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Prof. Welke Named a Scholar of the College in the College of Liberal Arts

JANUARY 14, 2011—Barbara Y. Welke, a University of Minnesota professor of law and professor of history, has been named as a Scholar of the College in the College of Liberal Arts for the three year period 2011-12 through 2013-14.

The Scholar of the College award is given each year to acknowledge outstanding achievement and contributions in scholarship or creative activity, teaching, and service, as well as in the promise of further achievement. Honorees receive funding, which comes from alumni donations, over the three-year period of their award to use for travel, research assistance, materials, and other expenses in support of their work.

Scholars are selected from among tenured faculty in the College of Liberal Arts. Each year, since the program began in 1986, between two and five of the College’s most distinguished and accomplished scholars have been chosen for the award.

In 2005-06, the College of Liberal Arts honored Welke with its Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education for her excellence in teaching, advising, and educational leadership. In 2001-03, the University selected her for its McKnight Land-Grant Professor award for important contributions, innovation, and research.

Welke teaches courses in modern American history and U.S. legal and constitutional history at all levels and is a committed advisor to history and law students. Her most recent book, Law and the Borders of Belonging in the Long Nineteenth Century United States, was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press in its New Histories of American Law series. Her current work is preliminarily entitled A Consuming Passion: Product Liability and the Rights Revolution in 20th Century America.

Welke and other award recipients will be honored at a presentation on Feb. 16, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. in the Cowles Auditorium of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.


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