2020 Schedule

Sonderegger Symposium 2020


Friday, November 6, 2020

Event Schedule - Click on the link next to the title to watch the session.


8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks - https://youtu.be/XifUM04kQhA

Daniel Truckey, Director/Curator, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center - Bio

Dr. Fritz Erickson, President, Northern Michigan University - Bio


8:30 a.m.

Two Sides of Faith - https://youtu.be/7oQOzUkdyEE

“Bishop Frederic Baraga: The Man, His Legacy and the House”

Dr. Russell Magnaghi, Professor Emeritus of History, Northern Michigan University - Bio

“The Storm Over The Lakes: The Tumultuous Relationship Between The Catholic Church and the Anishnaabek”

Eric Hemenway, Director of Archives and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians - Bio


Insider/Outsider Art - https://youtu.be/x-Y8yLFAufk

“Life in the Upper Peninsula: The Artwork of Niel Haapala & Cecelia Kettunen”

Emily Lanctot, Director/Curator, DeVos Art Museum - Bio


9:30 a.m.

What is a Yooper? - https://youtu.be/YevFdYUO07c

"Images of the Yooper: Stereotypes from the Inside and Out"

Dr. Hilary Virtanen, Professor of Scandinavian Studies, Finlandia University - Bio

“The Transplant Yooper”

Daniel Truckey, Director/Curator, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center - Bio


Native American School Mascots - https://youtu.be/wTDwRh4SHz4

Jamie Kuehnl, Instructor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU - Bio

Dr. Jud Sojourn, Associate Professor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU - Bio

Dr. Alec Lindsay, Professor, Department of Biology - Bio


10:30 a.m.


U.P. Politics Roundtable - https://youtu.be/pWgDDAdLOl0

A round table featuring Dr. David Haynes, former President, Northern Michigan University; Pat Gagliardi, former member of the House of Representatives where he also served as the Democratic Floor Leader; Mitch Irwin former Democratic member of the Michigan Senate  - Bios


Being LGBTQ in the U.P. - https://youtu.be/expD7AYvRtA

Roundtable discussion with Dr. Chet DeFonso, Professor of History, NMU; Shirley Brozzo, Contingent Professor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU; Bobby Glenn Brown, NMU Alumnus.



11:30 a.m.

Civilian Conservation Corps - https://youtu.be/QQZ6PCyKmU8

A presentation by Bill Jamerson, songwriter, scholar and filmmaker - Bio


What is Decolonization? - https://youtu.be/_XAGzBNkS1c

Dr. Martin Reinhart, Professor, Center for Native American Studies, NMU - Bio

Bazile Panek, President, Native American Student Association, NMU - Bio


12:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: - https://youtu.be/ewHFzX32lwU

Darrin Camilleri, (D), Michigan State Representative, 23rd District - Bio

Upper Peninsula Folklife Award Presentation: - https://youtu.be/S2e3EzHiRnY
Yvonne Lockwood
Peter "Pekka" Olson
Randy Seppala

1:30 p.m.

Prisoners of War and Conscience - https://youtu.be/UWUf6xJ3Qec

“POW Camps in the U.P.”

John Smolens, Professor of English, Northern Michigan University - Bio

“World War II Conscientious Objectors: Germfask, Michigan the Alcatraz Camp”

Jane Kopecky, Independent Scholar - Bio


Television: Bringing the Outside to the U.P. - https://youtu.be/dvaBOC7GfAo

Eric Smith, Director of Broadcast and Audio-Visual Services, NMU - Bio

“The Power of the Media” -

Elizabeth Peterson, Morning Anchor, WLUC-TV 6, Upper Michigan Source - Bio


2:30 p.m.

Newcomers: Invasive Species - https://youtu.be/ySX9j6-DGFE

“Native, Naturalized, Exotic, Invasive: A Fish Tale”
Dr. Jill Leonard, Professor of Biology, NMU - Bio

“Garlic Mustard...I can eat that, right?”

Elise Desjarlais, coordinator of the Lake to Lake Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. - Bio

“Taking Flight: Notable Changes in Bird Populations of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula”

Joe Kaplan, director of Common Coast Research & Conservation - Bio


Agitators and Organizers of Labor - https://youtu.be/rT9jdGpI06k

“Under a Red Flag”

John Beck, Associate Professor of Labor Relations, Michigan State University - Bio

“The Gossard Strike of 1949: Inside and Out

Samuel Kapp, Student, NMU - Bio


3:30 p.m.

Why the U.P. Looks This Way - https://youtu.be/AA5YJy2j2AY

“Architectural Missionary: D. Fred Charlton’s Design and Practice in the Upper Peninsula, 1887-1918

Steve Brisson, Director, Mackinac State Historic Parks, Mackinac Island - Bio

"A Modeltown Album-A Photo History of Gwinn"

Jack Deo, Photographer and Historian, Marquette - Bio


Folk Music in the U.P. - https://youtu.be/S1kAWtMFjDM

 “Folk Music in the U.P.: Makers and Documenters” 

Dr. James Leary, Folklorist and emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bio

“Viola Turpeinen as an Inside/Outsider in New York.” 

Dr. Carl Rahkonen, Music Librarian / Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Bio


4:30 p.m.

The Boys of Autumn: Football in the Yoop - https://youtu.be/4qnozLwGD90

“Linked to Legends: The U.P. Teams that Played the Packers”

Dwight Brady, Professor of Communication and Performance Studies, NMU - Bio

“U.P. Power: Football Above and Below the Bridge”

Dan Truckey, Director/Curator, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center - Bio


Perspectives on Race and Social Activism, past present and beyond. - https://youtu.be/oE7VELW1-_Q

Cosponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at NMU

Roundtable discussion featuring Katelyn Rivas (NMU Alumnus and activist), Fred Sims (NMU Student and Executive Director of Social Justice for Us), Kyleigh Sapp (NMU Alumnus) and Lisa Brunk (NMU Graduate Student). Moderated by Dr. Jessica Cruz, Chief Diversity Officer, Northern Michigan University. - Bios