Festschrift in Honor of Leo Schelbert
Edited By Wendy Everham and Virginia Schelbert
The varied essays included in this book reflect the range of themes former students, who now are scholars in their own right, have been pursuing. The topics of three essays center on North American Indians facing white intruders, another on émigré Hungarians living in Scotland, and one (contributed to this volume by a most esteemed colleague with whom Leo Schelbert shared many a student) on striking women straw workers in Tuscany. Another essay concerns matters relating to those grappling with mental health issues, while others deal with African newcomers in Chicago, Jewish immigrants to America who first worked as peddlers, contemporary Polish American politics in Chicago, and also with a nineteenth-century Swiss American theologian. Two of the last three essays honor Leo Schelbert’s work as a colleague and historian apart from the university setting, whereas the final one honors Leo Schelbert as a teacher as well as the Department of History at UIC in which its Swiss-born member worked from 1971 to 2003.
A Scholar’s Journey to the Open: An Appreciation
Leo Schelbert recently described his journey as a historian for over 50 years as one consisting of “moves to the open.” It has resulted in an interpretive perspective that imbues the study of history with a profound purpose. In the following essay, I attempt to describe its impact on my thinking with the expectation that others also may find it challenging, perceptive and even liberating.
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