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Gregory Wegner

Brief biographyA good share of my teaching interests relate to the engagement of students in learning to think like historians through interpreting evidence from primary sources. How this process relates to a variety of historical problems and periods of history constitutes a central set of teaching interests. Among these are the history of education from national and international perspectives as well as the history of science and technology and the history of the Holocaust. My teaching interests therefore are extended to include middle and high schools in western Wisconsin via National History Day, a program which engages students in historical research.

Research interests include Nazi education and race biology, the political socialization of Hitler Youth, along with Holocaust education and anti-Semitism in modern Germany and the United States. The most recent branch of research to emerge quite apart from all of this is immigrant history relating to Swiss Germans who settled in and around the community of Bangor (WI) in the mid-ninteenth century.
Other Interests: Collecting old history textbooks, readers and teacher contracts from rural schools remains a passion. Service commitments include membership on the educational advisory board for the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and the Secondary Teacher Education Preparation Committee which is working toward initial student admissions during the fall semester of 2011.
Research and publishingSelected Publications or Presentations

Anti-Semitism and Schooling under the Third Reich (New York: RoutledgeFalmer, 2002).
“The Problem of the Bystander and Elementary School Teachers under the Third Reich,” Prism: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators 1 (Winter, 2010):42-46.
“‘A Propagandist of Extermination:’ Johann von Leers and the Anti-Semitic Formation of Children in Nazi Germany,” Paedagogica Historica 43(June, 2007):299-325.
“Violence and the Dehumanization of Victims in Auschwitz and Beyond,” in Gerry Cox and Robert Stevenson, eds. Perspectives on Violence and Violent Death (Amityville, NY: Baywood Press, 2007), 59-77.
“The Power of Selective Tradition: Buchenwald Concentration Camp and Holocaust Education for Youth in the New Germany,” in Laura Hein and Mark Selden, eds. Censoring History: Citizenship and Memory in Japan, Germany, and the United States (London: M.E. Sharpe, 2000), 226-257.

Selected Awards and Grants

Wisconsin Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, 2011.
Public Broadcasting System National Teacher of Merit Award for History Education, June 25, 2008.
Richard T. Ferrell Teacher of Merit for the State of Wisconsin awarded by the Wisconsin State Historical Society and National History Day, May 1, 2008, in Madison.
Outstanding Educator Award from the Wisconsin State Human Relations Association at the Statewide Equity and Multicultural Education Conference at Wisconsin Dells (WI), November 16, 2007.
UWL Faculty Research Grants Committee and the International Development Fund from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse for “Legitimizing the Jew as Racial Other: The Anti- Semitic Formation of Hitler Youth under the Third Reich” to support archival research in Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt-am- Main, July 2-August 6, 2011.
Midwest Regional Center for Teaching with Primary Sources and the Library of Congress for Type I Grant Project: “Teaching About the United States and the Second World War through Primary Sources and the American Memory Project,” as part of C&I 408/608 American Memory Project, March-April, 2008.
Midwest Regional Center for Teaching with Primary Sources and the Library of Congress for Type II Grant Project: “Engaging the Minds of Young Historians: Connecting National History Day and the Library of Congress” for twenty-three teachers and librarians in the Washburn Academy, Onalaska High School, July 28-August 1, 2008.
UWL Faculty Research Grants Committee for “The Anna Ruedy Diaries and Beyond,” June 2-August 25, 2008.
UWL Faculty Research Grants Committee and the International Faculty Development Fund and Academic Staff Development Fund, “The Personal Papers of a Nazi Propagandist: Johann von Leers and the Anti-Semitic Agenda” for research in the Military Archives in Moscow (13-23 June 2005), Berlin and Munich (21 June-19 July 2004).
EducationPh. D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.S. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse