Research paper on Finns in Wisconsin gains labor history society $1,000 prize

Joel Feingold, of Janesville, was awarded a $500 Frank P. Zeidler scholarship award for his undergraduate essay on “Red (White and Blue): Communism, Finnishness and America in the Upper Midwest, 1907-1940.”

Feingold attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he has been active in various worker rights groups, such as the United Students Against Sweat Shops and the Labor Action Coalition.  Feingold has been a member of several unions, including UFCW 1444.  He has interned for U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin of Madison.

For college and university students, the Wisconsin Labor History Society conducts an annual competition to determine the winners of the Zeidler Academic Awards for the best original research papers about Wisconsin labor and working-class history. The awards honor Milwaukee Mayor Frank P. Zeidler, the most recent Socialist to hold that office (1948-1960), for his lifelong efforts toward the advancement of Wisconsin’s citizens.

Two cash prizes are offered each year:  One $500 prize for an original, previously unpublished research paper of approximately 4,000-8,000 words produced by an undergraduate student enrolled in any college or university (not restricted to Wisconsin or to four-year programs); and, one $1,000 prize for an origi-nal research paper or article of approximately 8,000-14,000 words produced by a student enrolled in any graduate program (not re-stricted to Wisconsin), including law and other professional departments.  There were no entries judged to meet the standards in the graduate level for this year’s awards.

Full details about the upcoming sixth year of the Zeidler Academic Awards will soon be available on the home page of the Wisconsin Labor History Society, (select “Grants/Awards” on the drop-down “WLHS Web Site Menu,” then look for the hypertext link, “2007 Call for Research Papers in Wisconsin Labor and Working-Class History”). To be considered for the 2007 Zeidler Academic Awards, papers must be received by January 7, 2008.

For more information, please contact Laurie Wermter, co-chair of the Frank Zeidler Academic Awards Committee, at