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John Hildebrand Receives
Distinguished Professorship

MAILED: Aug. 22, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — The third recipient of the Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been named.
         John Hildebrand, professor of English, received the award that recognizes a commitment to the university, achievement in scholarship and a commitment to student learning and life during the opening meeting of the 2001-02 academic year.
         Hildebrand, who joined UW-Eau Claire in 1977, is a member of the English department’s creative writing faculty and will be teaching a seminar on nonfiction writing and a short story course this semester. He has had two major books brought out by major publishers — “Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon” Houghton Mifflin, 1988, and “Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family” Knopf, 1995. Both books have been reprinted.
         His short stories, articles, travel pieces, book reviews and first-person essays appear in anthologies and magazines ranging from the academic to the popular. Most recently he published “Other People’s Stories” in Fourth Genre, “Winter Wild Land” in Audubon Magazine and “Coming Home” in Harper’s Magazine and anthologized in Best American Sports Writing 1999. His article “The Appraisal,” a story about a farmer in Minnesota, is set to appear in the November 2001 issue of Harper’s Magazine.
         Hildebrand, who once sat in on a historiography class taught by Maxwell Schoenfeld, said the biggest kick for him is that this award is associated with such an astounding teacher and scholar. “Max was to me the picture-book professor. He dressed formally, was very learned and enthusiastic, and he was somebody I would have liked to take a class from,” Hildebrand said.
         Hildebrand describes his work as literary journalism — the fact finding of journalism mixed with the narrative techniques of literature. “The work I do involves a lot of research, library work and talking with people,” he said. “I was pleased to see my efforts recognized as a scholarly achievement.”
         The award, in the amount of $5,000, can be used for any form of professional development. Hildebrand, who considers his writing and teaching as completely connected, said he will use the monies in a way that will allow him to write another book or article.
         He may return to Alaska to continue work on a project he began this summer for Harper’s Magazine. The article-in-progress involves two Alaskan villages, one Gwich’in Indian and the other Inupiat Eskimo, and their views on oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
         The professorship was created in honor of Schoenfeld, a UW-Eau Claire history professor and scholar from 1964 until his death in 1996. Schoenfeld also was the author of numerous books and articles about Winston Churchill and World War II.

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Updated: Aug. 22, 2001