenship Studies, will pre...
10/01/2019
Curiosity Fest 2019: Let's Discourse This! | Oklahoma Humanities

Dr. Mason Aaron, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the NWOSU Institute for Citizenship Studies, will presenting his talk “The Powers of the Presidency” on the afternoon of Saturday, October 5, 2019, as part of the annual event Curiosity Fest sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC). Various speakers and activities will take place there. This year the event, which runs from noon until 7 PM, will be held at the Oklahoma City University School of Law campus in Oklahoma City. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, see the link: https://okhumanities.org/curiosityfest.

09/18/2019
www.nwosu.edu

Constitution Day 2019

A Conservative Rebel: The Life and Contributions of John Dickinson, Founder, Framer, Soldier, & Emancipator

WHEN: Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 12:00 PM

WHERE: NWOSU-Alva Campus (Student Center--The Ranger Room)

WHO: Admission is free and open to all. For more information, contact the NWOSU Institute for Citizenship Studies at (580) 327-8522 or .



Our guest speaker will be Dr. Jane Calvert. Dr. Calvert is the foremost authority on Founding Father John Dickinson (1732-1808). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2003 and is Director and Chief Editor of the John Dickinson Writings Project and Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky. Her first book, Quaker Constitutionalism and the Political Thought of John Dickinson, gives the first comprehensive analysis of Dickinson’s actions during the American Revolution. She is currently producing the first edition of The Complete Writings and Selected Correspondence of John Dickinson and the first full and accurate biography. She has also worked on topics on religious liberty, Thomas Paine, and the Second Amendment. Her work on Dickinson is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Historic Publications and Records Commission, as well as public and private institutions and foundations. Most recently, she was awarded an NEH Public Scholar Grant to work on Dickinson’s biography.


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08/31/2019

Press release:
The NWOSU Institute for Citizenship Studies is proud to announce plans for Constitution Day 2019. This
year’s observance will involve an examination of the life and contributions of John Dickinson (1732-
1808). The program is entitled, “A Conservative Rebel: The Life and Contributions of John Dickinson,
Founder, Framer, Soldier, & Emancipator.”
The event will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 12:00 PM on the Northwestern Oklahoma
State University-Alva Campus in the Student Center—Ranger Room. Admission is free and open to all.
For more information, contact the NWOSU Institute for Citizenship Studies at (580) 327-8522 or
[email protected]

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Jane Calvert. Dr. Calvert is the foremost authority on Founding Father John
Dickinson. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2003 and is Director and Chief Editor
of the John Dickinson Writings Project and Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky.
Her first book, Quaker Constitutionalism and the Political Thought of John Dickinson, gives the first
comprehensive analysis of Dickinson’s actions during the American Revolution. She is currently
producing the first edition of The Complete Writings and Selected Correspondence of John Dickinson and
the first full and accurate biography. She has also worked on topics on religious liberty, Thomas Paine,
and the Second Amendment. Her work on Dickinson is supported by the National Endowment for the
Humanities (NEH), the National Historic Publications and Records Commission, as well as public and
private institutions and foundations. Most recently, she was awarded an NEH Public Scholar grant to
work on Dickinson’s biography.

08/17/2019

Dr. Aaron Mason recently addressed the Northwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society in Alva and the Sod House Museum near Cleo-Springs.

08/17/2019

On July 1, Dr Schmaltz began serving as the Chair of the Social Sciences Department at Northwestern.

08/17/2019

Dr. Schmaltz also will speak at several area events this Fall, including the Northwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society in Alva, the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) in Shattuck, and next Spring at the AHSGR chapter in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Sun, Sep 15  |  Prairie Village MuseumAmerican Dream Part 1Prof. Eric Schmaltz talks about the German from Russian immig...
08/17/2019
American Dream Part 1

Sun, Sep 15 | Prairie Village Museum
American Dream Part 1

Prof. Eric Schmaltz talks about the German from Russian immigration as part of our 3 part series about achieving the American Dream in central North Dakota.

Prof. Eric Schmaltz talks about the German from Russian immigration as part of our 3 part series about achieving the American Dream in central North Dakota.

04/20/2019

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) Department of Social Sciences and the Institute for Citizenship Studies proudly announce the annual Presidential Lecture Series for 2019. This year’s focus will be on Theodore Roosevelt. The program will be held in the Ballroom of the Student Center on the Alva Campus on Tuesday, April 23. A luncheon, by invitation only, will be held at 11:00 a.m. At 1:15 p.m., the general public is invited to observe the second program. The program will feature Mr. Clay Jenkinson, President of Dakota Sky Education, Inc., and the Chief Consultant for the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University in North Dakota and the President of TJ Hour Tours. He will discuss the life and times of our twenty-sixth president, as well as career opportunities in public history. The event from 1:15 until 2:45 p.m. is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the NWOSU Institute for Citizenship Studies office at (580) 327-8522 or email [email protected].

03/30/2019

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the Oklahoma Humanities Council in Oklahoma City will be recording a podcast with Dr. Aaron Mason, professor of political science, and Dr. Eric Schmaltz, professor of history, to discuss a host of issues concerning the evolution of the U.S. presidency and executive powers. A second topic will involve the role of the humanities in civic life.

Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
01/28/2019

Germans from Russia Heritage Collection

"The John Schmaltz family of Emmons County: from Ukrainian Steppes to Dakota Prairies"

The Emmons County Record published a series of articles written by Dr. Eric Schmaltz, Department of History, Northwestern Oklahoma University. He is editor of Heritage Review, Germans from Russia Heritage Society, Bismarck, ND.

Eric Schmaltz writes, "For almost a century, the Schmaltz family name and meat market were virtually synonymous in Emmons County, North Dakota."

John Schmaltz (1879-1951), emigrated in 1910 from the Black Sea Catholic villages, Kutschurgan District, near Odessa, Ukraine, to Emmons County.

The series of articles at - https://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/articles/newspapers/news/index1.html

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