Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nate Holdren Awarded Hurst Fellowship

Nate Holdren, a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Minnesota, has been awarded a fellowship to attend the 2011 Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Holdren, whose dissertation is entitled “‘The Compensation Law Put Us Out Of Work’: Law, Workplace Injury, and Disability in the Early 20th-Century United States,” presented a paper at the recent Business History Conference on “Screening for ‘Impaired Risks’: Risk, Medical Examinations, and Hiring at the Pullman Company in the Early Twentieth Century.” He is one of thirteen early-career scholars selected from an international pool of applicants to participate in the two-week program, which is named in honor of University of Wisconsin Law School legal historian J. Willard Hurst. Each Hurst Institute is organized and chaired by a prominent legal historian and includes visiting senior scholars who lead specialized sessions. The two-week program is structured but informal, and features presentations by guest scholars, discussions of core readings in legal history, and analysis of the work of the participants in the Institute.
   Barbara Young Welke (University of Minnesota) will chair the 2011 session. Guest scholars will include Lauren Benton (NYU), Christopher Tomlins (UC-Irvine), Lawrence Friedman (Stanford University), and Robert Gordon (Yale University).