This year's Dakota Conference commemorates the centennial of the start of the 1920s, drawing connections between that decade and the one starting in 2020. Possible topics include technological innovation, Women's Suffrage, popularization of sports, Prohibition, political corruption, social scandal, organized crime, nativisim, reemergence of the KKK, urban/rural divide, science vs. fundamentalism, exploitation of the West by mining companies, and stock market highs and lows, including the Crash of 1929, followed by the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. The 2020s are shaping up to be a time of tweets, cyber-warfare, artficial intelligence, gun terrorism, middle-class financial squeeze, lawlessness, incivility, racism, and pollution. Paper and session proposals on these and other topics related to the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana are welcome.
Use online submission form at www.augie.edu/dakotaconference or email proposal title, brief description, short biographical sketch, and full contact informatioin to email@example.com. Proposals must be submitted by February 14, 2020.
Kari Mahowald, Coordinator
The Center for Western Studies
2001 S Summit Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57197