Archive for the ‘Notable Searings’ Category

Continuing with our academics…

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Let me introduce Susan E. Searing, whom I believe still:

Manages the Library and InformationScience  departmental library located within the Main Library at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.   The primary clientele of the LIS Library are the faculty and students of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the University Library faculty and staff, and practicing librarians and information professionals in Illinois.  She selects library materials in all formats and manages the collection budget.  Sshe provides reference service and user instruction.  (from her CV)

Her CV can be found at  Several years ago I exchanged a few emails with Professor Searing when I was just beginning to explore my own family roots and starting my collection of internet notes on Searings.  Although we have not been in contact recently I feel sure she would be helpful in her area of interest, as time permits.    She has an extensive and impressive list of publications and interests.         Dan

Academics abound

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Until I figure out how to index, list or cross-reference these posts, I am just going to add all the names I have come across in searching the web for Searings……Dan

From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Center for European Studies, and undated pdf found on the web at:


Burton Craige Professor of Political Science, Donald Searing writes on comparative
politics, political psychology, and political elites. He has published articles on these
subjects in The American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political
Science , and most major professional journals in the discipline. He is currently
engaged in three research programs. One concerns the impact of legislative
experience on the political ideologies of politicians. Some of the results are reported
in his book, Westminster ‘s World: Understanding Political Roles (Harvard University
Press). The second program, with Professors Pamela Johnston Conover and Ivor
Crewe, is a study of the civic side of citizenship in the United States and Great
Britain . This work has recently produced articles on citizen identities, conceptions of rights, tolerance,
and political deliberation, which provide the basis for a book in progress, Citizenship in the Age of
Liberalism. The third research program, with Professors Marco Steenbergen and Jurg Steiner, uses
experimental research designs to investigate democratic deliberation in divided societies.

Getting started with Notable Searings

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

What better place to start than with my own great-grandfather:

Searing, Edward 1835 – 1898

Definition: teacher, educator, politician, b. Aurora, N.Y. He attended Cazenovia Seminary in N.Y. and the Univ. of Michigan, and in 1857 moved to Wisconsin, operating various private schools in the state until 1863 when he was called to teach at Milton College, Rock County. He taught at Milton from 1863 to 1873 when he was elected state superintendent of public instruction of the liberal Republican ticket. He was re-elected in 1875, and served from Jan., 1874, to Jan., 1878. During his tenure as state superintendent, Searing also served as ex officio member of the board of regents of the Univ. of Wisconsin, and in this capacity played a prominent role in attempting to secure greater tax funds for educational and university purposes. After leaving the office of state superintendent in 1878, Searing returned to teach at Milton College for one year. In 1879 he accepted the appointment as president of the State Normal School at Mankato, Minn., where he remained until his death. Wis. Mag. Hist., 10; Mist. of Rock Co. (Chicago, 1879); M. Curti and V. Carstensen, Univ. of Wis. (2 vols., Madison, 1949); C. E. Patzer, Public Educ. in Wis. (Madison, 1924); Colls. Mimi. Hist. Soc., 14 (1912).

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

Notable Searings

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

There was quite a debate about this category…it started out as ‘famous’, then someone asked about infamous, then someone else asked what was famous anyway…so I settled on ‘notable’ (for now).  By this I mean a Searing (or close relation), past or present, who has done or achieved something generally recognized as noteworthy.  All nominations happily accepted.  This isn’t a contest…just a way of seeing some of the accomplishments of Searing family members.  If needed, I will serve initially as the jury, but please feel free to volunteer!

Dan Searing (